Should the US Put Weapons in Outer Space?
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For the first time in 10 years, the Bush Administration has
revised America's policy for outer space. Should the heavens be ruled by international treaty, or
should the US
seize the moment to pre-empt an inevitable arms race in space? Plus, increasing violence in Iraq, and human
remains have been found at Ground Zero five years later. What does New York City plan to do now?
New Human Remains Found at Ground Zero ()
New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg says city crews will go back to Ground Zero in search of human remains from September 11. On Wednesday, utility workers found remains as large as arm and leg bones near a site where victims' families meet yearly to read the names of their loved ones. Some 2749 people died in the attack on the World Trade Center and the search for remains went on for 9 months. Many have seen no evidence that their relatives died, in part because DNA was so damaged by heat, humidity and time. This week's discovery has created outrage.
- Greg B. Smith: Reporter for the New York Daily News
Iraqi Troops Regain Control of Amarah after Mahdi-Army Takeover ()
The southern Iraqi city of Amarah was taken over by the Mahdi Army today. Fifteen people were killed and 90 were wounded before the militia group handed control back to Iraqi soldiers. British forces are said to be standing by.
- Kirk Semple: Foreign Correspondent for the New York Times
President Bush's New National Space Policy ()
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.
- 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
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