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so a lot of things had been bubbling under the surface it boiled over quite recently the u.s. intelligence community was allowed to operate almost with carte blanche authority in pakistan and what we see now is a determined effort to rein this in to kick out contract employees to exercise tight controls over the use of drones and also to cut them off from their engagement with some of these radical islamist organizations which remain davis for instance was also involved with. the saudis clearly want to have a strong measure of control over what the u.s. is doing they want to be informed in advance and they want to reduce the american presence looks like they're accomplishing at least some of those objectives and then they look like it's moving that direction thank you so much that was scott horton contributing editor at harper's magazine and that's going to do it for now for more on the stories we covered go to our t. dot com slash usa and check out our you tube page it's youtube dot com slash r t
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come. russia look we want the u.s. because it was the world's first heard that what if one of. the cold war launched a space race that would capture our imagination and feed our dreams of cosmic exploration for decades to come. but crossing the fun tear the i'm steering the space but also revolutionize life on
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earth. out of sight hundreds of kilometers above our heads a fragile network of satellites manages are interconnected society. of the one thousand satellites in orbit today almost half belong to the united states not only making the united states the most advanced space nation but also the nation's most dependent on its assets in space space is the backbone of our national security there is no substitute and there is no alternative to military dominance in space and this conviction should drive our course for the next fifty years. the us air force academy in colorado springs where the military space elite of tomorrow has trained fisher and. people in rome you better caesar augustus than an entire
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earth during previous. roads improved pirates no longer threatens ships on the high seas is why it was so good during this time. that the period acquired. it was still referred to you yes the pirates room on which means the roman gees. another period of he says a tired. it is cold the pox amerikana. or the american feeds. you refer to here in the mirror. where the world has. come about. because it seems that some are just right.
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most of us only feel we were nice. to me. there were warnings and civil wars and. the lord will take you live to show. you. so this is nice to know them as be shaken in the hills lose my completely or you will get more of. me. when i was fair first class called total america the air force academy i graduated forty four days and i'm just going to do my part to make sure that everyone here can enjoy the freedoms.
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pax americana is a political view which simply says that because america is currently the sole superpower it has not only the ability but the responsibility of the far future to maintain while peace. is. right. america now has the chance to establish an american empire a pax americana that will last for many many decades and one of the ways to do this is to establish strong american control of space china. anti-satellite weapons test weather satellite about five hundred miles according to u.s. government officials after three misses trying to. weather satellites
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a test may be part of china's efforts to establish a military presence in space does this mean the spy satellites the united states depends on could be shot down. left behind a trail of garbage circling in orbit now after little of the satellite. picture leave. it to cripple us what they're up to. the test of a chinese anti-satellite weapons in january two thousand and seven alarmed many observers of both the vulnerability of america's satellites. the united states and particularly its intelligence services worry about an attack on the united states that is not nuclear weapons chemical that is not biological but is technological. a surprise attack against its satellites is
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a catastrophic. scenario studied by the u.s. forces by knocking out fifty u.s. military satellites the chinese could literally cripple the u.s. . they could prevent the military from being able to communicate with its forces they could blind the u.s. intelligence community which uses electro optics satellites to determine military force movements around the world and they could also cripple the guidance systems that are used on precision guided munitions that are satellite guided. in many senses could be a kind of an electronic pearl harbor. without space the u.s. would be unable to conduct any type of military operation in an effective way. the civilian space industry generates more than two hundred fifty billion dollars every year the destruction of even
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a single orbiting satellite could put at risk the economy daily lives and well being of millions of citizens. if you look at space lots of times you think about the hubble telescope. most people don't realize that they use every day. when you open yourself to make. money out of the tank. and satellite t.v. shows and live news from around the world. to use the next time you're in line positioning system for air or sea and land traffic control even. though the weather forecasting faster monitoring sourly. our entire
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life depends on satellites they're sensual and we're not consciously trying to leave he said. there's a tremendous premium on the united states being able to provide other people from attacking our assets in space and to ensure that we can continue to exercise for use of them and if necessary also to be able to deny others use of similar assets for their own purposes. the world is changing as more and more countries develop a presence in outer space possibility of a space battle science fiction. force new solutions u.s. air force fields command. this elite forces america is a finance guy keeping watch over our interests of the grand.
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the oppressor and head of the problem of astronauts some of your force academy we've been continually teaching the fundamentals of astronautics to work in every kid if it has graduated from the air force academy almost forty thousand now have taken at least one course in order for this area right here what i call value stock right and superimposed on this of course we have a hero. iley elliptical orbit military strategy it shows that if you want to control the battlefield need to be the first in seizing the high ground the most advanced frontier weatherby land sea air and space the person i controls it has the advantage so made sure that nobody can deny our enemies space is a huge advantage. military
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forces have always relied upon high ground technology to gain advantage of. general and civil war in the united states. troops in the army especially in the union army used. to get above the trees and see where the enemy was and of course the first airplanes to be used in world war one were centrally precautions for they were designed to fly oh look and see really only one. space that has been called the ultimate high ground and the advantage to the state that can seize and maintain the high ground is the same as holding the high ground throughout history whether there was a hill a mountain or in the latter half of the twentieth century the air or space. implies use of force weapons from space to crown as china's sharing the
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protection of america's satellites in the face of potential threats is the responsibility of the us air force the united states is going to become the world's policeman does that type resonate with you do you have any reactions to that do you think is accurate if it were accurate how would it play out. if you look at manas one of the first roles of the united states navy when it was established was a combatant piracy absolutely. if you look at. potential commerce in space law enforcement and things like that are going to. an important mission was more and more countries start using space for security purposes and military purposes sooner or later they're going to collide and sooner or later the space we come another rino for will fit for good or bad and the same kind of ethics that we apply its military force in the other environments will apply space and jobs the stretching the analogy to the breaking point but the space the analogy i think is one of the more useful.
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as the dutch controlled the season the seventeen hundreds as the british tended to police and control the seas from the eighteen hundreds in one thousand nine hundred and as the united states has done in the twentieth century and will do in the twenty first century and that is to ensure that commerce is on fetter pirates and others should they be out there are taken out of. we can do the same thing for space we can do so in a way that is good for everyone and is good for ourselves it is policing the heavens for the good of all over your house with a. view of just for the united states navy deploys hundreds of heavily armed warships in every one of the world's oceans no one accuses us of contributing to the weaponization of the sea because they know that the presence of our weapons ensures free transit for all who pursue their peaceful interests us system space to space could similarly patrol the commons for the good of all the us air force has
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been charged with the mission of ensuring space access and space access in times of conflict. can the united states air force do this mission without weapons. i thought oh americans tonight we're launching a new effort which holds the promise of change in the course of human history i ask for your prayers and your support. thank you. when i joined the staff of the committee on armed services in the u.s. house of representatives of back in one thousand nine hundred five my first assignment was to investigate and oversee the strategic defense initiative this was president ronald reagan's star wars program and this new national strategy
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represents a break from the dangerous. assured destruction at the height of the cold war. also known as star wars was a program conceived to destroy all enemy missiles by relying on orbiting systems u.s. interceptors of fired. goes into action. at the time the prevailing view was that this was going to work that the technology was almost in hand and that this was going to change everything i remember the briefing i got from my staff director who said not just anti-missile systems but all major weapon systems were going to move to space that space was the new high ground even then we talked about in that way where we're all major military operations we're going to be by the end of that century it was a debate of stellar proportions the nation's number one star gazer vs the
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pentagon's chief of star wars it fell and protect the population of the united states it can be but the soviets overwhelmed outfoxed underslung i for one am not willing and able to just accept the idea that it can't work this day i never got off the drawing board the project was too far ahead of its time and the anti-ballistic missile treaty prevented the testing of the successful development of the. bombs on target real time battle management that's what we're about and that's what we are able to. deliver through space air land and sea you know the capability of all those to come together when we started the storm we've done that in each conflict will soon see if we get better and better and better.
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though planning to arm the heavens was put under wraps the use of military satellites for global communications in getting weapons to their targets was relied on more than ever. since the first gulf war the military presence in space has only continued to grow becoming the keystone of all operations during the air campaign on baghdad in march two thousand and three seventy one percent of all weapons launched against the iraqi capital were guided by satellites. at the beginning of the twenty first century star wars resurfaced under a new name this solid defense. that allowed to build a missile prepared to carry different threats of today's world to move forward on ballistic missile defense cooperation much about and we must employ effective missile defenses. to. practicality when president bush took office
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here and here's how great people that surrounded it the way you think of donald rumsfeld yeah i think that dick cheney. really had to. live i think get rid of saddam hussein this second but until the result of that. good morning. i just concluded a meeting of my national security council. we were viewed what i've discussed with my friend president vladimir putin over the course of many meetings. many months. and that has been. for america. to move beyond in one thousand seventy two. anti-ballistic missile treaty. when george w. bush became president immediately he gave six months notice to russia that we are pulling out united states is pulling out of the a.b.m. treaty anti-ballistic missile treaty that limited the united states's ability to
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test and deploy anti-satellite weapons so-called missile defense systems and other space technology at the pentagon today a warning that space will become the next big battleground to meet the challenge defense secretary donald rumsfeld is making space a top pentagon priority putting a four star general at the head of a new air force space command to take charge of all military space activity including any new anti missile defense pay careful attention to protecting promoting our interest in space having an official say it's the first step toward eventually putting weapons into space. the united states is the leader in the search and development of space weapons possible secret and hidden in the black budgets of the pentagon these covert programs cost many billion dollars and. what technologies benefit from this financing. starfire has
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been used primarily in the past to do research on satellite tracking also they've done a lot of work in astronomy with the range finding of stars he use the laser to be able to help tell you where the star is and how far away it is in the budget documents from the air force there's also been mention of the use a starfire for anti satellite weapons. the air force told congress that it had no intentions of using starfire for anything related to you and he cell phones however they are doing it just to make the laser beam very ski. and make it stay very stable as it goes up and they're going to target that on a salary. if you're tracking a phallic you don't need a very skinny laser beam in fact what kind of allied with because you wanted me to
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catch it in the right. so. many of us here concerned that this kind of a test is actually an anti-satellite weapons test and discussed. in april of two thousand and five the air force launched an experimental satellite its name was the tax s. because whoever. theoretically this experimental microsatellite has the ability to disrupt other nations satellites. has it done so no. could it do so well press sheet ok but in reality. i don't know. if. one of the things that people need to know is that most technology that's used
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in space can be used either for weapons purposes or it can be used for totally benign good purposes lasers for tracking good idea more precise tracking small micro stylus it can go around a big cell it take pictures good idea is it helps you figure out what went wrong with your satellite and that's hard to do right now good idea that same little micro that's going around. could be set up to go around another person and run into it and. the technology doesn't know whether it's a weapon or whether it's you know a button on use. the question is going to come down to the intent of the people who are building these systems. and the anti-missile shield is regarded by some critics as being the visible freeze
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of nerd space weapons program felder sold by creative civilian. and military war games this is the nation's launch ballistic missiles on american cities. a possible impact of surface is no solution but in reality who is capable of pulling off such an attack against the usa the interesting thing is that the threat is actually shrinking not increasing. the ballistic missile threat is declining there are far fewer ballistic missiles in the world now than they were fifteen years ago there were fewer countries with political missile programs there were fewer hostile countries to the united states with ballistic missile programs. when you stop when you look at it it really comes down to our to a handful of states who programs you know we worry about north korea and iran basically and they only have medium range missiles that is they can't reach the united states. from
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ronald reagan on birds every president has third funding for missile defense under different guises various funds costing at least two hundred billion dollars. are u.s. taxpayers getting what they pay for. it's a con it's a con missile defense is the greatest fraud in the department of finance and believe me it's had a lot of competitors i really i really believe this i've. missile defense is the longest running fraud in the in the history of the u.s. department of defense. if ballistic strikes are so improbable why seek to repel them such cost them from space. what if missile defense is a disguised friend vision beyond simply destroying the sun. there's
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going to be an inherent in the satellite capability with any ballistic missile defense system regardless of whether it's located in space or elsewhere. and i think that that's effectively opioid a. missile in some senses is more difficult than targeting a satellite and therefore targeting a satellite is almost always of capability it's associated with a missile defense system. in february two thousand and eight the united states destroyed a disabled satellite of its own using missile defense interceptors. in the us demonstrated that these interceptors also called kildea goals can obliterate any satellite in low earth orbit missile defense is a trojan horse that has nothing to do with defense whatsoever it's all about projecting power it's about office i've been to the bases in colorado springs and
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i've personally seen over the door where it says master of space. and i read the documents vision for two thousand and twenty and a whole array of other military space command documents that have said for years that us will control space that we will dominate space that we will deny other countries access the space the five percent of the world's population in the united states are going to deny other countries access to space i mean absolutely put vocative i would tell you that we are so. dominant in space that it's a. pity a country that there were come up against. the synergy with air land and sea forces and the way in our ability to control the battle space and seize the high ground is devastating wealthy british scientists are in some. type of.
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