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Posted on Oct 9, 2007
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It sounds far-fetched, but a number protesters swear they’ve spotted robotic insects hovering around anti-war rallies. The government denies deploying robot spies, but it’s known that the U.S. military has had robotic flies, such as the one at right, since World War II.

Washington Post:

“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.

Others think they are, well, dragonflies—an ancient order of insects that even biologists concede look about as robotic as a living creature can look.

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By cann4ing, October 11, 2007 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Tyler, don’t back off for our friend fascist Frank, who told me on another post to f*** myself because he did not like what I had say about the fact that serving in the military these days amounts to serving the empire’s illegal, imperial conquest rather than serving one’s country.  Examples of police brutality abound, e.g. the police riot outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago (1968) or more recently the rampage in McArthur Park in Los Angeles.  Of course who can forget the civil rights movement of the early 60’s when Bull Conor unleashed his police dogs and fire hoses on peaceful demostrators. In the case of New Orleans/Katrina, while there were certainly cases of police brutality, the most horrific incidents entailed Blackwater’s mercenaries opening fire on a group of African Americans on a bridge.  That incident was documented on Democracy Now!

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By tyler, October 11, 2007 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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easy frank, i was just trying to make a counter-point to another generalized statement.  read more than one comment at a time sherlock.

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By Frank, October 11, 2007 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

Tyler,  get real. NYC in 77, LA Riots, and New Orleans were not police cracking down on peaceful political protests like Myanmar. They were Police stepping in to stop rampant looting, violence, and destruction, by out of control mobs, in order to protect the public.

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By tyler, October 10, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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to lilmamzer:

There is plenty of footage of government agents, police, what have you, blugeoning citizens in the street and dragging them off.  Take your pick of riot footage from the 60’s, Kent state, NYC in 77, LA riots in 92 and recently New Orleans.

It has, and does happen. 

Maybe now these little bugs will allow them to pick out the leaders and pick on them instead of just tear-gassing the entire crowd.  Awesome, isn’t it?

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By Frank, October 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

Verne, these sightings could just be test deployments in the continuing R&D;of this technology.  I suspect those financing these critters have other uses in mind besides spying on crowds of demonstrators, which can be done more effectively by other means.  Just think of where a robotic fly or microchip-equipped cockroach might be able to go, unnoticed:  foreign military bases or government offices, secret facilities, Afghan cave hideouts, virtually anywhere.  We are talking about the ultimate spies.

Even creepier, we may also be talking about the ultimate future assassins, like a robotic insect that can crawl up your leg or fly onto your neck and “sting” you with a hypodermic injection of neurotoxin, or just go “BANG!” right by an artery with a tiny bit of high explosive.

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By THE YOUNG ARE HERE, October 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Mary I’m with you lets take back our country.
I think a great way to do that is by putting every thing the jack—- does on youtube.

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By Dr Richrad Blackmoor, October 10, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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When I was a kid I liked a series of books that had a scientific bent called Danny Dunn.
  Danny and his Mom lived with a brilliant scientists ,Professor Bulfinch and in one of the stories he developed this EXACT thing. It was even a dragonfly. he ended by destroying it because the US military wanted it and the Professor thought it would destroy freedom.
  This book was penned in the 1960s during the cold war when Americans would have destroyed any politician who tried to Sovietize our government.
  Now days people just accept cameras and such. What is wrong with Americans. Individual Freedom and Rights are the key point of our Constitution.
  I am deeply ashamed of Americans and our government for forgetting that Freedom and the Constitution is our bed rock and our keystone value.
  When they are done away with we are no longer the USA.

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By bibisads, October 10, 2007 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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whu do people think we live in another country.
We have evil doers in our governemnt, and have had them for some time.
Wake up and realize the propaganda that you’ve been fed, is just that.

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By carlito paquito aka av guy, October 10, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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ah…a fly on the wall…a great title for my audio visual book copywrite 2006 aka a/v guy.

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By lilmamzer, October 10, 2007 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

#105877 by QuyTran

Bush/Cheney administration uses every technique to control those who’re against them. Are we living in Myanmar ?

So how many times in the last week have you been dragged into the street, beaten by government agents, and dragged off to a detention center?

When has the EVER happened to you in the USA?

When has that ever happened to anyone you know in the USA?

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By mary, October 10, 2007 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Butterfly Nets!  A simple tool and not just for robofly, we’ll need it for those pesky, out of control politico’s also.  This type of technology can be used by us common folk, well at least those techies(?) out there not connected to government agencies.  Why not turn the spy game on the government.  Put it on Utube, then maybe our young people will get a real civic lesson…..

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By jim70, October 10, 2007 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

fortunately, my tinfoil hat (republican issue) keeps them away from me.

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By Druthers, October 10, 2007 at 2:46 am Link to this comment
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The butterfly net is a great idea.  With that you would have PROOF.  What newspaper or media channel could ignore that!

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By Verne Arnold, October 9, 2007 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

While nothing at this point would surprise me; there are robot drones controlled from hundreds to thousands of miles away already in use in Afganistan and Iraq that can stand off miles away and get high resolution photo’s, and follow at a distance, with out detection.  So why use this experimental stuff?

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By loverofpeace, October 9, 2007 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment

Absolutely nothing would surprise me any more.

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By purplewolf, October 9, 2007 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

This is no surprise.Just think how much money has been spent on things like this when there are more pressing things that the money could have been used for.But hey,it’s all about controlling the peons.

Wonder if they are spray insecticide proof.Spray starch in a can kills flying insects much better that Raid,Off,Blackflag and other commercial brands and its fumes are not toxic to people only flying insects.Time to bring your can of outdoor fogger to the next rally.And let’s invite Terminex and Orkin come to the event,make sure they have plenty of spray with them.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 9, 2007 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

robobugs - so that’s where the health dollars go!?!?

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By Frank, October 9, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

“but it’s known that the U.S. military has had robotic flies, such as the one at right, since World War II. “

No, silly, the used word in the article is fliers, not flies. Robotic fliers, such as small robotic airplanes, have been around since WW2.  Nothing like the tiny robotic ‘fly’ in the picture predates the last few years. The one in the photo was just successfully test flown this year, and it is a cutting-edge DARPA funded university project.

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By cann4ing, October 9, 2007 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps protesters should carry butterfly nets and capture these little buggers.

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By QuyTran, October 9, 2007 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Bush/Cheney administration uses every technique to control those who’re against them. Are we living in Myanmar ?

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