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Drone Prevalence Over U.S. Soil Raising Concern Among Citizens and Lawmakers

WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) — Thousands of drones patrolling U.S. skies?

Predictions that multitudes of unmanned aircraft could be flying here within a decade are raising the specter of a “surveillance society” in which no home or backyard would be off limits to prying eyes overhead. Law enforcement, oil companies, farmers, real estate agents and many others have seen the technology that was pioneered on battlefields, and they are eager to put it to use.

It’s not just talk: The government is in the early stages of devising rules for the unmanned aircraft.

So far, civilian use of drones is fairly limited. The Federal Aviation Administration had issued fewer than 300 permits for drones by the end of last year.

(Related: Where are the 63 drone sites approved by the FAA in the U.S.)

Public worries about drones began mostly on the political margins, but there are signs that they’re going mainstream.

Jeff Landry, a freshman Republican congressman from Louisiana’s coastal bayou country, says constituents have stopped him while shopping at Walmart to talk about their concerns.

“There is a distrust amongst the people who have come and discussed this issue with me about our government,” Landry said. “It’s raising an alarm with the American public.”

Fear that some drones may be armed, for example, has been fueled in part by a county sheriff’s office in Texas that used a homeland security grant to buy a $300,000, 50-pound ShadowHawk helicopter drone for its SWAT team. The drone can be equipped with a 40mm grenade launcher and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Randy McDaniel, chief deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, told The Associated Press earlier this year his office had no plans to arm the drone, but he left open the possibility the agency might decide to adapt the drone to fire tear gas canisters and rubber bullets.

Earlier this year Congress, under pressure from the Defense Department and drone manufacturers, ordered the FAA to give drones greater access to civilian airspace by 2015. Besides the military, the mandate applies to drones operated by private companies or individuals and civilian government agencies, including federal, state and local law enforcement.

Below is a timeline created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation of drone integration in the United States. See the larger image here.

Drone Prevalence Over U.S. Soil Raising Concern Among Citizens and Lawmakers

(Image: EFF.org)

The military, which is bringing home unmanned aircraft from Afghanistan, wants room to test and use them.

But the potential civilian market for drones may far eclipse military demand. Power companies want them to monitor transmission lines. Farmers want to fly them over fields to detect which crops need water. Ranchers want them to count cows. Journalists are exploring drones’ newsgathering potential. Police departments want them to chase crooks, conduct search and rescue missions and catch speeders.

(Related: See other articles on the Blaze covering drone use by civilians and local law enforcement)

But concern is spreading. Another GOP freshman, Rep. Austin Scott, said he first learned of the issue when someone shouted out a question about drones at a Republican Party meeting in his Georgia district two months ago.

When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, suggested during an interview on Washington radio station WTOP last month that drones be used by police since they’ve done such a good job on foreign battlefields, the political backlash was swift. NetRightDaily complained: “This seems like something a fascist would do. … McDonnell isn’t pro-Big Government, he is pro-HUGE Government.”

(Related: Drones over D.C.? Metro police chiefs grilled on UAVs, illegal immigrants, cops on cellphones — see how they respond)

John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute of Charlottesville, Va., which provides legal assistance in support of civil liberties and conservative causes, warned the governor, “America is not a battlefield, and the citizens of this nation are not insurgents in need of vanquishing.”

Drone Prevalence Over U.S. Soil Raising Concern Among Citizens and Lawmakers

Drone operators (Photo: Wikimedia)

There’s concern as well among liberal civil liberties advocates that government and private-sector drones will be used to gather information on Americans without their knowledge. Giving drones greater access to U.S. skies moves the nation closer to “a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities,” the American Civil Liberties Union declared in a report last December.

An ACLU lobbyist, Chris Calabrese, said that when he speaks to audiences about privacy issues, drones are what “everybody just perks up over.”

“People are interested in the technology, they are interested in the implications and they worry about being under surveillance from the skies,” he said.

The anxiety has spilled into Congress, where lawmakers from both parties have been meeting to discuss legislation that would broadly address the civil-liberty issues. A Landry provision in a defense spending bill would prohibit information gathered by military drones without a warrant from being used as evidence in court. A provision that Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., added to another bill would prohibit the Homeland Security Department from arming its drones, including ones used to patrol the border.

Scott and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have introduced identical bills to prohibit any government agency from using a drone to “gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct or conduct in violation of a regulation” without a warrant.

“I just don’t like the concept of drones flying over barbecues in New York to see whether you have a Big Gulp in your backyard or whether you are separating out your recyclables according to the city mandates,” Paul said in an interview, referring to a New York City ban on supersized soft drinks.

(Related: Cola Wars: Full-page ads in the New York Times challenge and mock Bloomberg’s sugary drink ban)

He acknowledged that was an “extreme example,” but he added: “They might just say we’d be safer from muggings if we had constant surveillance crisscrossing the street all the time. But then the question becomes, `What about jaywalking? What about eating too many donuts? What about putting mayonnaise on your hamburger?’ Where does it stop?”

Calabrese, the ACLU lobbyist, called Paul’s office as soon as he heard about the bill.

“I told them we think they are starting from the right place,” Calabrese said. “You should need some kind of basis before you use a drone to spy on someone.”

In a Congress noted for its political polarization, legislation to check drone use has the potential to forge “a left-right consensus,” he said. “It bothers us for a lot of the same reasons it bothers conservatives.”

The backlash has drone makers concerned. The drone market is expected to nearly double over the next 10 years, from current worldwide expenditures of nearly $6 billion annually to more than $11 billion, with police departments accounting for a significant part of that growth.

“We go into this with every expectation that the laws governing public safety and personal privacy will not be administered any differently for (drones) than they are for any other law enforcement tool,” said Dan Elwell, vice president of the Aerospace Industries Association.

Discussion of the issue has been colored by exaggerated drone tales spread largely by conservative media and bloggers.

Scott said he was prompted to introduce his bill in part by news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has been using drones to spy on cattle ranchers in Nebraska. The agency has indeed been searching for illegal dumping of waste into streams, but it is doing it with piloted planes.

Megyn Kelly with Fox News, which reported a couple weeks ago that the EPA has been using unmanned aerial vehicles to take pictures, said in a correction that the agency has informed them manned aircraft are actually being used for these missions over the United States.

In another case, a forecast of 30,000 drones in U.S. skies by 2020 has been widely attributed to the FAA. But FAA spokeswoman Brie Sachse said the agency has no idea where the figure came from. It may be a mangled version of an aerospace industry forecast that there could be nearly 30,000 drones worldwide by 2018, with the United States accounting for half of them.

Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, co-chairs of a congressional privacy caucus, asked the FAA in April how it plans to protect privacy as it develops regulations for integrating drones into airspace now exclusively used by aircraft with human pilots. There’s been no response so far, but Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will probably be asked about it when he testifies at a Senate hearing Thursday.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 13:11

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UN General Assembly President Wonders After… · June 25, 2012

Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, president of the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, visited Benedict XVI at the Vatican recently.

As usual al-Nasser went on to meet with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican secretary for Relations with States.

“The central theme of the cordial discussions was the role of the United Nations Organisation, and especially of the General Assembly, in conflict resolution,” a Vatican communiqué reported. “Especially [conflicts in] Africa and the Middle East, and to the serious humanitarian emergencies they provoke.”

“Attention then turned to the Catholic Church’s contribution to peace and development, and to the importance of cooperation between religions and cultures.”

The UN General Assembly president would to a certain extent represent the whole world. Revelation 13:3 says that “And all the world wondered after the beast.” 

 

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Thirty3 Bar and Grill in Festus

Will Ferguson, a bartender at the Island Bar in Winchester,  would like the place to open on Sundays, especially when pro  football is on television.

But state law prevents the west St. Louis County tavern from doing so  because it doesn’t sell a large amount of food, unlike some competitors.

“They are allowed to open and we’re not,” he said. “It’s very  unfair.”

That could change under a bill passed by the Legislature last month and  awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.

The measure would allow any establishment with a regular liquor-by-the-drink  license to also qualify for a Sunday permit, eliminating a remnant of the  state’s old blue law that once prohibited sales on Sunday of a wide range of  products. Now Sunday licenses are limited to those meeting the food requirement  or some alternate restrictions.

“It just gives more businesses the option if they so choose,” said the bill’s  sponsor, Rep. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield. Another backer — Sen. Eric Schmitt,  R-Glendale — added that the measure replaces an existing “hodgepodge, patchwork  system” of Sunday liquor rules adopted piecemeal by lawmakers over the  years.

This year’s bill was supported by the Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association,  Anheueser-Busch InBev and the Missouri Association of Beverage Retailers.

But an opponent, Kerry Messer, a lobbyist for the Missouri Baptist  Convention, argues that widening Sunday sales of liquor by the drink could only  aggravate drunken-driving and other social ills associated with alcohol.

“The expanded hours open the doors to abuse,” said Messer, who also  represents the Missouri Family Network. “The liquor industry has pulled the wool  over the lawmakers’ eyes.”

Under current law, the most common Sunday licenses statewide are for  “restaurant bars” — places at which food accounts for at least half the gross  annual sales or at least $200,000 in gross receipts.

You also can get an alcoholic drink on Sunday at stadiums, airports, veterans  and fraternal groups’ halls, hotels, wineries, bowling alleys, golf courses and  bars with pool tables and other games of skill. Bars that sell only beer also  can open Sunday.

In St. Louis and in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, as well as parts of  metro Kansas City, there’s yet another route to a Sunday license: amassing gross  annual sales of more than $250,000.

Of 7,796 establishments with liquor-by-the-drink licenses statewide at the  end of last month, 4,813 — or 62 percent — can sell some type of booze on  Sunday.

No ‘mad dash’

It’s unclear how many additional Sunday licenses would be sought if the bill  becomes law.

Jennifer Durham, a lobbyist for Anheuser-Busch, said she doubts there would  be a large immediate influx. “The biggest portion of places that wanted to  already had a way to get it,” she said, referring to the food and gross sales  provisions.

St. Louis Excise Commissioner Robert Kraiberg agreed. He oversees city liquor  law enforcement. “I don’t think there would be a mad dash” of new Sunday license  applicants, he said.

A spokesman for Nixon, Scott Holste, was noncommittal on the issue, saying  only that his office would give the bill a thorough review. The state Division  of Alcohol and Tobacco Control hasn’t taken a position, although a spokesman  agreed with the contention of supporters that the measure would make enforcement  less complicated.

If the governor signs the measure, it becomes law Aug. 28. But before the  looser rules could take effect in many areas, local governments — many of which  have liquor ordinances mirroring state law — would have to follow suit.

The bill also includes other changes, including allowing bars at Lambert-St.  Louis International Airport to start serving alcoholic drinks as early as 4 a.m  and legalizing table-tap beer dispensing machines.

The starting time for serving alcohol on Sundays would be set at 9 a.m.  except at Lambert; now some types of licenses specify 8 or 11 a.m.

This isn’t the first time the Legislature has voted to allow any bar to be  open on Sundays; it included such a provision in a bill passed in 1999. But Gov.  Mel Carnahan vetoed the legislation because of his opposition to an unrelated  provision that set tougher guidelines for using minors in stings to catch stores  illegally selling liquor to customers under 21. That’s not in the current  measure.

Missouri’s old general blue law, dating to 1925, banned the Sunday sale of  all goods except drugs, medicine and articles of “immediate necessity.”

In 1963, after the state Supreme Court threw out the law as too vague, the  Legislature enacted a new version specifying a long list of items that couldn’t  be sold. Then, in the late 1970s, the Legislature began to allow Missouri  counties to exempt themselves and most have since done so.

A major exception is car dealerships. With the historical support of auto  dealers’ associations, the Legislature has maintained the statewide ban on  Sunday sales of motor vehicles.

Liquor restrictions also have been handled differently, with the state  gradually lessening the Sunday rules. In 1971, the state began allowing liquor  to be served in restaurants. A major change came in 1993 authorizing groceries,  liquor stores and other retail outlets to sell booze on Sundays.

Bar owners contacted by a reporter had mixed reactions to this year’s  bill.

Justin Knoke, who owns the Thirty3 Bar and Grill in Festus, said his place is  too small to meet current Sunday restrictions but that he’d apply if the rules  change. “The most common question I get is, will I be open Sundays” during  football season, he said.

Toni Downs of Toni’s Dellwood Lounge in Dellwood and John Lograsso of Mickey  Lograsso’s Sports Bar in Lemay would like having the Sunday option but are  undecided if they’d apply.

Paul Lewis, a lobbyist with the beverage retailers group, said the bill also  would help bars that sometimes meet food or gross sales requirements but fall  short other years.

In that category is the All Stars Sports Pub and Grill in St. Peters. Owner  Bob Medley was happy to hear about the bill because he’s losing his current  Sunday license this month. “It’s a great way to lose a customer,” he said.

But Don Vogele said he doesn’t want to open his Duchesne Bar and Grill on  Sundays because there wouldn’t be much business at his St. Charles location.

Jo Geile at Jo’s Fifth Street Bar in Cottleville also wouldn’t take advantage  of the proposed Sunday change. “That’s my day with my family,” she said.

By false representations and angry appeals, they will stir up the passions of the people. Not having a “Thus saith the Scriptures” to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law…. On this battlefield comes the last great conflict of the controversy between truth and error.—Testimonies for the Church 5:450, 451. – {ChS 158.3}
 
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Evangelical Leaders Push for Immigration Reform · June 20, 2012

Evangelical leaders in the United States are getting politically active again on behalf of illegal immigrants. Leaders from all over the U.S. gathered in Washington recently to lobby Congress to pass legislation aimed at offering them a path to citizenship.

There are 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States most of them Roman Catholic, but many of them evangelical. The evangelical leaders now join Roman Catholic bishops in pushing for a track to citizenship and a track to a vote for illegal immigrants. No doubt they all hope that the more Christian Latino voters there are, the better the chances of pushing through leaders and legislation in harmony with evangelical views. Also both parties want to cater to the growing Hispanic electorate who are increasingly vocal about their concerns.
Religion has increasingly become a dominate topic in American politics, and is always on the minds of politicians and voters alike. In the age of ecumenical cooperation, Rome stands to gain much more influence as Christian voters increase in numbers. Protestants are being drawn into cooperation with Rome on friendly terms for now.

“[Rome] is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men…” Great Controversy, page 581

Evangelicals push Congress for immigration changes

 

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Have We Reached the Planet's Tipping Point?

How long will our planet last?

How long can our environment sustain the abuse and misuse of resources before the Earth falls apart? You aren’t alone if you have wondered about these questions. Scientists have been sounding the alarm that environmental destruction is moving to a tipping point of irreversible calamity.

In a recent edition of the journal Nature, 22 researchers expressed concern that we are permanently altering the delicate biosphere of Earth.

“‘Humans are now forcing another such transition, with the potential to transform Earth rapidly and irreversibly into a state unknown in human experience,’ wrote the authors, who are from the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America. If current trends continue—exploding global population, rapidly rising temperatures and the clearance of more than 40% of Earth’s surface for urban development or agriculture—the planet could reach a tipping point, they say.

 

“‘The net effects of what we’re causing could actually be equivalent to an asteroid striking the Earth in a worst-case scenario,’ the paper’s lead author, Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, said in an interview. ‘I don’t want to sound like Armageddon. I think the point to be made is that if we just ignore all the warning signs of how we’re changing the Earth, the scenario of losses of biodiversity — 75% or more — is not an outlandish scenario at all.’

“Global population just passed 7 billion and is expected to reach 9.3 billion or more by 2050. ‘By the year 2070, we’ll live in a hotter world…’ Barnosky said. Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … is making the ocean more acidic, and less hospitable to sea life. By midcentury, humans could have altered more than half the world’s land surface. … All this could produce a biologically impoverished Earth that would rob humans of vital ecological services such as insects that pollinate crops, forests that provide clean water, and tropical species that are the source of new drugs.” [1]

 

The Bible gives us warning signs of the end of life on this planet. In apocalyptic language, we read about the Earth in the Scriptures: “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner” (Isaiah 51:6 NKJV).

While it is true that we should be responsible citizens in caring for our planet (see Revelation 11:18), there will come a day when “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). What is the tipping point that will usher in the end of time? Will it be global warming or global iniquity? In speaking of an end time power of evil called Babylon, the Bible says, “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:5).

The global tipping point has less to do with a biologically impoverished Earth and more to do with the wickedness of mankind. The atmosphere of sin has polluted our planet far more than fossil fuels. A day is coming when God will stop the downward spiral of Earth into self-destruction. The Lord will destroy all evil and save a people who call Him Lord. Are you a part of God’s final remnant group? Are you ready for the day when Jesus will come and cleanse this planet from sin and make it new? The Bible says in Revelation 1:5-8

 

 

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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The Jay-Z Deception

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

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The Pope declares that it is time for the world to return to Sunday worship (Prophetic)

Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by molministry in Current Events, Current Events

The Sunday law is almost here, What more do we need to see?

In a recent article Pope Benedict 16 said it was time for the world to return to Sunday worship. “It could not be you say”, well its true! If ever anyone wanted evidence of where we are and what is happening in our world it is here today. What more do we need to see. The catholic news itself reporting on one of the most recent messages of the pope reported that he said just a few days ago that , “The demands of work can’t bully people out of needed time off, Pope Benedict XVI said.Sunday must be a day of rest for everyone, so people can be free to be with their families and with God, the pope said. “By defending Sunday, one defends human freedom,” he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 6. To read the whole article click here

It was also reported from the catholic press that the pope went so far as to say, “he wanted to come to the defense of free time, which is “threatened by a kind ‘bullying’ by the demands of work.”

Sunday is the day of the Lord and of man, a day which everyone must be able to be free – free for the family and free for God.”

I am reminded of those inspired words in Revelation 13:3 and also in the Spirit of Prophecy which says:

All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history. . . . In the very time in which we live, the Lord has called His people and has given them a message to bear. He has called them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin (papacy) who has made the Sunday law a distinctive power, who has thought to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25), and to oppress the people of God who stand firmly to honor Him by keeping the only true Sabbath, the Sabbath of creation, as holy unto the Lord.  {TM 117.5} 

 And again:

” Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel’s message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been–the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before. {GC 605.3}

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