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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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- 08:21am Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2591
I do hope that, one way or another, a channel can be established
where I can communicate with the U.S. government, face to face, on
matters of defense and diplomacy. Bill Casey worked me very hard,
and I've spent a large fraction of my life thinking about fights.
Cleanly executing fights. Clean termination of fights.
Avoidance of fights, in ways that are comfortable and stable.
End games after ugly, messy fights.
I have been arguing on this thread for interdiction of weapons
of mass destruction, which can work, rather than missile defense,
which cannot reasonably be expected to. I've been doing so since
September 25, 2000.
Some of the information I know about interdiction theory,
conflict theory, and the resolution of conflicts may be well
conveyed in public channels. But that is not the best way to convey
all of it. Some would be better handled on a confidential basis -
with some communication face to face. If our "system" is so
inflexible that that is impossible, it is a shame, and should be a
warning to any of us who worry about the security of the United
My guess is that if people in the administration knew some of the
things I knew, and understood some of the things I've worked hard,
over a long time, to understand, they could fashion cleaner, neater,
safer, cheaper, more beautiful patterns of interdiction -- that
would work if they had to be used - - and that might function in
ways that eliminated risk, without their having to be used.
In the mean time, I'm having to take steps to become, in
manj's phrase -- "completely unshackled." So that I can work,
and live, and be of more use to myself and perhaps to others.
For example, soon I'll be calling somebody in the Congress
concerned with the Crusader matter. MD2556 rshow55
6/15/02 8:28pm .... MD2554 rshow55
- 08:26am Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2592
Very important posts:
- 10:37am Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2593
Is BIG~OIL BIG~BROTHER?
- 10:58am Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2594
physicists in Australia have successfully
teleported a laser beam of light from one spot to
another in a split second http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/story/0,9865,739108,00.html
- 12:45pm Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2595
A very exciting one.
- 01:07pm Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2596
Isn't Democracy Worth It? By BOB HERBERT http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/17/opinion/17HERB.html
"Freedom comes with a heavy price tag. Ben
Franklin said in 1755, "Those who would give up essential
liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither
liberty nor safety."
Deserving aside, "purchasing" safety at the price of tyranny may
be not only a bad trade - but a trade that puts all concerned at
much more danger. In a complicated world, a community where
people and organizations can and do communicate
clearly can have much more effective ACTIVE defenses than tyranny
Clarity and openness can be not only freer, but MUCH safer.
Clear's Safer rshowalter
"Science News Poetry" 2/14/01 7:18am
The Bush administration, emphasizing closing off of communication
- is moving us in the direction of tyranny, paralysis, and
vulnerability . We deserve better - and better can be
Bill Casey knew about the virtues of secrecy, but the advantages
of openness, too. Where that man could get with a phone call or two!
He was a powerful citizen in that way. We'd be safer in this country
if MOST American were powerful in that sense - able to network in a
society that worked.
The safest America would be one that "the average reader of The
New York Times" would approve of, be proud of, and feel at home
with. And if there was a concern - discussion of some adjustments
would only be a phone call away.
- 01:17pm Jun 17, 2002 EST (#2597
Ibsen - would have thought about this - and constructed a
play, with impact, to enlighten. Does the USA today have any
creative playwrites capable of harnessing an entire population to
If only the KING
were still around to focus attention via words and music!
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