Thursday, September 20, 2012


It's been 45 days since my last post on spy drones.  That's when I started saving links for this post.  Want to guess how many links I saved in 45 days?


The good news: People are trying to get the word out.

The bad news: Talk is cheap.

When we last left our exciting spy drone story, the airliner you were flying to Denver in had just run into an off-course traffic drone whose guidance system had just been fried by solar radiation and you ended up in a molten pile of burning aluminum and plastic.

Easy come, easy go.

Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic, U.N. report says

U.N. officials describe several narrowly averted disasters in which drones crashed into a refu­gee camp, flew dangerously close to a fuel dump and almost collided with a large passenger plane over Mogadishu, the capital.

That'll be the real wake-up call.  A 747 hits one just entering New York City air space.  293 dead including the crew, 187 on the ground.

And the nightmare of links below the fold?

Actually, I'd suggest you skip it.  Why ruin a perfectly good day?

The real story in this post isn't the content of the articles, but the volume of them.  As noted, on average there's been one a day for the past month and a half.

And they're divided into four fairly distinct camps.

First are the fawning acolytes and drooling sycophants working for the MSM who daren't utter a discouraging word because, after all, a Democrat is in the White House.

At America's Biggest Drone Show, the Focus Shifts Toward Domestic Skies

Nonmilitary drones take to the skies in larger numbers

Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen

Television Stations Could Start Using Drones To Cover News Stories

Drone makers urge U.S. to let them sell more overseas

Pentagon OK with selling US drones to 66 countries

FAA chief says drones will force change at agency

FAA Has Authorized 106 Government ‘Entities’ to Fly Domestic Drones

And while we've discussed alternate forms of spy platforms, such as underwater drones and miniaturized models, let's not leave out...

US Army's 'spy blimp' makes first successful flight test above New Jersey

U.S. Army's New Battle Blimp Takes Flight

Police Department Wants Blimp To Spy On "Suspicious Activity"

Yeah, I'll be they do.

And then there are those naysayers who seem to think being watched 24 hours a day somehow infringes upon our right to privacy.

NSA whistleblowers: Government spying on every single American

Gazillions -- that's the number of times our government has spied on Americans since 9/11

The drones are coming

Drone warfare: a new generation of deadly unmanned weapons

The emerging ‘drone’ culture

Drone Aircraft Hijacked by Students in Test; Could Iran Do It? 

High anxiety on the Hill about civilian drone use

Bill would clip wings of private drone use

Big Brother’s enablers

Did I say 'watched'.  Excuse me, I meant monitored.

Is Your Car Being Tracked by a License-Plate Scanner?

'Black box' standards coming for cars

Added to the RFID chip in your shoe, the GPS tracking device in your cellphone and the DNA scanner at the airport and I'd say monitored was a pretty good word.

And then there are those upbeat types who see a rosy future in the hands of our drone overlords.  I'll let the first one speak for all.

Nonmilitary drones take to the skies in larger numbers

But FAA officials say they expect the number of commercial and scientific UAVs to rise as the agency develops new rules to integrate drones into civilian airspace by 2015.

That’s good news to environmental researchers such as David Schmale, an associate professor in Virginia Tech’s plant pa­thol­ogy department. Schmale and his colleagues are using drones to sample air currents in their study of a fungus that has been devastating crops and fruit orchards.

Insitu’s ScanEagle UAV...has been used to study migration of wildlife in Alaska, floods in North Dakota and the spread of invasive weeds in Australia.

"We have a lot of educating to do as an industry to make sure that people know that these things do not pose a threat or any kind of additional imposition relative to privacy," McDuffee said.

Being watched 24 hours a day is just an imposition, you see.

Drones to be become storm chasers, hurricane hunters

The Moral Case for Drones

Drone makers pledge to respect privacy

Police chiefs adopt drone code of conduct

Drone U. rides flight boom

Drone industry eager to road-test science fiction

Good ol' drones — humanity's new best friend.

And then there's that rosy future we mentioned.  Got your seat belt fastened?

Boeing Demonstrates Drones That Perform Like ‘Swarm Of Insects’

Are Olympics a Trojan horse for Big Brother?

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

Just a face in a crowd? Scans pick up ID, personal data

Nowhere to hide from NYPD's new computer system

Your iris may soon be the target of identity thieves

DHS Prepares for Civil Unrest as Obama Poised to Destroy 2nd Amendment

In all honesty, I've seen rosier scenarios.

Some makers cringe to hear word ‘drone’

Yeah, I'll bet they do.

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