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NORAD assuring Santa a safe flight

From Staff Reports

America may have gone to a higher terrorist alert but those responsible for the aerospace defense of the country say they have Santa's back and he will definitely have a safe flight later tonight.

NORAD, the bi-national American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the two countries, was created by a 1958 agreement and it has been renewed nine times since it began - most recently in the year 2000.

NORAD provides warning of missile and air attack against both of its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and provides air defense forces for defense against an air attack.

While there will be lots of planes in the air on Christmas Eve night, officials at NORAD said they plan to keep an extra close watch on a jolly old' elf's sleigh loaded down with toys.

The defense organization tracks Santa and is ready to scramble planes to escort him safely across North America, if the need arises.

NORAD has agreed to declassify some pictures that have been shot of Santa and to share his flight path across America.

For those interested, you can go to http://www.noradsanta.org/. It is available in a number of languages, including English and Spanish, the two most popular Clayton County languages.

"Based on careful record keeping from years past, and highly skilled radar and satellite technicians, we normally know exactly where Santa is throughout Christmas Eve," NORAD officials said Tuesday.

"On Christmas Eve we'll post a map of the world on this Web site. It will pinpoint a few of the thousands of places Santa visits. We'll update the map throughout Christmas Eve, showing you where Santa is every moment, where he's been and where he's going. Clicking on that map will display SantaCam videos of his journey."