Unknown to most us, satellites can accomplish astounding and often perilous feats. This, however, should not come as a surprise as we think of the world reaction when Soviet satellite Sputnik, sent into space in 1957 created panic in the United States, most believing it to be a ‘spy satellite’.
Nevertheless, the fear was not unfounded since a spy satellite has the capability of performing astonishing acts, such as monitoring a person’s each and every movement, irrespective of whether the ‘target’ is having dinner at home, traveling fast in a bulletproof car on an expressway in any form of weather (cloudy, squally or rainy) or hiding in a cave. In fact, there is no place in the planet from where you may conceal your presence from an orbiting satellite.
Take into account how Osama bin Laden who surreptitiously lived in an immaculately guarded building in Abbotabad (Pakistan), none knowing his whereabouts was tracked by the US special task force and killed, as reported by CNN and posted below.
“The CIA spent several weeks examining satellite images of the site and in September came to the conclusion that that there was a strong possibility that bin laden was hiding there.”
Apart from tracking a person’s every movement and relaying the data on a computer screen to a receiver, the astounding powers of satellites include reading a person’s mind, scanning conversations, as also physically assaulting a man or woman with a laser beam who may prove harmful for the society.
Though remote reading of a person’s mind through satellite may sound like a chapter from a sci-fi fiction, it is a reality now as may be obtained from the following paragraph.
EMF (Electromagnetic Field) Brain Stimulation has been going on since early 1950’s, which included neurological research into “radiation” (non-ionizing EMF) and bioelectric research and development. The resulting technology has been tagged at the National Security Archives as “Radiation Intelligence,” also defined as “information from unintentionally emanated electromagnetic waves in the environment, not including radioactivity or nuclear detonation.”
However, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) implemented and kept this technology secret in the same manner as other electronic warfare programs of the U.S. government. Though such activities conducted as a form of satellite surveillance may sound weird and bizarre to many of us, there are people who earn tons of money through it.
Perilous or Spy satellites, as opposed to those that are used in broadcasting news and entertainment issue – have very little or no civilian use, save and except keeping watch over fugitives taking refuge in a host country, such as liquor baron Vijay Mallya or diamond merchant Nirav Modi, living in London under threat of extradition to India
However, when the prime issue concerns detecting from space, Ford Rowan, creator of Techno Spies hinted at “Some U.S. military satellites are mostly equipped with infra-red sensors that can pick up the heat that is generated on earth by vehicles, airplanes, missiles and all forms of transport, so thateven on cloudy days the sensors can penetrate below the clouds and reproduce the patterns of heat emissions on a TV-type screen.
During the Vietnam War, sky high infra-red sensors were tested which detected individual enemy soldiers walking around on the ground.” Working on this clue, we may establish 1970 as the approximate date of the beginning of satellite surveillance–and the beginning of the end of privacy of the general public.
If you think in terms of any US governmental agency that is involved with satellite surveillance technology, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) which is an arm of the Pentagon will appear first. Even though NASA is concerned with launching of civilian satellites, the dividing line between civil and military satellite is very thin. These satellites are mostly launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida or Vandenberg Air Force in California, regardless of their being military-operated, CIA-operated, corporate-operated or merely belonging to NASA.