Thursday, August 16, 2007

US to use spy satellites to spy on its own citizens

The US government will give local law enforcement agencies access to its powerful spy satellites, according to a report in the Washington Post:

But civil liberties groups quickly condemned the move, which Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit activist group, likened to "Big Brother in the sky." "They want to turn these enormous spy capabilities, built to be used against overseas enemies, onto Americans," Martin said. "They are laying the bricks one at a time for a police state."

I couldn't agree more. This is outrageous.

Other thoughts: Will a judge have to approve the use of satellites (issuing the equivalent of a search warrant)? Will juries get to see spy the satellite images (such images have been regarded as national security secrets in the past)? Next I suppose the US government will approve predator drone flights over Chicago.

I have a hunch this kind of proposal is just about enough to set off a firestorm of outrage. I don't think I'm alone in finding this plan absolutely and utterly unconscionable.