Re: Classified Satellite Elements

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Sat Mar 23 2002 - 18:53:47 EST

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    > Since some people here no longer seem to think there is a terrorist 
    > threat
    > (posting shuttle launch times), are they planning on providing 
    > elements for
    > classified satellites now?
    
    I'm sure any terrorist with internet access could extrapolate the most
    likely launch time for STS-110.  This may be a bit extreme, but it's like
    saying the Shuttle will launch the instant the sun sets, but NASA won't
    release that time.  A terrorist need only look it up in an astronomical
    almanac, or download an astronomical simulator program.
    
    Look.  The White House is a target, but the President's schedule is
    announced in advance.  Now compare that policy with Cape Canaveral.
    
    Although, some people in Congress had the idea pre-9/11 that when we
    reported observations of classified US satellites, we were compromising
    national security.  I wouldn't be surprised if they change their tone and
    direct it against announcing a launch time for NASA's Shuttle launch - a
    time NASA won't reveal.
    
    I personally recommend thoughtful, responsible actions.
    
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