“In a Very, Very Minimal Way”

June 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM


FBI Director Robert Mueller – the same guy who knows absolutely nothing related to the IRS investigation – now admits that the FBI has used drone technology to surveille American citizens. “He qualified the admission by saying the unmanned aerial vehicles have been used in only a ‘very, very, minimal way’.”

Uh huh. But what does a “very, very, minimal way” mean to today’s politician or federal government employee? What are we supposed to think based on the recent revelations about PRISM and the NSA? First, James Clapper said basically the same thing about eavesdropping on us, then admitted that he gave the “least untruthful” answer about that and tried to clarify.

Mueller continued with his testimony by stating, “And I will tell you that our footprint is very small. We have very few and of limited use and we’re exploring not only the use but also the necessary guidelines for that use.” This guy should be a standup comedian! It’s hilarious.

Do you ever get the impression these guys just open their mouths and words come tumbling out?

“Well, let me say that while the use of drones does posit some concern among our citizenry, to be clear, the actual footprint of a drone is not even as wide as my desk. Beyond this, the technological framework of said drone falls under certain guidelines. However, though we are not completely clear as to the exact nature of those guidelines, we are working to create guidelines that will allow us to remain within the parameters of said guidelines should the need arise to use drone technology illegally against American citizens…for (ahem) national security, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada. Thank you gentlemen, that is all. That is all gentlemen, thank you!”

What a bunch of drivel, yet he continued. “It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident when you need the capability…It is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized needs.” Whew, that’s good! It’s only narrowly used in particularized cases and particularized needs.

I wonder if Bob might provide an example? No? Oh, right. National Security. FBI spokesman Paul Bresson also joined in the comedy routine to further muddy the waters with his attempts to be frankly unclear.

Bresson stated, “the drone was used then in a way typical of the ‘very limited circumstances’ when the FBI can use them to support a ‘specific operational need.’ The drones, he added, ‘allow us to learn critical information that otherwise would be difficult to obtain without introducing serious risk to law enforcement personnel’.”

Duh. We know what drones are used for, but the question is whether or not they’re legal, pal. But hey, aren’t law enforcement personnel getting paid to risk their lives? Just askin’…

But normally dimwitted and vapid Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed concern about privacy issues. “If people are concerned about privacy, I think the greatest threat to the privacy of Americans is the drone … and the very few regulations that are on it today and the booming industry of commercial drones.”

Then again, maybe she’s not so dumb. She’s actually obfuscating here. Did you catch it?

One person commenting on Feinstein’s assessment noted, “Feinstein’s statement is yet another perfect example of a politician floating a false dialectic in order to diminish the damage to liberty. By painting the problem as an either-or proposition, the NSA’s electronic assault on the Constitution is downplayed by the FBI’s admission of similar disregard of constitutional limitations on its power and of the Fourth Amendment.”

Drones or NSA? Which to choose…

This seems to be a recurring theme in our federal government and how much would you like to bet that it did not start with Obama? The idea of deliberately setting aside the 4th Amendment began well before Obama. In fact, though the feds have been whittling away at the 4th (as well as the 2nd and have been noting their desire to restrict to the 1st) for a while, it really got going under George W. Bush, didn’t it? Yeah, there’s nothing like a good terrorist attack that took the lives of 3,000 people in one day to squelch the rights of the remainder of living, is there?

In truth, the scandals that have bubbled to the top recently are simply reminders that many departments in our federal government do not respect or obey the Constitution. They want us to believe that it’s for our own good and safety. Is it? I have a really difficult time believing it.

Please Remove Your Shoes (2010)Maybe it’s because I just finished watching a documentary called “Please Remove Your Shoes” that shows the problems with the FAA and TSA and the lack of true security-mindedness of all involved. Seems they’d rather keep those planes moving because they don’t want the airlines to lose money!

No, it’s probably all the scandals that have recently come up that makes me leery of our federal government and their alleged desire to keep us all safe. Personally, I’d rather worry about my own safety, like when I drive. But that’s just me.

Look, could our federal government start using drone technology to keep track of us all the time? I think it’s possible and would not be surprised if drones are used more than Mueller would have us believe. Just a few months ago, would we have believed that NSA was keeping track of emails, phone calls, etc.? Would we have believed the agency had the capability to read an email and even find out what had been deleted from it prior to it being sent?

Folks, this is not the world our parents grew up in! It’s the world that George Orwell envisioned. It’s here now. Better get used to it because there’s no going back! Yee haw!

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