Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rise of the Drones...and the end of Liberty?

     ARGUS-IS, or Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System, is small enough to fit easily into an unmanned drone. It wields a 1.8-gigapixel video camera that can distinguish objects as small as six inches from a 22,000 foot altitude. This high resolution makes ARGUS capable of viewing 15 square miles at one time, meaning it’s powerful enough to observe a medium-sized city.
     The so-called “Patriot” Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the NDAA have already authorized the federal government to conduct domestic surveillance without probable cause or a warrant. Police departments of several major cities anticipate using drones soon.  Is this really the America we want?  See the incredible capabilities of these unmanned aircraft:

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