Drones are the new big thing and right now there is a global race to manufacture, sell, buy, and fly them wherever there is air. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is feasting on the possibilities of arming every country and law enforcement organization on earth twice over.
Most of those who will read this know about President Eisenhower's warning, over fifty years ago, about the power of the MIC. This is an example of that power, and maybe an example of how the MIC has become unstoppable. Something that has occurred to me since 9/11 is how in your face and blatant our federal government has become including efforts to make legal things that in the past were done undercover, in secret or simply went unsaid. Torture, global military empire, assassinations, oligarchy, plutocracy, they don't pretend about these things anymore.
The Congress of the U.S. uses Congressional Member Organizations, otherwise known as Caucuses, to organize themselves, build social ties, coordinate and promote legislative agendas, and to serve special functions for the oligarchy in return for funding for special interests, campaign donations and places in the revolving door.
There are over two hundred Congressional Caucuses at any one time, most of them single issue and without significant numbers of representatives or resources. Some are well known and fairly active, some are virtually unknown and barely active. Some have websites and member lists and some appear to consist of a single representative with little information. Examples include the Congressional Black Caucus (website and member list), the Congressional Progressive Caucus (website and member list), the Congressional Scouting Caucus (no website or member list), and the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus (no website or member list)
One of the more significant Congressional Caucuses relative to number of members and organization is the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, with over 60 members and what appears to be a substantial and well-funded organization.
"More than $8 million in campaign contributions from drone manufacturers and operators has flowed into the coffers of the 60 members of the House Unmanned Systems Caucus. The majority of the House members are from California, Texas, Virginia and New York, including the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Howard “Buck” McKeown, a California Republican, and Silvestre Reyes, a Texas Democrat who lost a primary election and leaves Congress at the end of the year."
In other words, those representatives who states have the biggest interests in the MIC drone habit/industry and those wanting more action happen to be the members of the caucus.
Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus
Mission & Main Goals
The mission of the U.S. House Unmanned Systems Caucus is to educate members of Congress and the public on the strategic, tactical, and scientific value of unmanned systems; actively support further development and acquisition of more systems, and to more effectively engage the civilian aviation community on unmanned system use and safety.
As members of this Caucus, we:
1.Acknowledge the overwhelming value of these systems to the defense, intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, and the scientific communities;
2.Recognize the urgent need to rapidly develop and deploy more Unmanned Systems in support of ongoing civil, military, and law enforcement operations;
3.Work with the military, industry, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other stakeholders to seek fair and equitable solutions to challenges created by UAV operations in the U.S. National Air Space (NAS);
4.Support our world-class industrial base that engineers, develops, manufactures, and tests unmanned systems creating thousands of American jobs;
5.Support policies and budgets that promote a larger, more robust national security unmanned system capability.