Wednesday, February 27, 2013


The Real Drone Horror — Revenue Enhancement

It’s now estimated that by the end of this decade, 60,000 – 70,000 drones operated by various federal and local governments will be flying over the United States on a regular basis. The opposition to this technological revolution fears these devices will invade citizen privacy, and that they might even be used for government assassinations the way they are used in some foreign countries.
What nonsense. Such privacy worries are silly. Assassination concerns are absurd. The real fear here should focus on the potential of drones as revenue enhancers.
About privacy. It’s rather late in the day to evoke this worry when it comes to drones. When Essau in the Bible sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of porridge, at least he got a good feed out of the deal. What have Americans gotten for their own privacy sell out?
The right to be charged almost 15 percent interest (the present credit card average starting rate) when they buy things with plastic, purchases that are meticulously tracked by marketeers? The right to surf the Internet, with every single click or pause tracked by Internet firms? The right to talk on cell phones while walking down the street that’s tracked by phone service suppliers? The right to drive a new car, vehicles that all now have black boxes installed that let others know where one’s been, if they haven’t already tracked you via your cell phone or other devices?
Why would a government agency need drones to invade the privacy that Americans as a people have so egregiously and foolishly traded away? All a government agency needs do is spend a few bucks with a data mining company to know more about you than any government agency in history.
Governments now have all the technical tools they need to track potential terrorists. All the weapons they need to kill bad guys who deserve to die. Far too many ways to invade privacy already. Drones will therefore serve another purpose. They will provide more of what governments really want.
They want your money.

‘Drone use has become a general strategy’
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:16AM


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The majority of aircraft currently purchased by the U.S. military are drones, with the use of them becoming a general strategy of the U.S government, says Phil Wilayto, an anti-war activist and editor at the Virginia Defender newspaper in Richmond.

“This is a whole new development…it’s become the general strategy because of course the U.S. is able to carry out attacks without jeopardizing their own soldiers and so their hoping that there will be less public reaction in the U.S. to what the U.S. government is doing overseas,” Wilayto said on Sunday.

“The U.S. government at this point admits that some 4,700 people have been killed in these drone attacks and that is of course almost surely a very low number compared to what’s probably actually happening,” he said, referring to Republican Senator Lindsay Graham who made the estimation on Feb. 20.
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