Seattle Mayor McGinn directed the Seattle Police (yes that Seattle Police) to abandon its plans to use spy drones to data mine every citizen that is within the drones field of view.
The plan to use the drones drew strong opposition from the ACLU and local citizens after the city held a PUBLIC hearing.
Seems the militarism of the local police is still a threat to individual liberty, however, since the drones are federally funded, I wouldn't mind Holder using the drones to spy on the SPD.McGinn said the two drones purchased by the city with federal funds will be returned to their vendor.
The drones were returned to the manufacturer. Whose idea was this? Shouldn't you have the hearing before wasting tax dollars on domestic surveillance technology?
This comes on the heels of 30 cameras being recently installed along the Seattle waterfront without any discussion or deliberation from the public (we see why, the would have been rejected) While the cameras cannot see 'inside buildings' they essentially are used to protect the port from local threats to its operation. Recently $7 Million dollars worth of Nintendo Wiis were stolen from the port.