The write-up below was shared with Cop Block via email (though submissions are most-often received via the form at CopBlock.org/Submit) and was written by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster. Note that portions have been omitted for length though the main thrust – the good that comes from transparency and the real change that can occur by focusing on individual actors – remains unchanged.
As you’ll see, Pillsbury-Foster encourages others to step-up to identify and hold-accountable those profiting from the growing industry around drones, which she notes includes over 2,000 contractors, and which is now so pervasive that one college in Minnesota now offers a major on drone repair.
One could claim that it’s shame that people are only now paying attention to the drone issue, which has already caused so much destruction abroad, but this call-out from Pillsbury-Foster is a step in the right direction and shouldn’t be belittled. Especially when the sheer volume of propaganda peddled by those who profit from the growth of the police state, based on the post 9/11 culture of fear, is considered.
We can each individually make a difference.
Props to people like Pillsbury-Foster, James Jeffrey, a drone operator who last fall spoke out against their use, Essam, for using humor to delegitimize the use of drones, Jacob Crawford, who documented the use of a drone over Oakland recently, and Davi Barker, who made the video “Alameda County Doesn’t Want Drones“, for working to keep the skies free of drones.
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
We all know about the kind of threat represented by the purchase and use of drones in our communities. We also know the potential for profit with drone technology is measured in the billions of dollars.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International shows you just how serious a threat this is to our real security and freedom. When this many corporations are lined up, hands out, to grab the largess, you know the money available is only beginning.
What kind of people would, today, be ready to sell their fellow Americans down the river and into bondage so they can profit? The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International provides a list of their members, to which we linked.
At Drone Free Zone we would like to google map these ‘businesses,’ making them visible in their communities so their fellow Americans, congregants, club members, neighbors, and family members with conscience, can let them know, face to face what they think of how drone enablers make their money. They must be stopped. We must do this in every way possible, including direct, personal, confrontation.
It takes integrity to be willing to stand up for what we believe. It is not always easy. There are over 2,000 contractors and we need a team to find and catalog locations and other contact information.
Contact me through DroneFreeZone.com if you can help.
Additionally, we need to research the people in positions of authority within these corporations. Are they persons of rectitude? Or are they the kind of people who will do anything for the buck? We need the evidence.
Please help us roll out a protest to close the doors of those who are locking down our skies and lives. We need to expose those whose lives lack integrity.
The meaning of the word, Integrity.
1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
If a man engages in a scheme to violate the law, suborning the justice system to gain power and wealth, while destroying the lives of an entire family and putting some of them at risk of their lives, does he have any claim to ‘integrity?’
And what if the list of crimes the man enabled and covered for includes placing uncounted women and girls at risk? What if he is known to have paid off victims, or intimidated them into silence?
And if such a man hides behind the cloak of power to cover his crimes, what is he then? And who if such a man had the audacity to name his technology, INTEGRITY?
Our country, today, is waking up to question those who have been entrusted with power. One of the first questions to be asked is what can be proven of their integrity? Have they honored their obligation to follow the law, used power in ways which made all of us safer, more secure in our homes and lives? The evidence will speak for itself.
Contact me through DroneFreeZone.com if you can help. It will be very much appreciated.
Banning the drones locally is already happening, as detailed in Thomas Jefferson’s Home Town First to Ban Drone Surveillance.”
The movement to stop drones, used domestically, is now launched.