AABCC Press Releases 18 December 2002

"Missile Defence" is really space warfare

"This is the worst possible Christmas present President Bush could have given our troubled world. If the U.S. is allowed to move the arms race into space, there will be no return. Ultimately there will be war in space," says Dr Hannah Middleton, Stop Star Wars campaigner with the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign.

"President Bush's plan to deploy a missile defence system is a Trojan horse for the real objectives of the U.S. space military program. This has never been about defence. It's always been about dominating space, about the U.S. being the master of space.

"Missile defence has been the "spin" for the space military program because 'defence' is an acceptable concept for public consumption," Dr Middleton says.

As well as Great Britain, Denmark and Greenland, which have been asked to assist, Pine Gap, the "joint" US-Australian military base outside Alice Springs, will be critical to the US missile defence system.

"This make us complicit in US military plans to turn space into new arena of war and is another reason why the peace movement here in Australia as well as internationally are so angered by President Bush's announcement," Hannah Middleton says.

Vision For 2020, a U.S. Space Command report, compares the U.S. effort to control space and the Earth below to how centuries ago "nations built navies to protect and enhance their commercial interests" by ruling the seas.

The opening page of Vision for 2020 proclaims the U.S. Space Command's mission of "dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment."

Denis Doherty, National Co-ordinator of the Anti-Bases Campaign, points out: "The space missile program is also a US Government bail out for the ailing aerospace industry.

"Missile defense is especially important to Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon as a medium-to-long term source of revenue and profits.

"This is corporate greed on a global scale."

For further information please contact:

Dr Hannah Middleton 0418 290 663

Denis Doherty 0418 290 663