49) The Dark Side Of NASA

The space race was a series of competitive technology demonstrations between the United States and the Soviet Union…the development of rockets and…the advancements made within each national space program were inexorably tied to the development of nuclear weapons.

I am not ignoring the need to defend ourselves against determined adversaries.That’s my point.
I well remember being a young child in the early 60’s, caught out in the open in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when the sirens blared out the Cuban nuclear bomb warning. I was terrified as I raced home to get under shelter.

I remember being an impressionable teenager in the late 60’s reading about America’s battles in Viet Nam war on the front page of the newspaper every day. And then we lost to the Communists.

Can you possibly get out of your own mind and life and times and consider how much Communism influenced American emotions in both leadership and civilians desperate to feel safe in the immediate aftermath of the most terrifying war in history during which massively destructive weapons were developed?

The aftermath of World War II saw much of Europe devastated in a way that is now difficult to envision. Approximately 36.5 million Europeans had died in the conflict, 19 million of them civilians.

Refugee camps and rationing dominated daily life. In some areas, infant mortality rates were one in four. Millions of orphans wandered the burnt-out shells of former metropolises. In the German city of Hamburg alone, half a million people were homeless.


In addition, Communists aided by the Soviet Union were threatening elected governments across Europe. In February 1948, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, with covert backing from the Soviet Union, overthrew the democratically elected government in that country.

The Soviet Supreme leader was an incredibly ambitious man and hoped to expand the Soviet Empire, after the defeat of the Third Reich and the Empire of Japan. Stalin sought to achieve four specific objectives. After the calamity of World War Two, he wanted to ensure the security of the Soviet Union, the expansion of Communism beyond the Soviet Union, secure his position in world affairs and create of a Soviet empire. As he set out to secure each of these goals in the wake of World War two, he laid the foundations for the Cold War.

rediceberg_cvr_510A  Blueprint for World War III: NATO’s Plan to Crush the Soviet Union in Battle

Even before the guns fell silent in Europe in 1945, it became apparent to American and British planners that the Soviet Union would hold a massive advantage in land power along the Central front. In the early post-war years, Western planners hoped that nuclear weapons would keep the Soviets at bay. As the USSR’s own missile and nuclear programs accelerated, however, it became apparent that NATO (which came into existence in 1949) would need to come to some understanding of how to fight Warsaw Pact forces.

The Nuclear Option

During the 1950s and 1960s, NATO and the Warsaw Pact agreed about two things regarding combat on the Central front.

First, Warsaw Pact forces would quickly overrun NATO forces, achieving rates of advance across Western Europe that exceeded even those of World War II.

Second, both NATO and the Warsaw Pact would make plentiful use of tactical nuclear weapons, both to break up enemy formations and also to pave the way for advancing forces…

The newly formed US National Security Council releases NSC-68, a secret policy paper calling for massively increased military spending to counter the Soviet Union’s stated planned takeover of America along with the rest of the world, establishing a state of fear of a nuclear apocalypse and willingness to blindly fund secret spending by the Department of Defense, CIA, and National Security Agency.

1952 – the United States tests a nuclear weapon one thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb that had leveled Hiroshima, committing the United States to an arms race with the Soviet Union.

The Rise and Fall of Active Defense

The Yom Kippur War [1973] saw the first extensive use of precision-guided munitions in combat between conventional armies. The results were devastating…Active Defense envisioned funneling Soviet armored spearheads into semi-stationary blocking positions, where increasingly lethal precision-guided munitions would tear them to pieces.

The Rise of AirLand Battle

First published in 1982, and further developed in 1986, AirLand Battleenvisioned waves of attacks deep behind Warsaw Pact lines, targeting logistical and communications hubs. These attacks, using precision-guided munitions at stand-off ranges, would disrupt the guts of the Soviet offensive.

What do precision-guided munitions have to do with the space race?

Everything. Check out Google Earth on your cell phone.

Space is a battleground for dominance among major powers. About a fifth [if you can believe that low percetage] of all satellites belong to the military and are used for spying.

the Union of Concerned Scientists monitors satellite activity and…America’s 154 military satellites, and…others listed as “military / civil” or “military / government,”…means, if you count them all together, there are between 339 and 485 military satellites in total…

Russia is known to have 71 military satellites, and China 63.

How many in reality, who knows.

In the wake of the alarming Soviet Sputnik I launch in 1958, (from an American perspective), the United States of America (USA), under President Eisenhower, initiated the secret Corona satellite reconnaissance program managed jointly by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US Air Force (USAF). The program arose as a concerted response to several significant Soviet advances in space technologies, resulting in 1960, with the launch of the USA’s own first spy satellite whose first images of the Soviet Union weren’t declassified until as late as 1995. Besides Sputnik the Soviet Union launched over 500 Zenit military spy satellites between 1961-1994, under the name Kosmos, typically having a spherical re-entry capsule 2.3m in diameter and a mass of about 2400kg. In due course the US government launched its first commercial satellite, the ERTS-1 (Earth Resources Technology Satellite)- later renamed Landsat, the first of a long series of successful earth observation satellites, and it is upon the twin pillars of civilian earth observation and military reconnaissance that modern humanitarian satellite imaging stands. For the first time, satellite imagery became available for non-military use, but ground resolution, by comparison with military surveillance satellite imagery, was extremely poor.

The Cold War birthed a number of revolutionary technologies, themselves conceived during or prior to the Second World War, such as satellite imaging and satellite communications- wonders of an age used almost exclusively by competing military forces across the divide of the Iron Curtain. Environmentally relevant imagery of our planet taken by such intelligence satellites was then highly classified, and relatively few people had access to the imagery. Although satellites were developed and used for diverse civilian applications, such civilian satellites were initially ‘behind the curve’ of military developments. 

The Intelligence Community is made up of 18 elements that each focus on a different aspect of our common mission:

Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence and Command, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of State Office of Intelligence and Research, Department of Treasury Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Drug Enforcement Administration Intelligence Program, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Agency, Office of Naval Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence, U.S. Space Force.

The Intelligence Community’s mission is to collect, analyze, and deliver foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to America’s leaders so they can make sound decisions to protect our country. Our customers include the president, policy-makers, law enforcement, and the military.

Note, the public are not among their customers.

When the President needs the latest intelligence analysis, he reviews the President’s Daily Brief. When the public needs information, they can rely on the Public’s Daily Brief.

How much the public can “rely on” our version of intelligence news in real time for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth can be assessed by scanning the few declassified projects quoted above.

Follow the money – the one trail that never fails to bring us to the truth.


The global space economy, valued at around 44 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, includes a range of activities involved in the researching, exploring, and utilization of space.

In 2015 military spending, much of it secret, was budgeted at $59 billion.

Researchers will use NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to study Beta Pictoris, an intriguing young planetary system that sports at least two planets, a jumble of smaller, rocky bodies, and a dusty disk. Their goals include gaining a better understanding of the structures and properties of the dust to better interpret what is happening in the system. Since it’s only about 63 light-years away and chock full of dust, it appears bright in infrared light – and that means there is a lot of information for Webb to gather.

A debris disk, which includes comets, asteroids, rocks of various sizes, and plenty of dust, orbits the star Beta Pictoris, which is blocked at the center of this 2012 image by a coronagraph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
A debris disk, which includes comets, asteroids, rocks of various sizes, and plenty of dust, orbits the star Beta Pictoris, which is blocked at the center of this 2012 image by a coronagraph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the visible-light view of the system. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will view Beta Pictoris in infrared light, both using its coronagraphs and capturing data known as spectra to allow researchers to learn significantly more about the gas and dust in the debris disk, which includes lots of smaller bodies like exocomets.
Credits: NASA, ESA, and D. Apai and G. Schneider (University of Arizona)

Beta Pictoris is the target of several planned Webb observing programs,

All the problems on Earth today with federal government shutdowns from financial problems and the US is spending billions on these projects which are, at best, wildly speculative about a Big Bang Theory that is known to be impossible?

I don’t think so.

These budgets are spent on applied science drawing warmongering governments into plundering their own peoples’ wages through taxation and other nations’ resources through war. Exactly like the Americans who seized Mexican Territory in the Mexican American War, the Americans who fought each other to gain ascendancy in the top world export industry of the late 19th century, exactly as President Eisenhower foretold, and exactly as America has been involved in permanently since WWII.

1945: U.S. forces landed within the present-day South Korea to accept the surrender of the Japanese, resulting in the current division of the Korean Peninsula.

1950: The Korean War is the first armed conflict in the global struggle between democracy and communism, called the Cold War.

1961-1973: The Vietnam War is the longest conflict the U.S. ever fought and the first war it lost.

1980’s: U.S. forces intervene in Grenada, Lebanon, Panama

1991: Gulf War between Kuwait and Iraq

1993: Somalia

1994: Haiti

1994-1995: Bosnia

1999: Kosovo

2001-2021: Afghanistan

2003-2010: Iraq

2011: Libya

2012-2019: ISIL

2017-Present: Syria

the American way of war is more and more defined by…control by domination and surveillance…

Obama expanded the “war on terror” to an awesome extent, while making it sustainable for a domestic audience…

The rise of the armed drone empire under Obama’s watch was merely the symbol of the extension and expansion of endless war…

Later that year, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize …The premise of his Nobel lecture was that terrorism…was so new and threatening that it required thinking “in new ways…

“In many countries,” Obama remarked, “there is a deep…suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower…”

Obama’s policy called for engaging in targeted killing, not only by drone but also with the Special Forces or standoff missiles sent from long distances…

Special Forces operated in or moved through 138 nations – or 70% of all countries in the world – in Obama’s last year in office…

The world had reacted with horror when Bush’s national security strategy in 2002 had forthrightly claimed the need to engage in pre-emptive self-defence without any imminent threat…Obama also asserted the legality of doing it…

It’s been done before.

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