Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homegrown Drones

In a darkened underground room 35 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada US airmen are controlling the unmanned drones which might be looking at you this very moment.  Creech AFB, (formerly known as Indian Springs), is but one of 63 such UAV command centers across America today.  Now not all of these are military; with increasing & alarming frequency such sites are run by your local & state police, as well as Darpa, homeland security and the usual alphabet soup of domestic security agencies.  As if the patriot acts, echelon & carnivore, and more surveillance cameras every day weren’t enough for them, now our government is spying on our every move with armed combat drones. 

Does this seem right to you?  Just exactly how is this O.K.??

Stationed at Creech AFB; homeland security and the US border patrol operate drones of various designs to monitor activity in the land of the free, beginning with the massive Global Hawk which can loiter on station for days, recording and transmitting its data to multiple agencies, as needed.  There is some speculation that a global hawk was what hit the pentagon eleven years ago.  The original predator combat drones proved to have a few serious limitations, which of course begat the next variant, the MQ-9 Reaper drone, which is now the workhorse of the UAV fleet. 

There wasn’t an awful lot of protest here at home when these drones were only being used overseas to persecute ‘the war on terror,’ killing scores of innocent human beings in the process.  With the help of a compliant media our government had little trouble touting the myriad benefits to using these unmanned killing machines, and our slumbering population barely raised a whisper in protest when it was announced a few years ago that homeland security would be using drones to protect our borders from terrorists.

Under the umbrella of our compliant silence, the psychopaths in power very quietly moved their drone agenda into high gear.  Last February congress passed H.R.-658 under the name FAA modernization & reform act, perhaps better known as the Skynet surveillance enabling act of 2012.  This 60+ billion dollar program gave the funding and green light to having some 30,000 drones authorized for use in American skies.  

       Take a minute; let that sink in…thirty thousand drones.   

Why?  Might this in some way be connected to the ludicrous amount of ammunition DHS has recently ordered, again, for domestic use? Will these drones be used as air cover for the IED proof armored assault buggies recently seen in several parts of the country?

Almost overnight it seems, second and third generation drones like the military grade yet street legal Honeywell T-hawk were being deployed by domestic police and federal agencies.  Naturally, at first we were told such drones would only be used to fight crime and evildoers on our home soil, and because we wanted to, we believed or ignored the lie, again.  They allowed us to sit with the new status quo for a little while before ever so casually announcing that it was now going to be necessary to arm these drones with rockets & missiles, you know, because of the terrorists everywhere.

Nowadays these domestic drones are coming in smaller sizes, with hovering and tracking capability.  The ShadowHawk is a little thing not much larger than a basketball which can silently hover over a neighborhood, or a single residence, with high resolution cameras, microphones and who knows what else?  And not all these new drones can fly; there is a whole sub-species of unmanned drones designed to enter buildings and kill people.  Such things were just fine and dandy in Iraq and Afghanistan…not so much when it’s us they’re spying on. With the ever widening definition of who is a terrorist, I think we all have a great deal to be concerned about with this issue.

Yet even with this, the powers that be were not satisfied (they never are!) and began the next phase of the domestic drone program; mini-drones, and micro-drones.  These newest generations of drones are so incredibly sophisticated, and small you’d think they were right out of a science fiction movie.  When it comes to homegrown drones the rule of thumb is the smaller, the scarier!  They now have a fully operational “mosquito drone” capable of actually injecting whatever they wish into a person.  

George Orwell must be break dancing in his grave!

On the one hand this would all seem to be just more big brother mentality from the police state, seeking greater and greater control over all of us.  It is, after all, what they do. 

These last few years it indeed seems “they” are trying to become Darth Vader, or some equally frightening specter of death.  There is a reason for that, and it’s the exact same reason they feel they need 30 thousand drones; they fear us.  If their lock on everything was air tight there would be no reason for drones overhead or storm troopers on our streets.  They fear us!   

                                 Take another minute, let that soak in too.

Their world is dying just as certainly as did the dinosaurs from which they built their empires.  The signs of this are everywhere for those who have eyes that see and ears that hear, and it’s becoming more and more evident with each passing week.  I believe it was George H.W. Bush who once said something to the effect that if we ever caught on to them, they would be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail.  They fear us all coming aware at once, they fear what we might do to them.  For those who profit by the selling of fear are not exempt of its influence, no matter how rich, no matter what bloodline.

The drones are just another symptom of what the Hopi call Koyaanisqatsi, or “Life out of balance.”  Just one more thing on a long list of things we should have never allowed to see the light of day, things we turned a blind eye to, thus giving our collective tacit approval. The drones remind me of another Hopi word, Naqoyqatsi meaning “Life as War.”  I just can’t help wondering where we’re going to draw the line, and when.

Anyway, that’s my rant on drones, at least until my cat catches one and brings the trophy home.

A much better one is this video, “Murder by Joystick” by Zen Gardner and Snordelhans.

 ~Until Next time - Be Good to Each Other~


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