Tue, 06 Apr 1999 8:46 -0400

     I think you are misinformed.
     The GPS test conducted off of the North Carolina coast involved 
     deliberate jamming of the GPS signal to characterize vulnreabilities.  
     Since jamming could make a civilian GPS receivers unreliable or even 
     temporarily inoperable, the Defense Department issued a warning about 
     the lack of availability of GPS in the area.  GPS was never turned 
     As far as hacking into DoD satellites, this is not likely.  Nothing is 
     totally impossible, but it would certainly be very difficult.
     Jeff Barker

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Subject: Re: OIG MESSAGE
Author: (Peter Bennett) at SMTPGATE
Date:    4/5/99 8:32 PM

The Pentagon are becoming more useless at keeping secrets as days go by. 
If you read all news stories, and get information from various sources, 
you can see that the Pentagon releases information, then does a complete 
backflip by releasing information they should released in the first place 
to attempt to keep something secret.
It seems that "sensitive satellites" really means satellites that can be 
hacked into.
I would suggest that within the next week or two a news story will be 
released trying to make people believe something they made up to hide the 
They released a news story claiming that they were turning off the GPS for 
people that are in North Carolina only. Explain how you could turn off the 
GPS system for one state only. They claimed that they wanted to train 
soldiers in navigating without the GPS to simulate a situation where the 
GPS failed.
Then a week or two later, we hear about the satellite that was hacked 
into. Then suddenly the TLE's are removed from public view for the GPS 
On Mon, 5 Apr 1999, Kevin Fetter wrote:
> Here is a message found on the oig web site regarding the removal of 
> certain satellite's.
> As the result of a joint request from USSPACCOM, NRO, Pentagon, and
> other sources some objects have been removed from the OIG systems.  This 
> request
> was approved by NASA HQ.  These objects were removed because they were 
> deemed to
> be "sensitive satellites".
> Kevin