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Ravenden, AR

#1 Feb 24, 2013
DHS wants to use spy drones domestically for 'public safety'
July 26, 2012 23:41
Janet Napolitano (T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images / AFP)
Janet Napolitano (T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images / AFP)

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DHS, Planes, Security, USA

The United States already uses surveillance drones on its borders, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a hearing on Wednesday that flying unmanned aircraft inside the US could be the next step to ensuring “public safety.”

Sec. Napolitano weighed in on the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles during this week’s Committee on Homeland Security and suggested that implementing UAVs for domestic surveillance could the next step in the United States’ amazingly accelerating drone program.

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently considering ground rules that will outline how the FAA can govern domestic drone use, and by 2020 they expect to see 30,000 UAVs soaring through US airspace. Speaking before a House panel on Wednesday, though, Sec. Napolitano suggested that deploying UAVs proactively to put an extra set over locales nowhere near America’s border may in fact be the next move.

“With respect to Science and Technology, that directorate, we do have a funded project,” she said.“I think it’s in California, looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster, such as a forest fire, and how they could give us better information.”

In a transcript of the secretary’s testimony made available after her address, Napolitano admits that the US has expanded their use or surveillance drones on America’s border with Canada in recent years, now letting UAVs monitor 950 miles of Washington State’s boundary line.

Despite growing opposition from the American public of drones largely centered over privacy objections, the United States has continuously ramped up its drone program in recent years, both domestically and abroad. During the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York City earlier this month, activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that US military now owns around 7,500 drones, which makes up around one-third of the Air Force’s entire arsenal.

“The FAA can give drone licenses to any agency that can prove that they can use them safely,” the EFF’s Trevor Timm told the crowd. Despite dozens of permits being handed out to law enforcement agencies and educational institutions in recent years, though, neither the security nor safety of these aircraft are believed to have been fully examined. In just the last few weeks, a Texas professor hacked a UAV in front of representatives from the DHS and, separately, a military drone crash-landed just outside of Washington, D.C.

Despite these incidents, the FAA and DHS are still spearheading an accelerated drone program. Given Sec. Napolitano’s latest statements, though, the domestic use of drones for proactive surveillance could be coming more sooner than previously though.
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LTChrisJDorner (unregistered)
16.02.2013 21:19
It's to protect the children

georgio (unregistered)
16.02.2013 13:39
In my 70+ years of my lifetime, I have seen, and met people like Janet Napolitano. But, they were alway in places, posisitons, and jobs that were of an insigficant level. And here I am facing another of those of that nature running the security of the United States of America. This woman, if I may, along with beng a very great danger to our country, is an obsenity and a true disgrace to the position she was "selected" for. Myself, normally of a person of an un-violent nature, would break this code, and seek out a viable "hit man" to remove here by such means. As it is, and with this tightly bonded mafia styled band of government in the capitol, she will not be removed from her postion by any normal process. Therefore, by whatever means, violent or otherwise, this woman must be either removed, or destroyed!!! She is nothing less
Demos love to keep U poor

Ravenden, AR

#2 Feb 24, 2013
Congress is currently working alongside defense contractors, the Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement agencies across the country, among others, to draft plans to put unmanned aerial aircraft into US sky in the near future. The FAA believes that, at this rate, 30,000 small, remote-controlled drones could be above the homes of every American.

Even just recently, higher ups within the US Air Force admitted that drones might collect imagery that “may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent.” Local law enforcement agencies already have drones at their disposal ready to be used as soon as Congress and the FAA can figure out how to use the crafts without disrupting air traffic.

Judge Napolitano warns that, even if it sounds like an impossible science fiction fantasy gone awry, Americans should be more than just a bit weary. If the past is any precedent, it wouldn’t be above Congress to have the crafts licensed and launched at any moment.

“The same Congress that let the president bomb Libya is going to let his Air Force spy in our backyards and like potted plants, they’ll look the other way.” Judge Napolitano said this week.

“The Third Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment and the Ninth Amendment were written to guarantee us the right to be left alone … Suddenly the government, silently, from 30, 000 feet above is violating those amendments.”

In recent weeks, we’ve reported at RT on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and now CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. In each one of these cases, the federal government has circumvented the American public’s concerns over civil liberties. Now while CISPA still awaits further congressional voting and perhaps an eventual approval from the president himself, another hotbed issue involving the civil liberties of each and every American is on the table. Even if the next major threat to civil liberties isn’t just on Capitol Hill — but thousands of feet off the ground — Judge Napolitano said this week any American that takes up arms to attack drones is an alright person in his book.

Those are the only people on the planet that should be worried, either. Aside from the continuous deployment of combat drones across the world, surveillance crafts are now making their way north of the border into Canada too.

"The very same drone that was staking out a nest of insurgents and possibly shooting them could be deployed in New York for surveillance,” Ryan Calo, a researcher at Stanford Law School, tells the Wall Street Journal.

Or, in the judge’s words, right in — or over — your backyard.
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Tom Hegarty (unregistered)
22.01.2013 23:26
Hmmm, I think it's time to undermine the foundations!
Start a campaign aimed at YOUR brothers and sisters that signed up to the military machine. Get them to appreciate the difference between protecting your country and protecting the freedom and democracy of the people. Not protecting scumbags usurping and perverting the powers allowed them by the electorate.
What ever happened to Democracy ?
Oh...I remember, reading what Zbigniew Brzinski is teaching at John Hopkins University; That with the rise of well educated, computer and technology savvy young people, largely but not exclusively, in the third world, Democracy is no longer a suitable "TOOL" for "CONTROLLING" the masses.
Looks like they found an alternative allright !
"Genetics, biometrics, surveilance and new forms of modern eugenics, implanted by the systems of psycho-social control."
That's what we are up against.
He said this some years ago as an aim for the future.
Bobby

Oklahoma City, OK

#3 Mar 17, 2013
Oh boy
oheck

Mountain Home, AR

#4 Mar 17, 2013
maybe thay will catch me takeing a shit on my farm. lol

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