Advanced Weather Satelite System - US GOVT

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Advanced Weather Satelite System - US GOVT

Postby craigperth » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:47 pm

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Narelle Towie, science and environment writer

August 19, 2008 02:00pm

A US military satellite base, secretly planned for Geraldton, will increase the risk of terrorist attacks on the region, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam warns.
A highly advanced weather satellite system to collect global environmental conditions has until now been kept secret from State and local governments, the WA Greens member said.

Information about the base was made public after documents form the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s office were obtained by an Eastern states news team.

If built, the weather system will become the third US site housed in WA, alongside a spy base and a military communications centre.

“These things are done under the cover of darkness and the community are generally the last ones to find out,” Senator Ludlam said.

“The mid-west coast of Western Australia is fast becoming a significant military installation, with facilities that will enable the US military and its allies to coordinate air strikes and military manoeuvres in the Middle East and Asia being built near the existing Australian Defence Signals Directorate.”

The plan is to build an array of satellites that will collect and dispense data on all types of weather and atmosphere systems across the planet as part of the US national polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system.

This information will be available to a range of countries however the Senator warns that it could also be used to deny environmental data to those forces not allied to the US.

“This is the wrong time to be upping the ante on military ties with the US,” Senator Ludlam said.

"We are very much into the idea of large American military bases sprouting without a word of consultation to the local people when the security challenges we face aren't military, they are environmental and economic."

Senator Ludlam believes the ground station could be better used to collect valuable climate change data to fight environmental security challenges rather than other nations.
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