Satellite Surveillance Essay

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Satellite Surveillance

I. Preface

My interest in satellite surveillance did not really appear to after I saw the movie "Enemy of the State" in 1998. The synopsis of the movie is: Robert Dean (Will Smith) is a labor lawyer who is unknowingly in possession of evidence related to a serious politically motivated crime. Government agents eager to hide their guilt believe that Dean is on to them, and proceed to turn his life upside-down, ruin his reputation, and frame him for various incidents, thanks to the latest in high-tech government surveillance techniques. In an attempt to clear his name and reclaim his life, Dean teams up with the reclusive Brill (Gene Hackman), a former federal employee who has as much high-tech equipment and
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The surveillance satellites are orbiting the earth and constantly sending information back to the computers on the ground. After the Cold War, American military surveillance satellites were not shut down and today they are probably used for spying on the whole world. The network of the global positioning satellites has the capability to locate and track persons, animals and objects carrying appropriate devices on a global scale by sending signals to these devices. Satellites also monitor other things on earth, like farm animals, etc. If you carry a cellular phone, a smart card with a tiny transceiver or something else that is capable of receiving and/or sending signals to who knows where, your movements can be tracked by a satellite.

We can see the implementation of these systems day after day, as the rights and the freedom of the people are eroded step by step. Information technology and high-tech research, all these new inventions are all used to achieve this goal with satellites at the heart of the system.

III. Satellite Surveillance

The launch of Sputnik I on October 4, 1957 was a scary prospect for the people in the United States. The question of whether or not the Russians were looking down on the United States frightened many Americans, particularly because of the Cold War. Although the satellite did little in space, only orbiting the Earth for six months before falling out of the sky, it did
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