Commentary and information about public safety and security, intelligence and counterintelligence, open government and secrecy, and other issues in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

And You Think Bloggers and Ham Radio Operators Are Weird...

If you think webloggers and ham radio operators are goofy (we are, but that's beside the point), read this article from the February 2006 issue 14.02 of Wired Magazine. The article is entitled "I Spy". The secondary headline reveals the topic: "Amateur satellite spotters can track everything government spymasters blast into orbit. Except the stealth bird codenamed Misty."

There is a valid teaching point in the article, though. The article reveals how distributed computing can be used to gather vast amounts of open source information that, after collation and analysis, is turned into open source intelligence. It is highly likely that some of the information available from the Heavens-Above website has been classified by someone, somewhere, sometime.


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