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    Sunday, July 13, 2008

    Surveillance technology

    Surveillance technology:
    Using a new camera, Sony Cyber Shot 1080, about $300 new.

    Look at the capabilities. NO tripod, hand held.

    Feeder circled. No Zoom.

    Camera zoom

    Computer push.

    The Military stuff is even better, awesome.


    Hafiz Wazir, Reuters
    Published: Friday, July 11, 2008

    WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pilotless U.S. drones armed with missiles have stepped up patrols over Pashtun villages on the Afghan-Pakistan border, hunting for Taliban and al Qaeda militants and fraying nerves below.

    Pashtun villagers living on the frontier call them "buzzers," and the aircraft have increasingly taken to the skies, causing sleepless nights and occasionally raining down death.

    "We're sick of these drones, they're driving us crazy," said Sher Shah, a government official in the town of Wana in the South Waziristan region, a hot bed of militancy in northwest Pakistan.

    "They fly so low at night we can't sleep!"

    The Predators, capable of carrying two anti-tank Hellfire missiles, can remain aloft for up 24 hours -- providing the Central Intelligence Agency with a wealth of intelligence beamed live from its hi-tech cameras.

    Sometimes villagers can spot the drones -- a tiny speck in the sky -- and even fire at them with rifles. At other times the drones are too high to see, but you know they're there from the distinctive and incessant buzz given off by their rear-mounted propeller engines.

    he buzzing often gets louder at night as the drones patrol at lower altitudes in the darkness, villagers say.

    Residents of Bajaur, another militant-plagued region on the Afghan border, to the northeast of Waziristan, said drones flew overhead all night on Thursday.

    "The sky is not safe, the earth is not safe, where should we go?" asked Jabbar Shah, a resident of Inayat Kalay village, about 10 km (6 miles) from the border.

    "We don't know when will they strike and who will they hit. It's very worrying," he said.

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