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reaper_droneDrone Surveillance Wants You!

There is a current war on the American people going
on.  Corporations in California are at war with us and each
other, vying over who will get the first $22billion drone
contract in our state.
Legislator Jeff Gorell 44th District, wants to build drones
in Oxnard, turning FWY 101, from Lancaster (Edwards
Airforce Base) to Lompoc (Vandenberg Airforce Base) or
a 75 mile stretch into a “technology corridor” for drones.
Point Magu, designated to assemble the drones, will com-
plete the “military triangle” for drone technology in central
Assemblyman Gorell, past naval intelligence officer,
manipulating drones over Pakistan, wants to use drones
on the American people to “fight crime.”  According to
Pacific Business News, “That’s where the real money is.”
Drones, at 5,000 feet, and with infrared cameras, can
take detailed photographs on the ground, and detect
movements within walls or curtained windows.  Drones
can also be weaponized with advanced weapons.  And
reports of the evolutionary technology have suggested
that drones will eventually be reduced to “bug-size,”
fitting in the cracks of walls or windows, and entering
homes for surveillance purposes.
Gorell wants to secure profits of his privatized drone
industry “project” through tax-free incentives–or on the
backs of California taxpayers–while preventing account-
ability by building them under national security at Point
Magu Navy Base.  He baits California by promising jobs,
but the switch is those jobs will largely come from out
of state, using international visas to hire foreign cheap
Homeland Security and the Defense Department are
planning to move into the military triangle once legisla-
tion is passed in Sacramento
Drone technology will, at first, likely target the poorest
areas in California, the hunting down of immigrants, and
the crackdown on marijuana growers.  But in that pro-
cess, will also likely encroach on the lives of every Cali-
fornian; and as the drone industry expands (by “700%
in the next few years”) it will likely also impact every Am-
ican, as it spreads to other states.
Regardless of its expansion, the real questions should
be: What will drone technology mean to the further errad-
ication of American personal freedoms?  Could drones
possibly lead to the elimination of due process, if Am-
ericans were targeted as “terrorists” or “combatants?”
(See the Obama secret drone memos/John Stewart).
And how can we presume anything involving corporate
personhood, privatization, and militarization, will, in any
way, serve best the American people?  Or will drone tech-
nology, instead, turn Californians and the rest of the United
States into Pakistani victims of the West?

*courtesy of Grant Marcus