Governments Are Using Drones to Spy on Americans. Here’s How People Are Fighting Back

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Patrick Carroll

“Todd [Maxon] likes to fix up cars, and he keeps a number of vehicles on his property. For years the Township has been going after the couple for zoning violations, accusing them of illegally storing ‘junk’ on their property. But here’s the kicker. The cars can’t even be seen from outside the property … that is, unless you fly a drone overhead. And that’s exactly what the Township did. Without even attempting to get a warrant, the Township hired a contractor to fly a drone as low as 150 feet over the Maxons’ property multiple times over two years. The Township is now trying to use the pictures taken by the drone as evidence that the Maxons are violating a local zoning ordinance.” (11/16/22)