In some Hollywood movies, the CIA can track spies or targets or foot-chases from above in real-time . But that's not real life, it's just science fiction, right? Maybe not! Only it's not the CIA, it's the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
A private security firm going by the very creepy name Persistent Surveillance Systems began filming and recording the entire city of Compton - in real time. The Center for Investigative Reporting says:
The system, known as wide-area surveillance, is something of a time machine – the entire city is filmed and recorded in real time. Imagine Google Earth with a rewind button and the ability to play back the movement of cars and people as they scurry about the city.
“We literally watched all of Compton during the time that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” McNutt said. “Our goal was to basically jump to where reported crimes occurred and see what information we could generate that would help investigators solve the crimes.”
But that's not all.
More and more municipal law enforcement agencies are turning to futuristic surveillance methods like biometric scanning, facial recognition and persistent recording - methods the Founding Fathers could have hardly imagined when they wrote the Constitution. Check out this frightening video:
The Center for Investigative Reporting has more.