NORAD Santa Tracker sparks controversy

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(UNDATED) - Santa will have some extra security as he flies through the sky on Christmas Eve: a couple of military fighter jets.

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) added the twist to this year's animated tracking of Santa's reindeer flight from the North Pole.  But the addition isn't sitting well with some child advocates, who claim military jets have no place in the childhood fantasy.

A NORAD spokesman says adding the jets was part of an effort to give the program a more "operational feel."  The military has been telling children Santa's whereabouts since the mid-1950s.