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DEATH FROM ABOVE … 

Not since the “infamous” El Guapo fretted “amigos falling from the sky” in the 1986 comedy classic Three Amigos  has the threat of imminent death from above been so pervasive … and it’s only going to get worse.

According to The Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Defense is planning to ramp up its already ramped up use of aerial drones over the “homeland” in the coming years.

“The military has almost tripled the number of hours its drones have flown annually in shared U.S. airspace since 2011,” the paper reports, adding that “thanks in part to a new federal law that will open the national airspace to drones of all kinds, the Pentagon is planning to operate thousands of drones from at least 110 bases in 39 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, by 2017.”

And obviously that doesn’t include the drones already being used by local and state-level law enforcement …

The focus of the Post  piece?  The dangers posed by accidental drone crashes – like the one that nearly took out Lickdale Elementary School in Jonesville, Pennsylvania in April.

That’s a legitimate concern, but we’re much more worried about our government operating an exponentially expanding fleet of weaponized surveillance aircraft in the skies over our heads.

You know, the sort of death from above that comes on purpose … 

Especially since just this week the administration of Barack Obama – under orders from an appeals court – released a secret U.S. Department of Justice memo outlining its justification for using drones to take out American citizens who allegedly pose “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.”

Cue R.E.M. …