Robert Bowman

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Person.png Robert Bowman  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(officer, activist)
Robert M. Bowman.png
BornSeptember 19, 1934
DiedAugust 22, 2013 (Age 78)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Member of9/11 Consensus Panel
Interests • depleted uranium
• 911
US officer turned peace activist and 911 skeptic.

Robert M. Bowman [1] [2]) was a former director of advanced space programs development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force lieutenant colonel with 101 combat missions. He received a Ph.D. in aeronautics and nuclear engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Bowman was very vocal about 9/11 and disputed the official narrative. He said, "The truth about 9/11 is that we don't KNOW the truth about 9/11, and we should",[3] and "If they have nothing to hide, why are they hiding everything?" The latter was referring to what he believed to be the hiding of videotapes of the Pentagon crash, and the black boxes from the planes.[4] On September 11, 2004, Bowman stated in New York Townhall, "I think the very kindest thing that we can say about George W. Bush and all the people in the U.S. government that have been involved in this massive cover-up, is that they were aware of the impending attacks and let them happen. Now some people will say that's much too kind. However, even that is high treason and conspiracy to commit murder."[5]

He stated that he knew that the Pentagon had anti-missile defences.[6]

In October, 2008 Dr. Bowman endorsed the Congressional campaign of Dr. Kevin Barrett. Barrett got 2 percent of the vote in his Congressional district.

Star wars

Despite his involvement with space programs and defense, Bowman emerged as an early public critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, aka "Star Wars") during the Ronald Reagan administration. On The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, he called it "the ultimate military lunacy, easily overwhelmed and vulnerable".[7] Bowman founded the Institute for Space and Security Studies and its publication Space & Security News (1983) (ISSN 1071-2569). He also authored two books on the subject of SDI and was a critic of an outgrowth of the SDI program, the George W. Bush administration's proposed National Missile Defense.[8]

In a radio interview on April 12, 2007, Bowman said:

Technological feasibility of a defensive shield is entirely irrelevant, because Star Wars has nothing to do with defense. It is an attempt to deploy offensive weapons disguised as defense.

In 1982, in his secret defense guidance document, Ronald Reagan ordered the Department of Defense to develop Star Wars weapons, and he assigned them two missions.

One: Destroy opposing satellites and seize control of space.

Two: Destroy targets on the surface of the earth from space without warning.

There wasn't a word in there about shooting down ballistic missiles. That was a smokescreen for the American people, because they knew that the American people would never approve weapons in space for offensive purposes.

Depleted uranium

In 1998, Project Censored cited Bowman's article "Our Continuing War Against Iraq" in the May 1998 issue of Space and Security News as one of the few (along with Bill Blum of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Dennis Bernstein) covering what they deemed the fifth most censored story, "U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction Linked to the Deaths of Half a Million Children".[9] The WMDs referred to are the biological samples sent to Iraq from the United States up to 1989, and use of depleted uranium during the Gulf War.

For several years Bowman was active with Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War as a speaker.[10][11][12] He had also been a member of the Peace Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.[13]

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