posted on Jan, 18 2004 @ 11:54 PM
U.S. Eyes Space as Possible Battleground
By Jim Wolf
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush's plan to expand the exploration of space parallels U.S. efforts to control the heavens for military, economic
and strategic gain.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld long has pushed for technology that could be used to attack or defend orbiting satellites as well as a costly
program, heavily reliant on space-based sensors, to thwart incoming warheads.
Under a 1996 space policy adopted by then-President Bill Clinton that remains in effect, the United States is committed to the exploration and use of
outer space "by all nations for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all humanity."
"Peaceful purposes allow defense and intelligence-related activities in pursuit of national security and other goals," according to this policy.
"Consistent with treaty obligations, the United States will develop, operate and maintain space control capabilities to ensure freedom of action in
space, and if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries."
No country depends on space and satellites as its eyes and ears more than the United States, which accounted for as much as 95 percent of global
military space spending in 1999, according to the French space agency CNES.
You know I was thinking the Bush plan to Mars was the only good thing he has done in his presidency. Guess like I was wrong about it......does every
action of this administration have a hidden motive?