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Fox News Trumpets Pentagon Spy Drones Listening In On Americans rison planet update

"It's the first time anywhere in the United States that one of these big things has flown on an official air combat command mission,"
Fox News Trumpets Pentagon Spy Drones Listening In On Americans

News Hounds
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

On yesterday morning's FOX & Friends Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade announced that a Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) had flown across the United States. "It's the first time anywhere in the United States that one of these big things has flown on an official air combat command mission," Steve Doocy noted. Brian Kilmeade followed up: "Well, you know what? I love it. They gotta be listening in, listening to the right people. If they're listening in at my house, they're gonna be bored to tears." Doocy jumped in to say that he "wasn't sure" that the drone could listen in, but "they can certainly see what's going on in your back yard. ... I don't think you have anything to worry about as long as you're not doing anything against the law."

Gretchen Carlson expressed skepticism about those people who are worried about invasion of privacy, saying "You know, I don't completely understand this whole controversy when people get all up in arms over the fact that someone may be watching. I mean, for goodness sake, we don't know who's even listening to our phone calls. I know, I know that's a big deal and all that but - aren't you busy in your life and you're worrying about other things goin' on with your family and stuff like that, not worrying about who might be watching you and listening to you with a drone. I don't know. It doesn't bother me."


Well the airheads on FOX & Friends might not be worried, but the whole idea of some military spy drone silently cruising above my neighborhood on an "air combat mission" scares the dickens out of me.

According to the Wikipedia link cited above, at the very least these drones have a less than stellar safety record, having crashed several times. They are also equipped with an array of electronic gadgets that sounds like alphabet soup, the purpose of which is military surveillance.

First we had the NSA wire-tapping program and now this, a robot ship equipped with sophisticated snooping capabilities gliding overhead taking pictures of people in their hot tubs, at their BBQs, walking their dogs, etc. Since the drone is equipped with the latest in GPS, it's not inconceivable that it could be set up to monitor cell phone calls as well.

Big Brother is alive and well and, if the Bush administration has anything to say about it, coming to your neighborhood really soon ...
... 22.Nov.2006 14:46

this thing here

keep sliding. keep sliding that way, and people will be making insouciant jokes about the disappearing of their cousins and the indefinite detention without charge or trial of their sons and daughters, belittling and mocking jokes about freedom and liberty and civil rights.

oh yeah, isn't it so neat and friendly to live in a right wing panopitcon prison. ha ha......

More on the way 22.Nov.2006 16:58

Gorge friend

In the Columbia Gorge, Bingen and White Salmon, specifically, there's a company called Insitu that's growing great guns, and of course the lug heads of the local city councils love them. They love how Insitu's taking over all the empty retail shops and putting in their top-secret offices. They love the idea of Insitu growing in the little port there. More people, more sprawl, more real estate deals--yay!

What does Insitu do? Who cares so long as its investors enrich themselves by the gradual destruction of the Gorge National Scenic Area and bring more of the holy growth!

What does Insitu do? Why, they design and manufacture drones for the military, and they've got some lucrative contracts, thanks to Iraq and Homeland Security, the Patriot Act. Ha, you gotta love this Bush fellow. Now we'll have thousands of little unmanned plans 'trolling our skies and making us safe from ourselves.

wait theres more.... 22.Nov.2006 17:34

its not happening, its not happening...its not hapening.

NYPD Installs "Sky Watch" In Harlem Neighborhood

NY 1
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The NYPD has installed a patrol tower in a Harlem neighborhood in an effort to cut crime in the high-risk neighborhood.

The two-story booth tower, called Sky Watch, gives the officer sitting inside a better vantage point from which to monitor the area. Officers in the booth have access to a spotlight, sensors, and four cameras. The tower is portable and can be moved to the areas that need it most.

Residents in Harlem say they like the idea, though some wonder if the appearance of Sky Watch has anything to do with the two new luxury condos built on a nearby corner.

"There was crime around here before and they never had it. Now all these expensive buildings, it's true," said one area resident. "But actually it's good though, because then I used to see a lot of crowd here and sometimes I was scared to pass here, but guess what, that doesn't happen anymore. It's a kind of deterrence and it's good."

Police say the Harlem tower was placed there to combat a rise in murders.

Sky Watch has also been tested in Crown Heights in Brooklyn where it reduced crime. Police are hoping to have three more towers soon.

(God, how nice we are finally protecting the Harlemites....wait I know, I read about it in the NYT...yuppification of HArlem, rocketing r.e. prices....well at least somebody feels safer....that happens when you let them get mugged for decades then ride to the rescue. some think its really nice of you....))

Prison planet 22.Nov.2006 22:08


Sounds like prison planet to me. When do they start distributing the soilent green?

Just wondering 22.Nov.2006 23:10

Converse Murdoch umlaut@idir.net

What exactly is " ... an official air combat command mission. " ? Does that mean it was sent up to shoot at something or what ?

At face value this sounds like a bunch of fearmongering drivel oozing out of Fox News' asshole. Then again maybe the propaganda machine is conditioning us to expect UAVs to start shooting at stuff in the USA. Time will tell.

"when do" , u mean "when DID"...... 23.Nov.2006 22:35

cynical eater

remember, the pig you eat today might be your cousin in the soon future, what with chymeric organ growing hybrids on the horrizon of medico-economic realization.

S.Greens Inc. Reg. T.M. might not be worse food provider than some of what we now eat, anyway.

Besides the protein would be a perfect fit, highly utilizable. and its not like they would execute people on an assembly line...

Just grow tissue in vats. and if pig, why not farmer?

"Sure, we have a steep hill to market share, but we already have name recognition." a company spokesperson confided to me..."you're way over reacting to the "abhorence"factor. some movie placemenmt, some late night infomercials, a few pleased customers...I think were poised for one of the greatest market coups since sliced bread.."

"Support from insurance companies will help...'part of a ballanced diet....'"

I left the bar, found a good corner and called my broker.....