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‘Americans beginning to see drone war at home’
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:6AM
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The American people are beginning to see the U.S. drone war at home as “the corporate oligarchy” in the U.S. plans to bring drones in to suppress protests over economic woes, says Bruce Gagnon, coordinator at Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

 

“Finally, the American people are beginning to see that the war is coming home, that the American people are now being identified as the enemy. Why? Because as our economy collapses and people organize and they begin to protest, the corporate oligarchy that runs this country is planning to bring drones in as a way to surveil us and ultimately to target us”, said Gagnon in a phone interview with the U.S. Desk on Tuesday.

 

On Monday, Prison Planet reported that industry lobbyist Paul Applewhite shocked a House Committee hearing when he said that drones had been used for “indiscriminate killings” while suggesting the use of drones for “lethal force” inside the U.S.

 

So far, the U.S. has used drones for lethal purposes in countries like Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Three U.S. citizens have also been killed by U.S. drone strikes but none on the U.S. soil.

 

According to infowars.com, the Department of Homeland Security is planning to use surveillance drones on American citizens for “public safety” applications.

 

Last year, the U.S. Congress passed legislation which ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to begin the process of opening U.S. airspace to more drone flights.

 

According to the Washington Times, 30,000 drones could be in U.S. skies by 2020.

 

Gagnon said “a lot of Americans don’t know about drones” because of the secrecy involved in the U.S. drone scheme.

 

In an interview with the MSNBC on Sunday, former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that when he went through the process of becoming press secretary, he had been told not to even acknowledge that the U.S. drone program existed.

 

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