Iran Shows Captured Drone; USA Claims "No Evidence"
Ev·i·dence [noun] 1: False claim made by a government.
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif claimed that the drone had been launched from a US Navy vessel in the Gulf, and was on a reconnaissance mission hovering over Iranian military sites and oil terminals. The amazing American reaction will probably survive its country as an eternal example of a lame lie.
A spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet based in the Gulf said none of its drones was missing. Shortly after, one of the White House spokesmen said, "there is no evidence" that the Iranian claim was true. Turning around slowly, the camera showed the public. Most reporters were unable to disguise their disbelief.
Of course, the spokesman wasn't lying, he was using a different definition: Ev·i·dence [noun] 1: False claim made by a government. Amused, the Guards' spokesman recommended that the USA recount their drones, adding, "Its capture is not an issue the Americans can easily refute." Strengthening his point, he said, "more information would be released if necessary," and, "the Americans will sooner or later confirm that their drone has been captured." He knew that, earlier this year, after an initial denial, the USA had acknowledged the Iranian capture of their Sentinel drone. Another explanation for the odd American reaction is that there is no evidence because the evidence is held by Iran. Regardless of American logic, Iran owns an American ScanEagle drone; soon, it will be cloned.
Enemy of the State
These attacks on Iran are done in such a wild fashion, that sometimes I have the feeling Western journalists are running amok randomly along and across a conceptual matrix covering the violent options being promoted by their political warlords. There is a large list of accusations against Iran, reports of clandestine Western attacks on Iran, of Western spies in Iran, of assassination of nuclear scientists, of Iranian technological breakthroughs, and… just name it. On February 2010, there was even an American Weather Balloon aimed at finding out Iran’s plans regarding its nuclear fuel. The Israeli angle may be a bit different, including a Wag the Dog element, in which the "tail" (Israel) is attempting to wag the "dog" (USA) into attacking Iran as some say was done in the Iraq War. Yet, these tactics are aimed also for internal consumption, and the current event disclosed their untruthful nature.
Fear Creation and the Art of Make Believe are the blueprints of the Western game; these societies attempt to intimidate other nations and individuals. Will Smith is a victim of terrifying state-surveillance and violence performed with an entire arsenal of weapons, most notoriously satellites. Here is where his film connects to the event analyzed in this article.
Drones and Satellite Surveillance
One of the closest guarded secrets of any country possessing spy satellites is the maximal resolution that they can achieve while photographing earth. The latest commercial satellite (GeoEye 1) has a Ground Sample Distance, of 0.41 m (effectively 0.5 m due to United States Government restrictions on civilian imaging). This means that one pixel in its highest resolution mode represents 0.5 m on the ground; a human head is smaller than that. Military satellites are better; probably the satellite close-up pictures of Will Smith in the movie can be achieved. This is the ultimate state scare: "Big Brother is watching you from beyond Earth." After seeing the movie, many people stopped looking upwards so that they won't be recognized from above. Truly scary idea. However, is it feasible?
An intrinsic problem of such a system is that for a given lens, the highest resolution it can achieve, the smaller the area that the resulting picture will cover. If your pixel measures 0.5 m, how many pictures you need to properly cover a soccer stadium? Think of it in military terms. The surface area of the Earth is 510 million square kilometers, land occupying 149 million km2 while water 361 million km2. You can't restrict military surveillance to the land. The result is that satellite databases are immense, and image processing is time-consuming to the extent that most companies offer raw data. Moreover, there is a limiting time frame in the process; satellites perform photographingcycles which consume time. For example, there is a tiny Israeli military unit in Tel HaShomer, which coordinates actions between the IDF, the Shin Beth and the Mossad. On their doors, their stick timetables of satellites overflying the locations. At these times, it is forbidden to leave rooms while holding documents. There are other relevant disturbances as clouds and the odd angle pictures are taken from. This makes disguising sensitive locations relatively easy. In other words, unless the government knows exactly where to search for its target, it is a lost cause. Will Smith scared us to death for nothing.
The captured drone is a credible proof of that. Despite its mighty fleet of satellite, the USA is forced to use much more expensive (if calculated in a dollar per square meter base) aerial photography. The very existence of drones prooves the limitation of space military technologies and reminds us that much of what we hear and see on mainstream media must be categorized as the Government's Art of Make Believe, of controlling by fear and not by democracy. President Obama, I apologize for this short delay, you better go back to work and count your drones. One is missing.
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