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AUGUST 7, 2006--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 people arrested marking the 61st Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing at the Trident submarine base at Bangor, WA--3 demonstrators held in jail for arraignment at 1 PM Tuesday, August 8, in Port Orchard.
Peace activists joined at confirmed site of weapons of mass destruction to declare Hiroshima and Nagasaki Never Again.
50 people walked at early dawn to the demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor base. 10 demonstrators blocked the highway entrance into the base, carrying individual signs and photos concerning nuclear weapons.
At 5 AM on Monday, demonstrators walked from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action to the entrance of Naval Submarine Base Bangor. 6 demonstrators entered the highway and briefly blocked the main entrance to the base while Navy and support personnel were arriving for work at the base.
After the six demonstrators were arrested by Kitsap County Sheriffs, four demonstrators entered federal property to block the same entrance into the base. The four were arrested by Naval Base security.
The Trident submarine base at Bangor is located 20 miles west of Seattle. It is the last active nuclear weapons depot on the West Coast and is the place of deployment for approximately 1,760 nuclear warheads. The base has been recently rebuilt for the deployment of the larger and more accurate Trident D-5 missile system. Each of the 24 D-5 missiles on a Trident submarine is capable of carrying eight of the larger 455 kiloton W-88 warheads (each warhead is about 30 times the explosive force as the Hiroshima bomb.)
Those arrested by Kitsap County Sheriffs, held in jail, and expected to be arraigned at 1 pm Tuesday in Port Orchard: Shirley Morrison, 84, of Seattle; Brian Watson, 36, of Bremerton; and Carol Ann Barrows, 54, of Bainbridge Island.
Those arrested by Kitsap County Sheriffs and released: Rob Goldstein, 18, Liz Rivera Goldstein, 48, and Brenda McMillan, 72, all of Port Townsend.
Those arrested and released by base security: Roger Thorson, 61, of Carnation; John Stahmer, 58, of Port Townsend; George Rodkey, 53, of Tacoma; and Zach Mandeville, 21, of Olympia.
Demonstrators were joined with members of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist temple on Bainbridge Island, who with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action members and others, completed a walk for peace from the Tacoma Catholic Worker on July 31, 2006 ending at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action on August 5, 2006.
Nonviolent Resistance at Trident Submarine Base Marked 61st Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing--August 7, 2006
The three demonstrators currently held in jail have refused to post the requested $5,000 bail. It is not clear if they will be released after their arraignment in Port Orchard at 1 PM, Tuesday, August 8, 2006.
Kitsap County prosecutors have been unable to get convictions against nonviolent activists arrested at Bangor the last four times they have tried. Juries and judges have found that people arrested at Bangor protests have the legal right to redress grievances under International and US law with nonviolent direct action.
The Trident submarines at Bangor are most likely to be used first in any nuclear attack: either as an isolated “tactical” assault on a specific site, bunker, or weapons location; or in a larger “strategic” nuclear attack. The Bangor-based submarines can launch their weapons in secrecy and operate near Middle East and Asian targets.
The submarine base and submarines at Bangor have recently been converted to the Trident D-5 missile. The new D-5 missile weighs 130,000 lbs. compared to the older C-4, at 73,000 lbs. The new missile is more accurate and has longer range.
Naval Submarine Base Bangor currently has nine D-5 missile submarines.
In addition, four older Trident submarines are being refitted to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles. Two will be at Bangor. These SSGN submarines can fire all of the cruise missiles on one submarine, 154 cruise missiles, in six minutes.
In July, 2005 Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy announced a $9.2 million contract to develop a new submarine-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile (SLIRBM). The SLIRBM will be capable of delivering a 1,000 lb. payload 1,200 miles within 15 minutes of launch. A Tomahawk missile takes about 4 hours to cover the same distance.
Either type of Trident submarine at Bangor, whether to launch D-5 nuclear missiles, cruise missiles, or the planned intermediate range ballistic missile, has unbelievable destructive force.
The next planned nonviolent direct action at Bangor will be in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January 2007.