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NOAA has been sending an unmanned Aerosonde drone airplane over this last wave of monster hurricanes to amass unprecedented weather data, a kind of sweet use of a technology developed for military intelligence. Also recently flipping their switches from Evil to Good have been the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's spy satellites, as they've mapped the path of destruction of Katrina and are now monitoring Rita with their incredibly powerful cameras, taking a much-needed break from tracking your movements from space via your license plate. One of the chief mandates of The Agency this week is monitoring the oil fields along the Gulf Coast for some before and after images. Which is all reassuring or creepy, depending on how you look at it.

DRONES ON HURRICANE HUNT [DefenseTech]

SPY IMAGERY AGENCY TO RECORD RITA [WashingtonPost]