2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 12:36:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION: Opposition to Northwest Training Range Complex
The "Change" we don't need: increased Northwest training Region Complex

Joan Russow, Ph.D.Global Compliance Research Project
Peace, Earth, and Justice News
May 19, 2009

The US is planning on extending the United States Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) and increasing their naval training and naval warfare off the west Coast close to the Canadian border. This Complex will be in violation of a series of international principles from the precautionary principle to the transboundary principle yet little concern appears to be expressed by the Canadian Department of Defence about the probably serious environmental and social impacts of this increased militarism.

The United States Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) has engaged in military exercises, in several designated areas, along the west coast from California to the Canadian border since the Second World War. In their training, submarines, surface ships and aviators practice naval warfare off the West Coast. The Navy plans to increase the use of air and sea targets and a submarine tracking range, and to develop both a training minefield for submarines and an electronic signal emitter on the coast

These "training" activities, along with the Exercise Trident fury in the Greater Victoria Area and in Comox continue to be flagrant displays of militarism. Under the international Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, to which the United States and Canada are signatories, "propaganda for war is prohibited" These training activities and "exercise" should definitely be prohibited as propaganda for war.

Many citizens and environmental groups have warned the NWTRC of the probability of serious irreversible environmental consequences.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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