Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"

Tyler Durden's picture

The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end. As Russia Today notes, given that the department has already addressed the issue of acquiring drones to give the DHS a better eye of domestic doings, though, those law enforcement operations in question could very well transcend away from legitimate uses and quickly cause civil liberty concerns from coast-to-coast. All drones will be equipped with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensors, as well as the technology to sniff out certain chemicals from thousands of feet above our heads. Have no fear though, since the "Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety" program is for your own protection, we are sure Janet Napolitano would suggest.



Via RT.com:

Don’t be surprised if you catch a federal fleet of sneaky spy drones soaring over your head in the near future, but don’t be too terrified — it’s all in the name of public safety.


The US Department of Homeland Security is asking the makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles to submit their crafts for consideration as the agency ramps up the construction of a full-fledged surveillance state across America. The DHS plans to soon conduct drone tests over the Fort Sill, Oklahoma US Army base, and they’re already soliciting spy planes from the private sector so they can select what kind of UAV to use.


According to a request for information published on the Federal Business Opportunities website recently, the DHS is determined to begin drone tests over the military base soon and is seeking submissions from drone makers that don’t mind making a few bucks by having their products put into the US airspace to conduct sweeping surveillance.


The Borders and Maritime Security Division of the DHS “will conduct flight testing and evaluation of airborne sensors and small unmanned aerial systems,” the request reads, and now invites vendors to submit drones to be tested “under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operation scenarios.”


The solicitation says that drones will be evaluated to see how well they perform law enforcement operations and conduct search and rescue missions, but once a craft is handed over to the DHS then the details will be put under lock and key. Specifically, the call for work says, "the information within each test report will be classified as For Official Use Only, and will not be shared with the general public."


Given that the department has already addressed the issue of acquiring drones to give the DHS a better eye of domestic doings, though, those law enforcement operations in question could very well transcend away from legitimate uses and quickly cause civil liberty concerns from coast-to-coast.


Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told a House Committee panel in July that the DHS was “looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster” and the next piece of the puzzle is already being put into place. With their latest solicitation, the DHS acknowledges that it is specifically testing a “Robotic Aircraft For Public Safety,” but the components necessary to be considered suggest that any drone adopted by the agency will be brought in for sweeping surveillance.


The solicitation request requires that all drones be equipped with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensors, as well as the technology to sniff out certain chemicals from thousands of feet from above. The UAV must also have an integrated laser designator, can be hand-launched by a single person and must be able to be remotely managed by a pilot with only one day of training.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end.


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hedgeless_horseman's picture



Big Brother Uncle Sam is watching you!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes, and I don't like it.  The drones will probably be used at some pointv to hassle small farmers and John Galts.  This is all very bad for our liberty.

30,000 drones?!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



How is that ray shield coming for your little Mulligan's Valley?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I have read that some rural folks might come up with creative ways to, ahh, disable them...

Thomas's picture

It's game over. Tilt. We are witnessing totalitarianism. If they lock me up they had best not release me because I will be on the other team.

JPM Hater001's picture

You are on the other team...
I just hope they get my good side on the fly-bys...have you ever seen how bad the angle was in the Zapruder film... JFK looked just aweful...

franzpick's picture

Gives new meaning to this old song, and how I and my friends will respond to preserve our liberty (turn up to mad-max-volume):

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you, I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools, I can cheat you blind
And I don't need to see any more to know that
I can read your mind (looking at you)
I can read your mind (looking at you)
I can read your mind (looking at you)
I can read your mind


HoofHearted's picture

See something, say something, bitchez.

So I call up ol' Janet. "Hey, Bitch, there are all these drones flying around my ass. What is going on with that? Do you want to nuke them, or do you want me to do it?" All the sudden, I hear click bzzzzzzz.

Now why wouldn't they want to know that some terrorists are out destroying our civil liberties? Oh, they don't want to know that we notice when they are squashing us? Shit. What's the point of see something, say something, then? Oh, it's the fact that they can solve anything and hope to have us turn on one another. Oh, I'm starting to get it. Those bastards are the real terrorists trying to convince us everyone else is. You know what? I fucking HATE Big Brother. Always will. I just hope that my will can withstand the "re-education camps." See you bitchez there. Stay strong.

Matt's picture

I'm just an average man

With an average life I work from nine to five

Hey, hell, I pay the price

All I want is to be left alone

In my average home

But why do I always feel Like I'm in the twilight zone


And (I always feel like) (Somebody's watching me)

And I have no privacy Whooooa-oh-oh (I always feel like)

(Somebody's watching me) Tell me, is it just a dream?


Problem Is's picture

"With an average life I work from nine to five"

Not anymore...
You are now part time for economic reasons....

"In my average home"

Not anymore...
Jamie and JPM just cooked up a MERS assignment, with a phoney promissory note, to a phoney deed, to a phoney mortgage... presented it to a crooked judge, in a rigged court.. and now you are foreclosed and evicted from your "average home"...

"Hey, hell, I pay the price"

Not anymore...
You haven't paid enough... as the Fascist Oligarchs of Finance Capital determine you still have surplus income that is of yet parasitically unbled... bend over and say "Thank you sir, Jamie & Lloyd, may I have another"...

NewThor's picture


putaipan's picture

i'm only givin' him a greenie 'cause i'm pretty sure i saw janet, either one of them, badly lip-synced translated say it already.....

(if you haven't seen one already......you're not paying attention.  cue paranoid rock soundtrack @ the end of 'wiseguy's'......)

Manthong's picture


Oh heck, they’ve been conditioning us for this since we were all toddlers..

“He knows when you are sleeping.
He knows when you’re awake ,
He knows when you’ve been bad or good
So be good or FEMA Camp’s your fate.”

GetZeeGold's picture




30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety"


+1 one up your ass......pay them and they'll use Vasoline.


Where would you like your drone Amigo.......that would be up the butt Bob.


3rdgrader's picture

Bankers spying on their Slaves. Nice. Just keep voteing for them.

Harlequin001's picture

Ok, so why can't I fly my camera equipped model airplane over Obama's house then?

Parrotile's picture

Whilst "Your Leader" aims for all to be treated equally, never forget that some are far, far more equal than others . . .

TuesdayBen's picture

When your own Gubmint legitimizes the wearing of tin foil hats, there is a rot, a foreboding in the air. Is my Gubmint serving me, or plotting against me?

spankfish's picture

Trust me, drones are watching him.

merizobeach's picture

Wow, living in the US is going from insufferably shitty to insufferablier shittier.

ebworthen's picture

What's the easiest way to take one of those P.O.S. down?

lemonobrien's picture

a jesus stick which fires rounds of silvers and golds.

Problem Is's picture

The Islamic Terrorists... aka Reagan's freedom fighters...  have found the controls easily hackable and disturbing their flight commands doable for even a towel head with a laptop in a cave...

I think your average clueless Amerikan with x-box experience could pull that one off from the couch eating a big mac and sucking down a slurpee...

A Nanny Moose's picture

Popular Meme: They hate us because of our freedom

Question: How could they possibly still hate us?

Begun, this Drone war has.

Cathartes Aura's picture

you just need to learn doublespeak.

"They" - redefined, "they" who employ drones, both flesh & metal, are the ones who hate freedom.

prains's picture

What's the easiest way to take one of those P.O.S. down?


a remote control with a cheeseburger ray works 

saturn's picture

What's the easiest way to take down your great government?

JohnG's picture

Skeet shooting is a favorite of mine.

CPL's picture

You need to block all radio signals so neither the operator or anything else recieves instructions.  Then in theory it flys out of range and crashes.  You'll need a power sub station and some radio skillz.  Understand this though, you block radio waves in an area, it means the entire radio, cell, tv is blocked.  You fill the air with junk.  Anything depending on any type of radio signal fails.  Pace makers, Dialysis sensors, Diabetic pumps, pre-natal pump systems.   Hospitals and practically all medical equipment are IT shitholes and they don't spend much on anything to sheild their networks or products other than nuclear medicine area.  

Be aware, fill the air with garbage the consequences are broad and completely unknown.  Unintended consequences will happen, for better AND worst.

The drones are worth about 250 in scrap.  Copper, motors, optics, wiring, fuel...the body, leave it.  Chain saw the ass off of it and haul ass to the wrecking yard for one good stomp on it with a compressor to break apart the engine.  


There is another way that's easier and cheaper...and very quiet.  Solar furnace with about 240 1x1 mirrors, an optic focus and some fibre optic cable mounted and using a peizo "eye" to track shape differences in the sky.  Anycase.  Sort of like a low powers laser but no "force".  It does however concentrate the power of the sun x250 times, which is hot enough to melt electronics in the vicinity.  The planes are just hollow bodies that are sealed under pressure on take off.

Pressure cook them in a couple of seconds like how a pressure cooker does.  Either the plane pops like a balloon and turns everything inside to slag.  Or everything turns to slag and burns the plane down mid air.  Alternatively add a fresnel lens and you can boil water by glancing the focused light on the water.  Near instant atomization of water.  Zinc and copper pennies melt in under a second.  Steel can be cut through.  I would suggest that you go find information on the subject now before its listed as illegal to know.  Believe it or not, these governments will outlaw the sun eventually.  So just be prepared for that eventuallity.


Things that fly aren't scary until they fall.  We barely acknowledge the fact we only know a certain model and design of a plane.  V shape, Parachute type (bi plane) and tubes which have the same design flaws as a fisher man that's gone hunting for shark, marlin, gars, sturegon, salmon takes advantage of.  Fisheye and how the fish sees.


Remember these are JUST RC toys.  Anyone that's done RC stuff in the past knows the challenges with RC units.  Doesn't matter how much encryption, or how big your tower is, or how big the plane that you are flying around.


One good gust of wind, rain, anything beyond a beautiful sunny day, and you can get a shovel, pick it up and start to rebuilt it.  In a time we've got some of the weirdest weather happenign on the planet.  Drones at this point only seem like an act of desperation to hold down something coming apart at the seams already.

Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman's picture



Most interesting. Many thanks. But aren't some of these drones the size of a housefly or a mosquito? What can be done against them? Anything?

CPL's picture


There is a technology called a cat.  My cats chase laser pointer light, wreck tiny helicopters the kids have, eat flys ou t of the air and bring birds home.  A drone...LOL!!   It's a toy.  Name a dog under five that wouldn't "fetch" it, a blue jay that would allow it into the same air space, crows as well.


If you want to experiment with one.  They sell the consumer models.  You would also have to be about twenty feet from the person.  So what you are talking about are bugs.  If you are completely paranoid of the idea of bugs being in your house.  Turn off the power.  They have to recharge sooner or later and in a quiet house you could hear a mosquito fart.  Two tiny blade fans would sounds like a jet plane in comparison.  I'm sure you've got a cell phone so if someone really wanted to listen to you it's as simple as turning on the reciever in your phone, even closed....along with the camera, which is just as secure as a webcam I'm afraid.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Theoretically, the RF signal could be made less diffuse with some sort of directional H/G antenna configuration, yes? IDK RC gear, but I work on RF networks all the time. Get something on the same frequency, with more power, in the vicinity, and that sucka's goin down. You need to be able to track a moving target, but aren't looking to control, so much as DoS communication. This is one theory on how Iran got our drone. Thoughts?

The wheels on this short bus are indeed coming off. No action to counter it, is necesary. Just pop a beer and wait for the fireworks...hopefully no EMP capable fireworks


A Nanny Moose's picture

Thought crime. 10+ years in Gitmo for you.

ChacoFunFact's picture

launching mylar ballons with tinfoil attached in 3, 2, ...

lineskis's picture

Hackers were merely able to defigure websites and stole some credit cards information, now they will crash drones wherever they like. And wait until they put weapons on those... Freaking brilliant...

merizobeach's picture

I appreciate your optimism, but I'll believe those hackers exist when the drones start falling from the sky.

AnAnonymous's picture

I appreciate your optimism, but I'll believe those hackers exist when the drones start falling from the sky.

Indeed it is very optimistic, even delusional, to think that 'american' hackers are going to use the gained control over drones to crash them on the ground.

In 'american' societies, there is no discontinuity between the 'american' elite and its base.

'American' hackers are going to hack those drones to steal the position of the legitimate owner and will use the drones for the same purpose as the original owner. Just one 'american' chasing the other one, say hello to the new boss, same as the old boss.

prains's picture



we've missed you since akak ripped you ananotheranalogousanus

the bleeding must have been quite rapacious.

how goes the ass licking? tiresome? repetitive?

much like your posts

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

More ridiculous unsupported assertions from AnAnonymous, the excrementally disturbed hypocritizenism drone. Smell the new crap, same as the old crap.

CPL's picture

No he's right, takes forever to break into systems.  Why bother...it's a disposable toy with some salvage value and ZERO insurance coverage...unless the operator has Insurance to fight in court.  They are the most briliant piece of lawyer bait I've every seen.  Think of it as 30000 pieces of ambulance chasing in the sky.

For an RC toy, block all radio signals and let it crash itself.  Much easier.  Besides we are talking about the Drones that WEREN"T engineered with engineers.  We are talking about the high school science projects most of your children help complete in shop class.  If one of those barely falls out of the sky, there is NO ISO certification attached to them.  Get a lawyer and sue the shit out of the operator in a civil suit.  I'm pretty sure a private will enjoy being garnished for his entire life.  Then you sue the Coropral that made the order, his/her ignorance is no excuse for flying an item that isn't insurable other than personal liability.  You sue up the chain of command until they are all poor, renting and divorced.

Then you wait for the next "accident", because you know, there is a reason RC plane hobby fantatics in the USA have to book a sunday, clear square mile, get permits and have the fire department handy.  And all those guys flying the planes.  Most of them are engineers that have been doing it for decades.

I want to see what happens when some green horn piece of shit hits a little bit of wind in one.  Someone's home catches on fire.  No ISO, no cert, the home owner brings the case as a CIVIL SUIT, personal, individual...to court, because the Military knows they don't have insruace for any of that equipment.  No.  Insurance.

Means the "pilots" are responsible.  How's that for shitty.

tip e. canoe's picture

awesome tactic, this part of the article gives a clue that your FUBAR scenario might come sooner than later:

"must be able to be remotely managed by a pilot with only one day of training."

csmith's picture

If one of those barely falls out of the sky, there is NO ISO certification attached to them.

Always wondered what ISO certification was about. Seemed a bunch of BS...the MARKET should decide if your product is good or not. So it's nothing more than a shield against the lawyers? Much clearer now, thanks!

BTW, has the ATF swat team arrived at your door yet? You obviously know waaay too much about how to bring these buzzing annoyances down, so they couldn't send the drones. Human beings still have some place in the world! Full employment!

CPL's picture

Same reason a Pogo stick is Uninsurable, it's a toy.  The insurance industry would be out of their fucking minds unless it was under some other type of platform like home insurance.  Even then I would bet a policy gets canceled before that happens.


ISO certification states that the process to manufacture something is repeatable, safe and an issue can be tracked down to correct a problem in manufacturing.  Because when everything is known it is then possible and easier to obtain a couple of things.

- a place to make them.  These were made in High school shop classes.  Look at them.  Garbage.  They spent a fortune on garbage RC units.  Biggest threat they suffer is property damage when they fall out of the sky after a 10 knot wind hits them.  The CIA was sold a lemon and nobody wants to admit it, I get that.  I'm glad they'll be falling on people and homes in the tristate area.  Maybe then those paranoid moneybags can see it in action.

- a company to offer insurance and liability

- a correctable process.  Again.  Students half stoned inbetween making bongs and guitar picks (why do you think guys take shop?  The teacher is usually more baked than the students in the shed.)  I'm going to guess there were extra screws left over in assembly.  LOLLOLOLOLO...I had extra bolts left over at 16 years old putting together a starter.  And that's infinitely less complex than building an RC plane.  Guys that do it as a hobby crash their junk after forgetting to attach a thin piece of piano wire to rudders.  more moving parts...more moving tiny parts...more moving tiny parts crammed into a tight space with a PCB board made in china by the lowest bidder.


HOHOHOHOHOoooo...HA!  My sides...seriously, boogie men and lucky hits.  If the Drones were that effective we would be hearing how the entire western range of pakistan was a parking lot instead of the odd lucky hit.  These are supposed to be robots remember..."invincible robot armies".  LOLOLOLOL  Toys.


Mr. Magniloquent's picture

I would be more enthusiastic about this tactic if the US Military & Federal Government actually respected the rule of law. Besides, there is a significant historical precedent of the U.S. Government allowing/participating in having aircraft collide with civilian buildings and getting away with it.

CPL's picture

You don't get it.  You aren't going to sue the government, beside they are broke.


You are going to sue the Pilot of the toy and the guy that told him to launch it as a direct order.


It's called a slap suit.  Something the original anonymous learned of intimately from the Scientologists.  They tear a person's life apart from their paycheck to the car they drive.  You leave the person with either so much time missed at work dismissal happens because they are waiting for court time, or a warrant is raised for their arrest on the failure to show.  And because the dumb shits signed NDAA and all those orewellian laws.  You just have to pick someone and it's up to them to clear their name.


So you walk out on the street, issue summons to anyone in uniform and they'll drag the poor bastard to the stand for you.  It's called a crab bucket legal play and it is soooo dirty.  It based from what every crab fisherman knows.

When a single crab is put into a lidless bucket, they surely can and will escape. However, when more than one share a bucket, none can get out. If one crab elevates themself above all, the others will grab this crab and drag'em back down to share the mutual fate of the rest of the group.

That's how you get an RC pilot on the stand.  Use NDAA.  Otherwise it's their word against the insurance company's lawyers.

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

I do comprehend the tactic. Our disagreement is in it's effectiveness. Individual police officers are litigated against regularly, but enjoy a quasi-sovereign immunity. Do you believe a sanctified mercenary would fare differently? When State Minion versus Unwashed Pleb occurs in a legal setting, rarely does justice prevail.

CPL's picture

Hire the Scientology's legal team.  They would be more than helpful, crazy bastards all of them, but they love money and for the secrecy that "church" possesses I'm pretty sure that any of that equipment flying over their client's homes/recording would be in their best interests to cease and desist.  It would also more than likely score them some respect knuckles from the public that typically sees them in such a "foggy" light.  It would provide a clarity to the subject of the stance of the Church...is it there for solace and protection as a benefactor or is it a spindly finger that has only the dollars and cents at heart.  Validation is so very hard to obtain on a good day, why would they ever pass up the opportunity to shine so bright?

That and.. 

You bet your ass they'll be driven out of their minds.  Go look up some of their targets in the past.  There has never been a more effective machine of legal destruction, they are in the best sense of the word Lawful Evil.  Historically nothing like them has existed and even the devil makes pacts to protect it's own insane interests.  Celestial and otherwise.

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

Referencing D&D in an ordinary conversation alone merits a positive vote. Nerd.