“Engage Captive Audiences”
What could possibly go worng?
Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel met with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for one hour in his office on May 10 … [where] he reiterated Turkey’s demands for the unmanned aerial vehicles, Reaper and Predator…
…in late December… along a narrow mountain ridge, a caravan of 38 men and mules paused on the Turkish-Iraqi border. Then they heard the propellers overhead. Minutes later, Turkish military aircraft dropped bombs that killed all but four of the men.
…It was a U.S. Predator drone that spotted the men and pack animals, officials said, and American officers alerted Turkey.
The U.S. drone flew away after reporting the caravan’s movements, leaving the Turkish military to decide whether to attack, according to an internal assessment by the U.S. Defense Department…
The strike … was meant to knock out Kurdish separatist fighters. Instead it killed civilians smuggling gasoline …ignit[ing] protests across the country and prompt[ing] wide-ranging official inquiries.
…The U.S. role, which hasn’t previously been reported, revealed the risks in a new strategy for extending American influence around the globe.
…After a decade of troop-intensive land wars, the Obama administration is promoting advanced drones, elite special forces and intelligence resources as a more nimble, and less expensive, source of military power. The strategy relies heavily on close cooperation with regional allies, in part to reduce the need for American troops on the ground.
Well, Turkey — right? Maybe Yemen… Somalia…. aQ — right?
…There is a statement on the FAA website that said that they are streamlining the process for public agencies to fly unmanned aerial surveillance planes, drones, inside the U.S.
…it’s been used once already. There’s already a case, a North Dakota man apparently testing the legality of drones in the domestic law enforcement cases…
KRAUTHAMMER: …I don’t want regulations, I don’t want restrictions — I want a ban on this. Drones are instruments of war. The founders had a great aversion to any instruments of war, the use of the military inside of the United States. They didn’t like standing armies, it has all kinds of statutes against using the Army in the country. A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys, but not in America. I don’t want to see it hovering over anybody’s home.
Yes you can say we have satellites, we’ve got Google Street. And London has a camera on every street corner. But that is not an excuse to cave in on everything else and accept a society where you are always under — being watched by the government. This is not what we want. I would say you ban it under all circumstances. And I would predict, I’m not encouraging, but I predict the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.
CARLSON: …here is what we know about drones. They’re cheap, they’re very cheap, they’re much cheaper than a police helicopter, multiples cheaper. … And there are a lot of them for sale as we are withdrawing from Afghanistan and Iraq. This is the perfect storm. We are going to see these around the country and they will be used for uses not yet considered and the result will be to lessen our privacy from what it is now.
Drones? For police enforcement? What’ll they think of next?!?
As we first reported last year, high tech street lights with “homeland security applications” are now being installed in major U.S. cities.
The street lights also have loudspeakers that can give audible warnings to individuals, mimicking the talking surveillance cameras in the UK that shout out orders through microphones telling people to pick up litter or leave the area.
…manufacturer Illuminating Concepts announcing the progress of its ‘Intellistreets’ system.
…A recent press release put out by Amerlux announces the company’s partnership with Illuminating Concepts to further advance the rollout of ‘Intellistreets’. The announcement confirms that the street lights will have a number of “homeland security features” including a loudspeaker system that will be used to “engage captive audiences”.
“Engage Captive Audiences”
“Controls, Monitors, & Maintains The Sensory World”
…SmartSite is a 24/7 area-wide system that offers architectural luminaire styles, a robust platform, digital wireless solutions, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a myriad of homeland security features.
…to provide information, advertising, security and entertainment for public spaces …can be equipped with a variety of cameras and sensors to ensure real-time 24/7-security coverage. The sensors detect a variety of threats that enable rapid response from emergency personnel or help prevent crime and gain control of the streets. …backed by a centralized remote control of lighting, signage and audio messaging that allow pedestrians to be ushered quickly and safely to the nearest route during storm warnings, events or emergencies… Using both video and audio advertising messages, businesses can promote brands… will provide a seamless audience experience as well as generate a measurable revenue stream.
Nice …”art work” on those poles.