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To: Owl558
What makes armed drones WORSE than armed helicopters or armed planes?

Not many local law enforcement agencies can afford Apaches (Lord knows they'd buy them if they could) and there is something psychological about an armed helicopter or aircraft being operated by a local law enforcement agency.

But drones, drones are easy to sell to the idiot masses. All you have to do is mention terrorism, drugs, firefighting, search and rescue. And drones would be fine IF you could keep them in check.

The problem is mission creep plus a complacent group of sheeple, I mean citizens. Montgomery county in Texas that felt it needs to monitor its citizens, they are talking about arming their drones, and I have yet to see a concentrated effort to remove its public officials from office.

If Obama said the FBI was going to have drones monitoring a Texas county, people would flip out. But hey, as long as it's just the local Sheriff's department, it's okay.
42 posted on 05/23/2012 5:33:31 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

“The problem is mission creep plus a complacent group of...citizens”

Thank you, excellent answer and stuff to consider. I don’t want armed anything flying around my city, county or state. The platform used is incidental, which was the point of my questions. I’d be against them arming blimps, if that was the proposal. Flying things are great survailance tools, but just as subject to the constitution as any other government/police tool.

As you point out, a complacent public in the face of grasping government is the real danger here.

“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!— All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the
Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” —Abraham Lincoln 1838.

Dang dude, now you went and made me quote Lincoln.


45 posted on 05/23/2012 7:40:38 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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