Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Given the insinuations flying about the cutting of Iran's underwater communications cables, I find Russia's accusations that the US is target practicing for satellite destruction to be quite interesting.
The current US gov has complained an awful lot about the media.
Which I find connects to dancing-loon's question about the security in outerspace.
• China has been testing their own technology for shooting down satellites, which the US has been moaning about for a while.
• The US uses the media for the entire world to know that they have a spy satellite that requires destruction because it became faulty and poses a risk to people living back on earth and have been quickly testing previous technology to pretty much match what China has been working on.
Now hypothetically what would occur if the US just all of a sudden went "Whoops!" and missed their so-called satellite and made contact with another satellite in orbit.... possibly another country's like Russia or China? The US could of course use their media blabbing as defense, and basically claim it was an accident.
But come to think about it.... when was the last time the US ever mentioned anything in regards to their spying technology or tactics in the media unless forced?
In my experience reading news in the past, this sort of situation would have never been mentioned, as most wouldn't have been aware of it in the first place and US officials wouldn't mention anything unless something got screwed up and was made known.
A perfect example of this would be that time when a bomber shipped nukes across the US by accident:
Air Force admits nukes flown over U.S. was 'unacceptable mistake'
...... After arriving at Barksdale, the B-52 sat on a runway for hours with the missiles before the breach was realized — meaning a total of 36 hours passed before the missiles were properly secured, officials said.
The Air Combat Command ordered a command-wide stand-down — instituted base by base and completed Sept. 14 — to set aside time for personnel to review procedures, officials said.
The incident was so serious that it required President George W. Bush and Gates to be quickly informed.
Wynne prefaced his remarks about the B-52 incident by saying that in publicly confirming that nuclear weapons were involved he had authorized a one-time exception to U.S. policy, which states that the location of nuclear weapons will never be confirmed publicly. He said he made the exception because of the seriousness of the episode and its importance to the nation.
Or because of the situation and how many troops, bases and the concern level of such a situation which occured, it wouldn't have been kept secret to begin with, so they attempted to PR it....... Another Whoops. But see, nobody heard about it until it was all said and done. They could have gone off, they could have been stolen/smuggled by who knows for whatever reason, and pretty much could have been a very big blunder (Which is was) which could have smacked them in the arse if they tried to cover it up anymore then what they had.
By the way the 6 missles were supposed to be sent for decommissioning, but were supposed to be disarmed first..... which they wern't... which was the big stink. Which means that 6 armed nuclear missles flew across the US from North Dakota to Louisiana, so anything in between here and there could have happened.
But back on topic, if the US somehow threatens China or Russia more so then what has already been occuring, and "Accidentally" shoots down the wrong satellite, then obviously they will respond in kind, and the security of outerspace and the technology we hold dear to everyday will be at risk.
Last edited by Praxius; Feb 20th, 2008 at 03:17 PM..