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The drone’s nose under the tent

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There’s an old axiom that if a camel can get his nose under the flap of a tent, there is no way to keep him from entering.

Our government is using drones to murder American citizens overseas under the guise that they might be insurgents, intent on doing our country harm. According to AG Eric Holder, they don’t even have to prove that an attack in imminent. They just have to be reasonably sure of it, and then … POOF! We can blow them away.

What few people realize is that the US government is currently deploying unarmed drones over America to spy on us daily. Drones calculate how many cows are grazing on certain farm lands to report overgrazing, they report on movements of groups in our major urban areas, and any number of activities.

These drones are highly sophisticated spy machines equipped with top secret devices designed to eavesdrop and photograph citizen activities. We can all take comfort in the assurance by the Obama administration that those drones are unarmed.

There is just one problem. All those drones can easily be retrofitted with military armament.

The overseas drones were originally introduced in the Middle East to spy on our enemies and record their movements … until someone realized that they would make nifty hunter-killers.

Too often we are willing to relinquish a small portion of our freedom because the government has made the case that they are looking out for our wellbeing, only to find out later that the program has been expanded to the point where it is unacceptable. But by then it is too late to stop it.

Spy drones in American skies are merely the camel’s nose under the flap. Right wingers and Tea party activists have already been called traitors by the left. How long before drones are deployed to spy on them? With all this talk about gun control, how long will it be before gun-owners are branded as criminals hunted by armed drones?

Think it’s not possible? Think again.

When George W. Bush introduced the Patriot Act, libs were rightfully outraged, citing that some of the Homeland Security Agency’s activities were a violation of our privacy. But now that eavesdropping technology, including drones, is managed by the very critics of the Patriot Act, Katie bar the door.

We are on the cusp of a fundamentally changed America; gun control, eavesdropping, and drones. Hold onto your hats, folks, it’s going to be a rough ride as we rush headlong toward tyranny.

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