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Monday, June 18, 2012

Extrajudicial Extermination-USA comes home

Global drones breach with impunity
Re-reporting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

Christian Science Monitor staff writer Brad Knickerbocker reported on Saturday, “The presence of drones in the United States was brought home Wednesday night when some people thought they saw a UFO along the Capitol Beltway in Washington.”

It was in fact “a disc-shaped X-47B UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air System) being hauled from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland for testing.”

Civil libertarians have warned “that ‘unmanned aircraft carrying cameras raise the prospect of a significant new avenue for the sur­veillance of American life,’” as the American Civil Liberties Union reported in December 2011. Quoting the ACLU, Knickerbocker continued.

The technology is quickly becoming cheaper and more powerful. Interest in deploying drones among police departments is increasing. And our privacy laws are not strong enough to ensure that the new technology will be used responsibly and consistent with democratic values.

All the pieces appear to be in line for the eventual introduction of routine aerial sur­veillance in American life – a development that would profoundly change the character of public life in the United States.

Tom Carter today at the World Socialist Web Site linked this U.S. threat to an ongoing global breach of law and human rights.

“With the push of a button,” Carter wrote, “thousands of pounds of high explosives can be dropped on anyone anywhere in the world.…

“Thousands of innocent civilians have already been murdered in this way in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.”

From safe spaces “behind video screens at military bases” on the mainland of the United States, “military drone operators refer to their victims as ‘bug splats.’

With disturbingly deadly omen, he concludes, “With tens of thousands of drones flying overhead; with the U.S. mainland designated as a ‘battleground’ in the never-ending, geographically unlimited ‘war on terror,’ —

[t]he U.S. ruling class hopes one day soon to be able to eliminate its domestic opponents with similar ease.

Sources and notes
“Drones over America: Are they spying on you? — Thousands of drones could be routinely flying over the United States within the next ten years. They can help with law enforcement and border control, but they also raise questions about invasion of privacy” (by Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer), June 16, 2012, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0616/Drones-over-America.-Are-they-spying-on-you/(page)/2

“Thousands of military drones to be deployed over U.S. mainland” (by Tom Carter, wsws.org, published by the International Committee of the Fourth International) , June 18, 2012, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/dron-j18.shtml


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