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Lancaster, CA to launch aerial radar surveillance over neighborhoods

The city of Lancaster plans to launch a new aerial surveillance system to monitor neighborhoods for crime.

The technology, called the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System, will be attached to a piloted single-engine Cessna.

It's basically a radar system that will give deputies a bird's-eye view of what's happening on the ground.

The tool is similar to drones that are used by the military to survey
war zones, with the difference that those are remote-controlled rather
than attached to a plane.

Authorities say the technology will prove invaluable for the city
because it's so large and spread out, and deputies can't be everywhere
at once.

It could also help during natural disasters like fires or earthquakes by providing an aerial view of the situation.

Opponents have expressed concerns about government snooping, but city
leaders insist that the surveillance will only be used to

Added: Aug-26-2012 Occurred On: Aug-26-2012
By: falsephrophet
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Tags: Lancaster, CA to launch aerial radar surveillance over neighborhoods
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