Public comments needed on Pentagon Star Wars Plan - 4th Oct 2004|
The Bush administration's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is now calling for public comment on their Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Public comment is due by November 17, 2004. People from all countries are urged to send comments. (See below for details.)
The PEIS analyzes the potential impacts to the environment as MDA proposes to develop, test, deploy, and plan for their new Star Wars plan.
The PEIS considers three options:
Alternative 1, missile defenses without space-based weapons.
Alternative 2, missile defenses with space-based weapons.
Alternative 3, no action.
Conceptually, the Star Wars plan under review would be a layered system of weapons, sensors, Command & Control, Battle Management, and Communications; each with specific functional capabilities, working together to "defend" against all classes and ranges of threats in all phases of flight. Multiple "defensive" weapons would be used to create a layered system of multiple intercept capabilities.
Written comments regarding the PEIS should be sent to MDA BMDS PEIS, c/o ICF Consulting, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. 22031 or e-mailed to email@example.com by November 17, 2004. We encourage people who live outside the U.S. to also send comments.
The public is invited to attend any of these hearings to speak out publicly about the PEIS.
KEY POINTS TO MAKE: (Please use your own words)
1) This new Star Wars program as outlined in the PEIS will be destabilizing thus creating new momentum to move the deadly and dangerous arms race into the heavens. This will create more global instability.
2) Testing and deployment of weapons in space will create massive amounts of new space debris making the environment of space even more contaminated and thus unavailable for future space flight.
2) This new Star Wars plan will be extraordinarily expensive requiring massive cuts in health care, education, public services, and environmental clean-up.
3) The likely use of nuclear power for eventual space-based weapons would be an environmental disaster.
4) Space-based weapons, described in the PEIS as being "defensive", could easily serve an offensive purpose as outlined in the Space Command's Vision for 2020 that says the U.S. will "deny" other nations the use of space.
5) Toxic rocket exhaust pollution is now contaminating the Earth and punching a hole in the ozone layer. This plan would dramatically expand these polluting launches.
6) For all these reasons we support the "No Action Alternative."
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