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CDT Spearheads Letter to Congress with Civil Rights Group Warning about Counter-Drone Bill

This morning, more than a dozen civil rights and civil liberties advocates led by CDT sent a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees urging them to fix problems with the Administration’s proposed counter-drone legislation.

The bill renews and expands authority for agencies to identify, monitor, and bring down potentially hostile drones. But, as the letter highlights, the proposal dramatically expands the power to do so beyond legitimate safety needs and removes the sunset system that ensures ongoing oversight of the still-evolving technology. Absent reforms, the proposal could open the door to drones being used by investigative reporters and protesters being brought down by law enforcement without any recourse.

Read the full letter.