It seems a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Police Department spilled the beans on Big Brother surveillance conducted over the city of Compton in 2012. From The Atlantic:
In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality.
Compton residents weren’t told about the spying, which happened in 2012. “We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people.”
It seems companies are trying to sell local law enforcement “persistent surveillance” technology. According to the Free Dictionary, persistent surveillance is:
A collection strategy that emphasizes the ability of some collection systems to linger on demand in an area to detect, locate, characterize, identify, track, target, and possibly provide battle damage assessment and re-targeting in near or real-time. Persistent surveillance facilitates the formulation and execution of preemptive activities to deter or forestall anticipated adversary courses of action.
Sounds like military talk and it should. According to The Atlantic article:
If it’s adopted, Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation…
McNutt, who holds a doctorate in rapid product development, helped build wide-area surveillance to hunt down bombing suspects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He decided that clusters of high-powered surveillance cameras attached to the belly of small civilian aircraft could be a game-changer in U.S. law enforcement.
“Our whole system costs less than the price of a single police helicopter and costs less for an hour to operate than a police helicopter,” McNutt said. “But at the same time, it watches 10,000 times the area that a police helicopter could watch.”
The official story is that as of yet, no police departments have purchased the equipment because “the cameras aren’t yet good enough to identify the faces of individuals.” Does this mean they’re waiting for the merger of this technology with that of facial recognition? I guess it’s too much trouble for them to capture a still shot and run that through a program. Why would that be? Will the aircraft also be able to take out targets, like the president’s beloved drone strike program?
As for the bean-spilling sergeant, he states:
I’m sure that once people find out this experiment went on they might be a little upset. But knowing that we can’t see into their bedroom windows, we can’t see into their pools, we can’t see into their showers. You know, I’m sure they’ll be okay with it. With the amount of technology out in today’s age, with cameras in ATMs, at every 7/11, at every supermarket, pretty much every light poll [sic], all the license plate cameras, the red light cameras, people have just gotten used to being watched.
Right. We’ll just get used to the fact that cops are spying on us everywhere we go. Is this guy stupid or evil? Out of touch or a liar? Either way, we don’t need people like him spying on us. The Atlantic article ends with this good point:
Many Americans elect their own sheriffs. This is the future if nothing is done to stop them.
Those of us who are aware of and outraged by unconstitutional spying, and other infringements upon our freedoms, need to bring these subjects up during local election season. National elections are political theater, one domineering globalist versus another. On the other hand, local elections can still make a difference in our quality of life.