US turns U-2 spy planes on itself, raising specter of broader surveillance

John Byrne
Published: Thursday August 9, 2007
 

In a striking but unnoticed extension of domestic surveillance, the little-known National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency deployed a U-2 spy plane on the region affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to track hazards to public health.

In an article Thursday, Salon‘s Tim Shorrock explores the emergence of the NGA, born in 1996 from a partnership between the CIA, the Pentagon and the agency that maintains America’s spy satellites.

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