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  •  I don't suppose any Wall Street or international (3+ / 0-)
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    bankers that enabled the multi-Trillion mortgage/derivative crisis, hiding (from taxation) hundreds of billions overseas in Swiss banks or Cayman Is., will ever need to worry about drones coming their way, or taking out their banks or mega-yachts.  Doing billions or trillions in damage to the US economy and leaving citizens and even cities destitute, via sophisticated white-collar crime, seems to not merit much in the way of vigorous legal pursuit.  Rapping a few banker knuckles symbolically, maybe delaying bonus payments, perhaps 1 or 2  forced resignations to teach 'them' a lesson, making big banks swallow the most problematic banks, seems sufficient to our DOJ.

    And those multi-billionaire Mexican/S. Ameican drug lords who do love our American tactical weapons, also have jumped big time into the use of low-flying, low-profile drones to convey their wares across the border. They seem to love and use our high-tech. Our War on Drugs seems most focused on catching and imprisoning American Citizen users, taking & auctioning off property, and lower level drug dealers, rather than shutting down the sources and those enabling the supply chain. I don't suppose our drones will be targeted at their drones in the air or in the water, or be sent down to assassinate those lethal-drug lords, not even against the narco-terrorists who like employing kidnapping, rapes and mass killings to terrorize investigators (some US or allies), journalists (some US or allies), police, military advisers and contractors (some US and allies), and entire towns.  Is it ridiculus to wonder if there's still some black ops budget-funding going on supported by the narco-trade, like Oliver North helped to run during Reagan-era?

    With domestic police deploying drone units, how long until they too want the armed versions so they can engage in tracking & interventions, hot pursuits of drug dealers, 'known' killers, 'eco-terrorists', perhaps even 'Occupy' econ-protestors, Wal*mart protestors, labor activists, etc.? My prediction is within 2 to 4 years we'll see these portrayed as justified and desperately needed in all 50 states to help The War on Crime.  Maybe we'll want a 'citizen watch' fleet of drones to keep watch on our government drones.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 11:02:35 AM PST

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