We Are the Empire: Of US Military Interventions, Alien Disaster Movies and “Star Wars”

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Cartoonist Walt Kelly’s famed possum, Pogo, first uttered that cry. In light of alien disaster movies like the recent sequel Independence Day: Resurgence and America’s disastrous wars of the twenty-first century, I’d like to suggest a slight change in that classic phrase: we have met the alien and he is us.

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Look Up, because they are looking down on you. U.S. Drones in America

The Defense Department made a shocking admission on Wednesday, though judging by the news cycle few in the media business riffed on it for very long.

As initially reported by USA Today, the Pentagon said it has deployed drones in skies above the United States to spy fornon-military missions, but attempted to justify the massive intrusion into privacy by claiming that such flights were rare andlawful.

According to a report issued by the Pentagon’s inspector general, which was made public under a Freedom of Information Act request, spy drones on non-military missions have been ordered less than 20 times between 2006 and 2015, ostensibly in compliance with existing law.

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