LOOK Who Just Took ‘Police State’ To The Next Level… Here’s What You Need To Know

 

By Sassy Liberty AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

North Dakota has become the first state in America to legalize law enforcement use of armed drones against its citizens. Though the law limits the type of weapons permitted to those considered “less than lethal” it opens the door and sets a very dangerous precedent.  So much so in fact that the original sponsor of the bill, Republican state representative, Rick Becker, states he isn’t at all happy with how the law turned out.

“In my opinion, there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponized. Period,” Becker said at a hearing in March 2015, according to The Daily Beast. The original intent of the bill was to require police to obtain a search warrant before a drone could be used to obtain evidence and it prohibited the weaponization of drones. In order for the bill to be passed, Becker had to compromise.

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He is quoted as saying –“I submitted with prohibition of any weapons. The law enforcement lobby offered an amendment and said that if the amendments were added, they would not oppose. The committee accepted amendments and I didn’t fight them because I wanted the bill to pass at least to require warrants. The law says that law enforcement can’t use drones weaponized with lethal weapons.”

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It has been considered a worrying defeat for those concerned with the militarization of police and the overarching violations of privacy that we have seen occur since the passing of the Patriot Act after the attacks on September 11, 2001.  Weapons considered less than lethal can still be deadly or cause significant harm or permanent injury. 2015 saw more than 39 people in the U.S.  killed by police Tasers, according to The Guardian. Rubber bullets, bean bags, and tear gas canisters also fall into the non-lethal weapon category and can cause extensive injuries and even death. Originally, law enforcement officials wanted the ability to use this technology WITHOUT a warrant.

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If we value the foundation of our country, a country who’s very foundation is liberty and freedom, we must exam WHY this is of significant concern.  Many feel this may be a justified measure due to the what has been termed as a “war on police” with police officers becoming targets for shootings. While I do not deny that a “war on police” is not acceptable in any form or fashion, trading our liberty for security comes at a dangerous price.  A price that can be misused and abused but an unscrupulous government much like the one currently in place. Due process is vital to maintaining our way of life and dates all the way back to the Magna Carta originally.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary Due Process is defined as – 

A fundamental, constitutional guarantee that all legal proceedings will be fair and that one will be given notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away one’s life, liberty, or property. Also,constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.

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Our forefathers saw its necessity and saw fit to include it in our Constitution as a result.  The Constitution of the United States of America – AMENDMENT XIV, SECTION 1 states “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….”

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Now that a precedent has been set with the first state making weaponized drones legal in the use of law enforcement and now that drone technology is no longer a theory but has been used in practice as we saw in the Dallas police shootings how much easier is it to justify this use of weaponized technology?

For said technology to then be justified to include lethal weapons if the ends justify the means? How much liberty are we willing to trade for security? How much of a police state are we willing to live with?

I am not stating that taking out the Dallas sniper was not of paramount importance, nor am I stating that police lives aren’t important.  ALL LIVES MATTER! What I am saying is that now weaponized drone technology is no longer a theory.  It has been used, it has been tested.

We must proceed VERY carefully and tread very lightly lest we, the citizenry, becomes that which is trod upon by our government, turning the United States into the very horror that our forefathers fled from to create this country in the first place.

h/t – NPR

Sassy Liberty AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

God Bless.

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