Since the War on Terror began, pilotless surveillance drones have been a useful and effective tool for the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations.
It has allowed the armed forces to achieve its objectives without risking the lives of military personnel and has achieved many good results. However, there have been voices lately, including those from the Federal Aviation Administration in May, who want “to ensure the safe integration” of these drones into U.S. airspace. Dozens of state, federal and local agencies have applied and requested permission to operate these drones. I find this not only disturbing, but dangerous, too.
For federal, state and local governments to use surveillance drones for the purpose of spying on individual Americans, which is what this will amount to, would be a gross violation of privacy and liberty. It would not only violate all Fourth Amendment protections of being secure in one’s person and effects, it would turn the United States into something resembling George Orwell’s “1984.”
Congress should implement rules to ensure that this technology will not be used to monitor the lives and activities of all Americans.
Those who want these drones used in U.S. airspace for the purpose of watching Americans must believe that the U.S. Constitution is obsolete. These people do not know their history and do not have the slightest notion of what this nation went through to gain the protections secured by the Constitution. The Constitution was written to last throughout the ages and stand the test of time. May it continue to do so and may it always be the law we live by.