Droning us out

“Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.”
Man hunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief’s daughter and killed policeman, Express, February 10, 2013

Even if the authorities don’t use the drone to kill that lunatic, we’ve stepped through the looking glass and there’s no going back now. So much for hope and change, Mr. Obama, you and the drone program you insist on using have just delivered a deathblow to rule of law.

Actually, this is not the first human drone target on US soil, this is:

“Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties.

“He also called in a Predator B drone.”
America puts on skis to step on a slippery slope, December 19, 2011

And here’s what I said about it then:

“Militarizing, or further militarizing, the civilian police is just not a good idea. If the civilian police are at war then whom else are they at war with but the civilians and citizens they’re sworn to protect? We have too much of this problem in Los Angeles unfortunately (see Mike Davis, “City of Quartz” and Steve Herbert “Policing Space”). I might be okay with this if I thought it was only going to be used for dire situations like this one in No Dak. But give police a predator drone and everything becomes a dire situation and that’s happening already if Local police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since June. Surveillance flights in North Dakota? What the hell do they need to fly surveillance flights on in North Dakota? And on whom?

“This makes me wonder how long before the police start using them in Los Angeles and other urban areas, if they aren’t already? How long before they start killing people with them? Could we please elect some people to protect us from a police state? And could the guy we thought we elected to protect us from a police state start protecting us from a police state? Yes, of course I mean Barack Obama.”

What a freaking horrible mess.

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