Politicians and public receiving distorted information about radar, says US critic

US academic Theodor Postol says both the Czech public and parliament are receiving deliberately distorted information about a radar base America is planning to build in central Bohemia. Professor Postol, who teaches security studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been brought to the Czech Republic by the environmental group Greenpeace. Speaking in Plzeň on Thursday, he said the available information suggested the radar would have a range of 600 or 700 kilometres, not the 2100 to 2500 kilometres described by the director of the US Missile Defense Agency, Henry Obering. The US says the radar is intended to track missiles from states such as Iran. Professor Postol said both the US and the Czech government were responsible for spreading distorted information.

Prague has signed treaties with Washington on the radar base, though the Czech Parliament has not yet voted on whether to allow US soldiers to be based on Czech territory.

Author: Ian Willoughby