Not everyone is comfortable with the government’s response to the coronavirus.
And the threat to privacy and constitutional rights are higher than ever before.
Now one state government is threatening to use drones and night vision cameras for this terrifying reason.
The Chinese Coronavirus is spreading like a plague.
And governments around the world are struggling to handle the disease.
Here in the United States President Trump is doing his best to fight the spread of the illness while protecting our constitutional rights.
But some in the government aren’t satisfied with the actions he’s taken so far.
The FBI supposedly has asked for sweeping new powers to arrest and detain people for the duration of the outbreak, without indictment or bail.
The Department of Justice is supposedly working with Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and other tech industry giants to be able to monitor and track every American during what many fear may soon become a national quarantine.
And some states and local governments aren’t even waiting for federal orders.
In Illinois, New Jersey, and Louisiana, and other states, some localities are unconstitutionally banning the sale of firearms and ammunition, putting American lives in jeopardy.
New Jersey has made it a crime to leave your home punishable by up to 6 months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
And now some states and localities are working to find ways to track citizens during lock downs.
And it might come as no surprise that things are the worst in California.
The Chula Vista Police Department in the Golden State is all set to use drones equipped with night vision cameras and loudspeakers to track citizens during the coronavirus shutdown and make sure they are following the state’s orders to self-isolate.
The police department of the city, located near San Diego, has now doubled its fleet of drones, buying two machines from – of all people – the Chinese company DJI.
That’s right, the Chula Vista Police Department will be tracking its citizens using Chinese hardware, which of course most likely means whatever data is gathered will also be in the communist hands of the Chinese.
A department spokesman recently talked with The Financial Times and stated the drones would also be equipped with night vision cameras.
“The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” Captain Vern Sallee said.
He is seemingly ignoring the warnings of even U.S. government officials who have warned localities and police departments about the threat Chinese-made drones could pose to the United States. The company that the police department is purchasing from, DJI, is the world’s largest manufacturer of civilian drones which are also used by local police departments.
Even more troubling is the danger of more wide-spread drone use by police departments, not just in California, but around the country.
Spencer Gore, CEO of the U.S.-based drone company “Impossible Aerospace,” said he is “working like crazy” to help equip other law enforcement agencies with drones.
Gore went on to say the drones will fly around and see if people were gathering at places they weren’t supposed to be and could even use loudspeakers to tell them to disperse and go home.
The drone company CEO admitted that while the whole drone surveillance program sounds “Orwellian,” it could also “could save lives.”
While saving lives is a good thing, the question is, “At what cost?”
These measures, and others like them, threaten the very fabric of our republic and should be guarded against.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.