New Threat to Airline Safety Domestic Spy Drones

Spy Drones vs. Air Safety

Before we get started, let us just predict right here and now that sooner or later a commercial airliner is going to hit one of the many spy drones slated to flood commercial airspace in the coming 48 months.

Not that the media is going to herald this change, but suffice it to say that we are entering a new era of high-tech surveillance fleecing of the general public. A new generation of high-tech spy gadgets is now in research and development, all aimed at stealing your freedoms and keeping you under government surveillance 24/7.

This is not an exaggeration!

Using security and homeland protection as political cover, surveillance technology developers are inventing increasingly strange devices aimed at monitoring free citizens. These high-tech spy devices are all paid for, of course, by tax dollars. Some of this hardware is taking the form of insects, birds, and even fish. Perhaps you trust the government to use such devices only against criminals, terrorists, and foreign agents. If so, I’m concerned that your trust may be misplaced…

Spy Drones Deployed against Americans
Will Sooner or Later Collide with an Airliner

If you’re a long-term reader of our Executive Bulletins, you’re aware of the move to cloud our skies with drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), like the ones used by our military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the eventual military drawdown in foreign countries,
these drones will likely be redeployed
over U.S. airspace and trained on Americans…

In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the go-ahead to allow federal, state, and local agencies to fly drones over America (it’s estimated 30,000 UAVs will be airborne within seven years).

Many drones are able to fly completely on autopilot without human input for 20 hours at a time. And this approval came without any full investigation of UAV safety records overseas. Thousands of pages of recently obtained Air Force reports reveal that drones are plagued by “pilot error, mechanical failure, software bugs in the ‘brains’ of the aircraft and poor coordination with civilian air-traffic controllers,” as noted by Washington Post.

The mission of these domestic drones is to video- and audio-record, track, follow, and surveil us with infrared cameras… to eavesdrop on our communications… and to follow our physical movements unbeknownst to us, all without a warrant or probable cause in most cases. At the moment, these drones are not weaponized the way military drones often are. But some speculate that politicians will erroneously respond to a tragedy “that shouldn’t go to waste” and call for “softly” weaponizing UAVs, perhaps to aid with crowd control or some other excuse.

It’s not farfetched – we’ve already seen the deployment of deafening “sonic cannons” on military-style vehicles used by local police in multiple U.S. cities.

Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace Foreshadows
How Other Military Surveillance Technology
Could Be Used against Americans Soon…

Eye-in-the-sky drones are already in use in U.S. skies. In June 2011, during a stand-off in North Dakota, the local sheriff requested the help of a Predator drone, the same kind the CIA uses to track down and assassinate terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to gather information about alleged criminal activity on a ranch.

This incident, despite the fact it may have served a legitimate law enforcement purpose, should serve as a wakeup call to the growing use of spy technology in the U.S. Domestic UAVs are cash cows for cronies and politicians a like. An estimated 110 military sites for drone activity are built or will be built in the coming years, in 39 states. In the North Dakota incident above, theft in question was valued at $6,000, while the MQ-9 Predator B drone the sheriff used costs $154 million, not including operating costs.

Just as Drones Begin to Enter Our Airspace,
a New Fleet of Invasive Surveillance Species
Is Already in the Works…

  • Insect Drones – The U.S. military, university research, and private corporations are perfecting their understanding on how insects fly, and developing the technology to create miniaturized drones, or nano drones. When technology shrinks to the size of an insect or smaller, devices are not subject to the the laws of flight that limit the vehicles such as airplanes and helicopters. This research is called nano-biomimicry and these tiny aerial drones are known as Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV).
  • Fish Drones – The Department of Homeland Security is funding research into the development of underwater drones that have the shape of and move like real fish. This research is called biomimetics. “BIOSwimmer,” as this underwater drone is called, uses the tuna fish as the basis for its design and engineering.
  • Bird Drones – More of the same. Building bio-inspired robot drones; these taking their inspiration from birds like the Hummingbird Nano Air Vehicle from DARPA.
  • Chameleon Drones – These take their inspiration from the octopus. Harvard researchers are developing robotic drones that are pliable, giving them the ability to squeeze in and out of tight spaces. Their surface uses dyes to change their color and better blend into their environment.
  • Floating Seed Drones – Lockheed Martin has been working on inexpensive drones that look and whirl like a maple seed. The idea is that thousands of these drones can be dropped from a plane to spy on open areas. But these seed drones are also effective in urban environments and inside buildings.
  • First Came the UAV, Next Comes the UTA? (Unmanned Terrestrial Vehicle) – The Design Challenge theme for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was “Highway Patrol Vehicle of 2025.” BMW came up with the idea of equipping local law enforcement with driving or flying drones. Honda didn’t want to be left out and submitted their idea for a CHP (California Highway Patrol) Drone Squad. These would be un-manned motorcycles that can slice through L.A. traffic.
  • Cyborg Cops – In science fiction circles, a cyborg is a person that has robotic appendages hardwired to his nerves. In real life, we’re not quite there yet, but a number agencies are looking to spend tax dollars on walking, breathing, living law enforcement hooked up and hardwired (wirelessly) to the always-on and ever-watchful surveillance network. This includes handheld fingerprint scanners, wide-angle miniature video cameras worn on uniforms, and more.
Considering the widespread use of red-light cameras and the new wave of UAVs invading our skies, it’s easy to imagine how new forms of surveillance technology will be turned on honest, law abiding Americans.