This week, the Federal Aviation Administration will be given orders from President Obama to devise safe airspace within the next three years for drones to police our personal lives. Unmanned drones are currently being used to police our borders, locate and identify terrorists and for reconnaissance in war zones. The United States also uses them to spy on and violate the sovereign air space of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to keep an eye on the Arab world’s political uprisings instigated by our interventionist foreign policy.
The government argues that drones are necessary to protect us from ourselves in our changing society. They can be used to locate missing persons. Hovering over the streets of Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and New York City, drones can spot gang members, drug dealers and the criminal element of our great society. Drones can identify future weather conditions, road hazards and traffic patterns using an upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS).
GPS is a network of 24 satellites used by the military for spying and gathering intelligence information. In the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense allowed civilians to use the spy system to forecast weather conditions. The question is: Will drones be used to create a utopian android American society without wars, violence, crime, sickness and the polemics of politics; or will the spies in the sky act as the foundation for a new universal religion of a dystopian “Big Brother” police state, with unlimited power over us and nations around the world? The answer could lie under the political sheets of the Christian-based Republican platform.
I can see it all now: The year is 2024. After 24 years of Democratic control, the Republicans for Christ Party has just won the White House. Thanks to the “coattail vote,” the majority of both the House and Senate now belong to Republicans. The country is about to become a despotic-theocratic state, rewriting the Constitution that guaranteed our freedom of speech, personal choices and religious freedom. The White House is now the cathedral of political and religious power and is challenging the Vatican as the “World Church.”
First on the agenda in 2025 is a bill that will make the catechisms of Christian moral codes the law of the land. Women can no longer use any form of contraception. All gay marriages will be nullified. Uniformed dress codes will prevail in the work place and all schools. Bikinis will become collector’s items. No more of that ugly cleavage, short skirts or Victoria’s Secret stuff.
Our health habits will be monitored to cut the cost of insurance. No smoking allowed. Drinking alcoholic beverages and the use of non-approved prescription drugs will be punishable offenses. Music, entertainment, radio and television will be censored by Congress. And the first baseball player caught chewing tobacco or grabbing his crotch before he reaches the plate will be fined and thrown out of the game. Oh! And every afternoon at 3 p.m., everyone faces our Capitol and prays for the destruction of Mecca. The bill is predicted to pass.
Congress is enforcing its new legislation using drones and current GPS software. Every American will have a computer chip implanted in his brain. Each chip is assigned a number and that is our “human identification” number. Also, everyone will wear special eyeglasses provided by the state to record everything we see, day or night. Computers, tracking our identification number in overhead drones using GPS, will monitor our daily lives and alert the proper authorities if we break the law.
It’s predicted that by 2035 all public buildings will have monitoring systems installed to enforce the law of the land. Even private homes, including bedrooms, will be under 24-hour surveillance to make sure there is no illegal use of contraception going on. Although, there is an exception. Any couple with six or more children can apply for a dispensation from the president.
Now that the future is behind us, maybe drones are just the beginning of the all-seeing eye in the sky of Big Brother.
David Farside is a Sparks resident. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.