I love to talk to my friend Mona. She is exceedingly sharp, witty, funny, (not to mention pretty) and she always has a great story of some kind. Last week, she told me something that gave me the creeps.
Mona and her husband Paul, have a weekend ritual of going to the local swap meets. You know the kind…they have them all over the country. People set up tables and try to sell whatever they can. You can find great buys at these things. But Mona couldn’t wait to tell me, what happened.
Everyone was upset that more regulations are coming down the pike. Some lady sold, what appeared to be a “new” plastic trash can that she had gotten from Wal-Mart overstock.
Yep. Obama’s new regulators say report that item (pay a fee) or pay a big fine. Mona told me many people get this stuff all the time, and come on..a trash can? All the sellers were upset at the government coming into their little neighborhood gathering of booths, which has been going
on for decades without any problems.
But that’s not the story that really got me. As she and Paul were standing and talking about this subject at one of the tables, Mona looked over and saw a great big dragonfly …in the parking lot. She thought to herself, “Hmmm, that is an awfully BIG dragonfly!”
Now, dragonflies usually fly like bugs which have just taken some bad acid. They go up, down, sideways, around…they hardly EVER fly in a straight line.
But..THIS dragonfly was flying straight. It would hover over a car’s back license plate, then moved on to the next license plate…and go right down the line…like it was taking pictures of all the license plates.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes.” said Mona.”It had to be some kind of camera, even Paul noticed it was strange and…I just couldn’t believe it!”
Of course, I believe Mona. Our government is spying on its honest hard-working citizens with little bug drones. The bigger drones are coming.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been working on this technology since the 1970s. Known as the “inscetothopter”, it was developed by the Office of Research and Development for the CIA. It appears to be a dragonfly; however it contains a tiny gasoline engine to control its four wings. It was subsequentlym classified as a failure because it could not maintain flight against natural wind patterns.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) seem to be an area of research getting a lot of attention at the moment. Lockheed Martin have a UAV they hope to reduce to the size of a fingertip and place in every soldier’s backpack. At DEFCON this year we got to see WASP: an ex-U.S. Army spy drone modified by hackers. And then of course we have the consumer-grade Parrot AR. Drone that you can control with an iPhone.
Tell me, let’s suppose this was a dragonfly drone. Why in the world does our government need to know who is participating and attending old time country swap meets?
Because they want to control everything we sell, eat, or do…and watch us. Because they consider regular folks their biggest worry.
As they were leaving the parking lot, this “drone” flew up over the back of the trunk, then down the front..as if…it was taking another good look at Paul and Mona.
Nobody suggest that every patriotic American who sees one of these bugs…put a good swat to it.
“But officer…I ALWAYS hit the bugs!”
Really. Nobody Wins when a government goes mad. Nobody has her own private calvary about drones spying on American citizens.
And now..how about this? A tiny msoquito…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. it could land on you and stay, so that you take it with you into your home. Or it could fly into a building through a window.(Puts a whole other meaning to bug control, doesn’t it?)
Americans! Man your Swat Stations!