In an effort to maintain a constant watch on Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir and his continued atrocities in the region, George Clooney says his Satellite Sentinel Project will be upgrading its surveillance.
“I have a satellite in areas [in Sudan] where there is a lot of violence because we want to keep an eye on some of the atrocities that are going on there and because we want not just accountability but we want to make it more and more difficult to act without ramifications,” Clooney said of the project started in 2010
. “We find that it has been incredibly successful since now the attacks only happen at night or under cloud cover.”
To counter al-Bashir's new tactics, the 52-year-old actor says his spy satellite will be switching to infrared to see through clouds or the cover of night.
“Honestly, right now there is a ticking time-bomb threatening roughly 100,000 helpless people who are hiding for their lives and terrorized,” Clooney told Fox News Sunday. “And if I can go to some place like that, and because someone shot rockets at us it gets media attention to a story we are trying to tell, I’m fine with that. I don’t make policy. I just make it louder.”
"There is a real opportunity here," he said. "There is only one product coming from South Sudan right now, that's oil, and the problem (with) oil is that someone, a company, takes the oil from the ground, beneath the feet of the actual people who put (it) there, put it in a pipeline ... and they sell it. It (the money) doesn't seem to trickle back down to the people."
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