October 2016
Keep Space for Peace Week Action Reports/Photos

and details from original call for action are here.


October 2016
Protest at Beale AFB
Beale, California


 
1 October 2016
Protest at NSA Spy Base
Pine Gap, Alice Springs, Australia

Protest at US NSA spy (and drone targeting) base called Pine Gap in the middle of Australia.  The US intercepts all phone, fax, email communications across the entire Asia-Pacific region from this base.


1 October 2016
Vigil at Air Force Base
Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Space week protest at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

Kirtland does research & development on directed energy beam weapons, lasers, microwave, rail guns and others technologies in the war to defend freedom and liberty for American corporations.  They want to put big killer lasers on aircraft next. In addition KAFB operates a special satellite control system for global war that also enables drone attacks around the world on a moment’s notice.  Kirtland houses one of the largest offensive cyber warfare centers that hacks into other nation’s computer systems. 


1 October 2016
UK Protest
Fylingdales and Croughton, UK

 


1 October 2016
Up North: MD Radar Protest
Fylingdales, North Yorkshire, UK

US Missile Defence and space-based warfare radar base in the North Yorkshire, England moors by UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

 

 
Powerful words from Veterans for Peace
 
 
We were very pleased to be joined by Kate Hudson (General Secretary of CND)

 

 

 
(L) Bull gave us a great set!  (R) a hastily assembled but brilliantly performed choir with Catherine Warr


 


1 October 2016
Down South: Communication Base Protest
Croughton, Oxfordshire, UK

It rained!, at times torrentially; but that didn't dampen people's spirit to highlight the role of USAF Croughton in controlling drones, co-ordinating the USA's mass surveillance operations, and the prosecution of unlawful wars in support of the USA's political aims.


Setting up as the rain gathers pace.

Unfortunately the rain, and carrying placards, interrupted getting some good shots of the march. After walking the mile or so along the road, with police accompanyment on the road and shadowed inside the perimeter fence by US security, we arrived at the main gate for our rally.

This year was special. As part of Keep Space for Peace Week we were holding simultaneous demonstrations as Croughton in Northamptonshire and Fylingdales in North Yorkshire.

Everyone squeezes inside the tea tents as the        speeches and the torrential rain begins   

The fence is decorated – though less photogenic  than usual as the two "gate guard" fighter jets had been removed a few days before our arrival.


The sun and blue skies arrive for Lindis Percy to talk about her recent legal adventures at
NSA Menwith Hill

 
Then after the serious discussions, theatre and games, and then home.

 
...in the meantime, dark clouds gather over the US government's "kill chain" communications complex.



More information at http://www.fraw.org.uk/croughtonwatch/index.shtml


1-2 October 2016
Protest at Gangjeong Village
Gangjeong VIllage, Jeju Island, South Korea

Daily protests in Gangjeong village at the new Navy base gate on Jeju Island, South Korea feature the Korean version of our space week poster map detailing the US military 
encirclement of Russia and China.

Activists in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea translated our poster into Korean and distributed that version throughout their country.  

They added these words:  Keep Space for Peace Week. No THAAD, No Missile defense and No Jeju navy base. A week to stop the militarization of space 


1-2 October 2016
Conference on Diego Garcia
Port Louis, Mauritius

 

Conference in Mauritius calling for the people of Diego Garcia to be allowed to return to their island home.

At 5:15 into the video you can hear statement in English by Maricela Guzman who was stationed at Diego Garcia while in the military.

Then at 6:30 you can hear Global Network board member J. Narayana Rao (Nagpur, India) also speaking English.  Rao was sent to the conference on behalf of the Global Network - the US is trying to bring the Indian government onside in its effort to militarily encircle China.


2 October 2016
Space Event at Bath Iron Works
Bath, Maine


Bruce Gagnon writes:

Yesterday about 35 of us gathered in Bath, Maine for our Keep Space for Peace Week event in solidarity with others around the world.

At Bath Iron Works (BIW) the Navy Aegis destroyer is built that is outfitted with so-called 'missile defense' systems which are key elements in Pentagon first-strike attack planning.  The interceptor missiles on-board these ships are the 'shield' that would be used to knock out Russian or Chinese retaliatory strikes after a US first-strike.

In 2008 the Navy used an Aegis destroyer's interceptor missile to knock a failed US satellite out of the sky demonstrating that these systems could also serve a role as an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon.

We gathered in front of the BIW administration building and then walked down the street to a gate where workers filed out at noon from their weekend shift at the shipyard.

Once we were finished with the protest we all gathered at a local church for a pot luck lunch and rehearsal for the coming trial of the Zumwalt 12 who were arrested on June 18 for blocking the entrance to the 'christening' of the second Navy Zumwalt stealth destroyer.  Each of us made a statement of why we were arrested that day and the audience performed the role of the jury giving us feedback on our statements.

At the top of this post you can see the statement of Connie Jenkins. (Thanks to Lisa Savage for making the video.  See Lisa's full report on the event here.)
 


4 October 2016
Vigil at Hancock Drone Base
 Outside Syracuse, NY

Vigil at Hancock drone base outside of Syracuse, New York.  There have been an ongoing series of arrests for non-violent civil resistance at this base in recent years


4 October 2016
Protest at Raytheon
Tucson, Arizona



RAF Croughton, England on Oct 4 for rally at U.S. satellite communication base by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign

Protest at the Raytheon weapons production facility outside of Tucson, Arizona where drones and missile defense systems are built.


4 October 2016
Protest at Menwith Hill, England

From the CAAB facebook page:

Also in North Yorkshire, England is the US NSA spy base called Menwith Hill that drew a 
space week protest.  This base intercepts all phone, fax and email communications across Europe and also plays a role in the Pentagon's missile defense program.


October 2016
Restless in Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Out on the streets in downtown Seattle, Washington.  Very near by is the Pentagon's Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor.


6 October 2016
Norway Conference on US MD Radar
Vadso, Norway


Media coverage in Norway of national conference in Vadso called ‘Military Intelligence as a democratic blind zone’.  The space week event will discuss US NSA-cooperation with Norway from 1952-2016 and the presence in nearby Vardo of a huge US space Communications-Intelligence radar station close to Russia.

The 'missile defense' capable radar at Vardo sits 40 miles from the Russian border. The radar location in Vardo is ideal for collecting detailed intelligence data on Russia's long-range ballistic missiles that could be used in Pentagon planning for a first-strike attack.

Norwegian journalist Bård Wormdal published a book in 2011 claiming the Globus II radar in Norway’s north easternmost corner is essential for a U.S. missile defense system in Europe.

The book quotes MIT Professor Theodor Postol saying “It is very difficult to understand how the Vardø radar will not be used as part of the U.S. missile defence. The reason for this is because it is the only radar that has the capability to tell the difference between a real warhead and a dummy."

Postol wrote in 2000:

The HAVE STARE radar was developed in the early 1990s by Raytheon, under the direction of the Electronic Systems Center, the US Air Force's lead organization for the development and acquisition of command-and-control systems.

According to the Defense Department, HAVE STARE is "a high-resolution X-band tracking and imaging radar with a 27-meter mechanical dish antenna." It became operational at Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's coast in 1995, where it was used in early developmental tests of the national missile defense program.

In late 1998, HAVE STARE was quietly dismantled and sent to Norway, where it was jointly reassembled by the US and Norway under the Norwegian project name "Globus II."

It is located at a Norwegian military intelligence facility and its mission, according to the U.S. and Norwegian governments, is to track and catalog space junk in high earth orbit.

Now, space junk is no trivial matter. There are many thousands of manmade objects orbiting Earth, ranging in size from paint flecks and nuts and bolts to booster rockets.

But the new location of HAVE STARE, publicly revealed in April 1998 by Inge Sellevag, a Norwegian newspaper reporter, is nearly the last place on earth one would choose for a radar with the purpose of tracking space debris.

Because such objects can never be seen from a far north location, a space tracking installation is in fact best placed much closer to the equator. But the location of the radar is ideal for collecting very precise data on Russian missile tests.


6 October 2016
Keep Space for Peace in India
Nagpur, India


Global Network board member J. Narayana Rao writes from Nagpur, India:

On October 6 a seminar on "Dangers of weaponization of space'' was held at Biju Pattanaik Government Women's College in Digapahandi, Orissa State.

At this town and the school in the state of Orissa this is the first time a program like this was ever held.
 


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