Spy Satellites — They Can Find Us, But Not Osama

So, the real reason we spent so much of our kids’ tax money on spy satellites was not so that we cold use them to track the enemy when we’re at war. The real purpose of such satellites, apparently, was so that our nanny state can spy on us remotely, from another room, while they sit there with their feet propped up, eating ice cream.

From: BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US agencies boost satellite use.

The US is giving its domestic agencies greater access to images from spy satellites, in a move strongly criticised by civil rights groups.

The images will be used to boost national security, disaster response and law enforcement, US officials said.

Use of the satellite imagery will be managed by a new office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Some US agencies already had limited access to the images, but many were restricted to scientific use.

The DHS says it wants to use the imagery to improve the quality of surveillance on borders, ports, bridges and other infrastructure.

So, let’s see what we have so far. We have a political party that came into office promising to reduce the size and influence of government, creating a bloated bureaucracy that has already demonstrated itself as completely ineffective, making itself even bigger and more ineffective by creating another new office within the sprawling bureaucracy.

it gets funnier, though…

Officials believe the satellites could identify and
follow targets by their physical traits, and could be used to respond
to disasters such as the 2001 attacks or Hurricane Katrina.

Okay, so we have technology that can identify and follow targets, but we still can’t find a 6-and-a-half-foot tall Arab in the mountains of Pakistan?

As for the alleged ability to respond to disasters, um… I’m pretty sure we had pictures of those disasters, and Bush peed his pants when the WTC was attacked, and he went on a campaign swing for Republicans as pictures of people drowning in New Orleans were plastered all over the place. And both times, there were plenty of warnings, and the warnings weren’t heeded. Having pictures of things didn’t create a political will on the part of the Bushies before, and it won’t create one if the pictures come from a really nifty satellite.

No, the problem isn’t being

The Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for
intelligence analysis, Charles Allen, told the Washington Post the
programme would be particularly useful in policing land and sea borders
and in disaster planning.

Officials say use of the images for domestic law
enforcement will be allowed only in limited cases, and a general ban on
domestic spying by the CIA and the Pentagon will remain in force.

"This is not a system for tracking Americans," Mr Allen said.

Remember, this is a top official in the Bush Administration. Do YOU believe him?

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