There is a disturbing trend of military style equipment being redirected to law enforcement in the USA, and every day you hear about another piece of this Orwellian puzzle falling into place. It also just occurred to me that they did a great job of naming the Department of Homeland Security; George Orwell could not have come up with a more innocent name for an agency that appears to want to control every aspect of our lives.
Now I remember being taught that WE created our Government to protect our God given rights, not to tell us what are rights are. Little by little, cut by cut, our rights to privacy are being eroded. Do you care? I sure do.
Did you know the Miami police are testing unmanned drones by Honeywell? These are little 14 pound units that can fly up to 10,000 feet in altitude, or fly through a building. The police say they will not be used for routine patrols, and only for SWAT and emergency use. Come on, who are you kidding. How many times have we heard that, only to find out the opposite is happening?
One quote from the article in particular was disturbing: “The unmanned aircraft will be used during SWAT team and tactical operations, especially when officers need video of a heavily armed suspect”. I hear there is technology available that will see through buildings. I can only imagine this technology will be used to perform sweeps of neighborhoods looking for weapons when the Government starts disarming the populace.
You should know that the Bush administration wants more spying on us Citizens. This is not the sign of a Government that serves the People, it’s a Government that wants to destroy the People and I am wondering when enough of us are going to do something about it? I’ll give you the news; will you do anything with it?
That article quotes a statement issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security that states: “…officials envision “more robust access” not only to imagery but also to “the collection, analysis and production skills and capabilities of the intelligence community.” Are you frightened yet?
The article goes on to say” Other nonvisual capabilities can be provided by aircraft-based sensors, which include ground-penetrating radar and highly sensitive detectors that can sense electromagnetic activity, radioactivity or traces of chemicals, military experts said. Such radar can be used to find objects hidden in buildings or bunkers.” What hidden objects would they be referring to?
Now we find out Houston Police are also testing a high altitude drone that will be used for, “mobility” or traffic issues, evacuations during storms, homeland security, search and rescue, and also “tactical.” She admitted that could include covert police actions and she said she was not ruling out someday using the drones for writing traffic tickets.”
Hmmm, so they could use this to monitor roads and if excess speed is detected, they will mail us a ticket? This is getting out of hand, as I thought this was the land of the free….
Then I read about cameras that are beings set up on police cars that will sweep an entire 8 lane road and record every license plate, so I guess after a while, if you are not where you should be, based on your daily habits, you will probably be pulled over ala Minority Report. They can detect you speeding and notify an officer. Thank the Remington Elsag company for that.
That’s enough for now, I am pretty disgusted…