If a kite appears to be following you in La Plata, Md., it
very well may be. The Charles County Sheriff's Office recently
gathering of motorcycle riders by launching a remote-control aerial
camera to watch for emergencies or troublemakers. An official
said yesterday the battery-powered spy plane was
launched as a test run and that he's not sure whether the agency will
buy the craft ? but the results were good.
Of course the results are "good"; it's a new way for the State to spy on its citizens subjects.
"I was quite impressed with how easy it was to launch and how well it
monitored the area," he said. "Besides crowd and traffic control, I see
law enforcement using the CyberBug in a multitude of applications
especially when it comes to crime fighting and homeland security."
Crowd and traffic control, huh?
A base-model CyberBug costs $7,500 and can be placed in a
stationary position or controlled with a joystick device. It can stay
in the air for more than three hours and comes with a variety of
features ? including the camera, a global positioning system and an
explosive trigger for qualified customers.
A spy device that comes complete with its own optional assassination capability!
This sort of police capability comes from the doctrine that activities
performed in public are not subject to any Constitutional privacy
protections. There's no "expectation of privacy" and apparantly
that makes it OK. But if I don't have an expectation of privacy
when I venture out into public, I also don't have an expectation that
my every move will be videotaped for later examination, particularly if
I am participating in protected activities -- like, say, assembling to
petition for a redress of grievances.