The Qube is flown in a demonstration in Simi Valley, California, October 19, 2011. The tiny drone with four whirling rotors swoops back and forth about 200 feet above the ground scouring the landscape and capturing crystal-clear video of what lies below. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Bill Would Allow For Warrantless Police Surveillance From Above

The final version of a bill regulating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) will go to Governor Chris Christie with a provision that will ensure police can use soon the vehicles, sometimes referred to as “drones,” even without a warrant. Under A1039, the bill passed by both houses authorities will only need to have “probable cause” that a crime was committed, or is being committed, before the unleash drone-assisted surveillance on New Jersey residents. Surveillance for law enforcement purposes would also be allowed if authorities obtain a warrant from a Judge, permission from a property owner, or if the case involves a missing person. Governor Chris Christie still has the option of vetoing the bill.  There are no current regulations on law-enforcement use of UAV’s.