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originally posted by: JimOberg
originally posted by: MrRussell
NASA is a military unit.
Richard Hoagland claims that too -- here's a debunking of that:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
Point-by-point critique of "Dark Mission" 2nd Edition
p. 58. "The Space Agency was quietly founded as a direct adjunct to the Department of Defense..."
Hoagland offers lame support for this contention with a quote from Sec. 305 (i) of the Space Act: "The Administration shall be considered a defense agency of the United States for the purpose of Chapter 17, Title 35 of the US Code." He doesn't say how he knows the passage of this act was "quiet."
He also complains -- as though he's only just come across this fact and is "shocked--SHOCKED" -- that Sec. 205(d) of the Act allows NASA activities to be classified for reasons of national security.
FACT: Title 35 of the US Code is exclusively concerned with patent law. Title 35 Chapter 17 is concerned with patent applications filed by employees of any defense agency, hence the inclusive definition in Sec 305(i). This is purely legal language, that emphatically does not mean that the agency was founded, whether quietly or accompanied by 76 trombones, as a direct adjunct to the Department of Defense. A parade of NASA Administrators, starting with James Webb, has expended political capital asserting NASA's independence from DoD.
originally posted by: introvert
a reply to: JimOberg
Is there any written protocol on how and when to use that button?