An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?18 Mar

The Ukrainian drama has occupied the world’s attention for more than a year, in competition only with the military offensive and Internet-broadcast atrocities of the Islamic State. Another crisis is, however, looming in the background. While not currently associated with mass casualties and material damage, this crisis may eventually have no less destructive consequences. It is the unraveling of nuclear arms control, both in regard to the limitation of nuclear weapons and their nonproliferation.

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NNSA decides to obey the law ….ahem05 Mar

Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance Nuclear Watch New Mexico
immediate release

4 March 2015

Watchdog groups praise NNSA decision to obey the law, prepare Supplement Analysis on Bomb Plant

Ralph Hutchison, Coordinator OREPA, 865.776.5050,
Jay Coghlan, Executive Director NWNM, 505.989.7342,

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s disclosure that they are “in the process” of preparing a Supplement Analysis brought praise from the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and Nuclear Watch New Mexico, two grassroots watchdog groups who, on Monday of this week, filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for the Supplement Analysis.

“It’s always a good thing when the government decides to obey its own laws and regulations,” said Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of OREPA. “We had been told previously that a decision had already been made to proceed with the Uranium Processing Facility without preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. We were surprised, because the law requires NNSA to complete and publish a Supplement Analysis in order to make the bigger decision.”

Jay Coghlan, Executive Director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico said, “The UPF bomb plant has already been delayed several times by bad management decisions, and every one of those decisions costs the taxpayers money. Instead of playing games about whether they are or aren’t, they should do what they did here in Los Alamos—prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.”

“The cart and horse problem continues to bedevil this project,” Hutchison noted. “It cost us half a billion dollars in the space/fit fiasco. Now we have federal officials saying they are not going to do the environmental analysis until they have spent hundreds of millions more on the “conceptual” project design—even though the new seismic hazard maps may show it is unsafe to build the plant where they want to. It’s a great plan if your goal is to hand out taxpayer dollars to contractors. If you are trying to complete a project in a sensible and timely way, though, it’s completely backwards.”

NNSA did not indicate when the Supplement Analysis would be complete.




To conclude the 2015 gathering of the Pacific Life Community, 80
activists held a colorful and lively demonstration on Monday, March 2
at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, protesting nuclear
weapons work and other weapons for war.

After sharing poetry, litany, dancing and songs, twelve of the
protesters spread across the entrance roadway with a 50 foot banner
that read “Lockheed Weapons Terrorize the World” to stop traffic going
into the weapons plant.

They carried a letter with them that read:

“To All of Us Who Pay Taxes or Work at Lockheed Martin,

“Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons producer. The nuclear
missiles that Lockheed Martin designs and builds are a threat to all
life on earth. We ask you to evaluate the morality of profit from
world-wide death and suffering.

“This is the time to transform Lockheed Martin’s reliance on weapons
production into new technologies that help the earth and benefit the
common good.”

The group was arrested and charged with blocking traffic. Four of the
protesters were released that afternoon, and one later that evening.
Seven who refused to sign papers for their release are in jail until
they can be seen by a judge.

Those arrested are: Peggy Coleman, Betsy Lamb, Ann Havill, Fr. Jerry
Zawada, OFM, John Yevtich, Katie Kelso, Susan Crane, Fr. Steve Kelly,
SJ, Larry Purcell, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Ehmke and Mary Jane Parrine.

Many of the activists wore a photo of Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel, in
remembrance of the long-time nuclear resister, Jesuit priest, Catholic
Worker and member of the Pacific Life Community (PLC) from Tacoma,
Washington who died at home on February 28.

The Pacific Life Community is a network of spiritually motivated U.S.
activists from the Pacific Coast and other western states committed to
nonviolent action for a nuclear-free future.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest military contractor. They make
the Trident D-5 nuclear missile, a first strike weapon.

Since last summer’s Israeli devastation of the Gaza Strip, California
PLC activists have also been educating themselves and the public about
Lockheed Martin’s role in supplying Hellfire missiles, Apache Longbow
helicopter parts and F-16 jets to Israel, all of which have caused
immense civilian casualties and war crimes against the Palestinian
people, according to numerous international and Israeli organizations
(including the United Nations and B’Tselem).

For more information, visit the Pacific Life Community blog at

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Margene Bullcreek Native American anti nuclear activist.03 Mar

IN MEMORIAM Margene Bullcreek
Goshute Shoshone elder and activist Margene Bullcreek passed away Sunday, March 01, 2015. Margene Bullcreek has been active since the 1990’s in investigating adverse health consequences impacting the Skull Valley Goshute tribe. Her investigation led her to become President of the Native Community Action Council (NCAC), a Nevada non-profit that published research on the effects of nuclear weapons testing on the Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute people. As president of the NCAC, Ms. Bullcreek sought and obtained funding for the NCAC to conduct health effects research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry entitled: Native American Exposure to Iodine-131 from Nuclear Weapons Testing in Nevada.

Margene Bullcreek continued her work protecting the land and people from nuclear threats and nuclear hazards by organizing her community in the 2000’s to resist the high level nuclear waste Monitored Retrievable Storage (Private Fuel Storage) site proposed for the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. Margene Bullcreek led her community to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing proceedings to prevail and prevent the nuclear waste disposal site. Further, Margene Bullcreek continued leadership of the NCAC to participate once again at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of domestic nuclear facilities, successfully intervening in the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository licensing.

“We spoke three days ago and Margene was intent upon presenting to the participants of the Native American Youth Awareness Forum on Nuclear Issues 2015 in Las Vegas at the UNLV Law School,” said Ian Zabarte, organizer of the annual event of Native American nuclear activists. He also stated, “Margene was involved in nearly every aspect of the NCAC participation in the NRC Yucca Mountain proceedings including the research that were the basis for contentions filed in the proceedings. She will be missed, but we will continue this work in the spirit she envisioned…until the end.”


“New Yorker” covers Anti-Nuclear Activists02 Mar

Interesting history of the Plowshares anti nuclear activists followed up with some more general contexting information and government/military industrial complex propaganda narrative and ending with a note of whimsical paradox so like the New Yorker. For instance, the article asserts as unassailable truth that Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombs ended WWII, which is only true in the close temporal sense but does not stand up to any careful analysis of causality. So the author does admit that the use of the bomb was an effective threat in containing the Soviet Army after the surrender of Germany.

The article omits the Minuteman III Plowshares action on August 6, 1998 by Daniel Sicken (a former US Air Force member) and Sacchio Ko-Yin (a kindergarten teacher) who labelled it thus: “By disarming and converting this nuclear weapon site to a positive and life-sustaining place, we give witness to United States’ violations of the rights of this and future generations” Prosecuted by then US Attorney John Suthers, now running for Colorado Springs Mayor, who sought a conviction of treason, they were sentenced to 4.5 and 3.5 years in prison. The Judge would not allow the defense that they were acting according to international law to prevent a greater harm–sometimes called the Nuremberg defense. But at least the charge of treason among other lessor charges was dropped. Suthers has argued that living in a Democracy with free speech they had plenty of opportunity to make their statement without breaking US Laws protecting our weapons of mass destruction. Like the peace movement hadn’t been trying to make this case since forever? Who controls the narrative?


Who pays for our nuclear arsenal?01 Mar

The following article is just one example of how our military-industrial complex and nuclear “industry” shuck off the long term responsibilities and costs of their so called defense “of the homeland”. Blah Blah Blah

Fifty years after the Gunnar uranium mine and mill on the north shore of Lake Athabasca ceased operating, Saskatchewan is faced with huge environmental liabilities. Driven by a government of Canada decision to supply uranium to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for military purposes, uranium ore was mined and milled at the Gunnar site from 1955 to 1963. All the Gunnar uranium was sold for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. However, the haunting legacy of Gunnar doesn’t stop there. The area around the site remains badly polluted from mining and milling operations. Minimal decommissioning took place when the operation closed down, and the cost of cleanup is now an ongoing burden to Saskatchewan taxpayers.

Leader Post 26th Feb 2015


Three Minutes to Midnight27 Feb


January 22, 2015:
Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes to Midnight
“Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it highly threatening to humanity- so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight, two minutes closer to catastrophe than in 2014.”

According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists,”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.”

The decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made every year by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 17 Nobel laureates. The Clock icon has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and new technologies.

Perhaps the 17 Nobel laureates plus 20 other scientists, including Stephen Hawking–comprise the greatest living brain trust that the world has, and they are imploring us to:

“Take actions that would cap greenhouse gas emissions at levels sufficient to keep average global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius” – adding that this is “achievable … if national leaders show more interest in protecting their citizens than in serving the economic interests of the fossil fuel industry.”

“Dramatically reduce proposed spending on nuclear weapons modernization programs” – placing the blame squarely on the U.S. and Russia, who “have hatched plans to essentially rebuild their entire nuclear triads in coming decades… undermining the global disarmament regime.”

“Reenergize the disarmament process” – once again placing the impetus on the U.S. and Russia.

“Deal now with the commercial nuclear waste problem.”

Why is the world such a mess? According to, it’s due to today’s neoliberal ideology and the corrupt institutions it has developed that are “the result of redoubled corporate and plutocratic investment since the 1970’s in politicians, parties, elections, think-tanks, the public relations industry, the media and academia.”

It is up to all of us to push back.


Where Do Your Senators Stand on funding new nukes?26 Feb

Great LtE that might be copied after finding out where your Senator stands on new nuclear weapons funding?

The New Mexican
Feb. 26, 2015
Letter to the Editor

Udall’s stand

A recent New Mexican article (“Udall weighs in on LANL’s next mission: Pits,” Feb. 22) quotes Sen. Tom Udall, “As long as we have nuclear weapons, they have to have pits, and Los Alamos does that.” He then goes on to hope that future international agreements would lower the need for plutonium “pit” cores of nuclear weapons.

Udall explicitly supported a huge new plutonium facility at LANL for expanded pit production, and a “life extension program” for an existing nuclear weapon that is creating the world’s first nuclear smart bomb. Expanded plutonium pit production is for future life extension programs that seek to not only indefinitely preserve existing nuclear weapons, but also give them new military capabilities, despite U.S. government denials. Udall can’t have it both ways, wishing for future limits on plutonium pit production while supporting the very programs and facilities that will expand production. He needs to stand up, pick one or the other, and make clear whether he is working for a world free of nuclear weapons or not.

Jay Coghlan

Nuclear Watch New Mexico

Santa Fe


How much should We Spend on Nuclear Weapons?24 Feb


Ready for Nuclear War Over Ukraine?24 Feb

Ready for Nuclear War Over Ukraine?
By Robert Parry, Consortium News

24 February 15

senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the extremism that pervades the year-old, U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.

In a recent interview with Canada’s CBC Radio, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said, “Everybody is afraid of fighting with a nuclear state. We are not anymore, in Ukraine — we’ve lost so many people of ours, we’ve lost so much of our territory.”

Prystaiko added, “However dangerous it sounds, we have to stop [Russian President Vladimir Putin] somehow. For the sake of the Russian nation as well, not just for the Ukrainians and Europe.” The deputy foreign minister announced that Kiev is preparing for “full-scale war” against Russia and wants the West to supply lethal weapons and training so the fight can be taken to Russia.

“What we expect from the world is that the world will stiffen up in the spine a little,” Prystaiko said.

Yet, what is perhaps most remarkable about Prystaiko’s “Dr. Strangelove” moment is that it produced almost no reaction in the West. You have a senior Ukrainian official saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.

Why should such a pedestrian dispute justify the possibility of vaporizing millions of human beings and conceivably ending life on the planet? Yet, instead of working out a plan for a federalized structure in Ukraine or even allowing people in the east to vote on whether they want to remain under the control of the Kiev regime, the world is supposed to risk nuclear annihilation.


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