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2/12/2013 9:58:00 PM
Letter: Soon, all countries will use drones

EDITOR:

Drones - the controversy! Not just Republicans but also Democrats are worried that the president and the CIA can decide who to target with drones and who not to without any oversight from the Department of Justice or from Congress. Drones are unmanned aircraft. They can be small and used for fun, larger and used for undercover work, or larger still and used for targeting those the government considers overseas enemies of our country such as al- Qaida .

However, I contend that there's a further concern than simply a Democratic or Republican president deciding who to spy on or who to kill. Drones are kind of like the Internet. We've opened a Pandora's box - they're here to stay and they will get more powerful and skillful. And they will be used all over the world, by all nations - both our allies and our enemies. Think of an Iran or a Mali with drone capabilities.

Just as we can't put the Internet and all its repercussions back in the box, neither can we rewind our technology on drones. They are a permanent part of our world now - and they will grow - and spread.

Unless, of course, we were to begin thinking in terms of real world peace. Is that a possibility with our blustery culture and that throughout the rest of the planet?

Susan Lanning

Prescott




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Bitter Clinger

Drones should be outlawed.

I for one am growing weary and scared of a violence prone government that feels it must intrude into every aspect of life with not only drone surveillance, but monitoring of bank accounts, black boxes in cars, access to medical records, keeping data-track of what we purchase and eat, while assessing which citizens use more electricity.

Time to quit feeding the beast.


Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Sal

Your feet are dirty , your better go clean them before allah gets mad at you.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Sal

... in an earlier post you boast about not being able to vote in our "stupid" election because u were not a citizen. So which is it? hoot.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: An American

And we will give them the technology.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: John Rollo

As everyone accepts the drones our freedoms erode.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Ken In PV

Just a note, up until 4 years+ ago we lived 9 miles from the border down in Cochise County which is one of the highest crossing points for illegals in the country.
They have joint projects (Army and Air Force when I was last there) down there that fly the drones along the border looking for both illegals and drug traffic night and day.
This activity is all along the border in AZ and perhaps neighboring states as well.
Unless you happen to look up you would never notice them.
These drones are not armed however, just observing to report back to various law enforcement agencies.
AZ has an enormous amount of land that is federal along the border. National Forests, monuments and military operations are a great deal of it and it makes an ideal low population area for illegal activity.


Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: just askin...

"I will fight against the government of the Great Satan whenever I have opportunity."

You sound like a truly gentle soul.
Islam is "obviously" the religion of "peace".
(sarcasm intended)


Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: open book

Good point, Ken. Have you folks looked at the resolution on google maps? It's actually kind of scary.

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ken In PV

Unmanned aircraft have been coming for many years.
A very good friend of mine who flew fighters for 26 years for the Air Force knew that time was coming years ago.
Why risk a highly trained pilot and larger aircraft when a smalled cheaper drone can deliver the punch you need in many instances with no risk to the pilot.
And for those who fear that someone is watching them from a drone grow up. All I can say is that you have no idea of how good a view they can get from a satellite if they want to.
Just more paranoia.


Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: @ mo-

The US has repeatedly attacked Iran with drones. They have reversed engineered two that they captured. The US has created Stuxbot and hundreds of other Computer Cyber Viruses. the US DOD is the enemy of freedon and openess. Ask Manning.
As far as your curiosity about me personally. Flattering. You assume incorrectly. I am a 5th generation American citizen who is patriotic enopugh to criticize the government when evil. Unlike most Americans who roll over and take it up dab.
I will fight against the government of the Great Satan whenever I have opportunity. Care to meet and discuss?


Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: Dem Drones

Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Doiní the surveillance trance.

(everybody, now)
Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Dem drones, dem drones, dem dancing drones,
Doiní the surveillance trance.
(with gusto)


Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: Real American DISABLED VET USN Retired

What year will the TERMINATORS take over.?.When is JOHN CONNORS birth date!!?
Camera's everywhere legal and illegal ones and pretty soon DRONES everywhere ARMED and SOME MIGHT BE UN ARMED--not many!!
But they could serve a point going after people yaking on their cellphones while driving!! And especially for those who don't use there turning signals. 10, 9, 8 7, 6, 5,4.3.2,1 smile KABOOM!


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: You're disrespectful of our soldiers

Would you prefer we place more service men/women in jeopardy by flying manned aircraft over hostile areas? I take it you're okay with that bloodshed. It's sad that "drone" became such a dirty word in our pansy, overly sensitive, paranoid society.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: @ SAL

You just recently became an american citizen, am I correct? Why would you do something like that if your are against the US so badly. Or is this your jihad? Because so far it consist of trolling the internet like the jobless video game playing NOBODY that you are.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: spike pinkerton

hopefully they buy american. good on yodel.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: @SAL ADDIN

BACON BACON BACON

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Legal Rep

George Orwell was right. The police state is here.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: jack carter

What happened to Yavapai county's drone?

It could be a gold mine of fines for the county, snooping for violations of this and that code.






Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Yodee, Yodee, Yodee!

The biggest threat to the world are the human Drones serving in Washington D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Benjamin

The difference beween drones and regular aircraft, other than the pilot, is their size and the noise they make. You can tell when an F-16 is flying around, a drone is virtually silent. They present an advantage that is too great to ignore. Just like the larger piloted jets it depends upon who's using them and how.

Eventually there will be drones that seek out other drones. The technology will just be elevated. There will be drones shooting down other drones and drones carrying electronic equipment jamming other drones.

In the Air Force I worked on a drone program in Vietnam. The drones were much larger and initially just carried cameras. After the war the drone program died somewhat with the drones being used as targets at White Sands Missile Range testing new fighter systems. It took quite a while before they were revived into what we have today.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

There was a major over reaction to 9-11-2001. Federal officials took down the fire walls between out security departments but expanded government while inhibiting our freedoms and protections promised by our constitution. Drones in the hands of our government with the violations of Obama's executive orders and the misnamed "Patriot Act" present a danger to all our civil liberties. These un American anti constitutional laws must be successfully challenged or we are no longer safe from an all powerful federal government.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ban Them ALL

Currently 11 states are considering legislation to ban the use of drones in their states, and several cities have done the same.

The gathering and selling of our personal information is already big business. Our shopping habits, internet visits, email keywords, is gathered and sold for a nice fat profit. Do we really want that invasion to extend over, into, and around our homes, yards, and neighborhoods too? Since it's a virtual goldmine, the lobbyists will probably get their way with Congre$$, which has shown they are more than willing to sell our Constitutional rights for cash.

Another factor to consider is that hackers will be able to commandeer them just like they can do now to computers, which means they can crash them into whatever they want. At least that can't happen to piloted aircraft.

Who else might be flying these surveillance/weapons delivery systems and why? We won't be able to identify them or know what they have on board these UFOs hovering over our yards and driveways. Ban them all before they become an entrenched industry and as common as house flies.

Foreign entities, drug cartels, militias, gangs, or wacko religious cults like the Jonesboro Baptist Church could operate them and we'd never know, as soon as the skies become littered with these UFO bugs. There is no personal risk to the owners even if they were to be downed, just a few bucks down the drain.

The Federal Government has already shown it can't even keep our borders secure, let alone our skies, and the Feds will likely be the biggest user/abusers of these intrusive and invasive vehicles anyway, so it's time for local control.

If anyone legitimately needs to use one, they can apply for a warrant from a court to search and spy legally if need be. We need to start demanding the protection of our Constitutional rights since the Federal Government most definitely won't.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: In God We Trust

All others we monitor.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Sal Addin

Drones have been aroung as observation platforms for decades. Recently they have been offensive weapons. W. Bush used drone strikes 107 times his last 3 years in office. Obama has used them 300+ times and counting. Drones have not always targeted the house, village or vehicles of intended targets. Some have missed by miles. Hundreds of children under 10yrs old have been killed. Some infants as young as 2 months. American citizens have been killed by the USA government without charge or trial. When other nations begin flying drones over the USA, the citizens of the USA must accept it without complaint. If they reach down and vaporize someone, the citizens of the USA must not protest. You would not want to be hypocrites would you?

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Drones, Bad! Reality, Good!

Yeah, drones are bad in the wrong hands. Or are they good in the right hands?

Prescott Valley deals with drones all of the time. Those little van speed detectors that are parked on the side of the road are "unmanned" and monitored from Phoenix. "Frightening", according to J K.




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