The Dragonfly Who Loved Me

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.

By Rick Weiss

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 9, 2007; Page A03

“Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.

“I heard someone say, ‘Oh my god, look at those,’ ” the college senior from New York recalled. “I look up and I’m like, ‘What the hell is that?’ They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects.”

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” the Washington lawyer said. “They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ‘Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ ”

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insect-like drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.”

So what’s the problem? I thought the purpose of an anti-war rally and demonstration was to be seen, to be heard, to be filmed by the news media, and be replayed that night on the 6:00 o’clock news. You’re worried thay someone took your picture? Yeah, right.

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