JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Republican Congressman Ted Yoho tells WOKV News he wants to protect Americans from warrantless drone searches.
He’s written a letter to Chairman John Carter (R-TX) and David Price (D-NC) of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security asking them to make sure that no funding for the next fiscal year be given to warrantless drone surveillance of Americans on U.S. territory.
“We’ve seen an increase in drone use away from the borders, as well as an increase in lending drones to state and local law enforcement,” Yoho says. “As drones become more accessible throughout the country it is our duty as members of Congress to ensure that our constitutional protections remain intact.”
The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures; Yoho says that’s what he wants to do here. He says the government can still use drones for surveillance, but they must make sure to get a court order and have probable cause before that happens.
Yoho says he sees this as oversight, and a way to prevent drones from becoming a big domestic problem in the future.