New York Assembly Bill 06244, Protection Against Unwarranted Surveillance, is a bill to nullify warrantless drone spying. AB06244 has passed the Committee on Codes. This bill will soon be going to the floor, and AB06244 needs your help to move forward.
AB06244 is expected to be up for a vote on on the Assembly Floor very soon. Contact your legislator in the state Assembly, and let them know you support this important bill to preserve the privacy rights of the residents of New York.
1. Contact your State Assemblymember. Strongly, but respectfully, tell them to vote YES for AB06244. Contact info here:
2. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Using model legislation from the Tenth Amendment Center, you can introduce legislation to nullify Drones in your city, town, and county with the Privacy Protection Act.
Model legislation here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/privacy-protection-act/
3. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
4. Connect with us on Social Media. Stay up to date on bills going through the legislature. Like us on our Facebook page at the New York Tenth Amendment Center here.
While the state Privacy Protection Act applies to state and local law enforcement, and not federal drone us, it’s still a strong step forward to protect against federal plans for drone spying around the country. At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are relying almost solely to get states and local communities to start drone programs. Federal agencies are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them.
In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.
In fact, this has been as much as confirmed by a drone industry lobbyist who testified in opposition to a similar bill in Washington State, saying that such restrictions would be extremely destructive to the drone market and industry.
The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing.’ Bills like these put a dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.