Canadians Plan to ‘Moon the (Surveillance) Balloon'

A 50-foot dirigible with a $1 million camera is set to take an airborne look at the U.S.-Canada border area near Sarnia, Ontario, but some locals promise an unpleasant welcome for the device.
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A 50-foot dirigible with a $1 million camera is set to take an airborne look at the U.S.-Canada border area near Sarnia, Ontario, but some locals promise an unpleasant welcome for the device.

According to an article in The Observor, some 200 people object to the scope of the potential view and say they will “moon” the device when it is demonstrated August 15.

Even the mayor of the town has written Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene, saying the area to be scanned includes many private homes and offices, and there was no national or local consultation about the intiative.

The Website says the device, shaped like an airplane wing, is owned by the Sierra Nevada Corp. and operated by True North Logistics of Port Huron.

Sierra Nevada announced in July it was opening an office in Port Huron. True North Logistics is owned by Major General Bradley M. Lott, a retired U.S. Marine with 34 years in the service.

The news story says the device has clearance to fly to 1,000 feet and can read the name of a ship from nine miles away. Its owners hope to draw interest from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the story says.

This story did not specify if the camera's price tag referred to U.S. or Canadian dollars.


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