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Tuesday, visit this site February 19, 2008

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The planned Pentagon shoot down of the wayward U.S. military satellite is nothing more than an opportunity to test new Star Wars anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) technology says the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“The Bush administration is magnifying the risk to justify the testing of new dangerous and provocative offensive space warfare technologies,” says Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network, which is based in Maine.

“At the time when we need to be constraining space debris-creating ASAT testing, this test will throw open the door to a new arms race in space.”

The Strategic Command’s (StratCom) high-tech Global Operations Center, buried beneath Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska, will play the lead role in coordinating the ASAT test. StratCom now heads all military space operations since merging with the U.S. Space Command in 2002.

“The decision to destroy the American satellite does not look harmless as they try to claim, especially at a time when the U.S. has been evading negotiations on the limitation of an arms race in outer space,” a Russian Defense Ministry statement has concluded.

For many years Russia and China have gone to the United Nations General Assembly with a resolution calling for a treaty to ban all weapons in space. The U.S. and Israel have annually voted against the treaty while every other nation in the world supports such a new legal ban on space weapons. The U.S. aerospace industry says that Star Wars will be the largest industrial project in the history of the planet Earth.

Global Network board member Stacey Fritz, Coordinator of No Nukes North in Alaska where so-called missile defense interceptors have been deployed says, “A culmination of events this month reveals the true direction of space weapons technology. China and Russia have formally proposed a new ban on space weapons on the heels of polls showing widespread public support for such a treaty in both the U.S. and Russia. Not only does the U.S. refuse to consider the ban, but also after denying for years that these systems have offensive capabilities, the rogue Bush administration proposes to demonstrate missile defense’s anti-satellite technology. The doors of the Trojan horse are spilling open and the new arms race is on.”

Three U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers, outfitted with missile interceptors, will fire at the satellite as it falls back to Earth from positions just off Hawaii. These same Aegis ships are now being home ported by the Navy throughout the Asian-Pacific region giving the U.S. the ability to encircle China’s coast. These Aegis ships could give the U.S. the ability to intercept China’s twenty nuclear missiles that today are capable of reaching the west coast of the continental U.S. The Pentagon has been war-gaming a U.S. first-strike attack on China, set in 2016, for the past several years. In that attack the Aegis ships would negate China’s nuclear retaliatory force by intercepting their missiles in the boost phase.

The Global Network is made up of more than 140-affiliated peace groups around the world working to halt the nuclearization and weaponization of space.

For more information see www.space4peace.org
Tuesday, visit this site February 19, 2008

ph20080214024691.jpg

The planned Pentagon shoot down of the wayward U.S. military satellite is nothing more than an opportunity to test new Star Wars anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) technology says the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“The Bush administration is magnifying the risk to justify the testing of new dangerous and provocative offensive space warfare technologies,” says Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network, which is based in Maine.

“At the time when we need to be constraining space debris-creating ASAT testing, this test will throw open the door to a new arms race in space.”

The Strategic Command’s (StratCom) high-tech Global Operations Center, buried beneath Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska, will play the lead role in coordinating the ASAT test. StratCom now heads all military space operations since merging with the U.S. Space Command in 2002.

“The decision to destroy the American satellite does not look harmless as they try to claim, especially at a time when the U.S. has been evading negotiations on the limitation of an arms race in outer space,” a Russian Defense Ministry statement has concluded.

For many years Russia and China have gone to the United Nations General Assembly with a resolution calling for a treaty to ban all weapons in space. The U.S. and Israel have annually voted against the treaty while every other nation in the world supports such a new legal ban on space weapons. The U.S. aerospace industry says that Star Wars will be the largest industrial project in the history of the planet Earth.

Global Network board member Stacey Fritz, Coordinator of No Nukes North in Alaska where so-called missile defense interceptors have been deployed says, “A culmination of events this month reveals the true direction of space weapons technology. China and Russia have formally proposed a new ban on space weapons on the heels of polls showing widespread public support for such a treaty in both the U.S. and Russia. Not only does the U.S. refuse to consider the ban, but also after denying for years that these systems have offensive capabilities, the rogue Bush administration proposes to demonstrate missile defense’s anti-satellite technology. The doors of the Trojan horse are spilling open and the new arms race is on.”

Three U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers, outfitted with missile interceptors, will fire at the satellite as it falls back to Earth from positions just off Hawaii. These same Aegis ships are now being home ported by the Navy throughout the Asian-Pacific region giving the U.S. the ability to encircle China’s coast. These Aegis ships could give the U.S. the ability to intercept China’s twenty nuclear missiles that today are capable of reaching the west coast of the continental U.S. The Pentagon has been war-gaming a U.S. first-strike attack on China, set in 2016, for the past several years. In that attack the Aegis ships would negate China’s nuclear retaliatory force by intercepting their missiles in the boost phase.

The Global Network is made up of more than 140-affiliated peace groups around the world working to halt the nuclearization and weaponization of space.

For more information see www.space4peace.org
Blogroots: Land of Mañana

As I write this, food
it’s nearly three days since the polls closed in New Mexico’s Democratic presidential caucus, and there is no end in sight to the delay in obtaining a final result. Hillary Clinton’s 1100-vote lead over Barack Obama may not withstand the tallying of some 17,000 provisional ballots. On the other hand, the general election may intrude before we find out who won the caucus.

State Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colon has apologized for underestimating the turnout, not having enough ballots, not having enough voting locations in places like Rio Rancho, not having enough volunteers, etc., but his overview on the situation as quoted in an Associated Press article in this morning’s Sun-News makes White House spin seem tame and credible. Said Colon, when asked if New Mexico should be embarrassed because there is no clear winner two days after the caucus: “New Mexico has nothing to be ashamed of… There’s a level of excitement that’s never been seen before.”

This is the same Colon who said a couple of weeks ago that he expected a statewide voter turnout of 35,000 for the contest. Instead, more than 153,000 ballots were cast, and untold numbers of voters left polling places in frustration at the long lines and confusion. The turnout was very strong in virtually all 22 states that partook in Super Tuesday, yet New Mexico will be dead last in reporting results. Aside from the debacle in Rio Rancho, where one polling site served a city of 72,000, keeping the polls open and delaying ballot-counting statewide, the ballot boxes from four precincts in Rio Arriba County were not turned in or counted until the following day, after spending the night in mysterious circumstances. And the party’s web site was a mess, providing slothlike updates with no explanation of the delay. Apparently, Albuquerque media had better and quicker vote counts directly from the Democrats, but those of us in Doña Ana County are deprived of full-time access to Albuquerque television news, so only knew what Heath Haussamen was posting on his blog.

When I voted at a consolidated precinct at East Picacho Elementary in Las Cruces, confusion reigned, as precinct officials tried to herd voters into four alphabetically designated lines just inside the doorway. There were no visible signs, and the queuing was conducted via word of mouth as each voter came in the door. The voter list printouts made it difficult to determine on which line to sign in, and after voting it was necessary to find an exit path back through the lines to get to the one set of doors that served as both entrance and exit. Things were hardly less chaotic than at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival we attended last summer, and there was no music at the end of the line!

The entire process must be rethought. New leadership is obviously needed. Or is it a new party we really need? Or does it matter, given that once again the voters have no real progressive choice in a presidential election that only gives the illusion of having real importance to the future of civilization and the planet?

–Steve Klinger, 02/08/08
Tuesday, visit this site February 19, 2008

ph20080214024691.jpg

The planned Pentagon shoot down of the wayward U.S. military satellite is nothing more than an opportunity to test new Star Wars anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) technology says the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“The Bush administration is magnifying the risk to justify the testing of new dangerous and provocative offensive space warfare technologies,” says Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network, which is based in Maine.

“At the time when we need to be constraining space debris-creating ASAT testing, this test will throw open the door to a new arms race in space.”

The Strategic Command’s (StratCom) high-tech Global Operations Center, buried beneath Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska, will play the lead role in coordinating the ASAT test. StratCom now heads all military space operations since merging with the U.S. Space Command in 2002.

“The decision to destroy the American satellite does not look harmless as they try to claim, especially at a time when the U.S. has been evading negotiations on the limitation of an arms race in outer space,” a Russian Defense Ministry statement has concluded.

For many years Russia and China have gone to the United Nations General Assembly with a resolution calling for a treaty to ban all weapons in space. The U.S. and Israel have annually voted against the treaty while every other nation in the world supports such a new legal ban on space weapons. The U.S. aerospace industry says that Star Wars will be the largest industrial project in the history of the planet Earth.

Global Network board member Stacey Fritz, Coordinator of No Nukes North in Alaska where so-called missile defense interceptors have been deployed says, “A culmination of events this month reveals the true direction of space weapons technology. China and Russia have formally proposed a new ban on space weapons on the heels of polls showing widespread public support for such a treaty in both the U.S. and Russia. Not only does the U.S. refuse to consider the ban, but also after denying for years that these systems have offensive capabilities, the rogue Bush administration proposes to demonstrate missile defense’s anti-satellite technology. The doors of the Trojan horse are spilling open and the new arms race is on.”

Three U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers, outfitted with missile interceptors, will fire at the satellite as it falls back to Earth from positions just off Hawaii. These same Aegis ships are now being home ported by the Navy throughout the Asian-Pacific region giving the U.S. the ability to encircle China’s coast. These Aegis ships could give the U.S. the ability to intercept China’s twenty nuclear missiles that today are capable of reaching the west coast of the continental U.S. The Pentagon has been war-gaming a U.S. first-strike attack on China, set in 2016, for the past several years. In that attack the Aegis ships would negate China’s nuclear retaliatory force by intercepting their missiles in the boost phase.

The Global Network is made up of more than 140-affiliated peace groups around the world working to halt the nuclearization and weaponization of space.

For more information see www.space4peace.org
Blogroots: Land of Mañana

As I write this, food
it’s nearly three days since the polls closed in New Mexico’s Democratic presidential caucus, and there is no end in sight to the delay in obtaining a final result. Hillary Clinton’s 1100-vote lead over Barack Obama may not withstand the tallying of some 17,000 provisional ballots. On the other hand, the general election may intrude before we find out who won the caucus.

State Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colon has apologized for underestimating the turnout, not having enough ballots, not having enough voting locations in places like Rio Rancho, not having enough volunteers, etc., but his overview on the situation as quoted in an Associated Press article in this morning’s Sun-News makes White House spin seem tame and credible. Said Colon, when asked if New Mexico should be embarrassed because there is no clear winner two days after the caucus: “New Mexico has nothing to be ashamed of… There’s a level of excitement that’s never been seen before.”

This is the same Colon who said a couple of weeks ago that he expected a statewide voter turnout of 35,000 for the contest. Instead, more than 153,000 ballots were cast, and untold numbers of voters left polling places in frustration at the long lines and confusion. The turnout was very strong in virtually all 22 states that partook in Super Tuesday, yet New Mexico will be dead last in reporting results. Aside from the debacle in Rio Rancho, where one polling site served a city of 72,000, keeping the polls open and delaying ballot-counting statewide, the ballot boxes from four precincts in Rio Arriba County were not turned in or counted until the following day, after spending the night in mysterious circumstances. And the party’s web site was a mess, providing slothlike updates with no explanation of the delay. Apparently, Albuquerque media had better and quicker vote counts directly from the Democrats, but those of us in Doña Ana County are deprived of full-time access to Albuquerque television news, so only knew what Heath Haussamen was posting on his blog.

When I voted at a consolidated precinct at East Picacho Elementary in Las Cruces, confusion reigned, as precinct officials tried to herd voters into four alphabetically designated lines just inside the doorway. There were no visible signs, and the queuing was conducted via word of mouth as each voter came in the door. The voter list printouts made it difficult to determine on which line to sign in, and after voting it was necessary to find an exit path back through the lines to get to the one set of doors that served as both entrance and exit. Things were hardly less chaotic than at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival we attended last summer, and there was no music at the end of the line!

The entire process must be rethought. New leadership is obviously needed. Or is it a new party we really need? Or does it matter, given that once again the voters have no real progressive choice in a presidential election that only gives the illusion of having real importance to the future of civilization and the planet?

–Steve Klinger, 02/08/08
Tony Lagouranis is an Iraq War veteran who served as an Army
interrogator in Iraq for a year. In the end, abortion
he considered what he
did there to be torture. Because he spoke out about his experiences
on FRONTLINE and Democracy Now! when he returned, viagra buy
he was offered a
book contract. FEAR UP HARSH (the name of one approach to
interrogation) was published in June 2007. I highly recommend this
book, and reading it motivated me to do a civil resistance action at
Fort Huachuca, Arizona in November.

Tony describes the techniques he and others used in Iraq to try to
get information or confessions from Iraqi detainees. They include
induced hypothermia – chaining people to fences outside in the cold,
often rainy Iraq winter wearing only a cotton jumpsuit, forcing men
to lie face down on the floor, naked, while ice water was poured over
them, a rectal thermometer monitoring their temperatures to hover
just above death, making men sleep outside unprotected or march
barefoot in cold mud.

Self-inflicted pain from stress positions was used – kneeling,
being hung from fences in odd positions, or chained to metal tables
or chairs for hours. Barking, snarling dogs were brought in to charge
at the chained prisoners, who were hooded so they couldn’t discern
that the dogs had muzzles.

Loud music, strobe lights, hunger and sleep deprivation – all were
designed to disorient prisoners and regress them into cooperation.
These dehumanizing techniques of torture were based on research done
by the CIA in the 1950s and distributed around the world in
notorious manuals of intelligence gathering.

Tony is clear that he was not taught torture at Fort Huachuca; in
fact, he had ten hours of training in the Geneva Conventions and the
Laws of War there. But he learned this brutal culture of torture
from veteran HUMINT guys returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and on
the job in Iraq.

Perhaps the scariest part of his book is that when he woke up from
his nightmare, confessed the illegal things he had done to an Army
Criminal Investigation man, signed a report, he found a year later
that there was absolutely no record anywhere of his statements. No
one wanted to hear.

Do we Americans really want our own soldiers torturing prisoners in
these cruel ways? Isn’t it clear that by using torture we create
enemies among the detainees” family and tribe faster than we could
possibly kill them?

What has happened to our historic tradition of honoring international
human rights law in our treatment of prisoners?

American apathy in the face of these brutal practices is vast, and I
think, appalling.

When I read FEAR UP HARSH, I knew I had to take action.  Silence is
always taken for assent, and by living my ordinary life, I felt that
I was giving my consent to the degradation of my beloved country.

As Senator McCain says,  “In the matter of torture, the question is
not who they are, but who we are.”

Mary Burton Riseley
Cliff, NM
Tuesday, visit this site February 19, 2008

ph20080214024691.jpg

The planned Pentagon shoot down of the wayward U.S. military satellite is nothing more than an opportunity to test new Star Wars anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) technology says the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“The Bush administration is magnifying the risk to justify the testing of new dangerous and provocative offensive space warfare technologies,” says Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network, which is based in Maine.

“At the time when we need to be constraining space debris-creating ASAT testing, this test will throw open the door to a new arms race in space.”

The Strategic Command’s (StratCom) high-tech Global Operations Center, buried beneath Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska, will play the lead role in coordinating the ASAT test. StratCom now heads all military space operations since merging with the U.S. Space Command in 2002.

“The decision to destroy the American satellite does not look harmless as they try to claim, especially at a time when the U.S. has been evading negotiations on the limitation of an arms race in outer space,” a Russian Defense Ministry statement has concluded.

For many years Russia and China have gone to the United Nations General Assembly with a resolution calling for a treaty to ban all weapons in space. The U.S. and Israel have annually voted against the treaty while every other nation in the world supports such a new legal ban on space weapons. The U.S. aerospace industry says that Star Wars will be the largest industrial project in the history of the planet Earth.

Global Network board member Stacey Fritz, Coordinator of No Nukes North in Alaska where so-called missile defense interceptors have been deployed says, “A culmination of events this month reveals the true direction of space weapons technology. China and Russia have formally proposed a new ban on space weapons on the heels of polls showing widespread public support for such a treaty in both the U.S. and Russia. Not only does the U.S. refuse to consider the ban, but also after denying for years that these systems have offensive capabilities, the rogue Bush administration proposes to demonstrate missile defense’s anti-satellite technology. The doors of the Trojan horse are spilling open and the new arms race is on.”

Three U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers, outfitted with missile interceptors, will fire at the satellite as it falls back to Earth from positions just off Hawaii. These same Aegis ships are now being home ported by the Navy throughout the Asian-Pacific region giving the U.S. the ability to encircle China’s coast. These Aegis ships could give the U.S. the ability to intercept China’s twenty nuclear missiles that today are capable of reaching the west coast of the continental U.S. The Pentagon has been war-gaming a U.S. first-strike attack on China, set in 2016, for the past several years. In that attack the Aegis ships would negate China’s nuclear retaliatory force by intercepting their missiles in the boost phase.

The Global Network is made up of more than 140-affiliated peace groups around the world working to halt the nuclearization and weaponization of space.

For more information see www.space4peace.org
Blogroots: Land of Mañana

As I write this, food
it’s nearly three days since the polls closed in New Mexico’s Democratic presidential caucus, and there is no end in sight to the delay in obtaining a final result. Hillary Clinton’s 1100-vote lead over Barack Obama may not withstand the tallying of some 17,000 provisional ballots. On the other hand, the general election may intrude before we find out who won the caucus.

State Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colon has apologized for underestimating the turnout, not having enough ballots, not having enough voting locations in places like Rio Rancho, not having enough volunteers, etc., but his overview on the situation as quoted in an Associated Press article in this morning’s Sun-News makes White House spin seem tame and credible. Said Colon, when asked if New Mexico should be embarrassed because there is no clear winner two days after the caucus: “New Mexico has nothing to be ashamed of… There’s a level of excitement that’s never been seen before.”

This is the same Colon who said a couple of weeks ago that he expected a statewide voter turnout of 35,000 for the contest. Instead, more than 153,000 ballots were cast, and untold numbers of voters left polling places in frustration at the long lines and confusion. The turnout was very strong in virtually all 22 states that partook in Super Tuesday, yet New Mexico will be dead last in reporting results. Aside from the debacle in Rio Rancho, where one polling site served a city of 72,000, keeping the polls open and delaying ballot-counting statewide, the ballot boxes from four precincts in Rio Arriba County were not turned in or counted until the following day, after spending the night in mysterious circumstances. And the party’s web site was a mess, providing slothlike updates with no explanation of the delay. Apparently, Albuquerque media had better and quicker vote counts directly from the Democrats, but those of us in Doña Ana County are deprived of full-time access to Albuquerque television news, so only knew what Heath Haussamen was posting on his blog.

When I voted at a consolidated precinct at East Picacho Elementary in Las Cruces, confusion reigned, as precinct officials tried to herd voters into four alphabetically designated lines just inside the doorway. There were no visible signs, and the queuing was conducted via word of mouth as each voter came in the door. The voter list printouts made it difficult to determine on which line to sign in, and after voting it was necessary to find an exit path back through the lines to get to the one set of doors that served as both entrance and exit. Things were hardly less chaotic than at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival we attended last summer, and there was no music at the end of the line!

The entire process must be rethought. New leadership is obviously needed. Or is it a new party we really need? Or does it matter, given that once again the voters have no real progressive choice in a presidential election that only gives the illusion of having real importance to the future of civilization and the planet?

–Steve Klinger, 02/08/08
Tony Lagouranis is an Iraq War veteran who served as an Army
interrogator in Iraq for a year. In the end, abortion
he considered what he
did there to be torture. Because he spoke out about his experiences
on FRONTLINE and Democracy Now! when he returned, viagra buy
he was offered a
book contract. FEAR UP HARSH (the name of one approach to
interrogation) was published in June 2007. I highly recommend this
book, and reading it motivated me to do a civil resistance action at
Fort Huachuca, Arizona in November.

Tony describes the techniques he and others used in Iraq to try to
get information or confessions from Iraqi detainees. They include
induced hypothermia – chaining people to fences outside in the cold,
often rainy Iraq winter wearing only a cotton jumpsuit, forcing men
to lie face down on the floor, naked, while ice water was poured over
them, a rectal thermometer monitoring their temperatures to hover
just above death, making men sleep outside unprotected or march
barefoot in cold mud.

Self-inflicted pain from stress positions was used – kneeling,
being hung from fences in odd positions, or chained to metal tables
or chairs for hours. Barking, snarling dogs were brought in to charge
at the chained prisoners, who were hooded so they couldn’t discern
that the dogs had muzzles.

Loud music, strobe lights, hunger and sleep deprivation – all were
designed to disorient prisoners and regress them into cooperation.
These dehumanizing techniques of torture were based on research done
by the CIA in the 1950s and distributed around the world in
notorious manuals of intelligence gathering.

Tony is clear that he was not taught torture at Fort Huachuca; in
fact, he had ten hours of training in the Geneva Conventions and the
Laws of War there. But he learned this brutal culture of torture
from veteran HUMINT guys returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and on
the job in Iraq.

Perhaps the scariest part of his book is that when he woke up from
his nightmare, confessed the illegal things he had done to an Army
Criminal Investigation man, signed a report, he found a year later
that there was absolutely no record anywhere of his statements. No
one wanted to hear.

Do we Americans really want our own soldiers torturing prisoners in
these cruel ways? Isn’t it clear that by using torture we create
enemies among the detainees” family and tribe faster than we could
possibly kill them?

What has happened to our historic tradition of honoring international
human rights law in our treatment of prisoners?

American apathy in the face of these brutal practices is vast, and I
think, appalling.

When I read FEAR UP HARSH, I knew I had to take action.  Silence is
always taken for assent, and by living my ordinary life, I felt that
I was giving my consent to the degradation of my beloved country.

As Senator McCain says,  “In the matter of torture, the question is
not who they are, but who we are.”

Mary Burton Riseley
Cliff, NM
Would you like to see nuclear disarmament? New Mexico has a unique role to play: Our state is home to 1914 nuclear weapons. This means that if New Mexico were to secede from the union, nurse it would be the world’s third largest nuclear power (Russia, United States, New Mexico). It also means that New Mexicans can play a key part in calling for the dismantlement of a significant percentage of the world’s nuclear arsenal.

Many people believe that the nuclear weapons are stored somewhere in the Manzano mountains southeast of Albuquerque, but they are in fact stored in the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex which is located about one mile to the southeast of where the two runways cross at the Albuquerque Sunport. This is very close to home for many New Mexicans.

When the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex was opened in 1992, 2,090 nuclear weapons were stored there. In August of 1997, New Mexico had the most nuclear weapons stored in one place anywhere on the planet, with 2,850 warheads out of a U.S. total of 12,500. In other words, roughly one-fourth of the U.S. nuclear arsenal was located within 30 miles of the homes of all of Albuquerque’s 500,000 residents in 1997.

By 1998, the number of nuclear weapons at Kirtland had dropped to 2,450 but went up to 2,510 by 2004. As of November 2006, the number of Kirtland WMDs had declined to 1,914, the lowest figure ever at the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex.

New Mexicans can take credit for this decrease in the number of Kirtland WMDs. Since 2003, more than 8,000 people have signed a petition calling for the dismantlement of the nuclear weapons here. Demonstrations, radio shows, articles, guest editorials have all voiced the concerns of many. Groups of citizens have pored over Albuquerque’s All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan, which does not even acknowledge the existence of nuclear weapons in Albuquerque. Citizens have raised their concerns to city legislators, state legislators, federal representatives, the governor and even the Secretary of Defense. With the exception of a few rare officials, the response has been silence. Or has it? The number of nuclear weapons at Kirtland has dropped to its lowest total since 1992.

There are many reasons to dismantle the Kirtland WMDs:

1. All our nuclear weapons did not keep us safe on 9/11 and do nothing but drain resources that could be better used for education, health care, etc.
2. 2000 nuclear weapons do not belong in a city, or anywhere.
3. What are we going to do with them? Use them?

Let us dismantle these nuclear weapons and ensure that they will never harm anyone!

For more information about the campaign to dismantle the Kirtland nuclear weapons, contact www.StoptheWarMachine.org or StoptheWarMachine@comcast.net

Jeanne Pahls
Stop the War Machine
Albuquerque
On Monday, prescription Feb. 4, sale in federal court in Tucson, visit Ariz. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lamb,
Fr. Jerry Zawada and Mary Burton Riseley entered stipulations to the facts
of trespass and failure to obey an officer, in return for prosecution
dismissal of the conspiracy charge. After much dialogue between the court,
the defendants and attorneys for the prosecution and defense, Magistrate
Jacqueline Marshall sentenced each defendant to two years of supervised
probation, plus a $5,000 fine or 500 hours of community service.
For a detailed report on today’s proceedings, please read Brenda Norrell’s
article at http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
More details at http://tortureontrial.org

(The following was compiled by Grassroots Press with information from Las Cruces resident Vickie Aldrich, news reports, postings on the tortureontrial.org web site and emails from Mary Burton Riseley.)

Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada, Betsy Lamb and Mary Burton Riseley went to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz. on Nov. 18, 2007 to hand out flyers with a message they had written to enlisted personnel and officers, and speak to them about interrogation training and the use of torture. After moving past temporary barricades at the Fort’s main gate, they were stopped from going any further. They knelt down and were arrested. In addition to the same charges of trespass and failure to comply with a police officer, the three were also charged with conspiracy to trespass.

Both actions were part of demonstrations at Fort Huachuca that took place in conjunction with the annual vigil at Fort Benning, Ga., calling for closure of the infamous School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). Dozens of Latin American military leaders who trained at the “School of Assassins” have since been convicted of torture, murder and other heinous crimes in their own countries. The torture manuals used at the School of the Americas came from Fort Huachuca, the home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and interrogation training school. (source: www.tortureontrial.org)

Zawada, of the Pace Bene in Las Vegas, Nev., Lamb, of Bend, Orge., and Riseley, of Cliff, N.M. were arrested, after walking past temporary barricades placed at Fort Huachuca’s main gate. The three had intended to hand out flyers and speak with enlisted personnel and officers, to express their concern about interrogation training and the use of torture. They all received federal citations for trespass and conspiracy to trespass, and a state citation for failure to obey a police officer. After being processed, they were released.
According to an email from Riseley, Zawada and Lamb were remanded into custody on Dec. 4 and have been serving time at the private Corrections Corporation of
America prison in Florence, Ariz. since then. Riseley said she is out on her own
recognizance until their trial on Feb. 4 in Tucson, Ariz. She said all three are represented by a team of five lawyers headed up by Bill Quigley, professor of law at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Dear Friends:

It is bad enough that the Republicans in Congress follow like sheep the torturous anti-logic of the sickest, infertility least competent, most fascist executive department in our nation’s history. Our celebration that Democrats “took control” of Congress in the last election was premature and wrong: 12 Democrats in the Senate joined in the passage of the spy-on-Americans act. Twelve Democrats voted “screw the Constitution” and gave retroactive pardons to the telecommunications companies which have already criminally participated in illegal spying on American citizens.

You should know, and I urge you to distribute widely, the identities of these 12 traitors to American ideals and the Constitution.

They are: Bayh of Indiana, Carper of Delaware, Inouye of Hawaii, Johnson of South Dakota, Landrieu of Louisiana, Mikulski of Maryland, McCaskill of Missouri, Nelson of Florida, Nelson of Missouri, Pryor of Arkansas, Rockefeller of West Virginia, and Salazar of Colorado.

Needless to say, the Senator for Israel, Lieberman, also voted for this abominable legislation.

–Thomas Wark

Editor’s note: Also voting in favor of Telecom immunity was Calif. Sen. Diane (who-needs-Republicans-when-you-have-complicit-Democrats) Feinstein.
Dear Friends:

It is bad enough that the Republicans in Congress follow like sheep the torturous anti-logic of the sickest, infertility least competent, most fascist executive department in our nation’s history. Our celebration that Democrats “took control” of Congress in the last election was premature and wrong: 12 Democrats in the Senate joined in the passage of the spy-on-Americans act. Twelve Democrats voted “screw the Constitution” and gave retroactive pardons to the telecommunications companies which have already criminally participated in illegal spying on American citizens.

You should know, and I urge you to distribute widely, the identities of these 12 traitors to American ideals and the Constitution.

They are: Bayh of Indiana, Carper of Delaware, Inouye of Hawaii, Johnson of South Dakota, Landrieu of Louisiana, Mikulski of Maryland, McCaskill of Missouri, Nelson of Florida, Nelson of Missouri, Pryor of Arkansas, Rockefeller of West Virginia, and Salazar of Colorado.

Needless to say, the Senator for Israel, Lieberman, also voted for this abominable legislation.

–Thomas Wark

Editor’s note: Also voting in favor of Telecom immunity was Calif. Sen. Diane (who-needs-Republicans-when-you-have-complicit-Democrats) Feinstein.
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