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article imageOp-Ed: Police State America — Attack of the Drones

By Alexander Baron     Jun 14, 2012 in Politics
America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; in recent years it has come more to resemble George Orwell's novel '1984'.
A monitoring group has revealed the startling fact that there are now a staggering 64 drone bases on American soil. More are planned. Take a close look at the linked map.
As author Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai says, we like to think of drones as strictly military grade weapons that operate in far off lands like the Yemen and Afghanistan. And kill A-rabs, be they accused terrorists designated for assassination (murder) by the US Government - men like (American citizen) Anwar al-Awlaki, or innocent villagers - collateral damage, to use that awful phrase. Alas, Predator and Reaper drones are already being used on American soil. The big question has to be will they eventually be armed, and if so, why?
The new form of terrorism the Islamists have given to the world is largely suicide bombings and similar operations by small groups of fanatics or individuals. It is modelled on leaderless resistance. What use is a drone, even an armed one, against a man who boards a subway train wearing a rucksack filled with explosives, as happened in London on July 7, 2005?
More to the point, who authorised this mass surveillance? This is not something that could have happened overnight, or even during the current Obama Administration, and where is the money coming from to pay for it? David Duke believes the Federal Reserve is controlled by Zionists, and that it prints dollars for Israel. There is though a far more plausible explanation for this perfidious organisation's behaviour; three years ago, Congressman Alan Grayson found 9 trillion dollars missing from the Fed, and Elizabeth Coleman, the government official appointed to account for this money, was unable to tell him where it went.
The money spent by the American military, at home as well as abroad, is absolutely staggering, and no one ever seems to say enough is enough. On top of that, Americans are no safer now than they have ever been, perhaps just the opposite. Furthermore, if this military madness and surveillance were wound down, America would have literally trillions of dollars not only to house the homeless and provide them with decent medical care but to develop alternative technologies like both electric and hydrogen vehicles which would reduce the country's dependence on oil, and the need for meddling in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Probably the only way to curb this drone madness is by fiscal accountability, or do Americans want them to be used not only for warrantless surveillance but for hunting down and killing terrorists on American soil, with the same collateral damage as inflicted on the people of Afghanistan and elsewhere?
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