Whether you’re grilling hamburgers in your backyard this summer—or enjoying a glass of wine and a bowl of gnocchi in a rustic Italian restaurant—you face the threat of unjust lethal drone force. As I’ve written here and here, America’s international and domestic drone policies are silently threatening the natural and constitutional rights of all American citizens. Despite assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder, Judge Collyer’s recent decision raises new doubts on whether American citizens are safe from lethal drone force abroad and at home.
As humans, we have a natural, God-given right to our private property—and our first piece of private property is our own body. The Fourth Amendment acknowledges this natural right. Furthermore, we also have a right to due process. The right to due process is protected by the Fifth Amendment which states that no American citizen may be: “…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Hunters and gun owners of America: I encourage you to speak up. Take a cue from Phil Steel and propose drone hunting legislation in your town and state. Even if it is voted down (the first time), you will make an important point: the federal government may not deprive us of our natural and constitutional rights to private property and due process.
I’m going drone hunting. Gonna catch a big one. I’m not afraid.