Republican Party Platform Advocates Regulation of Drone Surveillance

The Republican Party’s 2012 platform, unveiled at the RNC Tuesday, includes this reference to domestic drone surveillance:

Affirming ‘the right of the people to be secure in their houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,’ we support pending legislation to prevent unwarranted or unreasonable governmental intrusion through the use of aerial surveillance or flyovers on U.S. soil, with the exception of patrolling our national borders. All security measures and police actions should be viewed through the lens of the Fourth Amendment; for if we trade liberty for security, we shall have neither.

The ACLU expressed similar concerns in a report earlier this year, in which we emphasized that the government should be required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause when drone surveillance intrudes on reasonable expectations of privacy.

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