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Will drones be used to spy on American citizens?

Statists have been floating the idea about flying unmanned drones over U.S. cities in the name of safety and security for quite some time now.  My guess is like most unconstitutional ideas, they throw the idea out there and look to see how the citizens respond.  It’s beginning to gain momentum because most Americans have their heads buried in the sand in regards to this privacy issue.  Well folks it’s time for Americans to pull their heads out and contact their elected representative on both the national and local level.

Drones have been successfully used by our military on the battlefield to hunt down and kill the enemies of America; however they have no place in the skies over America illegally spying on our citizens.  First off the constitution of the United States doesn’t permit it.  Our government is not permitted to harass us in this manner and looks as if that is exactly what the aim to do.  They’re going to package it up and present it in a manner so that it will appear that any sensible citizen would be in favor of it.  They will tell you that drones will help hunt down dangerous criminals and find missing or abducted children.  Who could possibly be against such things?  I’ll tell you who…me; especially when privacy and liberty will be sacrificed in the name of this so-called security.

Charles Krauthammer, who I consider to be one of the most reasonable political analyst out there weighs in on the debate in the below clip.

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When Mr. Krauthammer comes out against this we need to pay attention.  He tends to walk on the right side of the political road but he’s not what the left would call extreme.

Below is another clip of our favorite judge weighing in on the same issue.

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Like the judge said, the defense department cannot engage in this kind of activity on U.S. soil without an Executive Order.  Where is outrage from the citizenry and our elected officials that this unconstitutional idea is being promoted?  We hear absolutely nothing as more and more of our liberties are threatened.  This is the sad state of affairs we are in as a nation.  And maybe Shepard Smith framed it best when he said, “Should we just throw out the whole constitution…should we be operating by a new set of rules?”  That’s exactly what they have been trying do for the last 20 years Mr. Smith.  Welcome to the conversation.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • silverfiddle May 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Of course they will
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire May 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    many of these drones are being assigned to local police agencies, fish and wildlife agencies, forrest service, agriculture agencies, and etc. They will claim this new technology is similar to the patrol cars we are glad to see patrolling our neighborhoods. They are not! They will be abused! And, we will do nothing! Very sad!
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  • Bunkerville May 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    After we get janets new national chip id next year, the circle will be complete.
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  • Steve Dennis May 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I’ve written a few posts on this. Drones have already been used in North Dakota last year to help with law enforcement and the Congress has already passed the FAA Reauthorization Act which authorizes a study on drones. It is only a matter of time before we see this and it is a scary thought to say the least.
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  • Scott Wheeler May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    What specific portion of the constitution would you claim this is violating?

    • John Carey May 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Specifically the 4th amendment. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…” Like the judge said the Founders did not want the government harassing its citizens and only if there was probable cause to issue a warrant. The net is way to big when it comes to these drones. It will be virtually impossible to police and limit the amount of data these drones will be collecting. Additionally they are talking about using these drones as an extension of federal/local law enforcement without the need for a warrant. We’re walking down a very dangerous path that once again not only threatens the privacy of the average citizen, but their liberty.
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  • Scott Wheeler May 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    I guess the way I see it, if you’re going that route, then the use of drones wouldn’t actually be unconstitutional by itself. All you’re doing is expressing worries that they may be used unconstitutionally. So, if the drones are used to spy in some way on the private lives of citizens, then their use would be unconstitutional. If, on the other hand, the drone is used to track movements or something like that, then its use wouldn’t be unconstitutional. I think the Krauthammer point above is interesting about the drones constituting a standing army on US soil, though.
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    • John Carey May 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      You are correct. The drones can be used if a warrant is issued; however if a warrant is not issued and they use the drone to collect data on citizens it is completely unconstitutional. Now ask yourself, do you believe they will get a warrant every time a drone is used? As for the military using the drones over U.S. soil that takes us down another path…one that raises a number of legal questions in regards to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

  • Mike May 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    We could have a whole new sport…Drone hunting. It’s already been done in South Carolina.
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  • Teresa Rice May 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The use of drones in the U.S. is ripe for unconstitutionality. I watch the local news station more than I used to and haven’t seen this covered on ABC with Diane Sawyer. I wonder if the other networks covered this? This is partially the reason why our citizenry is ignorant. Networks simply don’t report the news anymore.

    • John Carey May 22, 2012 at 5:45 AM

      That is very true Teresa. One of the main reason people are indeed ignorant is because the news sources they trust simply do not report the news when it comes to their liberties. However the information is out there if people dig a little. Part of lifting the blanket of ignorance off is taking the time to do our homework.
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