A Nebraska cattlemen’s group is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop pollution-control flights over ranches, claiming it amounts to spying on citizens. EPA, meanwhile, says the flights are an effective way to quickly spot -- and stop -- pollution from manure lagoons and other waste at large livestock operations.
Nebraska's five federal lawmakers joined the fight this week, demanding to know on what authority EPA is flying over and photographing private property. The lawmakers sent their demands to EPA chief Lisa Jackson on Tuesday, listing a battery of questions and demanding answers by June 10.
EPA has been operating these flights across the country for nearly 10 years without making it public knowledge. US Customs and Border Protection agents fly eight Predator remote-controlled aircraft to patrol the American borders with Canada and Mexico, searching for smugglers and illegal immigrants.
But increasingly, the federal government and local police agencies are using those drones to spy criminal suspects in America with sophisticated high-resolution cameras, heat sensors and radar. All of it comes without a warrant which happened to the Brossarts, the first farmer arrested after a predator drone was uses to surveillance his property for "3" cows that might belong to someone else.
The next time you look up it may not be a bird or a plane, but more than likely with the U.S. government wanting to put 30,000 drones in the sky it will be a drone. Authorization of armed drones in the U.S. has yet to be confirmed, but the U.S. government has never let a law stand in the way of control, and power. Miami was one of the first cities to acquire an unarmed drone to monitor the city.
The pages of the book "1984" seem to be a guide for depopulation, control, and the rights to freedom.