The latest popular conspiracy theory about Barack Obama is that he is planning drone attacks against his opponents in the US. People who believe this are popularly called “drones.” Rand Paul has popularized this idea with his recent filibuster before the Senate.
Like all good rumors, it starts with a fact, that the Obama Administration has not ruled out the use of drone attacks in the United States in extraordinary situations. The fuel of conspiracy theories is highly implausible things that can’t be 100% ruled out. Of course, administrations generally don’t want to tie their hands by ruling things out and if Obama really intended mass drone attacks on American citizens, wouldn’t he just lie about it?
This theory follows on a long line of ideas floating around among the more paranoid-styled folks. The FEMA Camp Coffins story is going around again; I just saw it in an ad at WND.COM. You also see images of FEMA detention centers (surprisingly located in North Korea). That well-known debunking organization Popular Mechanics magazine has even gotten involved in the story. Yes, it’s old news, but in the world of Internet rumors and chain emails, old stuff is as current as today’s tabloid newspaper.