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Missile Defence & Nuclear Weapons

US Missile Defence is part of US’ strategy for full military dominance of land, air, sea, space and information. The US describes it as a defensive system as it allows the US to shoot down incoming missiles.
Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, the largest spy base in the world, is run by the US National Security Agency, operates outside US law and is not accountable in British law. The revelations by Edward Snowden have shown GCHQ and the US National Security Agency working hand in hand to cooperate in mass surveillance, spying on ordinary citizens and institutions. The collection and storage of all this data by the state, covert and unregulated, is a very real threat to our civil liberties and contrary to international law. The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (www.caab.org.uk) works to bring public scrutiny and awareness to the roles and functions of the US visiting forces in the UK.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE Burghfield) is the bomb factory which builds and maintains the UK’s nuclear warheads. The site is set for a £734 million upgrade as part of plans to replace Trident, at a cost £205 billion. Later this year a number of protests will be held along the convoy routes, which pass through the East Midlands region, from the nuclear weapons factory at Burghfield to the submarine base at Coulport in Scotland. See: www.nukewatch.org.uk

Campaign Update
Winter 2017

This year ‘Keep Space for Peace Week’ also marked the 40th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, signed by the U.S. and 90 other countries, which affirms "the peaceful purposes" of outer space and forbids "weapons of mass destruction" from being deployed in space. Sadly these forward-looking principles were thrown out in the Reagan years, when anti-ballistic missile systems were developed and the “Star Wars” programme was developed to defend anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems in space.

The US is now spending £200m to turn RAF Croughton in the Midlands into one of its largest international intelligence hubs, like Menwith Hill in Yorkshire. These major US Communication and Intelligence bases support many US military sites in Europe,  involved in world-wide war operations including space communications, data links, military drone information, bomber guidance, missile defence, diplomatic communications, and command and control. Dave Webb, CND Chair said: “ We have got used to satellite-based phone and GPS systems, satellite TV and mapping, and see these technologies as essentially benign. What we don’t realise is that every emergent technology is adopted by the military, and is in effect the arms race is moving into space.”

In 2015 CAAT organised a marathon blockade and last year a judge ruled that protestors on trial for blocking deliveries of weapons to the fair were not guilty as they had acted to ‘to prevent greater crimes’ This year CAAT has again taken action at the DSEi Arms Fair in London. Anti-nuclear peace campaigners have been out protesting with them, not only because the arms trade fuels war but many of the companies involved are also implicated in nuclear weapons production.
Monday 4th September: Stop Arming Israel: During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boast about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day
Wednesday 6th September: Anti-nuclear action: Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest. On the Wednesday, join the day dedicated to challenging the nuclear weapons companies like. BAE, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin etc. This will be linked to campaigns on climate change: see www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/arms-to-renewables

Campaign Update
Autumn 2017
Keep Space for Peace
Planning permission has been given for the start of the building of the Joint intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC) which will turn Croughton into a “major intelligence base”. US  bases at Molesworth and Alconbury will close and their functions and personnel moved to the Croughton base.
The U.S. is starting to spend £200m to turn U.S.A.F. Croughton into one of its’ largest international intelligence hubs. This major U.S. communication and intelligence base supports many US military sites in Europe and is involved in world-wide war operations.  These include space communications, data links, military drone information, bomber guidance, missile defence, diplomatic communications, and command and control war fighting functions.  A connected base is at Barford St John, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
There will be a National March & Rally on Saturday 7th October from 12.00 – 4pm.
Speakers include Dave Webb, Chair of CND; Paul Mobbs, ‘Croughtonwatch’; Nikki Clark, South West Against Nuclear
‘RAF’ Croughton main gate is on the B4031, off the A43, 2 miles North of M40 junction 10, just South of Brackley, Northamptonshire. Travel west on the B4031, past the main gate, turn left at mini-roundabout on eastern edge of Croughton village, and park at signed site, not at main gate.  Starts 12.00 car park, along B4031 to Main Gate, return 4.30pm.
Food stall and disabled toilet at main gate. Bring flags and banners!  Stop the Militarisation of Space.

With all the economic uncertainties of Brexit looming the UK government is not feeling picky about who it pushes weapons sales to. Theresa May began this year by signing off on a £100 million arms deal with Turkey during her state visit while remaining silent on the shameful torture, repression and violence that has been inflicted by the Turkish government on its citizens since last summer. The International Secretary toured the Middle East in order to increase UK trade with some of the world’s most repressive regimes.
This September we can expect delegates from Turkey to join numerous other repressive governments, including Bahrain, Israel and Saudi Arabia to rub shoulders with arms dealers and shop for weapons at the huge Arms Fair in London.
In 2015 CAAT organised a marathon blockade and last year a judge ruled that protestors on trial for blocking deliveries of weapons to the fair were not guilty as they had acted to ‘to prevent greater crimes’ This year CAAT has again taken action at the DSEi Arms Fair in London.

Anti-nuclear peace campaigners have been out protesting with them, not only because the arms trade fuels war but many of the companies involved are also implicated in nuclear weapons production.
Monday 4th September: Stop Arming Israel: During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boast about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day
Wednesday 6th September: Anti-nuclear action: Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest. On the Wednesday, join the day dedicated to challenging the nuclear weapons companies like. BAE, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin etc. This will be linked to campaigns on climate change: see: https://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/arms-to-renewables

Campaign Update
Summer 2017

With all the economic uncertainties of Brexit looming the UK government is not feeling picky about who it pushes weapons sales to. Theresa May began this year by signing off on a £100 million arms deal with Turkey during her state visit while remaining silent on the shameful torture, repression and violence that has been inflicted by the Turkish government on its citizens since last summer. The International Secretary toured the Middle East in order to increase UK trade with some of the world’s most repressive regimes.

This September we can expect delegates from Turkey to join numerous other repressive governments, including Bahrain, Israel and Saudi Arabia to rub shoulders with arms dealers and shop for weapons at the huge Arms Fair in London.

In 2015 CAAT organised a marathon blockade and last year a judge ruled that protestors on trial for blocking deliveries of weapons to the fair were not guilty as they had acted to ‘to prevent greater crimes’

This year CAAT is again planning to take action at the DSEi Arms Fair in London
Anti-nuclear peace campaigners will be out protesting with them, not only because the arms trade fuels war but many of the companies involved are also implicated in nuclear weapons production.
Monday 4th September: Stop Arming Israel: During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boast about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day of creative direct action in support of the campaign to stop arming Israel.
Wednesday 6th September: Anti-nuclear action: Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest. On the Wednesday, join the day dedicated to challenging the nuclear weapons companies like. BAE, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin etc. This will be linked to campaigns on climate change: see: https://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/arms-to-renewables

Campaign Update
Autumn 2016

Keep Space for Peace! The Keep Space for Peace week of action kicks off  with a major demonstration on 1 October at Fylingdales, where speakers include Kate Hudson (General Secretary of CND) and Konni Schmidt of Germany’s  Stopp Ramstein campaign, followed by another at Menwith Hill US spy base on 4 October from 6 – 7.30pm organised by the Campaign for the accountability of American Bases (CAAB)which will be joined by a Japanese peace delegation, including Kaimoto Shushi who has led resistance to US ships carrying nuclear materials docking at Kobe, Japan.

What goes on at Menwith Hill?
Top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day.
Over the past decade the documents show the NSA has pioneered groundbreaking new spying programs at Menwith Hill to pinpoint the locations of suspected terrorists accessing the internet in remote parts of the world. They have also aided covert missions in countries where the U.S. has not declared war. NSA employees at Menwith Hill have collaborated on a project to help “eliminate” terrorism targets in Yemen, for example, where the U.S. has waged a controversial drone bombing campaign that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths.

The disclosures about Menwith Hill raise new questions about the extent of British complicity in U.S. drone strikes and other so-called targeted killing missions, which may in some cases have violated international laws or constituted war crimes. Successive U.K. governments have publicly stated that all activities at the base are carried out with the “full knowledge and consent of British officials”. Kat Craig, legal director of London-based human rights group Reprieve, said “It is now imperative that the prime minister comes clean about U.K. involvement in targeted killing to ensure that British personnel and resources are not implicated in illegal and immoral activities.”

Jemima Stratford QC, a leading British human rights lawyer, told members of Parliament that there were “serious questions to be asked and serious arguments to be made” about the legality of the lethal operations aided from Menwith Hill. The operations could have violated the European Convention on Human Rights, an international treaty that the U.K. still remains bound to despite its recent vote to leave the European Union. Article 2 of the Convention protects the “right to life” and states that “no one shall be deprived of his life intentionally” except when it is ordered by a court as a punishment for a crime
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Stratford has previously warned that if British officials have facilitated covert U.S. drone strikes outside of declared war zones, they could even be implicated in murder. In 2014, she advised members of Parliament that because the U.S. is not at war with countries such as Yemen or Pakistan, in the context of English and international law, the individuals who are targeted by drones in these countries are not “combatants” and their killers are not entitled to “combatant immunity. If the U.K. government knows that it is transferring data that may be used for drone strikes against non-combatants … that transfer is probably unlawful. An individual involved in passing that information is likely to be an accessory to murder.”

For more information see:
Inside Menwith Hill
www.caab.org.uk/about/drones

Campaign Update
July 2016

Anti-nuclear campaigners have been gathering at AWE Burghfield for a month of co-ordinated protests during June. The organisers, Trident Ploughshares, hope the peaceful blockade will raise awareness of the role the site plays just weeks before a parliamentary decision on whether or not the UK will replace Trident.
Police have been turning away construction traffic from the site and peace cranes and doves have been decorating the perimeter fence. Clearly these little birds pose a serious security risk - Fortunately the Police were on hand on day 4 to handle what could have been a serious breach of security  and at 11 pm the offending cranes and doves were removed by two officers, equipped with a flashlight and a knife. The fact that only 10 metres away the entrance to the bomb factory was blocked shut by drainpipes full of concrete, by four tents and by some sleeping peace activists, and that it had been blockaded like this for three days, was not, it seemed, a security problem!

Four people have been arrested so far. actionawe.org Angie Zelter, for Trident Ploughshares, said: "We are still here because nuclear weapons are totally immoral but also in solidarity with all people who are struggling to ensure a decent level of public services in the UK. The government is slashing funding to vital services in order to squander at least £205 billion on an obsolete, useless, illegal relic which could never be used." See: www.tridentploughshares.org

AWE narrowly escaped being stripped of its contract earlier this year following concerns over rising costs, delays in construction projects and poor regulatory performance. Following a secret internal review by the MoD a new ‘improved contract’ with AWE Management Ltd (AWEML) has been agreed to ‘ensure best value for money’ and improve performance’. The new contract allows greater ‘risk sharing’ between the Company & the MoD, but in spite of FoI requests the Government refuses to release details of the review or the impact on performance.
AWEML is a joint venture between US giants Lockheed Martin & Jacobs Engineering with the British Serco Group and operates the sites at Aldermaston. Burghfield and Blacknest in Berkshire and has a share in the Coulport nuclear arms depot in Scotland. 

Diversification
One of the country's top scientists has said it is time to address how the skills and resources at Britain's nuclear weapons factory could be used if the government decided to cancel the Trident programme.  Professor Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow), Astronomer Royal and a former President of the Royal Society, said that it was “highly relevant” to consider how the engineering know-how and resources might be gradually redeployed in the civil sector. His report examines the consequences of a decision by a future government to close the programme, and sets out a blueprint to show how the Establishment could successfully diversify its work into the civilian sector. Sir Martin paid tribute to AWE as “one of the premier technological establishments in the United Kingdom”, but pointed out that its ‘mission’ is controversial – “and one that most people hope will not continue into the future”. Trident was “a crucial strategic and ethical decision” which merits “far wider and more open discussion than it is currently getting”.

The report acknowledges that AWE is an important national resource in terms of its scientific expertise and equipment, and a major local employer which makes a significant contribution to the local economy, but concludes that if the Trident programme was cancelled, it is unlikely  the establishment would close outright as decommissioning of radioactively contaminated facilities is likely to last into the 2040s / 50s and radioactive wastes held securely at the site until at least 2070. AWE's expertise on disarmament verification and nuclear threat reduction would most likely be retained by government regardless of any decision to cease warhead production.
The prospects for a post-Trident AWE to move away from its current role into civil sector markets are good, and are compatible with regional economic development strategies for the Thames Valley which aim to increase technological innovation in the area. As a result, “jobs and economic benefits at AWE need not be lost in the short to medium term” and could be conserved in the long term “by putting the Establishment's assets and skills to work in pursuit of innovative new civil sector business opportunities”. AWE is well placed to co-operate on new high-tech civil sector work through association with the Universities of Reading, Oxford, and Surrey, which are located relatively close by, and its partnerships with a number of other universities around the country.

Bikes not Bombs Rides Again!
This year the annual ‘Independence from America demonstration’ at Menwith Hill will be held on Saturday 2 July from 3 – 8pm, with food, speakers and performers. Yorkshire CND are organising a cycle ride to the base, similar to the highly successful one in 2014 during the Tour de France. They plan to camp in a beautiful field nearby for the night and will have a support vehicle with the camping equipment and a puncture kit. Contact them if you are keen cyclist!

UK Admits Frequent Transport of Nuclear Materials by Air
The UK's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has admitted to 23 flights transporting materials used in nuclear weapons between the UK and the U.S. in the last five years. Experts say that the UK and the U.S. regularly exchange tritium, plutonium, and enriched uranium under a mutual defense agreement and that the MoD’s air shipments would not comply with U.S. or international safety regulations for civil nuclear transports.These flights have what advocates call “disturbing” implications for the world’s attempt to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons and are transporting high-risk nuclear materials over large urban areas such as Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea. While the MoD maintains that all the air transports were safe, the discrepancies surrounding the MoD’s compliance with international safety regulations suggest otherwise
Campaign Update
Spring 2016

In March the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, announced a further £642 million spend on Trident ahead of a Parliamentary vote on whether to replace Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. This is about huge amount of money is being spent on out-of-date technology that will be redundant by the time it is built. There is a growing body of evidence which shows that Trident is vulnerable to cyber warfare and attacks by underwater drones.
Kate Hudson said: “The government appears to be burying its head in the sand – stuck in a 1980s mind-set that we are a great power fighting in the Cold War. We ask for some objectivity in considering Trident. It is time the government thought very carefully about the real security threats we face from terrorism, climate change and global pandemics, but also be honest about the very real threat posed by our own nuclear weapons system.”

For half a century big missile submarines have been thought the most decisive weapon because of their capacity to remain unseen until the critical moment, unleashing enormous destructive force without warning. But now small, virtually undetectable, underwater drones are being developed, capable of being deployed in large numbers covering vast expanses of sea. It is unclear how far other countries have got with the technology but Russia is known to be working on it intensively.

This drastically changes the debate about whether an independent British nuclear deterrent is good or necessary to whether Trident will even function as a deterrent in the long term.

Above all this there is the even bigger threat of cyber warfare which can turn the world’s most advanced technology against itself with a few well-placed lines of code. In 2007 Russia launched a concerted state cyber attack on Estonia, which caused the country’s entire financial structure into exile. Nowadays the weapons open to hackers are far more sophisticated and powerful, menacing even the most heavily guarded networks. According to former defence secretary, Des Brown, the UK has not even begun to make an assessment of its vulnerability.

On Monday 4 July there will be the annual Independence FROM America gathering at Menwith  in Yorkshire, highlighting the role of this US electronic surveillance base at the centre of  NATO’s Missile Defence (and offence) system.

Tell your MP to stop the nuclear convoys: recently the Government blocked a Bill which would have introduced regulations on the transportation of nuclear warheads around the country. The Bill was introduced following a number of incidents where warheads have been transported in residential areas and in poor weather conditions. The issue of transporting nuclear warheads has been raised a number of times in Parliament, following reports of warheads travelling through residential areas in icy conditions and on a bridge during a period of high winds.
CND is working with other groups to raise awareness of this issue and is supporting the Bill. Please contact your MP today and ask them to sign EDM 987 which supports the Bill.

A secret decision to exempt MoD nuclear transport arrangements from hazard warning legislation was revealed as a result of MPs questions. The MoD claims this is because of their policy neither to confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons at a particular location, thus putting nuclear secrecy above measures to protect public safety. A report by the MoD’s Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, released under the Freedom of Information, reveal that mistakes made by emergency responders would have led to ‘avoidable deaths’ in a real life situation, and called for an ‘overarching fundamental review’ of nuclear emergency response arrangements.

Later this year a number of protests will be held along the convoy routes from the nuclear weapons factory at Burghfield to the submarine base at Coulport in Scotland. See: www.nukewatch.org.uk

Campaign Update
November 2015

As David Cameron announces the outcome of the government’s 2015 national security strategy and strategic defence and security review, Lord Browne, who served as defence secretary from 2006 – 08, highlighted a report by the defence science board of the US defence department which warned that the US and its allies ‘cannot be confident that their defence systems would be able to survive an attack from a sophisticated and well-resourced opponent utilizing cyber capabilities in combination with their military and intelligence capabilities’.

Lord Browne said: ‘The government have an obligation to assure parliament that all of the systems of the nuclear deterrant have been assessed against end to end cyber-attacks to understand possible weak spots and that those weak spots are protected……If they are unable to do that, then there will be no guarantee we will have a reliable system the government can use’

In fact Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system may well turn out to be obsolete as the £3.2bn allocated by the Chancellor to cyber security over the next 5 years ‘comes nowhere near meeting the scale of the cyber threat challenge’. Ken Livingston commented: ‘Spending £20bn on something is bad enough but spending £20bn on something that won’t be able to work is a bit of a problem’!

Campaign Update
August 2015

The high risk of Russian & Nato ‘War games’: In August the European Leadership Network, a thinktank of former defence ministers and senior ex-officials from Europe and Russia, issued a warning that the increasingly large-scale military exercises being conducted by both Nato & Russia were themselves making conflict more likely. “Each exercise is seen as provocative by the other side and is feeding a dynamic of distrust and unpredictability” warns Ian Kearns, ELN’s director. Nato’s ‘Allied Shield’ exercise in June focused on Poland and the Baltic states with the first deployment of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force including airborne and tank clashes with a state opponent.

Each exercise has led to close military encounters as each side approached the other’s war games to assess their capability and hardware. The ELN report calls on each side to weigh the costs and benefits of intensive exercises in border areas, and to show restraint on their scale. They call for work to begin on ‘a new treaty introducing reciprocal territorial limitations on deployment of specific categories of weapons, backed by robust inspections’

The annual ‘Independence from America Day’ demonstration was held outside the main entrance to Menwith Hill (the largest US intelligence gathering and surveillance base outside America) on 4 July, with speakers, music, stalls and food.
A letter on behalf of the Campaign for the Accountablity of American Bases (www.caab.org ) was received by the base Commander. Some of the most moving contributions of the day were from Veterans for Peace campaigners (www.veteransforpeace.org.uk)

Campaign Update
June 2015

Opposition to US nukes on British soil: Reports have recently emerged of Pentagon plans to scrap a Cold war-era treaty and deploy nuclear missiles in Europe. The US government is apparently considering this option as part of a review of its policy towards Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine.In response, the UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond did not rule out these weapons coming to Britain.
CND’s General Secretary, Kate Hudson said: ‘Frankly, these proposals are a disaster, which would risk the lives of millions of people. The US government seems intent on harking back to Cold War means of resolving their disputes, rather than pursue diplomatic methods. We welcome Hammond's note of caution, when he warned against making 'unnecessary provocations' against Russia, highlighting that Moscow has a 'sense of being surrounded and under attack'. Now he needs to categorically rule out hosting US nukes.
The UK government needs to remember the huge protests of the 1980s against bringing US cruise missiles to Britain – including demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people and peace camps at Greenham Common and elsewhere. A majority of the British people do not even want us to have nuclear weapons ourselves, let alone receive new American ones which will put us on the front line in any future US conflict. CND and its supporters will forcefully object and resist any attempt to bring US nuclear missiles here.'

There will be a national demonstration outside the main entrance to the US base Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, HG3 2RF with speakers, music, stalls and food on

Saturday 4 July 4 – 9pmIndependence from America Day’

Menwith Hill is the largest US intelligence gathering and surveillance base outside America. It is secretive, unaccountable and illegal.


Organized by the Campaign for the Accountablity of American Bases www.caab.org

How NATO threatens world peace:
When Germany reunited, the United States promised Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastward. Now NATO stands in the Baltic States, in Poland, in Romania and in Bulgaria. Symbolically at the end of February, in the Estonian city of Narva, a U.S. tank with stars and stripes positioned itself at the border with Russia. In March 3,000 NATO soldiers with 750 tanks and heavy equipment held manoeuvres in the Baltics. NATO naval ships are rehearsing in the Black Sea. Bases on Russia's borders have been expanded and new military structures have been created there. No wonder Russia feels threatened!

Threats to world peace are not limited to Ukraine. At no time since the end of World War II have there been as many military conflicts and wars as now, and at no time have there been so many refugees. These wars are driven by economic power and profit, sources of raw materials, and strategically important spheres of influence. No other power on earth defends its interests so aggressively as NATO with the United States at its helm. The intelligence services of the U.S. and Britain are actually spying electronically on the whole of humanity.
NATO is also expanding its sphere of influence into the Asia Pacific region, through the ‘coalition of the willing’ which carried out the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And in Japan the Abe administration has used closer association with NATO to advance policy objectives of re- militarisation in spite of opposition from the Japanese people. Peace, however, can never be achieved by going to war
Campaign Update
March 2015

An important element in the escalating tension between Russia and the West is the threatening posture of NATO and demands from the US that the alliance ‘beef up’ its military capability. Rather than welcome peace moves in Ukraine or attempt to understand the internal dynamics of what is essentially a civil war, the Americans ratchet up the cold war rhetoric. And so we now see increasingly vociferous demands from the military, Tory MPs and the press to increase military spending and retain our nuclear weapons.

Nor are the dangers of a new arms race confined to Europe. With the rise of China the US government is turning its geo-strategic focus from Europe to the Asia-Pacific region. Japan appears to be abandoning its previous ‘pacifist’ stance and China is one of the five nuclear weapons states recognised by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This makes the issue of missile defence all the more dangerous and destabilising. It gives the US and its allies the possibility of nuclear dominance – the ability to strike first with impunity – but it is fundamently destabilising of the existing strategic balance.

Both Russia and China are highly critical of US missile defence as threatening to them. It makes it all the more urgent that we learn the language of peace-making and find non-violent ways to resolve conflict.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board
recently reset the hands on the Doomsday Clock to 'Three minutes to Midnight', saying: "In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth." It adds, "We also implore the citizens of the world to demand action from their leaders. The threat looms over all of humanity. Humanity needs to respond now, while there is still time."

Politicians ignore us when we write and tell them not to spend our money on Trident. During 2015 the Ministry of Defence is expected to award more contracts to companies preparing the way for new nuclear weapons. By 2016 when final agreement on Trident renewal is due to be made, so much of our money will have been thrown at new nuclear weapons already, government will say it has to go ahead with the full procurement of new nukes. Now is our last chance to stop them and make them spend our money on critical services that people need to survive.

Burghfield Lockdown on Monday 2 March has been timed to launch a month of continuous Non-violent Direct Action against nuclear weapons through the month of March in the lead up to the General Election in May 2015. See Burghfield_Lockdown for more details.

Campaign Update
July 2014

RAF Croughton, a US Air Force base near Milton Keynes, which has a direct cable link to GCHQ at Cheltenham, is to be the site for an ultra-secure intelligence centre staffed by up to 1,250 personnel and covering operations in Africa, a current focus for US counterterrorism activities. The project, costing nearly £2m, includes an installation for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s main military espionage service, and will be a centre for clandestine and classified US communications in Britain.
RAF Croughton will be another of America’s British military bases - already implicated in mass surveillance and drone strikes - one of its largest intelligence hubs outside the mainland United States, comparable in number of personnel and operational importance to RAF Menwith Hill, NSA’s listening station in North Yorkshire.

Last year it was revealed that RAF Croughton was used to funnel back to Washington data from a global network of spy bases inside US embassies, including the secret Berlin facility alleged to have been used by the NSA to listen in on the mobile phone of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

This massive investment in RAF Croughton raises fresh questions about the oversight of US bases in Britain, which are governed by a 1950s agreement with Washington, drawn up in a different age of surveillance technologies. It will result in a concentration of US intelligence firepower at RAF Croughton, whose stated purpose is to provide "world-class combat support" for activities including "global strike operations" and has recently had its security arrangements
tightened. British Telecom provides a high-speed fibre-optic line between RAF Croughton and Camp Lemonnier, the counterterrorism operations base used for drone strikes in Yemen and the
Horn of Africa.

Lindis Percy, co-ordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Airbases, said: "This massive new development at Croughton is clearly of great importance to the American military and government, but what say has the British Parliament or the Ministry of Defence had? It is high time that the issue of what goes on in US bases is debated in Parliament so there is a meaningful and credible debate and oversight on behalf of the British people."
A National Day of Action is planned at RAF Croughton on Saturday 4 October which is the beginning of ‘Keep Space for Peace Week’. Learn more: caab.org.uk

Campaign Update
February 2014

There is far more complacency in this country than in the rest of the world about the extent of the domestic and international espionage carried out jointly by the US & UK intelligence agencies. Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of NSA & GCHQ surveillance have led the UN to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies. ‘The protection of national security secrets must never be used to intimidate the press into silence about human rights violations’.
Our own Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has spoken of his concern at the extent of NSA surveillance, highlighting the threats to civil liberties. Even President Obama now feels it necessary to suggest some changes in the US to counter the anger expressed among allies around the world. From New Zealand & Australia we have a report of the Peace Movement Down Under.
These revelations have raised questions about the role of the US bases at Menwith & Molesworh and the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement, which facilitates the cooperation on which the UK’s nuclear weapons programme depends. The US bases on are on British soil but outside the jurisdiction of British law. They are part of the US Missile Defence System and part of the chain of bases in the NATO countries. Developments in satellite technologies and cyber warfare are threatening the internationally ageed demilitarisation of outer space, according to legal and security experts. ‘Policy, law and understanding are lagging behind the reality of what is out there’ according to Mark Roberts, a former MOD official. Peers have called for proper scrutiny of US military bases and demanded an overhaul of the outdated rules under which they operate.
There are weekly demonstrations at Menwith Hill as well as the annual ‘Independence FROM America’ day celebrations on the 4th of July. On the 9 August, the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagaski, Wool against Weapons ( www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk) will connect AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield with a seven-mile scarf of pink knitted squares. And at the beginning of September there will be national demonstrations at the NATO Conference in Wales. See Forthcoming Events; more information at: www.caab.org.uk

Campaign Update
November 2013

As long ago as 1993 a documentary film in the Dispatches series explored the work of the global US spy base at Menwith Hill, through the incursions and research of local women. The programme revealed that the women had already uncovered many of the spy functions of Menwith Hill  long before Snowden’s courageous revelations.

There is far more complacency in this country than in the rest of the world about the extent of the domestic and international espionage carried out jointly by the US & UK intelligence agencies. Menwith Hill is the largest NSA field station; it was ‘handed over’ to the US in 1966 and regards UK citizens as ‘foreign nationals’! Edward Snowden’s revelations clearly indicate the US (and UK) government believe any citizen, anywhere, is a potential threat.

PRISM is the system which collects the data directly from the servers of the big technology companies to allow for ‘meta analysis’: there is ‘watch list’ today which includes names for ‘seek  and destroy’ missions by drones - and weekly counter-terrorism meetings take place at the White House.

For more information see: www.caab.org.uk

Campaign Update
September 2013

Monthly demonstrations continue at Menwith Hill, the US spy base on UK soil, demanding ‘Independence  FROM America’.

The significance of this base has become even more apparent with the revelations from Edward Snowden. Menwith is part of the global network of covert surveillance used by the US military and secret services to spy not just on enemies, but friends as well. There has been widespread outrage in countries around the world, but in this country the response is muted as we discover that our Government is implicated as well. A recent report in the Guardian newspaper describes Obama’s secret kill list - the ‘disposition matrix’ - a complex grid of suspected terrorists to be traced then targeted in drone strikes or captured and interrogated. Menwith plays a significant part in the frightening attacks on human rights and civil liberties around the world. In Australia, Pine Gap, an American spy base near Alice Springs, is playing a key role in the US's drone strikes, involving the "targeted killing" of al Qaeda and Taliban chiefs.

The digital world we now live in has moved us all into an Orwellian future without our really being conscious of it. It is imperative we campaign to have public scrutiny of the covert and illegal operations which are being conducted in the name of ‘national security’ and call those complicit to account. In New Zealand thousands have been making a public stand to oppose their Government's Communications Security Bureau Amendment Bill - which will expand the legal power of the GCSB to spy on New Zealanders.
Guantanamo Fashion
Orange jumpsuit & CND specs
Menwith 4th July 2013

For more information see: www.caab.org.uk

Campaign Update
June 2013

On Saturday 18 May Lindis Percy, dressed in orange jumpsuit with black hood as worn by the Guantanamo Bay detainees, began a 24 hour fast outside the RAF Menwith Hill base. The fast was one of many worldwide to draw attention to the 100 day long hunger strike of 130 of the 166 detainees (who are subjected to forcible feeding in apparent violation of human rights. Lindis explained that it was a call to action, both national and international, to hold someone to account for what is going on at the US naval base and encourage President Obama to close the detainment centre.

There will be the usual 4th July demonstration at the Menwith Hill US spy base,
demanding our independence back from America, organised by CAAB (Campaign for Accountability of American Bases). The proposed speakers for this year include Salma Yaqoob (Psychotherapist, chair of Birmingham Stop the War, spokesperson for Birmingham Central
Mosque), Andy Worthington (journalist & author “The Guantanamo Files”) & Martin Wainwright - recently of The Guardian. For more information see: www.caab.org.uk

Campaign Update
February 2013

Arrest under Section 128 Serious Organised Crime Act (SOCPA) 2005
Lindis Percy went to NSA Menwith Hill on the day Barack Obama was publicly inaugurated as President for the second term on 21 January - in the snow. She had an upside down US flag with the words 'NOW THEN....SECOND AND ONLY CHANCE OBAMA' She was arrested under SOCPA and taken to Harrogate Police Station. She was not charged as the decision to charge is up to the Attorney General - he has 6 months to decide. Bail conditions were imposed even though she was not charged. The police can do this as the law was changed in 2006. She was bailed to Harrogate Police Station on 21 March 2013. The last time Lindis was arrested (at USAF Mildenhall) under this section of SOCPA it took Baroness Scotland 6 months almost to the day to decide. Lindis represented herself before a District Judge (there were many hearings and one US 'security' personal was flown in from the US on the day of the trial) and was found not guilty. On Tuesday 22 January at a demonstration at Menwith Hill she was told by the RAF Liason Officer that she was ‘persona non grata’, that is: “fully unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government......”
For more information see: www.caab.org.uk

So how does this square with the rights of a British citizen to protest peacefully? The Guardian newspaper began revealing the extent undercover police infiltration of protest groups two years ago. A senior United Nations special Rapporteur, Maina Kiai, has called on the British government to launch a judge-led public inquiry into the case of Mark Kennedy. He said he was ‘deeply concerned’ about the UK’s use of undercover police officers in non-violent groups exercising their democratic rights to protest. "It is a clear violation of basic rights protected under the Human Rights Act, and more generally under international law, such as the right to privacy."
The undercover policing controversy will be raised in parliament next month during a special hearing hosted by the home affairs select committee.

Campaign Update
November 2012

Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, the largest spy base in the world, run by the US National Security Agency, is not only  for surveillance and part of the US Missile Defence system. It plays a significant role in the deployment of drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As usual a group from Chesterfield joined the coach from Sheffield to mark the annual ‘Independence from America Day’ demonstrations organised by The Campaign Against American Bases. On a wet and windy day we were kept entertained by music from Roy Bailey among others and speakers from Palestine, Pakistan and the Middle East.

For more information see www.caab.org.uk; www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk; www.space4peace.org/

Campaign Update
September 2012
Wednesday 4 July 2012 ‘Independence FROM America Day’  

On Wednesday 4 July a coach left at 2pm from Pond Hill in Sheffield to take campaigners to this year’s annual ‘Independence FROM America Day’ demonstration at the base.
For more information about Menwith Hill see www.caab.org.uk; www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk; and www.space4peace.org

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Campaign Update
May 2012

The Uncut movement held a locally well publicised event in April, setting up camp outside the Menwith Hill base.

On Wednesday 4 July a group from Sheffield and Chesterfield will join the annual ‘Independence FROM America Day’ demonstration at the base. Details to be confirmed. For details contact Lesley Mathews (tel: 01246 235723)

For more information about Menwith Hill see www.caab.org.uk; www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk; and www.space4peace.org/)                                                                                                                                              

Campaign Update
March 2012

US Missile Defence is part of US’ strategy for full military domination of land, air, sea, space and information. Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, the largest spy base in the world, is run by the US National Security Agency, operates outside US law and is not accountable in British law.

A new report, ‘Lifting the Lid on Menwith Hill:The Strategic Roles and Economic Impact of the US Spy Base in Yorkshire’ has just been completed by Dr Steve Schofield. This is the first report of its kind that investigates the role of Menwith Hill since the European Parliament resolved that the electronic surveillance breached the European Convention of Human Rights in 2001. It sheds light on the work of the US base which is run by the National Security Agency (NSA) under an informal and secretive lease agreement with the UK Government. Important questions are raised within the report regarding the base's accountability to Parliament.

The report covers Menwith Hill's strategic role as a regional intelligence base illegally collecting and analyzing information from satellites, phone tapping and the interception of internet traffic; the role that Menwith Hill plays in information-led warfare for US military actions such as drone attacks; an examination of claims made by the US authorities, and repeated in Parliament, of the economic benefit of the base to the local community; the hidden economic costs of the base and the degree to which these are subsidised by the UK taxpayer.
on Wednesday 21 March Sheffield CND will be hosting a presentation by the author of the report at 7.15pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield (for details tel. 01246 235723)

 For more information  about Menwith Hill see www.caab.org.uk; www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk; and www.space4peace.org/                                                                                                                                            

Campaign Update
December 2011

On Sunday 16 October, as part of National CND’s Annual Conference in Bradford, around 70 CND members and supporters joined together for a Day of Action at Menwith Hill: a demonstration, peace picnic and walk around part of the base to view the radomes. CND Chair, Dave Webb, handed in a letter to the RAF Base Commander (whose role is to ‘to provide advice to the US Base Commander’!). Anne Lee, long-time and knowledgeable activist against the base, told how the different areas of the base were used and how she had gathered the information about its secret workings.

Clusters of enormous radomes (giant golf balls which cover the satellite dishes) mark out this US spy base set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Yorkshire. The base is run by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and is part of a global network of bases used to spy on all international telecommunications. For the US it is vital intelligence-gathering necessary for any US-led military attack and is part of the US missile ‘defence’ system. It operates outside British law and is not accountable to the British people. 

Campaign Update
August 2011

The top secret US military base, Menwith Hill, is a little piece of America in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Acres of British land are under US control - our  police and military have no jurisdiction beyond the perimeter fence: the base is not accountable to the UK Government. As well as being the largest US surveillance base in the world it also has a key role in the targeting of drones. 

As part of CND’s Annual Conference there will be a Day of Action on Sunday  16 October between 12.30 and 4pm.

Campaign Update
April 2011

Developments continue at Menwith Hill, entrenching the American Missile Defence system in spite of attempts by Obama  to de-escalate confrontation with Russia. An application was submitted to Harrogate Planning office on 21 December 2010 – just before Christmas - to erect a new Radome to assist in operations on the RAF Menwith Hill Base. The installation will be a new 19.5 high and maximum 30.5m diameter Radome located within the existing operational compound complex of some 32 Radomes. They say: ‘The location of the Radome has been decided to meet the technical and security demands of the Base and there are no alternative locations to meet these requirements’. Objections have been raised by local people on environmental grounds; Menwith Hill is in Nidderdale – one of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Lindis Percy, of the Campaign Against American Bases (CAAB), will be speaking at a meeting in Chesterfield on Thursday 9 June at 7pm in the Market Halls about the protest movement, in advance of this year’s ‘Independence from America Day’ demonstration at Menwith Hill.

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