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03/22/2013 12:55 pm ET

Michael Bloomberg: Drone Usage, 'More Visibility And Less Privacy' Inevitable

During his weekly radio show appearance on Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged the privacy concerns surrounding domestic drones but deemed their usage inevitable.

"It's scary, but what's the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on the building?" Bloomberg answered in response to what he thought of drones monitoring New York. "I mean intellectually I'd have trouble making a distinction. You can't keep the tides from coming in. We're gonna have more visibility and less privacy. I don't see how you stop that."

Earlier this month, a pilot reported a drone spotting near JFK Airport in New York City.

The claim prompted the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration to launch an investigation into the possible sighting.

Domestic drone proponents have dismissed controversy by comparing unmanned aircrafts to helicopters, which have been used for decades.

However, the ACLU is warning against the usage and has sighted drone capabilities to get in places where helicopters cannot as a major privacy concern.

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has come under intense scrutiny for the use of drones and bombings in countries such as Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

A study conducted by several law professors concluded targeted drone strikes have produced a "damaging and counterproductive effect" on Pakistan, killing far more civilians than previously reported.

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