Drones Blowing up American Homes

The explosion tore a hole in the bedroom wall and blew the nails out of the drywall. It was 6 in the morning, October 9 and the twelve-year-old girl was still sound asleep when it detonated in her room. The explosive device was a weapon of war and it came into her home without warning. With a flash she suddenly felt searing pain.

She survived, thankfully. Photographic evidence shows there is a big area on her side where her skin was blackened from the heat. According to reports from the region, the girl has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms.

Drones had attacked her house.

Not machine drones, yet. I mean humans who have effectively made themselves into dangerous drones in the service of a war—the war on drugs. This explosive device was not aimed at a house in Afghanistan somewhere; it was a flash grenade put into the window of a house in Billings, Montana.

A police department received some kind of tip that the home contained a meth lab. So after, they claim, extensive intelligence gathering and “doing their homework,” they pulled on their jack boots and the rest of their SWAT thug gear and attacked the home. They say they didn’t expect any children to be there. Despite their extensive “homework,” they actually attacked a family of four in a home that had no meth lab. One officer “of” the law pushed a flash bang grenade through the girl’s bedroom window.

The mother pointed out they were never given a chance to cooperate:

“A simple knock on the door and I would’ve let them in,” she said. “They said their intel told them there was a meth lab at our house. If they would’ve checked, they would’ve known there’s not.” She and her two daughters and her husband were home at the time of the raid. She said her husband, who suffers from congenital heart disease and liver failure, told officers he would open the front door as the raid began and was opening it as they knocked it down.

These mindless attackers deserve to be called drones—and many other things much worse.

But calling them “drones” might remind of what might happen if the robotic kind were used more often in the US. Already Homeland Security is using them for spying on us. What happens when they are enlisted into “the war on drugs”? If real flesh and blood humans can be trained to use grenades against houses without having any real idea who is inside, what makes us think that drones won’t be used with similar disregard for human life? I’m sure when the government starts arming drones we will be told they are doing it “for public safety.”

The comparison of police with drones is not far-fetched. The police chief defended his decision to make a military raid on an American home by referring to calculations they made. This “threat matrix” is virtually the same as the calculations used by the CIA and other agencies for deciding whether or not to execute “signature strikes” overseas.

The rise of the machines is here — both human and metal.

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