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Should Evanston Be Declared A Drone Free Zone?

Evanston should declare itself a DFZ (Drone Free Zone).

Back in 1989 the Evanston City Council overwhelming voted to make our fair city a nuclear free zone, expressly banning " research, development and production of nuclear weapons in the city". (See footnote 1, below) The resolution resulted from a petition signed by 5,000 residents who feared that Northwestern University might devote resources to researching and developing nuclear weapons.

Today, Evanston has a similar oportunity and responsibility to take a stand on domestic use of drones by domestic law enforcement agencies. The American Civil Liberties Union warns us that:

"U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government. Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas." (See footnote 2, below)

The domestic use of drones "means that the police state is now officially here" writes Naomi Wolf in an article entitled "The Coming Drone War Attack On America" published in The Guardian. (See footnote 3, I urge you to read the whole article.)

This isn't just idle chatter. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is actively pursuing law enforcement use of drones. (See footnote 4, below). It was alarming to hear Dart on the WLS Roe Conn show laughing and joking about using drones throughout Cook County. It is clearly no laughing matter.

At least nine states are considering banning domestic drones and Charlottesville just past an anti-drone law. (See footnote 5, below). While these local acts might be symbolic - that's exactly what dumping tea in the Boston Harbor was.

Most of you should know the story of what happens when you drop a frog in cold water and then turn up the heat until it is boiing hot! The frog gets cooked because he doesn't notice the rising heat. Introducing domestic use of drones under the guise that it will help law enforcement catch the bad guys threaten to boil us alive.

So, are you going to be a frog that gets boiled, or are you going to jump out before it is too late? Would you sign a petition asking the Evanston City Council to declare our fair city a DFZ?

Let me know with your comments.

Thanks,

Eric

ejlieberman@gmail.com

 

 

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Footnotes:

1.  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-10-29/news/8503130954_1_nuclear-weapons-arnold-weber-jeanne-hoff .

2. http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/domestic-drones

3. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/coming-drone-attack-america

4. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/special_segments&id=8865801

5. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2013/0206/States-consider-drone-bans-Overreaction-or-crucial-for-privacy-rights-video

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june shellene February 10, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Eric Drones are good for us...otherwise Barack would NEVER allow them. You must be a rascist!
r neville June 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Ludicrous nuclear ban, unenforced handgun ban (not one prosecution in 26 years even for handguns used in crimes), and now a totally redundant and unenforceable "Assault Weapon" ban. So, a Drone ban? Sure, why not? It'll give the Council something else to crow about while our real problems compound.
Eric Lieberman June 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Hey, R, you just came up with the Big Fix: Let's Ban Problems! Think it would work?
Jordan S. Zoot June 20, 2013 at 03:36 PM
The FBI Is using drones domestically...and I for one think its a good thing...I will gladly trade privacy for security in a second. Further....the only thing STUPID about the handgun ban was that they had it. I had the privilege of being a named plaintiff when the NRA too Evanston to court and the city wisely CAPITULATED after the SCOTUS decision in Heller. I have no problem with nuclear weapons either......what the hell is with all of the tree huggers in this town.

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