LA County Sheriff's Dept spies on Compton, CA from the air with high res cameras

  • tj85016

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    May 05, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
    As The Atltantic reports,

    In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality.

    Compton residents weren't told about the spying, which happened in 2012. "We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people," Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he's trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren't watching in real time.
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    May 05, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    Hmph; that means they saw me pissing in the back yard when my toilet was backed up.
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    May 05, 2014 7:26 PM GMT
    This sounds expensive and inefficient.
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    May 05, 2014 7:32 PM GMT
    There was one time I went to bed and then there was a helicopter that kept flying overhead shining a bright light down. I finally called the police and asked them what was going on and they said that a bad guy was on the loose and to lock the doors and stay inside. Putting 2 and 2 together I'm guessing that it was someone who'd escaped from the back of a police car or something similar since there isn't a prison or jail around here.

    Cops mainly see the underbelly of society so their attitudes aren't surprising; keeping them in check is the problem.
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    May 05, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThis sounds expensive and inefficient.


    Yes. Drone use will be next, once business and the general public starts using them, they'll hide nicely amidst the commercial ones. I see many tinfoiled windows in the future.
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    May 05, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    This is not the USA I grew up in. Ugh.
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    May 05, 2014 8:11 PM GMT
    ElectroShark saidThis is not the USA I grew up in. Ugh.


    Nor the Canada I grew up in.
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    May 05, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    the UK has a lot more gov surveillance. no fear if you dont plan to do anything bad