Because freedom can't protect itself
Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.
Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:
Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune:
Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag.
For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.”
America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one.
Drone use in the U S absent a warrant does raise serious Fourth Amendment and privacy concerns. Potential abuses are best dealt with before they begin rather than after they start occuring.
The Third Amendment (one often forgotten) is sufficient to invalidate the use of drones.
"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
When one examines the historical context surrounding the Third Amendment, they will quickly realize that it was meant to stop Police Oppression by standing armies. During the Colonial Era, Police Oppression could only be accomplished by large standing armies, which required many resources and mouths to feed. As such, these standing armies would have to lodge their soldiers within the homes of the local population, and almost always drain the local resources and food supply in order to keep themselves well nourished and prepared.
On May 3, 1982 in the case Engblom v. Carey, the word "Soldier" was interpreted to mean "Any Agent of the State." Drones are without any doubt an Agent of the State, and furthermore, they are a Military Agent of the State. They are also being quartered over American skies without Consent.
The final clause, "but in a manner to be prescribed by law," implies that only the State Government (if not the Local Government) may Consent to the police occupation of their own State/County/Town, which may be necessary in dire circumstances.
Finally, it appears that there must be an official Declaration of War by Congress for even the State/Local Governments to waive 3rd Amendment protections. The United States has not had any official declarations of war since WWII, which means the People have never Consented to War. If they have not Consented to War, then their 3rd Amendment may not waived, not even if we actually are at War.
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