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Things may soon be worse — far worse — for people in Afghanistan.
A new US Air Force robot spy plane colourfully dubbed the Gorgon Stare “can see everything”, says the Washington Post.
“This winter, the Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town”, says the story, going on:
“The system, made up of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, can transmit live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements. It can send up to 65 different images to different users; by contrast, Air Force drones today shoot video from a single camera over a ‘soda straw’ area the size of a building or two.
“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”, major general James O. Poss, the USAF’s assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, is quoted as saying.
But there could be a problem, says the Washington Post, adding, “Officials also acknowledge that Gorgon Stare is of limited value unless they can match it with improved human intelligence – eyewitness reports of who is doing what on the ground.”
First Afghanistan, and then …
Washington Post – With Air Force’s new drone, ‘we can see everything’, January 2, 2011
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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