Ground-based mid-course 'missile defense' systems are now deployed in Alaska and California. Congress has called for studies to determine where an east coast deployment site could be located
There are various kinds of
'missile defense' (MD) systems now being tested.
The one with the very worst testing record is the
Ground-based Mid-course program. It is very
likely the most expensive of the MD programs
because of the sheer difficulty of trying to have
a bullet-hit-a-bullet in deep space at more than
15,000 mph. In the end the program is incredibly
destabilizing as the entire MD program is all
about being the shield to take out Russian or
Chinese retaliatory response after a Pentagon
first-strike attack on them. This stuff ain't
theoretical either as the Space Command annually
holds a computer war game to practice this very
kind of an attack. We see the miniature version
it being carried out by Israel in Gaza right
now. You might call the Gaza attack by Israel as
a field test of the Israel-US MD program.
The military industrial complex, and in particular the MD lobby, has been pushing Congress hard to deploy a US east coast interceptor site. The already bought-and-paid-for bunch in Washington has mandated that the Pentagon do a feasibility study to determine which of four states (Maine, New York, Michigan, Ohio) would be the best place to host the interceptor missile facility. Public hearings to work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) have been announced. They are listed below.
In the old days they'd have a public meeting where people were allowed to speak and hear from one another in the community. Now things have changed and they just do an information seminar with displays and pick people off one by one for feedback reducing the ability of citizens to communicate with one another. We could call it drowning democracy.
The timing of our Maine Peace Walk for a Sustainable Future (October 11-20) which will start in Rangeley (one of the sites in consideration for the base) could not be a more perfect fit. There will be three public hearings in Maine and I'll be working to get folks to attend and/or to write letters in opposition to the site. I hope folks in the other states under consideration will similarly respond. All US citizens should make comments - see info below for details.
28 July 2014
Continental United States Interceptor Site
Missile defense Agency
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires the MDA to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate possible additional locations in the U.S. best suited for future deployment of a Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS) capable of protecting the homeland against threats from nations, such as North Korea and Iran. The existing Ballistic Missile Defense System provides protection of the U.S. from a limited ballistic missile attack, and the Department of Defense has not made a decision to deploy or construct the CIS.