Federal Furloughs Averted — for now — Drones and Privacy Rights


Rick Rogers – Military Headline News



The United States keeps droning on — as in the unmanned flying machines that is.

Problem is privacy laws aren’t keeping up with emerging  surveillance technology. That needs to change to protect the privacy rights from the thousands of drones expected to fly U.S. skies in the coming years.

At least that’s what legal experts recently told a Senate panel.

Things are really getting testy on Capitol Hill over the long waits veterans are enduring for benefits. 

Frustrated lawmakers are now calling out Veterans Affairs officials by name.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants Allison Hickey, the VA’s top benefits administrator, to find a new job. The VA claims backlog now stands at some 900,000 cases.

Furloughs, what furloughs? 

At the 11th hour congress sent a funding resolution to the president that at least temporarily stops the furloughs of about 800,000  Pentagon workers.



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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.