By Erin Lale
Government at all levels has historically been bound by the Constitutional protection against unwarranted search and seizure. There should not be routine screening by government. Any action against a citizen without probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed or that a specific life is in danger due to a specific person’s specific action should be illegal as it was before 2001. TSA screening before boarding a commercial aircraft has become increasingly intrusive and has reached the point at which support groups for survivors of rape advise “don’t fly” in the same list of precautions as “don’t get drunk at parties” and “don’t go into a dark parking lot by yourself.”
When citizens have gotten used to the idea that they must take ground transportation everywhere to avoid being sexually assaulted, the TSA has started screening at bus depots, train stations, and even highways, so that driving oneself in a private vehicle is no longer safe, even though the TSA still does not screen private aircraft passengers, which means that the rich are still free while the rest of us are required to sexually submit to government.
The latest intrusion of government, and the latest development in the militarization of local police forces, is the use of drone aircraft such as the Predator drone within the U.S.
This week at an unmanned vehicle convention in Las Vegas, drones were for sale. Unmanned aircraft with cameras can fly over homes and businesses collecting evidence. Police are still required to obtain warrants before searching someone’s property, even if the search is done from the air, whether by manned or unmanned vehicles. However, it is human nature that when one has an expensive tool, one will use it. That is the impulse that has led to police using tanks supplied by Homeland Security for use in terror emergencies to make traffic stops.
Predator drones are designed to drop bombs. These are the same drones used by the U.S. military in overseas war zones, and now they are being deployed by federal, state, and local agencies within the U.S. How long will it be before the U.S. Border Patrol is using drones to drop bombs on anyone who physically resembles an illegal immigrant as seen by robot cameras? College students have already hacked police drones in flight just to prove that they could. How long before hackers are using drones to collect your pin number or drop bombs on their ex’s house?