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“Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.” That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities.
When Maj. Gen. James Poss made that comment, he was the U.S. Air Force’s top intelligence officer and was discussing the use of surveillance drones over Afghanistan. Poss was preparing to leave the Pentagon and move over to the Federal Aviation Administration. His job there was to begin executing the plan to allow those same surveillance drones to fly over American cities. Advertisement:
This plan was ordered by Congress in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. It directed the Departments of Defense and Transportation to “develop a plan for providing expanded access to the national airspace for unmanned aircraft systems of the Department of Defense.” Gen. Poss was one of nearly two dozen ex-military officers who, starting in 2010, were put into positions at the FAA to oversee drone integration research. With little public scrutiny, the plan has been moving forward ever since.
If you’re thinking that this is a partisan issue, think again. This plan has …
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