What’s that chill in the air?
A new program ordered up by Michael McConnell, director of National Intelligence, will give police and others access to some information from the spy satellites that pass above the U.S. along their paths over the globe. The images and data will be employed initially for border security and emergency preparedness; law enforcement uses (“covering both criminal and civil law,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story) are to follow. These spy satellites are able to “see” through cloud cover and even obtain data from inside buildings and bunkers. Up to now, with a few exceptions for scientific purposes, spy satellites have been used for spying on bad actors abroad. Now they’ll focus on us too.
Oh okay. It is for border security. That’s all. Riiiiiight.