Footage shows surveillance UAV keeping tabs on revelers
Source: Paul Joseph Watson
The rollout of domestic spy drones to watch the American people is accelerating, with footage taken during a recent Memorial Day event in Miami illustrating how authorities are using surveillance drones to keep tabs on partygoers.
People attending last month’s Miami Beach’s Memorial Day weekend celebrations, dubbed Urban Beach Week,expected a police crackdown that never came. But the revelers did get a taste of the new America in the form of a small police surveillance drone that hovered over bars and sidewalks recording the partygoers.
“That’s the police, that’s the police,” the man filming the video is heard to say as the drone hovers close to a bar between palm trees.
The reader who sent us the clip commented, “I live in Miami, Florida and on memorial day weekend Miami Beach turns into a POWER CRAZED police state. Besides the unlawful arrest quota of 2,000 for urban music weekend, military style roadblocks, and violating our rights, DRONES are now being deployed LIVE on and caught on video spying on the American people.”
In January 2011, the Miami-Dade Police Department announced that they would be the first in the country to use drones to patrol a city, with an array of UAVs the size of a “small office garbage can.”
Concerns regarding the unconstitutional use of spy drones against the American people in violation of the fourth amendment have exploded in recent weeks after Congress passed legislation paving the way for what the FAA predicts will be somewhere in the region of 30,000 drones in operation in US skies by 2020.
Privacy advocates have warned that the FAA has not acted to establish any safeguards whatsoever, and that lawmakers are not holding the agency to account. Resentment is also rising on the political right after conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer’s observation that the first person to shoot down a surveillance drone on U.S. soil will be a “folk hero.”
In addition, a recently uncovered Air Force document circumvents laws and clears the way for the Pentagon to use drones to monitor the activities of Americans.
Incidents involving the drones in recent months have hardly provided positive spin for the industry, which is why Americans are set to witness a massive PR campaign that will “bombard the American public with positive images and messages about drones in an effort to reverse the growing perception of the aircraft as a threat to privacy and safety.”
Last month a mystery object, thought to be a military or law enforcement drone, flying in controlled airspace over Denver almost caused a catastrophic mid air crash with a commercial jet.
Last summer, police in North Dakota used a Predator drone to spy on a family who refused to give back back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm.
A Predator surveillance drone was also filmed over Chicago skies during last month’s NATO summit.
Experts predict that the future of surveillance drones will see the devices become smaller and smaller, with drones already in use that are no larger than the size of an insect.
Skip forward to 3:29 in the clip to see the drone (the rest of the video is irrelevant).