On behalf of the National Press Photographers Association, our general counsel Mickey Osterreicher helped draft and send a statement to the House and Senate regarding concerns on the Counter-UAS proposals under consideration for inclusion in the FAA reauthorization.
The statement addresses drone threats while protecting the First Amendment. The NPPA recommends three changes (see PDF) to any Counter-UAS provision before it's enacted into law.
"Our goal is to preserve the collaboration that currently exists between the FAA and the media when it comes to newsgathering near disaster recovery areas, search and rescue operations and other issues of public concern near covered facilities and assets," says Osterreicher.
Reported in Politico today by Stephanie Beasley: "The actions that the agencies can take happen without oversight whatsoever and due process," said Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU senior legislative counsel, adding that "in a case where let's say these agencies decide to use force against a drone or decide to seize a drone, there's no approval from a judge required before or after the fact."
These concerns were also shared with the staff of Chairman McCaul and Congresswoman Hartzler.