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Rand Paul: I Have No Problem With Amazon Using Delivery Drones

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Sen. Rand Paul – who filibustered for 13 hours in March against the confirmation of CIA head John Brennan to protest the Obama administration’s use of drones – doesn’t have a problem with Amazon using the unmanned aircraft as a delivery service.

Paul, R-Ky., told “Fox News Sunday” that he wouldn’t have a problem with Amazon’s drones because it wouldn’t infringe on privacy.

“I’m not against technology. So, I’m not one of these people who says, ‘Oh, Unmanned airplanes is really a bad thing,’” Paul told Fox News. “My problem is more surveillance for privacy reasons, not with delivering of packages. So I’m worried about the government looking into our backyard. I’m also worried about private companies … counting and looking in our windows.”

Paul continued: There has to be a certain extension of your privacy. Not only your house, but your yard and the things that you do that really people shouldn’t be able to observe all of the time. And so, there will have to be rules on private entities, but really most particularly I’m concerned about the government looking at our activities.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less.

Bezos said the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers. The drones the company is testing have a range of about 10 miles, which Bezos noted could cover a significant portion of the population in urban areas.

Bezos told “60 Minutes” the project could become a working service in four or five years.

Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos’ proposed flying machines won’t need humans to control them remotely. Amazon’s drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings, power lines and other obstacles.

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