BBD – My Drone Experience

First, if you haven’t done so, you need to check out The Intercept‘s new exposé on assassination aka targeted killing aka surgical strikes via drones aka UAVs aka ‘birds.’ There are eight articles and I’ve only begun delving in myself. Besides the scoop via an unnamed source aka whistleblower, the graphics are amazing and the design team should win some award along side the journos.

The importance of this story may be underestimated by some. People are ignorant about why, how, when assassination became illegal.

MY DRONE EXPERIENCE

I cannot recall exactly when this was because it was before everything started going sideways in December of 2009 and I started taking note. I’m going to guess it was Spring of 2009, but it may well have been a year before or even the Fall of 2008. I recall it being windy, which implies April or October, but might have been neither.

Worse, I’ve lied to you, gentle reader. At least sort of. And that’s something I’ve promised never to do without a very good reason.

It wasn’t actually a drone I saw, but rather a kite. {Below I’ll link you up to how that relates}.

The movement of the thing was so bizarre that I had wondered fancifully if there wasn’t some unseen method of propulsion onboard, micro-sized and hidden from view. Recalling it now, and incorporating some of the other things… methods and trends…I lean heavily away from that.

Though the thing that kept me from being able to look away was how it seemed to be moving by some means one would associate with a motored hovering device, I think it far more likely that it was simply done with multiple tethers, though I could not see them. It stopped periodically and hovered. Suspicious activity for a “stringless kite.”

This occurred on the avenue of my apartment in Brooklyn and I watched from the little balcony thingy. It appeared to emerge from inside a sunken overpass nearby and made its way all the way up to street level and eventually over a fence next to the large landmark building next door out of my view.

The kite itself was the ‘delta’ style, that is the v-shaped sort. It kind of reminds me of the classic ‘Bat’ kite, but as I recall it was yellow, not black.

Anyway, it was obvious that the wind was blowing hard against the wings because the way it shook. But without a string, it should have made a quick dive upwards and then nosedived to the ground.

Multiple strings? There is a similar trick, actually many, many variants, on how to for example levitate a person and then walk around them and pass one of those big hula hoop things over them to make it appear as though there are no wires. In reality, at least in the old variants I saw in old stage magic books decades ago, the ring is actually has the wires running inside it and has a slit in it, and the magician is merely passing it along the center of the X-shape that are being used to levitate the assistant.

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Yeah, like this one.

So could it be with a kite. Multiple tethers from multiple directions giving it the appearance of no one tethering it at all.

Why did they show me this shit? No idea. Probably to mess with my head. I really just rationalized it as some very strange crosswinds at the time. We do that, ignore the seemingly impossible until we can no longer do so.

Why am I bothering to write it up? Two reasons. Because it was such a heavy news day and that, apart from what else I’m going to say on the political end, I’ve little to offer on this subject. Also because I’m still disappointed that I haven’t seen one in action. But then I also wonder what a gal has to do to warrant a black helicopter and I’ve yet to see one of those hovering about either.

Right. What do kites have to do with drones?

Joe Dana, “Who needs drones? Surveillance expert uses kites,” AZ Central, 24 February 2015:

azcentral.com/story/joedanareports/2015/02/24/12-news-drones-surveillance/23963337/

The answer to his question in the title is of course murderers, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Drones are all the rage. But in the world of forensic evidence gathering, an old-fashioned kite will often suffice. And better yet, kites aren’t subject to the same FAA regulations.

“Drones are here to stay, and they are a very valuable tool,” said Randy Anglin of Lionstrike Forensics. “But kites and balloons have become a very valuable tool for what we do.”

Kites and balloons for surveillance. Makes sense.

Carl Engleking, “If You Can Fly a Kite, You Can Fly This Drone,” Discover Magazine Blog, 19 August 2015:

blogs.discovermagazine.com/drone360/2015/08/19/kite-drone/

{Note: Have had trouble viewing this link since doing so originally and the URL I saved somehow added an identifier that wasn’t there originally and I have removed for you.}

While some businesses are eager to unleash drones and put them to work, one company wants to leash them up.

The Fotokite Phi is a drone, built by Zürich-based Perspective Robotics, for people who have no interest in actually flying a drone. The Fotokite is a fold-up quad with a GoPro payload that’s tethered to a leash, which makes operating a drone as simple as walking a dog.

So that’s the psychotic-government-operatives-showed-me-a-freaky-kite-but-not-a-black-helicopter story.

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I survived COINTELPRO 2.0 and I didn’t even get a black helicopter.

Moving on…

POLITICS

Right. But kites don’t much kill.

Matthew Power, “Confessions of a Drone Warrior,” GQ, 22 October 2013:

gq.com/story/drone-uav-pilot-assassination

A later study found that drone operators suffered from the same levels of depression, anxiety, PTSD, alcohol abuse, and suicidal ideation as traditional combat aircrews. These effects appeared to spike at the exact time of Bryant’s deployment, during the surge in Iraq. (Chillingly, to mitigate these effects, researchers have proposed creating a Siri-like user interface, a virtual copilot that anthropomorphizes the drone and lets crews shunt off the blame for whatever happens. Siri, have those people killed.)

And this is where it gets even spookier. They key, per the article, is removing the guilt. So you have a few choices, if you are a murderous psycho among the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

1} You can hire people who don’t have a conscience or who are already homicidal maniacs and try to control them.

2} You can take a more ordinary person and muck about with their brain chemistry or otherwise alter their personalities and neurochems so that they are more like the people in #1. See again “try to control” portion.

3} Create an AI that takes care of the whole thing, adding another buffer between killer and killed.

4} All of which is leading up to use domestically.

Pressing pause here to make something clear. Everything is about the banking system. The 2001 National Intelligence Estimate suggested that the growing gap between the rich and poor was the biggest national security concern facing the US in the foreseeable 21st century. Surprise, surprise, actually chieving this, not mitigating it, has been CIA’s real mission all along.

David Talbot, “NEW BOOK ON CIA MASTER-PLOTTER DULLES, SNEAK PEEK: PART 3; Dealing with Inconvenient Facts, CIA Style,” WhoWhatWhy, 14 October 2015:

whowhatwhy.org/2015/10/14/new-book-on-cia-master-plotter-dulles-sneak-peek-part-3/

Dulles’s job, simply put, was to hijack the US government to benefit the wealthy.

By mimicking the UK’s Gentleman’s Spy Club MI6, we incorporated class warfare as well. Everything must be viewed with this lens on.

Rather than work openly and brainstorm new markets to explore to make the world a better place, of course the Cold Warriors and military industrial complex instead tried to figure out how to create more boogeymen in order to turn a profit for themselves. Of course they also made up reasons in order to create an oppressive Stasi-state ready to silence anyone who complains about this theft, is able to see it hiding behind the empty rhetoric and veil of lies.

Naomi Wolf, “The coming drone attack on America,” Guardian, 21 December 2012:

theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/coming-drone-attack-america

People often ask me, in terms of my argument about “ten steps” that mark the descent to a police state or closed society, at what stage we are. I am sorry to say that with the importation of what will be tens of thousands of drones, by both US military and by commercial interests, into US airspace, with a specific mandate to engage in surveillance and with the capacity for weaponization – which is due to begin in earnest at the start of the new year – it means that the police state is now officially here.

Never has ‘all men and all women are brothers and sisters’ meant so much. By giving active and passive approval to illegal acts by your government when used against people with brown skin overseas, you are slitting your own throat.

It’s no longer about nation states. It’s about multinational corporations and they don’t care where you’re from. You’re standing on or near something they want, so hand it over or die, dumbass. You homo sapiens all look taste alike to Tyrannosaurus Holdings Corp., nom, nom, nom.

That’s enough for tonight.

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