FAS imagery

Message posted by Magoo on March 18, 2000 at 17:40:50 EST:

Hi all

Between the { } below, I have copied some lines from an article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald here in Australia yesterday, from a correspondent based in Washington DC. Joerg - Thought you might be interested, and want to start saving up!

{ When John Pike began examining new satellite photos of Pakistan’s nuclear missile site, he expected to find “two warehouses inside a fence”. Instead, he discovered a whole well-developed military base.

“In the past, you had to be a superpower to produce this kind of imagery”, said Mr Pike, a defence analyst for the Federation of American Scientists. “Now just about anyone can order it. Almost illegal fun!”

The federation, an arms-control organisation, has used grant money from the Rockefeller and MacArthur foundations to begin buying photographs that show details down to a metre across of chemical, biological and nuclear facilities around the world.

So far, it has analysed and released pictures of sites in North Korea and Pakistan. Next, it hopes to buy pictures of sites in India, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and the so-called Area 51 in Nevada, a top secret US military base. }

So, this means we will hopefully be able to log onto the FAS web site (in the links section of this page, and well worth a read if you have a spare month!), and check out the latest satellite imagery of our favourite stretch of Nevada dirt!

Bye all



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