Local film depicts the true goal of the space program

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 12:13 a.m.

One trillion dollars to send man to mars? That's after spending billions to inhabit the moon, and for what?

"Arsenal of Hypocrisy" features Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Coordinator Bruce Gagnon, Noam Chomsky and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell talking about the dangers of moving the arms race into space. This one-hour production features archival footage, Pentagon documents, and clearly outlines the U.S. plan to "control and dominate" space and the Earth below.

The video spells out the dangers of the Bush "Nuclear Systems Initiative" that will expand the use of nuclear power in space by building Project Prometheus - the nuclear rocket.

Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, warns that a war in space would create massive bits of space junk that would create a mine field surrounding the Earth making it virtually impossible to launch anything into the heavens. Mitchell calls space a fragile environment that must be protected.

Noam Chomsky talks about how the U.S. intends to use space technology to control the Earth and reminds the viewer that the U.S. refuses to negotiate a global ban on weapons in space. He also speaks about the role of the media in suppressing this important issue.

The video production contains archival sound of President Dwight Eisenhower in 1961 warning the American people about the power of the military industrial complex. "Arsenal of Hypocrisy" has been accepted into the New York Independent International Film Festival that will be screened in April.

This powerful 60-minute film was produced by Gainesville filmmaker Randy Atkins. If you want to find out what is behind the true purpose behind the space program, I urge everyone to see this film at Hippodrome on January 19, at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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