Proposed Unmanned Aircraft Testing in Nevada

April 8, 2013; Michael Turley,

Wednesday March 20th the Las Vegas City Council heard a representative of the governor's Department of Economic Development and a representative from the University of Nevada Las Vegas propose support for unmanned aircraft, drone, testing in the State of Nevada. To the credit of the Mayor and the City Council the decision on the proposal to support the testing was postponed until the April 17th City Council meeting to give Council members time to review further information about drone technology and the proposed testing here in Nevada.

There are presently six states preparing applications for FAA approval. But according to the New York Times 37 states are bidding for testing approval. Another question anyone who has been following drone technology may have is about Texas, where drones have been in use for some time for border surveillance in a real application of the technology. Doesn't that count as "unmanned aircraft" applications? Furthermore, all six states applying now will be test sites if approved. So what is this "bidding" competition? Is there a hidden agenda to which we are not privy? At the Council meeting it was stated several times that the FAA did not allow other federal entities to partner with the testing entities and that all of the testing partnerships were civilian entities. This is simply not true. In the first place both UNLV and the Desert Research Institute are Federally Funded. The State Of Nevada is vying for even more Federal funds. Making both the state and UNLV entities of the Federal [corporate state]. A child cannot claim to be independent of "Daddy" if daddy is paying the bills. However, at the core of this is that "Daddy" gets his money by taxing WE THE PEOPLE. So who is really behind the Drone Technology? Let's have a look.

Drone technology is one of the larger technologies being developed by MITRE. MITRE is a one of many Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA's government THINK TANKS. MITRE's website reads thus: "Applying systems engineering and advanced technology to Critical National Problems." Then MITRE tries to pass itself off as a "not for profit" think tank stating: "MITRE manages Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCS), partnering with government sponsors to support their crucial operational missions." But the governor's Department of Economic Development and UNLV spokes person would have us believe that this Drone technology is intended for civilian applications not Homeland Security and militarized civilian surveillance? One need only read MITRE's "Mission Areas" and proposed applications of the technologies to see this is simply not true.

The University of North Dakota already has a degree program for drone operators. Dig into that and you'll find DARPA and MITRE guidance (not to mention a host of other related technologies that are integrated into drone technology).

The unmanned aircraft could surely have some desired applications, such as search and rescue and environmental surveillance, but that is offset by a wealth of shadowy, privacy intrusion applications of every imaginable Orwellian abuses spying on the civilian population without warrants or authority to do so. The reference to "unmanned aircraft" is misleading. The technology includes nano-bots as small and perhaps even smaller than a house fly. Put that in perspective with InfraGuard and Fusion and one need not be a science fiction buff to see the inevitable government abuse of such civilian applications.

The pretense that this is "good" for the state, because it is a vanguard of a multi-billion dollar business that will bolster Nevada's economy is like saying that we must accept enslavement to preserve ourselves materially. With the several states bidding for mutual involvement it is clear that this is a way to reach into all of the states desiring the technology to impose civilian surveillance without actually stating that as the mission.

The drone issue goes well beyond mere surveillance and privacy. Already DARPA has drones that can snatch people right off the streets, as demonstrated here:

Drone technology is too likely to be abused by government at all levels to be approved by any public servant. Certainly the well informed citizen would cringe at the thought of nano-bots capable of spying on them and have nighmares at the thought of a drone capable of snatching them or their loved ones off the street. Presenting drone testing as being used only for quality of life endeavors is misleading, because as we all know the history of government applications of science has almost always led to government abuses in applied sciences.

If one sacrifices liberty for security they deserve neither. Compromising with evil is a moral crime.

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