Theodore's World: Krauthammer On Drones Flying In US: "Stop It Here, Stop It Now"

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May 22, 2012

Krauthammer On Drones Flying In US: "Stop It Here, Stop It Now"

"I'm going to go hard left on you here, I'm going ACLU," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said in opposition to the use of drones on the U.S. homeland. "I don't want regulations, I don't want restrictions, I want a ban on this. Drones are instruments of war. The Founders had a great aversion to any instruments of war, the use of the military inside even the United States. It didn't like standing armies, it has all kinds of statutes of using the army in the country."

"A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys but not in America. I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home. Yes, you can say we have satellites, we've got Google Street View and London has a camera on every street corner but that's not an excuse to cave in on everything else and accept a society where you're always under -- being watched by the government. This is not what we want," Krauthammer said on the panel portion of FOX News' "Special Report."

"I would say that you ban it under all circumstances and I would predict, I'm not encouraging, but I an predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country," Krauthammer said tonight.

"I would say the price of liberty. You can hear a helicopter, you can't hear a drone. You know, if you hear a helicopter you hide under a bush. Well, you can't with this which is why it's effective in Pakistan and elsewhere. It's deft and it's silent. I don't think we want a society where if there are the objects, hovering over streaming, real-time information about you, your family, your car, your location," Krauthammer said later in the segment.

"It's not worth it," he said.

"The Founders we're deeply opposed to the militarization of civil society. There is all kinds of aversions to it and this is importing it because, as you say, it's cheap, it's easy, it's silent. It's something that you can easily deploy. It's going to be, I think the bane of our existence. Stop it here, stop it now," Krauthammer said at the end of the panel segment. "Strong letter to follow."


Wild Thing's comment..........

Wow, what happened to our choppers and our police isn't that good enough?

Posted by Wild Thing at May 22, 2012 12:55 AM


I agree, drones should not be used over the United States.

Back about 1980 when I was stationed in England, my supervisor was named USAFE Senior NCO of the Quarter. As such, he was able to visit West Berlin. While there, they were able to travel into Communist East Berlin. When he got back to England, I asked him what East Berlin was like. He said your every move is monitored. There were cameras on every street watching the people; you had no privacy. Now, in the United States, we have cameras in every major city on every street monitoring the people. Now, they want to use drones to monitor people who live in rural areas. We have become what Communist East Berlin was 32 years ago.

Posted by: BobF at May 22, 2012 08:51 AM

It is scary. The fact that so much of our lives can be monitored by govt. is definitely cause for concern. They can monitor our water/energy usage and will soon be able to control/ration it via "smart" meters. They can drive a van down our street and monitor our heat loss through windows, walls and doors. Our cars now have black boxes that can shut down our engines remotely. Govt tells us what size toilet flushes we can have.

Yes, I agree with Krauthammer. Our govt is becoming larger and more and more socialist and will eventually use all of the tools on developing technology against it's citizens. I fear the generations coming of age in the 2020s and beyond will not have much of an idea of what freedom was like back in the 20th Century.

Don't stop buying ammo!

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at May 22, 2012 01:33 PM

Bob, thank you for sharing your experiences.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 23, 2012 01:59 AM

Tom, yes more and more we are being monitored and I agree too it is scary.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 23, 2012 02:01 AM