Coming to a City Near You – Surveillance Plane to Monitor California City Ten Hours a Day
Plane to film innocent citizens ten hours a day
The Intel Hub
November 16, 2011
In a move straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, Lancaster, California has approved the use of a surveillance plane to videotape the city ten hours a day.
The plane will collect intelligence on the citizens of the city regardless whether or not they are doing anything illegal.
Homeland Security Newswire
Beginning in May, a Cessna 172 airplane will hover over the Lancaster, California for ten hours a day collecting intelligence and keeping an eye on residents.
The surveillance program was recently approved by city leaders in an effort to fight crime, but the prospect of aerial surveillance has critics concerned about privacy violations.
Under the plan, the plane would circle the city at 1,000 to 3,000 feet for roughly ten hours a day while a crew aboard the plane would monitor activity on the ground with a suite of video cameras and infrared sensors.
The cameras would be able to spot a home invasion, track unsuspecting criminals, or note traffic accidents and then record footage and transmit it to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.