Drones Over America

Question: What do backscatter “naked” x-ray machines and unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, have in common?

Answer: They’re both technology originally used to control dangerous populations, such as convicted criminals or enemy combatants…that are now being used on regular American citizens on American soil.

We all see the banned-in-Europe backscatter x-ray machines in common use at American airports. Fortunately, we’re on track to phase them out this year in favor of less invasive technology.

But believe it or not, drones are already here, invading our skies and our privacy—without a warrant, without probable cause, and without our consent. And federal, state, and local government and corporate use of them is set to expand exponentially.

After the hoopla of our undeclared drone wars abroad, it’s clear that U.S. political leaders—including our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president and a regretfully sold-out, emasculated Congress—think drones don’t count. Not when they target strangers in Pakistan. Not when a 16-year-old American citizen is killed by one in Yemen. Not when bystanders are blown apart as blast-radius collateral damage.

And not when drones are deployed in American airspace.

I guess we could just be glad they’re not currently shooting at us. But reports indicate we could have as many as 30,000 drones operating in U.S. airspace in a matter of years. And that makes me a bit fidgety.


South Carolina Anti-Drone Bill Introduced

South Carolina State Representatives Dan Hamilton and Greg Delleney have introduced a bill that would ensure unmanned aircraft, known as drones, would not be used for mass surveillance or to gather criminal evidence without a warrant.

Rep. Hamilton stated: “It’s a privacy issue, and it’s a Bill of Rights issue. We are protected by the Bill of Rights to not be searched on our own property without a warrant.”

H. 3514 would amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina to:

“Define necessary terms, prohibit the operation of a public unmanned aircraft system and the disclosure of personal information acquired through the operation of a public unmanned aircraft system, to provide penalties for violation, and to provide exceptions.”

In addition to requiring that surveillance and criminal investigation via drones not be conducted without a warrant, H. 3514 would mandate that individuals investigated in this manner be served a copy of the warrant within a specified time frame, except in the case of extenuating circumstances defined therein.


Missouri Bill would Nullify Agenda 21

Missouri State Representative Lyle Rowland has introduced a bill that would block implementation of UN Agenda 21 policies in the state and protect private property rights.

HB 42 would amend the Missouri Code concerning state and local administration:

“This bill prohibits the State of Missouri and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing policy recommendations that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations, or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that conflicts with the Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution.”

So what is Agenda 21? While billed as a global sustainable development plan, it’s advisable to consider what that means to the UN—and how they plan to achieve it.