Drones in the States

04/10/13 Warren Elly
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10 YEARS AGO AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING WHAT APPEARED TO BE QUICK VICTORY IN IRAQ…SADDAM HUSSEIN’S STATUE WAS TOPPLED IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A BLOODY DIVISE WAR THAT REMAINS CLOAKED IN POLITICAL RECRIMINATION OVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT DID NOT EXIST…A CONFLICT THAT CLEARLY DELAYED THE SEARCH FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKERS…AND GAVE RISE TO A WHAT CRITICS SAY ARE POLITICAL ASSASINATIONS BY DRONE. ESTIMATES SAY THE U-S HAS CONDUCTED 366 DRONT STRIKES SINCE 2004, KILLING AS MANY AS 3, 581 PEOPLE INCLUDING 884 CIVILIANS AND WOUNDING 1,465. ALL BUT 52 OF THE STRIKES WERE ORDERED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. A REPORT JUST OUT TODAY DISPUTES CLAIMS BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT DRONES HAVE ONLY BEEN USED AGAINST THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 9-11 ATTACKS OR ACTIVELY PLOTTING TERROR AGAINST THE US. MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS REPORTED TODAY THAT SENIOR AL-QAIDA LEADERS AND THEIR ALLIES, HUNDREDS OF LOWER LEVEL AFGAHN, PAKISTANI AND OTHER MILITANTS HAVE BEN KLLLED IN PAKISTANS TRIBAL AREAS. THE OFTENTIMES EMOTIONAL DRONE CONTROVERSEY HAS WHAT PROMISES TO BE A BURGEONING BUSINESS IN THE STATES… CIVILIAN DRONES… TEETERING. IN HERNANDO COUNTY LAST NIGHT, AFTER A PROTEST, AND BOISTEROUS DEBATE, THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTED 3-2 TO PUT THE BROOKSVILLE AIRPORT UP FOR AN FAA APPROVED DRONE TEST SITE. AND THE TAMPA TRIBUNE REPORTED MONDAY THAT SEBRING’S AIRPORT DIRECTOR IS HOPING TO CREATE A DRONE TESTING AND RESEARCH OPERATION, POSSIBLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BOMBING RANGE NEXT DOOR AT AVON PARK.

ALL OF THIS AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF INCREASED PRESSURE FOR THE CIA TO GIVE UP DRONE OPERATIONS…TO TURN THE MILITARY SIDE OVER TO THE PENTAGON

MY GUEST TODAY IS HOWARD ALTMAN OF THE TAMPA TRIBUNE…HOWARD COVERS MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE AND DEFENSE AMONG OTHER THINGS…

-WHATS’ YOUR TAKE ON THE POTENTIAL FOR DRONES AS A BUSINESS???

-AND WHERE DO THINGS STAND NOW????

-PRIVACY AND SAFTEY ISSUES

OUR PHONE NUMBER IF YOU’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT DRONES…

813-239-9663….

ON THE PHONE MIKE WILLINGHAM 863-381-3493

MIKE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SEBRING REGIONAL AIRPORT AND COMMERCE PARK… HE’S JOINING US FROM THE ANNUAL SUN AND FUN AIRSHOW IN LAKELAND… ANY DRONES THERE MIKE??? -POTENTIAL FOR SEBRING -AVON PARK ROLE

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THANKS TO OUR ENGINEER AND PHONE WRANGER MARY OLIVER…

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