I was waiting for this to hot national news, but so far I haven't heard anything, so here it is.
President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and
asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests."
This very well might be one of the last non aggression arms-control agreements that Bush just through right out the window, all after literally
DECADES of international political diplomacy efforts.
A number of nations have pushed for talks to ban space weapons, and the United States has long been one of a handful of nations opposed to the
idea. Although it had abstained in the past when proposals to ban space weapons came up in the United Nations, last October the United States voted
for the first time against a call for negotiations -- the only "no" against 160 "yes" votes.
As it stands, USA is the SOLE space aggressor with hostile intent to militarize space.
Human kinds has been there before, and that little adventure almost ended up in a nuclear Apocalypse.
Soviets had their own Fractional Orbital Bombardment System, which among other things was made possible by enormous payload capabilities of their
Ever since such an unpleasant development, US and USSR were in a mutual agreement of NOT militarizing space.
After collapse of Soviet Union, USA has backed out of just about every disarmament and arms control treaty with Russia, thus clearly showing its
intention for aggressive arms race, and militarized colonization of space.
The new policy was applauded by defense analyst Baker Spring of the conservative Heritage Foundation. He said that he supported the policy's
rejection of international agreements or treaties, as well as its emphasis on protecting military assets and placing missile defense components in
space. He also said that he liked the policy's promotion of commercial enterprises in space and its apparent recognition that private satellites will
need military protection as well.
Pay close attention right here - "commercial enterprises in space and its apparent recognition that private satellites will need military protection
Then just flip back a couple of pages back, and history shows that it is literally full of identical colonial scenarios. Start with Royal British
Navy and its support of various "commercial enterprises" that played a vital role in colonial ambitions of the empire. East India Company for
example, and Royal Navy escort of merchant ships.
Remember that both WWI and WWII revolved around sea merchant shipping lanes.
Americas new "National Space Policy" will basically eliminate competition from international interest by simply providing armed escort, and
threatening to simply shot down all other satellites that do not belong to the "club". Geo-political racketeering officially reached space.
The U.S. position flows in part from the fact that so many key weapons systems are now dependent on information and communications from orbiting
satellites, analysts said. The U.S. military has developed and deployed far more space-based technology than any other nation, giving it great
strategic advantages. But with the superior technology has come a perceived vulnerability to attacks on essential satellites.
What is not said, is the incredibly large amount of commercial satellites which are leased by US military, and the amount of military telecom traffic
which is handled by commercial sats.
Naturally there is the while FCS vision of the future, in which GPS guided, high altitude AI drones powered by solar power will loiter 24/7 with a
bomb load ready to drop at a click of the mouse.
How civilized will that be? A quiet lunch, a cup of tee, a butler brings a touch pad upon a silver tray to our leader, he looks it over, touches the
"drop" icon, and drones release their payload on some village God knows where.
Securing satellites which allow such capability is absolutely vital, and since more and more of them are operated by private parties (Predator PMC
flight control centers, comm traffic of which are handled by private telecom enterprises), all space based commercial interests must be defended with
an iron fist, and naturally, all at tax payers expense.
And here's the catalyst as it usually happens -
The issue of possible hostilities in space became more real last month when National
Reconnaissance Office Director Donald M. Kerr told reporters that a U.S. satellite had recently been "painted," or illuminated, by a laser in China.
Gen. James E. Cartwright, the top U.S. military officer in charge of operations in space, told the newsletter Inside the Pentagon last week that it
remained unclear whether China had tried to disrupt the satellite.
The fact is that we'll never know that it's actually true, but it sure makes a great pretense to militarize space.
source - www.washingtonpost.com...
These are sad, sad days for the human kind, and I have a feeling that the first human on Mars will not come with the good intent of peaceful
exploration, but with a stake to plant, and then plunder what he can.
exit: exit bracket
[edit on 20-10-2006 by iskander]