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As NORAD tracks Santa, critics track NORAD

2 years 10 months 1 week ago December 16, 2013 Dec 16, 2013 Monday, December 16 2013 December 16, 2013 1:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

DENVER- The U.S. and Canadian military's beloved Santa Tracker is facing a little public criticism this year.

A children's advocacy group says an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh.

It's a rare swipe at the popular Christmas Eve program that gives second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command defends the video as non-threatening and safe for kids.

The controversy erupted two weeks ago when the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood said the video brings violence and militarism to a beloved tradition.

NORAD says it's a "manufactured controversy."

Officials say they didn't know about the video until reporters called.

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