Following President Obama's speech today on drone policy, Kentucky's junior senator, Republican Rand Paul, responded: "I'm glad the President finally acknowledged that American citizens deserve some form of due process. But I still have concerns over whether flash cards and PowerPoint presentations represent due process; my preference would be to try accused U.S. citizens for treason in a court of law."
Yesterday, Sen. Paul introduced a bill in the congress to protect Americans agaist unwarranted drone surveillance.
Calling his proposed legislation the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013, Sen. Paul is attempting to protect an individual's right to privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. While the use of drone aircraft and technology continues to expand in all areas of the government, the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act will ensure the protection of every American citizen's right to personal privacy.
"The use of drone surveillance may work on the battlefields overseas, but it isn't well-suited for unrestrained use on the streets in the United States. Congress must be vigilant in providing oversight to the use of this technology and protection for rights of the American people. I will continue the fight to protect and uphold our Fourth Amendment," Sen. Paul said.
The Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013 also:
- Prohibits the use of drones owned or funded by the federal government in an evidence-collection or surveillance capacity unless a warrant authorizing the action has been obtained.
- Includes the following exceptions:
- patrol of national borders;
- when there is imminent danger to life;
- high risk of a terrorist attack.
- Specifies that no evidence obtained or collected in violation of this Act can be used/admissible as evidence in a criminal, civil, or regulatory action.