Drones. Our politicians are drone crazy. Did you know that the U.S has over 7,000 drones flying more hours than manned attack planes, and more pilots are being trained to operate them than manned aircraft?
Think of what this is going to do to the commercial airline industry in the future. Most of the commercial pilots come right out of the Air Force. What is going to happen when there is a shortage of pilots due to the fact that our military is training them to fly drones?
Everyone at that tea party was insulted that we even needed to be spied upon. My goodness…we had TEA bags. Very lethal. Lots of veterans had looks of…well, I won’t say.
But spied on we will be. Somehow between worrying about the damage being done to the country from those dangerous baseball pitchers taking steriods, Congress found time to passed legislation giving the go ahead for drones to monitor the skies over the US and spy on its citizens. More than 50 companies are already developing more than 150 drone system. (see map)
50? Really? Best Buy’s are closing down all over the country, but drone companies are doing great business? What’s wrong with this picture? Tell me…why do we need them here in the States? Don’t we have helicopters? And are there going to be that many people needing drones? Didn’t Obama say the “war on terror” was over?
I mean, come on. What can a drone do that’s so almighty important besides kill you?
It takes a crew of 180 people to pilot one military drones— operate its sensors, analyze the data it collects and lots of people to handle maintenance, and while not as expensive as a jet fighter, the latest Reapers cost $8 million each and can be shot down easier…which is why Iran is really proud to have gotten one from Obama for free.
The CIA is now flying drones, and so far they have killed over 2,000 people identified as terrorists. And it seems, hundreds of people and organizations are going to get to fly them all over the place—It’s just the latest cool toy that you always wanted as a kid. And everyone is excited!
For example, the COA list does not include any information on which model of drone or how many drones each entity flies. In a meeting with the FAA [Thursday], the agency confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006. As there are only about 60 entities on the COA list, this means that many of the entities, if not all of them, have multiple COAs (for example, an FAA representative [Thursday] said that University of Colorado may have had as many as 100 different COAs over the last six years). The list also does not explain why certain COA applications were “disapproved” and when other authorizations expired. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.***
(Wait..isn’t the Colorado University near the secret underground bunker? What are they going to do..kill the little nobody who will be running for the bunker doors?)
Astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles. Many of the of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.
Colleges need drones? What are they going to do? Follow you home if you steal one of their $100-dollar text books?
The nation is bankrupt and Congress is buying drones, which are going to be used to track every single person, car, house, river, stray dog, and illegal backyard tomato patch in the nation. They figure when they tell grandma and grandpa that their Social Security is run out, they are NOT going to get attacked by maniacal seniors out running around with their kitchen knives looking for someone to puncture.
Nope, they are going to stay in the sky…seek, and destroy.
Really. You tell me why we need a gazillion drones in the sky? What are they expecting? A massive invasion? Is THAT why General Petraus was taken from Afganistan and put in charge of the CIA over here?
All of a sudden, the elections look lame. I don’t know about you, but I plan to take a REAL pilot out to lunch..you never know when you might need one.