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The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s popular Track Santa program is back for 2013, but the news that St. Nick will be getting fighter jet escorts isn’t going over well with everyone, with some child advocates speaking out against the move, the Boston Globe reported.
“Children associate Santa with gifts and fun and everything else that is positive about Christmas,” said Allen Kanner, a California child and family psychologist and co-founder of the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. “They are associating this with the military in children’s minds. It is completely out of line,” he told The Globe.
Adding the jets is “part of our effort to give the program more of an operational feel,” Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for NORAD, told The Globe. “It’s still cutesy since it’s for kids, but we don’t want people to lose sight of our true mission,” Capt. Davis said.
The fighter jets reportedly will protect Santa when he goes over restricted airspace around the globe. If NORAD can duplicate or improve upon last year’s statistics, that will mean at least 1.2 million mobile users and 114,000 people who call in will have a better idea of NORAD’s mission.
It's NORAD's gig. They can do whatever the heck they want. If they want a fighter escort for their 'Santa Tracker', that's their business. If people don't like it, then they can just change the channel if the news reports it and their children are in the room. Or just turn off the TV if it's soooooooo bad.
You all do know it's just pretend .... right?
If you asked me to take a guess at which country would have do this, I would of guessed it right off the top
The militarization of Santa Claus..Only in America, lol...
Depends on if they really are going to have fighters in the air with this "gig".
Absolutely everything today has to be made about Politics, doesn't it? *EVERYTHING*. Even Santa Clause. So...who determines which airspace he needs fighter escorts for, around the world? I'm sure these are all just digital ghosts for the NORAD display, just like Santa himself every year...but really?? We needed to put WAR PLANES with Santa Clause?! REALLY!?
No....Santa isn't real?! . I know that, FlyersFan. I'm not a delusional idiot. ---"....".