Who owns stuff that falls onto someone's property?
tcmay at got.net
Sat Feb 1 12:31:16 PST 2003
Expect the first EBay auctions of debris from the "Columbia" to be a
constitutional issue soon. (Actually, the censors at fascist EBay have
probably already flagged any transactions which mention "space shuttle"
and "Columbia" to be illegal thoughtcrime sales.)
Many tons of debris, scattered over at least three states.
The FedGov is already trying to claim control over the entire debris
(Of course, those in the know would be interested in any debris which
includes artifacts from Shen Zou 4, the module left in orbit by the
Chinese satellite launch, said by Jane's to be a military surveillance
satellite, China's first, and said to have been a recovery mission by
the three payload specialists on the classified STS-107 misison. The
possibility that the Chinese set a 3-kg explosive charge to detonate
under accelerometer signals is...interesting.)
Janes.com: "SZ 4 left its orbital module in orbit, where it will
operate as an independent satellite for six or seven months, conducting
Earth observation (perhaps military as well as civil), science and
technical experiments. "
But, of course, such speculations are now banned under orders of
HomeSec Internal Security Directorate 117-4, so I am making no such
"Ben Franklin warned us that those who would trade liberty for a little
bit of temporary security deserve neither. This is the path we are now
racing down, with American flags fluttering."-- Tim May, on events
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