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Ted Yoho Looks to Eliminate Funds for Drones Spying on Americans

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., sent a letter this week to U.S. House Homeland Security Appropriations Chairman John Carter, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., the ranking Democrat on that subcommittee, urging them to ensure there will be no funding on warrantless drone surveillance of U.S. citizens on U.S. territory for the next fiscal year.

We have 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 said on Tuesday. As drones become more accessible throughout the country, it is our duty as members of Congress to ensure that our constitutional protections remain intact.

I want to ensure that no funding for fiscal year 2015 be made available for warrantless drone surveillance of U.S. citizens on U.S. territory, Yoho added. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires that warrants be based on probable cause. While the framers may not have envisioned an America with drones, the principles and protections laid out in the Constitution still endure today. It is my duty to uphold the Fourth Amendment in order to protect the privacy and liberty of all Americans.

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