Now how about a project, let's call it 'Hydra'. 'Hydra' is the mythical beast with multiple heads and sets of eyes. What would such a beast do? With one central body (governing body), it could use it's nervous system (Internet) to communicate with multiple brains (local jurisdictions) simultaneously. Use it eyes (cameras whether personal, business,public, traffic cams) and ears (anything that has a microphone) to develop situational awareness in any area where 'Hydra' is operating. Then relay that information to all the other brains to develop a plan/strategy to deal with an unfolding event. Sound scary? Sound far fetched? Have you noticed how increasingly accurate online mapping has become? Have you seen the birds eye view or street level views being offered by the bing, mapquest and google? Do you think that this technology is being leveraged by powerful entities? Well consider this small commercial application (not going to disclose whose). You can select an address in a database (or a location from a map). Within seconds you know who the property owner is, whom the neighbors are, addresses, phone numbers, parcel dimensions, distances to objects, other buildings, and sites of interest or importance. Plus high resolution images. Just a generic address in a metro area. Now just add in traffic, web, car cams. good mapping technology, shake, stir .. Nanny State with eyes in the back of their heads. Current technology is moving so rapidly. This is a multi billion dollar market right now. And you know the ones with the deepest pockets can do way better than what is available to Joe Q Public. When in actuality in the United States it is John Q. Publics' money that is funding it. What is the publics money being spent on: Getting Geographic data for every piece of property in the United States. The old Meets and Bounds property descriptions are being converted into Degrees Minutes Seconds of Latitude / Longitude. The federal government has given states money to 'Modernize' the ownership of property. Then Data Aggregators slice and dice the information and put it away into databases that can be easily queried. Combine that with other dataset (I'm not saying it has been but do you think they wouldn't) such as DMV records, police / fbi records, credit card purchase information, Medical records and now you have a very powerful tool to know what you might be facing at any given address. For every 'Grant' the federal government gives any entity, there are always strings attached, even if we can't readily see them. We will give you back this big wad of cash but you must use it for 'this' and by the way, we want the data too. There is no free lunch. How do the American Citizenry allow this to happen. It's easy! All the government has to do is say 'We are protecting you from ______________'. Fill in the blank with the current evil / menacing group or idea. The Sheeple jump on board. It's all about the 'Safety of America'. I myself think that it 'for the security of the status quo and safety of the power brokers'. How are they doing this to us? How about the food safety bill that die due to it being unconstitutional but rose like a phoenix to be passed in the wee hours of a lame duck session while we were worrying about 'Iran Nukes' and 'N. Korean Threats of war'. Safety people, it's for your own safety! Where can we see evidence of the others saying the same thing? At least about the part about it being for our safety. GIS Dynamics | ARGUS Geoscopeavs Gis Augmented Video Surveillance http://www.esri.com/library/brochures/pdfs/homeland_security_bro.pdf http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/gis-integration-public-safety.pdf It's coming people. It's just bits and bytes away. Want to know what the scary part is? There are a lot of really intelligent people working on this. They hardly can comprehend what they are building because each of the companies, universities and research groups are working on little pieces of it. They are very proud of their pieces. The work can stand on it's own as a commercial product or tool for another group. I scarcely think that anyone has asked; Can what I am doing be used for a purpose other than what I intended? Only the puppet masters know. Now there are flaws with technology. First and foremost, current technology requires electricity . If the solar flares of 2012 do come and disrupt the power grid. We will get a temporary reprieve until the power is restored and the 'Hydra' rolls its heads out again. Currently, the entire United States have not been completely digitized. Somewhere north of 120 million property parcels are with commercial data aggregators. As for DMV, police, credit card info, I am going to guess all of them. Someone asked what about us poor schmucks east of the Mississippi. Well, all I can say is look for a location in a state with weak or non existent county government. Away from the area that provides municipal services like water and sewerage (live on a well with a septic field) that is rural or has population densities of under 100 residential units per sq. mile. That is where I'd go. You don't need to go out west to find it. It's probably within 75 miles of you right now. High quality aerial imagery is expensive , typically paid for by the counties out of the money provided by the federal government to update their tax systems. Overflights with cameras rolling cost the same per square mile. the few people, the harder to justify for the state,county or cities involved. So those are my thoughts on something that should be name 'Hydra'. Does it exist? I haven't a clue. But if I can imagine it why couldn't it. Just some food for thought.