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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, April 27, 2015

US Worried About Losing Dominance in Space

CBS TV show 60 Minutes takes a dive and does a puff-piece on behalf of the US Space Command who wants more $$$$ to "protect their military satellites" that allow them to have full spectrum dominance.

Note the person from the organization (Secure World Foundation) supposedly working to prevent an arms race in space who mostly carries water for the Space Command program during the TV segment.

Space junk is a huge problem and in the video they try to pin alot of it on the Chinese but I can assure you that the collective trash from all space faring nations has been a problem for a long time and it is getting worse by the day.

The story should havementioned how the US and Israel for years have been blocking the negotiations for a new treaty at the United Nations called 'Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space' - PAROS.  The official position of the US during Republican and Democrat administrations has been that "there is no problem in space thus no need for any new treaty."  The truth is that the US does not want to be constrained by any treaty limitations.  Thus we are off to a new space-based arms race and the aerospace industry is pleased with the profits they are making.

In fact some years ago the industry publication called Space News indicated that high-tech space technology would be the "largest industrial project in the history of Earth" necessitating the development of a permanent funding source.  The editorial in the publication called for the elimination of the "entitlement programs" that officially are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what is left of the welfare program.  These are the programs that Space News suggested should be cut in order to pay for Star Wars and interplanetary exploration. 

To watch these videos click on them to start and then hit the full screen button in the lower right hand corner.  Or if that does not work go to CBS News page here


Blogger Charles D said...

This was even worse than a puff piece, it outright advocated we spend more money on space weapons because of the "threat" of the Chinese. The reporter managed to ask one decent question toward the end, when he asked the DoD rep how the Chinese might view our attempts to dominate space, of course she waved it off.

This madness must be stopped before it stops all human life.

4/27/15, 10:11 AM  

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