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U.S. Military Buys Exclusive Rights to Commercial Satellite Imagery of Afghanistan

HeadlineOct 19, 2001

A media advocacy group yesterday criticized the U.S. military for buying exclusive rights to commercial satellite imagery of Afghanistan and said the move amounts to censorship because it blocks media access to views of the war zone. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders urged War Secretary Rumsfeld to revoke a deal that gives the U.S. military sole access to pictures taken by IKONOS, considered the most efficient civilian satellite, that display the areas being bombed by U.S. and British warplanes. As The War and Peace Report reported earlier this week, the Pentagon has bought up the exclusive rights to the images from the satellite, which would show civilian dead on the ground in Afghanistan.

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