Kesha Rogers: Death From the Skies, or Strategic Defense of Earth?
February 24, 2013 • 9:24AM

A PDF, with supporting material for this statement, can be found here.

The surprise explosion of the asteroid over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013, while all eyes were focused on the simultaneous flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14, is a clear warning to all thinking patriots: President Obama's destruction of NASA's capabilities to defend Earth from such space-based threats leaves the nation exposed to the extinction threat such asteroids represent. It's no coincidence that the same president who wantonly kills Americans with drones and declares criminal banks "too big to jail" also has no policy to prevent the destruction of human life from asteroids. The universe has given us a warning to fully unleash NASA, while we still can.

The asteroid that impacted over Russia was about 17 meters in diameter, and traveling at approximately 40,000 mph it exploded with as much energy as 500 kilotons of TNT, 30 times more than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Over 1,000 people were injured, but luckily no one was killed. If this asteroid had been just a little bigger it would have been a tragedy, rather than a warning. Asteroids the size of 2012 DA14, about twice the diameter of the one that hit Russia, would explode with energy levels approaching the largest thermonuclear warheads ever built, and could flatten any city. Although NASA has been tasked by Congress since 2005 to discover and map 90% of potentially hazardous asteroids greater than 140 meters in diameter, they have not been given the funding and resources they need to accomplish this task, and they are not even being told to find the smaller asteroids. Beyond simply finding these asteroids, we still have no program to stop one from hitting the Earth. This is not the fault of NASA, this is the result of decades of bad policies, and the presidency of Obama has made the situation even much worse, by systematically gutting the heart of NASA, the manned space program. Under Obama, the United States will never be able to truly defend the Earth from these threats. Current estimates are that less than 0.1% of asteroids these sizes have been found, which means that another could crash with a thermonuclear force anywhere on Earth, without warning. An impact in a major city would kill hundreds of thousands, and possibly disrupt the entire world economy. It could happen tomorrow, it could happen 10 years from now, but as every space scientist will tell you, this is not a question of if it will happen, but when.

While such population reduction is in league with the bankrupt financier oligarchy whom Obama patriotically serves, there are rational policies to be adopted by the non-insane, in the Strategic Defense of Earth. March 23, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of President Reagan adopting Lyndon LaRouche's science driver program for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Had this array of defensive laser beam satellite systems, in coordination with a robust manned space exploration program, been followed through, not only would nuclear war be obsolete, but the world would likely have been able to prevent this asteroid from ever hitting Russia. In the fall of 2011, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin proposed that the United States cooperate with Russia in developing a system to defend the Earth from these asteroid and comet threats. Following the impact over Russia on Friday, an entire array of Russian officials have echoed this proposal for a joint U.S.-Russia planetary defense program. The White House remains silent, with no response to these proposals, and, as of this writing, not even any response or recognition that an asteroid just struck the Earth. Such obviously indispensable programs will not happen until we throw Obama out of office.

With Obama out of the way, a space oriented international effort in the defense of Earth can play a crucial part of an recovery program for the planet. This will require that we end the hyperinflationary bailouts by restoring the Glass-Steagall protections of commercial banks, and reclaim our Constitutional sovereignty over the power to issue regulated federal credit funding such programs. Under this new economic, programs like NAWAPA, and the unleashing of NASA for both defense and exploration, will be the drivers of an economic revival of the type this nation hasn't seen since the time of FDR. This is your prerogative as a patriot of your nation and humanity.