January 4, 2011 by Kate Savage
The Air Force has a new super-surveillance drone plane which it will be using in Afghanistan. This floating panopticon, which is named Gorgon Stare, will record data from entire cities and beam it back to the empire. In the Washington Post article on the subject, Maj. Gen. James O. Poss croons that “Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.”
The article continues to explain that “officials” envision the Gorgon Stare could have ‘civilian’ uses as well, such as “securing borders.”
I’ve often been astonished at the brutal honesty of the name-givers in the weapon-tech industry (as an example, the article also mentions that the video footage the military gathers is termed “Death TV”). But these perverse new Adams were particularly insightful in using the term “Gorgon Stare.”
This is because the Gorgon turns the one she stares at to stone. No other mythology could so aptly explain our visual military technology: to transform human bodies and lives and stories into unfeeling objects, into simple matter-blobs that can be shot down in a long-distance video game.