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On March 1, 2012 the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to approve a $125,000 grant disguised as an expense to an ICLEI operative (WERF).  The five sites in Johnson County will be part of an estimated 50 sites Nationwide.  The research and development over two years will establish new ICLEI guidelines for controlling the effects of gravity on rain.  The five County selected sites are conveniently located inside other ICLEI City boundaries or ICLEI philosophically leaning municipalities (officers of League of Kansas Municipalities).

Just in Johnson County Kansas alone, there remains several hundred sites that will require ICLEI retrofits, replacements or new installations with future development.  At an approximate cost of $53,800 per site ($125,000 plus $144,000 divided by 5) how will the County pay for this new ICLEI mandate?

On March 2, 2012 Johnson County could as other ICLEI communities have done, implement a tax on rain.  That will lead to melting snow, slip & slides and water balloon fights.  Any water that leaves your property will be taxed.

Please watch this 59 second video, it’s already being done.

Courtesy of American Policy Center and Mr. Tom DeWeese

http://americanpolicy.org/category/videos/ 

  1. Knoxville     ICLEI Member since 2007
  2. Houston       ICLEI Member since 2006

 

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                               GOD
Henpecked Acres                                              
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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2011 Was an Incredible Year as Agenda 21 Becomes a Major Issue

After hiding under the radar for more than 19 years, Agenda 21 became the cause of 2011 as thousands of concerned Americans began to study United Nations documents side – by – side with their local comprehensive development plans. To the horror of most, they found identical language – and the battle was on.

Fighting Back

The battle to stop Agenda 21 in local communities and in state legislatures has taken several varied but effective paths. In my travels to speak to more than 38 groups in 12 states in 2011, I have been privilege to meet and work with some of the most amazing activists I’ve even encountered. I’ve also been able to meet with state legislators in four states, along with a large number of county commissioners and city councilmen – all eager to learn about Agenda 21 and how to stop it. Here are some of the results of their work in countering the massive power of those enforcing Agenda 21 across the nation:

Communities Leaving ICLEI

It started last January, 2011 in Carroll County, Maryland, as the newly elected Board of Commissioners, led by Richard Rothschild, voted to cancel the county’s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). At the same time the Commission also terminated the contract of the county’s sustainable development director, and they sent the county planning commission back to the drawing board for the state-mandated comprehensive development plan – with instructions to not resubmit it until it protected private property rights and complied with the U.S, Constitution. Little did these new commissioners know, they were at the head of a tidal wave that was about to sweep the nation.

Following Carroll County, next came Amador County, California, as the county commissioners voted to end their membership in ICLEI; then came Montgomery County, PA; followed by Edmond, Oklahoma, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The successful battle against ICLEI in Spartanburg, South Carolina was sparked by County Commissioner Roger Nutt; Virginia became a hotbed of activity against Agenda 21 and ICLEI, especially through the efforts of activists like Donna Holt, Cathy Turner and Charles Battig, to name a few. As a result of their efforts, Albemarle County, Virginia (home of Thomas Jefferson), James City County, Virginia (where America basically started at James Town), Abington, Virginia and Lexington, Virginia, have all voted to throw ICLEI out; we can now add to this list Plantation. Florida; Carver, Massachusetts; Pinellas, Florida; Garland, Texas; Sarasota, Florida; Clallam County, Washington; Monmouth County, New Jersey, Chatham County, North Carolina and Somerset County, New Jersey.

Unofficial reports indicate that at least 54 communities have withdrawn from ICLEI in 2011 (though I don’t have all of them listed here because we don’t have official verification). In addition, while ICLEI set a goal of 1000 American cities as members by 2015, indications are that only 17 new cities joined ICLEI this past year. That would be a net reduction of 37!

Property Rights Council

As I arrived in Idaho last September to speak, I was told that a county commissioner wanted to have dinner with me. I said, fine. I’ve gotta eat! What I received from that dinner was nothing short of stunning. As I arrived at the restaurant I was ushered into a back room where about eight people awaited me, including Bonner County, Idaho attorney Scott Bauer and Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor. They began to lay out a full-blown presentation for a plan to protect property rights in their county. They called it a Property Rights Council. This was to be an official arm of the county government, complete with a full time employee and a selected council of citizens who would oversee all county legislation and regulations to assure they didn’t violate private property rights. In addition, the plan was to connect the council’s activities with a state wide network of free market think tanks that would help make such judgments on the proposed legislation. Amazing idea! I mentioned it in my monthly report to APC supporters and it became a sensation. Tennessee activist Karen Bracken picked up the idea, spent hours discussing every detail with attorney Bauer and quickly organized a conference call of national activist leadership, and the idea is now spreading across the nation. Property Rights Councils will be an invaluable tool to counter ICLEI’s near total control of county government.

State Legislative Activity Against Agenda 21 It has truly been amazing to see anti-Agenda 21 efforts in state legislatures across the nation. My report here is only a fraction of the activities actually taking place, as I literally can’t keep up with the many meetings, hearings and resulting legislation that is being introduced. But here are a few of the highlights:

In the state of Washington, State Representative Matt Shea is succeeding in creating an ―Anti-Agenda 21 Caucus,‖ designed to educate fellow legislators to the dangers of Agenda 21 and to block passage or any such legislation. Eight House Members have joined so far.
A bill (Assembly Bill 303) has been introduced by Representative Mary Williams into the state legislature of Wisconsin to repeal state mandated smart growth legislation.

Smart growth legislation has been passed in almost very state and is the Sustainablist’s main weapon to enforce Agenda 21 policy in every county. Repeal of such legislation gives the local government the right to choose whether it wants to participate in Sustainable planning or not. The bill has already passed the Wisconsin House and is awaiting action in the state Senate.

Similar legislation has already been passed and signed by the Governor in the state of Florida. That means that Florida counties are now free from state mandates to write and impose comprehensive development plans.
The state of New Hampshire has two landmark bills before it. First is HB 1634, introduced by Rep. Amy Cartwright which prohibits ―the state counties or towns from implementing programs of, expending money for, receiving funds from, or contracting with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).‖ The second bill prohibits federal, state and local government agents from entering private property without the property owner’s written permission.

Republican National Committee Passes Anti- Agenda 21 Resolution

On Friday, January 13, 2012, Helen Van Etten, Republican National Committeewoman from Kansas, sponsored a resolution entitled ―Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21.‖ It was adopted during the RNC’s general session that day. This resolution may now be used by all opponents of Agenda 21 to help convince lawmakers that this is a threat serious enough that one of the two major political parties now understands and opposes it. All Republican officeholders now have a valuable tool to stand united and oppose Agenda 21 – if they choose to use it. It is also a major weapon for local activists, who, till now have fought alone, constantly labeled fringe conspiracy theorists.

Mainstream Conservative Movement and Candidates Join The Fight

In addition, The Heritage Foundation has now acknowledged the threat of Agenda 21, in an article entitled ―Agenda 21 and the Threat in Our Backyard.‖ This is a sign that the mainstream Conservative movement is coming on board in the Agenda 21 fight.
A few months ago, I was contacted by the Newt Gingrich campaign after he had been pummeled with questions about his position on Agenda 21. When his answers weren’t satisfactory to the crowd, people shouted ―Call Tom DeWeese,‖ and he did. A few weeks later Gingrich appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show talking about Agenda 21, and then he even brought it up in one of the debates.

In his last week on Fox News, Glenn Beck used some of his remaining precious air time on an international news network to expose Agenda 21. I was very please to have been contacted by his producers to provide information for the program. And Beck provided a link the American Policy Center’s website so viewers could learn more.

The tin foil is falling off of our hats rapidly as the fight against Agenda 21 is quickly escalating into the main stream of the political debate.

Breaking up Consensus Meetings

One of the chief tools used by the pro-Agenda 21 forcesistheuseoftrainedfacilitatorsandconsensusmeetings. These are psychology-driven sessions designed to reach a predetermined outcome, as the participants are led to believe it is their own idea. It’s very effective in countering our arguments that Agenda 21 is implemented behind closed doors, against the will of the people. Of course, behind those closed doors is where the predetermined outcome and the tactics to enforce it is, well, determined.

That’s all starting to change as anti-Agenda 21 forces are learning counter techniques. First, author Beverly Eakman has produced a book entitled ―How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics.‖ Beverly has studied this tactics for years and has learned how to stop its progress. Created by the Rand Corporation and known as the Delphi Technique, the process depends on the fact that there is no debate, no open discussion and no dissention allow. Beverly’s book show how that can be turned around on the facilitator, and in effect, ruin his day and his meeting’s outcome. Beverly teaches activist how to lay low and quietly upset the process. Others have taken a more blunt, in-you-face approach. It works too!

Case in point, at a recent meeting in San Francisco, about 50 anti-Agenda 21 citizens turned out for yet another controlled consensus meeting, only they refused to play by the rules (key to messing up the pre-planned process). They spoke out, they video-taped the process, they refused to put their names on sign up sheets (an intimidation tactic used by the Sustainablists), they continually corrected the facilitator’s incorrect statements, they did not participate in the ―phony voting process,‖ (again a tactic used in the Delphi technique to make you think you had a part in the outcome. As soon as you take one step in becoming part of the process, even to vote no, you are in the process). The protestors refused to give their names to the media and they brought in cameras and signs. Above all, they passed out flyers to every participant explaining the process being used on them and telling them their rights in a free assembly. No one was arrested in this process. Take away the power of consensus and you have gone a long way toward stopping Agenda 21. It simply cannot be implemented in a free, open society of free debate and transparency in government, as our local, state and federal governments were designed to be.

So, there you have it, a brief rundown of the growing battle to stop Agenda 21. 2011 was an amazing year in this fight to restore the Republic. But 2012 is already shaping up to be the year we finally crush Agenda 21.

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March 1, 2012 will be a historic day in Johnson County.  Our Kounty Kommissioners will vote on whether to fund WERF (Water Environment Research Foundation) with $125,000 to participate in a National research and development project regarding the effects of gravity on rain water.  This posting digs a little deeper in to this County budgeted expense for 2012.

Please watch this 28 second video taken from the Feb. 23 presentation to the Commissioners.

  1. St. Louis     ICLEI Member since 2006
  2. Johnson County     ICLEI Member since 2008
  3. Seattle     ICLEI Member since 1999
  4. Austin     ICLEI Member since 1993
  5. Los Angeles     ICLEI Member since 2009
  6. Houston     ICLEI Member since 2006
  7. Santa Monica     ICLEI Member since 1991
  8. Washington DC     ICLEI Member since 2008
  9. Philadelphia     ICLEI Member since 2007
  10. Denver     ICLEI Member since 1992
  11. http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list

Let’s go out on a “green limb” here.  What are the odds that somehow ICLEI is behind this and that WERF is in their “green bed”?  Think of the “green money” to be made once this R & D Project goes National.  Could this be how Clarion Associates got started?

This is not an unfunded EPA mandate required as a result of a Federal Grant award.  This is completely voluntary with the total discretion of our elected government.  Once approved, Johnson County will be a willing participant in the advancement of Agenda 21 ideals and philosophies leading to a complete loss of personal rights and freedoms aka socialism.  March 1, 2012 unmasks the Commissioners and their individual views on our Republic.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                GOD
Henpecked Acres                                              
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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So who is WERF?

“WERF research examines the social, economic, and environmental aspects of challenges confronting wastewater and stormwater facilities.”  from WERF footer.  (Agenda 21 Triple Bottom Line)

WERF website http://www.werf.org/livablecommunities/tool_principles.htm  continually uses the key words “green” and “sustainable”.

Apparently joining ICLEI has made our County Engineers stupid and incompetent of designing storm water run off methods. So our Komrad Kommissioners will pay $125,000 for this-

Or better question, did joining ICLEI create a dumb Board? (Did a dumb Board create ICLEI?) Joining ICLEI only costs $3,500 annual dues. Using ICLEI guidelines costs millions, a few hundred thousand at a time. And it goes on and on and on.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                            GOD
Henpecked Acres                                          
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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Item #4 of the Johnson County Agenda Review Meeting for February 23, 2011 to schedule the Agenda of March 1, 2011 http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1246&doctype=AGENDA 

Consider approving an agreement with the Water Environment Research Foundation to fund the research project “Pilot Site Testing Initiative for High Performance Green Infrastructure” in an amount not to exceed $125,000 to the Stormwater Management Program.  Click above to reveal 4 supporting documents.

The third document can also be viewed here pilot program. I saved this document separately as history has taught us that once County personnel realize our use of their information, the referenced document gets moved.  Totally legal and done just to make our job more difficult.

Johnson County is going to authorize $125,000 to a research firm to measure the effects of gravity on rain. Well I for one want to see that reoccurring rumor that water flows uphill put to rest and finally restore the noble name of Newton.

Unfortunately, there are some glaring discrepancies on route to this historical event:

  1. The research company believes this has already been approved as of February 7, 2011.
  2. All data collected and reports rendered are the property of the research company.
  3. All electrical/mechanical devices developed are the property of the research company.
  4. “Pilot Program” implies this is one expense with several more to come when expanded.
  5. It’s in the budget and thus will be approved.

All this engineering and management lingo is above my pay grade.  But I can assure you that with the mental numbness and drive towards socialism, this expense and those following will be approved.  How else can they divert run-off  from the electric car recharging stations.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

 
Ken Dunwoody                                         GOD
Henpecked Acres                                        
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Since 1911 some of the world’s most talented minds in the fields of Physics, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering have struggled unsuccessfully to solve the phenomenon known as Super Conductivity.  This has to do with the transmittance of electrical current through a material with no resistance, power in and power out are equal.  In the practical world of electrical consumption aluminum, copper and silver offer the best alternatives but are measurably far from the pure conductor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconductivity

To minimize the loss and to maximize the available amperage by the final user, distribution of electricity is done at very high voltages.  This however inserts another loss by use of the many transformers and resulting Inductive Reactance.  In the United States the average transmit loss from supplier to consumer is 7%.  For every 100 units produced, only 93 units are consumed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission

Using data supplied by the electric car industry, the state of the art battery technology creates an additional 20% loss between energy consumed to charge the battery and the energy available from the battery.  The typical recharging time is 20 hours.  It is also worth noting batteries have a charge cycle lifetime.  After X number of charges they require replacement. http://www.edmunds.com/car-technology/electric-car-battery-basics-capacity-charging-and-range.html 

To the Obama tree-huggers and Agenda 21 supporters I ask this question. How does consuming electricity from a Coal Powered Electric Plant over 20 hours and only utilize 74.4% of your intended usage reduce the “green house gas” from the fossil fuel car operating the same available 4 hours? 

The most recent set of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations just became operational at the new Crime Lab Building.  Yes, the same new County Crime Lab Building that was constructed from the ground up for energy efficiencies and cost nearly 3 times of comparable building without those enhancements.  The annual energy savings to justify the additional construction costs revealed just slightly over a 400 year pay back. http://carstations.com/14897

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                             GOD
Henpecked Acres                                           
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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This investigation began after viewing this NBC informational 11/10/11 broadcast. Only 2 minutes and worth watching and hearing about how good this deal was.

The existing Johnson County Museum was damaged during the June 2009 “Once in a Century” rainstorm. Approximately 1,500 square foot of the 20,000 square foot was deemed unrepairable.  Artifacts from the damaged area were placed in rented storage and a search to find a new location began. County officials stated publically the search was hindered due to less tax revenues.

In September 2011 The Johnson County Museum made public their plan of creating a National Museum in lieu of the existing County Museum philosophy and historical interest. The 82 page 2011InterpretiveMasterPlan. Page 62 is a real HOOT. It predicts everything you are about to read!

Those close to this new plan have confirmed that in October 2011 County Commissioner David Lindstrom (Overland Park) approached fellow County employee and Museum Director Mindi Love regarding the purchase of the 70,000 square foot building known as King Louie’s in Overland Park and strategically located in the struggling Metcalf Corridor.

At this point, any forward momentum could only occur with the consent of Commission Chairman Eilert, former Mayor of Overland Park.

Records show that the King Louie building was owned by Western Development Co. Inc.  Kansas Secretary of State Office shows the two principals are John and Marilyn Mitchell. The Registered Company Agent is Donald Pratt of Overland Park.

The first recorded Commission discussion regarding the King Louie building occured on November 10, 2011 Agenda Review Meeting.  You can watch six of the seven Commissioners tripping over each other in support of this project even at the risks of not knowing how to pay for it or how it might jeopardize Bond Ratings. Click on item 10, video will appear. http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1153&doctype=AGENDA  There is no evidence that any of the Commissioners through testimony visited and inspected the actual property.

With near reckless disregard of fudiciary responsiblities the purchase of this building for the new National Museum in Overland Park was completed in weeks because: (purchase finalized and closed on December 30, 2011)

Rumors abound in Overland Park that the Mitchells are personal friends with both Eilert and Lindstrom and that was the driving force behind this boondoggle. The only fact we could secure takes us back to the beginning of this post.

Note the name of the listed Commercial Real Estate Broker for this property, Kessinger-Hunter. Although several sources to make this connection are available, we choose to use Commissioner Lindstrom’s own Johnson County page to demonstrate that he is a past employee of Kessinger-Hunter. We also found that as a politician, Kessinger-Hunter has continually contributed to his campaign efforts. http://bocc.jocogov.org/commissioner/district-3/about

We emphasize again on deaf ears (Home Rule Charter Commission) five of the seven Commissioner votes are influenced by Overland Park (with 29% of the population). So Commissioner Lindstrom is not alone in this but certainly led the herd over the cliff.  Since when do “leaders” get sucked in to a herd mentality?  If you take the time to view the videos available, Commissioner Lindstrom was in the lead, Chairman Eilert whipping the mules in line and now……. the County owns a building that is uninsurable, on land worth about $500,000 with committments upwards of another $30,000,000.

The Mitchells and Kessinger-Hunter have cashed their checks and wished Lindstrom well retiring to Florida.  Eilert is moving business and County funds to Overland Park as he said he would.  The good news for me and bad news for tax payers, there will be something else to write about tomorrow.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                   GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                 
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Dawn Of The Drones: The Realization Of The Total Surveillance State

Monday, February 13, 2012 
 
Rev. John Whitehead

By John W. Whitehead

“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is it’s justice; that is it’s morality.” – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 19th century French philosopher

Imagine a robot hovering overhead as you go about your day, driving to and from work, heading to the grocery store, or stopping by a friend’s house. The robot records your every movement with a surveillance camera and streams the information to a government command center. If you make a wrong move, or even appear to be doing something suspicious, the police will respond quickly and you’ll soon be under arrest. Even if you don’t do anything suspicious, the information of your whereabouts, including what stores and offices you visit, what political rallies you attend, and what people you meet will be recorded, saved and easily accessed at a later date. It is a frightening thought, but you don’t have to imagine this scenario. We are only a few years away from the realization of this total surveillance society.

Congress has just passed a bill, the FAA Reauthorization Act, mandating that the Federal Aviation Administration create a comprehensive program for the integration of drone technology into the national air space by 2015. The FAA predicts that there will be 30,000 drones crisscrossing the skies of America by 2020, all part of an industry that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year. This mandate is yet another example of the political power of the military-industrial complex, Congress’ disdain for the privacy of American citizens, and the rampant growth of government. With this single piece of legislation, Congress is opening the floodgates to an entirely new era of surveillance, one in which no person is safe from the prying eyes of the government. This may prove to be the final nail in the Fourth Amendment’s coffin.

Attempts to integrate drone technology into the national air space were underway long before Congress put its stamp of approval on the FAA Reauthorization Act. In fact, the FAA authorized 313 certificates for drone operation in 2011, 295 of which were still active at the end of the year, although the agency refuses to say which organizations received the certificates and for what purposes they were used. However, we do know that the FAA had already approved drones for use by the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Patrol (which uses the drones to conduct surveillance and counternarcotics missions), and certain state and local law enforcement operations. For example, in June 2011, a family of cattle farmers accused of stealing some cows were spied on with a Predator drone before being apprehended by police.

The fact that drones—pilotless, remote controlled aircraft that have been used extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to assassinate suspected terrorists, as well as innocent civilians—are coming home to roost (and fly) in domestic airspace should come as no surprise to those who have been paying attention. The US government has a history of commandeering military technology for use against Americans. We saw this happen with tear gas, tasers, sound cannons and assault vehicles, all of which were first used on the battlefield before being deployed against civilians at home.

Thus, while 83% of Americans approve of the use of drones abroad, and 65% approve of using drones to assassinate suspected terrorists abroad, even if they are American citizens, it remains to be seen how those same Americans will feel when they are the ones in the sights of the drones. Needless to say, they won’t have to wait too long to find out.

While there are undoubtedly legitimate uses for drone technology, such as locating missing persons, there is no legitimate reason for the government to collect a constant stream of information on the whereabouts of Americans. However, if this drone program is implemented in the way that Congress intends, we will have drones armed with “less-lethal” weaponry, including bean bag guns and tasers, flying over political demonstrations, sporting events, and concert arenas. Eventually, these drones will be armed with the lethal weaponry that is currently being used overseas in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The power of these machines is not to be underestimated. Many are equipped with cameras that provide a live video feed, as well as heat sensors and radar. Some are capable of peering at figures from 20,000 feet up and 25 miles away. They can also keep track of 65 persons of interest at once. Some drones are capable of hijacking Wi-Fi networks and intercepting electronic communications such as text messages. The Army is currently developing drones with facial recognition software, as well as drones that can complete a target-and-kill mission without any human instruction or interaction. They are the ultimate killing and spying machines.

In addition to the privacy concerns, the safety of drone technology has been called into question. There have been a handful of high-profile crashes involving American drones abroad, including in Iran, the island nation of Seychelles, and most recently in Somalia. The Iranian government claimed they brought down the drone flying in their territory via a computer hack. This is two years after Iraqis were able to hack into the live feed of a few drones using “$26 off-the-shelf software.” Mind you, back in October 2011, the US military admitted that their drone fleet had been infected by a ‘mysterious virus.’ The faultiness of the drone technology and the fact that amateur hackers can access the controls and camera feeds are reason enough to ground these devices indefinitely.

Unfortunately, with the wars abroad winding down, America has become the new battleground in the war on terror, to the delight and profit of the military-industrial complex. In fact, with companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin making their influence felt among members of Congress (Boeing spent over $12 million lobbying in 2011, and Lockheed spent over $11 million), you can be sure that their technologies will continue to be purchased by the government, even when there is no need for them. Thus, in the same way that our domestic police forces are now armed with mini-tanks and grenade launchers taken from the military’s armory, it was simply a matter of time before drone technology made its way back home.

While most Americans are unaware of the electronic concentration camp which is slowly enveloping our society, a select few groups are working to push back against government control. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the FAA, demanding the records of the drone certificates which the FAA has issued to various agencies, but it is unlikely that the implementation of this technology can be stopped. Based upon the government’s positions on wiretapping, GPS tracking devices, and Internet tracking technologies, it is also unlikely that our elected officials will do anything to protect the American people from the prying eye of the American government.

We can sit around waiting for some member of Congress with a conscience or some judge concerned about the coming tyranny to push back against the drone empire from within. However, until the American people succeed in raising their collective voices against this technological tyranny, the powers that be will continue on the path to total control, and the condition of our civil liberties will become more dire with every passing day.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book The Freedom Wars (TRI Press) is available online at http://www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at www.rutherford.org


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