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Main Topic Should the US Put Weapons in Outer Space?

Late on a Friday afternoon before the long, Columbus Day weekend, the White House released the first updated space policy in 10 years. The Washington Post ran the story two days ago.  It was a stealthy move that brought a long-simmering debate back into the open. Should space be governed by international treaties, or should the US seize the moment to pre-empt an arms race that's all but inevitable? The Bush Administration insists it is not advocating weapons in space, but critics say the new policy is more belligerent than it should be. Others complain that it's not aggressive enough to take advantage of American superiority while there's still time. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
Nancy Gallagher, Assoc Research Dir at the Cntr for International & Security Affairs at the University of Maryland
Baker Spring, Research Fellow in National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation
Laura Grego, Astrophysicist/staff scientist in Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Everett Dolman, Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the US Airforce School of Advanced Air/Space Sutides

Making News Weller Convicted in Santa Monica Farmers Market Crash

Today, after more than a week of jury deliberation, 89 year-old George Russell Weller was convicted of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence.  Another 63 people were seriously injured when Weller drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market on July 16, 2003.  Attorneys for Weller, who faces up to 18 years in prison, say they will appeal.

Guests:
Matt Krasnowski, LA Correspondent for Copley News Service

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