Sunday, March 3, 2013

Your tax dollars at work. DHS continues preps for civil war.

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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Anonymous said...

Cover and concealment, for one capability, and saturation for the other - imagine if every tree had a prepaid cellphone strapped to it - makes the signal to noise ratio quite unfavorable eh? :)

Anonymous said...

So we dig in at night with overhead cover,and stop useing cellphones.So what? They have to land the bitch some place for fuel. And how long will the drone "pilots" last off base?

Anonymous said...

I say we ALL wear "glasses and nose" when we leave the house.
Or, better YET...a Bath-House Barry mask.