Prophetic Intelligence Briefings
Drones now being used over U.S. Airspace · January 03, 2012
Predator Drones are now being used over American skies to find civilians. The LA Times reported that Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke was concerned about a potential armed standoff with some men on a 3000 acre local ranch in North Dakota. To find them he called in a swat team, Highway patrol, ambulances, deputy sheriffs and a predator drone.
“As the unmanned aircraft circled 2 miles overhead the next morning, sophisticated sensors under the nose helped pinpoint the three suspects and showed they were unarmed. Police rushed in and made the first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help from a Predator…”
This was not the only example of drones being used in recent times over U.S. airspace to search for criminals. A drone based at Grand Forks Air Force Base was used at least two dozen times for surveillance flights since June and the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration has also used them for domestic investigations.
The drones, owned by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, normally search for illegal immigrants and smugglers. But using them for law enforcement has previously been unknown. Authority to use them on U.S. citizens is sketchy and vague. The government claims that they are also used for “emergency responders in times of crisis.”
“Using Predators for routine law enforcement without public debate or clear legal authority is a mistake,” said former Rep. Jan Harman. Harman sat on the homeland security intelligence subcommittee at the time the drones were purchased. She also blocked efforts to use military satellite imagery to assist with domestic terrorism investigations. “There is no question that this could become something that people will regret,” said Harman.
“Proponents say the high-resolution cameras, heat sensors and sophisticated radar on the border protection drones can help track criminal activity in the United States, just as the CIA uses Predators and other drones to spy on militants in Pakistan, nuclear sites in Iran and other targets around the globe.”
Predators can watch a target for 20 hours out of sight and out of earshot. Courts have supported warrantless surveillance on the basis that what you do outside your home can be seen by anyone flying overhead.
“But privacy advocates say drones help police snoop on citizens in ways that push current law to the breaking point.”
The kind of technology and tools being developed and used today will make it possible to find almost anyone. It doesn’t stretch the imagination very much to see that these devices can be used for purposes originally unintended, or against those who may not presently be on the wrong side of the law.
The Bible describes the time of trouble for God’s people who will eventually face laws restricting their religious practices and worship. They will be persecuted and even killed. Revelation 13:15 says, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination that drones will be used to try to find those who are in the remote places of the earth.