Archive: 01/2016

NFP Statement on Arrest of STRATCOM Protesters

For well over a decade, Nebraskans for Peace has publicly supported the Catholic Worker protests of StratCom’s nuclear and space war missions—including the nonviolent civil disobedience trespass of protesters onto Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue to spotlight the peril these missions pose to life on earth. This past December 27, however, an individual with connections to the Des Moines Catholic Worker community, as a protest, destroyed some property at Northrop Grumman, a private military contractor working directly with StratCom.

Nebraskans for Peace had no advance knowledge of this action—nor do we condone such property destruction, as it runs counter to our organizational policy of nonviolence. While NFP shares the ethical, social and economic concerns defendant Jessica Reznicek raises about StratCom’s (and Northrop Grumman’s) activities in the statement reprinted below, willful destruction of property is not a political tactic Nebraskans for Peace advocates.

Nebraskans for Peace will continue to use all peaceful means to express its resistance to our country's increasingly dangerous militarism by ‘modernizing and improving’ its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. But we will also maintain our policy of peaceful protest.
-- Ron Todd-Meyer, NFP President

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Crusading Former Pentagon Chief Says Nuke Danger is Growing

By Robert Burns
Dec. 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Late in a life lived unnervingly near the nuclear abyss, William J. Perry is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of nuclear doom.

The 88-year-old former defense secretary is troubled by the risks of catastrophe from the very weapons he helped develop. Atop his list: a nuclear terror attack in a major U.S. city or a shooting war with Russia that, through miscalculation, turns nuclear. A terrorist attack using a nuclear bomb or improvised nuclear device could happen "any time now - next year or the year after," he said in an interview with reporters earlier this month.

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