Smile, you’re on Uncle Sam’s Candid Camera

I read an article today on Slashdot commenting on how the U.S. Government and other agencies want to start using unmanned reconnaissance aircraft over American soil. Apparently the drones will be used to augment existing human observation of vital structures, ports, and borders, but it still makes me very nervous. Perhaps Phil has succeded in seeding my mind with his tendency to find conspiracy within the majority of government acts, but this one just seems over the top even to me. I can see this being perverted quite easily into something that weakens our civil liberties even further while removing more of the privacy most Americans think they have, but really don’t. PATRIOT Act, anyone?

Sources cited in the article claim a need for more surveillance capacity in order to ensure security within our borders from terrorists. I have an idea about that too… Maybe if our country didn’t impose its will upon the rest of the world, bomb/invade/conquer soverign nations, or aid nations actively causing regional unrest, we wouldn’t have the terrorist problem. Yes, I know it’s more complicated than that, but it doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the world hates us. Somehow I don’t think our global policy is going to change anytime soon though – not with George Dubya in office. In fact, it will most likely get worse.

I guess I’ll just have to get used to the idea of wearing a tinfoil hat – fitted of course. Size 7 1/2.

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