Skip to comments.True Drone Lies
Posted on 12/10/2012 4:48:51 AM PST by Kaslin
Superheroes often live double lives. But so do super-villains. For four years, the Obama administration has been living a double-life regarding drones.
Publicly, the president and his leadership tell us they are using drones to protect our borders and promote national security. The administration dismisses challenges to its drone policies as falsehoods, but these lies are alarmingly close to the truth.
True Drone Lies at Home
Drone creep is happening. On Valentines Day, Obama signed the unconstitutional FAA Modernization and Reform Act, allocating $63.6 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) between 2012 and 2015. Basically, he authorized the FAA to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to loosen and expand drone regulations for both military and private/commercial use. This law violates both the Fourth Amendment and the Constitutions mandate that Congressnot the Presidentmake all laws.
Since February, the administration has gone on a drone-buying bingedespite Inspector General audits indicating that agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) do not need and cannot afford the drones they already have access to.
The DHS will soon have a fleet of 24 domestic drones after reportedly signing a contract worth $443 with General Atomics for 14 more Predator drones. The drones are being purchased under the guise of border security. However, reports indicate the federal government is using these drones to violate our Fourth Amendment rights.
Obama must know his drone policy is unconstitutional and liable to congressional and/or judicial challenge. For, he is moving to codify it: The attempt to write a formal rule book for targeted killing began last summer after news reports on the drone program the president and top aides believe it should be institutionalized reports the New York Times.
Domestically, we must demand that Congress hold the president accountable for his incessant prowl for more control over our lives through the use of unconstitutional drones.
True Drone Lies in Iran
In Iran, we find many examples of the concerns that arise from the administrations international drone policy. Using drones to spy on Iran is backfiring. We appear to be losing more than we are gaining because we are forfeiting our intelligence secrets and inciting blowback.
U.S.-Iran relations are complex, so I will provide a timeline with concrete examples:
December 4, 2011: Iranian forces brought down a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone equipped with proprietary stealth technology. The U.S. was using the drone to monitor Irans military and nuclear facilities. The Pentagon played down the capture and President Obama asked Iran to return the drone.
February 1, 2012: Irans government contracted an Iranian toy company to produce a pink, $4 toy model of the Sentinel and sent it to the White House. "No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country," Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Lt. Commander Gen. Hossein Salami reportedly said.
April 22, 2012: Iran announced that it had successfully recovered sensitive data from the Sentinelincluding information we had supposedly erased. Iran also said it was building a duplicate drone since the Sentinel was almost entirely intact at the time of capture.
November 1, 2012: Irans air and sea borders are highly disputed, yet the U.S. risked Iranian ire and flew a U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone over what Iran considers to be its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. An Iranian SU-25 Frog-foot warplane shot at our drone in retaliation.
December 4, 2012: Irans Revolutionary Guards Corps naval forces captured a U.S. drone that reportedly violated Irans airspace. Since the drone did not belong to the U.S. Navy, it most likely belonged to the CIA or the Department of Defenses National Security Agency and was conducting surveillance on Iran.
We must improve our stealth drone technology or our rivals will continue to intercept it. The Predator drones we use abroad put our national security at risk because their unencrypted GPS signal is easy for an enemy to spoof and they are susceptible to jamming (according to a September Government Accountability Office report). Why are we using such underdeveloped technology?
In addition to improving our stealth technology, but we must exercise more discretion in deciding whether to use it. Iran views U.S. drone surveillance as a direct act of aggression. If we seriously want to negotiate with Iran and avoid an unnecessary war, we must reevaluate our constant snooping with bug-prone drones.
Our drones are stirring up anti-American sentiment abroad. In just four years, the CIAs drones have killed 2,500 people (plus numerous unreported civilians). Citizens in Iran, Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan progressively view our drones as violating their national sovereignty and are angered by the civilian deaths they cause.
The Obama administration may call them lies. But we know these lies are true: U.S. domestic drone policy ravages our constitutional freedoms while U.S. international drone policy incites blowback and threatens our national security.
Hey, but at least the drones they fly over the us will never be armed, right? If you believe that...
What happens when these drones become as numerous as the corner video camera on the street corner.
What happens when every law enforcement office begins operating drones. Oh, yeah, first it will start with just traffic control but then quickly spread to monitoring.
What happens when the courts allow these drones to be armed with sniper capabilities?
What happens when Obama and local law enforcement team up together using software that can talk to one central location?
What happens when these drones are not only armed, but also have thermal imaging capabilities?
What makes you think that they DON'T already have thermal imaging capabilities and that they're NOT armed now?
The republicans are in bed with the New World Order socialists, most if not all leaders in the republcian party are socialists too.
The republican party helped the democrats pass the healthcare will and will soon increase the debt ceiling in order to aid the brothers in socialism.
Welcome to the New World Order
Obama doesn’t care about our national security or our Constitutional rights. Something tells me that if the blackbirds were still flying we wouldn’t be having this problem. Clinton did us no favors when he shut it down
More than two years ago I saw plans to adapt the barret .50 cal to a UAV about the size of Hunter.
Its coming in a very major way.
I don’t understand the continued reaper buy for CBP. We can’t afford what we have now. The current head of CBP Air, who was in charge of the shuttle program for the last accident, loves these things. I think it makes him, a retired AF general think he is still in the big leagues. CBP would help themselves by selling their reapers and buying cheaper manned aircraft which would cost less for fuel than the satellite time for the reapers.
The air fleet is older than dirt. Look at the average age of some of our aircraft. Some are pushing 50+ years of servive.
The drones are supposed to fill that gap, they are cheaper and you can buy loads of them. Our aviation assets are like those of a third world country.
if this were a repub president doing it - at least half this site would be cheering this bs on.
The Repubs are no better on this than Obama.
I’m not so sure, perhaps, but, conversely, the left would be absolutely appoplectic, but they are completely silent.
You likely recall when Bush signed the Patriot Act how many cheered and the left went nuts. Obama has gone way, way beyond anything Bush ever did — and not even mere a word of caution from the left.
No doubt - Obama is their cult messiah and can do anything to clapping cheers by these phonies.
I have reason to believe that armed drones with thermal imaging capability are “flying cap” over certain political VIPs. Just a guess, mind you, but why not (in the view of those charged with protecting the POTUS)? Spare no expense and use the highest available technology could easily be rationalized by the authors of the Patriot Act, IMO (not passing judgment on the act here). Bottom line, a secret national security directive from POTUS could implement drone cap over POTUS...(and Jarrett)!
I was talking about CBP. As an agency they are spending more on UAS operations than they would if they used comparible manned aircraft.