U.S. deploys new spy satellites?

— 12:01 AM on September 18, 2001

This CNN report raises curiosity about a mysterious Atlas rocket launch Saturday morning, the 8th. Folks who watch these kinds of things think the U.S. may be deploying a cluster of new spy satellites—no doubt to be used now for whatever's coming next from the U.S. military.

This little reminder of the weapons in the U.S. arsenal is interesting, especially the talk of a super-rifle capable launching 20mm shells up to a half-mile. Also fun: a 747-mounted high-energy laser "so accurate it can pick out and destroy an individual in a crowd 180 miles away without harming people around him."

Speaking of expensive weapons, here's the quotation of the year so far, from President Bush:

When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.
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