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Mar 19, 2013

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willem gruffey

How did we get from honest struggles of science to the blowholes of patriots?

drudown

@ Samuel

Yes, you're right! After wasting over $2.2 TRILLION invading Iraq under false pretenses and seeing incalculable soldiers' lives wrecked and broken beyond belief...let's get rid of drone use altogether.

In fact, while we are at it, let's further subvert reality and pretend that President Obama's use of drones is ANY different whatsoever from President George W. Bush's.

Give me a break already.

Why don't you cite a single instance of an US citizen who has actual standing to sue in Federal court over "drone use" contravening his/her Constitutional rights? By my count, you can come up with one: al-Awlaki. Surely you cannot credibly contend that such a person- someone that prates on and on on Al Jazeera re the "destruction of the US and its People" has the same due process rights organizing Al Qaeda activities in Yemen as a law abiding person does here at home?

Get real.

"Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson

Teresa Wagner

Bravo to these researchers for studying whales with non invasive methods. So much better to get DNA from their exhaled breath than from harpooning them to get blubber. Thank you for your work to help us understand the protect whales!

Samuel R. Kephart

Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.

Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:

Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao

Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to perdition is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag.

http://vimeo.com/59689349

For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.” 

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one. 

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