US Military To Stay In Afghanistan Far Beyond 'Exit'?
another indication has emerged via Wired’s Danger Room.
Noah Shachtman reports that even years after the conflict is officially over, palm-sized sensors which can be disguised as rocks may continue to monitor the movement of Afghans across the countryside.
These sensors will stay strewn across Afghanistan and will detect when anyone moves nearby them and then report the individual’s location to a remote headquarters. How exactly this doesn’t indicate an ongoing conflict is beyond me.
These surveillance apparatuses will be disguised in a myriad of ways ranging from being placed in imitation rocks with miniature solar-rechargeable batteries enabling the devices to last two decades or even possibly buried in order to even harder to detect.
This technology is known as an “unattended ground sensor” (UGS) and while it isn’t quite as bad as abandoned unmarked landmines or unexploded cluster bombs, it will give the Pentagon the power to keep tabs on Afghanistan for an indeterminate amount of time.
Of course even Shachtman has to point out that this is only after “regular American forces are supposed to have returned home,” a hint at the fact that Special Forces (or “special operators” as some prefer to call them) and contractors will remain regardless of any so-called deadline.
“Were going to leave behind a lot of special operators in Afghanistan. And they need the kind of capability that’s easy to put out so they can monitor a village without a lot of overt U.S.-made material on pathways and roadways,” said Matt Plyburn, a Lockheed Martin executive.
Keep in mind, Lockheed Martin is one of the world’s most prominent so-called defense contractors and is one of the few corporations in the United States that actually out-lobbies financial institutions.
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