The Congress passes a bill which may lead to 30,000 unmanned drones patrolling the skies over American cities
On December 10th of 2011 I wrote this post about a story in North Dakota where the police called in an unmanned drone to assist in a police operation against three American citizens. In that post I admitted that this case seemed to be a benign and legitimate reason to call in unmanned drones to track down three criminals, but I also lamented the fact that eventually the use of unmanned drones would be expanded over time until there were drones flying over American cities and spying on Americans who have done nothing wrong and do not deserve to be spied on by law enforcement officials or the United States government.
Here is part of what I wrote in that post:
This story might be a benign example of the usage of a Predator drone on American soil, using a drone on a reconnaissance mission to ensure a situation is safe before the police enter a potentially dangerous situation seems harmless enough, but does anyone not think that their usage will become more commonplace as we move forward if we simply accept this? And as Predator drones flying over American soil becomes more commonplace are we to believe that they will not gain the authority to take more enlarged powers in law enforcement?
I am not talking about a future where Predator drones are called on to fire on American citizens, but rather a future where the drones are routinely flying over American cities and spying on Americans under the justification of stopping potential crimes. I am talking about a future where the military is charged with policing the American people BEFORE a crime has taken place.
Part of my concern over the use of drones was nestled in the fact that the president signed into law the Defense Authorization Bill, which deemed United States soil as an official battlefield on the war on terror and authorized the president to use military force against citizens of the United States on American soil.
It now appears as if my fear was justified, but it might be happening even sooner that I feared it would.
Today the Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act and Barack Obama is expected to sign it if and when it reaches his desk. This bill includes a provision which authorizes the FAA to study implementing regulations and licensing of thousands of unmanned drones, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 drones could be flying over American cities by the year 2020.
The age of a Big Brother police state is nearly upon us and we can thank the Tea Party House of Representatives, who were elected on the promise of a concept of constitutional governance, smaller government, liberty, and personal responsibility, all the while touting an anti-nanny state agenda, for thrusting this police state upon us.
When drones are flying over the cities of the United States we can thank the very people we elected to shrink the government for expanding the use of drones into an every day inconvenience on law abiding American citizens. Remember this when you look up in the sky and see Big Brother watching us from high above.
I was expecting something like this if Barack Obama was reelected, but I did not foresee the Tea Party House delivering it into his hands.