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    Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    The crash of a CIA drone in Iran has brought into the open what U.S. intelligence agencies would prefer kept secret: intense spying efforts in a country where the United States has no official presence.

    Iran on Thursday aired with great flourish footage of the captured drone, which appeared largely intact. Pentagon and CIA spokesmen would not comment on whether it was the missing U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft.

    A person familiar with the situation confirmed that the drone that crashed was on a surveillance mission over Iran. It is believed to have crashed because of a malfunction and not from being shot down or computer-hacked by the Iranians, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity....................

    U.S. surveillance of Iran through various means has been going on for years, U.S. officials and others with direct knowledge of the situation say.

    A private U.S. defense expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that when he visited the command center at a U.S. military base in the Gulf region in 2008, it was clear that the installation was receiving multiple feeds of electronic surveillance information from inside Iran. Some of the information appeared to be transmitted from high-altitude aircraft and some from electronic sensors which the United States had somehow installed on the ground in Iran, the expert said.

    The United States has no official presence in Iran so it is difficult to determine exactly what is going on inside its borders. One recent incident has yet to be fully unraveled.
    Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran | Reuters

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Well yeah. We'd be stupid if we weren't spying on them.
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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Of coarse we are spying on them the threat of their increased number of nukes is most likely a contributing factor.

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    And if Iran sent drones over the US?










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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    And if Iran sent drones over the US?
    We'd shoot em down like clay pigeons, duh
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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    And if Iran sent drones over the US?

    I dont know about the rest of you ...but id be really pissed offf

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    We'd shoot em down like clay pigeons, duh
    They wouldnt make it 5 miles over our border...

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    The U.S., Israel, and Iran are all playing a dangerous game.

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    The U.S., Israel, and Iran are all playing a dangerous game.

    Is that new? and its not anymore dangerous than us making china the next greatest threat to the entire world...actually it pales in comparison...

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    Re: Drone crash unmasks U.S. spying effort in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    They wouldnt make it 5 miles over our border...
    Unless they hired a coyote and walked across.

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