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Abbrev. for spherical aberration.



(Sturmabteilung; known in English as Storm Troopers), a paramilitary unit of the National Socialist Party in Germany from 1921 to 1945. The SA was an instrument of terror used against opponents of fascism.

After the fascists seized power in Germany in 1933, the SA was turned into an auxiliary police force; members of the organization were used as guards in the Nazi concentration camps and were responsible for some types of military and paramilitary training. In early 1934 there were more than 3 million members of the SA, mostly from petit bourgeois strata. On June 30, 1934, the fascist leadership, taking advantage of unrest within the SA caused by the failure to fulfill the promises made by the Nazi leaders to the petite bourgeoisie, liquidated the discontented members; those killed included E. Röhm and other leaders of the SA who tried to use the discontent of the rank and file to strengthen their own position. After the events of June 30, the SS (Schutzstaffel), which until then had been subordinate to the command of the SA, became a separate organization. The SA was outlawed after the defeat of German fascism in 1945.




The country code for Saudi Arabia.


(1) (Security Association) The establishment of a secure transmission session. It includes authentication and the negotiation of the method of encryption as well as the exchange of secret keys. See IKE.

(2) See selective availability and situation awareness.
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Their storm trooper outfits aren't store bought, nor are they cheap, and they must be identical to what's in the original films to be good enough.
Everybody just came here for one thing -- the love of 'Star Wars,''' said Chris Perez, 18, a student from Los Angeles who wore a Storm Trooper costume, complete with a replica gun and voice modification device.
Guests are invited to follow Storm Troopers into the museum to the music of "The Imperial March" performed by Metropolitan Winds Orchestra.
Visitors to the 200 hectare theme park in the capital of the southeastern province of Jiangxi saw performers dressed up as Snow White, Captain America and storm troopers from the "Star Wars" movies - characters all owned by Disney.
Storm Troopers' Revenge at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery The Storm Troopers from the 99th Imperial Garrison return to the museum on Saturday to bid farewell to the Space Age: Exploration, Design and Popular Culture exhibition.
A SENIOR councilor who compared Cardiff's Liberal Democrats for the second time to Nazi storm troopers is facing an official complaint.
I've concluded from watching hours of grainy, black and white footage of the storm troopers that they weren't very nice But who the hell did their PR?
Nazi leader, who established the Storm Troopers and the Gestapo.
Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and the Storm Troopers helped members of Saltburn Animal Rescue Association raise awareness at an open day event at Foxrush Farm.
The eye catching entertainment saw performers ranging from Austrian acrobats to drumming storm troopers hit the city for the Streets Ahead spectacular - Liverpool's biggest street performance festival.
There were Cheerleaders, Storm Troopers and a few Knights of the Round table.
At 28, Hanns Elard Ludin controlled some 300,000 storm troopers.