Unmanned Drones to Patrol US Border
The first aerial drone to be used for civilian agency surveillance of the US and Canadian border has been delivered to Grand Forks, N.D. where it will be used uneventfully for a few years – and eventually inspire school districts in the US to apply for grants to have them patrolling school crossings inside of 20 years engendering all manner of collateral damage that will, by then, be considered an unavoidable consequence of ensuring greater safety.
The deployment scheme, typically, was funded by the armed forces through a grant to the local university and, surprise, once the Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle is in operation the program will effectively fuse the military (Air Force and N.D. Air National Guard) to a half dozen or more civilian agencies, companies and the local university. The fusion of the military and civil society has been accelerated to a marked degree after 9/11 by the opportunism of American industry and political gangsters but it is always noteworthy when civil society is programmatically exposed to a new piece of ordnance.
The statement from the governor’s office was typically effusive and wrong headed:
Kostelnik said the Custom and Border Patrol UAS launch and recovery team will be located at the Grand Forks Air Force Base using their agents, as well as contract pilots. The general said they are working with UND Aerospace and the North Dakota Air National Guard to employ pilots for the northern border mission. The Grand Forks CBP air wing will be the first to fly unmanned missions over the northern border. The team will fly limited operations, which will be expanded as the program develops.
It’s all so good, so safety enhancing, how come people hear Dwight Eisenhower screaming from his gravesite in Abilene when programs like this are enacted? Because by the time a kid is vaporized at a school crossing by a missile fired from one of these things in 2028, there will be 22 contractors, 106,302 employees and 396 federal bureaucrats whose livelihoods will depend on the UAV School Crossing Safety Program, absorbing some $823 billion dollars a year and no one will be able to question the program’s efficacy or necessity – and the school will still be using 20th Century textbooks, if they haven’t been replaced with bibles by then.