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Surveillance and Surveys in Kabul

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KathyKelly
“In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24-hour surveillance of the city. Remotely piloted drones, operated by Air Force and Air National Guard personnel on U.S. bases, also fly over Afghanistan, giving U.S. military analysts miles of camera footage, every day. Billions of dollars have been invested in a variety of blimps which various vendors such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Aeros have shipped to Afghanistan. All of this surveillance purportedly helps establish “patterns of life” and bring security to people living here. But this sort of “intelligence” discloses very little about experiences of poverty, chaos, hunger, child labor, homelessness, and unemployment which afflict families across Afghanistan.”

Author: Kathy Kelly
Published in: Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2016/01/13/essay-surveillance-and-surveys-in-kabul/
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-kelly/surveillance-and-surveys_b_8954536.html
Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/34422-surveillance-and-surveys-in-kabul
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/127279
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/12/surveillance-and-surveys-in-kabul/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2016/01/13/food-fuel-water-11316/
La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/kabul-surveillance/, Transcend Media Service, Dissident Voice, Popular Resistance, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Huntington News, The Raven Foundation, Veterans for Peace, Sojourners, Z Net, Pax Christi USA, The News International
Date: January 11,12,13,14,18,28,2016

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