These days, microprocessors allow for smaller radars and stand-off triangulation for missile defenses.
Starting this fall, two blimps will float at 10,000 feet over the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in an attempt to develop a defense for the nation's capital against cruise missiles fired from ships offshore.Microprocessors also, notes Insta Pundit, allow for higher-resolution cameras high in the skies.
The Army, though it did not rule out the possibility of mounting these cameras, reportedly said it has no current plans to install them.Yes, and in an era of "stroke of the pen, law of the land," the absence of a limitation on government's powers bothers civil libertarians.
The Washington Post reported that the Army said in a letter to the newspaper that it did not conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment because there is no intention of collecting any personally identifiable information.
Officials insist they have no plans to put cameras on the blimps, but Christopher Calabrese of the ACLU points out there's no law against it.With the proliferation of security cameras, haven't the citizenry implicitly consented to be followed?
"Right now there are no rules," he said. "There's nothing that bars us from having high-powered cameras monitoring our every public movement."