"...In a court filing yesterday, government attorneys said President Bush had determined that allowing the use of mid-frequency sonar in on-going exercises off southern California was "essential to national security" and of 'paramount interest to the United States.'
Based on those conclusions, the documents said, Bush issued the order exempting the Navy from provisions of the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality granted an exemption to the National Environmental Protection Act..."
Yeah somehow the Chinese are just waiting for the right time to invade via submarines. GW has yet to explain why the Chinese want to invade. Small detail.
"...The exemptions were immediately challenged by the environmental group that had sued the Navy and by the California Coastal Commission, a state agency that ruled last year that the Navy's plans to protect marine mammals were too limited and deeply flawed.
'There is absolutely no justification for this,' Commissioner Sara Wan said in a statement. "Both the court and the Coastal Commission have said that the Navy can carry out its mission as well as protect the whales..."
As a pathetic reaction to the courts, "...Navy officials have argued that they must step up sonar training because a new generation of "quiet" submarines has made it increasingly difficult to detect underwater intruders. The Navy says more than 40 nations now have relatively inexpensive diesel-powered submarines, which cannot be detected with passive sonar and can only be located with sonar that emits the loud blasts of sound."
Again, who is attacking us by a submarine, Iran? Wars are very expensive and unless victory is assured, it is impossible to defend unless one is being attacked. And the principle countries doing the attacking with complex and expensive assets on a national scale is Israel and the U.S.
We are creating war not defending peace.