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“So this is how liberty dies … with thunderous applause,” said the character Senator Amidala in Star Wars Episode Three.

As ominous as her comment was, reality has a way of one-upping art, and the Obama Administration could teach Emperor Palpatine a thing or two about Byzantine schemes.

Not only does this Administration expect you to applaud its stripping away of your privacy rights, but it expects you to pay for it.

On the taxpayer dime, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it has received more than 70 “excellent” responses to its request for proposals to create a line of drones for its Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program.

Several of the vendor proposals will now proceed to the testing phase this year and in 2014.

The goal, according to Janet Napolitano, is “to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster.”