On April 23, 2013, Rand Paul clarified his stance on the use of aerial drones against US citizens:
And how did that song go? Oh yeah:
"And another one bites the dust! Yeah, another one bites the dust!"
Warrants for Drones
Good for him!
Unless you've been living in a cave for the past decade, you are familiar with how aerial drones are being used in Afghanistan, etc. to combat terrorism. Of course it is a great idea to enslave technology in the pursuit of saving the lives of our American military men and women. A week has not gone by in the last ten years where a new blurb about an aerial drone sending a terrorist or two to their eternal dirt-nap has not entered the Interwebz. And this is a good thing!
But should your local sheriff be allowed to dispatch a drone to "spy" on a suspected meth lab manager without the procurement of a warrant?
I don't think so.
Warrants are still required for wiretaps and for placing GPS gadgets on suspect's vehicles. And this is a good thing!
So, even though I have not been much of a fan of the libertarians Rand Paul or his father, Ron Paul, I have to agree with the Senator from Kentucky on this issue.
"Hey there, Sheriff Brown! Want to send up an unmanned remote-controlled helicopter to investigate what Bubba and his buddies are doing out there in the woods?"
"Get a warrant first!"