NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STORY PROVES – BEYOND ANY DOUBT – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENTS ARE OVERCOME BY FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS!
Today the Middle East and much of Africa are subject to attacks by American drones. As horrific as the drone threat may be seen today or even feared for tomorrow, the truth if far worse than ever imagined.
Drones of unimagined capability are being readied for deployment with even more frightening technical advances on the drawing boards. The drones we are seeing today, even the advanced RQ 170 Lockheed Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011, are child’s play.
HISTORY, THE “CAMEL IN THE TENT”
As with the adage of the camel, whose nose enters a tent and soon afterward, the entire camel is a guest at dinner, so America’s drone program began.
The first drones were model airplanes, battery powered, radio controlled, with small cameras able to show troops on the ground what was on “the other side of the hill.”
Then larger drones were built that carried munitions, in particular the 100-pound “Hellfire” missile.
These drones were intended to supply close air support for direct combat operations. Operators were the actual troops in the field, managing target acquisition and weapons strikes, not just using the camera feed from the drones themselves but, in most cases, able to identify targets as close as 500 meters.
From there, drones became “free ranging,” under “rules of engagement.” Those rules, of course, were a joke. A “militant” was anyone who was armed.
However, few in either Iraq or Afghanistan would venture forth unarmed and peaceful tribesmen or even militia members aligned with the US became targets.