Sunday, May 25, 2008

ny's spy choppers & 'rapid organ recovery' ambulances

unmarked chopper patrols nyc from high above
from ap: "They don't even know we're here," said crew chief John Diazo, speaking into a headset over the din of the aircraft's engine. The helicopter's unmarked paint job belies what's inside: an arsenal of sophisticated surveillance and tracking equipment powerful enough to read license plates - or scan pedestrians' faces - from high above the nation's largest metropolis... "It looks like just another helicopter in the sky," said Assistant Police Chief Charles Kammerdener, who oversees the department's aviation unit... The chopper is named simply "23" - for the number of police officers killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

ny planning special ambulance to recover organs
from washington post: In the hope of saving the lives of more people waiting for transplants, New York City is working on a plan to deploy a special ambulance to collect the bodies of people who have died suddenly from heart attacks, accidents and other emergencies and try to preserve their organs. If the "rapid-organ-recovery ambulance" succeeds, officials would like to expand the unique pilot program citywide with a fleet of ambulances and eventually duplicate it in other cities.

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