by Shepard Ambellas
April 26, 2013
BOSTON — Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has announced that he plans to add aerial vehicles to the line up for next years Boston Marathon, ushering in exactly what the establishment wanted, surveillance of the American people.
That’s right, we no longer live in a free society as cameras line not only every street corner, but now the airspace above them.
Davis stated to the Herald that, “Drones are a great idea. I don’t know that would be the first place I’d invest money, but certainly to cover an event like this, and have an eye in the sky that would be much cheaper to run than a helicopter is a really good idea”, adding a false sense of security in the backs of the minds of the general public.
This is concerning even to some members of our government as legislation has been submitted to block drones in the skies of sponsored states. Ryan Gallager reported, “
Notably, earlier this year Massachusetts was one of many states in which legislators put forward a bill aimed at limiting the use of drones. The “Drone Privacy Act,” sponsored by Republican Robert L. Hedlund, proposes restricting the use of drones for law enforcement, banning the aircraft from being armed with any weapons, and requiring a warrant for them to be used to monitor suspects and gather evidence.
The bill, which is still being considered by the state House and Senate, would certainly limit any future use of drones in Boston if it were to become law. But it may now be the case that, after the attacks at the Boston marathon, there will be less support in the state for any legislation that could hinder law enforcement agencies’ investigative powers. At a national level, lawmakers have already been making an aggressive case for increased surveillance (even though, as I wrote yesterday, the failure to detect the Boston bombers was more likely down to human error, not a lack of surveillance capabilities). Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is advocatingmore monitoring of Muslim communities, while Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., suggested at a Senate hearing Tuesday drones could have been used to track down and target the alleged Boston terrorists, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”
So where is all of this leading?
For Americans it means less freedom in the name of security. However, will there eventually be drone wars? What do I mean by this you ask?
What’s to stop a terrorist from using a drone of their own to drop explosives into a crowd or onto a target of choice? And if such drones were used, how would DHS counter them? Will this be an entirely new untapped market?
If so, who has set the market?
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