U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, today proposed legislation to prohibit foreign governments from constructing satellite GPS stations in the United States. Wicker’s legislation is in response to a recent report that the U.S. State Department might allow a Russian space agency to construct half-a-dozen satellite ground monitoring stations on U.S. soil.
“I am deeply concerned about the Russian proposal to use U.S. soil to strengthen its GPS capabilities,” Wicker said. “These ground monitor stations could be used to gather intelligence. Even more troubling, these stations could actually improve the accuracy of foreign missiles targeted at the United States.
“Time and again, President Putin has shown he is unwilling to cooperate with America. Let us not forget that Russia has granted asylum to Edward Snowden, defended the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and denied Russian orphans the chance at a better life with a ban on U.S. adoptions.”
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