Reconnaissance: Cameras Aloft: No Secrets Below

The camera, I think, is going to be our best inspector.

—John F. Kennedy

The President s brief, blunt remark was deliberate understatement. For months trie Cuban skies have belonged to U S photo planes—soaring, diving, circling appearing and disappearing on swift, unexpected tangents. Diplomats may still argue about on-site inspection of Cuban missile bases, but the question is almost academic. Under the prying eyes of U S aerial cameras. Cuba lies as exposed as a nude in a swimming pool.

No spot on the long, narrow island is more than 40 miles from the...

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