Airborne military craft to conduct facial recognition from the sky

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The era of privacy — or, at least, the era of the expectation of privacy in the U.S., the first nation in history to even recognize it as an inherent right — appears to officially be over. And of course, it’s all for our own protection.

The Washington Post reported recently that military surveillance craft that were set to be placed over suburban Baltimore sometime this year were initially being designed to carry video surveillance cameras that are able to distinguish between humans and wheeled vehicles from a distance of some five kilometers, say documents released by the Army to a pro-privacy organization.

The Post said the documents, which were dated 2009, are very heavily redacted — so much so that now it remains unclear how precise the resolution on the cameras was to be. The cameras would be contained aboard blimp-like aircraft that are tethered to the ground with heavy cables; similar aircraft were deployed to Afghanistan to help troops at nearby NATO bases spot Taliban insurgents approaching the base or attempting to plant roadside bombs.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which will monitor the surveillance systems for the three-year duration of the Maryland “exercise,” will oversee the project. At least, that was the original plan; following disclosure of the mission, NORAD officials have now said that video cameras will not be carried on the airborne vehicles during that time period.

‘Lots of potential for privacy abuse’

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