Today the Middle East and much of Africa are subject to attacks by American drones. As horrific as the drone threat may be seen today or even feared for tomorrow, the truth if far worse than ever imagined.
Drones of unimagined capability are being readied for deployment with even more frightening technical advances on the drawing boards. The drones we are seeing today, even the advanced RQ 170 Lockheed Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011, are child’s play.
BEYOND TOP SECRET TECHNOLOGY
Hyperspectral sensors look at objects using a vast portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
During the late 1990s, was developed using cameras that no longer required light sources or extensive cooling required by infrared imagery.
Originally tasked with detecting oil and minerals or for oceanographic research, unforeseen advances in technology have surpassed “hyperspectral” into the “hyperspatial” range.
A drone with an “after-next generation” HS/HS system can detect your breath, give you a blood alcohol count, tell you what your last meal was and count the change in your pocket.
From a commercial brochure for units being offered for use on police helicopters:
“Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) and High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing can be used in a wide variety of applications related to the detection and identification of threats for the military forces.
The Hyper-Cam High Performance Surveillance Network is well suited to protect civil and military against Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) releases.
Phi Beta Iota: We have no direct knowledge. Our concern is not with the advancement of technology, but rather with the substitution of technology and spending for thinking and integrity. What we are spending on surveillance would be vastly more effective if it were channeled into a global autonomous internet, free education, and open science. We also continue to be concerned about the electromagnetic spectrum and the total lack of responsible evaluation of both the inherent conflicts among multispectrual systems, and the impact on human beings.