United Drones of America, Privatized Testing SitesThe drone issue is creating some unusual political alliances.
John Yoo -- the George W. Bush administration lawyer who authored legal memos for the war on terror, including enhanced interrogation techniques -- is defending President Obama on the use of armed drones, in the face of criticism from libertarian Rand Paul.
"I admire libertarians but I think Rand Paul's filibuster in many ways is very much what libertarians do -- they make these very symbolic gestures, standing for some extreme position," Yoo said on a conference call sponsored by the Federalist Society.
Yoo, a University of California at Berkeley law professor, has criticized the Obama administration on other issues, but said of drone strikes: "I think it's right if an American joins an enemy with which we are at war he is or she is a valid target as an enemy combatant. That's been the rule throughout our history."
There are drones all over the place already in the USA. This genie has been out of the bottle for years now.
But let's pretend drones are not already being used a lot in the USA.
NPR sort of did just that this morning. In their broadcast, called Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry, I think many listeners might just think drones aren't already in our skies.
I will prove this is not true below.
(Imagine the possibilities of personal drone ownership?)