bollocks, bullsh*t and other lies
half of the article is praising the oh so enlightened Euros for producing this self gratifying system and saying it will be "entirely civil", since the ESA "doesn't want to be a government". Who the f**k do you think the ESA is part of? The author doesn't mind ripping NASA et al because it's a Yank government agency and strapping in his foaming bias at anything that they launch as being "kill" this and "secret" that. But his ESA, oh no that's totally different...
and in the next paragraph we get the line: "indispensible strategic tool". Will the author ever apply that famous ranting paranoia of "code words" to this phrase? Considering the still-constitutionless EU is already brewing an offense capable military, this should be the perfect target for anti-military cranks. But that's biting the hand that feeds, isn't it? Only American military tech needs to be ranted and clowned on, since we've only in the last few decades discovered our imperialist side. The EU, GB included, with centuries of repeated, documented imperial invasions of everyone, is apparently safe to be trusted and treated with respect for going out of it's way to develop a completely redundant "strategic" asset.
What European kingdoms couldn't do with armies and cannon and warfare, they're doing with money. Feudal lords running consortiums, taxing their peasants to support armies, installing cameras and an unaccountable knighthood of law enforcement. Forbidding the people the very right to travel, to protect themselves, to even privacy. While town criers yell out the news the Royalty wants to people to see.
That's a good shill. Keep the people afraid of those scary Colonists across the Atlantic. Play the old propaganda games-ridicule your enemy in order to discredit him. Add some jingoism about how the same things your burgeoning Empire does is somehow different, or is "in response to" some manufactured boogeyman. Keep your Consortium Masters proud. Maybe you'll get that big slot at the BBC (another Government controlled media outlet that's "OK" for some reason) as it's obviously circling the drain too.