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
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
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
had been removed a few days before our arrival.
The sun and blue skies arrive for Lindis Percy to talk about her recent legal
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.
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
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.
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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