Stop the Use of Spy Planes for Citizen Surveillance

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Stop the Use of Spy Planes for Citizen Surveillance

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Sandra Valdez started this petition to Mayor of Lancaster, California R. Rex Parris and

In November of 2011 the City Council voted unanimously to use a spy plane to fly over Lancaster, California and conduct constant surveillance of happenings down below starting in May of 2012, but it actually took to the sky in August 2012.

The Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft has infrared imaging and a video camera would be dispatched for general-purpose surveillance, regardless of whether there’s any suspicion that a crime is being committed or not. Any footage received can be kept up to two years or longer. The infared imagery actually allows the plane to tell how many people are in your home based on the heat coming out of it.

This is a blatant invasion of privacy! Citizens and visitors of Lancaster have the right to go about their business free from Big Brother-esque surveillance.

Aside from the privacy issue, this plane is very expensive! The spy plane is supposed to run around 10 hours per day. It costs around $300 an hour, nearly $90,000 a MONTH to run! This financial burden lands on the citizens of Lancaster through an increase in city taxes.

Furthermore, since this aircraft began violating our rights as citizens, it has helped to apprehend less than one dozen criminals and law breakers. This job would be done more efficently and with more success by already implemented police helicopters and more officers on the ground and on patrol, called out only when expressly needed during the time that it would be useful in assisting with a birds eye view and without continually filming and recording citizens who have done nothing wrong.

Please sign and ask Mayor R. Rex Parris, Vice Mayor Ronald Smith, and the rest of the Lancaster City Council to change their mind about the plane and to stop it from surveilling Lancaster's citizens. It is an invasion of privacy and a frivolous use of tax payer money.

Thank you.

For more information please visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NoSpyPlanesinLancasterCA

 

The following are news articles about this travesty:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/lancaster-surveillance-plane_n_1096126.html

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/spy-plane/

http://www.infowars.com/california-city-deploys-controversial-spy-plane/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_21388661/lancasters-new-surveillance-plane-draws-praise-protest

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This petition had 84 supporters