Fast Focus: A Step Forward

December 2, 2012 

There are so many things going on today that make one wonder where it will end. Today I hear that the government can snoop into our old emails. Where will it stop? So, I guess if they can look into our digital communications they might as well use drones to see what else is going on in our supposedly private lives. No skepticism here.

-- ERNIE TODD, Pasco

Clear answer

When the country uses so much technology to track its citizens, including data used for marketing and drones used under the umbrella "protecting its citizens," it is very clear that our privacy is indeed violated! However, those who keep the data and use it, and a government that only cares about its own self interest over its citizens, will tell you your privacy is not violated.

-- DON ADSITT, Benton City

Easy to abuse

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. This is roughly just the first half of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I personally don't have any objections to drones being used, however, having said that, I can foresee the possibility for abuses to a tool like this.

I think if they were to be used in search and rescue, that they would be a very much appreciated asset, but I think their use should be extremely limited to just that or similar functions. Functions must be spelled out statutorily so that abuses are stopped before they happen.

-- ED KENNELLY, Pasco

What are you hiding?

With all our actions being tracked on the Internet -- no, drones do not violate our privacy -- except if you're doing something you shouldn't be doing and could be arrested for. The only people who have something to fear are committing crimes of some sort and are liable for prosecution in any case. I don't have to worry, I'm not committing any crime at any time.

-- DEE BRISTOL, Kennewick

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