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

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

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

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