The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is one of the most important organizations we have in America today. While most of the country lays fast asleep to the dangers of the encroaching surveillance state, the EFF is always vigilantly at work on the front lines. In their latest article, they show that military drones are already flying all over these United States and, using information received from a FOIA lawsuit they provide important details on what is flying and where. You may be shocked at some of their conclusions.And so to the heart of the argument. Nobody argues that the First Amendment doesn't apply to offset printing, or the Internet, or twitter or email. It's understood that speech is speech, no matter the form. The question then is whether government surveillance is government surveillance no matter the form it takes - agents skulking by the window or reaper drones at 10,000 feet.
If so, then what would James Madison et al. say about the use of lasers to blind surveillance cameras sent without a warrant - and let's be grown up here: the chance that any of these drones flies with a warrant approaches zero.
Technologically-wise, it seems that it would not be too hard to use a laser to blind these things. It might not be hard to set up a mesh network of citizen radar sites to identify the drones.
So here's the question: is it the second, the fourth, or fifth that would protect you if you did this.