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Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"

 
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Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
(I'm not sure on the credibility of this site, but found this interesting nonetheless)

Don’t be surprised if you catch a federal fleet of sneaky spy drones soaring over your head in the near future, but don’t be too terrified — it’s all in the name of public safety.

The US Department of Homeland Security is asking the makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles to submit their crafts for consideration as the agency ramps up the construction of a full-fledged surveillance state across America. The DHS plans to soon conduct drone tests over the Fort Sill, Oklahoma US Army base, and they’re already soliciting spy planes from the private sector so they can select what kind of UAV to use.

According to a request for information published on the Federal Business Opportunities website recently, the DHS is determined to begin drone tests over the military base soon and is seeking submissions from drone makers that don’t mind making a few bucks by having their products put into the US airspace to conduct sweeping surveillance.

The Borders and Maritime Security Division of the DHS “will conduct flight testing and evaluation of airborne sensors and small unmanned aerial systems,” the request reads, and now invites vendors to submit drones to be tested “under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operation scenarios.”

The solicitation says that drones will be evaluated to see how well they perform law enforcement operations and conduct search and rescue missions, but once a craft is handed over to the DHS then the details will be put under lock and key. Specifically, the call for work says, "the information within each test report will be classified as For Official Use Only, and will not be shared with the general public."

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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
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10/14/2012 04:22 AM
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It might be too late... I live in a very rural area. About 6-8 weeks ago I was taking my dog out to go bathroom and while I was waiting for him to do his thing, I just happened to be looking up and Wallah it's a drone. Seemed to be traveling a route along a major river. I do not live near a military base. Or near any metropolitan areas. And it was to early to be looking for pot plants.

So they are out there.
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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
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And then there's the congress trying to force the Army to build $3 billion worth of tanks that they army says they don't need.
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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
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Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not seen before? YES, unless you count per capita then maybe the Civil War.
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Why the applaud?
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Imagine remote controlled shit flying over your houses heavily armed. Some dude controlling these from his office or facility.
Oh yea, to protect.
Wow, what a warm and fuzzy feeling.nooo222
SPEAK UP. SILENCE IS DEADLY!

I am currently experiencing life at several WTFs per hour.

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This has to be a shill.
SPEAK UP. SILENCE IS DEADLY!

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25534586


This has to be a shill.
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I was a bit puzzled by the applauding also.
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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
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And then there's the congress trying to force the Army to build $3 billion worth of tanks that they army says they don't need.
 Quoting: Nika


While the British Police are buying guns they don't need, use or want.. and while I can see people worrying this has everything to do with martial law/civil strife, I can't help but feel this is being used as cover to get around the notion that we (as nations) are disarming ourselves.
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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
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Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not seen before? YES, unless you count per capita then maybe the Civil War.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6333077


While I know we are heading down a crappy route right now, and I realise the establishment have only left a few routes open to us as nations.

The logical route, would be to seek out new sources of revenue to take up the employment slack and make us all happy bunnies that can work and feed ourselves and our kids, but really that had to come within the first year of this mess to be effective before the people get angry.

That leaves dealing with the fermenting internal anger, which at some point will be directed against the establishment itself, they know this and know the outcome to that places their own arses on the line.

The last one is to redirect that internal anger externally..

and while I think what they are doing is looking like they are preparing for internal issues, I can't help but feel that they are really preparing for something external.

Generally speaking the establishment seems safer from their enemies in an external conflict than they are from their own people in an internal one..

It seems logical to me that they'll protect their own arses..
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Re: Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"
Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not see since WW2 and the Cold War?

Personally I see these kinds of headlines and think of the prelude to WW2 and the many different ways nations sought to increase their arms without seeming like they where breaking any treaty..

We're buying bullets, but hey it's only for internal use, we're building drones, but hey it's only for internal use.

Seems like we, that is nations in the West are stockpiling arms and weapons for a reason, and I honestly don't think it is to subdue internal strife.

just my tuppence.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25354005


Do you feel, that perhaps we are seeing a rearmament on a scale we've not seen before? YES, unless you count per capita then maybe the Civil War.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6333077


While I know we are heading down a crappy route right now, and I realise the establishment have only left a few routes open to us as nations.

The logical route, would be to seek out new sources of revenue to take up the employment slack and make us all happy bunnies that can work and feed ourselves and our kids, but really that had to come within the first year of this mess to be effective before the people get angry.

That leaves dealing with the fermenting internal anger, which at some point will be directed against the establishment itself, they know this and know the outcome to that places their own arses on the line.

The last one is to redirect that internal anger externally..

and while I think what they are doing is looking like they are preparing for internal issues, I can't help but feel that they are really preparing for something external.

Generally speaking the establishment seems safer from their enemies in an external conflict than they are from their own people in an internal one..

It seems logical to me that they'll protect their own arses..
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25354005


Well, we know it's not to protect we the people. They always only look out for their own.
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