to match the permits to build the drones themselves.
This is all according to official FAA releases and thankfully transferred into this easily navigated map using Google Earth to plot the points, and you can find the interactive version at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. There is also complete lists of all the certificates and permits awarded by the FAA in this recent release.
Jennifer Lynch at EFF paraphrased the truth behind what this really means. The answer is Nothing…yet
“Unfortunately, these lists leave many questions unanswered. For example, the COA list does not include any information on which model of drone or how many drones each entity flies. In a meeting with the FAA today, the agency confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006. As there are only about 60 entities on the COA list, this means that many of the entities, if not all of them, have multiple COAs (for example, an FAA representative today said that University of Colorado may have had as many as 100 different COAs over the last six years). The list also does not explain why certain COA applications were “disapproved” and when other authorizations expired.”
That seems like a fair appraisal for now. We are basically left with enough information to know we’re getting f*@<=d, but not enough to hold a politician accountable. I understand that standard is very high, but it is reality. If the congressman is not flooded with calls and outrage over a certain issue, he votes party lines without even reading the bill. That is only if he shows up that day.
The bigger question for me is, why isn’t the pubic outraged? We are the public, we are outraged!
And there you have it. We must be spending to much time arguing with people online when we should be robo-dialing our congressmen and senators. I don’t care what the bullsh*t media wants to report on this week, but I know what the public is pissed off about. I would assume 99.5% of the population today would prefer to save some money, rather than spend it on UAV’s to spy on ourselves. The .5% would be the few people that were lucky enough to find work, but it turned out to be this drone and after we put a vote to it, they are sh!t our of luck. (I really do feel bad for them). That is just the economic argument. Think about what this effects Constitutionally? Well we don’t know how bad it is yet, they are only beginning to tell us what they plan on telling us, and that can’t start at a very high percentage of info.
I don’t care to know the details about this. I know that we do not need 68 domestic drone launch sites. These are not coastal areas either, Blacksburg Va, where Virginia Tech will base it’s surveillance program for graduates in the next decade, is 5 hours from any coast. And it gets worse…..Kansas? Utah? What is it they need to know out there? NOTHING.
Call and e-mail your “local politicians” and ask “Why did you let this thing get built in our back yard?”.
They want outrage? Let’s burn up their phone-lines and go inbox bashing this week!!
Go to house.gov and enter your zip code and they give you all the info you need to contact all your representatives.