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“STAR WARS RETURNS”
IS RELEASED

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
May 21, 2001

“STAR WARS RETURNS,” a video documentary exposing how the Bush administration is moving to make space a new arena of war—in violation of the intent of international law—has just been released by EnviroVideo.

The documentary is being distributed in the U.S. and around the world. “STAR WARS RETURNS” is narrated and was written by investigative reporter and journalism Professor Karl Grossman, directed and edited by Emmy Award-winner Steve Jambeck and produced by Joan Flynn.

It presents U.S. military documents setting forth U.S. plans to “control space” and from space “dominate” the earth below. It reveals the multi-billion dollar U.S. development program now underway to produce space-based laser weapons, and that far more than “missile defense” is involved. It also details the international opposition to the U.S. Star Wars program.

“STAR WARS RETURNS” explores the recently issued report of the Space Commission chaired by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld which calls for U.S. “power projection in, from and through space” and declares: “In the coming period the U.S. will conduct operations to, from, in and through space in support of its national interests both on earth and in space.”

U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who wrote the legislation establishing the Rumsfeld Space Commission, asserts in “STAR WARS RETURNS” about U.S. “control” of space: “It is our manifest destiny. You know we went from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States of America settling the continent and they call that manifest destiny and the next continent if you will, the next frontier, is space and it goes on forever.”

Others appearing in “STAR WARS RETURNS” are Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll (USN, ret.), vice president of the Center for Defense Information; Congressman Dennis Kucinich; physicist Dr. Vandana Shiva of India; Bill Sulzman, director of Citizens for Peace in Space; Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York; editor Loring Wirbel; and Regina Hagen, a Global Network director.

Also interviewed is Craig Eisendrath who as a U.S. State Department officer was central in drafting the Outer Space Treaty of 1967— the intent of which the U.S. is now preparing to violate, charges Eisendrath in “STAR WARS RETURNS.” It is the basic international law on space, ratified by most countries of the world, and sets space aside for “peaceful purposes.”

EnviroVideo has produced 175 television programs including the award-winning documentary  “NUKES IN SPACE: THE NUCLEARIZATION AND WEAPONIZATION OF THE HEAVENS.”

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Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, has specialized in investigative reporting for more than 30 years. His books include The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat To Our Planet (Common Courage Press) and his video documentaries include Nukes In Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization of the Heavens (EnviroVideo). His new video documentary, Star Wars Returns, is forthcoming from EnviroVideo (1-800-ECO-TV46 or http://www.envirovideo.com) and new book, Weapons In Space, is now available from Seven Stories Press (http://www.info@sevenstories.com or 212-226-8760).
Grossman is a charter member of the Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace of the International Association of University Presidents and the United Nations.
Grossman's E-mail address is: kgrossman@hamptons.com .

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