Bob McDonnell, GOP Gov., Wants Drones Policing Virginia Because They're Used 'On The Battlefield': "Virginia is for drones.
Or rather, since drones are good for fighting insurgents in Afghanistan, they must be good for policing Virginia.
That was the message Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell told WTOP Radio on Tuesday, when he praised drone technology as "great" and urged its use domestically for the same reasons it is deployed overseas.
"I think we ought to be using technology to make law enforcement more productive; it cuts down on manpower in the air -- and more safe," he said. "That's why we use it on the battlefield."
Civil liberties "like privacy" need to be addressed, but if drones keep police officers safe and save money, using them was "absolutely the right thing to do," McDonnell said.
The Department of Homeland Security recently launched a $4 million program to accelerate the adoption of unmanned drones by police and other public safety agencies."
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