Monday, July 23, 2012

The Growing Police State: Who's Watching You? Edition

On Thursday, in testimony to Congress, it was revealed that over 100 "Federal, State, and Local" government "entities" have had authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct unmanned surveillance of the Domestic US Population.  According to House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul, there are around 200 active Authorizations covering over 100 entities.  His quote: "We are now on the edge of a new horizon: using unmanned aerial systems within the homeland."

I've covered before why this should be so troublesome.  Now it looks like, by the time we were even informed that government was looking into the possibility, they'd already been doing it for some time.  This should terrify any free people.  The Government has neither the right, nor the power, to spy on its own citizens without a warrant which specifically details the subjects and objects of the investigation.  Simply flying a drone to see what can be seen is a gross violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution.  It is the move of a dictatorial regime more interested in keeping the domestic populace in line than in serving them and governing wisely.

Once again, I find myself compelled to appeal to the States.  The Federal Government obviously acknowledges no limits to its own authority.  If any limits are to exist, the States must set them and enforce them.  The States must say, "Not in my State, you don't.  Not over my residents."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to Bush/Cheney for starting the ball rolling here with the Patriot Act, under the guise of protection from "terrorism". The biggest farce of the last four decades, after trickle down economics and the war on drugs, that is...