by Yvette Carnell
The L.A. Times reports that police departments are chomping at the bit to fly their surveillance drones:
Under a law President Obama signed in February, the Federal Aviation Administration must write rules by May 14 on how it will license police, fire department and other public safety agencies eager to fly lightweight drones at low altitudes.
The FAA also is supposed to develop plans by this year to integrate drones operated by individuals or corporations into U.S. airspace by 2015.
Firstly, why are corporations being allowed to fly drones in U.S. air space? What could possibly be the rationale for that? Are we now outsourcing domestic security to the likes of Blackwater and Haliburton?
Secondly, what community do you think will be most adversely impacted by these new police drones? To answer that, consider which community is disproportionately arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned now? Members of which community are being ‘stopped and frisked’ in New York at rates up to 500% higher than the rest of the population? What color and sex was…………. Trayvon Martin?
While you’re cheering on President Obama, you should stop to think about your brothers, cousins, boyfriends, and husbands – the real men in your life – who are bound to get caught up in the government’s snare with this new surveillance toy. It doesn’t make much sense to place your loyalty in the hand of one man you’ll probably never meet at the expense of the man you birthed, grew up with, or go to bed with every night.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.