San Diego Wants To Use Military Grade Drones To Catch Speeders

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by MassPrivateI, Activist Post:

The Voice of San Diego recently revealed how the city of San Diego secretly considered using military grade drones to spy on motorists.  According to the article, San Diego officials secretly kicked around the possibility of using General Atomics’ “SkyGuardian” drones to ID and track speeding vehicles.

Records obtained by Voice of San Diego show that the city’s Office of Homeland Security had been supportive of General Atomics, a local defense contractor, in its attempt to open the skies above San Diego to new forms of surveillance. They wound up talking last year about how police might benefit from putting a massive vehicle with a camera above the metro.

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They even went so far as to request General Atomics make no mention of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) possibly using a 12,500 pound military drone for public safety use.

“Since SDPD is not involved in the public safety aspect of this project and IPP, they and the mayor’s office requested no inclusion/indication of public safety-specific use,” Harrison Andrew Pierce wrote.

The article went on to illustrate how General Atomics sent emails to city officials detailing how SkyGuardian could be used to inspect things like rail and power lines, monitor floods and conduct maritime surveillance.

Which brings us to Common Dreams who detailed exactly how this would play out in the future.

Four months ago, Common Dreams warned that “a persistent eye” in the sky would be coming to a city near you and they could not have been more right.

This past September, Maj. General James Poss, the Air Force’s top intelligence officer was preparing to join the FAA with plans to use SkyGuardian drones on the American public.

“This plan was ordered by Congress in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. It directed the Departments of Defense and Transportation to “develop a plan for providing expanded access to the national airspace for unmanned aircraft systems of the Department of Defense.” Gen. Poss was one of nearly two dozen ex-military officers who, starting in 2010, were put into positions at the FAA to oversee drone integration research. With little public scrutiny, the plan has been moving forward ever since.”

The article went on to explain why everyone should be concerned about law enforcement using military drones to monitor Americans.

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