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‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

“Someday most major developed cities in the world will live under the unblinking gaze of some form of wide-area surveillance,” writes Arthur Holland Michel in Eyes in the Sky, a startling, disturbing, and deeply reported account of the powerful new technologies that promise safety and imperil privacy on an unprecedented scale. Imagine an aerial video...

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Pentagon Testing Surveillance Balloons Over America

Pentagon Testing Surveillance Balloons Over America

The Guardian reports that recently released documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal the previously unknown extent of the Pentagon’s wide-area surveillance capabilities. South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois have been playing unknown host to 25 solar-powered balloons as part of a test through U.S. Southern Command since mid-July and the tests...

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Trump Shrugs After Iran Shoots Down a U.S. ‘Spy’ Drone

Trump Shrugs After Iran Shoots Down a U.S. ‘Spy’ Drone

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a U.S. surveillance drone by a surface to air missile, amid the escalating tensions of the oil tanker crisis in the Gulf of Oman. The Iranians said the drone had entered Iranian airspace while while U.S. Central Command denounced “an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance aircraft...

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Eyes in the Sky: A Conference on Aerial Surveillance 

Eyes in the Sky: A Conference on Aerial Surveillance 

The Project on Government Oversight, otherwise known as POGO, is a Washington pubic interest group, on the cutting edge of accountability. POGO is calling attention to the growth of aerial surveillance in America with a conference on March 7. This is not the NSA-CIA version of spying–mass surveillance and espionage–but a more ordinary task carried...