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  •  The Japanese apparently have (8+ / 0-)

    aerial footage of the plant, but have not released it:

    The Manichai Daily news reports that the Japanese government has in its possession video footage of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant taken by a U.S. military reconnaissance drone, but has yet to release the footage to the public, sources have revealed.

    Link.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 11:41:09 AM PDT

    •  Might explain why the US decided to (2+ / 0-)

      release their own guidelines for staying away from the plant.  I was trying to figure out how it was that they thought they knew something other than what the Japanese government and TEPCO were saying publicly last week.

      •  Wouldn't We Have Spy Sat Photos Able to Giv (0+ / 0-)

        fairly good idea of what's happening?

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 12:57:47 PM PDT

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        •  A drone would get a much more (2+ / 0-)
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          detailed image just because it would much closer to the object.

          And who knows what else those drones are equipped with?  Is it not possible that they can take radiation readings?  I am not a military equipment buff, so I don't know, but I would actually be a bit surprised if they didn't have that kind of instrumentation.

          •  We have an aircraft carrier in the area (0+ / 0-)

            They are probably taking air samples from manned aircraft on a regular basis. They would have to have procedures like that in order to operate in a nuclear war zone.

            •  We already know that some of (0+ / 0-)

              the pilots from the carrier who were helping to rescue victims tested positively for radiation.  But the fact is that when the Japanese were telling their people to stay 20 miles away, the US then decided to tell "Americans" to move at least 50 miles away.  That created quite a stir internationally - and it would stand to reason that the US had good enough reason to believe that they should publicly - in effect - humiliate the Japanese Government.  The drone would have given them the closest proximity to the event as compared to all of the other points of participation that we know about US personnel having.

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