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West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton tells "Trifecta" drones not needed in the U.S.


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Congressman Fred Upton told the Trifecta that he doesn’t see the need for Drones in the U.S.

The issue is heating up because of a presidential memo that spells out when drones can be used to take out U.S. Citizens working for al-Qaida.

Over 80 police agencies, university researchers and other organizations have filed for permits to use drones in the U.S.

Apparently the U.S. Customs Service has been using drones to gaurd the southern border with Mexico for the last 7 years. 

Police agencies say they can be used to trail escaping criminals or equipped with infra-red to find lost children or Alzheimer’s patients, and do it a lot less expensively than a manned aircraft.

Civil Rights groups say they would be used to invade privacy, but supporters say if you aren’t doing anything wrong, than you shouldn’t have anything to fear.