Archive for Februar 15th, 2013

15. Februar 2013

1.8 gigapixel Drone – Guaranteed not be used to track down corrupt & criminal politicians

A state of the art spy system that is housed in a drone and can record every moving object across an entire city from an altitude of 20,000 feet represents the next level of Big Brother surveillan

The 1.8 billion pixel ARGUS-IS surveillance camera, otherwise known as the Area Persistent Stare, has been developed by BAE Systems as part of a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Using 368 five megapixel cell phone cameras, the system can be fitted to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is eventually planned to be incorporated into the developmental solar eagle drone that will be able to stay airborne for years at a time.

The clip above features the creator of ARGUS, BAE Systems’ Yiannis Antoniades, describing how the system is equivalent to, “having up to 100 predators look at an area the size of a medium sized city at once,” and how it can track every moving object across an area of 15 square miles, right down to people walking down the street and even birds flying in the sky and objects as small as six inches on the ground.

“Everything that is a moving object is being automatically tracked… You can see individuals crossing the street. You can see individuals walking in parking lots. There’s actually enough resolution to be able to see people waving their arms or what kind of clothes they wear,” said Antoniades.

The system can store one million terabytes of video per day, 5,000 hours of HD footage, while broadcasting live streaming footage to a ground station. ARGUS can “zoom in and see tremendous detail.”

Details of the project, which was initiated in 2007, have only recently been released thanks to a government gag order being lifted, but the sensor itself is still classified and cannot be shown on camera.

Antoniades refused to discuss whether the system had been deployed in the field but stated, “I’m not at liberty to discuss plans of the government, but if we had our choice, we would like ARGUS to be over the same area 24 hours day, 7 days a week,” adding that drones would be a “perfect platform” for the sensor.

“We’re moving towards an increasingly electronic society where our movements are going to be tracked,” said Mary Cummings of the MIT Humans and Automation Lab.

Experts predict that there will be 30,000 surveillance drones in American skies by 2020 following a bill passed last year by Congress that permits the use of unmanned aerial spy vehicles on domestic soil.

“Now, consider this technology in the context of extra-judicial drone strikes initiated by artificial intelligence assessment parameters that automatically determine if you are a threat or not, and you can see how dangerous drones armed with these imaging systems will become,” writes Max Slavo.

15. Februar 2013

Majority Of Americans Support Drone Strikes

Senator: “If there’s a line of traffic coming out of a camp and we think that is populated by people who don’t like America — we bomb them”

Steve Watson
Feb 14, 2013

The Pentagon is to reward drone operators with medals, despite the fact that strikes have killed thousands of innocent civilians in Yemen and Pakistan; and the majority of Americans will support the action.

AP reports that the DoD is creating a new ribbon, called the Distinguished Warfare Medal that will be awarded for “extra achievement” related to a military operation. This will encompass sitting at a computer console and pressing a button to release Hellfire missiles from Predator drones hundreds and thousands of miles away.

The AP report notes that the medal would become the fourth-highest ranking combat decoration, placing above the Bronze Star, but below the Silver Star. The medal will be the first combat-award created by the Armed Forces since World War II.

Pentagon guidelines state that “The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from comrades or from other persons in similar situations.”

Research by the Pew Center, published Monday, found that “Overall, 56 percent [of Americans] approve of the U.S. conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; just 26 percent say they disapprove.”

The majority registered approval despite a leaked Justice Department memo earlier this month concluding that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens with drones “even if,” as NBC reported, “there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.”

RELATED: Here Are All The Children Murdered By Drone Strikes At The Hands Of Obama

Senator Rand Paul described support for the drone program as “very scary and worrisome”, Wednesday, and said he feared it would open up a “Pandora’s box” as far as federal government authority goes.

“It is very scary and worrisome to me… We don’t even name the target of people we kill with drones. If there’s a line of traffic coming out of a camp and we think that is populated by people who don’t like America — we bomb them,” Paul said.

“Is that a high enough standard for Americans maybe coming out of a city or an encampment somewhere in the U.S. where they’re meeting and saying anti-government things? Are we going to have signature strikes in America? I mean, it opens Pandora’s box once you say we may as well kill Americans in America without any judicial trial, with politicians making the decision, that’s very worrisome.” the Senator continued.

In the interview with CNN, Paul said he was considering filibustering the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, after Brennan refused to answer Paul’s line of questioning during Brennan’s confirmation hearing.

“If you’re not going to answer, No,’ I think that means you’re telling us, ‘Yes’ — you believe that the president has the power to kill an Americans in America. That is appalling,” Paul said during the interview.

In a further statement today, Paul noted:

“I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share.”

“These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens. Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution.” Paul’s statement reads.


by Steve Watson, London based writer

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