Local police in Ogden, Utah, want to be first in the nation to deploy a surveillance blimp outfitted with cameras. Above is a video of the blimp in action. The Defense Department has already made frequent use of blimps for intelligence purposes, so perhaps this comes as no surprise. It’s often only a matter of time before the law enforcement community adopts high-tech military gadgets. Police Chief Jon Greiner tells the Standard-Examiner:
Nobody else in the nation is trying to do this, so the FAA has no regulations for it.
Homeland security office creates ‘intelligence spam,’ insiders claim
In the days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the White House and Congress demanded the government find better ways to “connect the dots” of terror threats to prevent a repeat of the carnage.
A year later, a new bureaucracy was created to gather, analyze and share intelligence related to terrorism inside the United States. Now called the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, it was envisioned as the center of gravity in a new era of domestic security.
But despite a clear mandate from Congress and hundreds of millions spent on personnel and technology, the office has fallen far short of its mission and done little to improve the accuracy and quality of the nation’s intelligence data, according to an examination by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read our full investigation.