Jason Mick (Blog) – September 14, 2012 3:50 PM
“Every single day / And every word you say / Every game you play, every night you stay / I’ll be watching you
Oh, can’t you see / You belong to me?“
…that famous line of Sting and the Police perhaps best summarizes the warning delivered in a report released last week by the Congressional Research Service that suggests the growing army of drones flying over the U.S. airspace could be used to continuously monitor U.S. citizens.
I. Plans for Domestic Drone Spying Escalate
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in a recent report that it expects 30,000 commercial and government drones to be flying over the U.S. airspace within 20 years. The drones will be cheap, will be able to stay aloft continuously, and can even be as small as an insect (so-called “nano-drones”). All of that makes the perfect vehicle for something many great writers and philosophers have long feared — ubiquitous, uninterrupted government surveillance.
While it sounds like a paranoid flight of fantasy, that’s precisely the issue that was being discussed in last week’s report. It comments, “In the near future, law enforcement organizations might seek to outfit drones with facial recognition or soft biometric recognition, which can recognize and track individuals based on attributes such as height, age, gender and skin color.”
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An interesting question…..