In 2004 the United Nations Secretariat published a pdf entitled “United Nations Expert Group Meeting to Review Critical Issues Relevant to the Planning of the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses”. Subtitled “Integration of GPS,Digital Imagery and GIS with Census Mapping” On page 2 it says “4. The census symposium, held in New York in 2001, provided a comprehensive review of the significant capabilities of GPS, Satellite imagery, GIS and handheld computers, and their relevance to census mapping operations. ” This study is about GPS mapping during the census process.
A Similar pdf from the UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs Statistic Division says that the aim of the meeting was to “set priorities and propose concrete outputs for the developement of the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme.” The meeting was attended by representatives from 18 countries including the US who was represented by Jay K. Keller, Chief of International Relations, US Census Bureau.
In July 2006 NPR carried the story, Census Bureau Adopts GPS to Find American Homes, where it states, “Two-and-a-half years from now, in early 2009, the Census Bureau plans to send an army of 100,000 temporary workers down every street and dusty, dirt road in America. They will be armed with handheld GPS devices. Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau’s geography division, says they’ll capture the latitude and longitude of the front door of every house, apartment and improvised shelter they find. “We will actually knock on doors and look for hidden housing units,” he says. “We will find converted garages; from the outside, it may not look like anybody lives there.” But census workers will add each dwelling, legal or not, to the Census Bureau’s Master Address File. Recent proposed budget cuts have put part of this plan in jeopardy. But if Congress restores the money, the census will end up with the geographic coordinates — accurate to within 10 feet — for about 110 million residences. “
Several defense contractors were awarded contracts to help carry out this operation in the US. From a $500 Million dollar contract awarded to Lockheed Martin, see link, to HARRIS who supplied the GPS handheld devices used by census workers.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act facilitates the government use of unmanned spy planes in US airspace and approves deployment of 30,000 by 2020. It also requires the FAA to rush a plan to have as many in the air as possible within 9 months. These drones have been used for spy and assassination missions worldwide.According to an article in Wikipedia U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley said, “We’ve moved from using UAVs primarily in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance roles before Operation Iraqi Freedom, to a true hunter-killer role with the Reaper.”
In a report by NewScientist one drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin, one of the contractors used by the census bureau, the RQ-170 Sentinel craft, may have been brought down in Iran by jamming its GPS signal.
Tying this altogether it seems as though the government has implemented the UN plan to GPS mark all residences and this will make it possible to send in drones instead of personnel when the government choses thereby removing the human element from the situation. You cannot reason with a drone and it cannot make a judgement that it may be operating on faulty intel. Also, there is the potential for the enemies of this country to crash these drones because of the GPS vulnerability.
In an update to this article I ran across this , Texas college hacks government drone. I find it irresponsible of our government to continue to allow any Law Enforcement agency to use these on US soil for any reason.