Somebody’s Watching Me… “Persistent Surveilance” Aerial Cameras Over Cities

As I learned on Reddit.com "there is a company that secretly takes continuous, rapid, high-resolution aerial photos of crime-plagued cities to help police "rewind" time to view a crime as it happens and then to "fast-forward" the movement of suspects to their present locations."

 

From Bloomberg: "Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.

Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings. The Cessna sometimes flew above the city for as many as 10 hours a day, and the public had no idea it was there.

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A company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, based in Dayton, Ohio, provided the service to the police, and the funding came from a private donor. No public disclosure of the program had ever been made.

Ross McNutt, the founder of Persistent Surveillance Systems, ...is an Air Force Academy graduate, physicist, and MIT-trained astronautical engineer who in 2004 founded the Air Force’s Center for Rapid Product Development. The Pentagon asked him if he could develop something to figure out who was planting the roadside bombs that were killing and maiming American soldiers in Iraq. In 2006 he gave the military Angel Fire, a wide-area, live-feed surveillance system that could cast an unblinking eye on an entire city.

The system was built around an assembly of four to six commercially available industrial imaging cameras, synchronized and positioned at different angles, then attached to the bottom of a plane. As the plane flew, computers stabilized the images from the cameras, stitched them together and transmitted them to the ground at a rate of one per second. This produced a searchable, constantly updating photographic map that was stored on hard drives. His elevator pitch was irresistible: “Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.”

  • Sounds amazingly useful and simultaneously 1984 Orwellian and NWO creepy...
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Comments

Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 25, 2017 - 4:31am
How's that whole "they hate us for our freedoms" thing working out for ya? Hmm?
Mircea Negres Added Oct 25, 2017 - 4:41am
Thank God technology wasn't as advanced until 1989, or communism wouldn't have been brought down in eastern Europe. When it comes to pervasive surveillance, it is worth paying attention to the following lines from the 2008 movie Body of Lies, and acting accordingly: "Our enemy has realized that they are fighting guys from the future. Now, ahem, it is as brilliant as it is infuriating. If you live like it's the past, and you behave like it's the past then guys from the future find it very hard to see you. If you throw away your cell phone, shut down your e-mail pass all your instructions face-to-face, hand-to-hand, turn your back on technology and just disappear into the crowd. No flags. No uniforms. You got your basic grunts on the ground there. They're looking going, "Who is it we're fighting?" In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies and your enemies dress like your friends. What I need you to fully understand is that these people, they do not wanna negotiate. Not at all."
 
Got surveillance overhead? Improvise, adapt, overcome- go underground, above, or become invisible while you search for means to make it go away...  
Ari Silverstein Added Oct 25, 2017 - 6:43am
From the title to tone of your article, you sure make this sound 1984 Orwellian and not “amazingly useful.”  If so, why not make the argument why you’re so fearful, rather than straddle the fence and beat around the bush?
Tamara Wilhite Added Oct 26, 2017 - 9:44pm
They don't hate us for our freedoms. They see it as Allah's will and Mohammed's clear command that all be made to submit to Islam either directly or indirectly as second class dhimmi. 
Mircea Negres Added Oct 27, 2017 - 6:28am
Tamara, I advised making oneself less vulnerable to surveillance- dump your phone, shut down e-mail accounts and social media, speak to people face to face, learn intelligence trade craft and disappear from the view of surveillance platforms while keeping a constant eye on developments.
Bill H. Added Oct 27, 2017 - 12:29pm
Well over 400 police departments are now using drones. Most were deployed without the knowledge of local citizens and then justified by statements like "drones will be used only during critical incidents, such as when suspects are barricaded or holding hostages, or to search for missing people in wilderness areas".
I think most of us realize that it is just a matter of time before these drones are outfitted with long-range listening devices, Wi Fi signal interception systems, and even weapons.
We have crossed the line. 
Jim Garrett Added Nov 16, 2017 - 11:52am
I'm surprised they are using airplanes because of the fuel.  There are aerostats made just for this purpose, much cheaper on fuel costs.  This is something I can't really argue with as there are already many security cameras in cities and we don't bat an eye at those.  This just reduces the need for so many.