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However, the report said China’s anti-satellite program remains a tightly guarded secret: “Although Chinese defense academics often publish on counterspace threat technologies, no additional anti-satellite programs have been publicly acknowledged.”
According to defense officials, the answers to U.S. officials’ questions are consistently the same: China denies having any anti-satellite weapons programs.
The consistent denials coupled with the continued Chinese development of what the Pentagon calls “counterspace” weaponry is making it difficult to continue the Obama administration’s policy of seeking to “build trust” with the Chinese military.
“Chinese scholars told me last year in Beijing that the ASAT test in January 2007 was a one-time event,” said Michael Pillsbury, a specialist on China and former Pentagon official. “China denies to the U.S. government, and to the public, that China has any ASAT program at all.”
Defense officials continue to provide Inside the Ring with mounting evidence of a major campaign by the Pentagon and military services to impose political correctness throughout the services.
For example, one official said U.S. Northern Command, the Colorado-based military command responsible for the defense of the U.S. homeland, recently sent out a terrorism report that made no mention of terrorism or Islam.
Last week, Northcom, as the command is called, issued an internal report warning about a jihadist threat.
“Not once was the word ‘Muslim’ or ‘terrorist’ mentioned,” the official said.
Instead, Northcom referred to the threat as “homegrown extremists,” even though the threat involved Islamists pursuing jihad.
The de-Islamicization of jihad-motivated terrorists is the work of John O. Brennan, who imposed a strict ban on references to Islamism and jihad, or holy war, as White House counterterrorism director and now as CIA director.
Mr. Brennan announced in a 2009 speech that jihad is a “legitimate” tenet of Islam and thus should not be used to describe terrorists.
The ban, however, does not cover all internal reports and discussions. Many U.S. intelligence reports widely use the term “jihadists” to describe terrorists groups like al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a separate case, the U.S. Transportation Command is imposing a new, politically correct rule on emails sent by all members of the command.
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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