1. Anonymous says:

    â€What, is Osama going to go into space as a â€space tourist†and pull the plug on Direct TV’s satellitesâ€

    I think the accepted form of space-tourist espionage is to whack a golf ball at a satellite. Let’s hope some of those satellites are keeping an eye on Al Quaida training camps so we can see when they install driving ranges.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another sign of Bushian Caligulitis fulminens? Anyway, redickalusth enough in the terms Joseph put it that it ought to slap into shape a few more marginal kool-aid drinkers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ’Because of the TERRORISTS!’ has become a convenient battle cry for obtaining anything Bush/Cheney want. And to be able to classify it under â€state secrets†makes it that much harder for the People to participate the discussion. Thus fewer roadblocks to overcome if you are Bush/Cheney. Why wouldn’t the Bush Administration mention terrorists and militarization of space in the same sentence?

    I hope the Democrats buy up all the satellite firms and laser technologies before the Republicans.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There is a list of some of the many satellites in the region in the entertainment business. The Arab world likes television; Egypt is especially renowned for producing video and owning a network of satellites to broadcast it. It is too long since I kept current of the news there. And the security side of it is likely more of what we are likely to see in the next 2 years from the lameducks. I wonder if Ockham has worked on space gear.
    Also, re: another thread.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of targeting our economy, do we know who sold United and American airlines short? If not, why not? If yes, why haven’t we been told?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Brian: no we don’t â€know.†But I’ll give you 3 guesses, and the first two should be â€Mossad and anyone they told about the 9/11 plot†and â€Everyone in the House of Saud.â€

    And EW: you are posting like CRAZY lately! good to have you back. Can’t wait to see what you have to say about Fitzgerald’s latest.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Satellites wander around on their own, much to the earthlings dismay. In the time I’ve been watching weather to better race to Hawaii, GOES 7-10 have wandered from their appointed positions. Sun flares are said to be the reason, although some spectulate solar wind is the culprit. Does not really matter which is true, just that people realize that parking a satellite is not the same as parking your car in the garage. There are a given number of slots available, and actually, some engineers have mentioned that they actually hope some sats will go out of their position so that newer, more high tech versions can be launched.

    The crux of this â€terrorists threaten our sats†business is another relic exhumed from the sainted Reagan reliquary i.e. the ’star wars defense system’, and it is business pure and simple, the military barganing for marketshare of the U.S. Treasury, this kind of thing is how they keep score when they aren’t having a full blown war. The military is hoping that in paying for the livelihoods of the engineers at Sandia Labs and other places, enough people will be bought off to allow this to go through.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Maybe you failed to realize that protecting our space programs from terrorists include protecting our ground stations as well as our on-orbit systems. Are terrorists going to jam or blind our satellites–probably not, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t go after ground stations.