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Obama To Sign Bill Authorizing 30,000 SPY Drones To Fly Over AMERICA

| February 8, 2012

The police state you always feared forming as you watch

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.

In Afghanistan, the U.S. use of drone surveillance has grown so rapidly that it has created a glut of video material to be analyzed.

The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies. The FAA currently issues certificates, which can cover multiple flights by more than one aircraft in a particular area, on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Homeland Security is the only federal agency to discuss openly its use of drones in domestic airspace.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the department, operates nine drones, variants of the CIA’s feared Predator. The aircraft, which are flown remotely by a team of 80 fully qualified pilots, are used principally for border and counternarcotics surveillance under four long-term FAA certificates.

Officials say they can be used on a short-term basis for a variety of other public-safety and emergency-management missions if a separate certificate is issued for that mission.

“It’s not all about surveillance,” Mr. Aftergood said. source – Washington Times

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19 Comments on "Obama To Sign Bill Authorizing 30,000 SPY Drones To Fly Over AMERICA"

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  1. Jeff says:

    I think there are already enough “DRONES”

  2. DALE BRIGGS says:

    JEFF YOU HAVE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD BUT THESE DRONES ARE THE KIND THAT SPY’S ON ITS PEOPLE AND CAN BE USED TO KILL OUR GOVERNMENT UNDER OBAMA HAVE PUT IN PLACE A HIDDEN AGENDA TO STRIKE IF WE WILL OPEN OUR EYES IT IS A SMOKE SCREEN THAT HE IS VERY GOOD AT IF WE GIVE HIM 4 MORE YEARS HE WILL FINNISH THE JOB OF BE TRAIL JUST LIKE THE OCCUPIERS ARE A SMOKE SCREEN MORE LYING AND COVER UP AT ALL OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HOLDER MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE HE DESTROYS OUR LAW INFORCEMENT AND ALL OTHER DEPARTMENTS MY OPINION FREEDOM OF SPECH

  3. r10t says:

    Actually Congress put in these provisions not Obama> There is a fine line between the Legislative and Executive branches of government. The Republican controlled House passed this so you can hardly blame Obama for creating this. If this is unconstitutional it will end up in the Supreme Court. I agree it would be a little creepy having drones watching you however the average American is recorded 7 different times by 7 different cameras by going outside you can triple that number if you go to a shopping center or mall. You cant really say that you are completely unwatched already. Secondly image the pros of this finally Google Maps could have accurate maps of cities. Not like they have today.

  4. Lynne says:

    If Obama gets voted out, there will be another, to step into his place; to continue on and or expand and intensify the “so called agenda”. These things that we are seeing today are just the tip of the ice berg!! The leaders of our countries are just willing puppets in the hands of something bigger. Pretending to be looking out for the public etc; eg the new security laws to supposedly protect the public. The so called terrorist attacks, are guises to scare the public into complying with their tactics, so that they (the public) are willing to do anything to stay safe and submit to (the powers at be) like a trained animal. This then once the public fully awake to this, the powers at be have covered themselves and can say well we did not force you etc.
    It is not acceptable but sad to say this is whats happening. We as a people need to lean mightily on our Lord Jesus Christ, keep our eyes on him. There is a time of trouble ahead that most of us are not yet prepared for. There will be a lot of Gods people laid to their rest, those that go through the time of trouble will be able to bear it and be alive when Jesus comes again in the clouds of heaven. For more information contact my email.

  5. Reuben says:

    want to know more

    • Lynne says:

      To Reuben, I can send you a dvd which will help to explain more, if you would like. But I will need your postal address email me on: lil_gems@westnet.com.au
      Gene,
      The government do not need thirty thousand drones flying over America, this will be just another thing written off as keeping the people safe. When really it is to spy on the public, keeping tabs on us. And when one steps out of line according to their rules then watch out!!! Again if you would like to know more I can also email you a dvd. Please contact our email lil_gems@westnet.com.au then you can be assured of getting one. Also I would recommend that you and Reuben get hold of the books written by Bill Hughes The Secret Terrorists, and The Enemy Unmasked.

  6. gene wilkins says:

    Why do they the government need thirty thousand drones flying over america?.There would seem to be another agenda behind this.Consider the cost to the tax payer when they are talking about cutting so much,even our troops,but this we can afford.They could arm them and never make that public,and when the crap hit the fan anybody that is opposed to what they are up to could be targeted!!!! Not to far out there.

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