Recommendation to relax commercial satellite imagery limits

Recommendation to relax commercial satellite imagery limits

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US: The Senate Intelligence Committee has marked up its FY2014 Intelligence Authorization Bill. In the report accompanying the Bill, the committee recommends relaxation of restrictions on the resolution of satellite imagery sold by US companies. A committee press release states that it also calls for a review “to determine the appropriate role of commercial satellite imagery in fulfilling intelligence requirements”. Details of precisely what the language recommends will not be known publicly until the report is released next week according to a spokesman for committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Brian Weiss said “There is language in the unclassified report to accompany the Bill,” which should be posted on the committee”s website “early next week.” The Bill itself is already posted there, but does not mention commercial satellite imagery.

Source: Space policy online