TMT NEWS, VIEWS AND MAIL
TMT NEWS, OPINIONS AND MAIL FROM TRIBUNE HERALD READERS
ASTRONOMER “KANEHAU” RESPONDS TO OPEN LETTER TO DAVID BOCK FROM DR. LEONARD HOROWITZ. READ DR. HOROWITZ’S REBUTTAL OF “KANEHAU” BELOW.
I’m sorry to burst your bubble – but no telescope on Mauna Kea, and that includes the hopefully future TMT, has military use.
Many of the observatories use AO. Keck, Subaru, etc… are all using AO.
AO (Adaptive Optics) are used in two ways:
1. To remove the ‘twinkle’ from starlight. The ‘twinkle’ is upper atmospheric disturbances caused by water vapor. By projecting a laser into the upper atmosphere and examining the reflected beam in real-time, a tiny 6 inch deformable mirror can be dynamically modified to counteract the distortion, thus removing the twinkle.
2. To use as an artificial guide star. Modern telescopes such as Keck, Gemini, Subaru, and TMT can track any type of object (star, planet, comet, etc). Often they use a nearby object to track the object they want to observe. For example, they might track on a star near to, but not directly in the view,, of another star they are observing. Sometimes, however, there is not a good candidate star for the guide star, whether it be just no good candidate or weather obscuring the desired star. In this case, the AO laser can be used to project an artificial star into the upper atmosphere which can be used to guide the telescope.
Both capabilities can be used simultaneously.
Neither of these uses are useful for military applications. (Mauna Kea telescopes do assist in some NASA missions, but NASA missions by definition are not military.)
As I’m sure you know, AO was invented by the military and filtered down to other fields, including astronomy, once it was declassified. Any such device that TMT may use is commercially available (though it might be export restricted). The military use AO, primarily in the IR wavelength, to make missiles find their target easier through fog, rain, etc. Astronomy uses visible low power lasers (IR is invisible to human vision).
In other words, the military’s AO capability is WAY BEYOND anything used in Astronomy, and their current capabilities remain classified. They would laugh at our puny AO devices.
(BTW, AO is used in a large number of fields, including medical imaging, etc.)
It might come as a surprise to you to find out that the wattage of a typical astronomical AO laser (normally sodium ion – orange, like our street lights on the Big Island) are usually around 6 watts. That is not enough to be any type of weapon unless you were to get it directly in your eye (it can pop balloons at a discrete distance, or light a match – but that is about it).
How do I know these things? I’m associated with the astronomical community. I’m also ex-NASA (GSFC). I’ve worked on software for some AO systems. I’ve seen the AO systems in operation and looked at the differences in observing with, and without, the AO systems.
REMEMBER! THE HILO TRIBUNE HERALD
LEAKED CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE 1 WEEK BEFORE
THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR.
HOW DID THEY KNOW? MORE IMPORTANTLY, “HOW MANY DIED?”
WHAT IS KNOWN NOW ABOUT TMT THAT THEY’RE CONCEALING?
You might consider looking at Space Command on Oahu – they ARE military and they probably are doing more of what you are suggesting (though as far as I know, Space Command is more of a detection operation than an offensive operation).
You are not doing any service to humanity by spreading false information and fear mongering.
Plus, your tin-foil hat is way too tight 😉 To all the rest of you readers – this TMT issue has sure brought out all the looney toon crazies.
This is almost as entertaining as the “every year is the rapture year” folks – if it were not so extremely embarrassing and harmful to Hawaii’s economy, education, and future.
Edit: I see the name “Dr Leonard Horowitz” and I can’t help but think it is some character from Big Bang Theory 😉
DR. LEONARD HOROWITZ’S REPLY TO “KANEHAU” SEPT. 22, 2015, HAWAII TRIBUNE HERALD
I am going to quote from your two postings to expose your hypocrisy.
Let’s see whether or not you are simply ignorant, and diagnose the manner in which intelligent “fools,” like you, are steeped in denial and deceptive trance states.
Alternatively, let’s consider whether or not your metamorphosis as an “ex-NASA (GSFC)” and “astronomical community” leader has turned you into a public relations agent on assignment to lie for a piece of the $1.B pie.
First, the issue is black or white, Mr. “Kanehau.” But you write to make it gray.
(Question: Is Mr. “Kanehau” your real name? You know my real name. Why is your name, and most of my other critics’ real names, concealed? Is that “fair play” and “candor” before the “court of public opinion,” “Mr. Kanehau”?)
The overriding issue is:
“Military Connections” or “No Military Connections”
So let’s stay focused.
Your “scientific” opinion concludes that I, Dr. Leonard Horowitz, “am not doing any service to humanity by spreading false information and fear mongering.” You further claim that I need to remove my “tin-foil hat” that is “way too tight,” and stop prompting “all the looney toon crazies.”
Your opinion of me, however, does not address the matter, Mr. Kanehau:
“Military Connections” or “No Military Connections”
So let’s examine your background and some clear and convincing evidence of your deceptiveness found right in your writing, your admissions, beginning with your statement:
“I’ve worked on software for some [Adaptive Optics] AO systems. I’ve seen the AO systems in operation and looked at the differences in observing with, and without, the AO systems. . . . Neither of these uses are useful for military applications. (Mauna Kea telescopes do assist in some NASA missions, but NASA missions by definition are not military.)”
Now that is an interesting misrepresentation refuted by anyone who puts “joint NASA U.S. Air Force projects” into a search engine and comes up with 776,000 hits, as I did (as shown below).
Pretty good trick, disappearing NASA’s intimacy with the U.S. military. You should perform in Vegas.
You wrote on the AO matter of military connection as follows:
“As I’m sure you know, AO was invented by the military and filtered down to other fields, including astronomy, once it was declassified. Any such device that TMT may use is commercially available (though it might be export restricted). The military use AO, primarily in the IR wavelength, to make missiles find their target easier through fog, rain, etc. Astronomy uses visible low power lasers (IR is invisible to human vision).”
That statement confirms two of our main points in publishing SpacePearlHarbor.com:
(1) The “EXPORT RESTRICTION” is precisely why the U.S. Government is not supposed to be a “partner” in the TMT Project, and the MILITARY CONNECTIONS HAVE BEEN CONCEALED. That “export restriction” avoids violating the Arms Export Control Act and the Trading with (Allies of the) Enemy Act. China supports the Taliban at war with America in Afghanistan. You do not have a better explanation for America’s exclusion from the TMT “partnership.”
Moreover, (2) your statement, “The military use AO, primarily in the IR wavelength, to make missiles find their target,” is precisely why my co-author, Sherri Kane, and I served you and the public by exposing what is at risk by granting China the “partnership” in the TMT, and using the University of Hawaii—academia–and the “astronomical community” as a “front” to violate the Arms Export Control Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act.
Certainly, you are intelligent enough to see your own hypocrisy in your own duality: (a) admitting the “Military Connection;” (b) concealing the “Military Connection”; and (c) disparaging me and Ms. Kane for allegedly “fear mongering” and inciting “looney toons.”
You, in fact, have us to thank for bringing this matter of fraud to the forefront of TMT debate, as well as awakening you to your own foolishness and pitiful “scotoma.”
Surely you know, or should know, what that term means as an expert in the field of “Adaptive Optics.” You write about the AO technology—astronomy’s remedy for its own scotoma. It means a “blind spot” in your vision. In the world of psychology, behavioral science, and public relations/advertising it is called “belief-behavioral incongruence” or “delusional denial” causing damaging reactions in the real world.
Now you also have me to thank for your free psychoanalysis and medical diagnosis. Unfortunately, you have a poor prognosis. Scotomas are very difficult to treat. The blind and mentally ill simply can’t see what is right in front of them, even with 20/20 vision and high powered telescopes.
You continued, “In other words, the military’s AO capability is WAY BEYOND anything used in Astronomy, and their current capabilities remain classified. They would laugh at our puny AO devices.”
Even assuming that was true, Mr. Kanehau, there are three obvious problems with that statement:
(1) According to your posted article that was part of our discoveries published by TMT and dated 2012, the CCID-61 AO technology was heralded only recently. At that time (in 2012) it was referred to as a “prototype” of the most extraordinary and powerful kind developed by the U.S. Air Force’s Lincoln Labs. (I don’t suppose you see a “military connection” to this while suffering with a scotoma.);
(2) TMT news heralds the “world’s most powerful telescope.” Given this fact, it’s AO “eye” is extraordinary. It was developed by the military only three years ago. How stupid would the U.S. Air Force be to not be interested in the welfare, operations, and “connection” to their baby’s first trials in the “world’s most powerful telescope?” (Scotomas may cause “delusional” thinking, Mr. Kanehau.); and
(3) the AO infrared system (IR) is PRECISELY what Chinese officials published they were lacking in order to complete their space arsenal. So “the military’s AO capability is [NOT] WAY BEYOND anything used in [China]” The People’s Liberation Army “connections” through China’s “astronomical community” to the TMT is widely known and of great concern to military officials according to Congressional reports we republished in two chapters of our “Space Pearl Harbor e-book“. (For those who think our $9.95 download price for six months of our work is “self-serving,” please consider all public broadcasting services require support from people like you, funding, for example, our Space Pearl Harbor DVD freely viewed online by visiting SPACEPEARLHARBOR.com. This Herald Tribune newspaper costs as much as $1 to buy in some stores, doesn’t it? Is Editor Bock “self-serving?” Why doesn’t advertising revenue completely pay for readers’ access to news and commentary?)
You also wrote, “The biggest component is the laser itself – but most of these fit pretty nicely on a truck or plane, or ship. In fact, that is where they have been deployed.”
This is an accurate statement that we also make very clearly in our publications.
But unlike you, fraudulently concealing the “military connection” to the TMT, the Mauna Kea based TMT affords a “triangulation” capability for “real time” targeting of objects anywhere on earth (through the “eye” and high speed laser satellite “secured” telecommunications systems) enabling land based missile defenses, including mobile ones, for the world’s best C4ISR (i.e., Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).
You continued, “Military lasers are all mobile devices. Does it not seem a bit stupid to put a major laser weapon on a naked mountain top at 13,796 feet where everyone can see it. Kind of makes it a sitting duck for a target, doesn’t it?”
That is also a point that we raised, one of many justifying BLOCKING THE TMT’s CONSTRUCTION due to the risk to Big Islanders and people worldwide face–people who were defrauded by people like you, writing rhetorical questions like yours, and speaking through yellow-presses such as the TMT propaganda mill, the Hawaii Tribune Herald. People who speak with “forked tongues”–breathless ones—Haole’s—who suffer from scotomas and self-justifying psycho-pathologies to gain their payoffs and karma.
The World Trade Towers on 911 was also a “sitting duck for a target,” wasn’t it, you idiot!
Terrorism fueled by lying psychopaths who can justify and conceal anything and everything is a reality, in case you haven’t noticed from your “observatory.”
Mr. Kanehau, You have the audacity to write, “Dr Leonard Horowitz . . . is some character from Big Bang Theory” and “I’m not sure what you find so threatening. This is an IMAGE SENSOR. Like what is in your iPhone or digital camera.”
What I find “so threatening” Mr. Kanehau is that your illness is infectious, and has poisoned the minds of most of your colleagues and Tom Callis who now exhibit the same symptoms of hypocrisy, public deception, and consumer fraud. You want people to buy your bull to sell us on programs that pay your salaries regardless of risks or what cultures you destroy.
You demonstrate that the TMT SHOULD NEVER BE BUILT simply because hypocrites purporting to be “scientists” and “intelligent” people can’t see anything wrong in misrepresenting facts and fraudulently concealing military technologies performing “dual use” functions in our backyards risking nuclear Armageddon.
Entrusting you and your ilk—so-called university “academics” —on your words is like trusting Satan on his promise to care for planet earth.
Putting the TMT AO in the hands of the Chinese military, while America is not even a partner in the TMT project on “American soil”—the “State of Hawaii” —threatens humanity; all nations who are not “partnered” or invested in the “war paradigm.”
And it is that paradigm, the “war paradigm” vs. the “peace paradigm” that Ms. Kane and I find most interesting, and compelling to cover as news of this saga unfolds before our eyes on our Big Island pitting people like you against our brothers and sisters who are being arrested, or who see and feel through their hearts in righteousness and honesty, telling you to “Get lost!” “Leave this sacred place!” “You lying multi-national corporate psychopaths and self-serving ‘scientists’ blindly defending genocide must go!”
“Sorry folks,” Mr. Kanehau concludes. “Nothing to see here except good old science at work!”
OPEN LETTER FROM DR. HOROWITZ TO HAWAII TRIBUNE HERALD EDITOR, DAVID BOCK
Dear Editor Bock:
My complaint is with your two-part article “TMT Aims for 2024 Completion.” Written by pro-TMT writer Tom Callis, the first segment is titled “Work Continues on Mirror, Other Telescope Features Despite Constructive Setback,” and the second article “’King of Hawaii’ Threatens to Send Armed ‘Marshals’ to Aid Telescope Protesters.” The first segment expresses the biased hope the telescope will be timely completed to aid “science,” and the second article aims to discredit an alleged Hawaiian royal by publishing opposition to his effort to send armed “marshals” to the site to protect the “protectors” and the cultural artifacts they erect.
The specific errors that you need to correct source from Tom Callis’s claim that the purported Royal Family descendant sent a letter to Governor Ige that “repeated a conspiracy theory spread on social media that claims the observatory will be used as a military weapon by the United States to target satellites.” This statement is false and misleading for several reasons, as I should know as the co-author (with investigative journalist Sherri Kane) of the 400 page book and 39 minute newscast on this subject now on the Internet providing accurate intelligence that your newspaper is (1) neglecting, and (2) misrepresenting.
The fact is the TMT “mirror” that you herald has an “eye” called the CCID-61 “prototype” Adaptive Optics (AO) hardware manufactured by the U.S. Air Force through their Lincoln Labs in Lexington, Massachusetts. The power of that new “eye” is unprecedented, and TMT is planned for use as a military testing ground not simply for the U.S. military, but for “partner” China—two nations vying for “space supremacy.”
You will recall that:
(1) the U.S. Govt. is not supposed to be involved in the TMT (i.e., the U.S. is not listed as a “partner” with China, Canada, India and Japan in the TMT project);
(2) China supports the Taliban in Afghanistan who are at war with America, and besides supporting Iran’s nuclear program, China is threatening our Pacific Fleet in Taiwan; and (3) throughout the seven (7) years of purported “open pubic debate” on the TMT land lease deal with the Univ. of Hawaii and Department of Land and Natural Resources (“DLNR”) all officials repeatedly claimed the TMT project has “no connections at all to the military.” That statement is not only a lie, but conceals the threat of a “Space Pearl Harbor” brought to the attention of a U.S. Congressional investigating committee earlier this year. That CCID-61 AO “eye” is chillingly useful for administering “counter space” and nuclear missile “defense” systems and military operations everywhere on earth in “real time” from the “high ground” of space as seen through that “eye.”
Accordingly, Tom Callis’s biased opinion published as a “news feature” by the Hilo Tribune Herald claiming the aforementioned is a “conspiracy theory” needs to be retracted with an apology to everyone who is justifiably concerned about the lies output by TMT proponents including Mr. Callis. Otherwise, your newspaper will become increasingly discredited as news filters-out through your online competition.
This includes the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to pro-TMT media outlets by a local public relations firm, and that it appears that Mr. Callis, with your complicity, is heralding a “conspiracy theory” to hash the disturbing “military reality” and fraud.
Leonard G. Horowitz
P.S. It is very apparent by your juxtaposed articles, and divisive content therein, that your newspaper discourages a unified anti-TMT effort, just as it discourages groups laboring for sovereignty and rights on par with those reclaimed by Native Americans; to come together with one organized voice to establish a provisional government.
In essence, yours is the voice of commercial fraud and political repression.