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  • wingover 11:06 am on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights 

    Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights – Los Angeles Times.

    Reporting from Washington — The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below.

    “It is absolutely revolutionary,” Werner J.A. Dahm, chief scientist for the Air Force, said of the proposed unmanned airship — describing it as a cross between a satellite and a spy plane.

    The 450-foot-long craft would give the U.S. military a better understanding of an adversary’s movements, habits and tactics, officials said. And the ability to constantly monitor small movements in a wide area — the Afghanistan- Pakistan border, for example — would dramatically improve military intelligence.

    “It is constant surveillance, uninterrupted,” Dahm said. “When you only have a short-time view — whether it is a few hours or a few days — that is not enough to put the picture together.”

    The project reflects a shift in Pentagon planning and spending priorities under Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has urged the military services to improve intelligence and surveillance operations while cutting high-tech weaponry costs.

    If successful, the dirigible — the brainchild of the Air Force and the Pentagon’s research arm — could pave the way for a fleet of spy airships, military officials said.

  • wingover 10:12 am on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Motorway cameras let police and MI5 track all car trips across the country 

    Motorway cameras let police and MI5 track all car trips across the country | Mail Online.

    The police and MI5 have been given access to a network of infrared cameras that can track millions of car journeys across Britain.

    The 1,090 cameras read numberplates of cars on all motorways and major trunk roads, recording the time, date and location of the vehicle and storing the data for five years.

    The Highways Agency installed the bright green cameras to calculate journey times. But last week a senior agency official confirmed they are being linked to a police database.

  • wingover 10:07 am on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    UK: Top secret contingency plans 

    Daily Express | UK News :: MI5 alert on bank riots.

    TOP secret contingency plans have been drawn up to counter the threat posed by a “summer of discontent” in Britain.

  • wingover 10:09 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Remote-controlled planes could spy on British homes 

    Remote-controlled planes could spy on British homes – Telegraph.

    The Home Office has suggested that the remote-controlled drones could be used to help police gather evidence and track criminals without putting officers at risk.

    The miniature aircraft could be fitted with cameras and heat-seeking equipment, allowing police to carry out aerial reconnaissance from a control room.

    They also have the benefit of being quieter than conventional helicopters or spotter planes and are much cheaper to run due to their fuel economy.

    However, their use is likely to provoke opposition from people sceptical of Britain’s increasing use of surveillance equipment, who fear they represent yet another example of the expansion of a Big Brother state.

  • wingover 10:38 am on February 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    There will be a surveillance camera on every street corner in Chicago 

    Surveillance cams help fight crime, city says :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Politics.

    Mayor Daley has argued that security and terrorism won’t be an issue if his Olympic dreams come true because, by 2016, there will be a surveillance camera on every street corner in Chicago.

  • wingover 4:55 pm on February 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Mexico ‘to fingerprint all mobile phone users’ 

    Mexico ‘to fingerprint all mobile phone users’ – Telegraph.

    Under a new law published on Monday and due to be in force in April, mobile phone companies will have a year to build up a database of their clients, complete with fingerprints. The idea would be to match calls and messages to the phones’ owners.

  • wingover 4:31 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Long Range Acoustic Device 

  • wingover 4:25 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Military disarming civilians in Bosnia 

    Take a guess what happens when government has all the weapons and civilians have none.

  • wingover 11:46 pm on January 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hovering over your house with machine gun? 


  • wingover 6:44 pm on January 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Machine Gun Robot 

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