Comes now, news that the United States has had highly classified manned military access to space for some years now, according to Aviation Week & Space Technology's recent expose' of the so-called "Blackstar" Valkyrie-style two-staged booster-fighter spaceship.
I wrote about this new machine in the abstract some time ago, on another site.
The question that arises from the parallel universe of "deep black" programs is this:
To what extent is the idea of democracy -- of open, transparent, democratic governance -- undermined by the secret programs of government?
This is not merely a military matter, but one of civilian interest as well.
After all, how many of us can take pride in the secrecy entailed in the operations of Guantanamo Bay? Are such things exemplifications of representative democracy, let alone Americanism?
Seldom have I felt so discouraged about the responsiveness of government to the needs of the people. And this is despite my usual deference to the needs of government for a certain degree of secrecy.
What is it about the world that keeps us in the dark?
[Edited 2006-03-07 12:17:51]