America is not a battlefield, and its citizens are not “insurgents in need of vanquishing,” argues a civil rights attorney who is urging the governor of Virginia to move forward carefully in the state’s use of the remote-controlled aerial vehicles.

“A rapid adoption of drone technology before properly vetting the safety, privacy and civil liberties issues involved would be a disaster,” said John W. Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, in a letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today.

Whitehead was reacting to a radio interview in which McDonnell said that the use of drones in American skies was “great” and “the right thing to do.”

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