Daddy, Why is That Scary Thing in the Sky Following Us?
"Don't worry son, that's just our government keeping us safe by watching us. Think of it like your big brother. He keeps you safe, doesn't he?"
"Actually, I've been afraid to tell you this, but Johnny takes my lunch money every morning, makes me empty my pockets before I get on the school bus, and then calls me a tender wrist if I complain."
"Yeah, but don't you feel safer cause he's keeping an eye on you?"
"I'm not sure ... but what's a tender wrist, anyway?"
"It's what protectors call people who don't like how they're being protected."
"Oh ... well I could do without that video camera Johnny put over my locker. And come to think of it ..."
"Shhh! Be careful, son! Don't let the bird hear you!"
"But you said not to be afraid of that thing."
"Just don't make a fuss, do as you're told, and you'll be safe."
"I thought you said Americans were free."
"Son, don't be a tender wrist."
"I'm so confused."
When science fiction becomes news, will people finally wake up?
In a scene that could have been inspired by the movie "Minority Report," one North Carolina county is using a UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] equipped with low-light and infrared cameras to keep watch on its citizens. The aircraft has been dispatched to monitor gatherings of motorcycle riders at the Gaston County fairgrounds from just a few hundred feet in the air--close enough to identify faces--and many more uses, such as the aerial detection of marijuana fields, are planned.
A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities.
The federal government may soon send unmanned aircraft to scour West Texas and the state's coastal waters in an effort to boost border security, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a letter to the governor sent Friday.
Oh wait, we need financial content here ... I guess just keep investing in related defense contractors. No matter how deep into debt we sink, it's clear we'll always find the money to perpetually expand our burgeoning security infrastructure ... creating a new version of our country that I believe we'll scarcely recognize as our own a generation from now.
How far must it go before people raise their voices in peaceful protest (make sure you're in a free speech zone first!) and cast their votes accordingly?
Unmanned aerial vehicles ... coming soon to a neghborhood near you. It's not science fiction anymore.
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
- Samuel Adams
"Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government"
- Thomas Jefferson
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both"
- Benjamin Franklin