Finding Surveillance Aircraft in U.S. Cities

“…BuzzFeed News trained a computer to find [surveillance aircraft] by letting a machine-learning algorithm sift for planes with flight patterns that resembled those operated by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Last year, we reported on aerial surveillance by these planes, mapping thousands of flights over more than four months from mid-August to the end of December 2015…

…Some of these aircraft use technologies that challenge our assumptions about when and how we’re being watched, tracked, or listened to. It’s only by understanding when and how these technologies are used from the air that we’ll be able to debate the balance between effective law enforcement, national security, and individual privacy.”

—Aldhous, Peter. “BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What We Found.” Buzzfeed. August 7, 2017.

The article goes on to highlight five examples:

  1. Use by state & local law enforcement
  2. Electronic eavesdropping by U.S. Border Patrol
  3. Testing Department of Defense capabilities over U.S cities.
  4. The Drug Enforcement Agency conducting surveillance over U.S cities.
  5. Military contractors.

All of these examples should give a citizen that would like to live in a free society pause.