23 January 2010

Plans revealed for unmanned surveillance aircraft in the UK by 2012

As this Guardian article shows (here) “Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­”routine” monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.”

The recent information attained by the Guardian Paper which revealed the plans for the aircraft by the South Coast Partnership (a Home Office-backed project in which Kent police and others are developing a national drone plan with BAE) reveals how they planned to use the drones on the public, despite claims that they were intended for use over the English Channel.

It is becoming increasingly clear that authorities are prepared to use anti terrorism laws against members of the public in cases completely unrelated to terrorism (see article here on the controversial use of Terrorism Act (2000): deemed to infringe on the human rights of individuals by the European Court of Human Rights earlier this month).

Those that warned that this would be the case seem to be being proved right. More Guardian articles on the increasing amount of surveillance the UK is finding itself encumbered with can be found here.

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