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Thu Mar 14, 2013, 01:09 PM

 

DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

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Not scared yet? ... DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones http://cnet.co/ZaD4fa via @CNET #policestate #privacy


http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.

The documents provide more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department's unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States' northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.

Homeland Security's specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they "shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not," meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify "signals interception" technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and "direction finding" technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained a partially redacted copy of Homeland Security's requirements for its drone fleet through the Freedom of Information Act and published it this week. CNET unearthed an unredacted copy of the requirements that provides additional information about the aircraft's surveillance capabilities.

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Fire Walk With Me Mar 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Mar 2013 #1
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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 01:15 PM

1. Welcome to your own Police State

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:59 PM

2. Unfuckingbelievable.

But Jerry said we won and all that was left was the cleaning up.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:10 PM

3. DHS/military giveaways to local police. Corporate security firms. Now this...

...not hard to figure the intent, yes?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 06:27 PM

4. Drones are the new 'rapiscans'. Someone is making a fortune or planning to. As Chertoff

and Giuliani et all did on the 'security' equipment they ran all over TV telling use we needed after the failed underwear bomber routine.

To make money on drones, they need wider use. Just like those rapiscans if they can convince people we are in terrible danger unless we agree to allow them right here in the US, to be bought by every PD in the country (think of the money, the MARKET!!) some very lucky criminal corporate interests will make a fortune.

It's never about US, it's always about money. Who do they think they are kidding?

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