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West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton tells "Trifecta" drones not needed in the U.S.

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone flies over an undisclosed location in this undated photograph. Customs and Border Protection has been flying drones over the Arizona desert and southwest border with Mexico since 2006 and will soon deploy one in North Dakota to patrol the Canadian border as well. To match feature USA-SECURITY/DRONES REUTERS/General Atomics Aeronautical Systems/Handout (UNITED STATES).
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone flies over an undisclosed location in this undated photograph. Customs and Border Protection has been flying drones over the Arizona desert and southwest border with Mexico since 2006 and will soon deploy one in North Dakota to patrol the Canadian border as well. To match feature USA-SECURITY/DRONES REUTERS/General Atomics Aeronautical Systems/Handout (UNITED STATES).

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Congressman Fred Upton told the Trifecta that he doesn’t see the need for Drones in the U.S.

The issue is heating up because of a presidential memo that spells out when drones can be used to take out U.S. Citizens working for al-Qaida.

Over 80 police agencies, university researchers and other organizations have filed for permits to use drones in the U.S.

Apparently the U.S. Customs Service has been using drones to gaurd the southern border with Mexico for the last 7 years. 

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.

 

 

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