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    Missile Defense

Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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rshow55 - 08:44pm Nov 3, 2003 EST (# 16409 of 16411)
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

rshow55 - 07:11am Oct 23, 2003 EST (# 15452 reads in part:

In complicated systems - there is no sensible alternative - as experience and problems accumulate - to some exception handling and some resorting and reframing.

"Both Eisenhowers and Bill Casey felt that very strongly.

" I was assigned to work on exception handling patterns that neither the formal intelligence apparatus, nor the private sector as it was, nor the academic community could handle - in ways that I thought then, and still think, made sense in the overall national interest - and in the interest of our capitalistic system, our political system - and the academy.

"In an effort not to leak - but also to live my life - and make contributions I had a right to make - consistent with the national interest as well as my own - I have tried to "come in through the New York Times" - as Casey had instructed. It has worked well in some ways - awkwardly for others.

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There's a lot of support to my story - though I have no pictures of me standing beside Casey or Eisenhower - ( for the same reasons that I don't expect Mimi Beardsley to have pictures with Kennedy - though she may have them ). Whether you happen to "call me Ishmael" or happen to believe my story - I think things are worth checking - and think I've long deserved a face-to-face hearing.

rshow55 - 08:55pm Nov 3, 2003 EST (# 16410 of 16411)
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

My involvement with the Missile Defense board started with discussion about nuclear weapons on the old NYT Favorite Poetry board. ends with this:

. kate_nyt - 01:27pm Sep 24, 2000 EST (#6264 of 6739) Community Producer,

Afternoon, all-

This forum is for poetry only. Please move any discussion of nuclear weapons to the Missile Defense forum in the Science area. It could use the help!

Have a good Sunday, Kate

My involvement with the Missile Defense thread began on a Monday, at 07:32am Sep 25, 2000 EST (#266) Ridding the world of nuclear weapons, this year or next year. What would have to happen? rshowalt 9/25/00 7:32am . For the rest of that day, I had a discussion with "becq," who I have often thought might have been President Clinton,

ending at #304, which is worth reading in itself ... rshowalt 9/25/00 5:28pm

Based on things discussed in and some other things that were happening to me - it didn't seem certain - but it also didn't seem far-fetched - that becq might be Clinton - or somebody close to him.

Perhaps, at that time - I had a far-fetched view of how close the NYT and the US government actually were.

That view seemed reasonable then, and it doesn't seem far-fetched now, either.

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