SCHOFIELD DID 4/30
10th August 2004
GuardianPolice in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.
The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
Documents from the South Coast Partnership, a Home Office-backed project in which Kent police and others are developing a national drone plan with BAE, have been obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act.
It is estimated that there are between 1.5 to 4.2 million CCTV cameras from city centers, subway stations, car-parks, and estates to taxi cabs in the United Kingdom. A startling number considering the police state only 3% of crimes are solved by CCTV. With that being said, will aerial drones of the same variety that monitor their enemies, deter crime when used on their countrymen? Or is this nothing more than a further infringement of privacy in the ever growing police state the United Kingdom has become?
Article on the failure of CCTV: CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police | UK news | The Guardian Privatization of the police state: BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Public to monitor CCTV from home
SFC III Troubleshooter.
5th September 2006
The people of Britain have nothing to fear but Britain itself.
28th October 2005
Really doesn't surprise me that this is happening, this country is going out of control with surveillance these days. I'm not sure that it will do much good, as the average CCTV camera isn't even good enough quality to reliably make out a face in most cases. Good luck to them if they want to use this to control crime. I don't really care about being watched since I'm not gonna give them a reason to come after me, but if it works and they catch criminals then it's good really. Until they try to put them somewhere and realise that all the prisons are full.
23rd March 2008
Yeah I don't really see how Drones are going to help solve crime. Sounds like a gigantic waste of money.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Frankly, considering where Britain places security cameras, I'm surprised they didn't start this sooner. I mean, cameras on buildings can be obscured by banners or something. This is just one more dimension for Britain's surveillance to operate in.
29th January 2005
I shall avoid the UK. Drones don't like me.
24th September 2007
Why do I get the feeling that one day some cops are going to get bored and do this?
Officer 1: Hey Jeff, are you bored? Officer 2: Yeah. Hey, you wanna go spy on people with that drone? 1: Sure *launces the drone and flys it to some house* Audio from drone: Yeah! Yeah! Fuck me hard! HARDER!
I'm too cool to Post
26th June 2000
AlDaja;5218570The people of Britain have nothing to fear but Britain itself.[/QUOTE] The people of America have nothing to fear but America itself. Also. ;)
[QUOTE=Commissar MercZ;5218634]I shall avoid the UK. Drones don't like me.
Don't you live in the burbs? Aren't you surrounded by them everyday?
공화국의 영원한 주석
29th March 2005
I applaud Britain's use of this technology and hope that it can one day be applied to their homeland.
16th June 2008
Urgh... Why not put cameras in every room of your house?