Disarming America, in More Ways Than One

Assigned Reading: White House to Abandon Spy Satellite Program
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal)

Okay, then. After the next hurricane devastates a metro area like New Orleans, we should be assured that the Obama administration receive blame. It won’t matter, after all, whether or not they sent water in time, or whether or not everyone was evacuated in time — by eliminating a spy satellite program intended for use partly with regard to natural disasters, this administration simply did not use every tool possible to keep American people safe.

George W. Bush, of course, received all sorts of flak because of the response to Hurricane Katrina, even though it was largely the failure of Ray “Evacuation Expert” Nagin and veritable geniuses on the state level. Unless I’m wrong, this satellite program was launched partially in response to the response to Katrina. Now, because of a political decision, because our friends on the left consider it to abridge that fictional Right to Privacy, we take an important arrow out of our quiver when it comes to dealing with disasters natural and, to quote Janet Napolitano, “man-made.”

It’s almost as if the administration made the decision to eliminate seat belts from the new offerings from Government Motors, citing possible injuries from tensioners and the increasing cost of buckle materials we now have to import because businesses went overseas to escape cap-and-trade regulations, and then complained about the increased possibility of death in collisions.

If we have a weapon to use which has passed legal muster and will protect America and Americans from natural disasters and terrorism alike, we should use it. Instead, this is just another example of Democrats putting party before country.




    Built 8 feet below sea level in a hurricane alley. Just move. Save that precious satellite time for intelligence.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don't worry, they haven't given up spying on us. The Pentagon has purchased DARPA blimps that hover at about 65,000 ft above us and 25 times larger than the Goodyear blimp.

    Story here:

    And, then there's always Google Earth.

  3. Gail B says:

    I don't know where to put this question for y'all to respond.

    Has anyone else besides me thought about the fact that the other side of the world may be getting a bit tired of their countries, towns, villages, airports, etc., being blown up and think that it's about time for the United States to see how it feels?

    Our borders are wide open. The Mexicans want to take back the southwestern part of the United States; Obama/Soetoro is welcoming Islamic Muslims; real terrorists are being released to come and go as they please from Gitmo; ACORN and Company is being used to form substitute government departments; czars are in place who are answerable only to Obama/Soetoro; everybody knows that Obama/Soetoro cannot be a natural-born citizen; conservatives are not happy with the rush to Communism; and everything is in place to declare martial law.

    Does anyone else see a problem on the horizon for us?

  4. Chuck in San Diego says:

    There has been a significant jump in the ability of commercial satellite companies to match the capabilities of U.S. Government run programs – but at a much lower cost. Commercial companies normally need to make a profit to stay in business – something the government is innately unable to fathom. Pre-negotiated pricing and priority contracts have been in place for several years between the U.S. Government and several U.S. based commercial firms to acquire unclassified satellite imagery. President Bush's national security policy directed the government to buy as much commercial imagery as possible to help the companies withstand competition from subsidized foreign satellite companies. Normally imagery collected from U.S. national satellite assets is classified. The processes to declassify this imagery causes time delays when derived information is needed quickly. This is not true with commercial imagery. I also believe that this decision averts any potential legal problems with Department of Defense assets being used domestic intelligence/data collection – and this is a totally separate issue from the Patriot Act.

    I am not one to easily give credit to Obama's administration, but I feel that this particular decision is fiscally correct.

  5. Chuck in San Diego says:

    To Anonymous @ 12:53PM,

    Don't sneer at Google Earth (GE) so quickly. It's been in use with the U.S. military and other agencies for several years.


    It's actually another fiscally smart way to go. The GE client interface is well known and easy to use. Plus it's FREE. Not so with the server and the data side.

  6. Gail B says:

    Chuck in San Diego, I was waiting for something like this.

    This regime doesn't give a tinker's dam about the American people or whether we're paying too much for anything. Proof: The stimulus package has run our national debt into the center of the earth. Cost of living is rising rapidly; businesses are being punished for making a profit (and thus run out of the country); SEVEN MILLION jobs have been lost since Obama moved into the White House; and states are having to raise taxes (remember Maryland?); and nobody is making more than (s)he did before Obama and his comrades undertook the job of wrecking our economy.

    It has been my observation, that when the government took over something under the guise of looking out for the people, it gave it the opportunity to establish additional CONTROL down the line.

    This regime is ALL ABOUT CONTROL. It's not interested in anything else.

    Tell me just one area (I won't be greedy) where the government has made any improvement in our economy or quality of life.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Chuck in San Diego,

    I wasn't sneering at Google Earth. I was saying what you said, only in fewer words. I know Goggle has been at White House meetings for a while now.

    Thanks for the insight on cost control with the use of private satellites. I knew they weren't giving up spying on us, but the announcement wasn't clear on their intentions.

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