In a move that seems ripped straight from the pages of George Orwell’s 1984, the Chula Vista Police Department in California has purchased two more drones that they plan to equip with night-vision cameras and speakers to monitor folks during the California coronavirus shutdown.
This, folks, is what we should really be afraid of in these strange, strange times.
Check out more from The Washington Examiner:
“We have not traditionally mounted speakers to our drones, but … if we need to cover a large area to get an announcement out, or if there were a crowd somewhere that we needed to disperse, we could do it without getting police officers involved,” said Capt. Vern Sallee.
“The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” Sallee added.
U.S. officials have warned 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 player in the civilian drone industry.
Spencer Gore, chief executive of U.S.-based drone company Impossible Aerospace, said he is “working like crazy” to help equip other law enforcement agencies with drones and emphasized that the hardware his company uses is made domestically.
Gore stated the drones would be used to see if people were gathering where they shouldn’t be and tell them to go home. He then went on to state the measure may seem “Orwellian,” but that’s okay because it “could save lives.”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is simply a touch too much. Once you create a police state, it’s really hard for the government to back down and hand you back your liberty.
Let’s hope this idea doesn’t keep spreading around the country. Tyranny is a much more deadly disease than coronavirus and it’s pretty hard to get rid of.