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L.A. Police To Use "Nearly Invisible" Drones  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

The BBC reports that the Los Angeles Police Department plans to use model plane-sized surveillance aircraft to assist in its general duties. The planes are so small that they are nearly impossible to see from a typical distance.

These motorized, camera-equipped aircraft can be stored in a backpack and are launched by simply throwing them into the air.

See:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5051142.stm

It's all well and good that they want to use these tiny machines, but just wait until one crashes into a Hollywood limousine or, worse, is attacked by a local bird of prey. I can just imagine a couple of hawks tangling with one of these things during mating season!

[Edited 2006-06-07 19:31:16]

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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Commander Heal is quick to point out that it is not their intention to launch 'big brother' style surveillance operations.

"There's no place in an urban environment that you can go to right now that you're not being looked at with a video camera and you have nothing to fear from your own government - you are being watched by your fellow citizens," he says.


That quote sounds like something straight out of a Soviet era news agency.



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 1):
That quote sounds like something straight out of a Soviet era news agency.

Yeah. I'm not hot on the idea that Big Government can see people wherever they may be in public, either. It's really sad that it's come to this.

I understand that in London, they have street-cameras everywhere -- the highest camera-per-capita ratio in the world.

And even our own Supreme Court has basically long held that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy while in public.

I guess I can see why the LAPD would want to reduce the usage of helicopters and deploy these flying surveillance cameras instead. I only hope that they will use them with discretion.

Can't wait to read what happens when the first mini-aircraft gets eaten by a ravenous hawk, though.

[Edited 2006-06-07 20:16:49]

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3939 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 1):
you have nothing to fear from your own government - you are being watched by your fellow citizens,"

Indeed this statement sends some serious chills down my spine!

Thomas



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User currently offlineN9512c From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Makes this country seem more like a war zone. Watching its people with uav's.....


Negative ghotsrider the pattern is full!
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

I don't think that these things will fly in rural areas -- literally. They're likely to be taken out by some kid with a glorified BB gun, or worse.

But you're right -- and it seems like we're almost headed toward a Robocop future. Mechanized policing. :Sigh:


User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1597 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Time to move out of the city folks...


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