Photos matter. And getting them out or preventing their distribution is a serious matter in our contemporary wars. Digital distribution makes their quick dispersal easier and quicker It also makes control easier. The use of jamming devices that can jam digital media and prevent the electronic broadcast of images is leading to inventive ways of countering that control. Ways that hark back to older systems of communication. Pigeon post, for example.
A shipload of medicine riled up the Israeli government enough. The discovery that the activists on board the Estelle included carrier pigeons, which were prepared to deliver photographic evidence of Israeli attacks on the passengers, has them downright livid.
According to IDF assessments, the pigeons carried digital tags, which were attached around their legs, containing photos of Israeli soldiers as they seized the ship. It is believed the photos were aimed for global media distribution.