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Rosalind Peterson: Worldwide and Domestic Drone Programs…

In Around the web on September 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

From ROSALIND PETERSON
Agriculture Defense Coalition
Redwood Valley

The United States has embarked on Worldwide and Domestic Drone Programs.  Unmanned Drones are being used in foreign countries and in the United States.  They carry surveillance cameras, recording equipment, bombs, and other weapon systems.

In recent years the U.S. government has decided to allow the use drones within the borders of the United States.  The following government reports, newspaper articles, and other information is provided for your information regarding the expansion and use of unmanned drones worldwide and in the United States.

Many unmanned aerial vehicles now under production vary in size from those as small as your fingertip to as large as full-scale airplanes capable of carrying missiles and bombs.  And model radio control small airplanes, cars, and helicopters can be purchased at your local toy stores or hobby shops.  The elementary technology has been in existence for more than fifty years.  It has only been in more recent times that more sophisticated technology, computers, cameras, listening devices, fuels, lighter and stronger contstruction materials, and other inventions have contributed to new uses for unmanned vehicles (drones).

Unmanned Drones are plagued by crashes, malfunctions, use of defective parts from foreign countries like China, accidents (including hitting other aircraft), loss of control, lost drones, and other problems.  Military drones are being tested over land areas in the United States while carrying weapons systems, missiles, bombs, and while using experimental and dangerous fuels, like hydrogen, or powered by nuclear power as is proposed by the U.S. government. The potential for accidents has already been clearly demonstrated in news and government reports over the past few years.

UAV / Drone Wars, Surveillance, (including Spy Satellite usage), have broad implications regarding our civil rights, human rights, privacy, and constitutional issues which have not been addressed at this time.  Do we want to live in a society which has no privacy and no civil rights under our U.S. Constitution?  Do we want to live in a police state?

Many manufacturers and the U.S. government promote the idea that unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), have only beneficial uses to entice the American people to accept their use within our borders without question.  The majority of expanding unmanned drone uses are growing exponentially and are being used as war weapons, for police activities, and surveillance at taxpayer expense.

U.S. Department of Defense July 2012 Report: http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/dsb/autonomy.pdf

The ADC invites you to become informed about this issue.  Our elected officials are rubber-stamping their usage without public debate.  It is time for us to have this debate.

U.S. Constitution – Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

General Information on Drones & UAVs
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See also 6 Technologies for De-Humanizing War
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