Washington State has taken exception to the unregulated use of drones within its borders. In fact, the state is attempting to outlaw blanket use of the devices through legislation. If Washington state wins, a major defense vendor loses, because the trickle down of a successful legislative campaign in Washington will spread to other states. If the law says “you can’t fly drones here,” the manufacturer loses big money in sales to customers who want to use the devices. First, there is corporate espionage, where one company spies on another. Or the well-to-do peeping Tom. Not to mention civilian surveillance by any number of government entities.
Anyway, a fight is looming from the manufacturers of drones. Wanna bet who wins the battle?
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/12/2013 – 19:08
Washington state has led the way in many respects when it comes to the drone issue, something we highlighted recently in my article: Just Say NO: Seattle Residents Kill the City’s Drone Program. It’s not just Seattle though, there is a bi-partisan bill in the Washington state legislature, H.B. 1771, which limits drone use within the entire state. The bill has already passed its House Committee hearing and, as expected, the state’s corporate overlords have started to fight back. Specifically, Boeing.
And while we are talking craziness surrounding the drone phenomenon, check out a recent law handed down from the other Washington legislature.
Also from zerohedge.com:
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/12/2013 – 13:58
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs in the Land of the Free when, in the last week alone, the political elite gave us bills which:
- ensure the government cannot assassinate its own citizens with drones
- impose price controls with insurance premiums
- award the government with more power to initiate biosurveillance operations
- create a quota system in the labor market
It really makes me wonder… how much more will it take for people to notice how rapidly they’re losing freedom, or how destructive the political leadership is?
Finally, there is one last zerohedge.com story to share about drones. It is simply another piece of the puzzle that is the world of drones. This one suggests the public is not privy to all the facts about our government’s use of drones. If we knew all there was to know, we may learn that the activies being scrubbed–as described in the next segment–from military websites are directly connected to the law passed by our U. S. Congress cited above.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/11/2013 – 20:36
If you recall, Winston Smith’s job in George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 was to go into historical records and literally change history. He would alter photographs and text in the archives so that history would always portray “The Party” in a positive light and as omniscient. Well folks, this behavior has arrived in America and we better nip it in the bud fast before one of these drones is flying right over our heads. “As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website. On Sunday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the decision was made to remove the statistics because the data disproportionately places emphasis on the airstrikes. The majority of the RPA missions are for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, with a small percent involving airstrikes.“
In the previous post, I reported on Karen Gadient’s photograph and story about unidentified lighted objects flying in the night sky over her home in Arizona. I decided to do a You Tube check for similar sightings about the same time. There are several. Based on comments I clipped from one video posting, Karen isn’t alone in spotting these strange events in the dark. Read a few of the comments below:
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Karen Gadient captured an image of a string of lights over her neighborhood. The lights were moving, like a line of helicopters would, but there was no sound accompanying the flying orbs. Check out her report and photo. Can you help her identify what is flying around up there? Click the link below.
From February 5th on Yahoo News by Adam Clark Estes.
(I couldn’t let this crazy piece of reporting go un-shared. Either the moon is having a very strong effect on leadership segments, or I need to go back on Prozac soon. It’s scary out here alone in the dark.)
Human rights advocates were floored on Monday night when NBC News published the details of an alarming Justice Department memo detailing the protocol for sending drones after United States citizens. It’s not as if they hadn’t suspected that the Obama administration’s top secret drone attack protocol contained some unsavory details. They just didn’t expect them to be so frightfully broad. . .Put simply, the government believes that a lethal drone attack against an American citizen is justified if the targets are a) “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaeda or b) “an associated force.”
One of those two qualifiers is infinitely more worrisome than the other. Going after leaders of al Qaeda makes sense. . . .
But what does “an associated force” mean? It seems like the guy who sells the terrorists bomb supplies would probably qualify, but what about the unknowing neighbor or the hired hand? Can we just kill them too in good conscience? Quite unfortunately, the government isn’t exactly sure. The memo suggests that anyone who “present[s] an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States” qualifies for assassination “a lawful killing in self defense,” but that “does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.” In other words, an “informed, high-level” official can order the killing of any American citizen that was “recently” involved in threatening “activities.” As Isikoff points out, the memo fails to define both of those terms.
“This is a chilling document,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Basically, it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen. . .A couple of years ago, The New York Timesprovided some insight into how subjective the process of deciding when to kill and when not to kill American citizens based on a top secret memo that justified the killing of al-Awlaki. That document as well as this latest leak from the Justice Department essentially says that a lethal attack, likely by a drone, is the method of choice whenever a capture mission would put other American lives on the line.
. . .the Obama administration is keeping it completely secret, despite years worth of calls to disclose its decision-making process.
This could be the beginning of an enlightening time for those who demand answers about the government’s shady drone program. . . .
A commenter on this news story wrote the following:
Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans
In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.
Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.
The changes granted by Holder would also allow databases containing information about U.S. citizens to be shared with foreign governments for their own analysis.
A former senior White House official told the Journal that the new changes were “breathtaking in scope.” (Source: Wall Street Journal via Wired Magazine Online 12.13.12)
I clipped this from a forum discussing how the US government spies on average everyday folks, both near and far. Since this portion from the chat gave a link, I am posting the remarks and the reference here. Although this sounds like a novel, it is most certainly real.
Swarms of cyborg insect drones are the future of military surveillanceThe kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan – killing terrorists and innocents alike.
But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed.
Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.
The fear kicked off in 2007 when reports of bizarre flying objects hovering above anti-war protests sparked accusations that the U.S. government was accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies.