By Robert Gehl on April 23, 2014
Welcome to the future.
An entire California City was spied on with a police camera aircraft in 2012 without the knowledge or consent of residents.
Compton , Calif., was the site of an “experiment” in Big Brother, admits a L.A. County Sheriff’s sergeant – but it’s ok, because the public will “get used to it.”
“Our first initial thought was, oh, Big Brother, we’re going to have a camera flying over us,” Sgt. Douglas Iketani told the Center for Investigative Reporting. But with the wide area surveillance you would have the ability to solve a lot of the unsolvable crimes with no witnesses, no videotape surveillance, no fingerprints.
“I’m sure that once people find out this experiment went on they might be a little upset. But knowing that we can’t see into their bedroom windows, we can’t see into their pools, we can’t see into their showers. You know, I’m sure they’ll be okay with it. With the amount of technology out in today’s age, with cameras in ATMs, at every 7/11, at every supermarket, pretty much every light poll, all the license plate cameras, the red light cameras, people have just gotten used to being watched. (Report continues below video.)
The system was developed by Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems, for use in Iraq and Afghanistan to track down enemy combatants. But at bargain prices, they can police American Citizens – just like we were under military occupation.
“Our whole system costs less than the price of a single police helicopter and costs less for an hour to operate than a police helicopter,” he said. “But at the same time, it watches 10,000 times the area that a police helicopter could watch.”
McNutt is a retired Air Force veteran.
Sgt. Ikenati said they kept the surveillance hush-hush because they knew the public would be outraged.
“This system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,” he said. ”A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush.”
McNutt is marketing the surveillance system to police departments around the country, but so far, no police departments have purchased this technology. But it’s not for privacy concerns – the airborne cameras aren’t sophisticated enough to identify faces of American citizens. But that barrier will come down soon enough.
Look up and say hi. Big Brother is watching you.
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