Is your College Spying on you? Because, Mine is! Virginia Tech: Proud new owners of UAV Drone Launch Site Certificate

to match the permits to build the drones themselves.


Oh they are treading on somebody...

This is all according to official FAA releases and thankfully transferred into this easily navigated map using Google Earth to plot the points, and you can find the interactive version at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. There is also complete lists of all the certificates and permits awarded by the FAA in this recent release.

Jennifer Lynch at EFF paraphrased the truth behind what this really means. The answer is Nothing…yet

“Unfortunately, these lists leave many questions unanswered. For example, the COA list does not include any information on which model of    drone or how many drones each entity flies. In a meeting with the FAA today, the agency confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006. As there are only about 60 entities on the COA list, this means that many of the entities, if not all of them, have multiple COAs (for example, an FAA representative today said that University of Colorado may have had as many as 100 different COAs over the last six years). The list also does not explain why certain COA applications were “disapproved” and when other authorizations expired.”

That seems like a fair appraisal for now. We are basically left with enough information to know we’re getting f*@<=d, but not enough to hold a politician accountable.  I understand that standard is very high, but it is reality. If the congressman is not flooded with calls and outrage over a certain issue, he votes party lines without even reading the bill. That is only if he shows up that day.

The bigger question for me is, why isn’t the pubic outraged? We are the public, we are outraged!

And there you have it. We must be spending to much time arguing with people online when we should be robo-dialing our congressmen and senators. I don’t care what the bullsh*t media wants to report on this week, but I know what the public is pissed off about. I would assume 99.5% of the population today would prefer to save some money, rather than spend it on UAV’s to spy on ourselves. The .5% would be the few people that were lucky enough to find work, but it turned out to be this drone and after we put a vote to it, they are sh!t our of luck. (I really do feel bad for them). That is just the economic argument. Think about what this effects Constitutionally? Well we don’t know how bad it is yet, they are only beginning to tell us what they plan on telling us, and that can’t start at a very high percentage of info.

I don’t care to know the details about this. I know that we do not need 68 domestic drone launch sites. These are not coastal areas either, Blacksburg Va, where Virginia Tech will base it’s surveillance program for graduates in the next decade, is 5 hours from any coast. And it gets worse…..Kansas? Utah? What is it they need to know out there? NOTHING.

Call and e-mail your “local politicians” and ask “Why did you let this thing get built in our back yard?”.

They want outrage? Let’s burn up their phone-lines and go inbox bashing this week!!

Go to and enter your zip code and they give you all the info you need to contact all your representatives.


4 thoughts on “Is your College Spying on you? Because, Mine is! Virginia Tech: Proud new owners of UAV Drone Launch Site Certificate

  1. My guess is that this has nothing to do with spying on the part of Virginia Tech. There are many, many other uses for unmanned aerial vehicles besides surveillance, and the fact that a prominent engineering research institution wants to fly drones is unremarkable. NASA has also obtained a permit, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Would you say these organizations are dedicated to surveillance?

    • I wish you guys would have gone to the site I cited in my post. It explains much more clearly and with citations, that out of all the 68 new launch site certificates, 62 are classified to be of a certain type that FIT the protocol (size/dims) of the same drones we are using in the mideast, hopefuly without the machine guns. I will add to my post a link or a screenshot of what i’m not explaining very well here. BUT like I, and Mrs. Lynch said, there are too many uncertainties at this point. I still found it quite a shock to know the specific locations now, especially because I happened to learn of it while standing on campus. Never saw any drones though!

      As for the other guy who said Alarmism! I’d say you’re damn right I was alarmed when I was on campus and then saw VT pointed out on a map with the header reading “FAA Certified Launch Sites” . So I did a little research and found out the specifics (or lack of) and posted it on my website. I offered Mrs. Lynch’s comments and came to the agreement, that at this point we can’t be sure of anything.
      Except that they used our tax money to do this. And it’s not just this; we have to remember the last two years of signing statements and giving our president the power to be Judge, Jury, and Executioner (NDAA see al-awlaki). We have let liberty-stomping laws weasel themselves through congress for the last two years, so I don’t trust these guys very much.
      Remember when people stood up for privacy rights? We all seem to be okay with the fact that the CIA, (bound by law to not spy on citizens of the US) can pull up these pictures with a couple of clicks. They’ve already admitted to flying drones over here for “surveillance and reconnaissance” missions.

      So if I Alarmed you, GOOD. Get Pissed, just not at me, get pissed at your governors, legislatures, presidents and maybe your parents i dunno….

      and poorly executed? How can you have poor execution on a blog post? Im pretty sure I hit submit the first time I tried.

  2. This is alarmism, and you’re right to say that is likely means nothing. Unmanned aerial vehicles have many, many other uses besides surveillance, and the fact that a prominent engineering research institution wants to fly or develop drones is unremarkable. Local police organizations rarely have the resources to deploy drones in everyday law enforcement, let alone dedicated surveillance operations. This post generally comes off as poorly thought out and poorly executed.

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