C.I.A. collaborating with environmental researchers

Republican critics say agency should be fighting terror, not “spying on sea lions”


America’s top spies and top scientists have begun collaborating in an effort to use the CIA’s assets—including spy satellites and other gadgets—to assess the extent of environmental changes around the world. The scientists hope to gain new insights into changing patterns in clouds, glaciers, deserts, and rain forests in a bid to distinguish between summer melts and emerging climate trends, which may be the result of climate change. Norbert Untersteiner at the University of Washington argues the enormous amount of information now available is “really useful” for scientists. However, Republican Senator John Barrasso has stated that the project is a misallocation of government resources, and that the spy agency should be fighting terrorists, “not spying on sea lions.” Federal officials insist the program has little to no effect on regular intelligence gathering.

New York Times

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C.I.A. collaborating with environmental researchers

  1. Perhaps someone should inform the good senator about how satellites move. The waste of gov't resources is when they're not over anything sensitive that the CIA is interested in and so their data is simply being ignored. Now at least somebody may get some use out of it.

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