Saturday, October 13, 2007

Spy Bugs

Spy bugs. Little flitting metallic, circuited “insects” that are sent by Homeland Security, the New World Order, the Bush Cheney regime, Dr. Evils, the Reptilians -- take your pick -- to spy on us.

From it "innocent" inception in toy form, to the real thing.

From this article on the spy bugs:
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 insect like drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.

I like that: “perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.” Truth is no ones talking:
No agency admits to having deployed insect-size spy drones. But a number of U.S. government and private entities acknowledge they are trying. Some federally funded teams are even growing live insects with computer chips in them, with the goal of mounting spyware on their bodies and controlling their flight muscles remotely.

Not surprisingly, “experts” deny such a thing is likely to exist right now, and the Defense Department blithely comments:
"If you find something, let me know," said Gary Anderson of the Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

To balance things out, and in a terrific example of understatement:
"America can be pretty sneaky," said Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert in unmanned aerial vehicles

Not surprisingly, the following have remained mum:
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service also declined to discuss the topic.

In discussing the engineering in making these things, the following struck me as pretty funny, in a oh jesus fucking christ it’s the end of the world the reptilians won kind of way:
"They can get eaten by a bird, they can get caught in a spider web," said Fearing of Berkeley. "No matter how smart you are -- you can put a Pentium in there -- if a bird comes at you at 30 miles per hour there's nothing you can do about it."

Protesters might even nab one with a net -- one of many reasons why Ehrhard, the former Air Force colonel, and other experts said they doubted that the hovering bugs spotted in Washington were spies.

In one of those surreal moments of topsy turvy cognitive dissonance, where black is white and day is night, those moments that appear more and more frequently these days, the spy bugs aren’t just denied, our very intelligence is mocked:
They probably saw dragonflies, said Jerry Louton, an entomologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Washington is home to some large, spectacularly adorned dragonflies that "can knock your socks off," he said.

Yes, and mating hedgehogs create crop circles and UFOs are swamp gas.

To be fair, this doesn’t explain everything. After all (in another comment that cracked me up) “Dragonflies don’t fly in a pack,” and some robot insects were seen with weird berry like things on them. So if you see a weird, larger than usual dragonfly with berries on its ass, flying in a pack, beware.You're being spied on.

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs, Rick Weiss, Washington Post

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