Thursday, February 7, 2013


The Holmes County Times-Advertiser, Feb. 6, 2013, misquoted me. On page A2, they wrote: "I would like to improve the support of he freedom on unwarranted surveillance act," Kegan said. "It is a bill to protect the individual privacy against unwarranted government intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones, and for other purposes."

Considering the meeting was filmed and recorded, I'm surprised that they misquoted. I was going to give the reporter a copy of what I read, but I felt that it would be unnecessary. I was wrong. I emailed the paper this morning requesting that they correct the misquote and print what I actually read to the Congressional Delegation meeting. My email follows:

You misquoted me. This is what I read at the Congressional Delegation meeting:

Hello. My name is Joe Keegan and I live in Bonifay. North Bonifay. In the 2013 Legislative Session, I’d like to encourage you to support The “Freedom of Unwarranted Surveillance Act.” SB 92 is sponsored by Senator Joe Negron and would prohibit any law enforcement agency from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information with the exception of countering a high risk of a terrorist attack. SB 92 also prohibits the use of any evidence to be used in a court of law in violation of this law. Representative Mitch Workman  has filed an identical bill (HB 119) in the House. HB 119 is still waiting for Committee assignments.

It’s an important and necessary bill not only to insure the right of Florida citizens to be left alone, but also to prevent any “Law enforcement agency” from  going  on “fishing trips” for any code or regulatory violations that they can find to meet any revenue shortfalls.  It’s going to be very tempting for towns and cities with budgetary problems to do this in order to raise revenue. However, the only thing that this would accomplish is to anger and inconvenience a lot of people in an already difficult economy.  The boys and girls have the hi-tech toys and they will abuse them. I’ve provided you with a transcript of a brief video that I sent to you earlier regarding such abuse. I hope that you got the chance to view it. Thank you for your time.

I'd like it printed in the Holmes County Times-Advertiser. Thank you.

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