LOS ANGELES -- George Clooney would like to bring a bit of Hollywood to one of the most remote and tense regions in Africa. Not red carpets and swag bags but the cold, intrusive, constant eye of a camera.
"You can go on Google Earth and Google my house," said the actor. "I thought, if that's the way it is and they're gonna be able to Google my house, then people who are committing war crimes, specifically the government of Sudan, should be able to enjoy the same level of celebrity that I do. These people are public figures, and we're gonna take their pictures."
Clooney is spearheading an effort to deploy commercial satellites to monitor the border between northern and southern Sudan as the country faces a referendum starting Sunday that is likely to split it in two. Should fighting break out, his wildly ambitious goal -- the culmination of his years of engagement with the war-torn country -- is to do no less than prevent genocide.