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Should Drone Airplanes Be Used In The United States

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Congressional hearings are planned to determine if there should be some sort of oversight when drone aircraft are used to kill American citizens who may be working With al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.   Right now the President makes the call, and there are those who feel no single person should have that kind of power, not even the President.

Congressman Fred Upton told the Trifecta Friday that he doesn’t see the need for Drones in the U.S.   Over 80 police agencies, university researchers and other organizations have filed for permits to use drones domestically.

 Police agencies say they can be used to trail escaping criminals or equipped with infra-red to find lost children or Alzheimer’s patients, and do it a lot less expensively than a manned aircraft.  

Civil Rights groups say they would be used to invade privacy, but supporters say if you aren’t doing anything wrong, than you shouldn’t have anything to fear.

Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers has a high tech concern. He says the country is vulnerable to cyber attacks.   Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee says attacks could shut down financial services or destroy information sources that companies need for daily operations.  He told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that 95% of private sector networks are vulnerable to theft.

There were reports circulating that the Pentagon planned to increase the size of its cyber-army, the computer combatants in their Cyber-command from 900 to nearly 5,000 to protect civilian computer infrastructure and to wage cyber war on others, but the numbers have been disputed. 

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