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THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:53:20 AM »

Ground Based Spy Sensors
Across US To Assist NDAA Spy Drones




Posted by Alexander Higgins    - June 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm
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Tens of thousands of hidden ground based spy sensors disguised as rocks and other objects are being deployed to aid drones in identifying and tracking targets.

The deployment of 30,000 drones over U.S. skies will be aided by tens of thousands of high-tech hidden ground sensors that are being deployed across the nation.

Officially known as Unattended Ground Sensors these “field and forget” systems for “persistent surveillance” can be carefully disguised as rocks and other objects so they can be hidden in plain sight or they can even be buried in the ground.



The latest generation of these sensors offer advanced surveillance capabilities such as the ability to detect, identify and track people or vehicles while having only the slightest chance of ever being detected.

Engineered to run on solar power they can transmit information for decades directly to spy drones, satellites and other sophisticated surveillance devices.

The previous generation of these devices are already deployed in overseas in locations such as Afghanistan while the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is currently using over 7,500 of the sensors along the Mexican border to spot illegal migrants.

But defense contractors say the biggest market for these sensors will soon be inside the United States where a massive expansion of their use is planned as their new capabilities allow them to be directly integrated with the domestic drone fleet that is being deployed over the next decade.

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http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/06/04/ground-based-spy-sensors-across-us-to-assist-ndaa-spy-drones-140771/



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 11:20:12 AM »

Police Using Military Drones To Spy On Americans Without A Warrant

June 5th, 2012

(HigginsBlog) – US Air Force documents obtained by CBS reveal law enforcement agencies are bypassing warrant requirements by using military drones to spy on Americans.

New documents obtained from the US military by CBS news in Los Angeles reveals that the United States military is using drones to conduct aerial surveillance operations over US soil, which by itself is illegal with a few exceptions.

Once the military collects this data it is then being shared with law enforcement agencies that normally would be required to obtain a warrant to collect such information.

Normally these agencies would be required to obtain a court warrant to be able conduct such surveillance operations on their own behalf.

But since the information is being provided by a 3rd  party who gained access to the information that was not required to obtain a warrant law enforcement agencies are able to use surveillance with military drones as legal loophole to circumvent the Constitutional protections that prevent such practices.

The document contains vague language that permits use of military drones in to assist local, state and federal law enforcement for the purposes of “preventing, detecting, or investigating other violations of law.”

The document also outlines in vague terms conditions which allows the Air Force to share intelligence information collected by military drones during routine operations with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

In any of these cases the 4th Amendment Protections Against illegal search and seizure and 5th amendment Due Process violations are being committed illegally by law enforcement and the military.

Air Force spokesperson Capt. Rose Richeson tells CBS news that the Obama administration has already distributed detailed guidelines instructing the military when and where to use military drones to gather intelligence or conduct surveillance for law enforcement purposes.

Capt. Richeson went on to explain that  “a court order or warrant is not required in all circumstances.”

Additionally there are 13 different categories a person can fall under which allows the Military to conduct person specific surveillance operations. on a person without a warrant.

Aggravating the situation is the data being collected by the Military is amassed into a massive database and isn’t considered to be “collected” into it is has been “processed into intelligible form” and “received for use by an employee”

Once the data has been “collected” – actually accessed by a real person – it is then  stored in a temporary database for up to 90 days  during  which a decision is made to purge the information from the system or keep it as permanently record.

During that time the military may share the data with several non-military law enforcement agencies including the FBI and various agencies that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security as well as state and local law enforcement officials.

The operating procedures  requires any Air Force Intelligence collected by military drones that reveals information about any threat or crime must be forwarded the federal, state or local law enforcement agency responsible for handling the information..

Furthermore, the documents also reveals that military may be assigned “missions” to conduct operations on behalf of law enforcement.

MORE~~~~~~~>  http://dprogram.net/2012/06/05/police-using-military-drones-to-spy-on-americans-without-a-warrant/

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 11:34:22 AM »
Massive experimental drone takes to skies above Edwards AFB

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-boeing-spy-drone-phantom-20120604,0,3627487.story

By W.J. Hennigan

June 4, 2012, 12:49 p.m.

A massive experimental drone designed by Boeing Co. engineers to fly for up to four days at a time completed its first test flight above the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base.

The drone, called Phantom Eye, and its hydrogen-fueled propulsion system have the potential to vastly expand the reach of military spy craft. The longest that reconnaissance planes can stay in the air now is about 30 hours.

In the test flight, which took place Friday, the Phantom Eye circled above Edwards at about 4,080 feet above Edwards for 28 minutes. After touching down, the vehicle had problems when the landing gear dug into the lake bed and broke.

The Chicago-based company said engineers are assessing the damage but added that they plan on putting the Phantom Eye through more demanding test flights in the future.

With a 150-foot wingspan and an egg-shaped fuselage, the drone was built at Boeing's Phantom Works complex in St. Louis with engineering support from its facilities in Huntington Beach. The drone is designed to spy over vast areas at an altitude of up to 65,000 feet.

"This day ushers in a new era of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance where an unmanned aircraft will remain on station for days at a time providing critical information and services," said Phantom Works President Darryl Davis in a statement. "This flight puts Boeing on a path to accomplish another aerospace first — the capability of four days of un-refueled, autonomous flight."

Unlike existing combat drones that are controlled remotely by a human pilot, the Phantom Eye could carry out a mission controlled almost entirely by a computer. A human pilot sitting miles away can design a flight path and sends it on its way, and a computer program guides it to the target and back.

The flight was powered by liquid hydrogen. Boeing says the fuel is a powerful alternative for vehicles that require endurance, and the combustion leaves only water in the atmosphere.

It took Boeing about four years to get the Phantom Eye to the runway, without the promise of a payout. Boeing does not have a contract on the drone; it is developing the craft at its own expense.
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2012, 11:53:11 AM »

8 Creepy Spy Technologies That Can Be
Hitched to Your Neighborhood Drones



America's cities may soon be swarming with surveillance drones equipped with high-tech snooping tools.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/154534/8_creepy_spy_technologies_that_can_be_hitched_to_your_neighborhood_drones/?page=1

EXCERPTS:

AlterNet has assembled an incomplete list of spy technologies and surveillance programs, military and civilian, that can take to the air on drones. Here are eight things that could potentially be strapped to the UAV that may be flying over your head in the next few years.

1. WiFi and phone hacking: The Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) can break into WiFi networks and hack cell phones, according to Forbes. Jerry-rigged from an old army drone by two former military network security analysts, the spy plane comes with a Linux system and dictionary to help generate password-cracking words.

Plus, its antennas mimic cell phone towers, allowing the machine, allegedly, to tap into cell phone conversations and access text messages. "Ideally, the target won’t even know he’s being spied on,” one of the designers told Forbes.

Link:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2011/07/28/flying-drone-can-crack-wifi-networks-snoop-on-cell-phones/


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2. NYPD sensor that sees through clothes: The NYPD, which is not known for its cautious approach to the use of surveillance, announced recently that it was perfecting a sensor that uses radiation to reveal weapons hidden under a person's clothes. The technology can clearly be put to good use, diffusing dangerous situations and saving lives. But as NYCLU director Donna Lieberman said in a statement, it would be helpful if the NYPD shared what the surveillance can do and its intentions for using it: “We have no idea how this technology works, if it is effective, and what its error rate is. If the NYPD is moving forward with this, the public needs more information about this technology, how it works and the dangers it presents."

Link:  http://techland.time.com/2012/01/20/police-developing-tech-to-virtually-frisk-people-from-82-feet-away/


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3. Biometrics: Advances in facial recognition, iris scans and other identifying biometric markers are speeding along, with both police departments and federal agencies juicing up the biometrics industry by offering a welcoming market for its wares. This includes the MORIS device, spreading through police departments all over the country, which lets police capture iris scans and run image algorithms that can recognize a person from the geometry of his or her face. Biometrics like facial recognition (and eventually iris scans) are a natural fit for aerial vehicles, as camera zoom and image quality continue to improve.

Link:  http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/07/13/how-a-new-police-tool-for-face-recognition-works/
Link:   http://www.alternet.org/story/153664/5_things_you_should_know_about_the_fbi%27s_massive_new_biometric_database/?page=2


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4. Video analytics: The video analytics industry seeks to develop systems that can analyze and interpret data. So instead of a stream of raw footage, the camera itself can perform searches for people and objects of interest. One example is LPR readers that can read license plates and run them against a database, helping match identity and track location. Those are already in use all over the world, and more sophisticated forms of video analytics have also started to creep into metro areas. Chicago, which bears the honor of being called the most surveilled city in America by Michael Chertoff, has cameras that can track specific people or cars as they move around the city, according to the ACLU of Illinois (PDF).

Link:  http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/01/beyond-surveillance-darpa-wants-a-thinking-camera/

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5. Sense-through-the-wall (STTW) technology: For about a decade various branches of the military have been working to create sensors that can penetrate walls. DARPA's Visibuilding project is working on "surveillance capabilities to detect personnel within buildings, to determine building layouts, and to locate weapons caches and shielded enclosures within buildings," according to the DARPA site. The US Army's research arm (CERDEC) has also developed technology that can sense behind walls.

Link: http://science.dodlive.mil/tag/sense-through-the-wall-technology/

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6. ARGUS-IS, the 100-eyed giant: The military's ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System) endows the A-160 Hummingbird, one of the military's newest, fanciest drones, with the power to stake out 36 miles of land from one spot. The sensors can absorb 80 years worth of footage in a single day, using 65 video screens capable of tracking different locations, according to Wired.

Link:  http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/army-helicopter-cross-eyed/

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7. Gorgon Stare: The Gorgon Stare is similar to ARGUS-IS, except that it's named after a monster that can turn people to stone, rather than merely a giant with 100 all-seeing eyes. Hitched to Reaper drones, Gorgon Stare is supposed to collect information from an entire small town or city and send data to troops in the field and to ground stations for deeper analysis. "Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we're looking at, and we can see everything," an Air Force general told the Washington Post.

Link:  http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/reaper-sensors-called-gorgon-stare/

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8. Wide Area Aerial Surveillance System (WAASS): ARGUS-IS and Gorgon Stare are planned for Afghanistan, but as Wired reported in January, the Department of Homeland Security has inquired about a similar system that can scan large swathes of land in the US. The agency has solicited industry feedback on the possibility of a surveillance system that does the following:

The primary objective of WAASS is to provide persistent, long-term surveillance over urban and rural terrain at least the size of 16 km2. The surveillance system shall have an electro-optical capability for daylight missions but can have an infrared capability for day or night operations. The sensor shall integrate with an airborne platform for data gathering. The imagery data shall be displayed at a DHS operations center and have the capability for forensic analysis within 36 hours of the flight.

Link:  https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=fdb77d01ebbdeb5a5821d56bb535a27a&_cview=0%22%20%5Cn%20_blank



As Spencer Ackerman points out, "If it’s starting to sound reminiscent of the spy tools the military has used in Iraq and Afghanistan, it should." 









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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 09:30:43 AM »

EPA Drones Now Spying On Midwest
Farmers Livestock Activity


 Posted by Alexander Higgins    - June 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm



Congress has launched an inquiry into the EPA’s use of drones to monitor the
livestock activities of farmers in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.


In the latest escalation of the government’s all out assault on freedom and liberty in America farmers have become the latest target Uncle Sam’s multibillion dollar spy-machine.

The EPA is now using the same drones the military uses to track and assassinate people overseas to spy on the livestock activities of farmers throughout the Section 7 area of the midwest United States which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and  Missouri.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers about privacy and other concerns from EPA Director Lisa Jackson who defends the practice as cost-effective.

LINKS:  ~~~> http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/05/07/spying-citizens-uncle-sam-turns-multibillion-dollar-espionage-network-citizens-22358/

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/05/30/obama-admits-ordering-assassinations-of-innocent-civilians-139421/

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/02/06/ndaa-trojan-unleashed-massive-military-drone-deployment-airspace-81311/




MORE Article Here ~~~~~~~~~> http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/06/03/spy-drones-spying-terrorist-american-farmers-140401/

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 09:49:06 AM »


OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEFENDS
WARRANTLESS GPS TRACKING



Friday, June 01, 2012
Rebecca DiLeonardo at 11:09 AM ET

A lawyer for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday defended the warrantless use of global positioning system (GPS) [JURIST news archive] devices on suspects' vehicles despite a January Supreme Court [official website] ruling declaring GPS tracking to be a "search" under the Fourth Amendment [text]. In oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday, the DOJ argued that the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Jones [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] did not require warrants for all GPS tracking [WSJ report] because the search could still be reasonable in certain situations. The Ninth Circuit originally ruled [decision, PDF] that the suspect did not have an expectation of privacy in his vehicle, but the court was asked to review its decision after the Supreme Court's ruling in Jones. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] supporting the defendant, arguing: "under Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, warrantless searches are presumptively unlawful. The exceptions to this rule are few and do not apply here."

The US Supreme Court ruled in January in the government's attachment of a GPS device to a vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle's movements, constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. The federal government sought Supreme Court review after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [JURIST reports] in 2010 that prolonged use of GPS to monitor suspects' vehicles violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Affirming the decision below, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the court, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor, stating, "We have no doubt that such a physical intrusion would have been considered a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when it was adopted." Justice Sonia Sotomayor also filed a concurring opinion. Justice Samuel Alito filed a concurring opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. Alito "would analyze the question presented in this case by asking whether respondent's reasonable expectations of privacy were violated by the long-term monitoring of the movements of the vehicle he drove."


LINK (ACLU) ~~~~~> http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/need-warrant-gps-tracking-still-not-settled

LINK (SCOTUS 2010 RULING) ~~~~~~~> http://jurist.org/paperchase/2010/08/federal-appeals-court-rules-against-warrantless-gps-tracking.php

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Article from NEW AMERICAN  ~> http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/11591-obama-admin-argues-no-warrant-required-for-gps-tracking-of-citizens

Monday, 04 June 2012 11:01

Obama Administration Argues No Warrant Required for GPS Tracking of Citizens

Written by  Joe Wolverton, II

EXCERPT:

..... For its part, the Obama administration in its brief submitted to the Ninth Circuit argues that “requiring a warrant and probable cause would seriously impede the government's ability to investigate drug trafficking, terrorism and other crimes." Furthermore, following somebody’s every move via satellite is only a “limited intrusion” into his privacy.

Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) disagrees. In an amici curiae brief filed in the Pineda-Moreno case, attorneys for the ACLU argue: "The warrant requirement is especially important here given the extraordinary intrusiveness of modern-day electronic surveillance. Without a warrant requirement, the low cost of GPS tracking and data storage would permit the police to continuously track every driver."

And this is precisely the goal of the government. The never-blinking eye of Big Brother will watch and record every movement of every citizen so that no act of rebellion, no matter how small, will go unnoticed and unpunished. Citizens are thus compelled to demonstrate unwavering obedience to the federal government in every e-mail, every conversation, every association, and every movement or face instant reprisal.

This is our new American Republic.



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 08:33:54 AM »

I can't vouch for the veracity
of these 'interviews' with a
'white house insider' from
ULSTERMAN REPORTS ... some
say it is ONION-style 'satire'.
Anyway, these 'interviews' are
linked to and discussed as real
in many instances ... so, check
it out ... beyond scary if it is reality:    :(



WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Obama In Serious Trouble –
And That Makes Him Very Dangerous


by Ulsterman on May 30, 2012

“He owes them for everything.  Everything he’s got – they gave to him.
 Everything.  The guy’s Manchurian to the shoes on his feet.” -WHI


http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/05/30/white-house-insider-obama-in-serious-trouble-and-that-makes-him-very-dangerous/

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WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Barack
Obama’s High Tech Snuff Films…


by Ulsterman on June 4, 2012

“This is sickening.  What you’re telling me…this is disturbing on a whole other level…”        -UM

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/06/04/white-house-insider-barack-obamas-high-tech-snuff-films/


EXCERPT:

UM:  I need to your to expand on the Drone thing – Obama’s love of using the drones.  You say you “got the goods” – your words.  What do you mean?

WHI:  It’s what has been brewin’ for well over a year now…it’s causing all kinds of hell between the administration…the military…infighting and concern among the staff…even Jarrett don’t have a handle on all of it.  Even she is not entirely comfortable with how the president has sunk his teeth into the drones…the kill list.  She’s not bothered by their use specifically…she’s more…I would guess she’s more worried over the political implications of Obama’s obsession…that eventually enough people will stand together and say ENOUGH.  She can’t afford to have that happen too soon…the re-election makes them all vulnerable…the plans…the obligations to others…America can still stop them in 2012 and she understands that.  So having Obama so oddly focused…not just focused…he gets excited…visually…the guy gets off on it and he ain’t even hiding that fact anymore.  And some are repulsed by it.  They’ve done video reviews you know…of  the missions.  The drones.  The kills.

UM:  The president you mean?  He watches videos of the drone attacks?

WHI:  Yeah – like it was…like it was porn.  I can’t emphasize…I don’t think I’m painting a clear enough picture here for you of how this thing has people really freaking out inside the administration.  It’s good on one hand because it’s got more of them willing to talk…but…the fact it’s gotten this bad…these drones…an American president who has the video sent up to his personal study so he can watch them over and over again…like I said – sh-t ain’t right.  And more and more people are figuring that out – and that is what has Jarrett concerned.  But even she…Obama won’t listen to her on this one.  Those drones are the one thing he really feels he has control over…all the rest…he’s been told what to say and where to go…when to wake…when to sleep…but the drones.  The drones are all his – and he ain’t given those up.  For nobody.

UM:  So Jarrett is against the use of drones?

WHI:  No-no-no…I ain’t said that.  Far from it.  The drones are all part of this…the big big picture here…what she’s concerned over is that her boy…the president…he’s gotta get it under control…his obsession with using them like he has.  The weekly meetings, the kill list…I mean c’mon now…he’s got his own personal kill list.  The guy who campaigned against Bush era interrogations…Obama don’t interrogate.  He picks a name off a list…some of these people have beenU.S. citizens…he picks that name off a list and orders the kill.  Then he gets the video confirmation of the kill…and he watches it.  Over and over and over again.

Jarrett knows she has got to tap that down.  That kind of display…it’s repulsive to people.  And it’s freaking them out.  Jarrett don’t mind the drones…she approves of the program…she approves of what…of how they will be utilized at home.  But if the president…if his reaction to using them…how he gets off on it…that endangers them having control of those drones after 2012…and beyond.  It’s a politically difficult – an extremely difficult argument to win.  A guy who complained loudly about water boarding – it don’t kill the poor bastard.  It makes ‘em talk.  Barack Obama declared that to be offensive to the ideals of America, right?  But now Barack Obama…he’s judge and jury.  With a pointing of a finger to names on a list…Barack Obama gets to play God.  No day in court.  No guarantee innocent people won’t be killed as well – and they have been killed.  Children.  Women.  Over and over again.  And this president…he has that knowledge when he watches the kill confirmations.  And he watches it over and over again.  These are high tech snuff films – a multi-billion dollar snuff program…and he gets off on it.
You ok?

UM:  This is sickening.  What you’re telling me…this is disturbing on a whole other level.

WHI:  (Points finger)  THAT’S the reaction people are having to this – right there.  And that’s the reaction Jarrett is worrying over.  She’s gotta try and contain it – but the president’s obsession is becoming too much to do that.  The knowledge of it – it’s getting out now.  Reaching other world leaders…it ain’t good.  Even if it might give us a political advantage…you want sickening?  I think to myself…what I just told you…I ask myself what if we lose?  What if this guy is re-elected?  You call it a whole other level?  Yeah – you say that…but you don’t really understand it.  Those drones…their domestic use…don’t think he ain’t thought about it.  A lot.

You see, Obama – he don’t trust the military.  Not all of them…not many of them.  But he trusts those drones, now don’t he?  Don’t take him having to trust some military official to order troops to carry out an order inside the United States.  It’s just inputting a bit of data – and the push of a button, right?  And keep the f-cking military out of that equation there.  Move the program…attach it directly to the White House.  Make it…make it part of Homeland Security, right?  Simple as that.  One appropriations bill – just one…and it’s done.
…And Valerie Jarrett – she wants that.  Her…the investors who are behind Obama…they are completely in favor of that.



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2012, 09:37:36 AM »


These New Drones Are Like Nothing
The World Has Ever Seen


Walter Hickey | Jun. 6, 2012, 7:02 PM

Even with drones already dominating the skies, neutralizing adversaries and covertly collecting data, new research is still underway on the generation of pilotless planes to come. And the United States isn't the only country interested in developing long-range and lethal drone technology.

Groups of European  and Asian nations — allies and former adversaries alike — are busy investing in next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles of their own. These UAVs — some in development, some testing, and some already in service — are part of a global competition to gain aerial superiority. But right now, only a handful of companies are working seriously on this next wave of drones. Some are researching independently, some are working for a single nation, others are working for a dozen.

Here's the top tier of next-gen drone tech.

More, including pix and descriptions of
the current crop of spy/control drones:
~~> http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-these-next-generation-drones-2012-6?op=1


Fun Fact: the Taranis is pictured here in an Anechoic chamber, a room
which cancels out sound or electromagnetic waves. It's used for calibration,
testing, and measurements.

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2012, 10:11:48 AM »

The Coolest Military Gear From Skunk Works,
Phantom Works And DARPA


Eloise Lee and Robert Johnson | Mar. 26, 2012, 1:00 PM

http://www.businessinsider.com/darpa-skunks-works-and-phantom-works-projects-2012-3#

Some of the most fantastic military innovations come from places that most people have never heard of.
DARPA, along with Boeing's underground Phantom Works unit and Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, all make it their business to cook up designs from the Pentagon's wildest dreams.

The line between fact, fiction, and science & fantasy all bleed into one at the military's most secret labs.


Phantom Works made a wing that is also an aircraft.

EXCERPTS:





Leave it to DARPA to come up with a flying car. Skunk Works is one of the contractors chosen to work on
 DARPA's Transformer TX, a dual mode vehicle combining a drivable ground vehicle with
 a vertical take-off and landing air vehicle.

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The Hybrid Air Vehicle is packed with cameras and sensors. Watch out.
Lockheed Martin

Hovering at 20,000 feet, you may find Skunk Works' eye in the sky. With the surveillance capability of
 generating a picture of what's happening on the ground, troops can also ride inside the pillow-shaped
 airship with a load of equipment.

The massive vehicle uses an air cushion landing system. It can launch and land easily
 in open fields, parking lots, or even on water.

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The BWB and its unusual but highly efficient wing design.
Screenshot/Boeing video

As an incredible hybrid, the Blended Wing Body was developed when NASA asked Phantom Works if they could
 make a totally different kind of aircraft. The remotely piloted BWB is a cross between a subsonic airplane, a
 flying wing, and the shape of a manta ray. It also doesn't have a tail.

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The Boeing Solar Eagle is part of DARPA's Vulture II program.
Boeing

DARPA awarded a $89 million contract to Boeing's Phantom Works to develop the Solar Eagle. It's designed to
 remain the air for at least five years using solar energy and a 400-foot wing span (equivalent to a 40-story
 building) to maintain aerodynamic performance in stratospheric altitudes.

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The Skyhook catches the wingtip of the Scan Eagle.
Boeing

Another Boeing invention, the Scan Eagle system has more than 456,000 combat hours since 2002 as a
 reconnaissance drone that was used extensively in Iraq by Marines. Its counterpart, the Skyhook,
eliminates the need for a runway by catching the drone when it returns after a sortie.

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U.S. Air Force

According to the Air Force, the Boeing X-51A Waverider is an engine that rides its own shockwave at six times
 the speed of sound. It's fitted to the B-52 Stratofortress bomber and is used to test
 the limits of hypersonic flight.

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Phantom Ray atop the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
Boeing

The Phantom Ray by Boeing is the future of unmanned terror in the sky, according to Gizmodo because it's
 undetectable to radar and capable of attack missions. As a test bed, it will help defense
researchers figure out new airborne electronic warfare techniques, as well as the possibility of unmanned aerial refueling.

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On display in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Air Force

The Bird of Prey is straight from Star Trek
The secret Boeing Bird of Prey project ran from 1992 to 1999. It was finally revealed in 2002 because its
advanced design techniques were becoming industry standard.The single-seat aircraft was made to explore
stealth technology and designs to make aircrafts less detectable. The "gapless" surface
 blend into the wings to reduce radar visibility.

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AP PHOTO

'I Count The Bodies And Watch The
Funerals'  —  A Drone Pilot Speaks Out


Robert Johnson | Jun. 9, 2012, 8:18 AM

EXCERPTS:

There are two sides to President Obama's semi-secret drone war.
On the one hand Obama did exactly what he said he would by using drones to strike al Qaeda operatives where they live — international borders be damned. On the other hand the program has been shrouded in secrecy. Until now.

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The drone pilots are now civilians, but most were former Air Force pilots who took offense at the notion they were armchair warriors so far removed from their mission that they felt nothing at all about the death and destruction they caused.
Klaidman says the lead pilot blew up on Koh and said:

“I used to fly my own air missions. I dropped bombs, hit my target load, but had no idea who I hit. Here I can look at their faces. I watch them for hours, see these guys playing with their kids and wives. When I get them alone, I have no compunction about blowing them to bits. But I wouldn’t touch them with civilians around. After the strike, I see the bodies being carried out of the house. I see the women weeping and in positions of mourning. That’s not PlayStation; that’s real. My job is to watch after the strike too. I count the bodies and watch the funerals. I don’t let others clean up the mess.”

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Article quotes the new book:
Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency
by Daniel Klaidman

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0547547897/thedaibea-20/

Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves—those who would kill versus those who would capture—have repeatedly tested the very core of the president’s identity.

Top investigative reporter Dan Klaidman has spoken to dozens of sources to piece together a riveting Washington story packed with revelations. As the president’s inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman’s fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals who has his ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama has lived up to the promise of candidate Obama. Readers making up their minds about him during the 2012 election year will turn to Kill or Capture to decide.

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THE FIRST WAVE OF DRONE 'LAUNCH SITES'

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Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed
after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.


Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states
 and owners include the military and universities


By JULIAN GAVAGHAN

PUBLISHED: 05:15 EST, 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 07:39 EST, 24 April 2012

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.


Exposed: Location of sites where licences have been granted for the use of drones within the U.S. There are 63 active sites based in 20 states.
Red flags show active sites and blue show those locations where licenses have expired since 2006


But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.

The authority revealed the information after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Its website hosts an interactive map that allows the user to zoom in to the area around where they live to see if any sites are nearby.

However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be based at any of these locations.

The agency says it will release this data later.

Most of the drones are likely to be small craft, such as the Draganflyer X8, which can carry a payload of only 2.2lb.

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2012, 10:51:00 PM »

APPLE IS GETTING IN ON THE ACT!
WILL THE 'PRIVATE AIR FORCE' BE SPY DRONES?



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Apple to Use Spy Cameras for Mapping

The spy gear which could slay Street View: Apple calls in private air force with military-grade
cameras which can see INSIDE homes to create new 3D map


* Software giant will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images

* Apple hope new map service will overtake Google Maps

* It will create 3D maps app after acquiring Swedish mapping company for $240m

By CHRIS PARSONS

DAILY MAIL (UK)




Apple iPhone users will be able to look inside homes as the company unveils a new high-definition 3D mapping service developed with its own private air force.

Military-grade cameras have been used to map 20 cities around the world which are so advanced it will be possible to see objects that are just four inches across.

Apple are engaged in an extraordinary war with Google who are planning to produce their own 3D maps using special camera planes.

Hyper-real: 3D mapping services used by C3 Technologies (as purchased by Apple) will form the main part of the software giant’s new mapping service

All powerful: Apple’s newly-acquired technology uses military-grade camera equipment to produce realistic 3D maps of big cities and residential streets

Privacy campaigners have expressed concern that the two tech companies are engaging in a ‘fight to the bottom’ where ‘all privacy concerns go out the window’.

Apple will hope to replace Street View as the mapping service of choice when they launch their new software for iPhone and iPad this week.

The new maps are so detailed it will enable users to look through skylights and see people out in their back gardens.

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 05:41:21 PM »


Navy drone crashes in Maryland

(Don't Worry ... routine "training" mission)

From Chris Lawrence, CNN
updated 3:55 PM EDT, Mon June 11, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- A U.S. Navy drone crashed Monday in a marsh near Salisbury, Maryland.

The RQ-4A Global Hawk drone crashed during a routine training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, according to Jamie Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Program at the base.

There were no injuries to civilians and no property damage, said the Navy, which said it is investigating the cause.
Video from CNN affiliate WBOC showed smoke rising from brush fires in the unpopulated area.

The drone crashed into a tributary of the Nanticoke River, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The crash site has been blocked to recreational boat traffic while the agency investigates, the Coast Guard official said.



 ........ The basic RQ-4A Global Hawk UAV, manufactured for the U.S. Air Force by Northrop-Grumman, is the largest and most advanced drone in the U.S. military, according to the Navy. It is 44 feet long, has a 116-foot wingspan and weighs 25,600 lbs.

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2012, 01:27:09 PM »

(This is WIRED magazine's take on the DRONE SITE maps)

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Revealed: 64 Drone Bases on American Soil

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / June 13, 2012 |  1:41 pm


We like to think of the drone war as something far away, fought in the deserts of Yemen or the mountains of Afghanistan. But we now know it’s closer than we thought. There are 64 drone bases on American soil. That includes 12 locations housing Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be armed.

Public Intelligence, a non-profit that advocates for free access to information, released a map of military UAV activities in the United States on Tuesday. Assembled from military sources — especially this little-known June 2011 Air Force presentation (.pdf) – it is arguably the most comprehensive map so far of the spread of the Pentagon’s unmanned fleet. What exact missions are performed at those locations, however, is not clear. Some bases might be used as remote cockpits to control the robotic aircraft overseas, some for drone pilot training. Others may also serve as imagery analysis depots.

The medium-size Shadow is used in 22 bases, the smaller Raven in 20 and the miniature Wasp in 11. California and Texas lead the pack, with 10 and six sites, respectively, and there are also 22 planned locations for future bases. ”It is very likely that there are more domestic drone activities not included in the map, but it is designed to provide an approximate overview of the widespread nature of Department of Defense activities throughout the US,” Michael Haynes from Public Intelligence tells Danger Room.

The possibility of military drones (as well as those controlled by police departments and universities) flying over American skies have raised concerns among privacy activists. As the American Civil Liberties Union explained in its December 2011 report, the machines potentially could be used to spy on American citizens. The drones’ presence in our skies “threatens to eradicate existing practical limits on aerial monitoring and allow for pervasive surveillance, police fishing expeditions, and abusive use of these tools in a way that could eventually eliminate the privacy Americans have traditionally enjoyed in their movements and activities.”


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Also: " Assembled from military sources — especially this little-known June 2011 Air Force presentation (.pdf)"

http://www.afceaboston.com/documents/events/cnsatm2011/Briefs/03-Wednesday/Wednesday-PM%20Track-2/02-LtCol%20Howard-GBSAA%20Safety%20Case-%20Wednesday%20Track2.pdf



Here's the original map with sites listed:


DoD Current and Future U.S. Drone Activities Map

http://publicintelligence.net/dod-us-drone-activities-map/

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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012, 08:11:03 AM »
T H E   U L T I M A T E   S I N

http://www.govexec.com/pdfs/072309kp1.pdf

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FLIGHT PLAN
2009 - 2047


See Figure 10 = Page 50

LONG TERM - FULL AUTONOMY

The final portfolio step leverages a fully autonomous capability, swarming, and Hypersonic technology to put the enemy off balance by being able to almost instantaneously create effects throughout the battlespace. Technologies to perform auto air refueling, automated maintenance, automatic target engagement, hypersonic flight and swarming would drive changes arose DOTMLPF-P spectrum. The end result would be a revolution in the role of humans in warfare.


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See Page 59:  POLICY: The National Defense Authorization Act FY09

c.  Identify technical, procedural, and policy solutions to achieve the increasing and ultimately routine access of such systems into the
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WH rejects requests for
'targeted killing' papers


Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:27 AM MDT
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 12:57 AM MDT

EXCERPT:

By LOU KESTEN
Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has rejected requests from The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union seeking information about its "targeted killing" program against suspected terrorists, saying the release of the requested documents would harm national security.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Times and the ACLU sought records regarding the legal justifications for the alleged U.S. government killing of U.S. citizens and others associated with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

In a court document filed late Wednesday in New York in response to an ACLU lawsuit, the Justice Department said that "even to describe the numbers and details of most of these documents would reveal information that could damage the government's counterterrorism efforts."

The administration said the information requested is "highly classified," even though details of such operations have been leaked to the media.

"For example, whether or not the United States government conducted the particular operations that led to the deaths of Anwar al-Awlaki and the other individuals named in the FOIA requests remains classified," the government wrote. The U.S.-born al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in September.

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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2012, 08:34:29 AM »



At least 39 killed in US assassination
drone attacks in Somalia


At least 39 people have been killed in two US assassination drone attacks in Somalia,
the latest of CIA's airstrikes in foreign countries.


http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/22/247450/kill-us-assassination-drone-attacks-somalia/


The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington has been carrying out assassination drone attacks in other countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.

The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks are taking a heavy toll on civilians.

The United Nations has also condemned the drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2012, 09:06:07 AM »


Texas college hacks drone
in front of DHS



Published: 27 June, 2012, 22:30
Edited: 28 June, 2012, 22:38




US Navy handout photo of a RQ-4 Global Hawk drone (REUTERS/U.S. Navy)

There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a drone?

A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by the college, all in front of the US Department of Homeland Security.

After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into a drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that.

Humphrey tells Fox News that for a few hundreds dollar his team was able to “spoof” the GPS system on board the drone, a technique that involves mimicking the actual signals sent to the global positioning device and then eventually tricking the target into following a new set of commands. And, for just $1,000, Humphreys says the spoofer his team assembled was the most advanced one ever built.

“Spoofing a GPS receiver on a UAV is just another way of hijacking a plane,” Humphreys tells Fox. The real danger here, however, is that the government is currently considering plans that will allow local law enforcement agencies and other organizations from coast-to-coast to control drones of their own in America’s airspace.

In five or ten years you have 30,000 drones in the airspace,” he tells Fox News. “Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.”

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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2012, 03:24:51 PM »
 Domination, controll, obedience.
 Clearly they are prepared for some major Shiite. Along with the fact we are under drone surveillance and every other form of high tech info, we will one day be subject to the opinion's of our neighbors, the pointing of the finger Shiite will be included in their tactics.
 The MIC is in its hayday, $$$ money $$money.. Parasites >:( and we are their hosts).

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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2012, 08:59:22 AM »


The Drone Zone

By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: July 6, 2012


Photograph by Sean Hemmerle for The New York Times


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Holloman Air Force Base, at the eastern edge of New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range, 200 miles south of Albuquerque, was once famous for the daredevil maneuvers of those who trained there. In 1954, Col. John Paul Stapp rode a rocket-propelled sled across the desert, reaching 632 miles per hour, in an attempt to figure out the maximum speed at which jet pilots could safely eject. He slammed on the brakes and was thrust forward with such force that he had to be hauled away on a stretcher, his eyes bleeding from burst capillaries.....

Today many of the pilots at Holloman never get off the ground. The base has been converted into the U.S. Air Force’s primary training center for drone operators, where pilots spend their days in sand-colored trailers near a runway from which their planes take off without them. Inside each trailer, a pilot flies his plane from a padded chair, using a joystick and throttle, as his partner, the “sensor operator,” focuses on the grainy images moving across a video screen, directing missiles to their targets with a laser.

Holloman sits on almost 60,000 acres of desert badlands, near jagged hills that are frosted with snow for several months of the year — a perfect training ground for pilots who will fly Predators and Reapers over the similarly hostile terrain of Afghanistan. When I visited the base earlier this year with a small group of reporters, we were taken into a command post where a large flat-screen television was broadcasting a video feed from a drone flying overhead. It took a few seconds to figure out exactly what we were looking at. A white S.U.V. traveling along a highway adjacent to the base came into the cross hairs in the center of the screen and was tracked as it headed south along the desert road. When the S.U.V. drove out of the picture, the drone began following another car.

“Wait, you guys practice tracking enemies by using civilian cars?” a reporter asked. One Air Force officer responded that this was only a training mission, and then the group was quickly hustled out of the room.

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Glenn Greenwald: There Is Nothing Brave About
Murdering Innocents by Remote Control


Whatever one thinks of the justifiability of drone attacks, it’s one of the least
“brave” or courageous modes of warfare ever invented.


July 11, 2012     

EXCERPT:

The effort to depict drone warfare as some sort of courageous and noble act is intensifying:


The Pentagon is considering awarding a Distinguished Warfare Medal to drone pilots who work on military bases often far removed from the battlefield. . . .

[Army Institute of Heraldry chief Charles] Mugno said most combat decorations require “boots on the ground” in a combat zone, but he noted that “emerging technologies” such as drones and cyber combat missions are now handled by troops far removed from combat.

The Pentagon has not formally endorsed the medal, but Mugno’s institute has completed six alternate designs for commission approval. . . .

The proposed medal would rank between the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Soldier’s Medal for exceptional conduct outside a combat zone.

So medals would be awarded for sitting safely ensconced in a bunker on U.S. soil and launching bombs with a video joystick at human beings thousands of miles away. Justifying drone warfare requires pretending that the act entails some sort of bravery, so the U.S. military is increasingly taking steps tocreate the facade of warrior courage for drone pilots:

The Air Force has been working to bridge the divide between these two groups of fliers. First off, drone operators are called pilots, and they wear the same green flight suits as fighter pilots, even though they never get in a plane. Their operating stations look like dashboards in a cockpit.

And drone pilots themselves are propagating boasts of their own bravery more and more:

Luther (Trey) Turner III, a retired colonel who flew combat missions during the gulf war before he switched to flying Predators in 2003, said that he doesn’t view his combat experience flying drones as “valorous.” “My understanding of the term is that you are faced with danger. And, when I am sitting in a ground-control station thousands of miles away from the battlefield, that’s just not the case.” But, he said, “I firmly believe it takes bravery to fly a U.A.V.” — unmanned aerial vehicle — “particularly when you’re called upon to take someone’s life. In some cases, you are watching it play out live and in color.” As more than one pilot at Holloman told me, a bit defensively, “We’re not just playing video games here.”

Whatever one thinks of the justifiability of drone attacks, it’s one of the least “brave” or courageous modes of warfare ever invented. It’s one thing to call it just, but to pretend it’s “brave” is Orwellian in the extreme. Indeed, the whole point of it is to allow large numbers of human beings to be killed without the slightest physical risk to those doing the killing. Killing while sheltering yourself from all risk is the definitional opposite of bravery.


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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2012, 09:28:48 AM »

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/04/faa-releases-its-list-drone-certificates-leaves-many-questions-unanswered


APRIL 19, 2012 | BY JENNIFER LYNCH

FAA Releases Lists of Drone Certificates —
Many Questions Left Unanswered


This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally released its first round of records in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for information on the agency's drone authorization program. The agency says the two lists it released include the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly drones domestically. These lists—which include the Certificates of Authorizations (COAs), issued to public entities like police departments, and the Special Airworthiness Certificates (SACs), issued to private drone manufacturers—show for the first time who is authorized to fly drones in the United States.

Some of the entities on the COA list are unsurprising. For example, journalists have reported that Customs and Border Protection uses Predator drones to patrol the borders. It is also well known that DARPA and other branches of the military are authorized to fly drones in the US. However, this is the first time we have seen the broad and varied list of other authorized organizations, including universities, police departments, and small towns and counties across the United States. The COA list includes universities and colleges like Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, as well as police departments in North Little Rock, Arkansas; Arlington, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Gadsden, Alabama; and Ogden, Utah, to name just a few. The COA list also includes small cities and counties like Otter Tail, Minnesota and Herington, Kansas. The Google map linked above plots out the locations we were able to determine from the lists, and is color coded by whether the authorizations are active, expired or disapproved.

The second list we received includes all the manufacturers that have applied for authorizations to test-fly their drones. This list is less surprising and includes manufacturers like Honeywell, the maker of Miami-Dade's T-Hawk drone; the huge defense contractor Raytheon; and General Atomics, the manufacturer of the Predator drone. This list also includes registration or "N" numbers," serial numbers and model names, so it could be useful for determining when and where these drones are flying.

Unfortunately, these lists leave many questions unanswered. For example, the COA list does not include any information on which model of drone or how many drones each entity flies. In a meeting with the FAA today, the agency confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006. As there are only about 60 entities on the COA list, this means that many of the entities, if not all of them, have multiple COAs (for example, an FAA representative today said that University of Colorado may have had as many as 100 different COAs over the last six years). The list also does not explain why certain COA applications were "disapproved" and when other authorizations expired.

We raised these questions in our meeting with the FAA today and were assured the agency will release additional records with this important information soon. As we have written before and as Congressmen Markey and Barton (pdf) stated in their letter to the FAA today, drones pose serious implications for privacy, and the public should have all the information necessary to engage in informed debate over the incorporation of these devices into our daily lives.  However, while we wait for additional information, these lists help to flesh out the picture of domestic drone use in the United States.

List of All Certificates of Authorizations (COAs) Issued to Public Entities
https://www.eff.org/document/faa-list-certificates-authorizations-coas


List of All Special Airworthiness Certificates issued to Private Entities
https://www.eff.org/document/faa-list-special-airworthiness-certificates-experimental-categorysacs


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FAA Releases Thousands of Pages of Drone Records
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/07/faa-releases-thousands-pages-drone-records

EFF and MuckRock Partner Up to See How Your Local Police Are Using Drones
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/07/eff-and-muckrock-partner-see-how-your-local-police-are-using-drones



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2012, 09:52:31 PM »

MURDER BY JOYSTICK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69u-a7R5kTc

A drone treatise by Zen Gardner dramatized by the amazing, talented Snordelhans. Hang on.




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« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2012, 12:20:43 PM »

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/28/263939/us-to-have-new-autonomous-drones/


R  O  B  O  T     A  U  T  O  N  O  M  Y


robot: "A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, esp. one programmable by a computer."
autonomy: " The capacity of an agent to act in accordance with objective morality rather than under the influence of desires."

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The Pentagon is reportedly investing heavily in the new smarter robotic weapons that will get rid of their remote operators on the ground to work virtually without human intervention and with minimum supervision.

"Before they were blind, deaf and dumb. Now we're beginning to make them to see, hear and sense," says Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the US Air Force.

The future drones will have a longer range, more powerful jet engines and a radar-evading stealth design.

The biggest challenge the Pentagon-funded scientists behind the technology face is to guarantee that the independent unmanned vehicle will make a horrific mistake with grave repercussions, a setback the current drones controlled by their on-the-ground pilots have failed to achieve, especially in Pakistan where the US has for years continued the drone war against militants but civilians have paid the price with their lives.

Ronald Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology who has worked on U.S. defense programs for years, says the robotic weapons must be designed to be “ethical” fighters with the capability to distinguish combatants from civilians.

"It is not my belief that an unmanned system will be able to be perfectly ethical in the battlefield, but I am convinced that they can perform more ethically than human soldiers are capable of," he wrote.

Using drones as a weapon started under George W. Bush but the trend escalated dramatically after Barak Obama took office with Pakistan, along with Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia, as the spotlight of the remote warfare.

Researchers at NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School have released a new report titled “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan."

The report says drones hover round the clock over areas in northwest Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles and public places without warning, terrorizing civilians, especially children and giving rise to trauma among them.

The authors conclude that "while civilian casualties are rarely acknowledged by the US government, there is significant evidence that US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians."

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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2012, 09:30:35 AM »


VIDEO 1 MINUTE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjyv16ha-Uc&feature=player_embedded

MORE HERE:

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/tests-show-military-drones-could-refuel-themselves-mid-air-1C6320770

DRONES TO BE SELF-REFUELING SOON

U.S. military flight tests have shown how drones could handle midair refueling by themselves, without human pilots. That raises the possibility of automated "flying gas stations" topping off robotic aircraft over future battlefields.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently flew two modified RQ-4 Global Hawk drones in close proximity to simulate midair refueling. The Global Hawks, huge drones with 131-foot wingspans used for high-altitude surveillance, flew in formation with less than 100 feet separating the refueling "probe" on one and refueling "receiver" on the other during a two-and-a-half hour flight test.

"The goal of this demonstration was to create the expectation that future [High Altitude Long Endurance] aircraft will be refueled in flight," said Jim McCormick, program manager at DARPA.


DARPA had kicked off its two-year Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) program with the expectation that just one out of six aerial refueling attempts would prove successful. But the final analysis suggested drones could achieve a much better success rate of three out of five attempts.Neither Global Hawk drone needed human guidance during the final flight test at the high altitude of 44,800 feet (8 miles). The drones also maintained their tight formation despite turns and wind gusts of up to 23 mph

The results from the AHR program that ended on Sept. 30 mean the U.S. military has a good chance of extending the duration and range of its drone swarms. Manned fighter jets and bombers already do midair refueling from standard tanker aircraft, but many drones can't match the speed, altitude or performance of existing tanker aircraft.

DRONE SWARMS:

http://www.technewsdaily.com/5970-drone-census-government-secret.html

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2012/jul/03/drone-watch-help-eff-and-muckrock-uncover-planned-/



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« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2012, 08:08:42 AM »


Begun the Drone Wars Have

Posted: 11/27/2012 5:42 pm - Joseph A. Palermo

With drones from the beginning there has been a kind of technological determinism associated with the idea that since the United States possesses this relatively new technology it should use it. Facing the uncertainty of reelection, President Obama became so concerned about the lawlessness of his drone killings he sought hastily to codify the rules governing their use. What began in the Bush era as a means for targeting al Qaeda leaders hiding in remote areas has become a vast "amorphous" death machine targeting suspected "militants" in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. Now we've learned that, in addition to "personality strikes" aimed at individuals deemed enemies of the United States, there are now what's called "signature strikes" where any congregation of suspicious looking military-age men is open game.

The Obama administration apparently views drones as the cheapest and easiest way to kill "militants" while keeping American casualties low to non-existent. This seeming techno-supremacy has the added political benefit of getting around a war-weary electorate. But future presidents might not quibble about using drones as judiciously as our current president claims to be, hence his rush to clarify the rules of engagement.

But possessing new tools of warfare doesn't mean they should be used. The U.S. has chemical weapons and an arsenal of hydrogen bombs but those technologies (sane people agree) should be left on the shelf. Drones are no different. We mustn't allow global drone warfare to become the "new normal." Sadly, the drone killings of U.S. citizens abroad might end up being one of President Obama's most lasting legacies.

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"Nobody should be forced to tolerate killer robots flying overhead that can rain death and destruction on anybody around them at any time. As President Obama said recently: "There is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders."


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« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2012, 09:37:36 AM »

http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/12/ron-paul-and-dennis-kucinich-team-up-to-oppose-drones/#4125-2

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich team up to oppose drones

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The use of combat drones overseas divides Congress, but not in the usual partisan way.

Supporters of the “war on terror” in both parties tend to support the use of unmanned aircraft that often try to assassinate terrorism suspects. But libertarian Republicans have teamed up with civil liberties-backing Democrats to oppose the drones.

Now, the partisan trenches have been crossed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D – Ohio, and Rep. Ron Paul, R – Texas, in order to force the administration to release its legal justification.

The two mavericks who are leaving Congress at year’s end have introduced a resolution of inquiry — legislation that is used to compel specific documents from the administration, and must be considered by the committee of jurisdiction, or on the House floor, within 14 legislative days.

Since the legislation was introduced on November 28, it could come before the House this year, which means that the administration will be forced to turn over the legal justification it uses for the strikes, including any memos from the Office of Legal Counsel.

“Thus far, the administration has refused to release the memo or any documents, despite multiple requests from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when such programs may constitute possible violations of international law or the Constitution of the United States,” Kucinich said in a press statement.

Both Kucinich and Paul oppose the use of drones “because they increase radicalization among the population of the countries we use them in, violate the U.S. Constitution, kill innocent people and stain our nation’s moral consciousness.”




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Former US president Carter slams drone attacks

December 09, 2012

WASHINGTON: Former US President Jimmy Carter has slammed American assassination drone strikes in other countries, saying that killing civilians in such attacks would in fact nurture terrorism.

"I personally think we do more harm than good by having our drones attack some potential terrorists who have not been tried or proven that they are guilty," Carter said in an interview with Russia Today.

"But in the meantime, the drone attacks also kill women and children, sometimes in weddings... so this is the kind of thing we should correct," he added.

Carter, who served as US president from 1976 to 1980, also criticized incumbent American policy makers for violating the country's "long-standing policy" of "preserving the privacy of US citizens."

"We now pass laws that permit eavesdropping on private phone calls and private communication," he noted, explaining that in the past, in order to do that, the government had to obtain a court ruling that proved the nation's national security was at risk, "which was very rare, but now it's done all over America."

"We need to back off [and] restore basic human rights as spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)," the former US president underlined.

He concluded by saying that there are 30 paragraphs in the UDHR, "and at present time, my country, the US, is violating 10 out of the 30."



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Next-gen US drone: now equipped with ‘death ray’ laser

Published: 11 December, 2012, 00:16



The next generation of military drones, unveiled by a leading US manufacturer, will not just carry a limited supply of rockets – but will likely be fitted with an ultra-light laser, capable of repeatedly destroying objects at the speed of light.

“It would give us an unlimited magazine,” a person close to the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) program told Time magazine.

Over the past four years, the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) has given contractor General Atomics over $60 million to develop and then scale HELLADS – a powerful 150 kW ray with a difference.

Current lasers of that strength – enough to destroy an incoming rocket or plane – are bulky, which means they can only be placed on stationary defense systems.

HELLADS, which DARPA says is in the “final development stage,” is radically lighter. It will weigh only 750 kilograms – less than a very small car.

This vastly opens up its potential uses.

A key application of HELLADS is in the new generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones.
In a digital video advertising its own Predator C Avenger drone, General Atomics shows a formation of UAVs annihilating a shower of ground-launched interceptor missiles in a split second, before making them an offensive weapon and targeting objects on the ground.

The capacity of the laser is likely to be multiplied by the capability of the Predator itself. General Atomics believes the most efficient use of the relatively cheap, high-speed drones will be as a large “swarm” of integrated units that can overcome even a large defense network, at the expense of a small amount mechanical casualties.

The bold claims have to be weighed against several reservations.

Neither the UAV nor the laser have reached mass production stage, and although it is evident that the US Air Force sees drones as crucial to its future, the success of the Predator is not yet guaranteed.

Another is the natural limitation of the laser. While it can be easily recharged and work for hours on end, unlike a conventional missile, a laser weapon cannot easily penetrate clouds or smoke with its rays. Essentially, HELLADS will have to see its target before it can shoot it, making its use most likely against missiles and enemy planes, rather than ground-based targets.

Proponents of the new generation of lasers say that despite their nickname of “death rays,” lasers will help to reduce collateral damage with their precision, and mute the ethical criticism that has dogged drones since they have become the preferred method for picking out specific US targets.

Russia, Israel and other leading arms manufacturers say they are working on their own versions of similar portable lasers, though the US developments appear to be at a more advanced stage.

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P  R  E   ~   C  R  I  M  E


Entire Article w/linx here:

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2012/12/new-drones-rape-your-mind-2504798.html



New Drones Rape Your Mind

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:18

An almost invisible drone hovers over your home and activates its sensors. It begins to probe your environment, your computer files, your telephone voice and text messages. And then it kicks in the Level Two Artificial Intelligence Scanners and begins to rape your mind. All the while you have no idea anything has invaded your most private inner sanctum: your brain.

Science fiction? Unfortunately no. This is the next stage of drone technology the U.S. Air Force is working hard to perfect. Everyone you know could be a target soon, including you…

Operation brain drain

Once the venerable U.S. Air Force set its sights on the wild blue yonder, now it wants to peer into brains.
President Barack Obama has greenlighted the Pentagon project first dreamed up by geeks in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) labs and now snapped up by eager Air Force generals.
Since the USAF has access to greater funding (including black project funds), DARPA handed it off to the flyboys. Now it’s full throttle ahead.

The project is dark, but not black, and actually appears on the Department of Defense Resource Center Selections projects page. It all seems quite innocent on the surface until a little digging and extrapolation uncover the disturbing specifications and technological architecture the mission is built upon.

Scroll down the page to Soar Technology’s proposal for a project named “ESPRIT: Schemas for Intent Recognition.” The project’s been awarded a hefty contract.

What exactly is the function of ESPRIT? A clue might be in the initial letters of the acronym itself which can be twisted into a hidden play on words and acronyms: ESP.

Or put another way: Extra-sensory Perception (ESP) Recognition of Intent Technology.

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Mind rape by the thought police


Welcome to America, 2030. Now we will bleed your mind:
The smart-drone, part of the greater Los Angeles Police Department’s SkySurv Squadron, picks up suspicious brainwaves from a subject driving on the city streets below.

The AI mind-reading algorithm kicks in and the drone rapidly identifies the subject as a potential criminal planning to rob a convenience store several blocks up the street.

Accessing its memory file, the SkySurv drone alerts the nearest ground-based patrol officers and turns its sensors upon the suspect’s body. In milliseconds it scans the suspect. And then the AI processes the terabyte data stream, rapidly confirming the suspect is armed with a gun.

Police cruisers screech up and detain the man before he has a chance to perpetrate the crime.
The scenario is not a fantasy. The DHS and urban police forces are waiting for the systems to be brought up to speed. Then they will deploy them, you can be damn sure of that.

Will the system be 100 percent accurate? Of course not. People detained, arrested, tossed in jail or killed are unfortunate collateral damage. The price of keeping America secure.
Right.

The day ESPRIT, or something like it, is deployed over American skies is the day the thought police take total control.

It is the day you become a slave.
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« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2012, 04:41:03 PM »


ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE w/LINX  ~~~~~>
 
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/282-98/15172-focus-the-coming-drone-attack-on-america




The Coming Drone Attack on America

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

22 December 12
 

Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by
police and corporations. In time, they will likely be weaponised


People often ask me, in terms of my argument about "ten steps" that mark the descent to a police state or closed society, at what stage we are. I am sorry to say that with the importation of what will be tens of thousands of drones, by both US military and by commercial interests, into US airspace, with a specific mandate to engage in surveillance and with the capacity for weaponization - which is due to begin in earnest at the start of the new year - it means that the police state is now officially here.

In February of this year, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, with its provision to deploy fleets of drones domestically. Jennifer Lynch, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, notes that this followed a major lobbying effort, "a huge push by […] the defense sector" to promote the use of drones in American skies: 30,000 of them are expected to be in use by 2020, some as small as hummingbirds - meaning that you won't necessarily see them, tracking your meeting with your fellow-activists, with your accountant or your congressman, or filming your cruising the bars or your assignation with your lover, as its video-gathering whirs.

Others will be as big as passenger planes. Business-friendly media stress their planned abundant use by corporations: police in Seattle have already deployed them.

An unclassified US air force document reported by CBS (pdf) news expands on this unprecedented and unconstitutional step - one that formally brings the military into the role of controlling domestic populations on US soil, which is the bright line that separates a democracy from a military oligarchy. (The US constitution allows for the deployment of National Guard units by governors, who are answerable to the people; but this system is intended, as is posse comitatus, to prevent the military from taking action aimed at US citizens domestically.)

The air force document explains that the air force will be overseeing the deployment of its own military surveillance drones within the borders of the US; that it may keep video and other data it collects with these drones for 90 days without a warrant - and will then, retroactively, determine if the material can be retained - which does away for good with the fourth amendment in these cases. While the drones are not supposed to specifically "conduct non-consensual surveillance on on specifically identified US persons", according to the document, the wording allows for domestic military surveillance of non-"specifically identified" people (that is, a group of activists or protesters) and it comes with the important caveat, also seemingly wholly unconstitutional, that it may not target individuals "unless expressly approved by the secretary of Defense".

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"Our biggest concerns about the deployment of drones domestically is that they will be used to create pervasive surveillance networks. The danger would be that an ordinary individual once they step out of their house will be monitored by a drone everywhere they walk or drive. They may not be aware of it. They might monitored or tracked by some silent invisible drone everywhere they walk or drive."
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« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2012, 08:55:31 AM »

'Did we just kill a kid?': The moment drone operator
who assassinated Afghans with the push of a button
on a computer in the U.S. realized he had
vaporized a child... and could not go on


By HELEN POW

PUBLISHED: 23:05 EST, 16 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:31 EST, 17 December 2012

A former U.S. drone operator has opened up about the toll of killing scores of innocent people by pressing a button from a control room in New Mexico.

Brandon Bryant, 27, from Missoula, Montana, spent six years in the Air Force operating Predator drones from inside a dark container.

But, after following orders to shoot and kill a child in Afghanistan, he knew he couldn't keep doing what he was doing and quit the military.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE ~~~~~>
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249252/Brandon-Bryant-Drone-operator-followed-orders-shoot-child--decided-quit.html

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Revealed: U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan
this year alone - more than the entire drone strikes in
Pakistan over the past eight years COMBINED


U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012, report says,
up from 294 in 2011Controversial method of fighting uses remote
pilots to operate aircrafts


By BETH STEBNER

PUBLISHED: 20:00 EST, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 20:00 EST, 20 December 2012


The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago, it has been revealed.

The statistics, published by the U.S. Air Force and published by Wired’s Danger Room blog, show that there were 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012 alone, up from 294 in the previous year and 278 in 2010.

It is far more than an estimated 338 strikes carried out by the CIA in Pakistan since it began hunting down remnants of al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas eight years ago.

ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>
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AUTONOMOUS UK INTERCONTINENTAL DRONE BOMBER


British stealth drone to undergo first test flight


An unmanned combat aircraft has been built for the British military is to
undergo its first ever test flight later this year.


By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent7:30AM GMT 13 Jan 2013

It can fly faster than the speed of sound, cannot be detected by radar and has no pilot. This is the new robotic plane that will become the next generation of front line bombers for the British military.

The drone, which is named Taranis after the Celtic god of thunder, has been designed to fly intercontinental missions to attack targets and can automatically dodge incoming missiles.

The aircraft, which has cost £125 million to build, is intended to be the first of a new generation of aeroplanes that will reduce the need to risk human lives on long, dangerous missions.

It is to be flown for the first time in a series of tests over the Australian outback in the spring in an attempt to demonstrate the technology to military chiefs.

Currently the Royal Air Force uses Tornado GR4 bombers as its front line strike aircraft, although the Typhoon Eurofighter is expected to replace it in the coming years.

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The tests on Taranis, which is powered by a Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engine used on Hawk training jets, will see it flying a simulated mission where it must automatically avoid unexpected threats such as ground to air missiles and seek out potential targets.

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« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2013, 10:39:35 PM »


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Constant Surveillance of Entire Cities Now
Possible with Latest Drone Tech


Nicholas West
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Apparently many of the civilian deaths by drones in Afghanistan are not attributed to the U.S. military being there on false pretenses, but rather to limitations in surveillance technology. The video below opens with this assertion in its coverage of DARPA's latest mega-surveillance package known as ARGUS - Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System.

MUST SEE VIDEO~~~~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0p4BQ1XzwDg#!

The new sensor system can instantly see an area roughly the "size of a small city" with an "all-seeing" eye according to retired Lieutenant, David A. Deptula. The next generation of surveillance tech sees the landscape through a 1.8 billion pixels camera, the highest resolution yet created.

ENTIRE ARTICLE ~~~~~> http://www.activistpost.com/2013/01/constant-surveillance-of-entire-cities.html

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2013, 11:34:17 AM »


US considering new drone base in Africa

Published: 29 January, 2013, 05:10
Edited: 29 January, 2013, 16:01



US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a small US-made drone drone that the Ugandan military uses in Somalia to fight al-Qaida linked militants (AFP Photo / Pool / Jacquelyn Martin)


The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent.

The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, on the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are currently waging a campaign against Al-Qaeda, AFP reported, quoting an anonymous official.

If the plan is approved, up to 300 US military servicemembers and contractors could be sent to the base to operate the drone aircraft, the New York Times reported. US Africa Command is also considering another location as an alternative to the base in Burkina Faso, the official said.

However, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland reiterated that there are no plans to commit US troops to any fighting on the ground.

In the future, the US command does not rule out using the base to conduct military strikes if the situation deteriorates or the extremist threat increases, military officials told The New York Times.

In the meantime, the US military's Africa Command is reviewing the options for the base with other countries in the region, including Burkina Faso.

The Africa Command’s scheme still needs the go-ahead from the Department of Defense, President Barack Obama and Niger. No final decision had been made, but a status-of-forces agreement has been reached between the two governments in Niger on Monday, providing legal protection to American troops in the African country.

ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE ~~~~> http://rt.com/news/us-drone-base-africa-945/
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2013, 10:24:38 PM »

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Constant Surveillance of Entire Cities Now
Possible with Latest Drone Tech


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Apparently many of the civilian deaths by drones in Afghanistan are not attributed to the U.S. military being there on false pretenses, but rather to limitations in surveillance technology. The video below opens with this assertion in its coverage of DARPA's latest mega-surveillance package known as ARGUS - Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System.

MUST SEE VIDEO~~~~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0p4BQ1XzwDg#!

The new sensor system can instantly see an area roughly the "size of a small city" with an "all-seeing" eye according to retired Lieutenant, David A. Deptula. The next generation of surveillance tech sees the landscape through a 1.8 billion pixels camera, the highest resolution yet created.

ENTIRE ARTICLE ~~~~~> http://www.activistpost.com/2013/01/constant-surveillance-of-entire-cities.html




MORE ABOUT THIS STUPEFYING TECHNOLOGY COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU:

ARTICLE HERE~~~>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2269563/The-U-S-militarys-real-time-Google-Street-View-Airborne-spy-camera-track-entire-city-1-800MP.html

The incredible U.S. military spy drone that's so powerful
it can see what type of phone you're carrying from 17,500ft


    The ARGUS-IS can view an area of 15 sq/miles in a single image
    Its zoom capability can detect an object as small as 6in on the ground
    Developed by BAE as part of a $18million DARPA project
    System works by stringing together 368 digital camera chips

By DAMIEN GAYLE

PUBLISHED: 09:56 EST, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 EST, 28 January 2013


A sinister airborne surveillance camera gives the U.S. military the ability to track movements in an entire city like a real-time Google Street View.

The ARGUS-IS array can be mounted on unmanned drones to capture an area of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1,800MP - that's 225 times more sensitive than an iPhone camera.

From 17,500ft the remarkable surveillance system can capture objects as small as 6in on the ground and allows commanders to track movements across an entire battlefield in real time.

'It is important for the public to know that some of these capabilities exist,' said Yiannis Antoniades, the BAE engineer who designed the system, in a recent PBS broadcast.

The aerospace and weapons company developed the ARGUS-IS array as part of a $18.5million project funded by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2013, 11:02:18 PM »


ONE BRIGHT SPOT IN THE BLEAK USA JOB MARKET ...

DRONE PILOTS!


Anticipating domestic boom, colleges
rev up drone piloting programs


Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand.

Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found three schools that offer bachelor’s degrees for would-be feet-on-the-ground fliers: Kansas State University, the University of North Dakota and the private Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

He landed at Kansas State, where he maintained a 4.0 grade point average for four years and accumulated $60,000 in student loan debt before graduating in 2011. It was a gamble, but one that paid off with an offer “well into the six figures” as a flight operator for a military contractor in Afghanistan.

Franzen, who dreams of one day piloting drones over forest fires in the U.S., believes he is at the forefront of a watershed moment in aviation, one in which manned flight takes a jumpseat to the remote-controlled variety.

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #37 on: February 05, 2013, 09:35:02 AM »


First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones

By David Swanson
http://warisacrime.org/firstantidrone

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads:

"WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

"WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

"WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

"NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."

The same City Council passed a resolution on January 17, 2012, calling for an end to drone wars, as well as ground wars, excessive military spending, and any possible attack on Iran.

~~~~~> HOPEFULLY, MORE CITIES TO FOLLOW!



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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #38 on: February 05, 2013, 02:55:32 PM »

First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones

By David Swanson
http://warisacrime.org/firstantidrone

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads:

"WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

"WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

"WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

"NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."

The same City Council passed a resolution on January 17, 2012, calling for an end to drone wars, as well as ground wars, excessive military spending, and any possible attack on Iran.

~~~~~> HOPEFULLY, MORE CITIES TO FOLLOW!





  Can you believe this crap? It's like we are in a Star Trek movie.  Good for Charlottesville, VA.

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #39 on: February 05, 2013, 08:19:01 PM »
http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb907234/killuav.htm

  An Article on How to Kill Drones...


  We've got to make this a fair fight.

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