Drones to Patrol U.S. Skies

MQ-1 Predator Drone

MQ-1 Predator Drone

By now, people worldwide are used to seeing drones on the evening news.  Unmanned drones, like the MQ-1 Predator are the new face of warfare.  Drones do not require a pilot to be physically on board and decrease amounts of military personnel casualties.  Despite their ability to diminish allied losses of life, these machines have led to a great many deaths.  Predator drones, manufactured by General Atomics, and used by the U.S. government in operations in the Middle East, have the ability to be equipped with Hellfire missiles.  The combination of Predator drones and Hellfire missiles has been especially deadly to foreign civilians.  In fact, it has been said that drones kill 50 civilians for every one “suspected” terrorist–like American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki.

Predator drone firing Hellfire missile.

Predator drone firing Hellfire missile.

A recent poll found that 56% of Americans favor continued drone strikes against enemy combatants on foreign soil.  Those who took part in the poll favored the strikes because drones effectively kill suspected terrorists and minimize American casualties.  However, how will these Americans feel when they find out that Predator drones are headed for U.S. skies?  Well, like it or not, they’re coming.  According to an article from the L.A. Times, federal authorities are increasing their efforts to license the use of drones to local law enforcement agencies and other institutions.  Contrary to popular belief, this licensed drone use is not new; since 2007, the Federal government has issued over 1,400 licenses to police, universities, and public works departments.  Not all of the authorized drones are of the Predator type–some are even as small as model airplanes.

Most Americans are not concerned with drones spying into every aspect of their lives.  They have an “I’m not doing anything wrong, so I don’t have anything to hide” attitude.  As history has taught us, all law-abiding citizens have something to fear in a government that wishes to spy on its citizens.  In the USSR, government and citizens spies victimized many citizens who were not engaging in malfeasance.  Most Americans truly have nothing to hide.  I have nothing to hide.  If the police searched my home at this very moment, they would not discover any illegal items.  No drugs.  No explosives.  No illegal guns. However, the Fourth Amendment states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Simply, I will not consent to any search unless the police have a warrant. I also do not consent to being spied upon by a drone.  Why?  It’s my right to privacy.  The government (at any level) has no right to invade my privacy unless it has been duly authorized by a court of law.  This is the American way.

While many law enforcement agencies would only use this new technology to conduct surveillance on known criminals, others will not.  The authorized use of drones on domestic criminals will soon lead to spying on the general public.  According to the L.A. Times article, local agencies spend nearly $600 per hour to fly manned aircraft; they only pay $25 per hour to fly unmanned drones.  This significantly less expensive option will lead to significantly more unwarranted surveillance. 

If local government agencies begin using drones for surveillance purposes, how long will it be before they being using them for offensive purposes?  As already stated, certain drones are capable of firing missiles.  I fully expect that drones, armed with missiles, machine guns, or sniper rifles, will be used by local law enforcement agencies within the next decade.

Luckily, some Americans have rejected the use of drones for civilian uses.  Recently, Charlottesville, VA, placed a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by city officials.  Others jurisdictions are following suit.  The taking of pictures of private property by use of a remote control aircraft, even ones used by hobbyists, may soon be banned in Texas.    These are steps in the right direction; they are steps to enhanced liberty, and they are steps that may eventually save lives.

 

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Inaugurating Four More Years of Socialism

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SUBMIT TO THE DICTATOR

Today, 700,000 brainwashed American lemmings in Washington, D.C., watched and celebrated the inauguration of a dictator.  They cheered.  They waved flags.  Some of them even shed tears of joy.  Millions of other Americans, many in a media-induced stupor, watched on television. All who supported Obama in 2008, 2012, and today, share a similar desire: global socialism.  Anyone paying attention to the dictator was well aware of the collectivist fantasies on display in his inaugural address. Just see it for yourself.

What did he say?  Here are some examples:

“Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Please, Mr. Obama, tell me more about the NDAA and indefinite detention.  Tell me more about how you extended the USA PATRIOT ACT during your first-term.  Please, tell your loyal subjects how you continually claim to “support the Second Amendment,” but are pushing for ineffective assault weapons bans, firearm registration, and eventual confiscation.  Actions speak louder than words.

“Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.”

Hard work?  Personal responsibility?  These are words that are truly foreign to anyone who would actually support the collectivist ideas of Barack Obama.  In modern America, nearly half of all people are, in some way, dependent on the government for at least part of their income.  Today, the government dictates how parents will raise their children.  In some areas of the country, the government even tells restaurants how much soda they can legally sell. Is this personal responsibility.?  Maybe so, but only in an Orwellian, 1984, sense.  It certainly has nothing to do with the ideas of personal responsibility espoused in 1776.

“We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class…We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.  So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code…”

Obama is able to tout that we avoided the “Fiscal Cliff,” for now, at least.  But, as one who “supports the middle class,” why is Barack Obama still trying to “revamp our tax code” to eventually raise taxes for all?  Even the writers at Bloomberg, a controlled financial media outlet, agree.
“The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. “
Collectivism.  Collectivism.  Collectivism.  Entitlements are crippling our economy.
“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.”

Read: The end of coal and an extreme rise in energy costs.
“But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war; who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends — and we must carry those lessons into this time as well…We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.”

For a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Hussein Obama is awfully violent.  He’s killed millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya.  He’s killed innocent men, women, and children in his continued and developing drone-strike program, and he’s given the authority of American troops to NATO and the United Nations.  He’s got his eyes set on continued war in Syria and Iran.  The Obama Administration has even told Congress that he will continue to wage war without their consent.
“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”

This is code for “gun control.”
In my opinion, Obama culminated his speech with these words:
“Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness.  Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time.”

With these words, Obama has declared to all Americans that he will define liberty; he will define the role of government (i.e. he will continue act as a dictator, issuing further executive orders to constrain your rights), and he and his cronies will define your path to happiness.
Are you ready to step into 1984?  Obama is.