Wonderful news from the Daily Mail, Bill could see Connecticut police use drones armed with LETHAL weapons in a first for the US.
The first thing I said to myself when I woke up this morning was “wouldn’t it be nice for politicians to be able to kill anyone with the push of a button”? What a GREAT idea! No more pesky problems from those doubting Thomases who are sick of paying for corruption! No more question about campaign financing! No more static about H-1B abuse!
“The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police.”
Thank goodness! The last thing I want is the unwashed masses killing people with a drone! Only the most holy of holies, the political class, should have such powers of life and death at the push of a button!
If anyone raises a fuss, the politician can drone their ass!
“Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.”
Safety first! I have to respect that.
Thank goodnes we will be able to say that we are joining countries like Iraq and India, who already use their own killer drones.
Taking my tongue out of my check now.
Here are some of the issues as I see them;
- Maintaining absolute control and not having an outside interest take over the drone.
- Absolute tracking as to who is responsible when the shot is fired. I don’t want the Chicago shuffle when it is time to find out just who authorized and who took the shot!
- Lets say the police have drones. What is to stop me from obtaining a drone that looks vaguely similar, painting it to appear just like the police drone, and then popping a cap in someone’s ass?
- Privacy? What is that? Some ancient custom that no longer exists?
- Does anyone doubt that the federal government will want the ability to override local control, “in case of emergency”?
On the other side of the ledger, I can see many good possibilities. Every action can be and MUST be videoed for later review. Lets take an area where drugs are being sold. Use the drones to video each and every bad guy and arrest them at your convenience. Have a riot and need to CLEARLY video the bad guys? Send in the drones. You can also shoot the nastiest offenders and teargas the rest. Have a flash mob of twenty people stealing from a store? Send in forty drones to follow them home and arrest them at your convenience. Want to find out where the meth labs are? Send out the drones with appropriate sensors. A little kid or an old person with Alzheimer’s has wondered off? Drone grid search is the way to go.
If you want to really stir the poop, ask the following question: “when do the armed drones take over border enforcement?”
The truth is that the police can not continue as they have in the past. It costs too much to police the old fashioned way. The drones will probably become an absolute necessity within twenty years. That is a guess. If you have a better idea of the timeline, good for you. Drones will also reduce the number of officers. That will mean less expenses for pensions and payroll.
It isn’t a question of if, but when the armed drones will be in play. I just hope the political class truly understands the potential Pandora’s box that this technology can be.