Whether its government raids of domestic properties or the attentive nature of big brother while you surf the internet, the government is slowly gaining ground on its way to a 1984 scenario. As if worrying about someone monitoring our torrents wasn’t enough, we now have to worry about military grade drones being used by police officers in the US to keep us in line. It is true that new conveniences and technological upgrades always come with new battlegrounds and new frontiers, but I wonder if we may be crossing the line that affords us our freedoms.
With compelling arguments from Police such that drones would help reduce cost and help make fighting crime more efficient, drones sound like a good idea.
In this time of austerity, we are always looking for sensible and cost-effective methods to improve public safety,
said Capt. Tom Madigan of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department,
We are not looking at military-grade Predator drones. They are not armed.
These TOYS, as some law enforcers are calling them, are slowly being introduced into society with the idea that drones are the future and that people can make a successful career out of piloting a drone. Call me crazy but when was it ever OK for the government to invade the privacy of its people? Thankfully, we haven’t all stayed silent about this matter, and for the time being the drones are being put down and canceled, but for how long?
Doug Honig, spokesman for ACLU of Washington says:
Drones give law enforcement agencies unprecedented abilities to engage in surveillance and intrude on people’s privacy
Dave Norris, a city councilman in Charlottesville, Va. says:
I don’t mean to sound conspiratorial about it, but these drones are coming, and we need to put some safeguards in place so they are not abused
With the looming threat of overpopulation, is it a question of morality to set these drones afloat that is, for the time being, forcing them to stay grounded? Is this simply one more step towards total control that is part of a New World Order scheme? Or is this simply a cost effective way of handling crimes in a technologically advancing society? Like it or not, THE DRONES ARE COMING!
American Civil Liberties Union