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¬óno 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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