Thursday, March 31, 2011
surveillance of the Canadian border by the US
I found the video above, about the possible uses for unmanned drones to police people through ongoing surveillance, when I was looking for more information about the US drones patrolling stretches of the US/Canada border. The video above shows how the Houston Texas police force hopes to apply surveillance technology in their region. A walk in the farm field or a drive down country roads ain't what they used to be, that's for sure.
You are being watched.
This morning I heard on CBC Radio that this afternoon on Dispatches, Rick MacInnis-Rae will be talking about the US aircraft that patrol the Canadian border using surveillance technology that enables the US to look inside the windows of homes 40 k. away from the US/Canada border. I started to wonder: how far is the US/Canada border that runs through Lake Superior from Thunder Bay? I'll have to look that up. Maybe the next time I am down at the waterfront admiring the sunrise, there may be an Eye in the Sky looking at me. Is there someone in a cubicle somewhere in the US whose job it is to watch all this video footage?
Well, I thought, as I laced on my sneakers to run down to Bay St. for coffee with "the boys" (i.e. the old Finnish men and Alex, who is not Finnish in origin but Russian), is there no end to the camera surveillance of not only public spaces but private ones, too? Will whole swaths of the Canadian boreal forest be put under UAV --unmanned aerial vehicle -- US surveillance on the off chance of catching, as their justification goes, "drugs, migrants, and terrorists"?
What covert joint US/Canada "operations" might be possible through this technology? Why is our conservative led government so keen to make our border so permeable and accessible to US security yet at the same time makes our border much harder for prospective immigrants to cross?
A walk in the woods by the border ain't what it used, that's for sure. Drone surveillance may be watching overhead. The border along Manitoba to Lake of the Woods is under US surveillance, the BC border is possibly next, and, also very troubling, the US is watching/spying on a First Nations reserve:
"In eastern Canada, the focus of the Predator is the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, which straddles the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ont., and sprawls across the border of New York state."
I am uncomfortable with the idea of the US spying into Canadian geography, but I guess they must have gotten the permission of our government. Is this technology not seen as an invasion of sovereign people's privacy? Or have people become so used to camera surveillance that no one cares?
ten cool spy toys - available to the buying public, yet some "barely legal."
Why don't we all become Maxwell Smart of Agent 99? Each citizen...that is consumer...can just go and buy his or her own little state-of-the-art surveillance technology? Why get a shoe when you can buy a drone or a plane?