U.S. to flood American airspace with 30,000 spy drones?

Although the name “Snowden” instantly conjures up American governmental spying on citizens, we haven’t been hearing much about this development, reported in 2012 by The Washington Times (February 7):

Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

“There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is “concerned about the implications for surveillance by government agencies,” said attorney Jennifer Lynch.

The provision in the legislation is the fruit of “a huge push by lawmakers and the defense sector to expand the use of drones” in American airspace, she added.

According to some estimates, the commercial drone market in the United States could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars once the FAA clears their use.

The agency projects that 30,000 drones could be in the nation’s skies by 2020.

The highest-profile use of drones by the United States has been in the CIA’s armed Predator-drone program, which targets al Qaeda terrorist leaders. But the vast majority of U.S. drone missions, even in war zones, are flown for surveillance. Some drones are as small as model aircraft, while others have the wingspan of a full-size jet….

Such comments, of course, raise the issue of whether or not these drones at some future point may be used militarily against the American populace. One hopes there will be strict oversight by competent and mentally stable individuals… I know, I know.

If we are already besieged with satellite spying, what is the need of drones flying over?

(H/t Miriam English)

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  1. I Demand Medics and Careers For All Before Local
    Cuba has enough wealth to supply itself and many other nations with cheap and free Doctors. And our industrial Allies provide Skilled Trade Apprenticeships with pay to any teen they have that will take them. Thereby assuring young adults Journeyman status and pay enough to raise a family in fine style when they are in their twenties.
    And what of America? Medical care owned by Corporate Raiders who now plan to absorb by backrupcy huge numbers of American’s life savings , if they have the bad fortune to get sick.
    Then make sure as few as possible have advanced work skills by CHARGING OUR YOUTH BIG MONEY to learn those skills in colleges and trade schools.
    But looking the other way while wall Street Banks launder drug sale money for the drugs the CIA smuggled in to their Skilled Journeyman Gangster Teens.
    Finally, in ten and twenty years do the same to the next generation.
    Power corrupts. I see no hope when this nation treats its young as cowboys treat coyotes. The Vietnam War protests were a long, bloody battle against the Wall Street weapons stockholders. We must control stockholders, and plan America FOR them. Because stockholders plan a scientifically catastrophic capitalism. It destroys for profit. We must provide civilized plans without drones, but, with our populace healthy and skilled in their stead. And it’s a long road ahead to do that.

  2. Of course …
    In the Obama/Holder fantasy world, normal, average, working Americans are the real terrorists, esp. Caucasian Americans. Really, though, what are they going to look for? They don’t have enough funds and or competent law enforcement people to respond in a timely fashion to anything now. Then what about collisions with commercial and private aircraft? You know it will happen. It’s all a trick on whatevers to keep us in fear. Wanna see drones fall out of the sky due to boredom? Spy on my life. The one thing you can bet on for sure is that it will be abused.

  3. Funny thing is …
    You can bet that the rednecks, gangbangers and teenagers will be shooting them out of the sky and destroying their optics with hand-held laser pointers.

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