February 9th, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – Despite promises the 2012 NDAA did not apply to military operations on U.S. soil or against American Citizens, a massive military drone deployment into U.S airspace has been approved by Congress.
Despite all of the concerns regarding the language of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) for fiscal year 2012 our beloved politicians once again turned a deaf to the American people and the atrocious bill was pushed into law.
We now learn that of the NDAA is being interpreted as authorization to deploy military drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) into United States airspace in the latest escalation of U.S. military actions in the War of Terror. To support the deployment a massive overhaul of the FAA control system is underway.
The Congressional Record makes it clear the act will deploy military drones controlled by NASA and the DOJ under authorization contained with the 2012 NDAA. The deployment of the military drones will be rolled out following the establishment test ranges to develop the system needed to integrate military drones into the U.S Airspace System.
CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 658, FAA REAUTHORIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012
[page h280] … Instead, the Administrator is directed to coordinate with, and leverage resources from, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense to select the test ranges based on the criteria set forth in this section. This language is consistent with legislative direction in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81)
H326 [House Bill] Section 326 directs the Administrator no later than one year after enactment to establish a program to integrate UASs into the national airspace system at no fewer than four test ranges. The program will include safely designating nonexclusionary airspace for integrated unmanned flight operations, develop certification standards and air traffic requirements, coordinate and leverage the resources of National Air and Space Administration and Department of Defense, address both civil and public UAS, ensure the program is coordinated with NextGen, and provide for verification of safety of UASs. In determining test range locations the Administrator shall consider geographic and climate diversity and consult with NASA and the Air Force.
Section 607(c) is a similar provision, but it allows the Administrator to include testing at three test sites as part of the integration plan by 2012. It directs the FAA to work with DOD to certify and develop flight standards for military UASs and to integrate these systems into the NAS as part of the UAS integration plan. Section 320 establishes a test range program for 10 sites.
As noted in the Congressional Record:
Conference Substitute House and Senate bills merged into language that is included in Section 332 “Integration of civil unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system”.
To put that into terms simpletons can understand, the Senate and House versions have been “merged” substituting the word “Military” with the word “Civil” when referring to the integration of the drone program into U.S Airspace.
The Activist Post also cites the report in the Congressional record – “CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 658, FAA REAUTHORIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012”
Congress Welcomes Drones Into American Skies ASAP
February 5, 2012
The stage has already been set and played upon for divisions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol and strike undeclared war zones abroad.
Even though lip service has been paid to express minor outrage over villages bombed in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, or someplace “over there,” there has been relatively little true outrage by countries heretofore unaffected by computer bombing raids upon their own Homeland — countries like America.
Well, seeing is believing they say.
The Boomerang Effect has taken flight.
The treason of American Congress seems to know no bounds, as it has submitted an urgent official request to the Secretary of Transportation to invite potential remote-controlled war upon American soil by integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems into civilian airspace to be overseen by the FAA. (Source)
The drone program inside the United States has advanced at warp speed since 2007 when tests were first captured by the media. Since that time, we have witnessed local police departments such as Miami-Dade County, FL outfit their force with micro-drones.
However, it wasn’t until the first drone test-run for law enforcement was conducted in North Dakota, that even staunch naysayers to claims of militarization had to pay closer attention. Drones for cattle rustling? WTF?
Now, just a couple of months later, we can read the “Conference Report on FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2012,” which does nothing less than give approval to turn American skies into a virtual battlefield that threatens to mirror the declaration of the NDAA that America (indeed the entire planet) should be outfitted with the tactics and technology of the War on Terror.
An open fly zone for drones has been declared, with Department of Defense authorization to maximize capabilities.
The report’s opening paragraph ends with ominous foreshadowing after stating the normal bureaucratic political lingo about an effort to “streamline programs” and “create efficiencies.”
Mr. Mica submitted the following conference report and statement on the bill (H.R. 658) to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes:
“And for other purposes…”
Source: Activist Post
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Cloaking Military Drone Deployment By Using The Term “Civil”
While the most recent version of the act, which has been passed by the House and The Senate refers to the deployment of a “Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” and integration into the National Airspace System, the terms “Civil” is mere doublespeak meant to cloak the deployment of Military drones into U.S. airspace. This is clear as you read through the bill text and note the references to two separate systems, the “Civil” drone system and the “Public” drone system and the designation of test ranges to plan and integrate the two separate drone systems.
FAA Upgrades Underway In Your Neighborhood To Support Massive Military Drone Deployments
While the deployment of military drones into the skies over your house may seem like a disconnected, abstract idea make no mistake about it. This bill authorizes the modernization FAA and the truth be told the aviation control systems near you will be upgraded for the mass deployment of military drones in the skies above your house. Just do a Google search for the NextGen systems that will be rolled out in your area.
Here’s an article from a local representative touting what the bill means to residents in my area and the passage of the act as a political victory. The article also gives you stunning insight into how the threat of the shutdown of the FAA has been used to push though congress such an egregious bill containing authorization of military drones in U.S. airspace.
LoBiondo Applauds Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for months, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today applauded the passage of H.R. 658, the “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization & Reform Act of 2012.” The legislation includes a number of provisions benefiting South Jersey and would reauthorize the FAA for four years, preventing another partial shutdown that affected thousands of employees including those at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township last summer.
“This is outstanding news for the FAA Tech Center, its employees and the entire region. This bill reaffirms the exceptional work being conducted at the Tech Center to modernize the nation’s antiquated air traffic control system and will ensure reliable funding for the next four years so that substantial work on NextGen can be completed,” said LoBiondo, the only New Jersey Representative on the House Aviation Subcommittee.
“I applaud Rep. LoBiondo’s relentless efforts to bring all sides together to pass a multi-year FAA authorization. Modernizing our aviation network through the NextGen project, increasing safety for the flying public, and ensuring thousands of FAA employees along with hundreds of thousands of contractors remain working is a key priority of House Republicans. I appreciate Rep. LoBiondo’s hard-work and leadership on this critical bill,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
In addition to protecting the jobs of the estimated 1,500 FAA employees and related service providers in South Jersey, LoBiondo was pleased that the multi-year FAA Reauthorization bill included a number of provisions he had sought, such as:
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL MODERNIZATION AND NEXTGEN
- $10.9 billion for FAA Facilities & Equipment to accelerate the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which is currently being developed at the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. This funding would also enable FAA to make needed repairs and replacement of existing facilities and equipment and also provide for the implementation of high-priority safety-related systems.
- Strengthens accountability and oversight of the NextGen program by:
- Clarifying new authorities for the FAA to acquire and fund expenses related to the NextGen program;
- Directing the Secretary of Transportation to give priority to NextGen specific programs when allocating funds; and,
- Establishing timelines and milestones for the FAA to bring NextGen technologies online and requires the FAA to establish performance metrics to meet these goals.
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
- Establishes a Center of Excellence in the research and development of NextGen – Long advocated for by LoBiondo, the FAA Administrator will now have the option to establish a Center of Excellence for NextGen that would bring together professionals at the FAA Technical Center with experts in the aviation industry and academia to research and develop the new technologies that will power the next generation of air travel in the U.S. It also allows the FAA to provide funding to support such activities. If established, the Center of Excellence would build on efforts already underway locally by Atlantic County, the Richard Stockton College, local industry and the FAA Technical Center thus strengthening the NextGen Aviation Research & Technology Park.
GENERAL FUNDING LEVELS
- $13.4 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which distributes formula grants to airports across the country, such as the Atlantic City International Airport, to improve safety and reduce congestion;
- $38.4 billion for FAA Operations which includes the daily operating costs and payroll of FAA employees.
After twenty-three extensions and a two-week partial shutdown that affected nearly 4,000 FAA employees nationwide including approximately 650 at the FAA Technical Center in South Jersey, Congress has approved the 4-year reauthorization bill which funds FAA programs through fiscal year 2015.
Since the partial shutdown that began at midnight on July 22, 2011 and ended on August 5, 2011, LoBiondo has aggressively pushed both parties in the House and Senate to come to a multi-year agreement on the FAA’s authorization. He joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt at a private townhall meeting with employees at the FAA Technical Center. And LoBiondo authored legislation to ensure back-pay for furloughed FAA employees, who received compensation in mid-October.
“While Congress cannot erase the damage it caused by allowing a partial shutdown of the FAA last summer, it has begun to redeem itself by approving this four year authorization with strong bipartisan support. We must continue in this bipartisan fashion throughout the NextGen project and on other critical issues facing our country,” concluded LoBiondo.
The Senate is expected to pass the “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization & Reform Act of 2012” early next week, thus sending the bill to the President for his signature.
The NDAA Authorization Of Global War Spreads To The Homeland
Make no mistake about it the NDAA officially authorized an endless global war with no borders and no clearly defined enemies. Critics of the bill quickly pointed out that the bill suspended the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and authorized military strikes against U.S. citizens even within the U.S.
The language in the NDAA is equivalent to the official declaration of World War III. The legislation gives unchecked authority for the president to launch military strikes against any and all nations across the word without any need for congressional approval, including attacks within the United States. Skeptics said the bill would never be interpreted for use on U.S. soil. Still the was widespread public outcry demanding the language of the bill be changed to make it clear the bill was not to be used against U.S citizens of on U.S soil. The calls to change the language from the public, the media and many organizations, including the ACLU, went ignored.
Another provision of the bill that conjured wave of widespread opposition was the authorization to permanently detain American citizen’s indefinitely without trial for as long as the War on Terror continues.
To placate the public President Obama asserted while signing the bill into law that NDAA did not apply to American citizens or operations on U.S. soil.
However, there is plenty of evidence to show that in actual practice and implementation of the law, nothing could be further from the truth. For example, the American college student accused of having ties to terrorism who was gun downed, kidnapped, and hauled off to a secret CIA torture prison.
Then there is the targeted assassination U.S citizen, accused of having ties to terrorism, using a drone strike. Truth be told there is no evidence the assassination victim, Anwar al-Awlaki, has done anything more than give speeches that denounce the U.S. government for their illegal activities and call for people to stand against and fight against what he viewed as an evil empire responsible for the death of millions. Then there are the plethora of allegations of many other U.S. citizens being placed on the U.S. assassination list, a list which may include Judicial reform activist William (Bill) Windsor Let’s not forget the targeted assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
Nor can we forget the targeted assassination of thousands of Iraqi citizens by U.S. death squads.
While many can justify the need for such assassination alleged terrorist in the name of the War on Terror, the bottom line is our Founding Fathers gave their blood to give us the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution to assure that anyone accused of crimes have a right to trial by jury and to the opportunity to defend themselves against any evidence against them. The problem is the U.S. government has established a pattern of lying to the public and to nation’s around the world to justify the invasion of sovereign nations that do submit to U.S. imperialism. Take for example the fabrication of intelligence reports that saying Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Unsubstantiated allegations to justify attacks are not just limited to opposing nation states.
The truth is an overbearing government with power to commit such actions can simply accuse anyone of being a terrorist, supporting terrorism, or having ties to terrorism just to crush any dissent or political views in opposition to the government.
Take for example Obama’s Department of Justice has taken the opinion one step farther and released a publication that states Constitutionalists, Anti New World Order Activists, and Survivalists such as the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul are all “potential terrorists”.
For example the Government think tank, DEMOS, has recently released documents labeling conspiracy theorists as potential terrorists calling conspiracy theories “dangerous thoughts” that “lead to violence”.
In fact Demos has responded to public outrage over the report and has specifically called The Intel Hub a conspiracy echo chamber, which is a site that “echoes” my writings on The Alexander Higgins Blog in their “conspiracy echo chamber”. That would imply that I am a “potential terrorist” pushing “dangerous thoughts” that could “lead to violence”.
Clearly the NDAA’s legalization of the U.S. government’s policy of torture, abduction, assassination and violation of human rights is not aimed at actual terrorists. To contrary, the U.S. government has aimed their cross hairs on every single political dissident who disagrees with any aspect of the tyrannical totalitarian oppression the U.S. government imposes both at home and abroad.
Recently, Occupy Wall Street was officially labeled as a terrorist organization by the United States greatest ally, Great Britain. Yes, Occupy Wall Street protestors are now being listed as a Domestic Terrorist Group being disseminated on a list that includes Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.
Being labeled as a terrorist for such a simple public displays of government dissent is extremely alarming when Uncle Sam has turned its multi-billion dollar spy network against U.S. citizens. Once that spy network targets you their is no legal recourse.The Supreme has already legalized CIA abduction, indefinite overseas detention, and the torture of innocent American citizens
Even more alarming is you don’t have a right to defend yourself or to any legal recourse when the government claims you a threat national security, e.g. being a so-called “terrorists”. In fact, as a terrorist you may not even be able to hire a lawyer, as it is illegal for anyone, including lawyers, to do business with terrorists.
We witness 1 in 7 drone strikes around the world killing a child. Even worse is alarming 1 and 3 drone strikes in Pakistan killing a child.
Now that the U.S military is preparing for a massive military drone deployment into U.S. Airspace. It is only a matter of time before targeted “terrorist” assassinations using drone strikes are launched on U.S. soil.
Source: Higgins Blog