UCLA Professors Use Satellite in Effort to Find Bin Laden
[Satellite Today 02-23-09] Two UCLA geography professors say their work with satellite tracking software might help the United States get closer to capturing Osama Bin Laden, according to a Feb. 19 report on the MIT International Review Web site.
Using satellite imagery and biogeographic theories associated with the distribution of life and extinction, John Agnew and Thomas Gillespie identified three buildings that could be housing the FBI’s most wanted terrorist. Agnew and Gillespie identified Parchinar as the city most likely to be housing the fugitive after the research team did a house-to-house search of satellite images.
"We looked for buildings that could satisfy his special circumstances: At 6 foot, 4 inches bin Laden needed a tall building. He uses a dialysis machine that requires electricity, so his location needs an electric grid hook-up or generator. He enjoys physical protection and personal privacy, which could mean high walls and space between structures. He needs body guards so there has to be at least three rooms. He also would want to remain protected from aerial views which means nearby trees," Agnew and Gillespie said in the report.
The FBI is offering a $25 million award for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Osama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association.