Sending the Wrong People to Jail…

Friends,

In a little over a month from now (on March 28th) the five Disarm Now Plowshares co-defendants will walk into Judge Benjamin Settle’s courtroom for sentencing.

Sentencing can be defined as the punishment given to persons convicted of a crime.  One legal dictionary refers to the primary goals of sentencing as “punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation.”  It is somewhat ironic that one of the goals of sentencing is “deterrence,” the same longstanding stated (and completely misguided) goal of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.  And I must admit that the last one, “rehabilitation” made me laugh as I thought of the idea of rehabilitating any of these fine people.  Perhaps it would be more appropriate to  prescribe rehabilitation for those people engaged in preparations for nuclear war, the ones Thomas Merton once described as:

“…the sane ones, the well-adapted ones, who can without qualms and without nausea aim the missiles and press the buttons that will initiate the great festival of destruction that they, the sane ones, have prepared.” Continue reading

Time to Push Back against Trident Replacement

Friends,

It’s time to write letters to the editor in response to the U.S. Navy’s plan to build a new generation of ballistic missile submarines!

The Kitsap Sun published an article yesterday about the Navy’s work on a replacement for the current fleet of OHIO class submarines. The Seattle Times picked right up on it and published it essentially verbatim.

A new ballistic missile submarine program (even with fewer missile tubes) will continue to foster our nation’s reliance on the false security inherent in the concept of nuclear “deterrence”, and will likely destabilize efforts at disarmament and nonproliferation. Now is the time to make use of the newspapers’ coverage by writing letters to the editors of your local paper, whether you live near the Bangor Base, South Sound, Seattle, or even New York City. Continue reading

No New Nuclear Subs! Time to Speak Out!

Ahoy Mateys,

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? Continue reading

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