posted on Dec, 8 2004 @ 11:56 PM
An intelligence spending bill will be accompanying the newly passed intelligence overhaul legislation to President George W. Bush for signing. The
seperate bill includes plans for a highly secretive project which many experts in the intelligence community believe is a new system to revamp aging
spy satellites with high-tech defense procedures and better information gathering capabilities. The project is in a public cloud of mystery at the
moment because of its classified nature, high expenditures (in Billions of $), and Democrat outcries of being unnecessary and potentially harmful to
Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading
Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security.
In an unusual rebuke, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained Wednesday that the spy project was
"totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive."
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Over many years, the legislation of the United States has been passing many secretive and classified bills for high-tech projects. I do not remember
any of the bills being publically criticized as being a threat to national security. Without being able to gather information about the project
through reading the actual legislation, the civilian is left to wonder exactly how he/she may be in danger as a result of the project.
In the article, some of the experts cited the potential for an arms race in space and vast foreign disapproval of the system. An arms race in space
should frighten any citizen of the world due to the potential for catastrophic errors in transportation or use, or even the creation of unnecessary
hostilities between countries. The foreign disapproval could create new barriers between countries that may be friendly or hostile towards the United
All and all, this article raises the interesting question of how much should the citizens allow their government to keep them in the dark when elected
officials are citing concerns of wasted tax money and threats to their national security.