The first reports about the asteroid aired on the Evening News and a rising tide of anxiety consumed all world media. Humanity awoke to a black Thursday on March 12 and stared at blaring headlines: "Asteroid Heads Towards Earth!" For the next several days everyone everywhere was abuzz with the news. And still the anti-equality unfree elitist media obstructs publication of Rock Prophecy.
May 14, 1998:
The Associated Press and CNN report, "If professional stargazers catch sight of an asteroid that might be on a crash course for Earth, the government wants them to keep quiet about it - for at least 72 hours. The new procedures aim to avoid panic...astronomers whose work is funded by NASA have agreed for now to keep asteroid and comet discoveries to themselves...Some scientists question the new push from NASA. 'I don't think one should be secret about these things,' said Brian Marsden, director of the International Astronomical Union...Usually, new discoveries are immediately reported to the Minor Planet Center, where it is posted on a Web site." But government officials are gearing up for even tighter restrictions against free speech when it comes to asteroids. A meeting is scheduled to discuss the issue in California on June 6th. What they intend to do is use that "72 hours" to creatively re-calculate any threatening asteroid's orbit and declare it a non-threat before any news is reported to the public.
June 6, 1998:
The Associated Press reports that in Irvine, California the National Research Council convenes a meeting of astronomers and experts in risk assessment and hazard management to "plan methods for asteroid warnings that won't trigger mass panic." The NRC's Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration stresses that just a few discovered asteroids turn out to be headed towards Earth "once scientists refine orbital calculations." The Committee proposes a code of conduct under which "astronomers would seek verification" before reporting news of a sighting. In other words, a bit of refined creative calculations is all it takes to cook the books and silence the seers. The government thus further tightens its control over what news about asteroids the public will hear in the future, and when.
August 6, 1998:
Beneath a photo of asteroid 19980H CNN reports, "U.S. space scientists said Wednesday they have discovered two real asteroids heading in Earth's direction. These asteroids are not expected to come anywhere near Earth's orbit for at least several decades. The two asteroids, each of them at least one mile across, have been classified as 'potentially hazardous objects' by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, because they are large enough to cause global effects if they hit Earth. The asteroids passed within 2 million miles of Earth during their last orbit."
[NOTE: This is the first "controlled" report about asteroids headed towards Earth after the National Research Council agreed on June 5 to have all reports censored by the government. This report claims only that the asteroids are due to arrive "in a few decades," but the discovery should have caused more of a stir than the March 11, 1998 reports about asteroid 1997-XF11. The difference is a crack down ban on space rock stories ordered by the government in May 1998.]
March 17, 1999:
"Closely following Senate approval of a missile-defense bill," reports the Associated Press, "the House passed its own version of a system to protect...against a limited ballistic missile attack"
The chief sponsor of the legislation told colleagues, "It's a national priority that this Congress needs to address." The bill would commit the Pentagon to building the system. The House voted 317-102 to approve it. President Clinton vetoed a similar measure in 1995. The House bill states that "it is the official policy of the United States to deploy a national missile defense." The chairman of the House intelligence committee said the legislation of only 15 words "is a deceptively simple bill, but it speaks volumes to the entire planet." The House measure envisions a scaled-back version of the Strategic Defense Initiative proposed by then-President Ronald Reagan - and derided by Democrats as "Star Wars."
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