The following video highlights one of the scariest
surveillance technologies you’ve ever seen.
With Congress having recently authorized
30,000 drones to patrol America’s skies by 2015, this technology will soon become available
to law enforcement officials all over the country.
It’s creator, Yiannis Antoniades, says that it’s the next generation of
surveillance and as you’ll see, it’s capabilities are so advanced
that it can actively scan an area encompassing 15 square miles – about
the area of a medium sized city – from an altitude of 20,000 feet.
Moreover, it tracks every single moving object in
its field of view, streaming the high definition video back to monitoring
stations on the ground.
With 1.8 billion pixels it is the world’s
highest resolution camera. ARGUS fits inside the belly of an Unmanned Aerial
Also known as Wide Area Persistent Stare, Argus
is the equivalent of having up to 100 predators look at an area the size of a
medium sized city at once.
Everything that is a moving object is being
automatically tracked… You can see individuals crossing the street. You can see individuals
walking in parking lots. There’s actually enough resolution to be able
to see people waving their arms or what kind of clothes they wear.
You can pick the location of where you produce these
images anywhere in the entire field of view.
Antoniades can open up to sixty five windows at once and see
objects as small as six inches on the ground.
ARGUS streams live to the ground and also stores
everything. One million terabytes of video per day.
ARGUS may be mounted on an armed UAV, a long range
platform, or a developmental craft called the solar eagle that may some day
stay aloft for years at a time.
We’re moving towards an increasingly
electronic society where our movements are going to be tracked.
If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you
have nothing to worry about.
But, with hundreds of thousands of laws on the books
and definitions for terrorist activity expanding to everything from minting your
own silver coin to bringing a
toy bubble gun to school, just about everyone is
a terrorist or criminal
in America today.
Now, consider this technology in the context of extra-judicial
drone strikes initiated
by artificial intelligence assessment parameters that automatically
determine if you are a threat or not, and you can see how dangerous drones armed
with these imaging systems will become.
How long before these military
grade assault weapons of mass destruction are used on American
citizens right here at home?