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US is Stepping out of the Open Skies Treaty

  1. I Spy, You Spy: The Open Skies Treaty (OST) allows 35 countries to do unarmed surveillance over each other (aka “fly and spy”)
  2. It’s been around since 1992 when it was first signed by NATO members and former Warsaw Pact (Soviet Union) countries
  3. Why?: The goal was to decrease the chance of an “accidental” war… which almost did happen in 1983 when clouds triggered the Soviet Union’s missile alert system! Such a good story… that Nena wrote a song about a similar (but made up) incident, 99 Luftballons (99 red balloons)..
  4. But Russia isn’t playing by the rules. A common gripe in Washington (by members of both parties) has been Russia doing things like restricting flights over suspected military facilities.
  5. Should we withdraw? Maybe… maybe not? Some believe that the agreement still makes us safer.

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