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Lawmakers Seek to Ban Russian Spy Flights
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-30-2014 | Adam Kredo

Posted on 04/30/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT by markomalley

House lawmakers are seeking to stop Russian spy planes from partaking in exercises that may enable them to collect sensitive “intelligence that poses an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security, according to a proposal in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Lawmakers have proposed to fully freeze funds that currently allow the United States to sign off on these Russian flights under the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that permits aerial surveillance flights over 34 countries.

The House proposal would also reduce funding and limit the amount of information the United States provides to Russia about American missile defense capabilities.

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Obama ain't gonna be happy. May have to sic the IRS on those darned pubbies.
1 posted on 04/30/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
The Open Skies Treaty is a two way street. To ban them is absurd. These are totally unarmed spy planes.

We're going back to the Powers escapade...and that illegal flight by the USA which caused us a lot of embarrassment.

But let's be real...we just had a joint military gig with Russia...ON OUR SOIL. And that was an Obama adventure. Good going Commander in Chief.

Ask Merkel if we spy on the sly?? Ask the Brazilian head...

2 posted on 04/30/2014 1:57:00 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: markomalley

In retalitation, Putin might limit the number of U.S. astronaut rides to the space station. Without Russian rockets we have no way to get up there.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 1:59:12 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Without the Russians we have no way down!


4 posted on 04/30/2014 2:07:22 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: TYVets

Its kind of like selling your own car and depending on your neighbor to drive you to work everyday. You’d better stay on good terms with them. ;)


5 posted on 04/30/2014 2:14:34 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Sacajaweau

Good going Commander in Chief.

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He’s the Comrade in Chief.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 2:16:25 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: markomalley
Ummm...just for clarification: From the draft legislation:

This section would impose a limitation on the use of funds to permit the certification of a proposal by the Russian Federation to change any sensor package for a flight by Russia under the Open Skies Treaty unless: (1) the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Director of National Intelligence jointly certify to the appropriate congressional committees that such proposal will not enhance the capability or potential of the Russian Federation to gather intelligence that poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or is not designed to be collected under such treaty; and...
and see my prior post on the new Russian ELINT here
7 posted on 04/30/2014 2:37:16 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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