secret satellite?

From: Theresa Hitchens (
Date: Thu Dec 09 2004 - 13:09:54 EST

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    Dear All,
    This may a bit sideways of topic but I thought some of you would be
    interested in it. While the speculation in the story is that this may be a
    new "killer" satellite network, it is also quite possible that they are
    simply talking about NRO's planned Future Imagery Architecture network,
    which has been in budgetary and technical trouble for some time. I am
    sending only portions of the story, which is available on the LATimes and
    Kansas City Star websites. 
    Lawmaker says mystery spy project 'dangerous to national security' 
    By Katherine Pfleger Shrader, Associated Press, 12/9/2004 03:07
    Tucked inside Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending is a
    highly classified and expensive spy program that drew exceptional criticism
    from leading Democrats. 
    In an unusually public rebuke of a secret government project, Sen. Jay
    Rockefeller of West Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence
    Committee, complained Wednesday that the program was ''totally unjustified
    and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security.''
    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. .................
    Sending even defensive satellite weapons into orbit could start an arms race
    in space, warned John Pike, a defense analyst with, 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. ........
    Another expert agreed. ''It's hard to think of most any satellite program,
    at least the standard ones, as dangerous to national security,'' said
    Jeffrey T. Richelson, who wrote a highly regarded book about CIA technology
    in 2001. 
    Theresa Hitchens
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