It is time for us to withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty and to update the 1856 Guano Islands Act
to apply to resources found on asteroids and other celestial bodies.
I propose amending the 1856 law to read:
Whenever any citizen of the United States discovers a deposit of minerals on any asteroid, moon, or planet, not within the lawful jurisdiction of any other Government, and not occupied by the citizens of any other Government, and takes peaceable possession thereof, and occupies the same, such asteroid or territory within 50 miles of the point of occupation on such moon or planet may, at the discretion of the President, be considered as appertaining to the United States.
posted on 04/24/2012 7:09:12 PM PDT
Drop the “at the discretion of the President” crap and I’m with you.
posted on 04/24/2012 7:14:02 PM PDT
(The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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