Unmanned Drones to Patrol U.S. Skies in Near Future

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Already used by the US Army in war-zones such as Afghanistan, unmanned drones are about to be used by police departments, border patrols and even power companies. These remote-controlled planes can be equipped with high powered cameras, heat sensors and even weapons (they have been used to kill “terrorists” in the Middle-East) to track, monitor and potentially wreck havoc on groups or specific individuals. Although not yet used in the US their use on domestic soil is pretty much an inevitability. For example, the ShadowHawk, a drone conceived by the company Vanguard, greatly interests US law-enforcement groups for its weapon-bearing qualities. Its “international” version can be equipped with a 40mm grenade launcher and a 12-guage shotgun – all of this can be controlled from a laptop computer.

As a recent report from the ACLU states, unmanned drones in US domestic soil would represent “a large step closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities”. Here’s an article from the Associated Press about to push for the use of drones in the US.

Pressure builds for civilian drone flights at home

Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird’s-eye view that’s too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

Along with the enthusiasm, there are qualms.

Drones overhead could invade people’s privacy. The government worries they could collide with passenger planes or come crashing down to the ground, concerns that have slowed more widespread adoption of the technology.

Despite that, pressure is building to give drones the same access as manned aircraft to the sky at home.

“It’s going to be the next big revolution in aviation. It’s coming,” says Dan Elwell, the Aerospace Industries Association’s vice president for civil aviation.

Some impetus comes from the military, which will bring home drones from Afghanistan and wants room to test and use them. In December, Congress gave the Federal Aviation Administration six months to pick half a dozen sites around the country where the military and others can fly unmanned aircraft in the vicinity of regular air traffic, with the aim of demonstrating they’re safe.

The Defense Department says the demand for drones and their expanding missions requires routine and unfettered access to domestic airspace, including around airports and cities. In a report last October, the Pentagon called for flights first by small drones both solo and in groups, day and night, expanding over several years. Flights by large and medium-sized drones would follow in the latter half of this decade.

Other government agencies want to fly drones, too, but they’ve been hobbled by an FAA ban unless they first receive case-by-case permission. Fewer than 300 waivers were in use at the end of 2011, and they often include restrictions that severely limit the usefulness of the flights. Businesses that want to put drones to work are out of luck; waivers are only for government agencies.

But that’s changing.

Congress has told the FAA that the agency must allow civilian and military drones to fly in civilian airspace by September 2015. This spring, the FAA is set to take a first step by proposing rules that would allow limited commercial use of small drones for the first time.

Until recently, agency officials were saying there were too many unresolved safety issues to give drones greater access. Even now FAA officials are cautious about describing their plans and they avoid discussion of deadlines.

“The thing we care about is doing that in an orderly and safe way and finding the appropriate … balance of all the users in the system,” Michael Huerta, FAA’s acting administrator, told a recent industry luncheon in Washington. “Let’s develop these six sites — and we will be doing that — where we can develop further data, further testing and more history on how these things actually operate.”

Drones come in all sizes, from the high-flying Global Hawk with its 116-foot wingspan to a hummingbird-like drone that weighs less than an AA battery and can perch on a window ledge to record sound and video. Lockheed Martin has developed a fake maple leaf seed, or “whirly bird,” equipped with imaging sensors, that weighs less than an ounce.

Potential civilian users are as varied as the drones themselves.

Power companies want them to monitor transmission lines. Farmers want to fly them over fields to detect which crops need water. Ranchers want them to count cows.

Journalists are exploring drones’ newsgathering potential. The FAA is investigating whether The Daily, a digital publication of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., used drones without permission to capture aerial footage of floodwaters in North Dakota and Mississippi last year. At the University of Nebraska, journalism professor Matt Waite has started a lab for students to experiment with using a small, remote-controlled helicopter.

“Can you cover news with a drone? I think the answer is yes,” Waite said.

The aerospace industry forecasts a worldwide deployment of almost 30,000 drones by 2018, with the United States accounting for half of them.

“The potential … civil market for these systems could dwarf the military market in the coming years if we can get access to the airspace,” said Ben Gielow, government relations manager for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry trade group.

The hungriest market is the nation’s 19,000 law enforcement agencies.

Customs and Border Patrol has nine Predator drones mostly in use on the U.S.-Mexico border, and plans to expand to 24 by 2016. Officials say the unmanned aircraft have helped in the seizure of more than 20 tons of illegal drugs and the arrest of 7,500 people since border patrols began six years ago.

Several police departments are experimenting with smaller drones to photograph crime scenes, aid searches and scan the ground ahead of SWAT teams. The Justice Department has four drones it loans to police agencies.

“We look at this as a low-cost alternative to buying a helicopter or fixed-wing plane,” said Michael O’Shea, the department’s aviation technology program manager. A small drone can cost less than $50,000, about the price of a patrol car with standard police gear.

Like other agencies, police departments must get FAA waivers and follow much the same rules as model airplane hobbyists: Drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, stay below an altitude of 400 feet, keep away from airports and always stay within sight of the operator. The restrictions are meant to prevent collisions with manned aircraft.

Even a small drone can be “a huge threat” to a larger plane, said Dale Wright, head of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s safety and technology department. “If an airliner sucks it up in an engine, it’s probably going to take the engine out,” he said. “If it hits a small plane, it could bring it down.”

Controllers want drone operators to be required to have instrument-rated pilot licenses — a step above a basic private pilot license. “We don’t want the Microsoft pilot who has never really flown an airplane and doesn’t know the rules of how to fly,” Wright said.

Military drones designed for battlefields haven’t had to meet the kind of rigorous safety standards required of commercial aircraft.

“If you are going to design these things to operate in the (civilian) airspace you need to start upping the ante,” said Tom Haueter, director of the National Transportation Safety Board’s aviation safety office. “It’s one thing to operate down low. It’s another thing to operate where other airplanes are, especially over populated areas.”

Even with FAA restrictions, drones are proving useful in the field.

Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado can launch a 2-pound Draganflyer X6 helicopter from the back of a patrol car. The drone’s bird’s-eye view cut the manpower needed for a search of a creek bed for a missing person from 10 people to two, said Ben Miller, who runs the drone program. The craft also enabled deputies to alert fire officials to a potential roof collapse in time for the evacuation of firefighters from the building, he said.

The drone could do more if it were not for the FAA’s line-of-sight restriction, Miller said. “I don’t think (the restriction) provides any extra safety,” he said.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, north of Houston, used a Department of Homeland Security grant to buy a $300,000, 50-pound ShadowHawk helicopter drone for its SWAT team. The drone has a high-powered video camera and an infrared camera that can spot a person’s thermal image in the dark.

“Public-safety agencies are beginning to see this as an invaluable tool for them, just as the car was an improvement over the horse and the single-shot pistol was improved upon by the six-shooter,” said Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel, who runs the Montgomery drone program.

The ShadowHawk can be equipped with a 40 mm grenade launcher and a 12-guage shotgun, according to its maker, Vanguard Defense Industries of Conroe, Texas. The company doesn’t sell the armed version in the United States, although “we have had interest from law-enforcement entities for deployment of nonlethal munitions from the aircraft,” Vanguard CEO Michael Buscher said.

The possibility of armed police drones someday patrolling the sky disturbs Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The Constitution is taking a back seat so that boys can play with their toys,” Burke said. “It’s kind of scary that they can use a laptop computer to zap people from the air.”

A recent ACLU report said allowing drones greater access takes the country “a large step closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which focuses on civil liberties threats involving new technologies, sued the FAA recently, seeking disclosure of which agencies have been given permission to use drones. FAA officials declined to answer questions from The Associated Press about the lawsuit.

Industry officials said privacy concerns are overblown.

“Today anybody— the paparazzi, anybody — can hire a helicopter or a (small plane) to circle around something that they’re interested in and shoot away with high-powered cameras all they want,” said Elwell, the aerospace industry spokesman. “I don’t understand all the comments about the Big Brother thing.”
– Source: AP

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There was an unmanned helicopter parked over midtown in manhattan for about 30 minutes three nights ago flashing red and had a spot light searching the streets. My brother said there was one in Charleston, SC the same night as well.

Welcome to a police state

In the not so distant future, real is as imaginary as it can get ..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-21

:l soon we wont be able to ever use this website anymore…..

god love you, don't let him go…

There is no surprise here at all,

It's amazing that the government can find money to build "toys" and yet there is supposedly no money in the economy to better our school systems, health care, senior care, etc….. Humanity, humility, modesty and honesty are absent in a world all about self corruption, money,greed and power. It's funny how "they" always seem to try to find ways to discredit God and yet they continue to bring about the prophecy….. It is true that the Bible is the living word, and everything that was spoken then shall come to pass. The Bible says the rigteous shall never be forsaken, and so it shall be. As long as the people of God stand strong and keep their faith NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US SHALL PROSPER!!!!!!!! We are and were already declared VICTORIOUS through the blood Jesus Christ shed for us on calvary. Do not fear the works of the enemy… Read more »

This is just another random excuse to interrupt one's personal affairs than for commercial use by the public.

The police department and other organizations want to use the drone for assistance in their particular purpose of work but majority would say that this is just a little too dangerous because the risks outweigh the benefits of using the drone because of the latest gadgets that it has including a camera.

The illuminati is behind this for sure just to show how great and powerful they are spreading the influence of the New World Order.

The "locusts" the book of Revelation speaks about?….maybe.

Its so funny because we don't have this things in my country,so I wonder what they have in store for my country

How about a video camea jammer? Or cell phone jammer? Never heard of that?

The Illuminati is planning a new phase in their mission to take over. The unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market is booming with the 2010 global market estimated to be between $5.5 billion and $6 billion with a rate of 3-5% growth over the next ten years. The drone industry's lobbying expenditures have more than doubled from 2010 to 2011. In 2009 and 2010 they spent $120,000 in disclosed funds and according to their analysis they disclosed $280,000 in 2011. The threat posed by drones being used on American soil is not just due to the fact that they can be weaponized and used to assassinate Americans without charge or trial, but also due to the pervasive surveillance capabilities. The "threat assessment" technology is quite worrying. It is designed to detect malicious intent from an extreme distance and create a report based on physiological markers which supposedly show the intent to… Read more »
Drones are already being used secretly in every country and in the USA. Why the fuck must they tell you they are using them! (That would defeat the purpose) Not that I agree this is good in anyway. This article just helps mainstream the device and educates you on what you dont know which already has been thought about when they made a damn remote controlled plane or helicopter. They already have drones in Battlefield 3 the video game and much more im sure coming soonin other games. When I was 5 years old I wanted a remote control helicopter,NOT for the same reason as the GOVT but it never slipped out of mind if you could put a camera or a water gun and make it fly that would be "cool" (I was kid then) and that this would be called a "Drone" someday. SMH. Fuck the GOVT. God… Read more »

I am getting so tired of the illuminati, i'm not even scared anymore, i'm just getting annoyed about how many stupid stunts they put up and people don't even notice.

I hope terror groups don't get hold of these either

First people were introduced to UFOs, now they are umanned drones

LVB,

This is totally unrelated to the specific article you just posted…I was wondering if you could do really detailed articles on the following celebrities and their supposed links to the occult, mind-control, spiritualism etc..given that they were each very unique artistes in their own ways and beloved as they were by many, we cannot hide the fact that at one point in their lives they could possibly have dabbled heavily in these covertrites and so forth…that and the fact that no doubt they may have also been abused by their handlers :

1. Michael Jospeh Jackson

2. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

3. Tupac Amaru Shakur

4. Aaliyah

5. Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G

6. Eazy E

7. Jimmi Hendrix and

8. Elvis Aaron Presley

Good job. I've been wanting articles about them for a while.

🙂

Yes the micheal Jackson mind control thing reminds me of this interview he gave to this bbc reporter.

Well in this video around at 5 minutes playing time the interviewer goes to mocheal Jackson hotel in lasvegas.

Look at all the manicans and dolls that have been kept in this suite.

They all look so life like and look stern

I could see a police man, an old man and an old lady with a very eerie look on them.

That's mind control.

This reminds me of Ashton kutcher who said Demi more has a huge collection of life like dolls in her house.

That's mind control

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgvmuO_faB8&fe

PS – by 'abuse' I am not necessarily referring to sexual abuse…but really mind-control of the individual against their wanton wishes.

Hey Joe,

Thanks for the comment and the ideas.

I'm extremely busy here lately, but when I have more time I will look into those people you've suggested, as I'm sure there is plenty to write about with them.

Until then, you can check our a few of them in this one I wrote awhile back in reference to exactly the things you are talking about – mind control and the common links between many "stars" and the patterns in their lives. There's a whole bunch of stuff there, in three parts, so check it out and tell me what you think.

http://lvb-research.blogspot.com/2010/05/brief-hi

Drones are a relatively small issue. We're talking about small, energy-intensive items that would need to be recharged every so often, and since there's only so much easily-gotten energy out there (and we're running out of THAT) these things will be limited.

As for the Google Glasses (look it up) – THAT I worry about greatly. Why, after all, should Big Brother watch you when he/it can watch what you're looking at, what you're doing and whom you're with…all from your point of view? Drones would be too much effort, and even the Smartphone is too bulky compared to the Google Glasses.

Although I totally agree with all of your concerns about the unintended consequences (or probably INTENDED, knowing the ruling elite) of this giant leap in police state technology, I also would like to point out that it is illegal for ANY non-military aircraft – fixed-wing or helicopter – to have any mounted weapons in the United States. For now, anyway. I don't think there's any doubt that the drones will be coming soon in mass numbers, because 1) they are relatively cheap and very effective, especially for surveillance of just about anything, and 2) There is a very legitimate need for this capability in the southwest US along the border areas, which are completely out of control. I'm not saying they are the only answer, but being that the Fedgovt simply will not do what is necessary to enforce our existing laws to secure our own borders – one of… Read more »

You have one premise wrong. The NATIONAL GUARD responds to natural disasters in the USA. They have a different charter under the military which allows them to enter US territories but again they are prevented from specifically taking arms against US citizens under Posse Comitatus. Usually, the NG does not carry weaponry.

Sadly, they will have the program up and running before anyone can intervene to stop them. Meaning that, until they put the in the air, no one can sue the government for violating the law.

And the whole you shouldn't worry if you aren't doing anything wrong, lol, Ben Franklin said that one best, anyone who gives up a little liberty for comfort,deserves neither.

Thank you for that great post.It is just plain scary the way things are right now and the way we are all going. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or… Read more »

PS – I would also like to point out that there are a number of counselors and Pastors who minister to the 2nd and 3rd example in an effort to help these people break free of this bondage. With success I might add! Just in case the fundamentalist want to tear me up for condoning. That is not my point. It is much bigger & complex in some cases than we can wrap our lil noggins around is all. The first group, Sodom & Gomorrah and only God knows!

Whoa Weber – I did not see the BSB til just now, and at first I thought the ass man vid was just a quirky and random way of saying down with the nwo. I actually thought it funny in a very odd way. Having said that, I see what you are saying, collectively. But am not sure on the intent. Who knows? I've always stayed out of the homosexual commentary, but if you don't mind, would like to share some thoughts on that, since you brought it up. From what I can see (in my limited perspective mind you) is that there are three forms of homosexuality. First being the completely deviant & debauched. Like how world leaders turn homo as their power rises. Bohemiam Grove stuff. P********a takes over etc. Pure evil. Next you have the homosexuality that is trained, engrained, and conditioned into the mindset of the… Read more »

Hostile. So you're saying this time you can speak the Born Again language better than the enemy? Your last post was to the backstreet boys right? Changing the subject…

Gay people are an army of the NWO. Their hatred for the non sadomasochist masses is really something in San Francisco. Their selfish desire not to be judged will get them to sign on to any social system that is against the Protestant middle class values.

"Backstreet Boys"

"Ass Man"

Hostile…

OH…MY….Word! I did not expect that link! I almost shot nighty nite tea outta my nose. No joke~ Be careful cat! Funny bones have been known to break!

Couldn't agree more on the Three Angels Message…..think they REALLY mean it!!!

youtube.com/watch?v=kfoluoIMpi8

The intended future is a melding of mind and machine:

Neuromancer

You won't mind the external drones and fake insects/birds because you will be a part of the planned MACHINE.

This whole "terrorist-thing" is just a stupid excuse for the elite to introduce their fancy toys into our lives to "protect" us from the terrorists. Thanks to the large number of ignorant people that live amongst us, the elite will have their support, afraid that terrorists will attack them. Little do they know about the real terrorists here.

Yes….it's all coming down isn't it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaGcAqcgWjY&fe

a lot of people think that if you aren't doing anything wrong then you shouldn't worry about being under surveillance 24/7.

I have the feeling that in the same way the U.S.S.C refused to allow the police to track people through use of their smartphones or gps devices planted on their cars or persons, the U.S.S.C will force the government to disband this project.

It is SPECIFICALLY AGAINST THE LAW, and was passed in 1878, here's a link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

The day the drones repair themselves with parts they can make it is the only a matter of time…

If I ever have $50,000 to spare, could I possibly buy one of these and then spy on my local law enforcement and government? I really want my own drone.

Use their own weapson against them? Hell yeah!

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