VA Governor cites warzone drone success, says domestic use would be “great”

By End the Lie

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell at CPAC in Washington, D.C. (Image credit: Gage Skidmore)

Recently the domestic use of drones has taken a major step forward with the passage of a bill which accelerates their integration into American airspace and some are embracing this troublesome reality with open arms.

One such individual who has embraced the disturbing use of drones in the United States is Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia, who is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army.

McDonnell claimed that police drones flying over Virginia would not only be “great” but also “the right thing to do.”

He claims that this is true because they have been so effective in use over battlefields across the world. One must wonder if he means their brutal efficiency in murdering many people at once as they have done in the undeclared war in Pakistan or their nearly unbelievable surveillance capabilities.

McDonnell further stated that he is open to any technology which makes law enforcement activities more productive, which makes me wonder if he would also support the use of chips allowing mobile devices to see through walls in the hands of police, so long as it is in the name of increasing productivity.

Unsurprisingly the police chiefs of Fairfax County, Virginia (one of the state’s most affluent regions) and the District of Columbia have already endorsed the use of drones in the name of making better use of police resources.

McDonnell cited the reasons the military and intelligence community use the drones in warzones as reasons we should use them in our own country – which has officially become a battlefield thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) – such as safety and reduced manpower.

However, this claim of reduced manpower is not quite accurate, since the military is already years behind in analyzing the data captured by drones and as the Los Angeles Times reported last year, “It takes more people to operate unmanned aircraft than it does to fly traditional warplanes that have a pilot and crew.”

Where the “reduced manpower” myth comes from is beyond me, but there is absolutely no indication that the claim has any basis in reality whatsoever.

“It’s great,” McDonnell stated while appearing on local Virginia news outlet WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program.

“If you’re keeping police officers safe, making it more productive and saving money … it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” McDonnell added.

However, once again, his claim of “saving money” makes very little sense whatsoever. This may be true over a period of several years, or perhaps even a decade or more, but since almost all counties are struggling to get by as is, I seriously doubt that this massive start up cost is something worth absorbing.

That is, unless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chooses to give out some of their massive grants to subsidize the move towards drones or if they begin being given away under the Pentagon’s 1033 program.

Seeing as the Department of Defense is now distributing military robots and heavily armored vehicles under the program, that wouldn’t be all too surprising.

While a proposal to purchase drones has not even made it to McDonnell’s desk yet, he clearly is itching to get them out into the air above Virginia.

“Drones will certainly have a purpose and a reason to be in this region in the next, coming years,” Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer said. “Just as a standpoint as an alternative for spotting traffic and sending information back to our VDOT Smart Traffic centers, and being able to observe backups.”

Seems to be a little expensive to just serve for spotting traffic and observing backups but maybe I’m the only one who thinks our governments at the local, state and federal level are engaging in completely out of control spending.

McDonnell did briefly address the overwhelming privacy and civil liberties concerns, although all he said was that it will prove important to ensure that the state looks after the civil liberties of Virginians.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list back in April of the entities authorized to use drones including Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the United States Marine Corps, although it is noted that they have not yet said where they are actually flying the drones and it is jut their headquarters which is in Quantico, Virginia.

With the massive concerns about the use of drones’ impact on civil liberties, the false claims made by McDonnell about reduced manpower and the dubious nature of the cost-effectiveness, I personally do not see it as reasonable for him to support it as he is.

However, with such massive support amongst federal legislators, I do not think that it would be smart to expect McDonnell to put his citizens and their rights before his beliefs in the efficacy of drones.

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18 Responses to VA Governor cites warzone drone success, says domestic use would be “great”

  1. Anonymous June 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    scumbag, traitor and enemy of the people of his state. he should be removed from office ASAP. Stand up VA!!!

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  3. Brian June 5, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Another “Conservative” helping turn America into a police state. Now we know how he got elected.

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  4. Sean June 5, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    The drones are already there…

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  5. Sean June 5, 2012 at 4:54 AM

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  6. Danny Adams June 5, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Somebody in Virginia is using them already–one flew not far from my house in SW Virginia a few weeks ago. I thought I was seeing things, until the Known Drone Sites map was published a few days later and I saw that one of the sites was just a few miles away.

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  7. miliard Freeman June 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Big brother is watching. Good bye America, hello tyranny.

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  8. AntiLieGuy June 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    The entire government are complete traitors. The people get the government they deserve and this pathetic nation deserves the coming extermination its going to get for being stupid. The same day as the next false flag to invade Iran, America will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO. The is is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X, its effects, an the chemtrails that hide it every day globally.

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  9. gavincurtis June 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I completely enjoyed PLAYING Half Life 2.
    It does not mean I want to LIVE Half Life 2.

    Politicians are self anointed empty suits that benefit nobody other than themselves. Everybody gets judged and those fancy bunkers “we the taxpayer” paid for will not offer protection in the end.

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  10. Italics Mine June 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Really? Let’s see how jolly you be when one of them accidentally kills and maims your family

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  12.  Carson Busses June 11, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Nowadays as crimes is rapidly increasing it seems that we must use technology to catch those criminals.

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  13. JOHNNY BARTEE June 11, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Not to worry. Terrorist scumbags like this will be killed by radiation, like the rest of us. Only the VERY elite will get the cure and this slob is not one of them, although he probably thinks he is.

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  16. End time servant August 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Maybe these drones will make a few none perfect hits off course by gods hand I think Our Lord will step in

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  17. Alexander Walters January 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Let’s see…..Does anyone remember the movie
    ” Blue Thunder” and the purpose of the
    silent helicopter and what it could do? If not rent it.
    Then read George Orwell’s “1984″ and “Animal Farm”

    How did we as Americans ever loose the Posse Comitatus act?
    Was there a national vote on this? We’re our representitives
    involved or is this just another Obama NDAA right of the
    Government. This makes me sick. and as a past US Marine I’m ashamed that our own government considers the entire USA
    as their personal battlefield. Welcome to the war zone.
    As these mindless liberal “DemonCrats” walk about us unaware who they voted back in to office as they loose their privacy and personal security. They don’t care until something happens to THEIR security.
    I can see the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, and FEMA just enjoying the freedom they have to roam the skies of our country invading our homes and back yards. How soon it will be before one of these drones is responsible for a mid air collision with a Jet liner and hundreds of people end up dead? You can be sure if it happens the military and police will rush right in and gather up all the evidence that it was a drone that caused it. This makes me sick. I’m sure they will be armed as well. After all they’ll say.

    “It could be a waste to not have the ability to stop a speeding car filled with criminals to save a bunch of police officers right? So lets Arm them in case we ever have to fire on a vehicle. And if it’s a stolen Armored car from a bank robbery we’ll need to have a couple of missiles too!
    We can forget about those Dangerous Militia Groups that want to protect our Constitutional Rights. We could stop them in their tracks long before they ever reached a populated area right? We have a great opportunity to provide security to our communities and states.”

    Friking Bullsh*t! Welcome to the NWO.

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