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  • Citizens Inspection: August 2004
    August 2004 Citizen Inspections The Los Alamos Study Group is planning a coordinated series of citizens inspections of Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL and Sandia National Laboratories SNL on August 2 4 and 5 2004 For details about these events see the schedule The August 2 and 4 virtual inspections will include an overview of the U S nuclear weapons complex and will focus on Los Alamos August 2 and Sandia August 4 with a special emphasis on new weapons designs plutonium pit production and related environmental concerns The August 5 inspections at Los Alamos will be independent on site fact finding missions carried out by concerned citizens to gather information on current and proposed nuclear weapons activities for the purpose of monitoring the status of Los Alamos compliance with international treaties and international and domestic legal obligations On August 2 and 4 we will provide all interested inspectors with the background information and they will need to conduct inspections of LANL alongside us on August 5 and afterwards These inspections will be the first in a new quarterly series of citizens inspections organized by the Los Alamos Study Group focusing on nuclear weapons development in New Mexico and beyond

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/inspections/inspection-8-04.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • What is Citizen Inspection?
    does not impede access to non classified information In an open democratic society barriers should not be placed around non classified information under the guise of security All citizens possess the fundamental right to acquire information regarding the activities of their government Restricting any access to non classified information is antithetical to the principles of an open and free society Citizen inspections facilitate democracy The inspection process pushes society beyond the mere practice of symbolic democracy and allows citizens to become directly responsible for the oversight of government and military institutions Members of the public are encouraged to actively seek all available information so that they can make fully informed political decisions In order to meaningfully fulfill the verification process citizens peaceably and openly gain access to weapons facilities in order to gather non classified data regarding status and purpose of all weapons research and design programs military construction weapons stockpile and the implementation of policy The results of these inspections are then be made publicly available so that the public are fully informed of the actions and intentions of their government The individual in the societal verification process As an aspect of societal verification the citizen inspection process is based on the involvement of the whole community or broad groups of it in contrast to the employment of highly specialized teams of experts required for technological verification 1 Citizens involved in the inspection process need not possess any specific technical or legal knowledge Individuals are encouraged to seek access to information on their own Inspections for the purpose of gaining access to unclassified information do not need to be organized or managed by larger organizations Open inspection v managed inspection Open inspections scheduled and hosted by an organization function much the same as individual citizen inspections While the organization

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/inspections/what.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Why Citizens Inspections Matter
    institutions establish bright lines between justly classified information and the information which the public has the right to access and the need to know Citizen inspections help to build a popular knowledge about institutions and current events so that citizens can be more effective participants in the political sphere Citizen inspections are part of a larger freedom that if not exercised may very well perish Bright Lines Some information should remain classified for as long as it exist How to miniaturize a thermonuclear weapon methods of weaponizing biological agents some of the most fundamental work of the National Laboratories But the knowledge that these kinds of programs and policy led experiments are being pursued in American scientific institutions should never remain a secret Indeed most of the activities of the military industrial complex must be fully disclosed to the public for democracy to exist as more than a name The expansion of state secrecy which establishes fully classified government functions as well as expanding gradients of unofficial and unnecessary secrecy endangers the public s ability to exercise democratic control over its organs of national security Citizen inspections have the effect of focusing and clarifying the lines of government secrecy Citizens should know all that there is to know about their departments of defense energy and homeland security Where legitimate security concerns arise citizen inspectors need not act But where irrational and unjustified barriers exist citizens can tear down these curtains using inspections and public documentation Popular Knowledge The collective work of citizens inspectors compiles what can only be called a popular knowledge This kind of knowledge is popular as opposed to elite because it presupposes the participation of people who need not be experts or professionals but only citizens with enough concern and care to educate themselves and others It

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  • Inspections: authority & legal aspects
    states not party to the treaty are Cuba India Israel and Pakistan 2 At the 25 year review conference of the Non Proliferation Treaty the state parties agreed to extend the Treaty indefinitely Article VI of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty treaty text additional resources on the NPT Reaching Critical Will offsite Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice On July 8 1996 the International Court of Justice ICJ the judicial branch of the United Nations issued its advisory opinion The Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons The ICJ found 1 that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to humanitarian and other international law regulating the conduct of warfare and 2 that under Article VI of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and other international law states are obligated to bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control 3 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice ICJ July 8 1996 on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons Mandate and Authorization for Citizen Inspections pursuant to the NPT August 6 2003 Mandate for Citizens Inspections pursuant to

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    view information about hazardous buildings in each Technical Area note Hazard categories not included in the above map are low level chemical L CHEM low level energy source L ENS low level environmental L ENV low level radioactive L RAD

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/maps/pages/contents/TA-HazCatmap.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    multimedia contribute store sitemap search contact Sandia National Laboratory Hazardous Facilities Click on a building for more information back to top 2901 Summit Place NE Albuquerque NM 87106 Phone 505

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/sites/SNL/SNL-facilties.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Citizens Inspections: Additional Resources
    each site in the global weapons complex exists in its own political and social context there is no one singular kind of citizen inspection to carry out Each locality and each inspector is free to contribute to societal verification through citizen inspections as they are best fit to do Abolition 2000 s Citizen Weapons Inspections Working Group The Citizens Inspection Working Group CIWG is a working group of Abolition 2000 a global network calling for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons as required by Article VI of the NPT The CIWG seeks to expose the hypocrisy and the use of double standards by some NPT member states who condemn countries for possessing or trying to develop weapons of mass destruction WMD while they develop new lethal WMD and do nothing to honor their treaty obligations for disarmament http www abolition2000 org groups cwi Voor Moeder Aarde For Mother Earth http www motherearth org index php A Belgian peace organization that has been leading citizens inspections of overseas U S military bases like Kleine Brogel believed to store US nuclear weapons Visit the Bombspotting page to learn about For Mother Earth s inspections as well as authoritative information on how to conduct your own http www motherearth org bomspotting index en php Western States Legal Foundation WSLF documentation on the citizens inspection of US Strategic Command at Offut Air Force Base in Omaha Nebraska USA organized by Nebraskans for Peace and led by Andrew Lichterman of WSLF and Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group http www wslfweb org nukes stratcom htm The Citizen Weapons Inspection Teams Project http www cwit org index html The Polaris Institute s page on citizens weapons inspections Why should we organize citizen weapons inspection teams What role do they play in achieving our goals

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    Institutional Affiliation Discipline or Occupation We will not release or distribute your contact information without your permission Address City State Postal Code Zip Code Country E mail address Would You Like to Comment E mail the pledge to a friend or colleague Print out a copy of the Pledge form Why We Are Launching This Pledge Campaign Initial sponsoring organizations Los Alamos Study Group Attn Greg Mello 2901 Summit Place

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