spy planes

Unmanned spy planes are being launched from 63 locations in 20 states - Is there one near you?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: drones, spy planes, privacy

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
(NaturalNews) First it was traffic cams, then surveillance cameras in business parking lots. Next in line was Google Earth. Now, increasing domestic use of drones by the military, police agencies and even universities are making author George Orwell's "fictional" novel 1984 - which envisions a surveillance society and features thought police - look downright prophetic.

Following what has been described as a "landmark" Freedom of Information Act request, the federal government has been forced to reveal that unmanned spy drones are being launched from 63 sites in 20 states.

Further, some of the drones are of a make and model that has been used overseas to target insurgents and terrorists with missiles, the government's information revealed.

Once again, your privacy doesn't matter

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is authorized to license and track drone usage, says most of the spy crafts are being launched from military installations, police agencies and Border Patrol/border enforcement entities. But surprisingly, some 19 colleges and universities are also in the spy drone business.

Those institutions include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, and some experts believe these schools may be developing drone technology, London's Daily Telegraph reported. Some 21 drone manufacturers are also registered with the FAA to operate the small aerial surveillance craft as well.

The FAA released the information in response to a lawsuit by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), a non-partisan group which advocates for more privacy rights - a tough job in this day and age of wholesale DNA sampling and online eavesdropping by the government and the private sector alike.

Compact surveillance

The EFF's Web site features - ironically enough - an interactive, Google Earth-type map of the U.S. indicating where the 63 operational sites are located, and describing them.

What the descriptions don't include are the types of drones operating from those sites. The FAA has assured the EFF that the agency will release that information at a later date - though no specific one was given.

Analysts believe most of the drones are of the smaller variety, like the Dranganflyer X8, which only has a payload of 2.2 pounds - which is more than enough to carry a camera.

And while most Americans most likely would not object to the widespread use of drones monitoring wide-open spaces such as government land to monitor for forest fires, or to protect the country, such as the nation's borders, the increasing level of usage among military and police agencies in the nation's heartland gives privacy advocates pause. And for good reason.

More on the way

But the government doesn't appear ready - or concerned enough about your rights - to curb drone usage domestically. In fact, says former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano, the Pentagon is rushing headlong into domestic drone deployment, of course as a way to increase our security.

The Air Force, writes Napolitano, may be planning to dispatch one to a "backyard near you," ostensibly to help local cops "find missing persons or kidnap victims, or to chase bad guys."

"If the drone operator sees you doing anything of interest (Is your fertilizer for the roses or to fuel a bomb? Is that Sudafed for your cold or your meth habit? Are you smoking in front of your kids?), the feds say they may take a picture of you and keep it. The feds predict that they will dispatch or authorize about 30,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles across America in the next 10 years," he writes.

At the same time, the EFF complaint disclosed, about 300 more state and local police departments have applications pending before the FAA to use drones they have already bought (many with federal - i.e., taxpayer - funds, no less).

That "friendly" drone in the sky? Don't worry. It's probably not tracking you.


Sources for this article include:




Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Drones at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.