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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane –Wait! It’s the New World Order

By Ryan Lenz on November 1, 2011 - 3:56 pm, Posted in New World Order

During the 1990s, as many recall, the “black helicopter” became a symbol of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s unshakeable paranoia and cartoonish insistence that the choppers would soon be coming after those freedom-loving dissidents who knew the truth about the New World Order.

Well, the helicopters are back.

But technology has advanced a bit in the years since the last Patriot boom. Now, the machines are even scarier: They’re smaller, remote-controlled versions that swarm over our cities and can take out a constitutionalist with a single Taser shot.

As we would expect, the scoop was obtained by Alex Jones, the professional conspiracy theorist who hosts a radio show from Austin, Texas. On Monday, he dedicated a portion of his online broadcast to news reports that the sheriff of Montgomery County, Texas, had used a federal grant to buy an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (also known as a drone) called the ShadowHawk. The laptop-controlled, miniature helicopter comes equipped with a powerful zoom camera, infrared heat-seeking optics and crowd-stopping cartridges.

Alex Jones

For Jones, this isn’t just another story of police departments adopting the technology of the day – it’s a glimpse at the insidious machinery that agents of the New World Order are deploying in the night skies in advance of martial law.

“They’ve got large unmanned drones,” Jones warned. “They’ve got small drones. … And they’ve got million-dollar systems up there flying around with cops in control of them, surveilling you. And now they’re mounting them with ground-penetrating radar that looks right through your wall, while you’re on the toilet, having sex with your wife.”

Jones and Patriots everywhere might be alarmed to know that police department in California and Florida have been using similar drones for five years. (Pity to the people whose bedrooms and bathrooms are under constant surveillance.)

The new gizmos notwithstanding, these are fears that have long lived in the nightmares of Patriots.

Former Militia of Montana leader John Trochmann regularly claimed in the 1990s that black helicopters were scouting the United States to lay the ground for a United Nations takeover. Linda Thompson, an Indianapolis attorney who peddled the myth that the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound was orchestrated by nefarious global elites, frequently professed that black helicopters followed her whenever she left her house.

On Monday, Jones had a warning to the shadowy forces behind this latest threat to freedom:

“We’ve woken up to you. But if it does come to martial law and physical oppression in this country, the American people aren’t going to sit in our farm houses and wait for you cowards to come kill us with your unmanned drones and your combat mech-robots. … It’s time for the system to realize all this electronic crap isn’t going to protect you from the people you have abused and murdered and killed. Ideas are bulletproof.”

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The only black helicopter I know of is Airwolf(just dated myself with that reference). Anyway, I find this black helicopter theory pretty funny because, obviously if they are trying to spy on people covertly, they would not use readily identifiable helicopters. They would use ones which appear as traffic or medevac choppers.

  • CM

    Jonas,

    Whatever the “reputation” of police departments may be, in theory at least, they’re required to get warrants before they actually get inside your home, whether virtually (i.e., using wiretaps or drones) or physically (i.e., by knocking down the door). To get a warrant, they’re supposed to show “probable cause” to believe you’re doing something unlawful. I know, the system can be abused, but with multiple layers of judicial review, there’s some protection for us. At the federal level, of course, all bets are off under the Bush-era “homeland security” rules, but that’s another story.

    On the other hand, the corporate snoops get details about our personal lives, including our finances, by feeding us trivial bribes and concealing their intent. And no one is even thinking about reining them in. Consumer activists had to fight like ravenous dogs just to get the credit bureaus to give us an annual peek at the credit reports they compile on us. The even-more-detailed “marketing” reports they compile about all of us, which are tied in to our credit reports, are totally out of reach — except for any corporation or government agency that’s willing to pay them for those reports. Big Brother isn’t the government.

  • Erika

    While its difficult to imagine how things could get worse when you are married to a paranoid conspiracy nut, now that he’s explosed their sex life, I feel really sorry for Mrs. Jones.

    Incidentially, I think I saw a black helicopter once – it was flying over Washington, DC so according to people like Mr. Jones, it obviously must have been the federal government spying on themselves.

  • Jonas Rand

    CM, both corporate and government espionage are threats to deserve scrutiny. Police possessing drones is highly suspicious, and I would appreciate an explanation for their use by the police department. PDs have a reputation for being incompetent, and I don’t particularly like the idea that whatever is going on in someone’s private yard can become the subject of ridicule by the pigs while they are wasting time. What if a rumor (even just amongst police) spreads that so-and-so (who is ordinarily trustworthy) is a thief, because the person controlling the drone found that so-and-so had filled her/his backyard with a lot of items during the week? What if it’s false, but they believe it anyway? I am suspicious as to their true reasons for wanting these.

  • CIA Jon

    I think the internet has made people more open minded.
    Back then you couldn’t fact check rumors about black helicopters for yourself. Imagine how isolated people were back then compared to where we are today.

  • CM

    Typical right-wing misdirection: Alarm everyone about a fake threat while resolutely ignoring the real one. The biggest invasion of privacy is occurring right under our noses and with our own complicity. Every time we agree to a EULA on a new software package or “app,” every time we register for a website, every time someone joins Facebook, every time we sign up for one of those grocery store “loyalty” cards and then watch it get swiped over the bar-code reader, we’re agreeing to give our personal information to some corporate data-aggregator and credit bureau. Instead of worrying about our files at the CIA or the UN, we need to worry about our profiles in the profiteers’ computers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Pat in Massachusetts

    I’m well aware of how to spell moron, thank you very much. If you’ve never heard that usage before, that’s hardly my fault.

    Drones are no worse than helicopters. Think about that.

  • dr2chase

    If you want privacy from radar, a tin-foil hat (or in this case, roof, and walls) actually helps. Standing-seam metal roof on a metal building, that should do it. Put screens on the windows, be sure they are made of metal, not plastic. Kiss your cell phone signal good-bye, of course.

    If you’re especially paranoid, a few large ceiling fans (with metal blades, natch) and some of those metallized mylar balloons waving around in the interior breeze will also help. (Yes, radar that can “see” through concrete walls has recently been demonstrated. Unless your tinfoil is superconducting, some radar will still get through, and with enough radar and enough signal processing, they can spot moving blobs.)

    Just trying to do my bit to help. Even a “Patriot” has the right to private sex with their wife on the toilet.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I predict a lot of hobbyists are going to lose their model aircraft to AA fire.

  • John

    No! Not the combat mech-robots! They’re the worst of all!

    Also: “Ideas are bulletproof.” Did he steal that from V for Vendetta, or did he take it from somewhere else?

  • Pat In Massachusetts

    Doesn’t anyone wonder why cops need drones in the first place?

    And if you have the audacity to call anyone a moron, please learn how to spell the word.

  • Jonas Rand

    Ground the drones, their only purposes are unnecessary and hostile. Too many deaths, too many unethical and pricey wars, too much espionage (and too high a risk for civil liberties violations) and not nearly enough government openness. As for spying on drug growing, that too is senseless and stupid, as is the entire draconian “war on drugs”. The usage of drones for murder weapons in wartime is particularly disturbing because it can enable governments to get away with more than they would ordinarily be allowed to without scrutiny. For example, killing unarmed soldiers may be more common and go without mention, even though it is a war crime. Due to the lack of ability to determine whether someone about to be killed (a “target”, but that is such dehumanizing language) is really armed, it is possible that it would go unmentioned.The millitary-industrial complex is an inhuman machine, and the drones make more pointless wars (a tautology) possible, helping to feed that machine.

    But putting UAVs in the hands of police quite possibly sets a new low for police respect for civil liberties. For police departments to use drones for surveillance on private citizens invites a very dangerous possibility. Not only could there be mistakes (targeting innocent people with police harassment and arrests, treating them like criminals), but spying on people could cause private information (totally unrelated to violations of the law) to spread unwillingly. I for one do not want every aspect of anyone’s personal life, including my own, to be the subject of casual office conversation at local police departments. As Phillip notes above, It would be interesting to see what the police plan to do with these devices, in addition to what regulations they have set up surrounding their use. However, I concur with Phillip that Alex Jones is not reliable enough as a source of information about this. He has a tendency to engage in paranoia, exaggeration, and fearmongering, and he even resembles a cult leader at times.

    One example of his many exaggerations is in the title of this video (uploaded by his official YouTube account), which reads “Obama to Ban Asthma Inhalers!”. This leads to the misleading conclusion that Obama really planned on doing such a thing, whereas in reality, the ban was on CFCs in inhalers. Of course, inhalers can be produced without CFCs, which would not be illegal to do.

  • Gregory

    Tasers? Really? Does Alex actually know how these things work?

    Teh stupid, it burns…..

  • Philip

    As a civil libertarian, I am shocked that these are being used. I would like to see how they are used and what are police policies on them are.

    But I’d rather get a report from the ACLU or Electronic Frontier Foundation than Alex Jones

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    ‘…While you’re on your toilet, having sex with your wife.’

    Wait a second. Is this Alex Jones or Dan Savage we’re talking about?

    What a maroon…