“Flight Plan: Charting a Course for Drones in Washington,” is a recently made documentary by a nonprofit public affairs television station that discusses the uses and abuses of the drone industry. Most people, on hearing the word drone, immediately relate the word to Washington and the way in which the U.S. government has adopted the use of drones to police its citizens. There is a reason that this is the first thought people jump to.
As Matthew Kellgrew, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee’s legal fellow, says in the documentary “most people know that drones can be objects of war that kill people abroad.” The documentary poses the idea that drones might someday be used for beneficial reasons that don’t involve invading the personal lives of U.S. citizens and citizens abroad during wartime. The documentary gives examples such as hobbyists who fly drones for fun, as well as farmers, and firefighters. (more…)