This author gets it all wrong. He’s upset the the Air Force practices drone warfare by targeting with civilian traffic. Big deal. The USAF practices all the time on civilian targets. I was in a home once when three A-10 Warthogs flew so low overhead that the house shook. When I ran outside, the three were all pulling off in order in what was clearly a “run” against the house I was in. At the time I thought it was pretty cool. I was glad they were practicing… I still think so.
The only difference, now, is that our leftist government has specifically identified conservatives as “threats” in combination with Obama making it clear that he has the authority to drone kill Americans on US soil.
They are most likely not “armed drones,” but news has surfaced that the US Air Force is training drone pilots to trail civilian auto traffic on New Mexicos highways.
In a lifestyles-of-video-game-war piece by Mark Mazzetti that appears in The New York Times Magazine this Sunday, Mazzetti writes:
When I visited the base [Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.] earlier this year with a small group of reporters, we were taken into a command post where a large flat-screen television was broadcasting a video feed from a drone flying overhead. It took a few seconds to figure out exactly what we were looking at. A white S.U.V. traveling along a highway adjacent to the base came into the cross hairs in the center of the screen and was tracked as it headed south along the desert road. When the S.U.V. drove out of the picture, the drone began following another car.
“Wait, you guys practice tracking enemies by using civilian cars?” a reporter asked. One Air Force officer responded that this was only a training mission, and then the group was quickly hustled out of the room.
Some may shrug and say that the undisclosed high-altitude tracking of US vehicles for training purposes is harmless, but the line between civilian privacy and an increasingly Orwellian capacity of the U.S. federal government to track its own citizens is blurred just a bit more by this practice.