Vandenberg Space Command charged with war crimes
8 October 2005
From: MacGregor Eddy
On October 8 over 100 peace demonstrators met at the main gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base/ 3oth Space Wing Command in Santa Barbara county California to demand compliance with international law. As part of the Keep Space for Peace week the demonstrators joined other actions around the globe protesting the militarization of space and the deployment of Star Wars missile defense. Special guest speaker from No Nukes North Alaska, Stacey Fritz, explained how the deployment of Star Wars interceptors not only violates international treaties but is against a US law which requires that the system not be deployed until we have the consent of our allies and until it has been successfully tested. These criteria have not been met for interceptors at either Vandenberg or Fort Greely in Alaska.
Jackie Cabasso from the Western States Legal Foundation read statements from Tony de Brum of the Marshall Islands, who was unable to attend. The Star Wars test missiles and the ICBM test rockets use Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands as their target.
The people of Kwajalein have asked us to tell our government to stop using the Marshall Islands a test site and to finish cleaning up the radiation damage done to the environment and people by atomic bomb testing that was done at Bikini atoll during the Cold War.
Will Parrish of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brought messages of support.
After the rally and speeches I (MacGregor Eddy, GN advisory board member and representative of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) went onto the base stepping across the heavily guarded “green line” . My purpose was to the ask the base personnel to stop violating international law under the Nuremberg principles established by the War Crimes Tribunal in 1946. I was arrested for trespass but was able to read the first /principle “ Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.”/ I also presented relevant international law to the security investigator on the base and gave him a copy of all of the relevant international law contained in Sanderson Beck’s non-violent handbook. (http://www.san.beck.org/NAH4)
My arraignment will be 11/17/05 in Santa Barbara federal court. At trial I intend to ask the judge/ magistrate to uphold the checks and balances provided in the Constitution and to find me innocent and to hold the executive branch and thus Vandenberg guilty of violations of international law.
For details of the legal proceedings see the Vandenberg Peace Legal Defense Fund at http://www.vpeaceldf.org/ or email me at email@example.com or write to po Box 5789, Salinas CA 93915-5789