Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

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Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Inglonias » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:34 pm UTC

I mean it. Its actually a bird.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12120259

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Saudi Arabian officials have "detained" a vulture on accusations of being a spy for Israel, media reports say.

The griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter bearing the name of Tel Aviv University, prompting rumours it was part of a Zionist plot.

Israeli wildlife officials dismissed the claims as ludicrous and expressed concern about the bird's fate.

Last month, Egyptian officials implied the Israeli spy agency Mossad was to blame for shark attacks off its coast.

The vulture, which can have a wing span of up to 265cm (8ft 8in), was caught after it landed in the desert city of Hyaal a few days ago.

When locals discovered the GPS transmitter, they suspected the worst and handed it over to the security forces, said Israel's Ma'ariv newspaper.

Conspiracy theories quickly began circulating in Saudi newspapers and on websites that the bird was involved in espionage.
'Terrible price'

Israeli officials told Ma'ariv they were "stunned" by the allegations and concerned that the bird could meet a horrible punishment in the notoriously severe Saudi justice system.

"The device does nothing more than receive and store basic data about the bird's whereabouts, and about his altitude and speed," a bird specialist at Israel's Park and Nature Authority told the newspaper.

The data would be used to improve understanding of the endangered species' behaviour.

"Now, this poor bird is paying a terrible price. That's very sad," said the unnamed expert.

"I hope they release the poor thing."

The vulture is the latest animal to be accused of being an unwitting Mossad operative.

In December, the governor of Egypt's South Sinai province, Mohamed Abdul Fadil Shousha, suggested the spy agency may have had a hand in a string of deadly shark attacks off the coast of the Sharm el-Sheikh resort.

He said it was "not out of the question" that Mossad had put the killer shark in the area.

The Israeli foreign ministry dismissed that allegation, saying the governor "must have seen Jaws one time too many, and confuses fact and fiction".


Um. Something witty?

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Arancaytar » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:41 pm UTC

:lol:

Sorry, got nothing else.
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Strange Quirk » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:10 am UTC

Yeah, this was posted earlier in the thread about the shark theory. Hilarious.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby minno » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:14 am UTC

Is there some "who's craziest" contest involving Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea that nobody's told me about?
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:43 am UTC

Honestly, with all the crazies wasting their resources stopping these "conspiracies", you could bankrupt these countries with false flags.

Which reminds me, I wonder what costs the US economy more; security measures for counter-terror projects, or the terrorist acts themselves.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby yedidyak » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:45 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Which reminds me, I wonder what costs the US economy more; security measures for counter-terror projects, or the terrorist acts themselves.


Whichever it is, I reckon that without counter-terror measures terrorism would cost a lot more.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby M.C. » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:38 am UTC

"Benyamin! You've blown the entire surveillance budget three months too early! How are we meant to spy on Israel's enemies now?!"
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Ulc » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:55 am UTC

I get the point that mossad is probably not very nice guys.

But a vulture? Seriously?
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Vaniver » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:38 pm UTC

So, given that people have actually done experiments to remote-control animals, this isn't entirely farfetched. And, attaching a camera and gps to a bird and letting it fly around is a pretty decent way to get recon (although I suspect satellites are overall superior).
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Manial » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:43 pm UTC

To be fair, it's only some conspiracy theorists in the media saying this, not Saudi officials.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Heisenberg » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:55 pm UTC

Vaniver wrote:And, attaching a camera and gps to a bird and letting it fly around is a pretty decent way to get recon (although I suspect satellites are overall superior).

Sure, but there's never been any report of a camera.

They found an endangered animal with a GPS device on it and assumed it must be a spy-bird.

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Postby Mother Superior » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:57 pm UTC

I'm waiting for wikileaks to disclose some documents pertaining to undercover eagles Spying on Julian Assange.
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Vaniver » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:00 pm UTC

Heisenberg wrote:They found an endangered animal with a GPS device on it and assumed it must be a spy-bird.
Right; I'm saying they're wrong but not laughably so.
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby broken_escalator » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:04 pm UTC

And yet still I laugh.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Jave D » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:35 pm UTC

Well, if it was a spy bird, would they have the GPS thingamajig say "Tel Aviv University" on it? Seems to me that's like sending in your top secret Mossad undercover agent wearing a Yarmulke and noshing on a bagel.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Dark Avorian » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:54 pm UTC

Arabs can recognize yarmulkes and bagels, but clearly they're illiterate, so the logo is just a way of making sure any israeli allies will offer it it support and succour
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby sourmìlk » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:03 pm UTC

I find it particularly bizarre that this wasn't an isolated trend. Aside from the Israeli shark attacks and Israeli spy-vultures, I think there was something else with Israeli spy rodents or something.
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby broken_escalator » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:06 pm UTC

I'm just glad they didn't figure out the spy plants before the operatives could pull out. Spy tree and spy poinsetta almost didn't make it out in time!

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Postby Dauric » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:13 pm UTC

broken_escalator wrote:I'm just glad they didn't figure out the spy plants before the operatives could pull out. Spy tree and spy poinsetta almost didn't make it out in time!


Yes, but they have yet to discover Mossad's greatest agent: Grain of Sand! He was airdropped from Tel Aviv by windstorm and could be listening on to almost any important conversation the most important Arab nobility could be having! Ahh! that vase hasn't been dusted! Grab him!

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby broken_escalator » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

Damnit man! That operative is still in the field at [LOCATION REDACTED], how could you be so careless to give him away?!

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby torontoraptor » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:11 pm UTC

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Dauric » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:38 pm UTC

torontoraptor wrote:OK, now this is just ridiculous.



Is there .. I don't know... some sort of contest in the Middle East that I'm not aware of. I'm not all that terribly versed in the local customs of the region so I don't really know if it's like a local thing where all the tribes get together and attempt to say the nuttiest thing that comes to mind, the one that is the most batshit insane gets a little plastic trophy and control of the national microphone until next year?
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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby Nomic » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:35 pm UTC

I'm willing to buy somebody thinking they might be using birds to spy on things (hasn't the US army actually at some point looked into that? I know they're devoloping literal "bugs", as in insects with microphones), but blaming Israel for the killer shark seems rather out there. For starters, surely a shark employed by Mossaed would be jewish, and humans certainly aren't kosher.

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:19 am UTC

Vaniver wrote:And, attaching a camera and gps to a bird and letting it fly around is a pretty decent way to get recon utterly epic documentary footage.

Fixed that for you. :D

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Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

Postby iChef » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:25 am UTC

Squirrels are some of the greatest anti-espionage agents known to the west and have been since 1959.

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