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HELENA — The Republican primary for the U.S. House is now a contested one as Eric Brosten, a Helena author and engineer, filed Thursday and wants to talk about the Star Wars missile defense system.

He will face Steve Daines, of Bozeman, in the GOP primary in June, while seven Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination.

Brosten, 56, said he is writing a book about the Star Wars system proposed by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s to explain its current capabilities.

That’s also why Brosten said he is running for Congress.

The Star Wars missile defense system is “a good thing, but it has to be out in the open,” he said. “It’s got real potential for abuse.”

“Most people don’t know since Reagan got out of office and the media quit covering it, the government have been aggressively developing the missile defense system previous referred to as Star Wars,” he said. “They’ve kept it out of the media, they don’t discuss it. Star Wars was the real issue behind the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal.”

He said U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republicans emphasized the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton to divert the public’s attention from Star Wars.

“They wanted me to dig into the Star Wars issue and bring out its abuse,” Brosten said. “I convinced them if we threw Bill Clinton out of office, Al Gore would be the sitting president and it would be harder to defeat him in the coming election.”

Brosten said the missile defense system began as one to shoot down missiles and planes, but it has advanced to where it can target and kill individuals on the ground.

“Just imagine if one of the first victims of World War II was Hitler,” he said.

Brosten said he worked as an engineer for a defense contractor working on Cruise missile.

Voters need to understand this system, which Brosten said makes many current weapons systems obsolete.

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“So the old game of an obsolete weapons system being produced in your district so you can support jobs for your re-election, that’s all going to be over now,” he said.

He also called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate who was in control of Star Wars the night John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane went down in 1999.

Brosten said he lost a bid for the state Legislature in Rhode Island and said he helped promoted changing how judges were chosen there.

He also called for overhauling family court systems, saying he was denied the chance to visit with his son for 15 years.

Daines has raised $954,645 and reported having $630,561 in the bank on Dec. 31.

Undeterred, Brosten said, “I think my message is more important. It might take a while for people to really understand Star Wars and how important it is, but it’s the most important issue on the planet today.”

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