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  •  it doesn't, but it sure might come in handy... (8+ / 0-)

    for two reasons, to easily incorporate all of the data into a single stream from a single source, or, if there are plans to automate the process and use the data at the drone.  there is quite a bit of speculation that future automated war systems may "make decisions" on their own, so to speak.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:05:25 AM PST

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    •  Scary stuff indeed.... (5+ / 0-)

      Since it appears we won't be going back, I guess one of the most pragmatic things we could do in order to inject a modicum of accountability into this whole ubiquitous surveillance process would be to make sure we elect a POTUS in 2020 who's well-versed in Constitutional issues. But... um... kinda been there, done that. (I guess it's all in the interpretation)

      We've got a lot of work to do.

      Thanks for the diary

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:58:35 AM PST

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    •  Or they can open the cargo doors and let the bombs (3+ / 0-)

      fly. We are no longer party to a number of treaties involving the peaceful use of space. that trend started under Reagan and has accelerated. We can keep a drone in space for better than 15 months and no one knows what it carries in its cargo bay. So we park it in an geosynchronous orbit over any country we wish to intimidate.

      You need to see this as the 21st century version of the aircraft carrier group. Just park it in international territory near the country you wish to intimidate.

      •  one wonders how high up sovereignty goes... (2+ / 0-)
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        all countries control their airspace, but there is no law to define where the sovereignty of their airspace ends.  this could be a real problem, considering china has given a demonstration of its ability to shoot down satellites.

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:09:47 AM PST

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        •  There were international treaties going back (2+ / 0-)
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          to the Kennedy administration. But Reagan's Star Wars and Bush's dismissal of the anti ballistic missile treaty means we do not recognize any limits of our ability to make war from space.
          We also have the ability to shoot down satillittes and have done so, but not publicly.

    •  Didn't they watch ' Terminator' ?? (1+ / 0-)
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