You know those things that make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up? After reading this story from the Mail Online, this is now one of those things for me. The current situation with unmanned drones is bad enough, with some municipalities looking to get authorization to use them (ostensibly for surveillance), while law makers are scrambling to introduce legislation to ban or limit their use. Now the Air Force has released a promotional video for their Micro Air Vehicle or MAV program.
At first glance, one might think it is cool, James Bond stuff: swarms of insect-like drones sneaking up on the bad guys, pigeon-like drones sitting on power lines (and charging up) while transmitting images of another bad guy. Heck, these things can even carry explosive or chemical payloads for disabling a target – the video shows a bug-sized drone flying up behind a sniper, hovering at the back of his neck and Boom! goes the bad guy.
However (and I’m not generally prone to conspiracy theories), given the way military technology finds its way into civilian circles, it’s not hard to see how these things could be used on American citizens. Given Obama’s affinity for drones, and his comfort with killing American citizens without due process, it becomes downright frightening. However, according to the Mail article:
The military has already produced a drone patterned after a hawk moth that can flap its wings 30 times a second. However, the activity exhausts the drone’s tiny battery in just a few minutes, according to National Geographic.
Apparently, it will take 3-4 more years for battery technology to advance enough for these flapping-wing drones to have enough power to make it useful. Hopefully, that will buy us enough time to get someone who actually cares about the US and the rights of its citizens in the White House.
Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think: