Sunday, September 22, 2013
drone life 2: NYPD drones
In December 2012 the NYPD arrested the artist Essam Attia for posting 100 posters around the city suggesting that New York's finest were using drones to control crime. In particular, given the image, it intimates a targeting of the undocumented. (The image of the fleeing family is lifted from a warning sign developed by the California Department of Transportation to warn drivers, on I-5 north of San Diego, that illegal immigrants might be crossing.)
The posters also are riffing on a current iPod add seen around town:
Just a month after Attia was arrested, CBS News reported that the NYPD might be considering using drones in its crimefighting efforts.
A year earlier, anti-war activists in the city, led by a US army vet who had worked with drones during two tours in Iraq, were posting signs saying: “Attention, authorized drone strike zone.”