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Iranian state television has shown video of what it claims is a US spy drone that was hijacked by its army's electronic warfare unit. The government has shown footage of what appears to be a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, which the Iranians claim was flown from Afghanistan over the northern city of Kashmar when it was taken …

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Americans...

The concept of other countries and soverignity is just unknown to them...

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Oh I think they have a very good grasp of their sovereignty, it's just that they have always had a very fuzzy grasp of the notion of borders, and geography in general.

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A country run by bearded religious lunatics that are trying to build a nuclear bomb?

I really can't fault the Yanks on this one!

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Also unknown to the Americans - the concept that there are some extremely smart people elsewhere in the world, including Iran, and dismissing out of hand the possibility that the drone really might have been take over by the Iranians is arrogant in the extreme.

Maybe some people in the US think the Iranians live in caves or mud huts and would be confounded by an iPad? Either Iran is a backward tinpot country that hasn't a snowball's chance in hell of hijacking a technologically advanced drone. or else it's a highly advanced country that's on the verge of getting nuclear weaponry. You can't have it both ways.

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Oi!

What's wrong with beards?

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Religious Lunatics

So are clean-shaven religious lunatics like Reagan, Bush, and pretty much all the current Republican contenders better than bearded ones?

Shall we do a roll-call of invasions carried out by the clean-shaven vs the bearded?

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That would, of course, be in stark contrast to the country that is usually run by beardless religious lunatics that already have a couple thousand H-bombs and are willing to invade a nation at the slightest pretext?

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Bearded religious maniacs who are trying to build bombs are so much worse than clean-shaven ones who already have a massive nuclear arsenal, yes?

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Soverignity

Damn right Chad. Except that as a British citizen I have to accept that my country is the most aggressive in history, that we have had a war with every other nation on earth (except Portugal), built the most extensive empire ever known, colonized or conquored left right and centre, including all 3 nations mentioned in this story, initiated oil exploitation in the middle east - ...etc etc. You get the point.

But go ahead, lecture the USA on soverignity.

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@RedRichie

I don't know about you, but It doesn't matter to me whether the religious lunatics building nuclear bombs have beards or not.

So why exactly do you think the ones without beards are better than the ones with beards? Life is not like StarTrek.

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@RedRichie

But of course it's okay if it's *our* religious nuts, and *our* greedy corporations running the show, backed by *our* nuclear weapons, right?

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of course

the British taught us everything we know about empire building, while the EU is refining that lesson on how to consolidate power over the objections of the peons while pretending "democracy.

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And just WHO used the tag line...

..."The empire on which the sun never sets."?

Well, the Spanish for one...and then there was this small island nation to the north, who also used it for a century or so. Hmmm...wonder whatever happend to them.

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Yes, we can!

"The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies - all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

~ George Orwell, 1984

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Life is not like StarTrek

Are we talking beardy Riker or shaved Riker Star Trek?

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Britons...

A remark like that I might regard as reasonable from a Swiss. From a Briton, I'm force to fall back on--I can never remember whether it was Clive or Hastings, but certainly one of those noted sovereignty-respecters--and say

Considering your opportunities, I am not astonished at your moderation.

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@ redriche

As opposed to the only state that has used one?

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@ Jim

Yes, but that's the past. Now all of those places are different countries and Whitehall doesn't get too upset if they stop taking our calls.

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@Chad H.

Lots of states have and still are using nuclear weapons. It used to be called mutually assured destruction, nowadays it is more simply called diplomacy.

Iran is using 'peaceful nuclear technology' or whatever , as an element in their diplomacy. Pakistan and India made and tested nuclear weapons as an element of diplomacy.

America dropped two nuclear weapons during a bloody war and hastened the end of that war. You may have strong feelings that they were wrong to do so but the alternatives would have been pretty bloody awful as well.

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Deja Vu?

This reminds me of the shot down U2 I saw in Havana, long ago. Is it still on display?

Full marks to the Iranians if they really achieved this electronically, rather than with surface to air missiles.

As we used to say: "All spies will be shot."

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Of couse...

If they took control of it electronically, the could have taken over one flying outside their airspace and flown it IN to their airspace.

... just thinking out loud here.

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DigiNotar

The drone communications were probably secured with a DigiNotar certificate....

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Seriously now..

From the vid it appears as if they stripped the paint, and proceeded to replace the radar absorbent materials with paper mache. Also the lack of landing gear is pretty lame. Come to think of it I've built better RC kits as a kid. As for the remarks about landing the thing, quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets.

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quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets.

Oh Dear, that is typical of the attitude of superiority that leads to very embarrassing consequences - Twin Towers anyone ? Never underestimate your enemy.

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Booh!! Hisss!!

Bad form, sport.

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@"replace the radar absorbent materials with paper mache"

Its amazing what you can make out of paper mache these days. They can almost look like the real thing. ;)

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"quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets."

this racism would be funnier if we didnt know that in a year's time from now america will be merrily bombing civilians there who do only have camels and carpets.

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@saucey

Sometime back when I was designing a cryptographic chip for an american company, I referred to a very well written paper on modular exponentiation techniques from the university of tehran.

Epic fail for having your head stuck so firmly up your behind.

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quite surprised

You managed to put down your hamburger and reach around your enormous girth long enough for your pudgy fingers to poke out that lazy and inaccurate stereotype.

Unless you out-ironied me.

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colour

It seems likely that someone operating a secret plane that might do a bellyflop on the enemy's desert might paint it in a sandy-coloured finish. The stealth-coating engineers are probably allowed to think outside of the Henry Ford paintbox, even if we don't normally see them like that on the telly.

Carpet comment arrogant and stupid.

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More like over estimating....

I mean how long did it take to reduce Iraq armed forces to so much dog litter, the same armed forces that battled Iran for 8 years! Aran armies are only tought in the minds of Liberals and Arabs themselves.

And no sucide bombers in Market squares don't count!

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@Seriously now

Seriously, don'tcha just lurve Americans, they're so quaint.

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How long?

Well, after the fairly abrupt and bloody confrontation in the early 90s to 'liberate' kuwait, the Iraqi armed forces were bombed daily by the coalition enforcement of the 'no fly zone'.

10 years of eliminating anti aircraft and radar facilities, and any build up or organisation of land forces.

So, all in all, about 20 years?

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@LPF

Iranians are Persian, not Arab. Might as well call you Mexican, eh?

Seriously, if you're busy itching to bomb someone back into the stone age you could at least find out who they are first...

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@LPF

Surprise! Iranians are Persians, not Arabs.

However, your mistake may explain why you lot invaded Iraq. No doubt Bush II was unclear on the concept also.

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@Colour

If I were trying to make something like this _visibly_ stealthy, over a desert, I'd paint the bottom greyish-blue, and the top yellowish-brown. Just saying.

And as for the jingoistic idiot above posting about camels and carpets - the attitude of you and people like you is precisely why so many people in the middle east were seen to be celebrating when some fundamentalist nutjobs decided to fly planes into your buildings, rather than offering ther condolences. Also, you might like to note that fundamentalism is not unique to the one religion in question, but is also quite widespread amongst Christians. This does not magically make it some sort of 'good' fundamentalism.

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Hey, AC at 10:50

as an American, I find that comment completely unfair and stereotypical. Or am I missing something here?

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of unfairness and missed things

"as an American, I find that comment completely unfair and stereotypical. Or am I missing something here?"

I assume AC was using the "own medicine" technique; that would be what you are missing.

As for unfairness, how much do you weight?

Coat, door, cab.

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"quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets."

Arab countries less tehno than the West but generally better at handling life. Eg. they don't have our alcoholism, obesety, family breakdown, crime and general misery. Perhaps we should pay more attention to their 7000 years of civilised experience. They were eating off marble tables while we were still painting our faces blue.

"Oh Dear, that is typical of the attitude of superiority that leads to very embarrassing consequences - Twin Towers anyone ? Never underestimate your enemy."

AQ was not an enemy of the USA before TT, and therefore not treated as such.

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@Jim 59

They have no gays either.

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RE: Jim 59

"....they don't have our alcoholism, obesety, family breakdown, crime and general misery...." Sorry, but you swallowed the marketting there! It's all a facade - just catch a flight out of Jeddah and watch the "devout" Mulsims start packing back the Scotch the minute they're in the air. Obesity is also a big (pun unintended) problem in many Arab countries. As for "family breakdown", just go read up on "honour killings" to understand why they don't advertise their own problems.

"....Perhaps we should pay more attention to their 7000 years of civilised experience...." Ah, that always makes me laugh! You forgot the bit where you left out the fact it wasn't one continual civillisation, but many different ones and often borrowing tech and knowledge from outside influences (Greece, Rome, India and even China), whilst being trampled on by a host of other "less advanced" nations (like the Greeks and Turks).

"....They were eating off marble tables while we were still painting our faces blue....." Yes, but they stayed with very few of them eating off marble, the rest living in poverty and illeducation, whilst we built the first industrialised nation and went out and conquered them. The current Iranian government also seems intent on going backwards.

"....AQ was not an enemy of the USA before TT...." The final and complete proof that you haven't a clue. For example, AQ had already tried blowing up the World Trade Center in 1993. I suggest you go read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_al-Qaeda_attacks before you make yourself look any more stupid.

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Pure Speculation

Since no one really knows, this is open to speculation - and here's mine. It's probably the real deal, but it's most likely that control was lost and it went into a flat spin and crashed on it's belly (which is why they are covering that part).

If it is real, then the Chinese and Russians are definitely in a bidding war with Iran to get the thing. Of course, if I were the Iranians, I wouldn't stand to close to it - when the US destroys it with a missile, there is probably going to be quite the crater.

/Explosion icon, because it's likely to be the drones ultimate fate.

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indeed

i'm quite surprised they dont have "self destruct" capability.

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if they lost communication with the drone they wouldn't have been able to destroy it. I doubt they would set it up to auto-destruct if communication was lost... that could lead to all sorts of undesired consequences

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Cratering

Well Beijing might get pretty pissy if somebody made craters in their "foreign recovered materials" depot.

Cause by now that's where all the internals are by now.

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I was wondering that surely this sort thing must have a "media cleaning" routine if it goes out of contact for more than a certain amount of time, wipe all ordnance it has collected so far to avoid it falling into enemy hands?

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Me either

Considering the American's went to great lengths to destroy a chopper in the Osama raid, you'd of thought they'd fit unmanned drones with a similar system.

Perhaps they have and are waiting for the Iranians to transport it to one of their secret underground nuclear weapons facilities.

Paris, because Americans can't think that far ahead.

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Fake and gay.

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landing gear

i agree it looks somewhat fishy (not literally), but the lack of landing gear suggests that it is real but damaged. otherwise, why not just make a fake one with fake landing gear too?

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Fake for the media - probably yes

Dunno about the other bit.

In any case, I would not underestimate a country which which can successfully carry out an attack on a certificate authority, get fake certs and do MIM on its dissenters traffic. Did I just say that that (and other Iranian "hacker") attacks were government sponsored? Silly me...

As far as showing to the media - I would be surprised if they show the media the real deal. Same as with USSR and the shot down Powell's U2 - the real bits of the plane were never shown. Same as with many other similar "incidents".

In any case, if there is an unintentional (did I just say unintentional, silly me, that "incident" in Belgrade was an "honest mistake" and had nothing to do with the bits from the downed F117) pair of blockbusters dropped on the Chinese embassy in Teheran we will know who won the bidding.

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