Thursday, October 19, 2006

U.S. has a right to deny access to space

As if the Earth wasn't enough, now it seems that George wants outer space as well. I would like to see him tell some alien race that they have to leave because they are hostile to US interests. Not going to happen.

From CNET,

George Bush, space ranger

President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy which claims the U.S. has a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests," the Washington Post reports.

The document, the first major overhaul of U.S. space policy in 10 years, has a new emphasis on security and defense, as opposed to research, while encouraging private enterprise in space, the paper says.

Administration officials said the revisions were not paving the way for putting weapons systems into Earth orbit, but some policy makers, and bloggers, were concerned about the possibility. Others pointed out that space has become increasingly important to the military, which relies on satellites for communication and navigation.

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