Drones Becoming Better Used for Surveillance in the US

Drones are being used for extensive surveillance in the United States, and reportedly have been used before in other countries for spying and targeted assassinations. There’ve been numerous reports of Customs and Border Protection that utilized Predator drones.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had provided evidence of its use by federal government and also local law enforcement. There are a lot of license records for drones, and the tracking of them on domestic flights. According to the organization, “EFF filed suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones.”

These government surveillance issues outline a risky pattern that goes beyond internet monitoring, crazy intersection cameras, etc. These drones have impressive yet disturbing functionality to civil liberties advocates. According to the FOIA complaint, they carry equipment that can, “conduct highly sophisticated and almost constant surveillance. Including video cameras, infrared cameras and heat sensors, and radar.”

According to CSO, “The complaint quoted a description of the U.S. Army’s A160 Hummingbird Drone-Copter that includes, “super-high-resolution ‘gigapixel’ cameras that can track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet, … can monitor up to 65 enemies of the State simultaneously, and … see targets from almost 25 miles down range.”

The CSO has a collaborative article about the situation, with more information.

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