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Archive for August, 2011

ICBM TEST LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR WORLD PEACE DAY

Vandenberg Air Force Base/Space Command has set the date for the next Minuteman
III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test launch. It is scheduled for World Peace Day,
Wednesday, September 21.

The LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic
missile (ICBM). As of 2010, the LGM-30G Minuteman-III is the only land-based ICBM
in service in the United States. It is one component of a nuclear triad, which is
complemented by the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and by
nuclear weapons carried by long-range strategic bombers.

The letter “L” in “LGM” indicates that the missile is land silo-launched; the “G”
indicates that it is designed to attack ground targets; the “M” indicates that it
is a guided missile. The name “Minuteman” comes from the Revolutionary War’s
Minutemen. It also refers to its quick reaction time; the missile can be launched
in approximtely 1 minute. The Air Force plans to keep the missile in service
until at least 2030.

The current U.S. force consists solely of 450 Minuteman-III missiles in missile
silos around F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and Minot AFB,
North Dakota.

These tests violate the spirit and intent of the Nuclear Non Proliferation
Treaty and make the world a more dangerous place. Please include a protest
against this launch in all Sept. 21 World Peace Day events.

SIX ARRESTED ON AUGUST 6, 66TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIROSHIMA BOMBING

L to R: Theo Kayser, David Omondi, Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM, Jeff Dietrich, Jesse Lewis, Mariah Klusmire

On August 6, forty Catholic Workers and friends gathered at the front gate to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Near the end of the one and one-half vigil, six people, including L.A. Catholic Workers Theo Kayser, David Omondi, Jeff Dietrich, and Jesse Lewis, along with Guadalupe Catholic Worker Mariah Klusmire, and Franciscan priest, Fr. Louie Vitale OFM, crossed the line and knelt down to pray for peace and a disarmed U.S. Empire. All six were immediately arrested, taken to a building on the base, cited and released at Pioneer Park in Lompoc an hour and one-half later. All have pending court dates. See photos HERE.