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Friday, February 29, 2008

Shootdown of Spy Satellite suggests 'inability' to protect the Pentagon and recalls the Glomar Explorer - CIA Project Jennifer

Last week, the military shot down a 5,000-20,000 pound cold satellite the size of a small bus, traveling at 17,000 miles per hour, 130 miles above the earth's surface.

How large is a small bus? Maybe 50 feet long x 12 feet high x 10 feet wide.

How large is a 757-300 Jet? 178.5 feet long x 44.5 feet high x 124 feet wide. Its' weight: over 200,000 pounds.

This is a much larger, closer, hotter, and slower target than the dead spy satellite that we managed to take out into football sized pieces in outer space.

In eight years of testing, warships equipped with Aegis radar systems have hit 12 targets in 14 Pacific Ocean attempts, compiling a better record than the costlier land-based system of interceptor missiles in Alaska and California.

But the task of bringing down the satellite will be much harder, Navy officials warned. The satellite is traveling faster, higher and, perhaps most important, colder than the enemy missiles the system was built to hit.

"We're looking at a cold body in space, a body that has been shut down for some time, and so it doesn't have the traditional heating that a ballistic missile has," said a Navy official, noting that heat is one of the primary ways an interceptor finds its target.

"I’ve done a whole bunch of these" missile launches, the fire controlman Jackson said in a telephone interview Thursday from aboard the USS Lake Erie.

The US Navy modified a Standard Missile 3 to be launched from an Aegis destroyer - usually part of the US Missile Defense System designed to intercept ballistic missiles.

Gen Cartwright said they planned to have one missile shot, but there would be three missiles available on three ships.

Clearly, there are anti-missile systems in place over decades of a missile standoff with the USSR since the 1960s.

A plane, as we learn in physics class, is a large slow winged missile. Joseph Kennedy, Jr., President John Kennedy's older brother, used his plane as a missile in World War II, taking out German missile batteries, killing him in action. Condoleeza Rice' National Security Adviser statement that 'no one could envision planes being used as missiles' in 2001 was either disingenuous or incompetent, especially since the G8 summit a few months before protected the President against such attacks, and there were foiled attacks using planes against the CIA headquarters and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, on September 10, 2001, there were anti-missile batteries emplaced on the hotel where President Bush stayed in Long Boat Key, Florida.

How fast was this 757 model jet going when it hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01? About 600 miles per hour, and it was known to be off-flight-track during a period of hijackings for over an hour since the first plane hit North Tower One in NYC.

Planes emit heat and are vulnerable to heat seeking missiles.

According to Transportation Secretary Norman Minetta, VP Cheney was being briefed on this plane's progress as it approached D.C., and that he reiterated to military personnel that 'the order still stands.'

Based on my counts about 30 various scheduled and rescheduled to that day of military exercises on 9/11/01, these could have affected US defense of Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and NYC that day. The dismissals that the many wargames that date didn't affect defense seems disingenuous or nefarious.

It seems strange that we can shoot a satellite at orbital speeds in space out of commission, but we cannot protect the Pentagon from an errant passenger jet, and it warrants further investigation by experts, not politically connected 'historical narrators.'

Here's video if you like.

When I was younger, the Hughes Glomar Explorer was touted as a deep sea mining vessel, mining nodules of manganese from the bottom of the sea. It turns out that Hughes was actually working for the CIA's Project Jennifer to recover a Soviet Sub that was on the bottom of the sea.

This missile shot reminds me a bit of the Glomar Explorer cover story, and it reminds me of the possibilities of technology for defense, yet our national capitols were left unprotected on 9/11/01 -- despite a multi-trillion dollar military larger than the rest of the world's combined militaries...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bloomberg Bows Out of Prez Race 2008

I love Bloomberg.

He is possibly the greatest Mayor of NYC - except for his troubling NYPD Commissioner. Police Brutality under Ray Kelly, from the Bell shooting, the RNC abuses, arresting children in schools, and the continuing silly persecution of bicycle activists mars his administration and troubled me about him being President.

Bloomberg would make a great Secretary of Health Education and Welfare, HUD, or EPA -- or all of them at once. Just keep him and Kelly away from Homeland Security or Justice.

I don't see him as a VP. A bossy guy (with the present company excluded) doesn't thrive in that position.

And Obama needs a General as VP to bone up his international and military and patriotic bona fides.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Secret Service Doesn't Screen All Attendees for Weapons at Obama Rallies

Obama rallies, and based on some the 550 comments this article has gotten from 2/21 to today (2/24), in Texas and across much of the nation don't have full crowd screening for weapons. The Secret Service said that the security in Dallas was the same for Obama as usual.

Two hours before the event starts people go through magnetometers and have their bags checked for weapons, but an hour before the events, as the lines grow around the block, the searches are called off and the magnetometers are put away.

In the instance of Dallas, this stand-down happened because the crowd of 17,000 'seemed friendly.'

It is frightening to think that a sharpshooter with a smiley face just has to be a little early or late to an Obama rally to get in with a weapon.

I don't understand how 50,000 in Yankee Stadium can be prohibited from bringing in bags, with each attendee getting pat down and wanded, while nearly 70,000 go through this for Giants games at the Meadowlands. And those games start on time.

It seems that the local security is tighter for Yankee games so that we have to buy $5 waters and $8 beers, while blowing up a bunch of fans and players.

Maybe our nation should value a visionary leader like Obama more than beverages, millionaire ball players, peanuts and crackerjacks.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dallas Police Told to Stand Down on Obama Security by Secret Service

This item is interesting and troubling from today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram of Texas:

Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.

The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security.

Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department's homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order -- apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service -- was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena's vacant seats before Obama came on.

"Sure," said Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a "friendly crowd."

The Secret Service did not return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.

Doors opened to the public at 10 a.m., and for the first hour security officers scanned each person who came in and checked their belongings in a process that kept movement of the long lines at a crawl. Then, about 11 a.m., an order came down to allow the people in without being checked.

Several Dallas police officers said it worried them that the arena was packed with people who got in without even a cursory inspection.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event.

"How can you not be concerned in this day and age," said one policeman.

Barack's team and the Democrats should be providing their own security on top of local police and the Secret Service.

JFK had no idea that the Secret Service stood down and stood down the Police when he visited Dallas his last visit there, nor that the motorcade slowed down before the overpass, or that the agents stepped away from his vehicle. He was entrapped.

There is no way Obama or the Democrats should allow anyone to protect him more than their own forces.

To wit, I don't understand how 70,000 people are screened to go into Giants Stadium or 50,000 into Yankee Stadium, with those games happening on time with packed seats, yet in Dallas they can't seem to screen 17,000.

I've long been worried about Obama's safety since he started front-running on a charismatic 'change and stop the war' platform.

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