News Release


June 21 2000

Bill Sulzman - (719) 389-0644 (Colorado Springs)
Bruce Gagnon - (352) 337-9274 (Florida)
Sheila Baker - (805) 756-4754 (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Aerospace corporations and the Pentagon are participating in a drama to deceive the public and rob the taxpayers of hundreds of billions of dollars as they escalate their efforts to promote the need for the so-called Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system.

"Boeing and other weapons corporations are worried that the tide is turning against their plan to fleece the taxpayers with the BMD program," said Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Florida-based Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

"The aerospace giants are now undertaking a huge public relations campaign in order to scare the American people, the media, Congress, and the Clinton administration into submission. But we are fighting back. People are educating themselves, protesting, and moving into political action all over the world in order to stop this son of Star Wars from going forward."

In spite of the fact that BMD won't work as advertised, will drain the national treasury, is based on an exaggerated threat, and will destabilize international relations, the Pentagon and their private sector allies want to press on -- full steam ahead.

Protest events are being organized around July 7, the scheduled date for the next NMD test from Vandenberg AFB, CA. Actions will be held at these key space facilities: Cape Canaveral (June 24); Vandenberg (July 1); Lockheed-Martin Valley Forge, PA (July 1); Ft. Meade, MD (July 4); Menwith Hill, England (July 4); and Peterson AFB, Colorado (July 7).

Major plans are also now underway by the Global Network and other groups for an International Day of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space on October 7, 2000. Already protests are being scheduled in France, Azerbaijan, Germany, England, Nepal, Canada, and throughout the U.S. to give voice to the growing global consciousness that demands we keep space for peace. These actions intend to make clear that decisions about the future of space are too important to be left to politicians and weapons profiteers.

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