posted on May, 17 2012 @ 12:59 PM
The creation and use of drones was ushered in by the conservatives in the Military-Industrial Complex, who championed not only drones by the
privatization of the Army, now we have an army of "private contractors" (mercenaries) and unmanned drones dropping bombs on everything from wedding
parties to the occasional (or so they claim) terrorist, to the private use by civilian police forces in the States. It's a bit self-serving for Fox
"News" to turn on drones now, you can bet that the instant a Republican is in office they'll be singing praises over drones once again.
The "Predator" drone attacks, like those used in Pakistan, began in earnest in 2008 under the CIA. Fox "News" never had any complaints then
of their use, or the CIA program running it:
CIA officials became concerned in 2008 that targets in Pakistan were being tipped off to pending U.S. drone strikes by Pakistani intelligence,
when the U.S. requested Pakistani permission prior to launching targeted killing attacks. The Bush administration therefore decided in August 2008
to abandon the practice of obtaining Pakistani government permission before launching missiles from drones, and in the next six months the CIA carried
out at least 38 Predator targeted killing strikes in northwest Pakistan, compared with 10 in 2006 and 2007 combined.
What's incongruous is that the very same M-I-C and police state mentality that gave rise to the use of drones are the strongholds of conservatives.
It's politics as usual for Fox "News". Fox "News" has long been a champion of police-state tactics and authoritarianism - so long as it came from
the right-wing. Fox "News" tirades against the OSW protests has consistently demanded a more militarized and authoritarian response, especially from
the likes of Beck and Hannity.
GOP authoritarianism and repressive
The use of drones for civilian police forces was an inevitable extension of the programs put in place and championed by the conservatives. It's a
genie let out of the bottle - just as are all those domestic spy programs like carnivore, NSA warrantless surveillance (remember Bush AG Alberto
Gonzales?), SWIFT database snooping, Einstein, Tempest, Echelon - most of these programs expanded heavily in the mid-2000's, but not a peep against
them by our friends at Fox "News". The reason for that? Not a democrat was sitting in the oval office.
BTW this doesn't absolve blame from Democrats or liberals, but the idea of shifting blame from the conservatives over something they ushered in, with
all their fear-mongering over "teh global war on terror", is repugnant.