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  •  Drone blow back (6+ / 0-)

    There was a drone protest, though.

    Politico: Drone protest closes street downtown

    A group of protesters closed down a section of 16th street north of the White House, the D.C. police department announced.

    "16th Street is CLOSED south of K street NW due to protesters. MPD is on scene. Avoid area," the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) tweeted Monday.

    With their tweet, the MPD included a photo of a group of protesters holding peace signs and models of predator drones.

    The blowback on Obama's drone usage is going to haunt America well into the future.
    •  It's beyond him, though (6+ / 0-)

      Drones will be big for private security firms supporting government service contracts, IMHO.  I don't mean military, CIA, NSA only - the market for police, corporate security, etc. is still wide open.

      This will potentially serve to make drones a ubiquitous face of Big Brother-style observation over time, perhaps rendering Obama's use of them as weapons which kill innocents and secretly chosen targets abroad as merely another flavor of an insecure presence and related possibilities that our society generally becomes inured to.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:12:13 PM PST

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