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US politicians fear Russia will deploy nuclear weapons in space, threatening US security

The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee released a cryptic statement Wednesday warning of a “national security threat” to the United States. And while the details are still unknown, a new ABC News report has more information about what everyone may be panicking about.

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Committee Chairman Republican Mike Turner of Ohio wrote in X :

Today, the House Permanent Intelligence Oversight Committee provided information to all Members of Congress regarding a serious threat to national security.

I am asking President Biden to declassify all information related to this threat so that Congress, the Administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions needed to respond to this threat.

That statement was quickly followed by a message from Democrat Jim Himes of Connecticut, who called the issue an “urgent matter” involving “destabilizing foreign military capabilities that should be known to all legislators.” But Himes didn’t provide any details and only sparked speculation about what it might be.

According to ABC News, we are talking about the following:

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Russia wants to place nuclear weapons in space.

It doesn’t sound that scary, especially after repeated statements by Russian politicians to use nuclear weapons. At the same time, it is clarified that Russia’s desire to acquire nuclear weapons has nothing to do with their release from space to targets on Earth. It is believed that Russia wants to place these weapons in space to use them against satellites.

The danger of using nuclear weapons in space is great – such a bomb can destroy communications and early warning systems. However, it is important to understand that such an explosion will affect absolutely everyone – including China, India, the EU and Russia itself. In essence, a nuclear explosion in space is suicide, so the alarm with which attention is drawn to the potential problem seems exaggerated.

According to the Washington Post , intelligence about this Russian desire was obtained under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Act.

Quote from Post:

Turner, a strong proponent of this surveillance power, appears to want to use information about this adversary capability to convince skeptical colleagues that the 702 is an indispensable intelligence tool.

The latest version of the bill to extend Section 702 would not require the FBI to obtain warrants to electronically spy on Americans, an issue that has divided members of Congress of both parties.

Section 702 is set to expire in April unless Congress passes legislation to extend its use. And using nuclear bombs against satellites is a pretty idiotic idea, if anything. With the same success and much easier to use conventional rockets.

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