Monday, May 15, 2006

They Are Watching Us From Space

In this new high tech era, do you really think you have any privacy? Somewhere, probably in some secret image database, there's a picture of you bathing in the nude. Or maybe there's of a picture of you giving the finger to some grandmother who cut you off on the highway? Or... well you get the picture. No pun intended.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a little known Federally funded department, whose sole purpose is to gather images on any place on earth using satellites in space.

However, since Hurricane Rita and Katrina, the NGA has trained its spy satellites on American soil. According to the director of the NGA, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, he "is proud of that domestic mission". According to this article, the NGA has helped America from locating property in hurricane battered Louisiana to enhancing security in previous Super Bowl games from terrorist attacks by using cutting edge imagery that is taken from high above the atmosphere.

This is wonderful! Truly brilliant and deserving of a standing ovation. We can see anything anywhere on the face of the earth with the detail of one meter. The NGA is truly the bleeding edge of technology.

So... where's Osama bin Laden?

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