Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Militarization of space continues apace 

Guess those Europeans aren't so stupid after all. They may have an informational warfare thing going:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday.
(via AP)

Well, um, read on, and you'll that, as usual, terrorism is just the excuse for something far worse.

The GPS system is vital to commercial aviation and marine shipping.

The president also instructed the Defense Department to develop plans to disable, in certain areas, an enemy's access to the U.S. navigational satellites and to similar systems operated by others. The European Union is developing a $4.8 billion program, called Galileo.

"Also." Right.

The directives to the Defense Department and the Homeland Security Department were part of a space policy that Bush signed this month. It designates the GPS network as a critical infrastructure for the U.S. government. Part of the new policy is classified; other parts were disclosed Wednesday.

Gee, I wonder what the classified part is? I wonder if it works at well as Bush's anti-missile fiasco? Or is it just defense contractors at the public tit again? (back)

The White House said the policies were aimed at improving the stability and performance of the U.S. navigation system, which Bush pledged will continue to be made available for free.

Right. Bush "promises," a sure sign it won't be free for long.

Bush also said the government will make the network signals more resistant to deliberate or inadvertent jamming.

Weird. It's not resistant to jamming now? If true, what a total fuckup, given that GPS is a critical part of our infrastructure...

In any case, the militarization of space was recommended by the PNAC (back), the same neo-con cabal that recommended Iraq, so having already had his punch telegraphed, I can't imagine why Bush imagines he can keep militarizing space a secret...

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