“So this is how liberty dies … with thunderous applause,” said the character Senator Amidala in Star Wars Episode Three.
As ominous as her comment was, reality has a way of one-upping art, and the Obama Administration could teach Emperor Palpatine a thing or two about Byzantine schemes.
Not only does this Administration expect you to applaud its stripping away of your privacy rights, but it expects you to pay for it.
On the taxpayer dime, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it has received more than 70 “excellent” responses to its request for proposals to create a line of drones for its Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program.
Several of the vendor proposals will now proceed to the testing phase this year and in 2014.
The goal, according to Janet Napolitano, is “to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster.”
According to Wired magazine, the DHS is hoping for drones that can fly for up to two hours at a time and that have cameras that can cover a four square mile area.
These new drones will be added to the mix of the military drones the DHS already uses for, quote-unquote, emergency and non-emergency situations.
Thanks to our Congress and this current Administration, Americans can expect to see some 30,000 drones flying over domestic airspace by 2020. That works out to about one drone for every 126 square miles. For comparison purposes, Los Angeles County, not city, in California is about 469 square miles.
Of course, this is all for your own good. Note the use of the phrase “public safety” in the program’s name.
And none of the drones will ever be armed, according to the benevolent Peeping Toms in our government. … And we will each receive our very own unicorn, named Peppermint.
I’ve only got two words to say in regards to the Administration’s plan to spy on us all from the air: anti-aircraft gun.