Homeland Security Seeks “Wide Area Surveillance System” Spy Camera

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking a camera advanced enough to allow them to spy on four square miles of any American territory for extended periods of time.

 

The department doesn’t have a particular system in mind but they are currently soliciting “industry feedback” on what a “Wide Area Surveillance System” might look like.

The Department of Homeland Security says it’s interested in a system that can see between two and four square miles, roughly the size of Brooklyn, New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, in its “persistent mode. The cameras would be able to view an area for an unspecified number of hours collecting what the military likes to call “pattern of life” data to see what “normal” activity looks like for a given area. DHS wants something that can fit into a manned P-3 Orion spy plane or a Predator drone, of which it has a couple. When not in “persistent mode,” the cameras should be able to see much further: “long linear areas, tens to hundreds of kilometers in extent, such as open, remote borders.”

Homeland Security also wants the video to be collected in “near real time”, 12 seconds or quicker, to a “ruggedized” mobile receiver control room beyond line of sight on the ground. The camera should also be capable of switching to infrared mode for nighttime snooping, and contain “automated, real time, motion detection capability that cues a spotter imager for target identification.” Tests for the system will take place in Nogales, Arizona.

The Army’s ARGUS camera can look out at 36 square miles at a time while the Air Force’s Gorgon Stare can spy on an entire city at once. Compared to them, the Department of Homeland Security’s camera seems pretty miniscule.

The difference obviously is that those systems are used against “insurgents” in foreign countries, we on the other hand are supposed to be protected by the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions on unreasonable searches.

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