Thursday, October 19, 2006
BUSH DECLARES RIGHT TO DENY FOES ACCESS TO SPACE
REVISED POLICY ALSO OPPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON U.S.'FREEDOM OF ACTION.'
Washington--President Bush has signed an order asserting the United States' right to deny adversaries access to space for hostile purposes.
Mr.Bush also said the U.S. would opposed the developement of treaties or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space.
The provisions were contained in the first revison of U.S. space policy in nearly 10 years. Mr. Bush's order, signed more than a month ago, was not publicly announced although unclassified details of his decision were posted on the Web site of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
"Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power,"the policy says."In order to increase knowledge, discovery, economic prosperity, and to enhance the national security, the United States must have robust, effective, and efficient space capabilities."
The policy says that space systems should have rights of passage without interference, and that the U.S. would view any deliberate interference with its space systems as an infringement on its rights.
"The United States considers space capabilities--including the ground and space segments and supporting links--vital to its national interests," the policy said.
"Consistent with this policy, the United States will: preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space:dissuade or deter others from either impeding those rights or developing cabalities intended to do so;take those actions necessary to protect its space capabilities; respond to interference; and deny,if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests.
The White House said the policy does not call for the development or deployment of weapons in space.
"This policy emphasizes that the United States is committed to peaceful uses of space by all nations and that space systems enjoy the right of free passage," National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said.
Doesn't the dipshit know that it's too late...? That we are already being attacked from space..that as usual..he is behind the times...too too late and a dollar short our little Bushie...