Friday, August 26, 2011

Police State Toys

h/t War on Guns

Coming soon to your neighborhood.

My favorite part of this vid is at the end, where the FLIR camera tracks puny humans trying to evade and escape. Run! Heh! Yer just gonna die tired!

Linked from Vanguard Industries site, the Government Security News site features an interview with Randy McDaniel, chief deputy of the Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Sheriff McDaniel points out that a sky blue paint job makes these birds practically undetectable hovering at 700 feet.
“I couldn’t afford any kind of air capability for this department,” said McDaniel, but thanks to a DHS grant of approximately $200,000, awarded to Montgomery County as part of the Houston, TX, urban area security initiative (UASI), he considers a micro-helicopter affordable. The fact that Vanguard is based nearby, in Montgomery’s county seat of Conroe, TX, probably makes the procurement decision that much easier.
As David @ The War on Guns points out, this is a public/private partnership. Public/private ... public/private. Where have I heard about that concept? Where? Oh yeah!

IKE! Saying goodbye to America. (RTWT) He felt one of the greatest threats to the nation was the unholy alliance of the military-industrial (public/private) complex.
 In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
That was 1961 folks. The olden days.

Now we have elected officials that trumpet the public/private alliances. To cheers. For more. 'Tis truely a Brave New World.

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