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Friday, December 07, 2012

Federal spies in the sky

Congratulations, you now live in Orwell's America:
Today EFF posted several thousand pages of new drone license records and a new map that tracks the location of drone flights across the United States.  These records, received as a result of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), come from state and local law enforcement agencies, universities and—for the first time—three branches of the U.S. military: the Air Force, Marine Corps, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

Perhaps the scariest is the technology carried by a Reaper drone the Air Force is flying near Lincoln, Nevada and in areas of California and Utah. This drone uses "Gorgon Stare" technology, which Wikipedia defines as “a spherical array of nine cameras attached to an aerial drone . . . capable of capturing motion imagery of an entire city.” This imagery “can then be analyzed by humans or an artificial intelligence, such as the Mind's Eye project” being developed by DARPA.
It's hard to imagine how this technology is going to be misused, isn't it?  The idea that Americans are in any way still a free people is becoming increasingly ludicrous.  And, of course, the spies aren't all in the sky either.
The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone.

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Anonymous LES December 07, 2012 11:28 AM  

“He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” Last paragraph of the book “1984”

Anonymous Giraffe December 07, 2012 11:38 AM  

We are all on the list.

Anonymous Roundtine December 07, 2012 11:38 AM  

Get ready for the drone wars. It's only a matter of time.

Anonymous Sam Scott December 07, 2012 11:43 AM  

One thing I like about living in Israel: I'm sure something similar is done by the Mossad and Shin Bet, and I don't mind because Israel is not the United States and has a different situation.

If I were still living in the United States, I would decry this latest revelation far and wide because it's not what the United States is about.

Different strokes for different, well, countries. I guess I just like living here partly because the government is at least not hypocritical about championing freedom while reportedly doing the complete opposite.

Anonymous Anonymous December 07, 2012 11:44 AM  

an army of http://diydrones.com/

Anonymous George of the Hole December 07, 2012 11:46 AM  

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Anonymous Daniel December 07, 2012 11:48 AM  

Great. Now I've got to bring an ATAS on the old Cessna. As if packing wasn't a big enough hassle.

Anonymous zen0 December 07, 2012 11:48 AM  

On October 25th, Boeing claimed a successful test of an EMP weapon that could target specific areas. The artist rendering shows it being deployed by a drone. It is a pretty tacky video, and could just be psy-ops against Iran, but if it is true, Nate and his cohorts could be reduced to using the same communications systems in Round 2 that they had to use in Round 1. Might be a slight disadvantage.


Boeing CHAMP missile passes first test – EMP burst knocks out all electronics (including the test camera) [VIDEO]

Anonymous SlackAttack December 07, 2012 11:56 AM  

The most chilling aspect of all this is how complacent Americans are about their continuing enslavement. Its for our safety or if you haven't done anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.

Let it burn. Only something horrible will wake up the zombies from their stupor.

Anonymous Matt December 07, 2012 11:57 AM  

Vox, you should consider publishing a PGP key. Then at least email to you would be safe from eavesdropping.

Anonymous dB December 07, 2012 11:58 AM  

In the NSA link, there is a comment at the end of the interview that is interesting.

"A revolution? LMFAO. In the face of a militarised police force and increasingly a roboticised one. The future of policing and violence is robotics--think Terminator movies. The masses are stupid, fat, and lazy. They don't have any fight in them. They are like circus animals waiting for their cue to grovel at the door of the latest igadget. They, the potential revolutionaries, are idiots and cowards addicted to big government and all its rewards for obedience and punishments for disobedience. The human race is the rat race. Every morning they rush onto congested roads for their daily bread, lying to themselves that they will one day be able to retire. Instead, nearly all will die working or homeless or both in their golden years. The world is bankrupt. But the organised mobs still control the governments and all their tools of death. Revolution?? It will never happen, and those that try will be mowed down like the Mongols did in Tiannamen Square."

The masses are stupid, fat, and lazy. Yep.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 December 07, 2012 11:59 AM  

Great quotes from the last episode of Syfy's "Sanctuary" (Season 4, Ep. 14):

"Since when is this a police state?"
"It's always been a police state, Will. You just never noticed."

Blogger James Dixon December 07, 2012 12:03 PM  

> We are all on the list.

Of course. Especially anyone who posts at a site like this is. Even folks like George and Tad. Assuming they aren't monitors, of course.

Anonymous zen0 December 07, 2012 12:03 PM  

The most chilling aspect of all this is how complacent Americans are about their continuing enslavement. Its for our safety or if you haven't done anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.

Inform them that they are not the ones who get to decide whether they are doing anything wrong or not.

Anonymous DrTorch December 07, 2012 12:10 PM  

This is more Orwellian

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/12/04/they-can-hear-you-now-verizon-patent-listens-in-on-customers/

I for one am looking forward to the war with EastAsia. I mean Eurasia.

Blogger Random December 07, 2012 12:11 PM  

"Vox, you should consider publishing a PGP key. Then at least email to you would be safe from eavesdropping."

PGP has been wide open to the NSA since the early 90s.

Hold on, I have to take my tinfoil hat off so I can hear any replies...

:P

Anonymous Stilicho December 07, 2012 12:12 PM  

Where the typical tyranny is usually centered upon a single tyrant, with the occasional military junta thrown in, and at least offers hope of change when the tyrant dies or is replaced, the tyranny of the bureaucracy is forever. The Stalin/Hitler model has been superseded by the faceless government just-following-orders functionary of the DMV, EPA, FDA, HUD, DOE, FBI, NSA, CIA, DRA, etc. Monitoring of ALL communications as well as 24/7 aerial drone surveillance is just part of the natural progression. We already had nearly 24/7 satellite surveillance in place, but most people did not realize it.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 07, 2012 12:24 PM  

315 million people to watch. The arrogance of that is astounding. It's a scare tactic. The one thing they can't stand is being laughed at, use it. 90 % of thug lawlessness is intimidation. Fear not.

Anonymous cheddarman December 07, 2012 12:35 PM  

I wonder if the Almight just shakes His head and laughs...I know i do.

Sincerely

cheddarman

Anonymous RINO December 07, 2012 12:37 PM  

We already had nearly 24/7 satellite surveillance in place, but most people did not realize it.

Has anyone here actually been directly and negatively impacted by a satellite or a drone?

Blogger JohnG December 07, 2012 12:37 PM  

no PGP key. That got cracked a long time ago. Crichton talked about it in one of his books.

Anonymous Matt December 07, 2012 12:41 PM  

I tend to doubt it. The academic crypto community is probably not so far behind NSA these days (as we learned from the public discussion on DES and later AES) andthey haven't found any good attacks against RSA yet.

I mean the three-letter guys are well equipped, but they can only do things that are mathematically possible.

Anonymous Red December 07, 2012 12:41 PM  

I've been saying for a while that we will have a complete 1984 style police state by 2020.

"315 million people to watch. The arrogance of that is astounding. It's a scare tactic."

They'll watch you by having your neighbors watch and report you. It's already started with building code enforcement and the alike.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 07, 2012 12:42 PM  

"Has anyone here actually been directly and negatively impacted by a satellite or a drone?"

I got a letter in the mail from the EPA saying we saw you pissing in your back yard from our super secret spy satellite, now stop it or we are going to cut off your wee wee.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 07, 2012 12:46 PM  

"They'll watch you by having your neighbors watch and report you."

I saw him, he got in his car and left then came back, he must be dangerous.

They can't pour piss out of a boot.

Anonymous DT December 07, 2012 12:48 PM  

So...how long before Anonymous hacks and takes control of a drone? For the lulz of course.

Anonymous Matt December 07, 2012 1:00 PM  

So you'd rather send plaintext instead of using a defensive technology with good mathematical backing because a novelist wrote a plot point in an airport paperback?

Blogger GAHCindy December 07, 2012 1:06 PM  

I swear I'm not trying to be spammy, but my hubby just wrote a little short story called "Drone" that you might like. It was inspired by news like this. You;d have enjoyed the dinner-table rant that came just before he wrote it, too. ;-)

http://jessedyer.blogspot.com/2012/12/drone.html

Blogger A December 07, 2012 1:09 PM  

cheddarman

Doesn't the Almighty already surveillance everyone 24/7 and then judge them for every action?

On Topic: I guess we can throw out the whole, fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here thing, as if anyone still believes that.

Anonymous Gen. Kong December 07, 2012 1:12 PM  

You betcha. And the Senate - Repukes and Dhimmis, self-styled "civil libertarians" and all, unanimously passed the latest update to the NDAA. It's all because some goat-humpers in the sands of shitholistan hate us for our free-dumbs, right?

Anonymous zen0 December 07, 2012 1:21 PM  

Doesn't the Almighty already surveillance everyone 24/7 and then judge them for every action?

You're thinking of Santa.

Anonymous JartStar December 07, 2012 1:31 PM  

The most chilling aspect of all this is how complacent Americans are about their continuing enslavement.

It's taken decades of conditioning in public schools but boys have had their natural aggregation suppressed and the outlet turned into violent video games and porn. Over this last decade, when a psychopath starts shooting, the most common reaction of young men is to cower and wait their turn to be executed.

One day this will change, but it could be a long time and a lot of suffering first.

Anonymous WinstonWebb December 07, 2012 1:33 PM  

Outlaw X December 07, 2012 12:24 PM

315 million people to watch. The arrogance of that is astounding. It's a scare tactic. The one thing they can't stand is being laughed at, use it. 90 % of thug lawlessness is intimidation. Fear not.


I like it. As a matter of fact, from now on when people ask me about these attempts by the petty bureaucrats to trample human liberty, instead of expressing my outrage, I'll simply reply:
"I think it [the tyranny du jour] is pointlessly stupid and they [the bureaucrats] are silly and pathetic." And then laugh like I'm listening to Ron White*.

Thank you, Outlaw, I think this will be a refreshing new outlook.


*if you don't find him funny, I don't care...and you are wrong

Anonymous Osama Bin Laughin' December 07, 2012 1:39 PM  

They can't pour piss out of a boot.

And you pay your taxes.

Red, blue, and yellow.

Anonymous Stilicho December 07, 2012 1:53 PM  

I suppose that there's a patriotic progression in this as well. It used to be "kill a commie for Mommie" and it will become "kill a cop for Pop."

Anonymous Poopy Pants December 07, 2012 1:55 PM  

It's all because some goat-humpers in the sands of shitholistan hate us for our free-dumbs, right?

On a serious note. Don't discount the serious threat of all those Boo-slims. They seriously want to make all American woman cut off their clitoris, make all the American men hump sheep, goats, and an occasional camel, and bugger little boys and girls.

Quoted elsewhere: I can live next to a Jew, Hindu, Sikh,Buddhist, and etc without fear of them slipping into my home and slitting our infidel throats.

I cannot say the same about a muslem.


Because people in AmeriKa who live next to a Muslim… are all DEAD!

Anonymous Stickwick December 07, 2012 1:58 PM  

OT, but relevant: Breaking the Taboo premiers on YouTube today. It's about the failed War on (Some) Drugs and how policy needs to change. Saw an interview with Sir Richard Branson about the doc (his son produced it), and he mentions the ridiculous number of people incarcerated in the U.S. for drugs and how drug use and related crime are significantly reduced in places where drug use has been decriminalized. Looks like it's worth viewing.

Anonymous A Visitor December 07, 2012 2:03 PM  

That drone being flown by Imperial Beach, CA gives me pause, too. I've always wonder, having watched Border War and other series: what were to happen if you were to sit on the banks of the Río Grande and trip a sensor that CBP uses or just going surfing and accidentally land in Imperial Beach?

It reminds me of a story my dad told me. In the '80s, some Cessna pilot was low on gas in WA state and saw what he thought was an air strip (it was lighted up and looked like it at a distance). Yeah, before he could open his door after landing he had about 75 M-16s pointed in his face. Turns out he landed at the Navy's nuclear weapons stockyard or something.

"The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone."

I learned in one of my last classes in grad school that the FBI can legally search what you search (web sites) without a warrant since it's third party traffic and therefore not private. I'd imagine they use the same rationale with e-mails (especially with that 6 month old gambit from 1986, one of the reasons I always delete e-mails ASAP unless I need them). It's also the reason I keep all my photos, music, etc. off the cloud and shut down my computer and physically disable my Internet connection when not in use.

Finally, seeing the TEES drone flying near Easterwood Airport in CS made me smile. I wonder how many times it saw me going from CS to Houston or coming back to CS. I always assumed they would've flown at A&M's Riverside campus (where TEEX does its cool projects like blowing up buildings).

During the Cold War, Riverside was actually a secondary SAC airbase and was on the Soviets' list of where to hit in a first strike attack, supposedly. There's a few buildings on campus that still have fallout shelter signs.

A bit of Aggie lore: one of my friends had a friend whose girlfriend worked at Riverside. I guess he went to drop her off one night at work and found people drag racing university owned vehicles across the runways. All I can say to that is...whoop!

Anonymous Stilicho December 07, 2012 2:12 PM  

This is all so depressing. Let's talk about something uplifting like the new Z1. Oh, wait...never mind.

Anonymous A Visitor December 07, 2012 2:39 PM  

I haven't the faintest idea why but this post reminded me of the EDRs standard in most vehicles and soon to be mandated by the Feds without Congressional approval. I'm gonna see if I can't disable mine without deploying the airbags or at least disable the EPROM so there's no data. I read on a Nissan forum someone saying they get shaky hands around them, accidentally have deployed the air bags while working on them.

Anonymous A Space Alien December 07, 2012 3:16 PM  

Disconnect the battery pos and neg. Take the cables, and touch them together to discarge any static/residual voltage. Good to go.

Anonymous Seriously... December 07, 2012 3:48 PM  

While I understand the concern and believe that there is much cause for it, how is the government capable of spying on everyone? Is the math actually feasible?

Anonymous Noah B. December 07, 2012 3:57 PM  

Warrantless eavesdropping, pervasive digital video surveillance, armed drones, global gun control, total control of the financial system, medical death panels... it's almost enough to make one think that the government might be planning something really, really nasty against the people.

Anonymous Sam Scott December 07, 2012 4:01 PM  

Seriously,

While I understand the concern and believe that there is much cause for it, how is the government capable of spying on everyone? Is the math actually feasible?

The linked article alleges that the government is not exactly spying on everyone but collecting all the communications and storing them in something like a huge vault for future use, if needed. Essentially, if Bob Smith is arrested, the government could open the vault and then go over all of his previously-stored e-mails, etc.

Blogger James Dixon December 07, 2012 4:04 PM  

> Is the math actually feasible?

No. But they can store the accumulated data for future analysis. Pretty much as Scott is suggesting.

Anonymous Noah B. December 07, 2012 4:08 PM  

"Boeing’s A160 Hummingbird (see photo above), which the Air Force has flown near Victorville, California, is capable of staying in the air for 16-24 hours at a time and carries a gigapixel camera and a “Forester foliage-penetration radar” system designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."

Of course, the guy getting the video feed is probably doing something like playing Farmville or watching porn. Or possibly ranting about the continuing government encroachments on Americans' freedom on a blog somewhere...

Anonymous Razoraid December 07, 2012 4:20 PM  

Obviously this is foreboding of things to come, synthetic faces and all. We are in a heap of shit and most people don't have clue. What a world.

Anonymous Mr. Smith December 07, 2012 4:38 PM  

Essentially, if Bob Smith is arrested, the government could open the vault and then go over all of his previously-stored e-mails, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D7cPH7DHgA

(What good is a phone call if you are NDAA'd?)

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 07, 2012 7:48 PM  

Some would wonder who or what will be the next false flag event where drones are praised.


Complacency? In the months leading up the election there were many people who didn't even know about the UAV's, NDAA or intel center in Utah.

Blogger Desert Cat December 07, 2012 9:13 PM  

> We are all on the list.

Of course. Especially anyone who posts at a site like this is. Even folks like George and Tad. Assuming they aren't monitors, of course.


Of course. Here's a furry, clawed, middle digit at YOU, NSA! Your reach may (eventually) reach to all corners of the natural, temporal world. But it cannot, and will not, reach beyond.

And that is what matters.

PS, anyone ready to rescind their mockery regarding the UAV sightings I've reported?

Anonymous Roundtine December 07, 2012 9:41 PM  

Essentially, if Bob Smith is arrested, the government could open the vault and then go over all of his previously-stored e-mails, etc.

Or if Bob Smith congressman wants to vote against the President's bill. Or if journalist Smith wants to report about corruption.

Anonymous paleopaleo December 08, 2012 12:26 AM  

"zen0 December 07, 2012 11:48 AM
On October 25th, Boeing claimed a successful test of an EMP weapon that could target specific areas."

How the heck do they get away showing computer screens being taken down while the video camera shooting those computer electronics remains completely unaffected? Totally bogus.

Blogger WarriorClass December 08, 2012 6:09 AM  

Anyone who pays taxes at this point is paying for the murder of American children; Obama's blood sacrifice to Satan. If you pay taxes, you are supporting the Anti-Christ and dooming yourself to hell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Iozyg-xs4&feature=player_embedded

Anonymous RC December 08, 2012 11:13 AM  

If anyone doubts the rule of law is dead, get up-to-speed on the Reese family's prosecution by the feds. The Reese's were a FFL gun dealer who notified authorities of a questionable purchaser who was then turned state's witness against them. The entire story makes the government look like V for Vendetta's. I've been following this story for over a year and it has become increasingly unbelievable as time has passed - from the raid on their home by 100+ agents after they were already in custody, to taking their property thereby denying them funds to pay for a defense, to the most recent search of their property. All the while, the government was running Fast & Furious while the Reeses's were convicted by a sting operation that they "knew or should have known" that these guns were destined for Mexico. Find the whole sordid tale on lunatpp.org.

Anonymous AI December 08, 2012 11:17 AM  

PS, anyone ready to rescind their mockery regarding the UAV sightings I've reported?

They fly out of the former George AFB.

Blogger Desert Cat December 08, 2012 3:36 PM  

Those dots on the map are current military bases. At least the two I recognize in S. AZ are DMAFB and Fort Huachuca. I posted a while ago on my site some news stories about the controversy surrounding using the skies over my area for testing and training flights.

Anonymous Pi December 09, 2012 2:35 AM  

Ah. So you are in Arizona then. I get the occasional visitor to my blog from the folks at Huachuca psyops. George is a logistics airport now used by many DoD hanger-ons.

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