Game of Drones: The US Authorities they can shoot down any drone if they consider it a threat without the need for a court order
US authorities can now shoot personal drones if they believe
they are a threat, thanks to a new bill signed by President Donald Trump. The
FAA Reauthorization Act, signed by Trump on Friday, includes several points
that aim to update US aviation rules, including new provisions to act against
privately owned drones. In particular, article 1602 of the law describes the
"protection of certain installations and assets of unmanned aircraft"
and authorizes the detection, monitoring and interception of drones
"without the prior consent" of the owner. The authorities have also
been allowed to neutralize a potential threat by using "reasonable force,
if necessary, to deactivate, damage or destroy" the UAV. It specifically
allows federal authorities to shoot down a person's unmanned aerial vehicle
without a warrant.
This has led to associations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argue that "These provisions give the government virtually carte blanche to monitor, seize or even shoot a drone from the sky whether owned by journalists or business entities, without supervision or due process. " The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) agrees and says it endangers the rights of the First and Fourth Amendment to freedom of expression and protection against seizures of unsecured devices. In quDron we do not agree with the position of these organizations, the drones have evolved exponentially to the point that today it is possible to design "kamikaze" drones and in fact several models are already entering service with the armies of Israel and Turkey, the concepts and ideas of how to make a home are available in the network, not having an adequate legal framework to respond to that potential threat would be at least a serious irresponsibility of the authorities, for which we can not but agree with the new provisions adopted by the FAA of the USA
It is necessary to remember that there have been a series of incidents related to the use of unmanned aircraft in the USA., including one that landed on the lawn of the White House in 2015. That case led the Secret Service to take action, although the plane operator did not have to face charges after it was discovered that he simply lost control of the aircraft and did not know he had landed at the residence of former President Barack Obama. Individual well-being must always be subordinated to the general welfare, that axiom must be indisputable when designing regulations and legal provisions, in good time that the FAA has put into practice.