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We’re Being Watched

By Brandon Hutzell

Despite having (what I thought was) a keen awareness of modern technological advances in America, I must say I was quite shocked upon reading a recent article about drones. There is an increasing possibility of aerial video surveillance drones becoming more common in the skies above our homes, schools, and businesses. Police departments, border patrols, power companies, and news organizations, are all pushing for the Federal Aviation Association to remove current restrictions on these “drones”, which come in all sizes. The “Global Hawk” boasts an 116 foot wingspan, while a hummingbird-like drone weighs less than a AA battery and can perch on a window ledge to record sound and video. Even more shocking, is the fake maple leaf seed, or “whirly bird” camera that weighs less than 1 ounce.

Those who actually own a drone can vary from power companies wanting to monitor transmission lines, to farmers and ranchers who will use them to check if their fields need watering or count their cows.  Journalists are exploring drones’ newsgathering potential, and law enforcement agencies are hungriest for the new technology.  The Montgomery County Sherriffs Office, near Houston, TX has purchased a “ShadowHawk” helicopter drone. This model features an infrared camera that can spot a person’s thermal image in the dark, and can be equipped with a 40MM grenade launcher and a 12 gauge shotgun. The firepower of the ShadowHawk has caused one member of the Texas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union to respond: “It’s kind of scary that they can use a laptop computer to zap people from the air.”

A recent report suggests that allowing drones greater access takes the country “a large step closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, or scrutinized by the authorities.”

Think what you will regarding the privacy concerns that these drones may bring, but used correctly with the proper restrictions, they will bring a greater measure of accountability to disruptive citizens, and thereby, a greater measure of safety to the law abiding citizen.

As a believer, I’m reminded of the safety in accountability.  After years of walking with Christ and an increasing desire to live in a way that pleases Him 24-7, I have found that accountability is a great help.  Accountability is a blessing for those striving to live with integrity, and a curse to those who desire to “lock off” an area of their life from submission to God.  Many people will get all “worked up” about the chance of these cameras watching their every move. They, however, forget that a far greater Judge is not only watching, but recording every word and action.  I am thankful for the accountability I find in friends, loved ones, and church family; and I thank God daily that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for what Heaven’s surveillance has seen of me.

“The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” Proverbs 28:1

Share your opinion. Do surveillance drones cause you concern or bring you comfort?


2 comments on “We’re Being Watched

  1. vlevans
    February 29, 2012

    As a former victim of stalking and violent crime that involved phones and hidden cameras, I do not agree such technology should be legalized. Government agancies I do not fear, but since other agencies are trying for it, that means eventually it would be available for any crackpot to obtain and use legally, and certainly will be used by some illegally as well. No, I do not support such technology at all.

    • brandonhutzell
      March 5, 2012

      vlevans, I am sorry that this potentially useful technology has brought pain and concern to your life through misuse. I pray that God brings you healing and total freedom from the possibility of anything like it happening again. Thank you for sharing and adding insight that certainly speaks to the topic. Your testimony will definitely cause many to more carefully weigh the pros and cons of these drones.


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