A bill passed in by Congress this week paves the way for the use of surveillance drones in US skies. The FAA predicts that by 2020 there could be up to 30,000 drones in operation.
Once signed by president Obama, the FAA Reauthorization Act allows for the FAA to permit the use of drones and develop regulations for testing and licensing by 2015.
The bill will exponentially speed up and streamline the process by which the FAA authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other government agencies. Currently, the FAA issues a certificate on a case by case basis.
Funny that! Especially with the war being over and all that BS.
Washington’s unauthorized surveillance drone operations in Iraq have prompted outrage among senior Iraqi officials and the public.
Iraqis say the US must respect the country’s sovereignty and consult with the Baghdad government before carrying out any operation now that “the war is over.”
But Iraqi officials say they have never been consulted by the US about the drone operations and that despite the official US withdrawal from Iraq, it maintains a strong presence in the country.
According to The New York Times, the State Department began operating some drones in Iraq last year on a trial basis to help protect the US Embassy, consulates and American personnel and that stepped up their use after the last US troops left the country in December.
The daily said that since getting the approval for using surveillance drone aircraft over Iraq might be hard given the political tensions between the two countries, the US continues drone operations in the country without formal approval from Iraq.
What is an American Military aircraft (a Globe master no less) doing in Christchurch? Are we already a de facto military base for the US empire?
“History tells us that one of the most unstable political combinations is a country – like the United States today – that tries to be a domestic democracy and a foreign imperialist.” Chalmer Johnson
While the US army is terrorizing Nations around the world under the guise of humanitarian intervention and gearing up for an all out war with Iran and Pakistan dragging Russia and China into WWIII something even more terrifying is happening in the US itself.
We have, in itself a horrifying development, become accustomed to the fact that the US can act with impunity when it concerns using it military might against Nations which nave not attacked or shown the willingness to attack the US. 9/11 made all that possible after all.
America needed to defend itself against “Terror” and since all of us lost countrymen in the attacks we were happy to allow the US to take on the role of judge, jury and executioner of all of those it deemed to be a danger to us, the free Western and civilized world. Hell we even supported them with troops and money and we felt good about it because how dare these rag heads with their funny clothes and scary religion even contemplate resistance to us extracting their valuable oil. (In fact I actually had a conversation with a pump attendant who thought it was completely justified to attack Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya because they could stop us from getting access to “our” oil.) Continue reading
Phil Goff said he would withdraw New Zealand out of Afghanistan because we were supporting a corrupt government. This is true of course.
Opium harvests have never been so huge and it’s the US army guarding the fields while the Afghan peasants grow the drug which will be exported to Russia and Europe and the US to create havoc under the young and vulnerable and it will be the same banks who are ripping the fabric of society apart at the seams with their derivatives and greed will will be raking in the profits.
Both China and Indonesia, with New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and India, were briefed on the new deployments before the announcement.
It seems our Prime minister was briefed on the fact that Oz would allow the US empire to operate independently from their soil making Oz effectively a military base of the US empire. More secrecy from our secretive Smiling Assassin!
President Barack Obama has launched the United States on a new thrust into Asia and the Pacific, strengthening its military commitment, which he is protecting from budget cuts, and setting a new agenda on trade, democracy and human rights.
In moves that have drawn sharp criticism from China and Indonesia, Obama has boosted the presence of US forces in Australia and said yesterday that ship visits and training would be increased in the Philippines and Singapore, and co-operation boosted with Vietnam and Cambodia.
In a policy-setting address to both Houses of Parliament, he also said the US commitment to South Korea would “never waver” and warned that America would take firm action against North Korea if it sent nuclear material to other states or terrorist groups. “We would hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action.”
While our attention was directed to Rugby and the Rena disaster here is what happened in the States:
According to the ministry of
Propaganda Justice a plot was unmasked to blow up an entire restaurant to kill the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia by villains from our evil country du jour; Iran!
And since it is custom since the events on 911 to attack entire countries for the alleged acts of an individual or individuals Obama and King whatsamacallit from Saudi Arabia have called for all options on the table (which is empire speak for we’re going to bomb the shit out of you) as a response to this alleged crime.
It seems that Israel which is in control of the US government has now been given the green light for the first strike.
This means: a closed strait of Hormus, retaliations from Iran on Israel and basically the destruction of the entire middle east as we know it since Iran is a nation of about 70 million people prepared to defend their country.
As was totally predictable today the real reason for the sudden attention from the US and Hillary Clinton’s visit to NZ was presented to the naive and thoroughly uninformed Kiwi population.
We are now part of the US empire!
From now on we can expect to pay in blood for the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the pending war in Iran and the build up of military might in the South Pacific as the empire crumbles from within.
That’s how stupid we are.
The elite on last days of the Roman empire were narcissistic and utterly depraved and decadent and it is hard not to draw parallels with the current wave of elitist decadence and the demise and destabilisation of our economies.
With wars waged by the ruling elite to conquer the remaining resources, corrupt appropriation of our tax dollars and the attacks on any form of compassion and communal care for the sick, the elderly and the poor we are currently observing the end of the western civilisation as we know while the celebrities and the minions of the rich party through vast fortunes and we the “normal” people, the workers, the farmers, those of us who make ends meet are being systematically robbed of all the values we hold dear, of whatever little bits of savings we managed to put aside for a rainy day.
I am not opposed to parties whether they be Halloween or Christmas or our birthdays and I’m happy if that includes dressing up and making merry with food and drink but if you just take a look around the world how our obscenely rich elite with their minions celebrate in decadent opulence while millions of people perish in their wars of greed and conquest I feel ill and the Guillotine is beginning to become very atractive in my eyes again.
Here are some links to Halloween parties around the world. Here, here, here and here.
This and this is what some rich people consider to be an OK sum to spend on a mere restaurant meal.