(Shaun Waterman, Washington Times) Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.
My Commentary: Under the Congress-approved “FAA Reauthorization Bill,” the FAA “projects that 30,000 drones could be in the nation’s skies by 2020,” because “the legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies.”
Great! Domestic drone surveillance is EXACTLY what our brutal, over-militarized American police force needs! Now, we’ll all FINALLY be safe! ::whew!::
The following correspondence originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “How Quickly We Forget…“…
Rayn: How quickly we forget…
It’s not who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.” – Stalin
Claudia C.: Apparently America has spoken. Republicans got many votes which makes me think about Palin already dreaming about being president. Palin is even dumber than Bush which, according to my friend, Robert C., indicates that american public gravitates towards more dim witted leaders. ” while the masses believe that terrorism is going to destroy the country, it appears stupidity already did.”
Rayn: Apparently, America is sleeping, and the false paradigm wins again! War, it’ll be!!!
As far as I’m concerned, voting is simply THEATER in order to create the ILLUSION of CHOICE, and hence, MANUFACTURE PUBLIC CONSENT to a MOSTLY PRE-DETERMINED OUTCOME. Pre-selected candidates are thrust upon us (like Bush vs. Kerry in 2004, two members of Yale’s Secret Society – Skull & Bones), presidential outcomes are chosen by electoral college, and electronic voting machines are rigged to prevent INDEPENDENTS from EVER GAINING more than a FEW PERCENTAGE POINTS (in order to psych individuals out of “wasting” their vote on those THAT ACTUALLY DESERVE IT)!!
(Charlie Savage, New York Times) – President Obama has issued signing statements claiming the authority to bypass dozens of provisions of bills enacted into law since he took office, provoking mounting criticism by lawmakers from both parties.
My Commentary: First, Obama maintains Bush’s wars of aggression in Iraq & Afghanistan. Then, he begins the bombing of Pakistan. After this, he continues on with Bush’s agenda of bailing out the thieving Banksters & corrupt Corporations with our tax dollars. Now, in another act of sheer disregard for the will of Americans, Obama is embracing the Bush tactic of using “signing statements” to overturn portions of Congressional bills that he personally doesn’t approve of!
Remember, during his presidential campaign, Obama claimed that the use of signing statements was an executive “abuse” & an effort by Bush to “accumulate more power in the presidency.” He promised that he would not take the same path, which he considered “an end run around Congress,” but instead, would “obey the Constitution”: