Are robobugs in use in Washington, D.C.?

Robotic fliers have been used by the military since World War II, but in the past decade their numbers and level of sophistication have increased enormously. Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.

“I heard someone say, ‘Oh my god, look at those,’ ” the college senior from New York recalled. “I look up and I’m like, ‘What the hell is that?’ They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects.”

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” the Washington lawyer said. “They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ‘Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ ”

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.

No agency admits to having deployed insect-size spy drones. But a number of U.S. government and private entities acknowledge they are trying.

Read the entire Washington Post article.  Very interesting.

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One Response to “Are robobugs in use in Washington, D.C.?”

  1. Larry Says:

    I may be naive, but why would the government risk using such groundbreaking surveillance at well-attended anti-war rallies? To catch a bunch of college kids smoking dope?

    Seems like they would use their robobugs (if they have them) on a little something more worthwhile. Another thought: Do these protesters see black helicopters as well?

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