Avast and shiver me timbers! Our nation’s nuclear “deterrent” is at risk; our submarines are “aging” and we must develop a new generation of Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs), aka “Boomers” (eek!). The admirals, defense hawks and corporations that stand to make huge profits from the development and production – and don’t forget all the great stuff they add on later, along with more MISSILES to fill those launch tubes – of the new Trident replacement are like children beneath the tree at Christmas. New subs are coming!!!
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a public dialogue about such programs? Allow the people to speak about such issues at town hall meetings? Consider how better to spend our nation’s treasure than on weapons designed to kill millions of civilians?
Well, the Navy doesn’t think so, and an event this coming Thursday appears to be more of a cheer leading session for the Navy’s newest dream. A brief article by Ed Friedrich in the Kitsap Sun on January 20th announced “Admiral to speak about replacing Bangor’s ‘boomers'”. I’ve included the article here since it has mysteriously disappeared from the newspaper’s Website following inquiries from unnamed Plowshares activists who wanted to attend the event.
BREMERTON — Bangor — Rear Adm. David Johnson, on of the top Navy officers in charge of new submarine construction programs, will discuss plans to replace the Navy’s nuclear missile-armed Ohio-class submarines next week at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, where eight of the boats are based.
The event, sponsored by Puget Sound Naval Bases Association, Naval Submarine League and Navy League, will be Jan. 27 at the Bangor Plaza. A meet-and-greet session begins at 11 a.m. with a luncheon and the briefing at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15.
To reserve a spot, e-mail Melissa Smith at email@example.com or call her at (360) 394-8854.
An email from the person managing the guest list for the event said “The event is not open to the public seeing as this is on a closed/secure facility. It was intended for members of the NSL, PSNBA, Navy League and people that currently have access to the base.”
Well blow me down!!! The host list reads like a who’s who of Trident advocates; from the groups’ Websites: The NSL (Naval Submarine League) is “a professional organization for submarine advocates.” The PSNBA (Puget Sound Naval Bases Association) “is a nonpartisan, non profit organization, dedicated to supporting the local naval installations.” The Navy League‘s mission is “to educate and motivate the American people to support our maritime capabilities…”
What is even more interesting is that the person who “handles the guest list” for the event works for a private contractor, SAIC.com, a company that appears to be deeply embedded in the Military-Industrial Complex. I wonder how much they are being paid to “handle the guest list”???
Well, the bottom line is that the government will end up shelling out well over $80 billion (oooh aargh!!!) for new ballistic missile submarines while social programs are being slashed faster than a buzz cut at Rudy’s Barbershop. This is not only fiscal madness, but omnicidal madness as well. It’s time to scuttle this nuclear madness right now.
Join Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and members of Disarm Now Plowshares this Thursday, January 27, 2010 at the Trigger Avenue entrance to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for a vigil from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, followed by a submarine sandwich lunch at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
We’ll have banners and signs aplenty. Bring your nonviolent, disarming spirit. We will stand reminding those entering the base that nuclear weapons do not bring us any measure of security.
For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Ablao at email@example.com or (360) 930-8697. Please also email me and let me know if you will join us for our “sub” lunch.
Thanks and Peace,