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Posted on 11.12.2012 6:29 p.m.

Downtown Santa Barbara Protest to Target Missile Launch from Vandenberg

Source: Rick Wayman for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Protesters will gather at noon Tuesday at the corner of State and Anapamu streets in Santa Barbara to bring attention to the launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The launch is scheduled for the early morning hours on Wednesday. It will travel more than 4,000 miles from Vandenberg AFB to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Minuteman III missiles are on 24/7 high-alert status in silos in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. They carry thermonuclear warheads at least eight times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will attend the protest.

“A provocative nuclear-capable missile test is not the message that President Obama should be sending the world just one week after his re-election,” he said. “Such tests encourage other countries to develop and test their own missiles and nuclear weapons. The tests are also extremely dangerous and disruptive to the Marshall Islanders, who have suffered enough from U.S. nuclear testing and strive to live in peace on their Pacific islands.”

In addition to opposing the testing of Minuteman III missiles, many protestors will be calling on the United States to decommission its land-based nuclear missiles. The missiles are located in fixed silos, making them easy targets for attack. There is an incentive to “use them first or lose them.” The high-alert status of these weapons could lead to accidental nuclear war.

— Rick Wayman represents the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

» on 11.12.12 @ 06:56 PM

What a load of crap. We should all plant daises and have a good peace chant. I have a suggestion for the AFB, retarget the missile for State and Anapamu, that will get rid of some unproductive citizens, crappy buildings and make a nice swimming hole downtown. Obama already sent a message of apology and appeasement and so far that has worked out real well hasn’t it.

» on 11.12.12 @ 07:24 PM

Whats wrong with these idiots on the left, they don’t understand our strength prevents war. I now realize history will repeat itself in this country, and the politically correct or bored with life liberals will destroy this country from within.

» on 11.13.12 @ 01:09 AM

They carry thermonuclear warheads at least eight times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.”
  They can, but not on a test run.

» on 11.13.12 @ 02:58 AM

Another sign that our country is too lazy.  We used to march.. now we occupy.

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