Senator: Mystery Spy Project Dangerous
Four Democratic Senators have voiced their concerns that a new secret spy program is a threat to national defense. None of the AP's sources would say what it is though. The article makes some guesses:
The rare criticisms of a highly secretive project in such a public forum intrigued outside intelligence experts, who said the program was almost certainly a spy satellite system, perhaps with technology to destroy potential attackers. They cited tantalizing hints in Rockefeller's remarks, such as the program's enormous expense and its alleged danger to national security. A U.S. panel in 2001 described American defense and spy satellites as frighteningly vulnerable, saying technology to launch attacks in space was widely available. The study, by a commission whose members included Donald H. Rumsfeld prior to his appointment as defense secretary for Bush, concluded that the United States was "an attractive candidate for a Space Pearl Harbor." Sending even defensive satellite weapons into orbit could start an arms race in space, warned John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, who has studied anti-satellite weapons for more than three decades. Pike said other countries would inevitably demand proof that any weapons were only defensive.Perhaps a directed energy weapon, or some other form of space-based platform is in the works. Perhaps even some sophisticated eavesdropping technology. Here at TAOC, we believe it is likely a weapon if opposed by Democratic Senators. The internet is of course awash in various theories. Hereis one site offering some speculation about future weapons platforms. We make no comments on these whatsoever.