Sunday, November 02nd, 2008 | Author:

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun granting contracts to software firms to create algorithms that can be applied to the real-time video feeds from drone aircraft so the data can be sorted and stored on a wide range of human activities, from digging a ditch to climbing into a car to kissing someone.

Thus begins a report by Robert Parry on Consortium News. Being developed for military applications, it doesn’t take much imagination to picture these things flying over America, looking for terrorists … or drugrunners … or protesters … or somebody cheating on his wife.

boss: Joe, you’re late again today.
Joe: Sorry, boss. I had a flat tire.
boss: Actually, Joe you went by Linda’s house again. That’s the third time this week.
Joe: aw, man … you put the eye in the sky on me?
boss: No, we just put spidey in your car. Say, Joe … does Linda really like kissing that much?

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3 Responses
  1. Mike says:

    I will not for a minute defend any “Orwellian” advances in monitoring the average citizen. The flaw in extrapolating the technology cited and placing to the average person’s boss’ hands is that the military isn’t going to market this stuff on E-bay…;)


  2. akaGaGa says:

    That’s probably true, Mike, but that won’t prevent them from using them on average citizens who live, say, within a 100 miles of the border in the “constitution-free zone” just like they’re doing stop and search on people who never cross the border.

  3. Mike says:

    Posse Commitatus will keep them from doing just that..:)