Kucinich to Introduce Legislation to Ban Weaponization of Space

26 July 2001

CONTACT: Kathie Scarrah
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NEWS RELEASE

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) today announced his intention to introduce legislation to ban the weaponization of space.

"The time has come to ban the further weaponization of space," Congressman Kucinich said. "We must work toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons, and an end to policies which cause this country to move toward the weaponization of space.  I was pleased with the recent news from our neighbor to the north that Canada is ready to join an international effort to prohibit weapons in space.  It is time for the United States to take the lead and end the weaponization of space."

Kucinich said the argument that supporters of weaponization use claiming our national security and commercial interests would be put at risk are fear tactics backed by greed.  "We signed the ABM treaty nearly 30 years ago; which requires a reduction in strategic arms, nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. Weaponization of space clearly violates that treaty.  My bill will call for an immediate and permanent termination of research, testing, manufacturing, production and deployment of all space-based weapons systems and components by any person, agency or contractor of the U.S. government."

Kucinich will introduce the Space Preservation Act of 2001 this autumn.

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