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Spying pigeon

by Bill Osler / May 28, 2010 1:47 AM PDT

I thought folks gave up using pigeons as espionage tools back around WW I. I guess somebody thinks it's still going on. If the pigeon is under arrest, is it entitled to an attorney?

Pigeon held in India on suspicion of spying for Pakistan - NYPOST.com
Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan, media reported Friday.

The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India's Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar.

The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

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(NT) It's cheaper than a drone.
by JP Bill / May 28, 2010 2:08 AM PDT
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(NT) But delivers a non-lethal payload
by Steven Haninger / May 28, 2010 10:05 AM PDT
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Sounds like the Pakistani version of our CIA made a
by Steven Haninger / May 28, 2010 2:09 AM PDT
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strategic error. Since the article mentions that local pigeons look different, the Pakistanis should have considered recruiting birds from India and hope they wouldn't turn into double agents.

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I have to wonder ...
by Bill Osler / May 28, 2010 10:09 AM PDT

Unless the bird turns states evidence (making it a "stool pigeon") we may never know for certain.

Is it possible that the bird just got lost? I don't know about that area, but here in the US people train pigeons as racers and then bet on the birds. Sometimes they go missing. I assume that the birds have tags so they can be returned to the owner. I would think that an intelligence service would be reluctant to put its address on a bird in enemy territory.

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Got a chuckle here as I'd just posted to JP Bill
by Steven Haninger / May 28, 2010 10:26 AM PDT
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You mentioned becoming a "stool pigeon". Though not biologically correct, aren't they all known as such. We call them "sky carp" here. They live under bridges and overpasses playing bombardier all day. They don't seem to be very bright so I wouldn't count on their debriefings offering much that's useful.

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Double entendre?
by Bill Osler / May 28, 2010 10:58 AM PDT

I thought about that meaning as I made the post, but I was mostly referring to the other meaning of "stool pigeon".

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 28, 2010 10:26 PM PDT
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I like that, 'stool pigeon'!

It's more than likely that it's a racing pigeon. It's big business here in the UK and in other parts of the world, breeders raise pigeons just for racing, but it is always a risk that the pigeons homing abilities fail.

But then, with the Taliban and Al Qaeda active in the area, who knows!


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