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Posted: December 17, 2013 11:37 a.m.

Critics slam NORAD Santa tracking

SLEIGH BELLS: The U.S. and Canadian military will entertain millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts. But there's something new this year: public criticism.

SANTA'S WINGMEN? 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 program, which last year attracted a record 22.3 million unique visitors from around the world to its website.

NORAD SAYS: The North American Aerospace Defense Command defends the video as nonthreatening and safe for kids.

 
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