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Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space

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Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
Directed byDenis Delestrac
Produced byLucie Tremblay, Jeremy Edwardes, Brice Garnier, ARTE France
Written byDenis Delestrac, Harold Crooks
Narrated byMikela Jay
Music byAmon Tobin
CinematographyJean-Pierre Saint-Louis
Editing byAlam Raja
Distributed byFilms Transit International
Running time85 minutes
CountryCanada - France
LanguageEnglish - French
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is a documentary film by Denis Delestrac with a music score by Amon Tobin. The film deals with the issue of space weapons and their politics, featuring interviews with several key United States military personal, academics such as Noam Chomsky and others, including Martin Sheen. The film won the Best Documentary award at the 2009 Whistler Film Festival and has been selected in a number of international film festivals.[1][2]

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The prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction. The dream of the original Dr. Strangelove, Wernher von Braun (from Nazi rocket-scientist to NASA director) has survived every US administration since World War II and is coming to life. Today the technology exists to weaponize space, a massive American industry thrives, and nations are maneuvering for advantage.

[edit] Production

Among the challenges faced by the production team was the difficulty to get the authorization to bring a camera inside the Air Force Space Command bases and other US military and government locations. After four months of investigation, the US Department of Defense's public relations office decided to grant Denis Delestrac and his crew the access to the locations they had requested. It is the first time most of the Air Force Space Command bases have been filmed by a civilian crew.

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Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007.
The film features interviews with prominent weaponization of space advocates, space policy analysts, politicians, diplomats, military officials and peace activists. The following individuals were interviewed for the film:

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[edit] Theatrical version

The 85-minute theatrical version screened at international film festivals since November 2009 and will be released in theaters across Canada in June 2010.

[edit] ARTE version

A 76-minute version, titled "Pax Americana ou la conquête militaire de l'espace", was created for French-German broadcaster and co-producer ARTE. It was broadcast in March 2010 and was followed by a debate on the weaponization of space including French TV host Annie-Claude Elkaïm with Samuel Black (Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC), Otfried Nassauer (Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, Berlin) and Xavier Pasco (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris)

[edit] 52 minutes version

A 52-minute version was edited for the French-Canadian public broadcaster Radio Canada (dubbed and narrated in French) and for the international TV market (in English).

[edit] CBC version

This 43-minute version, titled "Masters of Space", premiered on CBC-TV and repeated on CBC News Network in April 2010 as part of the scientific and environmental program "The Nature of Things", presented and narrated by acclaimed Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki.

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[edit] Soundtrack

The original soundtrack was composed by electronic artist and DJ Amon Tobin who created the Pax Americana Theme and other exclusive tracks for the movie. Additionally, Pax Americana features a number of artists signed by the London based label Ninja Tune like Coldcut, Blockhead, Bonobo and Neotropic as well as Montréal based DJ Champion.

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Weapons in space

 By Karl Grossman

Weapons in space

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Front Cover
Seven Stories Press, 2001 - History - 87 pages
Weapons in Space examines how the United States is forcing forward-in violation of international treaties-to militarize space. Based on excerpts from U.S. government documents, award-winning investigative journalist Karl Grossman outlines the U.S. military's space doctrine, its similarity with the original Stars Wars scheme of Ronald Reagan and Edward Teller, and the space-based lasers, hypervelocity guns, and particle beams it plans to deploy in its mission to "dominate" earth. Grossman shows the intimate link between the militarization and the nuclearization of space, and follows the flow of billions of U.S. tax dollars to the corporations that research and develop weapons for space. His book explains the Outer Space Treaty and gives a history of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear power in Space: what it is doing, what it plans to do-and what the reader can do to challenge U.S. plans to turn the heavens into a war zone.
"Karl Grossman has been the leading journalist unraveling the complexities and wickedness of the new Star Wars scenarios, which would threaten all life on Earth with a new nuclear arms race, lateral proliferation of nuclear weapons, and inevitable nuclear winter. I strongly suggest therefore that this book be read by all people who have some investment in the continuation of life on this planet."-Helen Caldicott, president emeritus, Physicians for Social Responsibility"Darth Vader's Death Star was a work of fiction, but as Karl Grossman reveals, there is a real Federation (an alliance of military-industrial forces) that is quietly plotting the takeover of space. These dark forces are planning to seize and control space-the ultimate strategic 'high ground.' The laser guns, particle beam accelerators, and plutonium-powered orbiting reactors of the original Star Wars system are still on the drawing boards (and some already are on the launch pads). Over the past decade, no one has done more to expose and challenge this one-sided race to arm the heavens than Professor Grossman. When the ultimate history is written of the battle to keep weapons out of space, Karl Grossman deserves to be saluted as the Luke Skywalker of investigative journalism."-Gar Smith, editor, Earth Island Journal "The consequences of the proposed National Missile Defense, designed to enhance the United States 'first strike' capability, are alarming enough: nuclear conflict, more likely, a new nuclear arms race, the destruction of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Yet it is just the precursor to the even more frightening scenario that Karl Grossman sets before us: an all powerful United States using space to dominate a unipolar world to further its own interests. Real security is mutual and will be based on trust and equality in a mulitpolar world. None of us will be free until we are all free."-Dave Knight, chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom
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Page 30 - Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner.
Page 77 - In the coming period the US will conduct operations to, from, in and through space to support its national interests both on the earth and in space. . . . We know from history that every medium — air, land and sea — has seen conflict. Reality indicates that space will be no different. Given this virtual certainty, the US must develop the means both to deter and to defend against hostile acts in and from space.

Page 78 - Many think of space only as a place for passive collection of images or signals or a switchboard that can quickly pass information back and forth over long distances. It is also possible to project power through and from space in response to events anywhere in the world.
Page 45 - We seek neither military superiority nor political advantage. Our only purpose — one all people share — is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war. My fellow Americans, tonight we're launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history.
Page 34 - In the next two decades, new technologies will allow the fielding of space-based weapons of devastating effectiveness to be used to deliver energy and mass as force projection in tactical and strategic conflict...
Page 11 - Dominating the Space Dimension of Military Operations to Protect US Interests and Investment," and "Integrating Space Forces into Warfighting Capabilities Across the Full Spectrum of Conflict.
Page 77 - ... to its allies and friends in our highly complex international environment. Space is not simply a place from which information is acquired and transmitted or through which objects pass; it is a medium much the same as air, land, or sea. In the coming period, the US will conduct operations to, from, in, and through space in support of its national interests both on Earth and in space.
Page 22 - States that the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall be for peaceful purposes, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind...
Page 64 - In the closing months of World War II he led more than 100 of his fellow scientists to the West and surrendered to the Allied Powers. Dr. von Braun came to the United States In September 1945, under contract to the US Army. He directed high-altitude firings of captured V-2 rockets at White Sands Missile Range, N.

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Weapons in Space
The us military wants nuclear-powered weapons in space and that's been a key reason why NASA has been insisting on using nuclear power in space even when ... Militarization_Space/ Weapons_Space.html
Weapons In Space: A Media Blackout
It urges the president "have the option to deploy weapons in space." It recommends the us Space Command which now coordinates Army, Navy and Air Force space ... ~userwho/ aquarian/ star-wars.html

Weapons In Space
examines how the Bush administration is moving forward—in violation of international treaties—to militarize space with a 'missile defense' plan, aka, ... book/ index.cfm/ GCOI/ 58322100776140
The Phantom Menace: Space Weapons Aren't on Media Radar
Not only are there to be weapons in space, but they will likely need nuclear power as their energy source. As New World Vistas notes, "power limitations ... extra/ 9905/ phantom-menace.html
Global Network - No Weapons in Space!
New Bush Policy: Weapons in Space by Bruce Gagnon - More details. Bruce at Veterans for Peace Convention, SEATTLE View Here. KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE! ... gnjan08.htm
us to Militarize Space
Karl Grossman, author of Weapons in Space and a professor at the State University of New York, called the announcement "a major step by the us government in ... headlines01/ 0509-04.htm
Toward Freedom - The Final Frontier: Washington Prepares for Arms ...
Less well known is the attempt to put weapons in space, arrayed against a long ... The Outer Space Treaty bans the stationing of weapons in space and on ... home/ content/ view/ 1233/ 1/
Bulletin 18 - New Publications
Karl Grossman - Weapons in Space Why is the us moving forward with its program of weapons in space in the face of international opposition and the promise ... bulletin18/ bul18art32.htm
Envirovideo: Karl Grossman--us Military Mover to Control Space
The us military, further, would like to base weapons in space. .... It says the us president should "have the option to deploy weapons in space. ... karltechglobe.html
Inviting disaster lessons from the edge of technology [Book Review ...
Weapons in Space. Karl Grossman, Michio Kaku. Seven Stories Press,. New York $6.95. Published almost a year ago, Weapons in ... iel5/ 6/ 20789/ 00963249.pdf?arnumber=963249

About the author (2001)

Karl Grossman has specialized in investigative reporting for more than 30 years. Honors he has received include the George Polk, the James Aronson, and the John Peter Zenger awards. His reporting on the use of nuclear power and plans to deploy weapons in space has been cited six times by Project Censored - most recently in "Censored 2000" (Seven Stories Press, 2000). Grossman is the author of many books, including "The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat to Our Planet" and "Cover Up: What You're Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power". Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York, Old Westbury, where he teaches investigative reporting. He lives in tranquil Sag Harbor, New York.

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