By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Published June 07, 2012
ince this particular piece didn’t get that
much coverage, I hope the good Judge and FOX News will have no
objections to this being used, in full, with full accreditation back to
FOX News and Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. This is a piece that needs to
be seen by ALL Americans. TexasFred
For the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column about the
government's use of drones and challenging their constitutionality on
Fox News Channel where I work. I once asked on air what Thomas Jefferson
would have done if -- had drones existed at the time -- King George III
had sent drones to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello.
suspect that Jefferson and his household would have trained their
muskets on the drones and taken them down. I offer this historical
anachronism as a hypothetical only, not as one who is urging the use of
violence against the government.
Nevertheless, what Jeffersonians are among us today? When drones take
pictures of us on our private property and in our homes, and the
government uses the photos as it wishes, what will we do about it?
Jefferson understood that when the government assaults our privacy and
dignity, it is the moral equivalent of violence against us.
who hear about this, who either laugh or groan, cannot find it humorous
or boring that their every move will be monitored and photographed by
Don't believe me that this is coming? The photos that the drones will
take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the
government so long as the "recipient is reasonably perceived to have a
specific, lawful governmental function” in requiring them. And for the
first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy
military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge
that it is deploying them "to collect information about U.S. persons.”