Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: Day One

The Peace Walkers are resting after a memorable first day Walking for Nuclear Disarmament. Here are two reflections. The first is by Fumiaki “Fumi” Tosu, whose father is a Hibakusha of Hiroshima. Second is a reflection on the day by Susan Crane. Continue reading

Disarm Now Peace Walk for Nuclear Disarmament (August 19 – 22)

Dear Friends,

Our friend Susan Crane has been ordered to return to the prison at Dublin, California on August 22nd. If you haven’t read the summary of Susan’s July 23rd probation hearing you can read it here. She was given 60 days of additional prison time. Continue reading

Bangor: What are all those fences for???

Dear Friends,

The Disarm Now Plowshares five symbolically (through their act of cutting chain-link fences) and sequentially opened the Bangor nuclear submarine base and nuclear weapons storage depot to the world so that we may all see what lies within.

Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and the Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific are at the heart of our nations reliance on nuclear weapons.  The April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) made it clear that between development and deployment of a new generation of ballistic missile submarines, and warhead “life extension” work for the W76 warhead deployed on the Trident D5 missile, Trident will continue to be the nation’s star nuclear player.

One may well wonder what ever happened to President Obama’s commitment to  a world free of nuclear weapons, and his promise to “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy” (Prague speech, April 5,2009).  While his rhetoric has mostly been upbeat, the 2010 NPR is not.  Although it is a marked improvement over the 2001 NPR released by the Bush administration, it continues decades-old policies on deployment, modernization, disarmament, and use doctrine.

So the government continues to maintain (and improve) the vast numbers of nuclear warheads stored in Bangor’s bunkers and prepare the submarines that patrol the seas, ready to launch their deadly arsenal on command, without any signs of cutting back.  It is not only madness, but under our nations (and international) laws it is illegal.

The public is essentially kept in the dark about nuclear weapons, and in one study only 59 of U.S. respondents knew that our own nation possesses nuclear weapons (whoah!).  Ignorance is not bliss; we ignore the existence of nuclear weapons at our own peril.  Avoiding the issue will not make the weapons go away; quite the contrary – it allows our government to more easily pursue its aggressive nuclear agenda.

Today I present you with direct evidence of the nefarious activities hidden from view behind the chain link and barbed wire fences surrounding Bangor.  Thanks to someone with aerial access and a phenomenal camera system we can see what the Disarm Now Plowshares five saw (albeit from a different perspective) and more.  See what is beyond the fence in the You Tube video [11/16/10 note: shortly after the Bangor aerial footage (from YouTube) was posted here, it mysteriously disappeared, and so you will have to imagine it here in this empty space.]:

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Once we view what is behind the fences at Bangor we can no longer pretend that it does not exist; we must make a choice – ignore it or take a stand against the nuclear monster that threatens to consume the world.  It is up to us to pressure our reluctant government to take real steps towards a nuclear weapons-free world.



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