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The TL;DR seems to be: Some entity is flying drone swarms in Colorado and Nebraska. You need a number of permits to do so, but none of the entities that have such permits and the right kind of drones are admitting it's them.

So, either someone is lying or someone is flying without a permit. Or, and this is my addition, someone is flying the drones who doesn't need a permit, somehow.

> Or, and this is my addition, someone is flying the drones who doesn't need a permit, somehow.

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -- Sherlock (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Assuming nymag did their research correctly (it seems a pretty simple series of steps), then the most logical conclusion is that someone has a non-public permit. Which points to military or military-adjacent.

It's addressed in the article that even military uses require permits, for normal military operations. The permit system is there for good reason! No permits are file and the military bases in the region deny using drones.

However of course clandestine operations are exempted from public permits, which makes this all the more interesting...

Military makes little sense though, why conduct testing or operations in one of the worlds most heavily populated metropolises when you clearly have alternate options?

Maybe you want to test feasibility of using your assets for combat in urban areas.

US Military has urban areas at its disposal, could this not be done around fort bragg for example?

I feel one step short of donning a tinfoil hat, but maybe the drones are used for monitoring someone/something in the area where they are being observed?

I’ll take another half-step: perhaps these drones are being used to make someone with ties to that area believe they are being monitored by them in an effort to see how they react.

The sustained media coverage would help with that.

Probably there are no such locations with high rise buildings. I'm pretty sure they need to have surveillance in such areas tested properly in real life.

Could be to test a distributed wide-area surveillance system in realistic conditions.

non public can be non military as well.For example, DEA in cooperation with local law enforcement per scanning for illegal drug farming.

I thought you were going to say ALIENS!

title feels a little clickbaity, especially for how short and inconclusive the article is.

That seems harsh. The article runs ~ 1300 words, which is right for a short feature and how conclusive can an investigation into a "mystery" be? There's no claim they solved it

The investigation seems to be they checked the database and emailed 2 or 3 firms or got a call with them to ask “is this you”. Was there more to it?

Normally this piece would be the piece you’d give your editor to say “looks like no ready answer, would you pay me to do an investigation?”

Would you prefer that no news outlet writes about it until the mystery is solved and wrapped up with a neat bow?

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