Drone mania is coming to America. Law enforcement agencies, companies and universities all want licenses to fly drones. Most of them are getting them. That does not even take into consideration the drones the Federal Government is flying in the United States.
There is a logical development to this story. If you are not worried yet, perhaps you should be.
What is it?
Overseas, the United States flies two types of drones, unarmed and armed.
Is the next logical development for American drones in American airspace to be armed drones?
From CBS News:
With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft.
Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate.
The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and high-resolution cameras.
Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas told The Daily that his department is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone.
“Those are things that law enforcement utilizes day in and day out and in certain situations it might be advantageous to have this type of system on the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle),” McDaniel told The Daily.
Is anyone else just a little concerned about this?
There are a lot of privacy issues with reconnaissance drones just floating around but when we start talking about arming them, even with “non-lethal” weapons, we are taking this to a whole new level.
Here is a question someone should be asking. Why does any law enforcement agency need an armed drone? What is next? Do we start giving the police departments surplus A-10 attack aircraft so if someone barricades themselves in a house, the police can just drop a 500 pound bomb on the house and not have to worry about going in?
There is the other issue of drones being hacked. Many believe the Sentinel drone that was forced down in Iran was in fact hacked. Does anyone doubt that there are hackers out there with that kind of sophistication?
But the question remains, why does ANY law enforcement agency need any type of armed drone, even if the weapons are so-called non-lethal.
That is a question our leaders in Washington need to be asking.
Tell me again who our boogie man is?
Beltway or Baghdad? Chi-Comms? Putin?
Who has cast us into Economic Slavery through debauching of the US Dollar which will end in our National Economic Collapse?
Who is dragging us back into Physical Slavery by destroying our habeas corpus/due process 4th amendment rights with the Indefinite Detention ACT or NDAA 2012?
The Dollar is now worth 3 cents. Trillions of Dollars in China, Japan, UAE, EU, Asian Rim are sitting in accounts waiting to gush forth at signs of "instability" in the US (race riots anyone?), washing away the final pennies of our dollars value.
If you think the NDAA 2012 doesn't destroy the Bill of Rights take a look at Old Dominion's (Virginia) move to Nullify this provision of the NDAA 2012 by their act which goes into effect next month. Our premier colony leads the way once again!
HMMMMM I wonder if a normal citizen can buy surplus WW2 Anti-Aircraft Guns for yard fixtures. Put a few sandbags around it and that would really look cool from the air especially if you did all 4 corners of your property. I do think that a WW2 German 88mm would be too extreme not to mention the space it would take up. WHO said they have to work you FED SPIES!!!!!!!
Interesting tale only tangentially related...
Recently a friend of mine was approached by a 'stranger' in a Veteran's Admin facility up in the Chicago area.
Turns out the 'stranger' knew my friend - from the Vietnam era. The 'stranger' was recently retired from the Pentagon as a senior military person. The 'stranger' told my friend that he had recently read my friend's file. My friend had left the military in about 1969 and retired from civilian industry (with no connections to the US Government or military) in about 2004 so he was interested in as to why his file should be in the 'current' flow of things.
As my friend continued to talk to this person, the 'stranger' mentioned that there was another file tied to my friends. A bit of probing and MY Name popped up because my name is not very common the 'stranger' was able to recall my name but refused to say as to why either of us should have our files in the 'current' military intelligence channels. I left the service in 1977.
Given what I was involved in while in the military and even more so after I left the uniformed services, I was not surprised that my activities were being monitored for some period after I left that world. In the mid 1980s - not long after I lef that world - I began dating a young lady who happens to be an American citizen not born in this country. I know beyond any doubt that just after she and I moved in together our phone was tapped.
But now jump ahead twenty five years later and certain government agencies are still interested in my activities?
To quote Arte Johnson (Rowen and Martin's Laugh In): "Verry Interesting!"
Do I care?
Not at all.
I would like to believe that there are those who keep tabs on patriots like myself and my friend just in case we can be of further service to our country.
And if there is something sinister about it all?
Lets just say that I will not go quietly into that good night.
Las Vegas, Nevada
absolutely. also wonder what the costs of these things are? as anything else the government does probably like the $600 toilet seats. not to mention the safety issues these create.
It will only be a matter of time until they're armed with lethal weapons. Drones will help supplement the ubiquitous video cameras located all across our country and the GPS devices in our cars and cellphones to track our movements. Add to that the fact every keystroke we make can be monitored on the internet. The right to privacy is already lost in America.
Well, if most agencies are like mine, they will never have the money to buy one - nor should they. Most agencies in the US can't afford to field one helicopter. How the hell due they expect to buy one of these things?
That said, there are a million more feasable ways for law enforcement to protect and serve - WITHOUT VIOLATING PEOPLE'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - than getting drones.
Until obama totally trashes the constitution, and generations of people live in an America that is under Communist rule (Meaning we are all long dead and gone), I can tell you that MOST people in law enforcement respect citizens constitutional rights (Remember, we are citizens just like you and don't want our rights violated any more than you do). We are not standing around salivating at the thought of violating good people's privacy and rights.
Our job, and main focus is to protect and serve the good citizens of our communities, and make life hell for the jerks who try to run rough-shod over us, our families, and all of you who we serve. Right now, as far as most of us are concerned, the biggest "Jerk" who is trying to run rough-shod over all of us is obama. How many of us do you think are going to blindly follow him as he orders the death of the America we grew to know and love?
Outside obama's Fed's, I wouldn't worry about this too much. Besides, there are so many other things we need to worry about very much, and that starts with the clear and present danger in the white house...
While a federal ban may take longer ... "We The People" should begin gathering signatures in EVERY State to amend State constitutions banning use of these within each State's borders.
The ONLY place I may see a need and reason for these is on our borders to keep illegals and drugs OUT!
Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings tyrants resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission steal our liberty? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain America any enemy, in this quarter of the world the states, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies Drones? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry government have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument?
A couple edits and this fits today. Funny how history repeats itself.
Mr. Henry's words ring as true today as when he first spoke them. It saddens me that the warnings of our founders seem to be wasted on us. We are the teenager who refuses to listen to the wisdom and experience of the parent. They left us a roadmap - directions clearly layed out, warning signs boldly posted, yet we insist on driving blind.
The drone was set down in Iran so they could copy and learn the electronics so now a drone is worthless unless it here in the USA and they can take it over and attack the USA and all with the help of the White House and staff as they release more top secrets to the muslims to take control of the world....
Judson wrote: There is the other issue of drones being hacked. Many believe the Sentinel drone that was forced down in Iran was in fact hacked. Does anyone doubt that there are hackers out there with that kind of sophistication?
Published: 27 June, 2012, 22:30
There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a US government drone?
A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security.
After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that.
Humphrey tells Fox News that for a few hundreds dollar his team was able to “spoof” the GPS system on board the DHS drone, a technique that involves mimicking the actual signals sent to the global positioning device and then eventually tricking the target into following a new set of commands. And, for just $1,000, Humphreys says the spoofer his team assembled was the most advanced one ever built.
“Spoofing a GPS receiver on a UAV is just another way of hijacking a plane,” Humphreys tells Fox. The real danger here, however, is that the government is currently considering plans that will allow local law enforcement agencies and other organizations from coast-to-coast to control drones of their own in America’s airspace.
“In five or ten years you have 30,000 drones in the airspace,” he tells Fox News. “Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.”
Domestic drones are already being used by the DHS and other governmental agencies, and several small-time law enforcement groups have accumulated UAVs of their own as they await clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, by 2020 there expects to betens of thousands of drones diving and dipping through US airspace. With that futuristic reality only a few years away, Humphreys’ experiment suggests that the FAA may have their work cut out for them if they think it’s as easy as just approving domestic use anytime soon. After all, reports Newser, domestic drones are likely to use the same unencrypted GPS signals provided to civilians, allowing seemingly anyone with $1,000 and the right research to hack into the system and harness a UAV for their own personal use.
“What if you could take down one of these drones delivering FedEx packages and use that as your missile?” Humphreys asks. “That’s the same mentality the 9-11 attackers had,”
LOL! Excellent info Nancy! 'Bout time these people figured out who their screwing with.