Predator Spy Drones: Hoovering Above Your Town Soon?

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4 Responses

  1. spoon


    The obtaining of personal information from credit card transaction purchases, cell phone apps, physical locations by gps technology, internet ssl searches by big business for profit expansion and marketing techniques extracted from PDA’s and communication devices has been going on for over a decade; to expect less from your government is being “sheep-like”. Look at todays generation walking around with I-phone like a robot, their only concern is web based life; not the real world or reality, no face to face problem solving or relationship building. All the technology gains come with great sacrifice (without living off the grid) there are several things an individual can do to protect themselves from this style of search or information gleaning. The first step is education, the second step is disabling certain programming on personal devices, and awareness that technology is way ahead of 99.9 percent of all of us; and in the wrong hands the next terrorism strikes will be technology or grid driven.

    Jon Osowski

    December 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  2. Jeff S.

    Jon, your comments and assumptions show why Ron Paul is polling so well in his run for president. The purpose of the founders passing and ratifying the Bill of Rights (which have never been changed or legally amended) was to protect the people of the United States not from thugs, not from big business, not from marketing gurus, but from one thing, the government. The founders believed that a strong centralized government that could compel people to turn over their money in the form of taxes and use these money to suppress freedom is the real enemy. Your comments prove the founding fathers correct. I suspect you are an agent of the government and having agents of the government use or tax money to monitor what books we read, what items we purchase, what kind of car we rent, where are cell phones travel, the content of the text message we send, is somehow, absent a court order, the government’s business. If you truly believe what you wrote and took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States don’t believe you are violating that oath?

    December 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

  3. Steve Spingola


    Thanks for taking the time to post a comment. I agree that educating people about technology is important. That being said, the seizing of national emergency and then using it as a guise to put into place an Orwellian infrastructure at a price tag of billions of dollars is, to say the least, disingenuous. These centers, as well as the Patriot Act, were supposed to keep tabs on terror suspects. Now we learn the intel gathered is being used to monitor “criminal and non-criminal activity,” in other words, basically everything. Moreover, using the military to keep tabs on American civilians is un-American. Drones operated by military personnel to spy on American citizens, in my opinion, crosses the line between civilian law enforcement and a militarized police state.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  4. spoon

    I don’t see how my comments lead one to assume I support a search of anything without a court order or who I am or what I do. (short-sighted) I am just informing others that information is taken and gleaned from all of us without our consent or knowledge and the use of drones or national defense systems for law enforcement is a step in the wrong direction. For example a pnone call is intercepted by terrorism NSA and it has nothing to do with terror or attacks it is about narcotics, homide, or a local offense, what is the protocol and procedures. Protections are needed from bad case law
    . Sent S.S. an email from Star Tibune my newspaper about drone use in North Dakota he can CC: you.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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