With all of the talk of drones being used and the real threat of 30,000 of them being in our own airspace over the next decade, the United Nations has now said they want to get into the drone business. The UN is now wanting to monitor drones for the first time in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and they are requesting to use American drones to do it. The area is where Rwanda stands accused of aiding rebels.
The international body “is considering a range of ways to strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to protect civilians from the threat of armed groups in the vast area of eastern DR Congo,” U.N. spokesman Kieran Dwyer says.
“Unarmed aerial vehicles, drones for monitoring the movements of armed groups, are one tool we are considering,” he said.
Dwyer insists that the UN would carefully use the drones. “Of course, we would do this carefully, in full cooperation with the government of the DR Congo, and trialing their most effective uses for information gathering to help implement our mandate to protect civilians,” he said.
Dwyer added, “Ultimately, to introduce these, we would need the support of member states to equip the mission.”
One unnamed diplomat said, “The UN has approached a number of countries, including the United States and France, about providing drones which could clearly play a valuable role monitoring the frontier. … Clearly there will be political considerations though.”
The UN plan is only to have surveillance drones, but the spying capability of the unmanned aerial vehicles worries a lot of countries.
“In Congo, the drones could spot any troops and weapons coming across the border which is good,” said one Security Council diplomat.
“But there are a lot of countries with secrets to hide. If the drones are used in other missions, who will guard the information and guarantee that it does not get passed on,” the diplomat added.
Seems to worry me and they aren’t looking to monitor drones over the U.S., yet. However, the fact they are requesting to use our drones is troubling. Taxpayers in America are paying for them and we don’t want them spying on us. I’m sure we (the American taxpayers) don’t want to allow the United Nations control or monitoring capability for our drones anywhere, including Congo.
As I’ve stated previously, it’s high time to remove ourselves from the UN as they are way too involved in influencing politicians and legislation in our land.