Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/26/cybernetics-and-trump
Yes, we are now claiming space to be American property and from there we can spy on and hack the systems of every country on earth – while playing the abused victim of “foreign interference.”
“That money includes funds for space research, satellites and launch services, space operations, and maintenance, and war-related satellites and space operations.”
Just another way to funnel treasury money into corporate hands, think Elon Musk, who’s fortunes have mostly come from taxpayer sources.
And no mention of the Outer Space Treaty, to which the USA is signatory, and which includes the following:
The exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind.
Outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all States without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.
There shall be freedom of scientific investigation in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, and States shall facilitate and encourage international co-operation in such investigation.
Outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.
States Parties to the Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner.
The Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used by all States Parties to the Treaty exclusively for peaceful purposes. The establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military maneuvers on celestial bodies shall be forbidden. The use of military personnel for scientific research or for any other peaceful purposes shall not be prohibited. The use of any equipment or facility necessary for peaceful exploration of the moon and other celestial bodies shall also not be prohibited.
Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism rears their ugly heads once again. Because we’re god’s Chosen People, we are destined to rule over Everything. Used to be just dominating Earth, but we’ve expanded it to the Solar System.
As for cybersystems…we’ve done it to ourselves. Without having redundancies built into the system(Plans B to D), the entire system is vulnerable, from the electric grid to military secrets. But backup plans are considered expensive, cutting into the bottom line. And, I may add, if a system goes down, it makes more situations to make more money as businesses scramble to fix the mess(Disaster Capitalism).
We’re still hairless, tail less monkeys incapable of planning for the future effects of new tools and eating our seed corn. There were cultures that didn’t implement new ideas or tools without considering the effect seven generations on. Now it’s instant maximum profit without sufficient backup plans. And McGyver was a fictional character…
I was rooting for the name “Storm Troopers” with the Star Wars white armor as their uniforms.
After all, they will soon be building the real Death Star to keep us all safe.