By Elana Freeland
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
– Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945
We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces. I mean, who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it?
– Carl Sagan to Charlie Rose, May 27, 1996
Until U.S. President Donald Trump announced the formation of the Space Force in 2018,1 most Americans were unaware of the existence of the present militarized Space Age, despite more than 50 years of a secret space program cloaked first in the Cold War and then in what is now called geoengineering.
The American entry into the race to control space began in 1945 when Operation Paperclip2 brought 10,000 Nazi engineers, technicians, doctors, and scientists to the United States to create technological wonders. For example, aerospace engineer Arthur Rudolph, former colleague of SS aeronautics engineer Wernher von Braun (director of Marshall Space Flight Center), had been Hitler’s director of the Mittelwerk underground rocket factory nicknamed “Dante’s Inferno” where 52,000 prisoners turned out 6,000 V-2 rockets. From 1951 to 1961, Rudolph worked for Martin Marietta3 in Waterton, Colorado, after which he became project director of the Saturn V rocket program. Rudolph became an American citizen and received the Distinguished Service Award. In 1984, he renounced his U.S. citizenship and returned to Germany, having faithfully served the transfer of the Third Reich secret space program to the United States.
The Trojan horse of amoral, cryptic Nazism was accompanied by three other horsemen: the National Security Act,