Thursday, April 4, 2013

Drones Over America

President Obama has made increasing use of unmanned so called drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and now, it's been reported, in Somalia, and not that I see much mention of the opposition to his drone warfare in the corporate media, but it has reached a point that I've heard him have to defend it.

"Predator" drone
Those who defend the use of drones, including the president, talk about how accurate they are, but the opposition to them on the Left comes from the fact that thousands of innocents have been killed in drone attacks.

Ostensibly drones are a way of waging war without risking US lives -- which as everyone knows are more valuable than the lives of people from other countries, especially when it comes to the PR wars our government wages to keep peoples' minds off the imperialist wars it conducts to extend the reach of US Capital.

Drones are quickly becoming the latest tool in the surveillance state. Some 8o police departments have applied to the FAA for licenses to fly drones, and strangely enough, or not so strangely, according to PSLweb, "Last year’s funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration included language requiring the agency to approve within 90 days local law enforcement agency requests to use small drones that weigh no more than 4.4 pounds and fly no higher than 400 feet. It also called for the FAA to adopt rules allowing for the “safe integration” of drones into U.S. airspace by Sept. 30, 2015."

The ACLU, in calling for rules to be put in place to govern the use of drones by police, warns, "Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America."
 
But drones are a growing cash cow for the military-industrial complex, so expect the ones used by the police to keep getting bigger and more sophisticated and to eventually include not just high powered cameras that can look down into the back yard of everyone in the country, but weapons, too.



The Vanguard drone helicopter shown here, which can carry weapons, is already in use by Montgomery County, TX police in north Houston. According to a web site called Die Less it was paid for with a $300,000 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security, which has recently come under scrutiny for providing local law enforcement agencies with millions of dollars worth of military hardware and high powered ammunition.

The purpose of which, one can guess, is to defend the security of the owners of the homeland from us.



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