Like guns, drone ownership, I'm certain, will eventually be defended as a 1st AND 2nd amendment right.
I'll explain, but first...Salon.com on a Reuters story....
On Wednesday, a tourist in Yellowstone National Park was attempting to take a super-rad photo with his super-rad camera-equipped drone when he lost control of the drone and crashed it into the park’s largest geothermal hot spring, possibly damaging the natural wonder.
It was not clear if the drone that crashed Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday and sank into its depths would damage the geothermal feature, park spokesman Al Nash said, and officials were still trying to decide whether to remove it.
Expect many more exciting stories like that one in the future. Makes for great water-cooler chatter and so on. But how long will it be before we are reading about a personally-owned, and armed, drone.....gunning down a citizen walking down the sidewalk......or relaxing in his/her own back yard?
Now...about those 1st and 2nd amendment rights. Follow along....we now know that money equals free speech. Yes, it's insane....but it is what the Supremes say it is. It takes money to purchase a drone....which means that it takes free speech to purchase a drone....which means that the government cannot stop my guaranteed right to "speak" via purchasing a drone. Conclusion: purchasing a drone is an expression of free speech defended under the first amendment.
Furthermore, as drones fall into the hands of "bad people", an inevitability, how can a scared defender of his home go about protecting his homestead from a drone attack unless he owns a "defensive" drone of his own? Why should the government be the only entity with pre-emptive-strike rights? In "stand your ground" states, pre-emptive killing using guns is already legal......so why couldn't pre-emptive killing using armed drones to defend against bad people who you feel are "threatening" you also be legal?
The Supremes said that the 2nd amendment guarantees that citizens have a right to own a gun for self-defense purposes. In the Age of the Drones, how will it be possible for "real Americans" to defend their "castles" without owning an armed drone to use pre-emptively when one feels threatened?
Thus, personal ownership and use of armed drones is protected by the first AND the second amendment. Freedom.
Speaking of rationalizations.....I see that President Obama is ordering airstrikes inside Iraq.
President Obama on Thursday announced he had authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, scrambling to avert the fall of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and returning the United States to a significant battlefield role in Iraq for the first time since the last American soldier left the country at the end of 2011.
Obama: “When we have the unique capacity to avert a massacre, the United States cannot turn a blind eye,” he said.
Three years ago, Obama announced that the U.S. would join NATO in conducting airstrikes in Libya. No boots on the ground, mind you....just airstrikes.
Libya today....via the Guardian...
Today's Libya is overrun by militias and faces a deteriorating human rights situation, mounting chaos that is infecting other countries, growing internal splits, and even the threat of civil war.
So, yeah, I'm sure that airstrikes in northern Iraq will make everything all better. And as we've witnessed in Gaza recently, airstrikes only kill the "bad people" on account of how "surgical" those strikes are.
Call it Surge-lite, call it humanitarian, call it what-the-hell-ever-you-would-like. But absent a political reconciliation plan between the various factions living in Iraq.....like with Bush's "surge".....Obama's Surge-lite won't work either.
Finally for today, a few words about our bestest ally in the middle east.....Israel. Fascist hate radio head, Sean Hannity, conducted his hate-radio program this week from Israel. Don't ask me why. The hater literally gushed about how great the country of Israel is. How free and successful and prosperous the tiny post-WW2-created country is.
While Obama announces new airstrikes in Iraq "to prevent genocide".....this is how the Israeli citizenry regard their own military's genocidal "defensive" airstrikes (using drones) against defenseless Gaza civilians.....
According to recent polls support for the military operation in Gaza among the Jewish Israeli public stands somewhere between 87% (Channel 10 News) and 95% (Israel Democracy Institute). Even those who are secretly against the war are cautious about voicing their opinion openly.
The free, successful and prosperous people of Israel are too frightened of their own elected officials and military to "voice their opinion openly" in opposition of the Gazan civilian slaughter.
That's the freedom that $3 billion per year in U.S. tax payer "defensive" weaponry sent to Israel.....helps to maintain.
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