EU Going to Try Spy Satellites
The multibillion-dollar system, known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, should be up and running by 2010, a commission spokesman said Monday.
Announcing the launch of a "pilot stage" for GMES, the commission stressed its "user-friendly" application in guiding relief work after disasters or providing real-time images of forest fires or oil spills.
But a commission statement also acknowledged that GMES would play a key role in the "implementation, review and monitoring of EU policies," including watching for agriculture and fisheries fraud and boosting "internal security."
In addition, officials hope GMES will support the European Union's first steps toward becoming a military power. It will "provide authorities with necessary elements for a European Security and Defense Policy," the commission said.
All the old Socialists from the former USSR have now migrated into Europe, and are trying to reform under the banner of the EU. First, they wanted to become an economic power to rive the US, that has failed. Then they wanted to become a political power to rival the US, that has failed too. Now they are going to try their hand at military might. This too will fail. The problem, which they see to not quite grasp, is that the peoples of Europe are very proud of their INDIVIDUAL history and tradition, and have no desire to surrender that into a conglomerate that tries to mesh all European nations into one blob.