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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 10:09 AM
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Bush Regime Developing Ground-Based Lasers To Combat 'Enemy' Satellites
May 3, 2006

The Bush administration is seeking to develop a powerful ground-based laser weapon that would use beams of concentrated light to destroy enemy satellites in orbit.

The largely secret project, parts of which have been made public through Air Force budget documents submitted to Congress in February, is part of a wide-ranging effort to develop space weapons, both defensive and offensive. No treaty or law forbids such work.

The laser research was described by federal officials who would speak only on the condition of anonymity because of the topic's political sensitivity. The White House has recently sought to play down the issue of space arms, fearing it could become an election-year liability.

Indeed, last week Republicans and Democrats on a House Armed Services subcommittee moved unanimously to cut research money for the project in the administration's budget for the 2007 fiscal year. While Republicans on the panel would not discuss their reasons for the action, Congressional aides said it reflected a bipartisan consensus for moving cautiously on space weaponry, a potentially controversial issue that has yet to be much debated.

The full committee is expected to take up the budget issue today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/03/washington/03laser.ht...


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mindem Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 10:14 AM
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1. Well, no one can throw money away like repukes
The rest of us need to learn that money really does grow on trees. I mean, after all, they are the party of fiscal responsibility.
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