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Officials dismissed plans to shut down the Global Positioning System during crises

GPS committee to form. Officials dismissed today a wire service report of supposed plans to shut down the Global Positioning System during crises. Although the Associated Press reported today that President Bush had ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. GPS network during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, military officials denied the report this afternoon. “We’ve got no plans to shut down the GPS system,” said Lt. Col. Chris Conway, a Defense Department spokesperson. John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said it is difficult for him to imagine an emergency that would benefit from such a shutdown. Full Story

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