Pentagon Admission: It’s Been Deploying Military Drones to Spy on Americans

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Under a FOIA request, a Pentagon inspector general made public a report admitting to the use of drones to spy on U.S. citizens.The missions were non-military in nature, meaning they were used for domestic spying purposes. Naturally, the Pentagon is claiming it broke no laws in the deployment of said drones and contends that the flights were rare.

The idea of US military drones flying over the heads of US citizens and monitoring them is ominous, which explains why the Pentagon has kept it secret — despite the contention of breaking no laws.While the report on domestic drone use was completed in March of 2015, it was only quietly released last week.

According to USA Today’s report:

Shortly before the inspector general report was completed a year ago, the Pentagon issued a new policy governing the use of spy drones. It requires the defense secretary to approve all domestic spy drone operations. It says that unless permitted by law and approved by the secretary, drones “may not conduct surveillance on U.S. persons.” It also bans the use of armed drones over the United States for anything other training and testing.

The units who have been operating the drones stated to the inspector general they want to fly more missions domestically. “Multiple units told us that as forces using the UAS capabilities continue to draw down overseas, opportunities for UAS realistic training and use have decreased,”
However, drone usage overseas has not been reduced, and, in fact, their use has skyrocketed under the current administration. Just last year, the Pentagon announced that they had plans to sharply expand the number of U.S. drone flights over the next four years, giving military commanders access to more intelligence and greater firepower to keep up with a sprouting number of global hot spots.

Now, all the military has to do to fly weaponized drones over US citizens is say they are training.
The use of military gear on US citizens has sharply increased over the last decade as police departments have become heavily militarized with weapons once used on the battlefield. Now, instead of giving these weapons to police departments, the military seems to be conducting their own missions against US citizens.

Via TheRunDown Live

DARPA Spending $62 Million to Create Military Cyborgs

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The Pentagon’s research agency,DARPA is set to spend $62 million on developing an implantable microchip,that will allow the human brain to directly communicate with computer systems.DARPA’s program director for the project says the implant is seeking to “open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”
In January, DARPA announced it plans to spend up to $62 million on the project, which is part of its Neural Engineering System Design program.

A statement from DARPA said it will enable “data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world, feeding digital auditory or visual information into the brain.

DARPA sees the implant as providing a foundation for new therapies that could help people with deficits in sight or hearing by “feeding digital auditory or visual information into the brain.The research agency claims the project is not intended for military purposes, yet experts believe it will have many military applications. While it could potentially restore senses to injured veterans, it could also be used to heighten the senses of perfectly healthy soldiers.

Either way, DARPA is seeking to perfect the cyborg– an individual with both organic and mechanical body parts.

The potential cyborg connection wasn’t lost on CNN who reported:

The U.S. military is currently developing a battery-powered exoskeleton, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, to provide superior protection from enemy fire and in-helmet technologies that boost the user’s communications ability and vision.In theory, the proposed neural implant would allow the military member operating the suit to more effectively control the armored exoskeleton while deployed in combat

If this device could be used to heighten the awareness of an individual’s surroundings, could it also be manipulated to present a misleading perspective on what is happening around the implanted person?

Could a soldier be manipulated into believing something was happening due to a certain message being transmitted to the implant, when in actual fact something entirely different was occurring in reality?

However, Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist from Harvard, is sceptical that the device could ever work:

“We have little to no idea how exactly the brain codes complex information” “My guess is that it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Despite these concerns, DARPA is pressing ahead with the project.
Do you think we are now a step closer to cyborg super soldiers, or just wasting $62 million?

Via: 21st Century Wire

Pentagon Testing Top-Secret Swarming ‘Micro-Drones’ For Future Warfare

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The truth is slowly becoming stranger than fiction in the modern police/warfare state. Recently declassified information about an experiment out of the little known Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) backs up this notion and is cause for major concern.

For a bit of background history The SCO was launched in 2012 as a means of secretly strategizing for a war against China and Russia. Outside of this one video, they just released, very little is known about their experiments or weapons building.

Saber rattling with China and Russia is an insane and asinine move, but by releasing the video below, the US is doing exactly that.
Future warfare plans for China and Russia have slim chances of success in an overt confrontation, So longer term plans call for Asymetric and Even Robotic warfare.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter disclosed the existence of Micro-drones that can be launched from the flare dispensers of F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets traveling at the speed of sound. As the drones are released, tiny propellers provide them with the propulsion they need to find each other and create a swarm.

The idea of weaponized swarming micro-robots deployed by one of the most destructive governments in the history of the world — shocks the conscience. However, the war-mongering bureaucrats in D.C. are patting themselves on the back and using the release of this video to justify stealing even more of your tax dollars.

The notion that the US is preparing for the rise of threats across the globe rings hollow to those who’ve been paying attention and realize that the US creates the conflicts only to play the role of savior — an ostensible measure used to enrich those who profit from war.

Via: The FreeThought Project

Google/ Pentagon join forces to Usher In a New Era of Police State Control

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The developer of the world’s largest search engine is joining forces with the world’s largest military machine. It was announced that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be heading the Pentagon’s new Innovation Advisory Board. Since its meteoric rise in the internet age, Google has reached technological capabilities that seem almost science-fiction. Their latest is a neural network with a “superhuman” ability to determine the location of almost any image.

The search giant’s immense collection of personal data amounts to its own surveillance network that likely rivals the best government spy program.Google has said that their collection of data, when used properly, advances the public well-being. This sounds eerily familiar to the propaganda campaign of intelligence officials defending the NSA’s domestic spying program and other intrusions of privacy revealed by Edward Snowden.

All of this makes the partnership between Schmidt and the U.S. military rather creepy. The Pentagon was given carte blanche after 9/11 to grow its own spy program and to kill anyone in the world at any time, including U.S. citizens. Can there be any expectation of restraint with this Innovation Advisory Board serving the interests of the military?

Wikileak’s Julian Assange provided some perspective on the Google-Pentagon relationship:

Assange observed that “Google’s geopolitical aspirations are firmly enmeshed with the foreign policy agenda of the United States,” and he stated that, as Google’s monopolistic control of the Internet grows, the company will increasingly influence choices and behavior to steer outcomes in the favor of US and corporate interests.”

The 12-member Innovation Advisory Board will be handpicked by Schmidt and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Before this partnership was announced, Google had been dabbling in robotics and artificial intelligence on behalf of the Pentagon through DARPA. If Eric Schmidt was serious when Google coined the slogan “Don’t be evil,” then his hookup with the Pentagon—the largest purveyor of violence in the world—may win the award for biggest example of hypocrisy

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