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Comment: Two sides of the coin (Score 2) 534

As much as it pains me I see two sides of this issue: 1) Anyone who is a public employee is subject to oversight in my humble opinion. Especially folks that wear badges, carry weapons and have arrest powers. It effects several of the rights of US citizens. 2) I understand the need for operational security, especially where organized crime (drug cartels, for example) are involved. If SWAT is used, for instance, in taking down a major drug dealers "safe house" and the probable cause they had was the result of undercover police then I'd say that is an example of records that need to be sealed for the safety of the undercover police involved. Undercover cops hang their skins over the line enough just doing what they do. There needs to be a fair balance between allowing law enforcement to do their jobs and the public "right to know." Some secrets I don't believe should be public knowledge if the safety of the lives acting on good faith are involved. Remember: law enforcement is done by human beings. I shudder to think of a "Robocop" scenario playing out in this country.

Comment: OK... so the devil is in the details (Score 4, Informative) 297

Drones are not the only way to get in trouble with the FAA. If you are into LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) there is a maximum altitude your rocket can go and if you expect it to exceed that altitude you need to clear it with air traffic control before launch. It only makes sense given the obvious potential for havoc. The person cited in this article did commit some questionable acts. Crashing into buildings and crash landing the drone were people were milling about and going about their day is not cool. It only takes one "oops" where property damage or personal bodily injury occurs and the hobby will end up being heavily regulated.

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