Wednesday, April 28, 2004
The Rover Eye Blimp in the Sky 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
'Rover' from 'The Prisoner' courtesy of retroweb.com.Rednova reports that giant golf-ball shaped Navy surveillance blimps may soon roam American skies to protect against terror attacks. [via "Sugar, Mr. Poon?"]
From FOX News' report on the new surveillance blimp program: "What is increasingly happening is people are coming under routine surveillance without good cause," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the technology and liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union. "It's no longer fanciful to talk about a '1984'-like society."

An intelligence policy specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, Steven Aftergood, said, "People are going to behave differently even in their own back yards if they know that someone may be watching."
Sometime last year, I read on a blog (the title escapes me) someone had suspected a Navy blimp circling over San Diego was secretly spying on the town - I remember because that blogger's post was linked on a site that essentially called him a crackpot.

Hmmm. Maybe it's a good idea sometimes to listen to the crackpots. [image of 'Rover' from Retroweb.com]