posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 08:46 PM
U.S. Uses Drones to Probe Iran For
The Bush administration has been flying surveillance drones over Iran for nearly a year to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs and detect
weaknesses in air defenses, according to three U.S. officials with detailed knowledge of the secret effort.
The small, pilotless planes, penetrating Iranian airspace from U.S. military facilities in Iraq, use radar, video, still photography and air filters
designed to pick up traces of nuclear activity to gather information that is not accessible by satellites, the officials said. The aerial espionage is
standard in military preparations for an eventual air attack and is also employed as a tool for intimidation.
The Iranian government, using Swiss channels in the absence of diplomatic relations with Washington, formally protested the incursions as illegal,
according to Iranian, European and U.S. officials, all speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Notice the article says, "The Bush administration
has been flying surveillance drones".
[edit on 13-2-2005 by Feed Jake]