Today Senator John McCain misses the whole point of Rand Paul’s filibuster on the senate floor yesterday. His words are condescending and insulting.
What Senator McCain fails to recognized is the fact that drones whether armed or not violate the entire concept of Due Process guaranteed by the fifth and fourteenth amendments. Rand effectively covered that part. What Rand failed to cover is the fourth amendment violations the drones by their very existence entail.
The right to privacy is essential to liberty and to be searched by a flyby of a drone violates this in so many ways that the use by the government should be outlawed. Here is the fourth amendment in it’s entirety.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
They have to show probable cause to a judge before they can search your person or home,car,workplace or any other property you own. The use of drones violate this fundamental right. Through infrared technology they can peer into your home without probable cause. Even the Washington Times has reported on this.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administrationto develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
“There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
Senator McCain does not mention the fact that these drones will have the capacity of literally giving you a pat-down without any probable cause, as reported by townhall.com and Breitbart. Cnet.com went into great detail on what these homeland flying spy machines will be capable of.
Homeland Security’s specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they “shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not,” meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify “signals interception” technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and “direction finding” technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained a partially redacted copy of Homeland Security’s requirements for its drone fleet through the Freedom of Information Act and published it this week. CNET unearthed an unredacted copy of the requirements that provides additional information about the aircraft’s surveillance capabilities.
So they will not only be able to peer into your homes, give you an illegal pat-down but they will be able to intercept your cell phone conversations but be able to track you via your cell phone. As Benjamin Franklin once said.
We should all pay heed to those words and the politicians should pay heed to another of his quotes.
George Orwell may have been premature in his book 1984 but he is not wrong, “Big Brother” is watching. Are you willing to shut his eyes.
Here is an excerpt from the filibuster.