Facing Opposition From Privacy Advocates, Drone Hawks Fire Back

Maintenence personel check a Predator drone before its surveillance flight near the Mexican border on Mar. 7, 2013 from Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona Photograph by John Moore/Getty Images

The domestic drone wars are turning nasty. Last week Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called for tight regulation of civilian drone technology and an outright ban on “minidrones” he fears could buzz overhead and spy on us in our homes or backyards. Schmidt went further, saying he supports international treaties that would prevent a free-for-all of unmanned aircrafts in the skies above, which could have a potentially huge chilling effect on the “fastest-growing” segment of the global aerospace industry.

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