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Baltimore Riots 2015: Police, FBI used spy planes to track protests, citizens

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I see this being used against any kind of organized protest in the future. I can only wonder how many times this has been done before. Yes, the riots were bad, but is there no limit to the surveillance state? None at all? How long will it be before this is just routine?

 

International Business Times

 

In the latest chilling sign of an increasingly sophisticated sci-fi level of surveillance by authorities, city police and federal officials used surveillance flights to track Baltimore protests and neighborhoods, witnesses discovered

The "eyes in the sky" involving at least two planes cruised over Baltimore three consecutive nights after the city erupted in riots in response to the death of Freddie Gray, 25, in police custody. Six officers have been charged in his death.

Residents communicating via Reddit and Twitter tracked the flight paths of a Cessna 560 Citation V, owner unknown, and a Cessna 182T Skylane plane registered to NG Research in Bristow, Vermont, on April 30 and the first two days of May. "Persistent surveillance from low-flying aircraft is happening now," tweeted one of the civilian trackers.

The FBI confirmed that it provided the spy planes to the Baltimore police to provide "aerial imagery of possible criminal activity," reports the Washington Post.

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