More on the Drone Issue… I Even Agree with the ACLU Here!

People, this is scary to me.  I understand the use of drones in the military against enemy personnel.  I understand the point of using them to spy on other countries and their people; especially their people with any kind of real power.  I can even understand the mindset that makes law enforcement think it’s ok to use drones domestically.  I don’t agree with them, but I understand their reasoning.  I believe using drones, whether armed or unarmed, is a violation of the 4th Amendment.  The objection to the use of drones domestically is even shared by ACLU!  There are actually several cases the ACLU is looking at that I agree with them on, but not too many.

Homeland Security accelerates domestic drone use

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption” of small, unmanned drones by police and other public safety agencies, an effort that an agency official admitted faces “a very big hurdle having to do with privacy.”The $4 million Air-based Technologies Program, which will test and evaluate small, unmanned aircraft systems, is designed to be a “middleman” between drone manufacturers and first-responder agencies “before they jump into the pool,” said John Appleby, a manager in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s division of borders and maritime security. …The FAA has already authorized police in a handful of cities — including Seattle; Arlington, Texas; North Little Rock, Ark.; Gadsden, Ala.; and Ogden, Utah — to fly drones.

What this means to you…

This means that the federal government is sanctioning the erosion of our rights to the point that they are even getting help from local authorities.  This means your privacy is just about completely compromised. 

Think about if you have an 8′ privacy fence around your home.  No one can see in and you have the privacy you’d expect to have.  You’re outside enjoying the nice weather and relaxing.  Then you look up and see someing really small hovering above you.  What is it?  UFO!!!  Nooooooo, it’s only your local PD checking on you… just making sure you’re safe and not breaking any laws.  I figure they’ll use the reasoning that if you’re in public, you have no expectation of privacy, so if your backyard is open to the sky, you can expect no privacy there either.

 Armed drones in US: concerns raised 

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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 use of potential force from drones has raised the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“It’s simply not appropriate to use any of force, lethal or non-lethal, on a drone,” Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the ACLU, told CBSDC. . . .

Joshua Foust, fellow at the American Security Project, feels domestic drones should not be armed.

“I think from a legal perspective, there is nothing problematic about floating a drone over a city,” Foust told CBSDC. “In terms of getting armed drones, I would be very nervous about that happening right now.”

What this means to you…

This is just plain scary.  This is crowd control from 5,000 feet.  Police state, anyone?

Napolitano: Domestic drone use to test Constitution

Earlier this week, the federal government announced that the Air Force might be dispatching drones to a backyard near you. The stated purpose of these spies in the sky is to assist local police to find missing persons or kidnap victims, or to chase bad guys. …The feds predict that they will dispatch or authorize about 30,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles across. America in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, more than 300 local and state police departments are awaiting federal permission to use the drones they already have purchased — usually with federal stimulus funds. The government is out of control.If the police use a drone without a warrant to see who or what is in your backyard or your bedroom, or if while looking for a missing child the drone takes a picture of you in your backyard or bedroom and the government keeps the picture, its use is unnatural and unconstitutional.

What this means to you…

Local police departments have already purchased the drones?  They wouldn’t spend that kind of money on just a possibility of getting permission.  They’ll get it.  Privacy is gone, folks.  So is your 4th Amendment. 

 

Obama listens to a question in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 25. Obama’s executive order, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” issued on March 16, essentially “states that, in case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society,” writes columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner.

President Obama has given himself the powers to declare martial law — especially in the event of a war with Iran. It is a sweeping power grab that should worry every American.

On March 16, the White House released an executive order, “National Defense Resources Preparedness.” The document is stunning in its audacity and a flagrant violation of the Constitution. It states that, in case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society. Food, livestock, farming equipment, manufacturing, industry, energy, transportation, hospitals, health care facilities, water resources, defense and construction — all of it could fall under the full control of Mr. Obama. The order empowers the president to dispense these vast resources as he sees fit during a national crisis.

“The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency,” the order says. “The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.”

In short, the order gives Mr. Obama the ability to impose martial law. He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator. The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law. It is blatantly unconstitutional. The executive branch is arrogating responsibilities precluded by the Constitution without even asking the permission of Congress. The order gives Mr. Obama a blank check to erect a centralized authoritarian state. This is a law one would expect to find in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

The backdrop to the executive order is the looming showdown with Iran. The administration says the “window for diplomacy is closing.” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Tehran’s mullahs that “all options are on the table” — including military intervention. Mr. Obama stresses that his patience is running out. He vows that Iran will not acquire the bomb. Mr. Obama wants several more months for sanctions and international isolation to bring the ayatollahs to heel. Yet the signals are clear: Mr. Obama may be ready to launch devastating airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.

If that should happen, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised massive retaliation. American troops will be targeted by Iranian proxies in Iraq and Afghanistan. American embassies will be struck across the Middle East and North Africa. Most ominously, Iranian-backed Hezbollah cells could launch devastating terrorist attacks in major U.S. cities, killing numerous citizens. The war may well come home, triggering domestic chaos. These are the very real risks of a major conflict with Iran.

Which begs the question: Would that tempt Mr. Obama to claim a state of emergency and thereby implement his executive order? No one knows the answer. And we shouldn’t have to find out. The president does not — and should not – have the authority to subordinate the entire private economy to the government, especially without the consent of Congress and the American people. It is national socialism masquerading as military security.

This is why conservatives — those who are serious about defending our constitutional republic – should demand that the executive order be repealed immediately. Liberals argue that President Clinton issued a nearly identical mandate. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first national defense resources preparedness order, which has been amended by successive presidents, including George W. Bush. Hence, according to the progressive left, if it was good enough for FDR, Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush, why not Mr. Obama?

The answer is simple: Because the Constitution matters — or at least it should. For more than 70 years, liberal Democrats and corporatist Republicans have been slowly dismantling the old republic, imposing a creeping social democracy. The Founding Fathers’ vision of limited government and federalism has been replaced by a new ruling class. FDR, Mr. Clinton, Mr. Bush — all of them were militarists expanding the size and scope of government. They were Wilsonian globalists, and they shamelessly violated civil liberties. FDR was the worst, by forcing Japanese-Americans into internment camps.

Mr. Obama’s executive order represents the culmination of the welfare-warfare state. He is walking in the footsteps of his predecessors, those who enabled the rise of the imperial presidency. And it leads to only one tragic end: the gradual deterioration of our democracy.

What this means to you…

This is the worse part of all.  There have been predictions and warnings about martial law being enacted somewhere around the November 2012 elections.  Even a DHS employee came out as a whistleblower on the deal.  Read about Obama’s Reichstag Event to see about the whistleblower.

People, this isn’t just some conspiracy theory BS made up by some crackpots who believe all the rumors from JFK’s assassination to Area 51.  This all comes from reputable news sources.  I’ve linked each story to the originating source.

Wake up, folks.  Be ready to defend your rights in any manner necessary.

 

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