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Krauthammer On Drones Flying In US: "Stop It Here, Stop It Now" | RealClearPolitics

Yes, that Krauthammer. Charles Krauthammer.

"I’m going to go hard left on you here, I’m going ACLU,” syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said in opposition to the use of drones on the U.S. homeland.

“I don’t want regulations, I don’t want restrictions, I want a ban on this. Drones are instruments of war. The Founders had a great aversion to any instruments of war, the use of the military inside even the United States. It didn’t like standing armies, it has all kinds of statutes of using the army in the country.”

“A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys but not in America. I don’t want to see it hovering over anybody’s home. Yes, you can say we have satellites, we’ve got Google Street View and London has a camera on every street corner but that’s not an excuse to cave in on everything else and accept a society where you’re always under — being watched by the government. This is not what we want” […]

I guess it wouldn’t be Charles Krauthammer without the bit about blasting “bad guys” in Somalia, but still, it’s good to see this debate finally enter the chattering class. To ensure the audience that his stance is reactionary rather than radical, he adds:

I would say that you ban it under all circumstances and I would predict, I’m not encouraging, but I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.

He might be right.