Just like any new technology we all get excited about,
are the latest to get us all into a tech frenzy.
are also just like every technology that can be used both for “good and for evil.”
Technology is desired by most all of us, but when drones and any technology is used against us, it’s not fun anymore.
have now become a household word and are no longer associated only with military weapons systems.
The rapid increase of consumer or toy drones on the market that are available to hobbyists, enthusiasts and the general public for entertainment have made them popular.
Commercial drones are typically much more sophisticated and are designed to carry weapons or collect data.
Drone America’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) were primarily developed for disaster relief, humanitarian aid and emergency response. Our commercial activities in Agriculture, Infrastructure, Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Applications and Emergency Services generate revenue that sustains local jobs. Our desire is to continuously evolve and improve our designs and capabilities, says the site http://www.droneamerica.com/.
All of these are good reasons for the use of drones, but when the increasingly “intrusive and out of control” government has access to this technology, Americans have a good reason to be concerned.
The Pentagon revealed that they are using drones over the United States. Drones are built for spying.
Slow, high-flying, and able to stay in the air sometimes for a full day, they’re most often used by the American military abroad, hunting for insurgents and trying to track the movements of terrorist networks.
Yet all that spying equipment can just as easily be turned on American citizens, like it was more than 20 times between 2006 and 2015, according to a report from the Pentagon’s inspector general. They admit it. It will increase with more drones being built.
USA Today reported, “The inspector general analysis was completed March 20, 2015, but not released publicly until recently. It said that with advancements in drone technology along with widespread military use overseas, the Pentagon established interim guidance in 2006 governing when and whether the unmanned aircraft could be used domestically.
The interim policy allowed spy drones to be used for homeland defense purposes in the U.S. and to assist civil authorities. But the policy said that any use of military drones for civil authorities had to be approved by the Secretary of Defense “or someone delegated by the secretary.” The report found that defense secretaries have never delegated that responsibility.”
One famous use of a drone over America didn’t involve the military at all. In 2011, some armed cattle thieves holed up in their property in North Dakota. To wait them out, the local sheriff requested help from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reaper drone. They watched the ranch and let police storm the building when it appeared like the cattle thieves were asleep. Customs and Border Protection is under the Department of Homeland Security, which uses drones to watch the border.
Homeland Security will no doubt use or may have already been using drones on a much larger scale than imagined.
This “delayed report” issued by a Pentagon inspector general simply proves that the military has used Predator and Reaper drones to spy on the American people.
The Pentagon won’t release further information on the spy missions.
In 2013, then-FBI director Robert Mueller testified before Congress about the use of military drones in the United States.
“It’s very seldom used, and generally used in a particular incident when you need the capability,” Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized needs.” But these “particularized” needs are based on their discretion.
Pentagon, FBI, CIA and NSA, all have a long History of Spying on Americans.
I don’t believe the FBI and Pentagon’s claim that they only use drones in “particularized cases.”
Considering the history of the FBI and its track record of spying and subversion operations, plus, recent revelations the Pentagon has spied on domestic political groups.
In 2004, NBC News obtained a 400-page Defense Department document which revealed the Pentagons increased domestic spying activity on anti-war groups, following the 9/11 attacks.
In the late 1960s, the CIA also spied on and subverted the antiwar movement with its “Operation CHAOS.” In addition, they launched Project MERRIMAC to infiltrate and subvert domestic political groups, despite the CIA charter forbidding this activity.
Until the revelations of former contractor Edward Snowden, it may have never been realized that the NSA has engaged in widespread illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of the American people.
Even the EPA used drones in Nebraska and Iowa. In 2012, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency used aerial drones to spy on farmers and cattle ranchers in Nebraska and Iowa.
The surveillance came under scrutiny after Nebraska’s congressional delegation sent a joint letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
The EPA argued that the flights are legal. “Courts, including the Supreme Court, have found similar types of flights to be legal (for example to take aerial photographs of a chemical manufacturing facility) and EPA would use such flights in appropriate instances to protect people and the environment from violations of the Clean Water Act,” the agency said in response to the congressional delegation’s letter.
It’s just another tool of technology used to better control the masses into governmental submission.
Despite the fact the “Posse Comitatus Act” prohibits the military from operating on American soil, the Pentagon has hurried itself with establishing dozens of drone bases within the United States.
Public Intelligence, a non-profit advocating free access to government information, released a map of military UAV activities inside the United States in 2012. According to the organization, it is not clear if the bases are used for foreign missions or domestic surveillance.
A spokesman for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has provided statements to publications in New Hampshire and Oregon indicating that information regarding domestic drone activities provided by Public Intelligence is inaccurate, despite confirmations from the offices of two U.S. Senators.
A list produced by the Federal Aviation Administration in response to an Electronic Freedom Foundation Freedom of Information Act lawsuit also shows numerous drone bases within the continental United States.
Journalists have reported that Customs and Border Protection use Predator drones to patrol the borders, which of course you might expect. But, it’s also well known that DARPA and other branches of the military are authorized to fly drones in the US.
Chinese businesses have been using drones to deliver packages for years, but this government controlled industry in America, only seems to favor “big brother.”