August 29, 2012
On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that federal officialdom would not unleash drones in the skies above the RNC to surveil citizens exercising the First Amendment.
“The Secret Service is not aware of any drones being used for the security planning of the national special security event,” said George Ogilvie, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service.
Au contraire, reports the Daily Mail. The feds will deploy an array of high-tech surveillance devices during the event, including the sinister looking Wraith, an unmanned vehicle that can reach speeds of 65 miles per hour and carry two 12-gauge belt-fed shotguns that can fire 250 rounds per minute.
The Wraith, manufactured by United Drones.
The Aether Aero, a remote-controlled 4.5 foot wide helicopter, will also be deployed, according to the British newspaper.
In addition to the hardware, “members of the Secret Service and National Guard, along with Republican volunteers, have been manning security perimeters.”
Here is a photo of militarized police marching down the street, just in case “anarchists” get too feisty or it is determined women from Occupy need to be pepper sprayed: