Guest Post: Congratulations Charlottesville, Virginia! The First City To Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

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Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

This simple piece of legislation proves that you can make a difference at the local level.  We need a lot more of this type of thing all over these United States.  As I have said many times, it’s not that I am against drones in all capacities; however, we must be vigilant about how these things are used and must have serious safeguards in place to protect civil liberties.  Kudos to the Rutherford Institute for leading the charge here.

From US News:

Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.


The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group based in the city. The measure also endorses a proposed two-year moratorium on drones in Virginia.


Councilmember Dede Smith, who voted in favor of the bill, says that drones are “pretty clearly a threat to our constitutional right to privacy.”


“If we don’t get out ahead of it to establish some guidelines for how drones are used, they will be used in a very invasive way and we’ll be left to try and pick up the pieces,” she says.


“With a lot of these resolutions, although they don’t have a lot of teeth to them, they can inspire other governments to pass similar measures,” she says. “You can get a critical mass and then it does have influence. One doesn’t do much, but a thousand of them might. We want this on [federal and state lawmakers'] radars.”

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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:52 | 3218461 kaa1016
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Good for them, but I have a feeling that "national security" supercedes any local or state laws. Some interesting times we are living through. Bizzaro world... 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:07 | 3218504 zero deception
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Ha! There is no constititutional right to privacy liekt that councilwoman said. Find it in the constitution. A protectioin writtten on a faded piace of paper won't mean a fucking thing anywasy. Red China had all sorts of constitutional protecitions for its 'citizens' and look what happened there. Maybe a few commentores here are relativiely free - douvtful - but most are slaves to mental habits or there actual bosses.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:17 | 3218534 NewThor
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Speaking of dangerous unmanned flying objects (DUFOS)

Can someone pass a law that forbids Asteroid 2012 da14 from hitting us on February 15th?

OR! Pass a law that forbids Comet ISON (which will be 18 times larger than full moon)

from making all fiat currencies obsolete with it's 11,800 year orbit antics?

And, yes.

I made the videos. 



PS. FUCK DRONES <---- old Jedi saying

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:23 | 3218545 dwdollar
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Let me guess... This law prohibits private citizens from having drones but gives Uncle Scam a wink and a nod. Pathetic...

People keep looking for shreds of hope to help them cope with the dystopian hell they are experiencing.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:46 | 3218585 Zer0head
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Edit - Watch NewThors videos (above)- great graphics and story line droll humor this is cult video stuff  - and the moderator voice grows on you all in all brilliant

+1 Thor +1

and meanwhile Brian Williams assures us Drones are good


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:46 | 3218643 zero deception
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THis observer wont be looking forthat cunt asteroid. If it hits me fukck it.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:58 | 3218688 Enslavethechild...
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Brian Williams has a cunt where his mouth should be.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 00:49 | 3219018 trav777
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I bet Krieger voted for him twice

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 03:42 | 3219231 AldousHuxley
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As if Iranians could simply defend themselves by passing anti drone laws

politicians just mad that they didn't get drone manufacturing federal aid to give away "jobs"



Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:52 | 3218658 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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This law only works when you back it up with a few missile batteries and a radar system. The sentiment is appreciated though. Any noise making is good at this point.


Besides they forgot to add orbiting spy satellites.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:37 | 3219264 e_goldstein
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As a + ? for the Iranians:
They did launch a monkey into space and give him a way back,

(or an identical monkey).


Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:51 | 3219276 tenpanhandle
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wait...I thought that was a man that parachuted from space.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:32 | 3218595 zero deception
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Like the guy said, you beating off over this youshould get out moar. Or did you get reemed by the tale of the comet so that's why your so "thor". 

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 08:06 | 3219371 j0nx
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Your grammar is terrible. Hope you're FOB or else our public school system has failed you.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 03:16 | 3219207 Ar-Pharazôn
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God please save us!


another "end of the world" freak.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:52 | 3218670 magpie
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How very cynical.

I like to console myself equally with this bleak view: that you have a number of rights, some of which are now taken away and replaced with those that won't avail you of anything.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 23:50 | 3218866 wee-weed up
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Did anyone else notice that the "lead-in" graphic shows what has been used in many news graphics as a fleeing (illegal?) immigrant family here fleeing the missile from the drone.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 03:20 | 3219211 icanhasbailout
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It's called the Fourth Amendment, dumbass.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:08 | 3218505 ghengis86
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Who were the two fucks to vote against this? Does Placeholder and his bull dyke PIC Janet live there?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:11 | 3218515 Room 101
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Next step then would be making drones a nuisance species covered by game regulations.  Continuous open season, unlimited bag limit.

Happy hunting.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:59 | 3219278 tenpanhandle
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Next, next step: New drones will be painted with spots.  Then EPA and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will promptly ban the hunting of the endangered spotted drone. Drone itself will actually enforce that law and fire back. 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:13 | 3218523 Al Gorerhythm
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Defend yourself.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 09:46 | 3219601 GeezerGeek
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Are hand-held SAMs (surface to air missiles) covered under the 2nd Amendment? I recall that they were pretty effective against the Soviets in Afghanistan. 

The heck with those AR15s and their miniscule bullets. I want some SAMs. And a few LAWs. Anyone know where I can get a Panzerfaust or bazooka?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:16 | 3218540 A Lunatic
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According to history, a big Facsicst entity comprising Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, DuPont and the U.S. Government got together and created a bunch of States which were to be forever compliant to whatever desires those wise men deemed necessary and proper to the security of their union..........

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:31 | 3218590 DosZap
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Good for them, but I have a feeling that "national security" supercedes any local or state laws. Some interesting times we are living through. Bizzaro world...

I think some of these states have decided to NOT go along with anything coming from this Admin, laws or no laws.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 02:21 | 3219156 CH1
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I think some of these states have decided to NOT go along with anything coming from this Admin, laws or no laws.

We'd all like to see that, but it AIN'T HAPPENING.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 00:11 | 3218939 Dugald
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Have I got this all wrong?

Charlottesville, Virginia declares war on POTUS....

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 02:17 | 3219149 bobthehorse
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Congrats are truly in order.

But the feds do whatever the fuck they like.


Wed, 02/06/2013 - 02:58 | 3219189 e_goldstein
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STFU or you're going to get beat by multiple sticks.


Wed, 02/06/2013 - 07:46 | 3219353 samcontrol
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bullish for MANT.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:51 | 3218469 Cursive
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Dateline - Washington, D.C. Feb 5, 2014

By act of Congress, on a vote of 98-2 in the senate, Charlottesville, VA has become the new home to the controversial National Toxic Waste Dump.  Though originally planned for Yucca Mountain, it was a complete surprise when Harry Reid introduced this legislation roughly a year ago.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 00:56 | 3219035 xtop23
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@Cursive - Probably not far from the truth.

Perhaps a rider in some utterly forgettable bill that somehow manages to create backdoor profits for him, via ammunition sales to the government from a business created only 6 months prior, in an area mini-mart parking ...... Oh wait. 

That guy is a waste of skin.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:52 | 3218470 F. Bastiat
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No sympathy here - they got precisely what they voted for.

In 2012, those idiots voted for Hussein Obama 80/20.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:52 | 3218472 blindman
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i'm looking for real estate immediately, right there,
before i am priced out !

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:55 | 3218479 zorba THE GREEK
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Breaking news.....Charlottesville legislative building has just been leveled

by a missile attack. Witnesses said the missiles just seem to come out of the nowhere.

No further details available at this time. 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:08 | 3218508 ersatzteil
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Just as in TWA Flight 800, the witnesses are drunk, and don't know what they saw. The most likely cause was a gas leak in the building. "Explosive residue" found in the building was due to having hosted troops from Iraq five years prior and in no way supports the likelihood that any kind of missile was responsible for the building's destruction. 

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 00:02 | 3218911 CoolBeans
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Excellent point...all of these years later and no official report, eh?  Same will happen with Sandy Hook.

Excellent picture of OBOMBA with a drone seen here:  "Don't Drone me Bro!"

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:54 | 3218673 palmereldritch
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“NBC is reporting that the strike on the New Fallujah research facility completely neutralized the threat of the dreaded WMLs (Weapons of Mass Liberty)...”

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:58 | 3218483 sitenine
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OMFG...does anyone actually beleive a 'law' is going to keep drones out of their airspace?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:02 | 3218491 F. Bastiat
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80% of them voted for Hussein Obama. The answer, for them at least, is definitely affirmative.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:03 | 3218496 Totentänzerlied
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The law covers the entire jurisdiction like a giant cloak of tank armor. Or something.

Any other questions?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:48 | 3218650 zero deception
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ONe quesiton. Define 'or something.'

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 03:40 | 3219228 mkhs
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As a law abiding citizen, you should attempt to detain the criminal drone using whatever means necessary.  Remember, it probably was intent on attacking so you can preemptively attack it.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:24 | 3218565 Cabreado
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Of course not.
In the context of "drones," that's the point.

Zoom out a little, recognize the forces in play, extrapolate the results, and cheer on the well-intentioned people of Charlottesville.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:32 | 3218587 sitenine
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What the fuck are you talking about? Good intentions accomplish what with who now? You're going to have to be a little more specific.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:41 | 3218629 Cabreado
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No, I don't have to be a little more specific.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:50 | 3218662 sitenine
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Are you trying to say the sheeple wont stand for it? ROFLMAO! They voted for Obama TWICE, you idiot. And in case you haven't been paying attention, there is no rule of law. None. Zero. Hello? Is this thing on??

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:57 | 3218685 magpie
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If it is no longer a nation of laws, what is it then

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 23:00 | 3218700 sitenine
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Wed, 02/06/2013 - 01:22 | 3219069 Anusocracy
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A nation of meat-puppets.

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