Damn. Today’s news headlines are looking like a mashup of James Cameron movies — specifically, “Avatar” and “The Terminator.”
First is the news report that, according to The Associated Press, “U.S. geologists have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said [today].”
A better question: Is this “vast mineral wealth” there for the corporate looting, or does it belong to the Na’vi — er, to the Afghani? Will (more) Afghani civilians die so that corporations can get their grubbies on their unobtainium?
Then there is this chilling news item (also from the AP):
Unmanned aircraft [a.k.a. “drones”] have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States….
“There is a tremendous pressure and need to fly [drones] in (civilian) airspace,” Hank Krakowski, the Federal Aviation Administration’s head of air traffic operations, told European aviation officials recently. “We are having constant conversations and discussions, particularly with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, to figure out how we can do this safely with all these different sizes of vehicles.” …
Remember the premise of “The Terminator” (and its endless sequels and prequels), which is that automated computers and machines built by mankind go beserk and take over, waging a war for world domination upon human beings?
Aren’t we taking a first step toward that scenario when we have the U.S. military-industrial complex and/or federal or local law enforcement agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security) even thinking of using drones within the United States of America?
Don’t get me wrong — I am against drones, especially those used to kill human beings and/or to blow shit up, being used anywhere.
But here in the United States?
If we are going to just allow drones to be used on U.S. soil, except for strictly scientific (that is, beneficial and non-lethal) purposes, we might as well just build our own concentration camps and lock ourselves in them right now.
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but the idea of the U.S. military and/or law enforcement agencies using lethal drones here at home should make any thinking American a conspiracy theorist.