Some months ago, this blogger mused at the possibility that surplus military spy drones would soon find their way into the hands of nosy neighborhood spy committees. Drones used by an HOA? Naw, too far out to be plausible.
Well, it wasn’t such a crazy prediction after all. A cheap spy drone was actually used over a meat-packing plant near Oak Cliff, Texas, to spy on the Columbia Meat Packing plant. Now, video from the spy drone is being used in criminal indictments of the owners of the plant for illegally dumping pigs blood into the Trinity River. The fines could be huge, up to one-and-a-half million dollars, making the drone purchase a pretty worthwhile investment.
I’ve blogged about this previously, but it was always half in jest. I can’t jest any more.
The Scheibel Corporation’s drone spy plane, developed on behalf of the military, is now going civilian. A news story today indicates that the drone may soon become a news gathering tool, as television stations begin using them as their new sky spy.
That’s been done in the past, of course, from helicopters and small planes owned by the TV stations. But those stations have always had to be cautious about invasion of privacy. Grab some pictures of you and a couple of ladies in the backyard hot tub, and the invasion of privacy lawsuits would fly.
I don’t want to creep my friends out too much before our new week begins. But controversial news items keep piling up in my in-box, and they have to be cleared out sooner or later.
ITEM: 30,000 military drones are on their way to law enforcement outfits in America. It won’t be too long before extremely inexpensive drones are available to other government agencies to do aerial inspections of zoning violations. Now the Air Force is developing drones the size of a hummingbird, or even a mosquito. It’s not hard to imagine a mosquito flying through an open door or window and grabbing a microscopic piece of your DNA from bedsheets or clothing.