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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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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 - 04:07pm Oct 19, 2003 EST (# 15244 http://forums.nytimes.com/webin/WebX?8@13.NMRTbrmZUdI.1064483@.f28e622/16957
Suppose I had a clear answer to my security restriction
question. So that I knew what my restrictions were clearly -
and other people and groups could know that clearly, too.
Administratively when that was required. Some people
might choose to call me "crazy" - but that craziness would
coexist with output like this:
. 1623 http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7b2bd/1792
. 1624 http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7b2bd/1793
and that output would be mine and unencumbered.
I've been perfectly happy for people to choose to "call
me Ishmael" for a long time. http://www.mrshowalter.net/CaseyRel.html
The story I like best about me, in this
regard, is that I'm just a guy who got interested in logic,
and military issues. A guy who got concerned about nuclear
danger, and related military balances, and tried to do
something about it. Based on what he knew - with no access
to special information of any kind, he made an effort to
keep the world from blowing up, using the best literary
devices he could fashion, consistent with what he knew or
On October 3, there was a sequence of postings on the NYT
Missile Defense forum - and all the NYT forums were closed
down thereafter for four days. I was cut off sometime less
than an hour after I posted this:
" it is now technically easy to shoot
down every winged aircraft the US has, or can expect to
build - to detect every submarine - and to sink every
surface ship within 500 miles of land - the technology for
doing this is basic - and I see neither technical nor
- and the disclosure and some connected circumstances are
discussed, with links, at http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?13@@.ee9b7ef/278
. Suppose that the technical work is just something I did to
support my story. I could accept that as a government
determination - if it was clear.
I could live with a stable fiction - and so could other
seems coherent enough, it is from a while ago, and in includes
" How, given the rules of security laws,
and my particular circumstances, am I to live my life? How
can I practice any ordinary profession, or talk extensively
to anyone - in the ordinary, day-to-day manner people
" How can I do these ordinary things -
without putting both myself and others at risk?
A certificate of non-involvement, from the government,
could serve my needs very well - and the government has known
that for a long time now.
2064 contains some interesting references - whatever anyone
may think of me:
. Secrecy The American Experience by
Daniel Patrick Moynihan , with and introduction by Richard
Gid Powers, Yale Press, 1998.
New Details Emerge From the Einstein Files By DENNIS
I think a response from the government that reflected what
really happened would be best - but a stable fiction - that
could be used administratively - would work for me - and would
work for the people who I'd need to work with.
This thread output is as it is, for instance - and it seems
to have met high enough standards to elicit the fine work of
When I last talked to Casey - we both knew that "coming in"
would be complicated - but we also felt that - given a face to
face hearing - the NYT could easily and quietly sort the
problem out. That turned out to be wrong. When it turned out
to be wrong - I did the best I could to keep faith.
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