Libya Practices Space Warfare

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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The Telegraph describes the space warfare that Libya is practicing: satellite jamming of Al Jazeera.

While arms controllers focus on “space weapons,” weapons-free space warfare continues to be an effective method of controlling the coin of the realm in space, that is, information.

With satellite jamming, Libya is getting the same effect – denying their adversaries the use of space-delivered products – which space weapons could also produce, only without all the nasty space debris or investment in anti-satellite weapons.

“The source of (the) signal blockage has been pinpointed to a Libyan intelligence agency building … south of the capital Tripoli,” said Al Jazeera, whose coverage of a regional political unrest has been watched across the Arab world.

Access to the network’s website continued to be blocked in Libya, the Qatar based broadcaster said in a statement.

Jamming was being caused by large installations capable of simultaneously interfering with several frequencies on the Arabsat and Nilesat satellites, Al Jazeera said earlier.

Earlier this month, Egypt cut al Jazeera’s Nilesat satellite signal for more than a week before a popular upheaval toppled Hosni Mubarak from power.

At some point it becomes important to focus on space behaviors like Libya’s space warfare and pay less attention to space capabilities which are favored by the government-academic complex’s arms control industry.

If the Libyans were doing this from a car it would be a cool tie-in (or is it me?) and make attribution of the jamming much harder as well (it’s not just me).

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