Laws needed to deter spying by government

Thanks to The News for its June 22 editorial, “Drone rules needed.” Yes, drone deployment rules must be made by our legislators. Without such rules, drones could spy on backyard barbecues or at political rallies, recording facial recognition and license plates of political opponents. This is similar to the new snooping on the entire body politic – our phones, emails, GPS and gun and tax records.

Since 1919, the executive branch has deployed lock-step, vacuous personnel for such surveillance that needs review by the Supreme Court. Sen. Rand Paul has asked for this. He, Rep. John Conyers and others have introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013, which ensures our constitutional protections are not violated by any government entity.

Steve Kaylor

Niagara Falls