Big Sis: Drones To Be Used For “Public Safety”
DHS spy in the sky to provide “situational awareness”
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to use surveillance drones for the purposes of “public safety,” according to remarks made by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a House hearing yesterday.
Asked by the House Committee on Homeland Security why the DHS is not more involved in overseeing the rollout of unmanned drones domestically, Napolitano responded by pointing out that the federal agency is looking at using the technology for “public safety”.
“With respect to Science and Technology, that directorate, we do have a funded project, I think it’s in California, looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster, such as a forest fire, and how they could give us better information,” she said.
Despite increasing concerns about drones being hacked or used to collect personal information in violation of the Fourth Amendment, DHS officials declined to appear at a July 19 House Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations and Management Subcommittee hearing that sought to establish how the DHS could guarantee privacy rights would be protected.
As we reported earlier this year, the DHS is already using another type of airborne drone surveillance, also utilized to track insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq, for the purposes of “emergency and non-emergency incidents” within the United States.