Anti-war activist and author David Swanson has been tracking this phenomenon too, telling me, "members of Congress have created a caucus for drones, where they openly promote the use and sale of drones at home and abroad. They have now authorized the flight of up to 30,000 drones in US skies for whatever purpose--this is in contrast to the lack of any caucus for senior citizens, for children, for health coverage, for green energy, for human beings--there's a caucus for robots."
Soon we will have an arms race in drones of all kinds. The crash of a US drone in Iran has allowed that country to reverse-engineer one, probably leading to Iran soon making their own.
The Russians and Chinese, even the North Koreans, can't be far behind.
More worrying to Americans should be a report saying that there are already 63 drone bases inside the United States.
The Washington Post reports, "Big things can happen in Congress -- as long as no one is watching.
"Lobbying records released last week show that there wasn't much opposition this winter when Congress quietly opened up U.S. airspace to aerial drones, which some advocates for civil liberties say raise a host of concerns about privacy.
Drone technology, advanced by the military for surveillance and elimination of terrorists in war zones, is set to come back to the home front in a big way in coming years, with possible uses for law enforcement, first responders, and agriculture and environmental monitoring.
Select companies and ask local governments around the country already for permission to test drones , which can sometimes stay aloft for days at a time at a fraction of the cost of helicopters and airplane
What assisted all of this drone fever?
Remember the NDAA bill passed last year that was signed quietly into law on New Year's Eve by President Obama? The Administration assured one and all that it would not apply to military operations on U.S. soil or against American citizens.
It now turns out that the NDAA is being interpreted as authorization to deploy military drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) into domestic airspace. A major overhaul of the Federal Aviation Administration's control system is permitting the deployment of drones
Recently, Alexander Higgins.com reported:
"A lawsuit has forced the FAA to reveal the location of 63 Secret Drone bases located inside the United States some of which will be the starting point for more drone warfare.
While the information released shows an alarming number of bases being used for military and local law enforcement drones, perhaps the most startling revelation is that the United States is allowing Canadian Border Patrol Drones to operate across the Canadian border.
Odds are that the are many more drone bases inside the United States whose locations have been kept secret for various national security reasons and the lawsuit only forced the government to release the names and locations of permmitted US drone operators.
That means that the type of drones -- be they for targeted killing, guiding missiles, or general surveillance -- and the number of drones at each location still remains a secret although the FAA says they plan on releasing such information at a later date."