In a display of both authority and maintaining public image (as well as upholding the law, ironically), the NYPD has arrested the artist responsible for several posters around New York City illustrating the NYPD taking out New Yorkers using a UAV Predator drone, weapons-free and projectile inbound. Since his arrest, the artist has been identified as Essam Attia, and he used fake uniforms and a fake Van Wagner maintenance van to appear as if the crews pinning up the posters were actually working for the city. Crafty indeed, yet dangerous with high implications? Yes.
What really makes this story interesting is that the posters were a response to the NYPD’s increased surveillance arsenal: officers can now create fake social networking profiles to track down potential targets. Ironically, the NYPD last Wednesday successfully tracked down and arrested the 29-year-old art school vandal, who identified himself in the video as a former “geo-spatial analyst” serving US military operations in Iraq. He is currently being charged with Attia now faces 56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and grand larceny possession of stolen property, as well as an unlicensed weapon.
Long live the NYPD and surveillance technology?