Not many issues can bring together the American Civil Liberties Union and one of the state's most conservative lawmakers. Privacy is one of those issues. It's created strange bedfellows as well as strange estrangements.
A Saturday state Capitol rally lured people who probably don't agree on much of anything. This was billed as a Fourth Amendment rally, but it was really about the use of drone aircraft to spy on individuals. Drones are used by the federal government to do more than spy. They're used to kill. This has made some of Barack Obama's usual supporters more than a little upset. Fact is, Obama has co-opted many of his predecessor's anti-terrorism tactics.
In Oklahoma, legislation is proposed to restrict the use of drones. Similar legislation is pending in 20 other states. The author of Oklahoma House Bill 1556 is Moore Republican Paul Wesselhoft, one of the most conservative lawmakers in the House. He was joined at the rally by an ACLU official and others concerned about government overreach. One woman showed up in a mask. This was silly, given that she won't be wearing the mask in the thousands of public places where cameras record human movements.
Drones are no longer confined to military uses. Even in the military context, they won't be used only by the good guys. Like every other component of war, drones will be employed by forces of evil.
The rally wasn't about war or the military but the everyday use of drones to conduct surveillance and even look for speeding motorists. Americans fearful of crime and terrorism have a high tolerance for surveillance, but this is one issue in which the usual rigid left-right, red state-blue state split isn't evident.
Still, in the conflict between security and privacy rights, most people will opt for security. We won't criticize them for that.