Mode of Destruction/Star Wars Evil Empire

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Fri Oct 29 14:29:21 MDT 1999

Space domination: pyramids to the heavens

By Bruce Gagnon

It was the Persian Gulf war that convinced the U.S. military that "space dominance and
space control" are necessary. And it was the war in Kosovo that they used to show the
world that they have achieved their goal.

In a June 17 news release, the U.S. Space Command proclaimed, "Any questions about the
role or effectiveness of the use of space for military operations have been answered
by NATO's operation ALLIED FORCE."

The news release concludes with the determination that, "The Space Command's Global
Positioning System constellation of 24 satellites is credited with providing
navigation and timing support to coordinate the actions of allied air crews and naval
forces operating in the region."

The Pentagon is so sure that whomever controls space will control the Earth and beyond
that they are feverishly working to deploy anti-satellite weapons (ASAT's) that will
enable the U.S. to knock out competitors "eyes in the sky" during times of

As the Space Command says in their slick brochure, Vision for 2020, "Control of space
is the ability to assure access to space, freedom of operations within the space
medium, and an ability to deny others the use of space if required." The early
deployment strategy of the military is to put into orbit the Kinetic energy ASAT, that
would essentially smash into a rival's satellite. Space Command hopes to be able to
deploy the KASAT within the next five years.

While recently attending the 36th Space Congress at Cape Canaveral in Florida, I asked
a panel of military officers the status of the ASAT program. Panelist Col. Tom Clark
responded that the issue was "politically sensitive." He said that, ultimately, the
U.S. would "need an event to drive the public to support ASAT deployment. But it will
happen. We are now talking, planning, doing research and development. Someone will
attack one of our systems."

In the meantime Col. Clark assured the audience of 250-300 NASA workers, aerospace
industry representatives and military officers that we have the "defensive" Ballistic
Missile Defense (BMD) system that was recently approved by Congress. It is "obvious
that dual use is clear," Clark said, referring to the fact that lasers in space could
be fired either defensively or offensively.

One of the problems for the military, though, is the need for massive power projection
for their space-based weapons. In a study commissioned by Congress, Military Space
Forces: The Next 50 Years, author John Collins notes that "nuclear reactors thus
remain the only known long-lived, compact source able to supply military space forces
with electric power." Collins concludes that nuclear reactors "could meet
multi-megawatt needs of space-based lasers, neutral particle beams, mass drivers, and

In fact, because of the growing demand for space nuclear power, the Department of
Energy (DoE) is now studying the reopening of previously closed production facilities
at their deadly string of labs across the United States. Between NASA's demand for
future nuclear powered space probes and the Space Command's desire for nuclear powered
space weapons, we could see a return of massive contamination problems at the labs.

Over 244 cases of worker contamination were reported at Los Alamos labs in New Mexico
between 1993-95 as DoE prepared the plutonium generators for NASA's Cassini space
mission. Work is also on-going at Los Alamos on the nuclear rocket to Mars, with
nuclear reactors for engines.

The Space Command's Vision for 2020 not only speaks of controlling the Earth and the
sky above our planet. They also envision controlling the space beyond as NASA and
aerospace corporations move out to mine the moon, Mars and other planetary bodies for
minerals in coming years.

Like Queen Isabella of Spain who paid for Columbus' exploration in hopes of greater
economic rewards, these forces are lining up to harvest the enormous benefits expected
from the exploitation of the outer reaches.

Vision for 2020 states that "Due to the importance of commerce and its affects on
national security, the U.S. may evolve into the guardian of space commerce - similar
to the historical example of navies protecting sea commerce."

Just to make sure, the aerospace industry is taking no chances. A coalition of
aerospace corporations are now engaged in a campaign called the "Declaration of Space
Leadership" and have had their congressional allies introduce it as a House
resolution. Among other things, the "declaration" suggests funding space "defensive"
systems and NASA at levels that guarantee "American leadership in the exploration of

Much of the tactic of the aerospace corporations is to brainwash the youth into a
knee-jerk support of everything "space." NASA now has a program to reach every science
teacher in the U.S. with their space puffery. Think of it this way: in 2020 these kids
will be taxpayers and the industry hopes that they will be programmed to believe that
we should spend the national treasury to go to Mars and that war in space is

Not everyone is cheering though. Russia and China are deeply concerned, not only about
the U.S. circumventing the ABM and Outer Space Treaties, but also about U.S. plans to
be Master of Space as the Space Command uniform patch reads.

Russia and China have both called for the U.N. Conference on Disarmament to form an ad
hoc committee on the "prevention of an arms race in outer space" but the U.S. is now
blocking such a process.

During the past year the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space has
expanded its work to organize opposition to the U.S. space agenda. As the reality of
the recent congressional vote on BMD has become clear citizens all over the world are
angry. They see the bad seed of space exploitation and warfare as something we must
move to stop now before it is too late.

As we internationally face domestic program cuts from the New World Order it becomes
clear where much of that money will be going. The International Space Station is now
at $100 billion. Over $100 billion has been spent on Star Wars to date. Regular launch
failures at Cape Canaveral waste billions of tax dollars while we are told that there
is no money for health care, child care, and other important programs.

We are now building pyramids to the heavens and the aerospace industry know that they
must convince the public that their "plans for space" are vital, exciting, and
patriotic. The time has come for a rigorous international debate and campaign around
the entire space program.

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Internet webpage,

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