Military Drones Reported Operating Across the United States
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It’s easy to understand why Presidents, politicians and the
military love robots. They don’t talk back. They follow orders.
You press a button and they do what they are told. They are
considered so efficient, and so lethal.
These modern killing machines represent science fiction reborn
as science ‘faction.’
drones don’t burn Korans or pose with the heads of their
captives on the battlefield. (Robots also don’t protest wars.)
Lose the human factor and you get silent but deadly total
why drone warfare has become such a weapon of choice. You have
video game jockeys sitting on their asses in front of consoles
of digital displays at an Air Force base outside Las Vegas,
targeting suspected terrorists in Afghanistan. After a couple of
quick kills, they take the rest of the day off.
later, that we get the reports of civilians decimated as
lethal toys are used both for surveillance and targeted
Congress, according to Code Pink’s Media Benjamin, there’s even
a bi-partisan caucus to encourage more building of drones
cheered on by the military industrial complex. She has just
written a book about it. She told me, “instead of having a
caucus to feed preschool children, they decided it was more
important to have a Drone Caucus and that’s because all the
manufacturers in their districts are funding them.”
Medea if this is more evidence that President Eisenhower was
right when he warned of a growing military-industrial complex?
“Eisenhower was so right,” she replied, “and he was so right
when he said it steals money, it robs us of food for our
children, of healthcare for our parents, he was so right. And
it’s just worse and worse. And you get the little puppets in
Congress, and I’m in Washington now, so I see these little
puppets, and wish that they were like the NASCAR drivers that
got to have their corporations on their suits, but they don’t
rule America. The corporations obviously rule America.
it comes to war and peace, those corporations are so powerful
that they’ve kept us for the last decade and more and if we
don’t do something about it, they will keep us more for the next
activist and author David Swanson has been tracking this
phenomenon too, telling me, “members of Congress have created a
caucus for drones, where they openly promote the use and sale of
drones at home and abroad. They have now authorized the flight
of up to 30,000 drones in US skies for whatever purpose--this is
in contrast to the lack of any caucus for senior citizens, for
children, for health coverage, for green energy, for human
beings—there’s a caucus for robots.”
will have an arms race in drones of all kinds. The crash of a US
drone in Iran has allowed that country to reverse-engineer one,
probably leading to Iran soon making their own.
Russians and Chinese, even the North Koreans, can’t be far
worrying to Americans should be a report saying that there are
already 63 drone bases inside the United States.
Washington Post reports, “Big things can happen in Congress — as
long as no one is watching.
“Lobbying records released last week show that there wasn’t much
opposition this winter when Congress quietly opened up U.S.
airspace to aerial drones, which some advocates for civil
liberties say raise a host of concerns about privacy.
Drone technology, advanced by the military for surveillance and
elimination of terrorists in war zones, is set to come back to
the home front in a big way in coming years, with possible uses
for law enforcement, first responders, and agriculture and
Select companies and ask local governments around the country
permission to test drones, which can sometimes stay aloft
for days at a time at a fraction of the cost of helicopters and
What assisted all of this
Remember the NDAA bill passed last year that was signed quietly
into law on New Year’s Eve by President Obama? The
Administration assured one and all that it would not apply to
military operations on U.S. soil or against American citizens.
It now turns out that the NDAA is being interpreted as
authorization to deploy military drones (unmanned aerial
vehicles or UAVs) into domestic airspace. A major overhaul of
the Federal Aviation Administration’s control system is
permitting the deployment of drones
Recently, Alexander Higgins.com reported:
“A lawsuit has forced the FAA to reveal the location of 63
Secret Drone bases located inside the United States some of
which will be the starting point for more drone warfare.
While the information released shows an alarming number of bases
being used for military and local law enforcement drones,
perhaps the most startling revelation is that the United States
is allowing Canadian Border Patrol Drones to operate across the
Odds are that the are many more drone bases inside the United
States whose locations have been kept secret for various
national security reasons and the lawsuit only forced the
government to release the names and locations of permmitted US
That means that the type of drones – be they for targeted
killing, guiding missiles, or general surveillance – and the
number of drones at each location still remains a secret
although the FAA says they plan on releasing such information at
a later date.”
England’s Daily Mail has more information:
“Most of the active drones are deployed from military
installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams,
according to the Federal Aviation Authority.
But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also
registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned
It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell,
the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway
Community College, are developing drone technology.
There are also 21 mainstream manufacturers, such as General
Atomics, who are registered to use drones domestically.
As well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites
where licences to use spy planes have expired and four where
authorizations have been disapproved, such as Otter Tail County,
However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be
based at any of these locations.
The agency says it will release this data later.”
Robot technology has other uses too, says financial journalist
Max Keiser, who told me in a recent appearance on my
Progressive Radio Network that algorithm based technology is now
actually writing stories, perhaps even like this one.
He explained. “Forbes magazine wrote a story a couple of weeks
ago about computers that are able with narrative software to
take prices from the exchange and create stories in any of the
ways that they want in their magazine. So it can be like, okay
write a story about the prices that- the closing prices in the
technology sector in the voice of Danny Schechter. And they’ll
create a story and it’ll appear in the magazine. So it’s a
computer that’s writing the stories, but the computers are also
reading the stories.”
Dissector Danny Schechters film and book Disinformation. For