Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
- Joined: Nov. 3, 2013
- Gender: F
- Neighborhood: Julian
- Hometown: Julian, CA.
- Occupation: Director of Education, investigative journalist, reporter, radio show host.
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Concerned residents of San Diego County have joined together to form a citizens action group, ‘Back Country Voices.’
Back Country Voices will provide the necessary public outreach and education to better address the ramifications of a ‘National Drone Testing Site’ in our back country.
It was recently noted (September 24) in the UT San Diego, KPBS, and several news channels, that the 5 San Diego County Supervisors voted unanimously to approve San Diego back country as one of the 6 proposed 'National Drone Test Sites' to be determined by the FAA in December, 2013.
There have been no public forums, informational hearings or opportunities for concerned citizens to ask about the drone test sites, nor has there been any venue to express concerns and public input. In fact, many area residents do not even know that this proposal is being considered.
'Back Country Voices' has filled these gaps by scheduling public forums to address questions and concerns regarding drones in the back country.
In response to questions and concerns about domestic drones, ‘BCV’ has invited members of the FAA, ACLU, the Cal UAS Portal team, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, law enforcement, S.D. Veterans for Peace Foundation, State and local officials, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), environmentalist, firefighters, and others.
We love the back country of San Diego, that’s why we live here!
Sure, we might make some sacrifices that city living has to offer; there are few employment opportunities here, higher gas prices, food, heat, etc., but we choose to live here for some very fundamental reasons; smaller school sizes, very low crime, it’s absolutely beautiful, we know our neighbors and can count on our community. What more could you ask for?
Should we exchange the treasures of our Constitutional Rights, safety, privacy, and potential environmental hazards, for a “testing” ground for drones?
Is this the world you want your kids to live in?
No rights? No choice? No Voice?
Think about it.
While drones have proven beneficial for scientific purposes, Americans need to weigh these benefits against the very real threat drones bring to the rights we have been granted by the Constitution. If we allow the government to strip us of our Rights how much farther will they go?
Informed citizens are truly the strength of a democracy.
Please join us and share your voice!
BCV Facebook grp. - https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/170624526472012/
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