A great many of your tax dollars are invested in a lot of new wiz-bang wowie hardware for tracking terrorists. This creates a tremendous incentive to find terrorists. It’s like local SWAT teams. If you don’t use your SWAT team you will have a lot of trouble justifying all that snazzy weaponry and ninja warrior gear. So SWAT teams start serving warrants and arresting children. It works the same with a drone fleet. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Watch for federal drone mission creep.
by William Grigg
“Eventually, we’ll have to put an end to this, one way or another.”
Sheriff Kelly Janke of North Dakota’s Nelson County uttered that ominous sentence in mid-September, during what the local media giddily described as a stand-off with local farmer Rodney Brossart and his family. By that time, Sheriff Janke, with the help of the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Air Force, had already run the table where “non-lethal” means of compelling the family to surrender were concerned. This included everything from the Taser used during Brossart’s June 23 arrest to the precedent-setting use of a Predator-B drone to conduct surveillance of the home several days later to facilitate the arrest of the farmer’s three sons.