Back to Main Page

Oh, This Satellite!
The New York Times, January 17, 1994

"An elaborate satellite system created to help fight a long
nuclear war with the Soviet Union is being prepared for launch
next month, even as questions mount in Congress about its cost
and need, given the diminished prospects for such a conflict.

"Built to act as a space-based brain for nuclear war, the
Milstar system would be a global switchboard_a network of
satellites to relay military commands long after Washington
and the Pentagon were destroyed in battle. It would also be
one of the most expensive projects in the Pentagon's history.

"Designed to allow the United States forces to endure a
six-month nuclear Armageddon, it has already survived attempts
by the Air Force to eliminate it to save money.

"The first Milstar launch is scheduled for February 5th from
Cape Kennedy, Florida.

"Although many of Milstar's abilities remain secret, the
original goals for the system included the ability to retreat
from an orbit of 23,300 miles to a deep-space orbit of 110,000
miles to evade potential attackers; the ability to shield
itself from nuclear explosions, including the electromagnetic
pulse, a tidal wave of charged electrons that could devastate
the nation's electronic circuits; and the ability to foil
enemy effort to jam their messages.

"Eric DeRitis, a Lockheed spokesman, said, 'There is no
satellite system that can do what's slated for this system.'
But Pentagon officials acknowledge that it will take years,
and a large-scale war, before they know if Milstar can do what
it was designed to do."



EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Executive Orders, already signed into law, will take away all
citizens' rights. These orders can be placed into effect at
any second for any reason by the President alone, without the
consent of Congress or the Supreme Court. Here they are:

EO 10995: Provides for control of all communications media.

EO 10997: Provides for control of all electric power, fuels
and minerals.

EO 10998: Provides for control of all food resources, farms,
processing plants, etc.

EO 10999: Provides For control of all transportation,
highways, seaports, etc.

EO 11000: Provides for mobilization of all civilians into work
brigades under federal supervision.

EO 11001: Provides control of all Health, Education and
Welfare.

EO 11002: Designates the Postmaster General to conduct
nationwide registration of all citizens.

EO 11003: Provides for control of all commercial, civil and
private airplanes.

EO 11004: Provides for relocation of any populations.

EO 11005: Provides for control of railroads, waterways and
public storage facilities.

EO 11490: Combines all of the above into a single Presidential
Order (by former President Nixon). A declaration of National
Emergency would put any or all into effect immediately.

This information is provided as a public service, but we cannot guarantee that the information is current or accurate. Readers should verify the information before acting on it.