The Pentagon Is Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons Over The Midwest

by | Aug 5, 2019 | Headline News | 15 comments

The Pentagon has begun testing new and powerful mass surveillance balloons over six Midwest states. This is a major privacy threat, as these camera-outfitted mass-surveillance balloons can capture every moving vehicle across a wide area, from the stratosphere.

According to Quartz, such experimental devices are already being tested above six Midwest states as part of a Pentagon program, the Guardian reported, citing information found in Federal Communications Commission documents. The government is about to know even more about what you’re doing and for exactly how long you are doing it for, as they track all vehicle movement.

The project involves as many as 25 of the solar-powered balloons being launched from rural South Dakota, from where they eventually drift 250 miles (402 km) to central Illinois, in the meanwhile roaming above parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The balloons can reach altitudes of 65,000 ft (19,812 m). The technology is meant to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats,” according to the filing.

The FCC approved this testing to occur by the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defense company.  The company will be testing the balloons from mid-July through September 1. And we know it isn’t about “narcotics trafficking.” It’s about control and mass surveillance. 

Very few have warned about the idea that people should be monitored and tracked like cattle.  But those who have cautioned that all kinds of data is more than likely being collected. Jay Stanley, an analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the Guardian that even in tests, “they’re still collecting a lot of data on Americans: who’s driving to the union house, the church, the mosque, the Alzheimer’s clinic.”

The unmanned balloons already flying over the Midwest appear to carry “satellite-like vehicles housing sophisticated sensors and communication gear,” the Guardian reported, making them able to share data amongst themselves and with ground receivers. One of the sensors “is a synthetic aperture radar intended to detect every car or boat in motion on a 25-mile swath beneath the balloon.


In John W. Whitehead’s book, Battlefield America: The War On The American People, details of the reasons those “in power” spy on us and surveil us are terrifying and almost beyond being able to even do anything at all about it. Police forces across the United States have been transformed into extensions of the military. Our towns and cities have become battlefields, and we the American people are now the enemy combatants to be spied on tracked, frisked, and searched. For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail or even death. Battlefield America: The War on the American People is constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead’s terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself. In exchange for safe schools and lower crime rates, we have opened the doors to militarized police, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and SWAT team raids.

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    1. All for the good

      Technology and those behind it have flung the gates of Hell open and painted them pearly white.

    2. Genius

      Dow down well over 800 points, metals going up. China, India, Pakistan, turmoil. Shootings, tarrifs, etc. Looks like there’s a party starting?

      • Genius

        Down over 900 points now! Popcorn anyone?

        • Bert

          With even more walled street record highs by xmas 2019. The FED has $infinity +1, China doesn’t even come close.

          The US economy will triple by 2030 on debt creation alone, even with both hands tired behind its back. Got to fit in that $5 trillion dollar per year increase in obesity care alone into the economy at 2030. You fat fucks aren’t going to eat like responsible adults, you all eat like three years olds, sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar!

    3. Mr_Yesterday

      My interest in this issue just peaked. I’m out back filling up helium balloons and attaching them to my strap in lawn chair right now. I’m going up there to see what’s really going on.

      • Bilge Pump McCoy

        Do us a favor – shoot them down and bring some back so we can see what these sociopaths are spending our tax money on. Make sure you get them all just in case some of them are decoys.

    4. tz

      They really need to make them look like he baby Trump balloon from London.

    5. Bert

      Use your common sense. This is a ridiculously stupid story. Area 51 wacko shit. 1+1+1=47 BAHAHA.

      Next you’ll run another onion story claiming that the US gov satellites are sampling human feces.

      • Anonymous

        Now balloons are filling us around?? Sum beatch. Never look at them the same again.

      • NEC_Wrangler

        Bert, you’re an idiot.

        ht tps://ww m/news/local/mysterious-bright-white-dot-dayton-area-may-part-department-defense-program/fDedxeoSef2yHdP8TASuFM/

        ht tps://ww m/news/what-are-those-mysterious-white-orbs-spotted-in-midwestern-skies-spark-social-media-speculation

        Old news for us in Ohio

    6. Anonymous

      Funny how they loft these massive surveillance platforms over Midwestern states, while our wide-open Southern border goes without.

      • JohnQPublic

        You don’t understand.
        YOU are the enemy.
        The Politicians, Meda, Police, ALL consider YOU the productive American citizen their enemy.

        The politicians and police, are paid off by drug cartels. The “drug war” is a scam. The only people busted are the ones NOT paying off the Politicians. Judges, Police.

    7. Clown World

      They’re putting people on water discipline.

      Giving a fake reason for your spying — a fake, probable cause — is called a parallel construction, I believe.

    8. Beme

      We all learned in elementary school that the Midwest States are: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois,
      Michigan and Wisconsin. The other States mentioned in this article are Plains States.
      Please stop using the PC geography of the united States of America.

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