Private Spy Drone A Reality

Eye spySome months ago, this blogger mused at the possibility that surplus military spy drones would soon find their way into the hands of nosy neighborhood spy committees. Drones used by an HOA? Naw, too far out to be plausible.

Well, it wasn’t such a crazy prediction after all. A cheap spy drone was actually used over a meat-packing plant near Oak Cliff, Texas, to spy on the Columbia Meat Packing plant. Now, video from the spy drone is being used in criminal indictments of the owners of the plant for illegally dumping pigs blood into the Trinity River. The fines could be huge, up to one-and-a-half million dollars, making the drone purchase a pretty worthwhile investment.

How long will it take for these surplus drones to end up in the hands of the HOA police so they can scope out that illegal hot tub in your back yard? Believe me. Not long.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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