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Iran Shows Decoded Video from Captured American Drone
Gizmodo ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Sam Biddle

Posted on 02/06/2013 6:59:25 PM PST by James C. Bennett

If this is what it looks like, this is bad for everyone who isn't Iran: after claiming the capture of a downed, super-advanced American drone in 2011, we now have what looks like decoded video straight from its brain.

The video, which The Aviationist's David Cenciotti says is indeed shot "from the FLIR turret of the RQ-170" Sentinel drone, clearly shows Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan—a vital limb of the American military presence in the region. Fears over the drone's capture had been tempered by the fact that any onboard data would either be damaged or encrypted beyond the point of salvage. Clearly that's not the case, as the video above is as crisp as anything you'd see straight out of the Pentagon.

There's the possibility that the video is fake, sure. But the locale depicted looks exactly like KAF, which would be impossible for Iran to access itself. This doesn't mean the Iranian intelligence apparatus has access to any UAV missions the US is running now, but if another drone were to go down in the future—highly probable—this means its visual cargo is in danger. There's also no telling what else was onboard the Sentinel Iran still has onboard. [The Aviationist]


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Technical; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cia; drones; iran; israel; sentinel; waronterror
VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uw9c1gk0Cf4

1 posted on 02/06/2013 6:59:39 PM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

From the comments at the GIZMODO link:

“Did anyone consider that this is probably fake? Seriously, if you were Iran, and you had the ability to decryption top secret US encryption, would you go announce to the world that you could? All that would do would be to prompt your enemy to change the way they do things, and you would lose your ability to see their data.”


2 posted on 02/06/2013 7:05:42 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Normally you would be correct.
In this case, the First Undocumented Moslem
will just resend them the changed encryption keys.

Imagine if a traitor was pRes_ _ent during WW2.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 7:09:25 PM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: smoothsailing

Right? Give up major intel like that? Even Iran isn’t that stupid. False Flag...


4 posted on 02/06/2013 7:09:49 PM PST by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: Diogenesis

I’ll betcha someone did send Iran the decryption codes.. Probably China, Russia or that other evil empire called 0bama.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 7:11:43 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: James C. Bennett

They must have taken down the video.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 7:14:45 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: James C. Bennett
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnHdNcseRC8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
7 posted on 02/06/2013 7:18:36 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Bump


8 posted on 02/06/2013 7:24:18 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Diogenesis

Not difficult to imagine. The traitor-in-chief and his puppeteers are guiding us straight into WW3


9 posted on 02/06/2013 7:38:15 PM PST by varyouga
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To: James C. Bennett

Knowing the douche, O had it unscrambled/dencoded before it left the tarmac to it’s low and slow flying duck shoot.

He sure as hell hasn’t done squat to hinder Iran from joining the atomic club


10 posted on 02/06/2013 7:41:44 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: smoothsailing

Why would the drone be filming Kandahar?


11 posted on 02/06/2013 7:42:26 PM PST by virgil
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To: James C. Bennett

Thanks for the Dodge Ram video.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 7:48:12 PM PST by zagger
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To: smoothsailing

At one time we could listen to all of their satellite phone calls. A leaky leahy and or others decided that that wasn’t a secret worth keeping secret. Just sayin’ /s


13 posted on 02/06/2013 7:55:48 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks James C. Bennett.


14 posted on 02/06/2013 8:24:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: James C. Bennett

we should send them copies of photos taken over their territories with bullseyes over their strategic targets....just to get their attention.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 8:34:55 PM PST by terycarl
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To: James C. Bennett
I had heard, long ago, that the video signal from our drones was not encrypted. Control and telemetry: yes, but not the video.

Current encryption methods are VERY hard to crack unless you actually are given the key.

16 posted on 02/06/2013 8:40:26 PM PST by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

It is cobbled together footage from other sources. They made a glitch in video editing that gives it away. They make the video cut just a second to late, and it gives you a brief gimps of the next video clip on the source they was taking it from. At 1.33, you see a quick glimpse of a building right when it explodes from a missile strike.

The sentinel drone does not carry weapons.

It is operational footage from armed drone missions.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 9:34:21 PM PST by Rage cat
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To: James C. Bennett

Looking at that video and comparing it to what Nova showed on its documentary on Drones, I would say it was footage from technology that is inferior to what is possible now. Now we have technology that will pinpoint one person in an entire city and back-track him back to the house he came out of 8 hours before. So, let’s say an IED blows up one of our soldiers. A drone will capture the IED blowing up, back-track to the time the IED was planted and follow the person who planted the IED back in time to the house they came from. Imagine an entire city under surveillance from 5,000 feet with definition of one foot. Such files will go for weeks on end.


18 posted on 02/06/2013 11:14:49 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: jonrick46

Resolution of one foot?

Google Earth (shot from space) already clearly shows the <1/4” wires on the power line crossing my front yard...


19 posted on 02/07/2013 12:17:30 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TXnMA
"Resolution of one foot?

My memory was wrong. From the Nova documentary, Rise of the Drones, the resolution from 17,500 feet was six inches. It showed a man on the ground, waving his arms and a small bird in flight. The system, called ARGUS-IS, is very powerful; able to store one million tera bites/day with a resolution of 1.8 billion pixtels. You can read more about its capabilities here (very interesting):

The 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS

20 posted on 02/07/2013 4:34:14 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: jonrick46
When dealing with a moving imaging platform, raw resolution is not the be-all and end-all that it is for a static image. With a six-inch resolution and a fast repetition rate, a man-sized object would probably be in multiple frames that could be overlaid and composited to synthesize a higher resolution image.

As an analogy, I have identified stone artifacts in the shallows of a lake's wave-swept beach by spotting something unusual and then staring at it during several wave passes. The visibility through any single wave was blurry, but, as my mind built up a composite image from several wave "exposures", the resulting "mental composite" was clear enough to identify the object as a stone projectile point.

Argus, with all its storage and computational power, apparently does not require the ultimate in single-pixel resolution to do its ID and tracking job...

Nonetheless, I was surprised at the single-frame resolution in the latest Google Earth releases. But -- what would you expect from, essentially, a Hubble Space Telescope -- aimed at Earth...? '-)

And, I would be very surprised if the public gets to see the "really good stuff"...

21 posted on 02/07/2013 6:16:07 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: Rage cat

Yep, I did a couple of frame grabs of that explosion — just for the record. And, I bet that anyone familiar with the Predator will recognize those landing gear closeups as being from a Predator — not a RQ-170.

Also, I think I saw another Predator in some of those ground shots...


22 posted on 02/07/2013 6:46:06 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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