Russia will ask a world government body to approve spy missions over the US though they don’t call them that though that’s what they are. Russia is asking under the auspices of a treaty they don’t follow – the Open Skies Treaty. The Russian planes conducting these missions will be equipped with high-powered cameras.
Since the Open Skies Treaty was first signed, President Obama has gotten us into more wars and spurred the beginnings of a Cold War with Russia and as a result the agreement is taking a dark turn.
Russia wants to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras amid warnings from U.S. intelligence and military officials that such overflights help Moscow collect intelligence on the United States.
Russia is taking advantage of modern technology and the 14-year old agreement to spy rather than use the surveillance as a guarantee we are not preparing to conduct a war against them, which was the original intent.
Russia will formally ask the Open Skies Consultative Commission, based in Vienna, to be allowed to fly an aircraft equipped with high-tech sensors over the United States.
Since Obama is the decision maker, we can be sure we are in the hands of someone who does not have the best interests of the United States at heart.
“The treaty has become a critical component of Russia’s intelligence collection capability directed at the United States,” Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, wrote in a letter earlier this year to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of a House subcommittee on strategic forces, Fox News reported.
“In addition to overflying military installations, Russian Open Skies flights can overfly and collect on Department of Defense and national security or national critical infrastructure,” Haney said. “The vulnerability exposed by exploitation of this data and costs of mitigation are increasingly difficult to characterize.”
I know, we could then put the photos on Hillary’s server. This administration doesn’t pay much attention to national security.
Russian planes with “digital-electro-optical sensors” require an agreement of all signatories so Russia will ask for it.
Some believe Russia really doesn’t gain all that much information from these flights. That’s true, they have much more of an advantage buying our uranium mines thanks to the Bill and Hillary Clinton shenanigans.
The information is supposed to be shared openly – that’s not a joke- the signatories think it’s going to happen.
The Open Skies era is dead and the sooner our leaders realize that, the better. Russia doesn’t even follow the confines of the treaty. They have restrictions on surveillance over Moscow, and Chechnya and near Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russia most likely used its air campaign in Syria as an opportunity to gather intelligence on U.S. forces and gain operational experience on the latest hardware. Gathering information on the U.S. Air Force’s stealthy fifth-generation F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter is of particular interest to the Russian military.
Open skies had a good intent historically.
At a Geneva Conference meeting with Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin in 1955, President Eisenhower proposed that the United States and Soviet Union conduct surveillance overflights of each other’s territory to reassure each country that the other was not preparing to attack. The fears and suspicions of the Cold War led Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev to reject Eisenhower’s proposal.
Thirty-four years later, the Open Skies concept was reintroduced by President George H. W. Bush as a means to build confidence and security between all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Warsaw Pact countries.
The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 States Parties. The 34 State Parties to the Open Skies Treaty are: Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States. Kyrgyzstan has signed but not yet ratified.
Formal observation flights began in August 2002.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman stated on 4 February 2016 that Turkey had refused Russian Open Skies mission, planned to take place in 1–5 February 2016, to flight over the areas adjacent to Syria, as well as over NATO airbases.
With the current wars, it’s very understandable and giving the edge to an ally of Bashar al-Assad, an enemy of Turkey’s, makes no sense.
This treaty needs to be redefined to meet the times but our president who does nothing when he’s not fundamentally transforming us can be counted on to make the wrong decision.