posted on Mar, 18 2006 @ 12:03 AM
Pretty impressive to have a device posted at a corner of a building and watch a street or a cross section for a couple of hours at any suspicious
activity without having to expose yourself. Not to mention having to shoot the device to see around the corner if the enemy is hiding waiting while
in battle like the Battle of Falluja. Don't know if it has zoom in and zoom out options or that it can move the camera lens around to look at other
areas instead of just looking a one specific spot.
Yes and no.
It certainly makes more sense than the 40mm grenade launcher device Sam Fisher employed as a function of mass and reload interval.
At the same time, his covert employment of the unit meant that it was not expected. While any 'remote viewing' device which is /routinely/ employed
will breed a techint driven countermeasure (availabe from any Russian or Chinese or Indian etc. 'observer' team) that, at the very least, will
extend to telling a savvy enemy of your presence. And at most, will cause them to exploit that view much as you do.
I would be much more interested in how the system is recovered. How it is clone-proofed so as not to embarrass or compromise U.S. with similar
(planted or actual observation) devices.
And most especially if the device in question has 'other' spectral capabilities. As the monitoring of cellphone/laptop or LAN type devices. As
well as auditory monitoring. As when the device samples microvibrations in a brick or concrete wall.
Everybody /ass-u-mes/ that the U.S. has only good intentions with these capabilities.
But NO ONE stops to ask:
1. What if, tomorrow... (more than a moron is in charge of unacknowledged intrusive surveillance)?
2. What if, 'our' government does not in fact control all agencies under it's nominal jurisdiction via a democratically accountable chain of
3. What if, in an era where 'privacy is not important because nobody has it', /information/ becomes corrupted by the ability to manipulate
apparencies vs. truth at a deep-digital (inseparable deception vs. untraceable source) level?
The biggest danger of a world not ruled by coequivalencies of commercial and criminal justice is not the evil that the little bastards do. But the
MISUSE OF POWER that the 'richer not better' nations engage in in the name of halting terror or espionage or or or.
Because our ability to reach into those enclaves will always be limited so long as ethnic and insular differences remain isolative.
Yet OUR view of their existence, as well as our own, will be driven by a false notion that 'The Guvmint Must Be Right'. Because the alternative is
too horrible to comprehend. And too hard to prove as a crime.
Bush' "I Yam D'Lawuh!" attempt at a Judge Dredd immitation with regards to illicit wiretaps is only the first, barest, glimpse of the horror that
will come because we refuse to acknowledge that limits on power include limits on the technology by which that power is gained.
First and foremost atop a list of worries should be that 'real' militaries and governments are not vulnerable to this ***t.
Civillians are. And of those civillians, less than 1% are terrorists.