United Press International November 21, 2001
HIGH-TECH SENSORS ASSIST BIN LADEN HUNT
By JIM KLING
The hunt for Osama bin Laden is employing high-tech sensors in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, according to a New Scientist report. The devices scan for movement, heat, vibrations and other signals, and then report to airplanes or satellites. "Sensors are becoming increasingly important in intelligence gathering operations and it is safe to assume that they will be deployed in Afghanistan," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a military think tank based in Alexandria, VA. "Measurement sensors are hard to hide from. As winter moves in, infrared detection becomes easier -- warm air from ventilation shafts in bunkers show up real well. And how do you fool seismic sensors that can detect and distinguish vibrations from the movement of jeeps, people or horses?" The newest sensors have benefited from advances in computer processor speed and software design, but technology won't make it a simple task, said Pike. "Although sensors can help, no one should imagine that tracking down small groups of individuals hiding in difficult terrain is easy. It's a tough job, but it can be done."
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