May 28, 2013
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Last month at our event in Santiago, Ron Paul told me that he used to keep a sign on his desk during his time in Congress that read: “Don’t steal. The government hates competition.”
These days, perhaps a more appropriate saying would be– “Don’t violate people’s civil liberties. The government hates competition.”
And I wish I could say I’m kidding. But in the Land of the Free, they actually want to make this a law.
Yes, that’s right. On the hallowed floor of the United States Senate, recently, bill S1057 was introduced.
It’s aim? “To prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft systems by private individuals to conduct surveillance of other private persons.”
And, just to be clear, by “unmanned aircraft systems,” they mean drones. The same ones that they use to assassinate people by remote control. And, of course, conduct surveillance on private citizens in the Land of the Free.
So what the esteemed Senators are telling us is that it’s bad (and hence should be unlawful) to invade people’s privacy. Unless the government is doing it, in which case it’s just fine.