In a Massachusetts town where no one has ever died in a drone strike and no one is likely to for the foreseeable future, it is nevertheless unnerving to hear an unidentified aircraft buzzing overhead.
Just ask the residents.
The mysterious plane that's flying over Quincy on starlit nights is frightening some of them, the local CBS affiliate reports. "It's not the state or local police doing the flying, and the FAA is giving out little information, even to city officials," reporter Bill Shield states in the writeup. He goes on to cite sources who indicated "that the aircraft is not a drone, that it is manned. FAA spokesman Jim Peters would only say, 'We have to be very careful this time' concerning information."
One resident described it as "this strong humming sound" that gets louder and fainter as the plane flies to and fro in the middle of the night. Local leaders are getting inundated with phone calls, some from people complaining that they can't sleep, but haven't been given any information.
~ from A Buzzing Sound in the Massachusetts Sky Evokes Drone Fears by Conor Friedersdorf ~
As a general rule, when a government official refuses to divulge information EXCEPT in the form of a specific denial, you should expect that whatever they tell you is patently untrue is, of course, true. In this specific instance, about the ONLY thing local residents have been told is that the aircraft is not a drone, so it most likely is!
However, in this specific case, it doesn't really matter if it is a drone or it isn't. Why? Because the day is coming -- if it is not already here -- that drones flying over America's towns, cities and countryside will be a common happenstance. My guess is that there may be so many domestic drones in our skies that it won't be uncommon for them to crash into each other! There will be FBI and CIA drones. There may be some from Homeland Security. The state police will employ a few as will county and local police departments. Maybe Corporate America and the mainstream media will get into the act too!
It will be at the point that domestic drones are so commonplace when we will see how Americans REALLY feel about drones. As long as they buzz solely over the heads of Muslims in faraway places, most Americans don't give drones a second thought. But will they show the same degree of disinterest when drones are buzzing above their own heads?
What do you think? (You only get one guess.)