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April 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor – April 3, 2013

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Richard Feuilly, Weatherford

Eroding civil rights

Dear Editor,

Much news has emerged about drones and their existence to the destruction of our civil rights as citizens of this country.

After a recent news of 168 innocent Middle Eastern women and children dying in a drone strike in the name of a War on Terrorism, many now wonder! Thousands of citizens are now contemplating how far, and how much, our U.S. Constitution is now being shredded.

I am concerned when more government agencies, corporations, and law enforcement begin to spy on American citizens, in the name of making huge profits and arrests. What happens whenever drone skills fall into the hands of white collar criminals, who are seldom prosecuted? Only a year ago, I heard about homemade drones supplying drug dealers over the Mexican border. Suddenly, reports about it stopped.

I believe when governmental agencies and corporate interest realized the value of drones in their profit margin, the corporate media quit reporting about any illegal use of drones.

This has been realized in cities where red light cameras were installed, in the name of controlling “red light runners.” The truth is millions of dollars are gained in city governments in the name of law enforcement. However you will not hear the complaints from citizens who get one half the way through an intersection, then the traffic light turns red, and a ticket for $100 is mailed to the license plate address.

The City of Houston recently removed all red light cameras. If the ticket was not paid, a hold was placed on renewing a car owner’s annual license plate sticker.

Unless the citizens of this country stand up and speak out on the loss of privacy and constitutional rights granted by the founders of this country, there is no stopping of us becoming the drones ourselves, like described in a bee hive, or an ant colony. What a cruse if this technology protects and benefits only those in power.

Darwin Yeary-Weatherford, Weatherford

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