Mayor Mike Bloomberg Says Surveillance Drones Will Soon Be Everywhere In New York City

The mayor’s tone suggests that mere mortals are helpless against a coming onslaught of drones, The Verge reports:

Governmental use of unmanned surveillance drones has inspired a lot of concern about privacy, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the battle’s already over. In a radio interview this week, Bloomberg said essentially that drones are an inevitable part of our future (and maybe our present), comparing them to the thousands of cameras already located around Manhattan.

Striking a tone more of resignation than endorsement, Bloomberg said that our future includes more visibility and less privacy: “It’s not a question of whether it’s good or bad. I just don’t see how you can stop them.”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Some dude walks onto an airliner carrying 8 oz of cologne, and the full force of the federal government comes down upon his head.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of remotely controlled predator craft are allowed to freely stalk the most densely populated urban center in North America, which is still sh*tting itself after another aircraft incident that occurred over a decade ago.

    Makes sense to me.

  • Matt Staggs

    Spider-drone/nobody knows where you are….

  • Juan

    “Don’t you love farce?
    My fault I fear.
    I thought that you’d want what I want.
    Sorry, my dear.
    But where are the drones?
    Quick, send in the drones.
    Don’t bother, they’re here.”

  • Anarchy Pony

    Does he have any kind of self awareness at all?

    • Jin The Ninja

      fatuous billionaire NYC gasbags almost never do…(ahem batman).

      • Anarchy Pony

        I always got the sense that Gotham was sort of a stand in for Chicago, and that Metropolis was New York.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i agree that could be true. there is the whole noire /art deco/mobster thing that really works if set in chi-town.

  • $4251815

    Scanning the area for pot smokers and people with cups of soda 4 ounces over the limit. Meanwhile bankers help launder drug cartel money nobody cares about that.

    • kowalityjesus

      The question remains for New York, when will the load of “uncool” outweigh the load of “cool”? There is still quite a ways to go, but I think every step of moronic regulation is a pacification of the spirit which makes the city cool. There is something numinous about it, an electricity in the air…it can be capitalized upon indirectly but it cannot be bought.

  • Geoff Henry

    He really said “I just don’t see how you can stop them?” How many things are wrong with that?

  • link

    If it drops cash for lucky winners & zaps the loosers, America will be watching.

    • echar

      the whole world will be watching If it gets down blouse shots.

      • emperorreagan

        That’s almost assured. When I worked at Target, on the occasions I had to go to the security office that’s what all of the security team was usually up to – following attractive women around the store with the cameras.

        And a local cop here was busted for putting a camera in the boys’ restroom at a local high school. Wonder what he was looking at…

  • LucidDreamR

    My hat is off to the first hacker to turn these on their master’s

    • InfvoCuernos

      The Iranians have already hacked a military one, and those primates can’t figure out nuclear weapons that we built back in the 1940’s with slid rules.

  • Bryan Ortez

    Political figures like Bloomberg have the knowledge that people like them will be mostly immune to a permanent surveillance state. These drones will be used to keep eyes on the streets, I don’t see how it’s much cheaper. Even if you catch a serious crime, it’s not as if you don’t also have to launch an investigation, arrest, charge, arraign, plea, imprison, appeal, probation… and on an on.

    • echar

      All politicians, cops, and authority figures are to have their own personal drone. These drones are for transparency and keeping them honest.

      • Bryan Ortez

        haha if that were the case, then Bloomberg would not be saying they’re unstoppable.

        • echar

          They’d be nixed faster than a disco song in a heavy metal soundtrack.

  • jnana

    Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20)
    And from the same author of the above, Solomon the Wise, we are told there is nothing new under the sun.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I thought “nothing new under the sun” was a Shakespeare quote-maybe he stole it, that would fit the spirit of the phrase.

      • jnana

        Nope, Solomon says it in Ecclesiastes, probably one of the least religious books of the bible, a book an atheist would probably agree with.

        • Ted Heistman

          Life sucks then you die.

    • kowalityjesus

      Will you be angry with me if I quote Muhammad: “There is no greater jihad than to speak truth to unjust power”

      • jnana

        I would bet a balance of both those attitudes would be ideal. I would admit Muhammad’s saying sounds more “spiritual” I find my self rarely agreeing with what I’ve read by Muhammad but that is a very cool quote. Thanks for that. :)

  • Ted Heistman

    Why does it say there are 13 comments here?

    • echar

      Disqus is glitchy sometimes. Although it could be them!

      • Ted Heistman

        They live!

        • echar

          Get your glasses!

          One of the best movie quotes ever

          I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Ha! I did a They Live! reference yesterday!

          • echar

            Great minds. It’s one of the best science fiction movies imo.

          • Anarchy Pony


  • $23802000

    george orwell’s grave rolling is going to cause an earthquake pretty soon

  • BuzzCoastin

    “It’s not a question of whether it’s good or bad. I just don’t see how you can stop them.”

    Bloomy has said something profound here
    he’s acknowledging that The System has a mind of it’s own
    and he is merely a servant of & not in control of
    The System

    • Morgaine D’Clegg

      I caught that too. Reality is setting in. They finally realize, they have not only screwed the rest of us, but themselves now as well.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Maybe now they can catch the guy that hosed the entire city of New York down with feces and urine.

  • geminihigh

    At what altitude will most of these drone operate at? NYC already has a very strict airspace management plan. I think one private helicopter is allowed to be aloft over the city at one time, just for safety’s sake. How long before the hipsters start rigging dental floss and fishing nets between buildings to ensnare the drones, just for sport? Thats something the people of NYC can do to stop them, Mr. Joob- excuse me, Bloomberg.

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