Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Drone Hunting Licenses and Bounties Now Off-Limits in Colorado

Only for "21st Century Bird Watching"
Joe Wright
Activist Post

The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado made national news in July of last year when they announced the bold proposal of offering residents bounties of $100 for every drone shot down via official drone hunting licenses that would be made available.

The proposal understandably drew the ire of the FAA who stated that those engaging in such activity would be severely penalized.

As Mac Slavo wrote:
Phillip Steel, who authored the original proposal in Deer Trail, Colorado says his ordinance is a “pre-emptive strike” against what he calls a “virtual prison” being created through continued expansion of the surveillance state. (Source)
Despite an initial wave of support for the concept, the small contingent of voters have now decided overwhelmingly to defeat the measure.
Town officials say 73 percent of the 188 votes cast were against the measure. 
Deer Trail has 348 registered voters, but officials say many of those are probably inactive. 
However, the central message went far beyond this tiny community and forced a federal response and wide mainstream news coverage. According to supporters, all is not lost:
Federal aviation authorities warned it's a crime to shoot at drones, but backers said the measure was a tongue-in-cheek challenge to surveillance programs. 
Some residents called the election a novelty response to show displeasure and raise money through permits.

For now at least, any drones flying over this town will not be shot down, and might be relegated to mere drone spotting; or, as artist/activist Ruben Pater calls it "21st Century Bird Watching." Pater's drone spotting guide, which served as the image for this article, is complete with survival tips - like using the reflective aluminum surface of the guide itself. It's available in multiple languages HERE for $15 including shipping, or via various free downloads at the same link. For now, this will have to suffice.

Meanwhile, if drones do start taking flight in swarms over the U.S. and employed as death machines like they have in foreign countries, a new bill has been proposed to force the government to reveal drone strike casualties. Perhaps if such a death toll is visited upon U.S. citizens inside the United States, the Colorado proposal will no longer look like a mere novelty after all.


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Paul Panza said...

All is fair in Love and War, let it be known that there shall be no drone anywhere more important than my life, my freedom and my happiness. And there shall be no King of Drones above This Person. Does anybody really care what the federal government says anymore? I'm surprised a well armed citizens group even wasted they're time with tongue-and-cheek shenanigans. Any kid with a good allowance from mom and dad, a computer, some off the shelf drone hi-jacking tech and the grit to save they're own lives may find it a wise investment, something as enjoyable as any video game in real time.

Hide Behind said...

You just gotta give credit to those who build sell and operate drones, anything for a buck is the name of game and they play it well.
They are not lowlife but fine upstanding examples of americas best, models we must pattern our children upon, to be held in high esteem for having a job in a growing industry.
They help lay to rest any claims of americans having any traces of nobility of purpose othrr than making a buck.
And then we have those in police and private security all under our Domestic military forces, Department of Homeland Security that has even religious institutions aiding in policing society.
A brain dead but pockets full military that cannot tell diffrrence between pldge of Allegiance to a Uniform or a flags ideals and is aiding those who criminalize those who do.
Passangers in a handbasket on its wY to hell; where passangers are too busy to notice they are all paddling with the current.

Anonymous said...

God dammit, people! Just shoot the f*cking things down! Stop letting TPTB walk all over you!

Anonymous said...

The data of the American drones intercepted by the program, which is distributed free of charge on the Internet, and are to blame for all Russian programmers. This is not the plot of a bad action movie, but a brief contents of the article, published in the Wall Street Journal. According to the publication, and it refers to a leakage of the high circles of the Pentagon and the CIA, the Iraqi and Afghan fighters can easily get the information that an unmanned plane-spy sends to the earth. To do this, use the Sky Grabber. It has developed a Russian company Sky Software. On the site trial version of the utility can be downloaded in a matter of seconds. "Weighs" it's only 7,6 megabytes and will work 15 days - then the program can be bought for $ 26.
reporters of the Wall Street Journal came out in connection with one of the employees of the company. He said that about any hidden possibilities of the program when creating not even think. However, do not rule out that the interception of the intelligence, which is transmitted from satellites, it is possible, if the information is not encoded
If believe the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon remains only throw up hands - it turns out that the data from unmanned drones are not encoded in principle.
SkyGrabber v3.1

The Wall Street Journal: "Air Force is buying hundreds of Reaper drones, a newer model, whose video feeds could be intercepted in much the same way as with the "Predators"

Hide Behind said...

Whoa there; To advise anyone to fire upon a drone is not a good idea; and to actualy fire upon one is an even worse idea.
There are no restrictions upon what a drone may "pack", and an attack upon one will undoubtably be illegal under any state laws, and be considered as an act of agression upon The United States by the fed if it is one of their authorized.
A drone seen does not mean alone, the sound of rifle fire by one can show directionbut two or more with it and you have pinpoi t accuracy.
Speaking of Accuracy some have both cameras and a semi automatick 338 lapua that is computer assissted even to stabilizing drone platform and can hit targets over 1200 meters distant.
And the amount of damage a full on military drone can inflict is scary.
Your police will soonhave full county or major metro central base with remote operators but as to ones police are looking at now are almost fully surveilance mode and do not have long range nor time capability.
They are here to remain and will only become more refined and more in numbers as years go by.
No the ideas of small delivery buisness useage is a smoke screen as expense and logistics is beyond small.
Will there be large and financial industrial use of drones for delivery; Of course.
The red necks morning and nightly ritual of pissing off the back porch may have to end tho, unless your packing while pissing.

Anonymous said...

Everybody wave goodbye to America as she fades into the distance.

Anonymous said...

I say we shoot them down

modulemaster said...

What about the prosumer drones used by R/C hobbyists that are just minding their own business? Then again, the observer on the ground doesn't know the intentions and understandably irritated.

Anonymous said...

In May 2006 Mark Klein is a former AT&T technician in San Francisco, leaked knowledge of his company's cooperation with the United States National Security Agency in installing network hardware to monitor, capture, and process American telecommunications.

Klein revealed that AT&T allowed the NSA to construct and equip a secret room in a San Francisco AT&T switching center, with data-mining equipment that forwarded internet traffic to the NSA. Klein said the equipment used to capture 100% of the internet traffic passing through the San Francisco hub was manufactured by an Israeli company, named Narus Inc. In 2010, Narus became a subsidiary of BOEING, located in Sunnyvale, CA.

Narus equipment made it possible for the NSA to monitor everything Americans do in the virtual world of the internet. With BOEING's help, drones will make it possible for the NSA to monitor everything Americans do in the real world.

Narus Inc:

NSA Leak Vindicates AT&T Whistleblower (Mark Klein)
Wired ~ June 27, 2013

Rabbit said...

Yes exactly. Anything less is just grinning and bearing it.

Anonymous said...

Good luck hitting them at 17,000 feet...

Anonymous said...

all this says is you wont get the 100 dollars ^^.
they all gotta land sometime

lasers mess them up, use a dragon laser, powerful.
knock to ground, set on fire.

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