Drones over Texas

Hey Montgomery County check this out: “According to the ACLU, US law enforcement will, in the next few years, begin expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. ABC reports that the sheriff’s department in Montgomery County, Texas, for instance, already has a 50-pound ShadowHawk helicopter drone to back up its SWAT team. Although the department has not armed its drone, it can be equipped with a 40 mm grenade launcher and a 12-gauge shotgun. The prospect of armed drones patrolling the skies alarms Americans.

Obama has signed a new law to allow for drones to be used across the country. Many cities and colleges as well as law enforcement are signing up for the chance to use the civilian version of the military/CIA Drone in the United States. The FAA has been tasked to make up new rules understand that the use of these drones will impact every citizen in the country: “…drone use in the United States implicates serious privacy and civil liberties concerns. Although drones can be used for neutral, or even for positive purposes, drones are also capable of highly advanced and, in some cases, almost constant surveillance, and they can amass large amounts of data. Even the smallest drones can carry a host of surveillance equipment, from video cameras and thermal imaging to GPS tracking and cellphone eavesdropping tools. They can also be equipped with advanced forms of radar detection, license plate cameras, and facial recognition… surveillance tools, like the military’s… gigapixel technology capable of ‘tracking people and vehicles across an entire city.'”

Some folks are concerned enough to get up and out to protest the possible use of drones in their cities. The Homeland Security folks are already using drones on our border too, it wouldn’t take much to move them further into the country. They are talking about thousands of these drones flying around the country, and, I don’t know about you, but if we get an administration that decides they want to have control of the population, it wouldn’t take much to arm these things. Not my idea of good news. What do you think about all of this, are we fixing to turn the USA into a Police State?

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