US drone bases exposed by using open source satellite imagery


WEB DESK – In an amazing attempt one privacy rights activist and artist from London, James Bridle, exposed the the US drone bases around the globe just by using open source satellite imagery.

Bridle’s exhibition in London called ‘Watching the Watchers’ in which he displayed the pictures of drone bases.

The US drone bases were considered very closely guarded military installations around the world. However, the photos which Bridle obtained from publicly available satellite imagery, exposed them.

Bridle pores over news articles and Wikipedia pages for information about drones and the units who use them, as well as the companies that manufacture them, and then looks at satellite imagery in those locations collected over the years.

“It is interesting to find drone bases in places where they haven’t been listed in,” he says.

A spokesman the US Central Command said the US military does not typically comment on this sort of issue.

As part of his ‘Watching the Watchers’ work, Bridle is also looking for drones of the Israeli Air Force, which helped pioneer drone technology and their military deployment.

The exhibition is sponsored by London-based non-profit Open Data Institute.

Below are some of the images of Bridle:

Drone 1
Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily. 16.5.2011


Drone 2
Kandahar Airport, 2012


Drone 3
Kandahar Airport, 2012


Drone 4
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, 30.8.2009

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