Because freedom can't protect itself
The zombie drones have begun their attack.
As these robots come to new life in unanticipated and malicious ways, will the humans who created them begin to realize that they themselves are soon to be devoured by their own zombie technology? These machines, once built to protect us and hunt our enemies, are being turned inward as a variety of military technologies built for defense begin to creep into use for domestic policing. This Military Urbanism is nowhere more apparent than with the police deployment of Wide Area Persistent Surveillance.
One such town who is faced with the onslaught of their own drone technology, zombified to return and turn its powers on them, is Dayton, Ohio. With it's booming defense and drone industries spewing out deadly and invasive surveillance tech, the town is faced wih an existential question: "Will we live under Persistent Surveillance"? As pushers of the drone industry, how does the city like the idea of living under constant watch? How does a town that turns the drones on others react to living under the watch of the very machine they created? The tech has returned, but different..out of control...with no sense of right and wrong. Its the same shell, but without the values of it's developers.The tech is disembodied fom its original purpose and now turned on its creators..but with no ill intent. Drones have no intent. Zombie drones have no values.
WIDE AREA PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE is a system that allows one single aircraft (manned or drone) to record entire cities with enough clarity to follow individual pedestrians and vehicles anywhere in the city on a persistent 24/7 basis inside the recorded footage. This military sensor known alternatively as “ARGUS”, “Hawkeye II”, “Angelfire” and the “gorgon stare” also employs sophisticated software that allows computers to auto-track millions of moving objects and assign “tracklets” that can pinpoint a vehicles location at a time of the users choosing, much like a chronograph of cell phone geo-location data. This automation means that analysts need not even watch the footage, but instead simply query the system to locate anyone in the city at any given time, pursuant to forensic discovery. WAPS cameras mounted on planes, drones and blimps enable 24/7 persistent surveillance of entire cities 100sq kilometers in diameter.
This technology is now going commercial, with companies like persistentsurveillance.com and PIXIA (http://www.pixia.com/solutions/stare.php. ) offering the Commercially Operated Persistent Surveillance Solution (COPSS). Local police have been utilizing these types of sensors since 2008 IN SECRET over cities including Cincinnati, Compton, Philadelphia, Columbus etc. in murder and narcotics investigations. US cities close to the border most likely endure more of this type of surveillance. This dragnet recording and auto-tracking puts everyone in the city under 24/7 surveillance that is the equivalent of having a private eye follow you everywhere you go with a video camera, including the ability to use night vision, thermal and look into your backyard.
While never tested in the courts and never given public approval, these police and DHS surveillance operations are already underway and the entrance of DRONES will vastly increase the deployment of these sensors by enabling previously unviable persistence and drastically lowering deployment costs. Putting all American citizens under drone-enabled 24/7 airborne surveillance is patently unconstitutional and is an existential threat to democracy and freedom of speech. Regardless of whether or not a drone is flying it, ARGUS and other Persistent Surveillance tech must not be allowed to operate domestically. Surveillance with a city-wide focus spies on everyone, "incidentally" or not. Please stand up and fight the use of Wide Area Persistent Surveillance against US citizens.
For years America has been conducting its drone wars with little thought to " do unto others..."
As the drones circle back above us, perhaps its not too late to change how we conduct our wars, our business , our city and ourselves....
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