Date: Fri, 12 Sep 97 22:05:54 CDT
From: rich@pencil (Rich Winkel)
Subject: FCPJ: Why we oppose U.S. military Policy in Space
One nation representing about 6% of the world's population claims
that it alone is military
master of space and by logical
extension of the earth below. It alone has the power to fight war
in space, from space and into space as General Ashly,
ex-Commander of the US Space Command, declared in a recent
interview. The world domination policy is carried out so that our
citizens can continue to consume (and waste) a disproportionate amount
(30-40%!) of the world's food, fiber, and energy
resources. Internally there is a growing gap between the rich and the
poor. Thus the U.S. appears on the world stage not as a benign Uncle
Sam but rather as a grotesque actor, equal parts glutton and bully.
The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 which the United States helped to draft
and signed along with more than 90 other countries affirms
common interest of all humankind in the exploration and use of outer
space for peaceful purposes and further states that
exploration and use of outer space . . . shall be carried out for the
benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their
degree of economic and scientific development, and shall be the
province of all (hu)mankind. There are other legal documents such
as the ABM Treaty (1972) and UN-sponsored guidelines on control of
national airspace that the U.S. violates by its current policies.
The shroud of secrecy ($30 billion secret budget) under which so much of this activity is carried out prevents individual citizens and their elected representatives from having a say in what is being done in their name. Spying on the unsuspecting citizens of foreign countries and in some cases on our own citizens opens the door to gross abuse of the right to privacy. On the individual level, thousands in our community sign secret oaths which isolate them from their families, friends, church members and citizens. Everyone agrees that excessive secrecy impedes personal friendships, free and open societies, and healthy church communities.
By defining 94% of the earth's inhabitants as our enemies or potential enemies, we trap ourselves in a national paranoia that demands that most of our research and the cream of our resources are constantly being poured into war preparations. We respond to national crisis with calls for more violence and repression instead of seeking creative alternatives. Every bomb left in a building or placed on an airplane accentuates the fear and adds to the cycle of violence and defensiveness. Every civilization that has acted in this manner has fallen from a combination of outside force and internal decay. For pragmatic reasons we should be making different choices.
Join a global effort to forge a sensible world environment plan to help conserve our fragile planet for future generations. As we downscale our military spending we will free up scientific and technological resources which can help in this effort.
Citizens for Peace in Space (CPIS)
PO Box 915
Tel (719) 389 0644