The First Rule Of The Drone
Program Is That You Do Not Talk About The Drone Program
...One of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone
program,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” this past weekend. Gibbs said that he was told “You’re not
even to discuss that it exists.” Noting that the notion was “inherently crazy”, Gibbs said “You’re being asked a
question based on reporting of a program that exists.” “So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if
the entire program—pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Gibbs, who was Press Secretary between 2009 and
...Gibbs stated that he expects the drone program to remain secret for the most part,
despite moves in Congress to force more transparency. “I have not talked to him about this, so I want to be
careful,” Gibbs said, “but I think what the president has seen is, our denial of the existence of the program when
it’s obviously happening undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government
...Akram, who noted that US drone strikes had killed more than 1,000 civilians in
Pakistan, also said “We find the use of drones to be totally counterproductive in terms of succeeding in the ‘war
against terror’. It leads to greater levels of terror rather than reducing them.
Former Obama Press Secretary Was Ordered To Act As If Drone Program
Did Not Exist
On the Thursday, March 7 edition of the Alex Jones Show, guest hosts Aaron Dykes
and Paul Joseph Watson discuss Rand Paul's historic filibuster in protest of drone strikes on American citizens (on
U.S. soil) with no due process, mainstream media's attempted cover up of the massive DHS ammo buy and the latest
Syrian crisis in which U.S. funded rebels have captured 21 U.N. peacekeepers.
Who flies the drones America uses to take out military targets in foreign locales all
over the globe? Aaron Dykes had the chance to talk to an Air Force drone pilot operating out of Whiteman Air Force
Base, and astonishingly, he admitted to me that he took part in strikes on wedding parties in Middle East &
Asian countries said to harbor terrorists.
Aaron Dykes confronted him with some of the troubling news that has emerged about the secret White House kill list
and the apparent readiness to destroy the lives of innocent bystanders in pursuit of a target -- women, children
and elderly villagers who are all considered nothing more than "collateral damage."
Did he, too, find these people dispensable? Did he share the cold rationale of our leaders that it is "worth it" to
kill these civilians to target an enemy? Aaron Dykes tried to find out when Dykes saw him during a wedding he
attended, all while Dykes was deeply aware of the unsettling irony that the celebration we were attending was seen
differently than the weddings, funerals and other gatherings that U.S. airstrikes have unofficially declared to be
venues of war.
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Sensor housed in drone can see 6 inch objects from 20,000
Paul Joseph Watson
February 14, 2013
A state of the art spy system that is housed in a
drone and can record every moving object across an entire city from an altitude of 20,000 feet represents the next
level of Big Brother surveillance.
The 1.8 billion pixel ARGUS-IS surveillance
camera, otherwise known as the Area Persistent Stare, has been developed by BAE Systems as part of a contract with
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Using 368 five megapixel cell phone cameras, the system can be fitted to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
and is eventually planned to be incorporated into the developmental solar eagle drone that will be able to stay
airborne for years at a time.
The clip above features the creator of ARGUS, BAE Systems’ Yiannis Antoniades, describing how the
system is equivalent to, “having up to 100 predators look at an area the size of a medium sized city at once,” and
how it can track every moving object across an area of 15 square miles, right down to people walking down the
street and even birds flying in the sky and objects as small as six inches on the ground.
“Everything that is a moving object is being automatically tracked… You can see individuals
crossing the street. You can see individuals walking in parking lots. There’s actually enough resolution to be able
to see people waving their arms or what kind of clothes they wear,” said Antoniades.
The system can store one million terabytes of video per day, 5,000 hours of HD footage, while
broadcasting live streaming footage to a ground station. ARGUS can “zoom in and see tremendous detail.”
Details of the project, which was initiated in 2007, have only recently been released thanks to a
government gag order being lifted, but the sensor itself is still classified and cannot be shown on camera.
Antoniades refused to discuss whether the system had been deployed in the field but stated, “I’m
not at liberty to discuss plans of the government, but if we had our choice, we would like ARGUS to be over the
same area 24 hours day, 7 days a week,” adding that drones would be a “perfect platform” for the sensor.
“We’re moving towards an increasingly electronic society where our movements are going to be
tracked,” said Mary Cummings of the MIT Humans and Automation Lab.
Look! Up in the sky! Is
it a bird? Is it a plane? It's ... a drone, and it's watching you. That's what privacy advocates fear from a
bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also
orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial
drones by 2015.
Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for
electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as
"There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance,
by both government agencies and commercial entities," said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government
Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is "concerned about the implications for
surveillance by government agencies," said attorney Jennifer Lynch.
The provision in the legislation is the fruit of "a huge push by lawmakers and the
defense sector to expand the use of drones" in American airspace, she added.
According to some estimates, the commercial drone market in the United States
could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars once the FAA clears their use.
The agency projects that 30,000 drones could be in the nation's skies by
The highest-profile use of drones by the United States has been in the CIA's armed
Predator-drone program, which targets al Qaeda terrorist leaders. But the vast majority of U.S. drone missions,
even in war zones, are flown for surveillance. Some drones are as small as model aircraft, while others have the
wingspan of a full-size jet.
In Afghanistan, the U.S. use of drone surveillance has grown so rapidly that it
has created a glut of video material to be analyzed.
The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the
process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies. The
FAA currently issues certificates, which can cover multiple flights by more than one aircraft in a particular area,
on a case-by-case basis.
The Department of Homeland Security is the only federal agency to discuss openly
its use of drones in domestic airspace.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the department, operates nine
drones, variants of the CIA's feared Predator. The aircraft, which are flown remotely by a team of 80 fully
qualified pilots, are used principally for border and counternarcotics surveillance under four long-term FAA
Officials say they can be used on a short-term basis for a variety of other
public-safety and emergency-management missions if a separate certificate is issued for that mission.
"It's not all about surveillance," Mr. Aftergood said.
Homeland Security has deployed drones to support disaster relief operations.
Unmanned aircraft also could be useful for fighting fires or finding missing climbers or hikers, he
The FAA has issued hundreds of certificates to police and other government
agencies, and a handful to research institutions to allow them to fly drones of various kinds over the United
States for particular missions.
The agency said it issued 313 certificates in 2011 and 295 of them were still
active at the end of the year, but the FAA refuses to disclose which agencies have the certificates and what their
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the FAA to obtain records of the
"We need a list so we can ask [each agency], 'What are your policies on drone use?
How do you protect privacy? How do you ensure compliance with the Fourth Amendment?' " Ms. Lynch said.
"Currently, the only barrier to the routine use of drones for persistent
surveillance are the procedural requirements imposed by the FAA for the issuance of certificates," said Amie
Stepanovich, national security counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center in
The Department of Transportation, the parent agency of the FAA, has announced
plans to streamline the certification process for government drone flights this year, she said.
"We are looking at our options" to oppose that, she added.
Section 332 of the new FAA legislation also orders the agency to develop a system
for licensing commercial drone flights as part of the nation's air traffic control system by 2015.
The agency must establish six flight ranges across the country where drones can be
test-flown to determine whether they are safe for travel in congested skies.
Representatives of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems industry say they
worked hard to get the provisions into law.
"It sets deadlines for the integration of [the drones] into the national
airspace," said Gretchen West, executive vice president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International, an industry group.
She said drone technology is new to the FAA.
The legislation, which provides several deadlines for the FAA to report progress
to Congress, "will move the [drones] issue up their list of priorities," Ms. West said.
Researchers from British Columbia’s Simon Fraser
University recently unveiled a new fleet of drones capable of obeying vocal and visual commands.
Commanding groups of robots using face engagement and indirect speech in voice commands.
Work by Shokoofeh Pourmehr, Mani Monajjemi, Richard Vaughan and Greg Mori Autonomy Lab, Simon Fraser
The project, which was presented during the annual
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) earlier this month in Japan, revealed
the ability of multiple drones to obey group commands through the use of face detection cameras and voice command
Using a facial scoring system, each drone’s camera determines which direction a user is focused towards. Once
the drone with the highest “face score” has been targeted, small color-changing LEDs provide confirmation to the
Simple commands such as “take off” allows for complete handsfree control, while commands such as “you two” or
“you three” allows multiple drones to obey the same order simultaneously.
Through the use of Vision-Mediated Gestural Interface, the
drones also have the ability to be controlled silently by simple hand motions. Once a drone recognizes it has been
visually targeted, a user can gain control through a right-hand wave, while a left-hand wave removes it.
In a separate demonstration, a user gains control of multiple drones and uses a dual-hand wave to command the
drone fleet to carry out a predetermined mission.
Creating and commanding teams of UAVs with a vision-mediated gestural interface work by
Mani Monajjemi, Jens Wawerla, Richard Vaughan and Greg Mori Autonomy Lab, Simon Fraser University winner of the
"Japan Toy Culture Foundation Novel Technology Paper Award for
While the team is still perfecting the drone camera’s user
detection success rate, plans to implement advanced command capabilities are already in the works.
“In future work we will demonstrate the practicality of our methods on working outdoor robot systems including
heterogeneous teams of robots,” the team’s research paper states. “We will extend this work to designate teams of robot by name,
so we can say ‘You three are Red Team’, ‘You three join Blue Team’, and ‘You switch to Green Team’.”
Although retracting his comments after public outcry, Attorney General Eric Holder’s initial belief of being
constitutionally authorized in carrying out drone assassinations against Americans on US soil has only attributed to
the public’s distrust of domestic drone use.
A recent photograph of an unmarked helicopter drone exclusively obtained by Infowars also
revealed a glimpse into the near future of drone technology. Other recent advances have produced drones with the
ability to grab stationary objects in-flight using a mechanical claw, much like a taloned bird grabbing prey.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are currently advancing the “avian-inspired” drone’s capabilities
in hopes to be able to literally snatch humans off the street.
As technology extends its lightning growth towards autonomous robotics, world famous thinkers have begun to take
notice, prompting the likes of physicist Stephen Hawking to warn of its dangerous and uncontrolled march, as the walls of technocracy grow exponentially
Lovejoy wrote, “Such a device could be controlled from a great distance
and is equipped with a camera, microphone. It could land on you and then use its needle to take a DNA sample
with the pain of a mosquito bite. Or it could inject a micro RFID tracking device under your skin.” While
RFID-chip-injecting mosquito drones are currently a bunch of bunk,
aBing image search shows a multitude of
MAVs that aren’t simply CGI mockups.
This little MAV had a3 centimeter wingspan and that was back in 2007.
When the U.S. government was accused of making insect spy drones in 2007, Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel
and expert on unmanned aerial craft,told the Telegraph, “America can be pretty sneaky.” The
article also mentioned a dragonfly drone the CIA had developed in the 1970s.
The U.S. Air Force is
developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms, hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on
unsuspecting targets and execute them with lethal precision.
The Air Vehicles Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a
computer-animated video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The project promises to
revolutionize war by down-sizing the combatants.
‘MAVs will become a vital element in the ever-changing war-fighting environment
and will help ensure success on the battlefield of the future,’ the narrator intones.
‘Unobtrusive, pervasive, lethal – Micro Air Vehicles, enhancing the capabilities
of the future war fighter.’
Pop-up Fabrication of the Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee)
In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying
quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying
disasters and far more.
Surveillance drones blasted out of the sky in protest
against 4th amendment intrusion
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Krauthammer’s observation that the first person to shoot down a
surveillance drone on U.S. soil will be a “folk hero,” gun enthusiasts in Texas have done precisely that as a
protest against the use of spy drones on the American people.
drones as target practice, Alex Jones and the Steiner brothers tested out the best way to bring down the drones on
the 10,000 acre Steiner ranch as part of filming forBrothers in
Arms, a new show which focuses on firearms and the second
With spy drones now commercially available for less than $1,000
dollars that are barely any different from the ones being used by police departments to spy on the public, Jones
and the Steiners made short work of the devices during filming.
This was an exercise in pushing the message that the use of
surveillance drones in U.S. skies must be politically shot down because it represents a complete violation of the
4th amendment right to privacy.
Incidents involving the drones in recent months have hardly provided
positive spin for the industry, which is why Americans are set towitness a massive
PR campaign that will “bombard the American public with positive
images and messages about drones in an effort to reverse the growing perception of the aircraft as a threat to
privacy and safety.”
Earlier this month, a mystery object, thought to be a military or law
enforcement drone, flying in controlled airspace over Denver almost caused a catastrophic mid air crash with a
The first rule of the drone program is
that you do not talk about the drone program
Feb 25, 2013
In a rare admission, Robert Gibbs, the former White House
Press Secretary under Obama, told reporters Sunday that he was ordered to act as if there was no such thing as an
active US drone program.
“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re
not even to acknowledge the drone program,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” this past weekend.
Gibbs said that he was told “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”
Noting that the notion was “inherently crazy”, Gibbs said “You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a
program that exists.”
“So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program—pay no attention to the man
behind the curtain.” Gibbs, who was Press Secretary between 2009 and 2011, said.
Gibbs stated that he expects the drone program to remain secret for the most part, despite moves in Congress to
force more transparency.
“I have not talked to him about this, so I want to be careful,” Gibbs said, “but I think what the president has
seen is, our denial of the existence of the program when it’s obviously happening undermines people’s confidence
overall in the decisions that their government makes.”
While the program itself remains classified, it is no secret that Obama has vastly expanded the US drone war
since entering office in 2009. Daily drone strikes are raining down on Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as
A recent report released by Washington based think tank, The New America Foundation
revealed that the number of secret US drone strikes in Yemen almost tripled in 2012, compared to 2011.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, has found that at least 171 civilians, including 35 children, have been
slaughtered in Yemen by secret US drone strikes over the past ten years.
Communications released by WikiLeaks in 2010 revealed that the US and Yemen have repeatedly attempted to cover
up the use of US warplanes to bombard Yemen.
Last week it was announced that despite the fact that drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent civilians
in Yemen and Pakistan, the Pentagon is to reward drone operators with medals.
The DoD is creating a new ribbon, called the Distinguished Warfare Medal that will be awarded for “extra
achievement” related to a military operation. This will encompass sitting at a computer console and pressing a
button to release Hellfire missiles from Predator drones hundreds and thousands of miles away.
The medal will become the fourth-highest ranking combat decoration, placing above the Bronze Star.
Despite the official secrecy, the president has referred to the drone program several times in public, as have
officials such as counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan.
Last year, the New York Times ran a major piece on the program revealing that the White House
has asserted the right to carry out state-sponsored assassination anywhere in the world without having to
provide any evidence or go through any legal process.
The administration merely has to state that the target is
a terrorist and it doesn’t matter whether they are an American citizen or not, as we saw in the case of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki and his son, who were both killed last year.
In December of last year, Obama administration lawyers reaffirmed their backing for state sponsored
assassination, claiming that “U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets” and do not have the right to any
legal protection against being marked for summary execution.
During a CBS 60 Minutes interview in January, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
revealed that Obama himself personally approves the policy to kill American citizens suspected of terrorism
without trial on a case by case basis.
Perhaps the real reason that the administration wants the details of the programme kept under wraps is that, as
reported by Propublica recently, the programme is potentially much bigger in scope than
anyone had previously thought.
The administration’s figures do not add up, they are chock full of contradictions and discrepancies, and there
can be little doubt that there have been many many more civilian deaths as a result of drone attacks than have been
Akram, who noted that US drone strikes had killed more than 1,000 civilians in Pakistan, also said “We find the
use of drones to be totally counterproductive in terms of succeeding in the ‘war against terror’. It leads to
greater levels of terror rather than reducing them.
Many also contend that the attacks infringe the national sovereignty of Pakistan and constitute an act of
a report by Washington think tank The New America Foundation found that 32% of the more than
1,200 people killed since 2004 in Pakistan, or around 1 in 3, were innocent bystanders rather than dangerous
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of
Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from
Nottingham Trent University.
This article was posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
“The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on
American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening,” Sen. Paul said in a statement on his Senate
website Tuesday. “It is an affront the constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
A.G. Eric Holder -- The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical,
unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to
imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and
applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the
territory of the United States. For example, the president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the
military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances like a catastrophic attack
like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.
Drone strikes have killed American citizens in the past [without
constitutional due process], as was the case in Yemen with Anwar Awlaki and his son 16-year-old Abdulrahman
Federal agency developed UAVs years ago to keep tabs on
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Friday, June 22, 2012
mainstream media backlash that claimed to “debunk” fears that the EPA was using spy drones to monitor pollution and
land use, a method of surveillance that threatened to ensnare farmers and ranchers, it actually turns out that the
federal agency is doing precisely that.
Following confusion over a claim that the EPA was using unmanned drones to spy on cattle ranchers in Nebraska and Iowa,
when in fact the federal agency was taking pictures from manned aircraft, the establishment media went on the
offensive, characterizing fears that the federal agency was using the excuse of environmental regulations to
keep tabs on farmers as paranoid delusions.
The Washington Post led the charge, debunking the “menacing tale of government gone too far,” quickly followed
the L.A. Times and innumerable other news outlets who seized upon the
error to portray opponents of drone surveillance as reactionary lunatics.
Leftist blogs like Mediaite and scores of others placed the blame
squarely on the Drudge Report and Infowars, noting how, “The story originally appeared on several blogs, picking up
traction after the Drudge Report linked to an InfoWars article on the story,” before it appeared on Fox
The very real and alarming fact that the EPA is sending its agents up
in manned aircraft to spy on farmers over their disposal of waste water was hastily brushed aside in favor of
pursuing the witch hunt against those who mistakenly claimed the spying missions involved UAVs.
“It was never true. The EPA isn’t using drone aircraft — in the
Midwest or anywhere else,” reported the Post’s David A. Fahrenthold with a triumphant sneer.
You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that the Post – along
with dozens of blogs who parroted Fahrenthold’s article – got it completely wrong.
A search of the EPA’s own website proves that the federal agency has
been developing spy drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for the purpose of monitoring pollution and land use for
The report describes how the EPA used technologies developed by the
Department of Defense and NASA “to develop terrestrial, coastal ocean, and surface-troposphere flux unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) missions” in order to “support environmental decision making” and measure “biogenic emissions”
(emissions produced by living organisms or biological processes).
In other words, the EPA has since at least 2009 developed the
capability to use unmanned drones to monitor man-made pollution and spy on farms and ranches for the purpose of
In addition, aseparate 2005 EPA report details how
the agency planned to use “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), in a multi-stage approach to meet EPA information
Not only has the EPA developed its own spy drones for the task of
monitoring the environment, it has also given grants to other organizations for the same purpose.
A 2008 progress report found on the EPA website describes a a
four-year grant to Syracuse University. One “major outcome” of the project is listed as the, “Successful
development and testing of an unmanned aerial vehicle for urban airshed monitoring to measure pollutant levels
So yes, despite what you read in the Washington Post and the rest of
the establishment media echo chamber, the EPA is using drones to spy on land use and monitor pollution.
The EPA is using unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveillance of
ranches and farms and has been doing so for years.
Given the EPA’s close relationship with NASA in working with the
space agency to create satellites to monitor land use, the future seems geared not around spy drones but spy
satellites like the ones already under development in Europe that will
measure man-made carbon emissions from space in order to “hunt down” violators of international climate agreements,
allowing Big Brother to enforce a future tax on CO2 emissions.
And when such a program is ready to be launched, expect the
establishment media to pull the same trick of obfuscating the truth by claiming none of it is happening.
George Bliss, the local Austin resident who showed up at our
Infowars Drone Mob and hacked one of our drones, to discuss the coming surveillance state in America.
As Obama grandstands and uses the Sandy Hook crisis to, in
the words of Eric Holder "brainwash the public" that guns are bad and the cause of violent crime and misery, We
decided to show just a few of the documented cases of drone attacks that he personally ordered where children
were killed. Drone attack after drone attack you will see the real face of the Globalists. This man does not
care about children he cares about disarming the American people to bring in a totalitarian
The American love affair with drones (officially called
unmanned aerial vehicles) extends to both military and law enforcement uses. The U.S. isn’t the only country that
uses drones, but it is the most regular user in the world.
Which Countries Have Drones?
The biggest owners of military drones in the world:
Note: Numbers are minimums, as many countries’ levels are unknown.
Business is Booming
Global spending on unmanned aerial vehicles will surge in the next 10 years, rising by a predicted 128
percent. Projected global spending on drones
2023 $11,900,000,000 Ranked drone spending over the next decade by region
Terror From Above?
The U.S. has been widely criticized for its use of drones to fight terrorism. In Pakistan alone, the U.S. has
launched thousands of drone strikes since 2004. Fatalities in Pakistan from U.S. drone attacks (since 2004)
High-profile targets 49
* The U.S. classifies all adult men in Pakistan as potential terrorist targets in casualty calculations
Many Americans assume these devices are used only to launch offensives in foreign countries. That’s a false
assumption. Over the years, dozens of agencies across the U.S. have used drones for a variety of purposes, many of
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm
Haunted by a mission gone wrong, U.S. drone sensor operator Calvin Williams begins to
feel suspicious about drone warfare and the implications it could have on freedom domestically. When his suspicions
turn into reality, he is forced to act. Written and directed by Johan A. du Toit
"I freed a thousand slaves; I
could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves."
Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who
are constantly and intelligently on the spot can hope to govern themselves effectively by democratic
"A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time,
not on the spot, not here and now and in their calculable future, but somewhere else, in the irrelevant other
worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the
encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.”