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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: aireps@gmx.net (Frits Westra) Originally from: Aftergood, Steven Original Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/03/02 Original
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      Forwarded by: aireps@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: "Aftergood, Steven" <saftergood@...>
      Original Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/03/02
      Original Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 11:31:40 -0500

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      >from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
      Volume 2002, Issue No. 27
      April 3, 2002

      nasa shuttle secrecy: a work in progress

      The utility of the new NASA policy of keeping the Space Shuttle launch
      time a secret is being called into question after one NASA contractor
      published the launch time of an upcoming Shuttle mission on its web site
      late last week.

      Along with various other mission characteristics, Spacehab Inc.
      disclosed the launch time for STS-107, a July 2002 flight of the Space
      Shuttle Columbia that is considered particularly sensitive since it will
      be carrying an Israeli astronaut.

      The incident was described in "Slip-up reveals sensitive shuttle launch
      time," published in Spaceflight Now on April 1:


      Allen Thomson, a space policy expert who spotted the inadvertent
      disclosure of the launch time, said it illustrates the limits of a
      security policy that is based on secrecy.

      Critics argue that the whole notion of withholding the launch time of a
      Shuttle flight to the Space Station is illusory and pointless. See "New
      NASA security plan lacks teeth" by Irene Brown, United Press
      International, April 1:


      Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
      Federation of American Scientists.
      Steven Aftergood
      Project on Government Secrecy
      Federation of American Scientists
      web: www.fas.org/sgp/index.html
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