Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Are they mad...

or do they just think we're all stupid? Just because nobody comes running when they cry 'terrorist' any more, the Bush administration is now trying to sell you on being afraid of satellites falling on your head - or something like that. Yahoo is carrying the story.

"We reserve the right to defend ourselves against hostile attacks and interference with our space assets," Joseph said in prepared remarks to the George C. Marshall Institute.

Joseph, the senior arms control official at the State Department, said nations cannot all be counted on to use space purely for peaceful purposes.

"A number of countries are exploring and acquiring capabilities to counter, attack, and defeat U.S. space systems," Joseph said

He also said terrorists "understand our vulnerabilities and have targeted our economy in the past, as they did on 9/11." He said terrorists and enemy states might view the U.S. space program as "a highly lucrative target," while sophisticated technologies could improve their ability to interfere with U.S. space systems and services.

Joseph did not identify terror groups or nations that might have such motives. An aide to Joseph, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said that information was classified."

So, nobody is afraid enough of Jihadi's any more, and as a result the Bushies now add 'anti-space' folks to the list of terrorists, which was expanded back in 2002 to include such heinous enemies as animal rights activists and ecology activists (no kidding). PETA, e.g. is now a terrorist organization, and if they chose to use the Patriot Act in that way, could make you disappear for sending them money. I'm not sure of the status of Greenpeace, but probably them too. And now, they've added unnamed nations who might object to US orbital spying on them to the list of terrorists.

And while Mr. Joseph says we can't count on all nations to use space peacefully, he conveniently forgets the old Nixon era concept of dropping nukes from orbit, and the newer Reagan age idea (which Bush pushes) of orbital laser weapons. Making us the premier nation that can't be counted on to use space peacefully.

But, I think they've finally gotten it right. I suspect my neighbors of being PETA supporters, and I know of at least one and maybe three Martian sleeper cells in my town who are definitely anti-spy satellite. They don't want to get caught doing those cow mutilations, you know?


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