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(en) Freedom 6403 8 Feb, 2003 - More anti-militarist action North Yorkshire

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2003 11:23:48 +0100 (CET)

A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E

Is it possible that dissent could affect the bosses war
plans? There's no doubt this is a crucial time for the
Masters of War to work out what they can get away
with, and the task for us is to make that as little as
possible. Britain is in the unenviable position of
hosting a number of totally essential components of
American military infrastructure. Not only does this
country have some of the largest and most frequently
used US Air Force bases outside the USA itself
(Fairford and Lakenheath, for example, both of which
are nuclear-capable). In Yorkshire are some of the
eyes, ears and brain of the whole system.

RAF Menwith Hill is the largest electronic monitoring
system in the world, run solely by the US National
Security Agency. Its role is to listen in on the world's
communications, civil and personal (not just military),
through the ECHELON system. Beyond this spying
role it tracks targets throughout the Middle East,
being one of three bases round the globe the USA uses
to maintain its global reach. This, of course, is aimed
at protecting the American homeland, not the rock
Menwith happens to be situated on.

In fact the Menwith Hill base is so valuable it won an
award from the US military in the last Gulf War for its
great work.

Finally, together with nearby RAF Fylingdales, the
base forms a crucial part of the updated Star Wars
system, the horrifically expensive, space-based
tracking and missile system which the Pentagon plans
to use in overseeing, controlling and manipulating
threats and opportunities across the world. Although it
stands little chance of being effective, as a potential
first-strike system it significantly raises the stakes in
the arms race and represents the next step towards the
holy grail of total world domination.

We hope the warmongers notice us in London on 15th
February, but after that we should focus our efforts on
targeting the actual infrastructure that will be used,
not only against Iraq, but against all future enemies of
the United States. The USA is desperate to keep news
about Menwith Hill away from the British public. We
must deny them that luxury in any way we can.

On 22nd March, there'll be a 'Foil the base' direct
action to coincide with the spring equinox. This is the
time when the length of day and night are the equal
across the earth, and it's traditionally a time to take
action and awake new ideas. We're going to try and do
just that by focusing on the murderous intent behind
Menwith Hill and by trying to stop it. It will be a day
of peaceful dissent against the warmakers, who may
well have launched their attack on Iraq just a week
before. Bring balloons, mirrors and music. Come along
and join in.

Neighbourhoods Opposing War (NOW)
For further details and information, visit
http://now-peace.org.uk or call 07905-913 139

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