Remember when “conspiracy wackos” were wringing their hands about black helicopters? Now you don’t have to be a devotee of conspiracy theories to see the imminent dawn of something worse — not if two recent news stories are accurate:
Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder replied in a letter yesterday to Paul’s question about whether Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”
And this one…
Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been customize designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals.
Unmanned, fixed-wing, tracks your iPhone, sees your gun, and armed with Hellfire Missiles. Compared to that, a black helicopter is a bit comforting, isn’t it?