Stop Divine Strake completely -- Senate floor debate is ON
Thank you for all you have done to keep Divine Strake out of Indiana.
Together, we are making a difference.
Today the Senate begins floor debate of the Defense Appropriations
Thanks to the enormous attention Divine Strake has got in Indiana
past weeks, we have a much better chance to stop it everywhere.
Please call or fax Senators Bayh and Lugar and ask them to offer an
amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, blocking Divine
Strake. It is
crucial to end the illusion that nuclear weapons are usable. This is
especially important as the Bush Administration continues to move
massive attack on Iran.
Senator Evan Bayh 202-224-5623
Senator Richard Lugar 202-224-4814
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of 'Friends Committee on National Legislation'
When you get to this fax page, just write your own simple
you for what you have done to keep Divine Strake out of Indiana. Now
stop Divine Strake anywhere, by offering an amendment to the Defense
Appropriations Bill blocking this test."
The Friends Committee on National Legislation talking points are
but be sure to make clear that you know the test is no longer
Indiana, and you are asking them not to let it happen anywhere.
The Defense Appropriations Bill is on the Senate floor today. It may
few days. Time is of the essence, but don't give up.
Thanks -- and peace,
1308 North Maple Street
Bloomington, IN 47404-3367
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September 5, 2006
The Honorable Evan Bayh
564 Russell Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Bayh:
On behalf of Hoosiers Against Divine Strake, I am delighted to learn
Michael Evenson, Acting Director of the Defense Threat Reduction
stated that DTRA has no plans to conduct Divine Strake in Indiana.
appreciate your concern on behalf of many diverse constituents
strong opposition to this test. We believe that Indiana's
delegation and citizen action are making a significant difference.
Our goal is to block Divine Strake altogether. It must not take
Indiana, New Mexico, or anywhere. As we learned what it would mean
a 10,000 foot mushroom cloud over Indiana, many Hoosiers had a
understand, in the most personal terms, just what even a nuclear
means for any community. I wish it had been possible for you to be in
Mitchell to attend the two very impressive press conferences with
Butch Chastain. Citizens who defy stereotype expressed their anger
previous, smaller explosions about which they had not been informed -
their determined opposition to Divine Strake.
I believe that you and we now have an important opportunity to use
heightened level of public awareness to take a major step to reduce
nuclear threat. In the words of DTRA, Divine Strake is designed
the war fighter's confidence" in using nuclear weapons "with a
collateral damage." If even the non-radioactive mushroom cloud is
toxic, how can we pretend that there is a real nuclear weapon with a
threshold for use?
There simply is no way to calculate or condone the effect of using a
nuclear weapon (perhaps the B61-11) on Nantanz or anywhere else.
interested in the limestone of southern Indiana because of the
"significant adversaries." As you know, Iran lies on a fault. A U.S.
nuclear weapon would set off a political earthquake whose shock
felt globally for decades. The damage to what remains of our national
legitimacy and security might well be irreversible. Because some key
members of the Bush Administration seem bent on confrontation with
this is an acute worry. Even conducting this test shatters our
As we thank you warmly for your efforts to date, we continue to urge
strongly to offer an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill
Divine Strake altogether. You would win overwhelming praise in
You would also be taking an important national and international
showing that at a decisive moment you are willing also to apply
the world's most dangerous nuclear arsenal, our own.
We are in solidarity with the people of New Mexico, who may now be
unwilling hosts to this test. We thought you might like to see a
which citizens there are sending to Senator Bingaman. Perhaps you
work with him to offer the amendment blocking Divine Strake. In any
know your own initiative would command attention and respect in the
and give the amendment every chance for success.
Let me add a word of thanks for the extraordinary kindness which Liz
Brinkerhoff and Todd Rosenbloom have shown us during these
With appreciation and best wishes,
Hoosiers Against Divine Strake
In addition to Hoosiers Against Divine Strake, on whose behalf I am
the following groups and individuals responded to a weekend email
endorsement of this letter. Had it not been for Labor Day weekend,
would no doubt have been many more responses.
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (Bloomington, Indiana)
Brown County Green Party (Brown County, Indiana)
Center for Sustainable Living (Bloomington, Indiana)
Christians for Peace in the Middle East (Franklin, Indiana)
Heartwood (Bloomington, Indiana)
Indiana Forest Alliance (Bloomington, Indiana)
Indiana Green Party
Indiana Peace and Justice Network (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Monroe County Green Party (Monroe County, Indiana)
Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War
Protect Our Woods (South-central Indiana)
Terre Haute- Stop War on Iraq (Terre Haute, Indiana)
Valley Watch (Evansville, Indiana)
Task Force on a Just Peace, Unitarian Universalist Church of
Shagbark (Paoli, Indiana)
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Bloomington
Mary Ann Fadae, Indianapolis, IN.
Donald Litchtenberg, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Indiana
Rita Lichtenberg, Bloomington, IN.
Isabel Piedmont, Chair, Bloomington Environmental Commission, on her
Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Monroe, MI
Don't Waste Michigan, Holland, MI
Citizens' Resistance at Fermi Two, Monroe, MI
The following is the text of a letter that New Mexico groups are
Senators Bingaman and Domenici. I believe that it would be wise to
amendment simply to block the test rather than to refer specifically
funding, lest the Pentagon resort to creative accounting.
September 4, 2006
The Honorable _________:
We request your urgent attention on an issue of international
The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency has
to detonate 700 tons of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil to simulate the
underground shock waves of a low yield nuclear weapon on hardened
underground targets in a test called Divine Strake (DS).
A DoD February 2005 budget document for "RDT&E Defense-Wide Advanced
Technology Deployment" describes the test as a "full-scale tunnel
demonstration using high explosives to simulate a low yield nuclear
ground shock environment at Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site."
Additionally, the DoD's "Tunnel Target Defeat Advanced Concept and
Technology Demonstration" document explicitly declares that such
needed to "improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the
proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities
minimizing collateral damage."
DS was originally scheduled to be detonated at the Nevada Test Site
2, 2006. However, it was subsequently cancelled due to mass
the test from over 40 environmental, human rights, Native American
and peace organizations. There are new concerns that the Pentagon is
considering moving DS to the White Sands Missile Range in New
There are many reasons why funding for Divine Strake should be
* The DST is an affront to taxpayers. The exorbitant costs
the DST are particularly appalling at a time when millions of
with New Mexicans ranking at the bottom of the barrel - lack health
basic human services.
* DS is not justified in light of information gathered from previous
testing. Data on ground shock waves are readily available from the
historical nuclear weapons tests that took place at the Nevada Test
well as dozens of simulated nuclear effects tests that took place
years in Hawaii, Indiana, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and in New
the White Sands Missile Range.
* DS may constitute a threat to public health. Were it to be
the Nevada Test Site there are serious concerns that the explosive
could result in the air-borne spread of residual radioactive
from decades of past nuclear testing to Downwinders and surrounding
communities. Wherever it might be held, it would likely result in the
dispersion of a complex mix of toxic chemicals.
* The DST may be found to be in violation of United Nations
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and discriminate against the rights
Mescalero Apache who live in the vicinity of the White Sands Missile
or the Western Shoshone near the Nevada Test Site.
* DS will set a bad international example while the Bush
demanding that Iran and North Korea freeze their nuclear programs.
Contradictorly, the test could strongly signal the potential
the U.S. to launch a nuclear strike against North Korean and Iranian
* DS will violate the spirit of the 1970 NonProliferation Treaty
1996, the International Court of Justice, the judicial branch of the
Nations, unanimously held that Article VI of the NPT requires the
weapons states "to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion
negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under
and effective international control." In April 2000, the NPT Review
Conference further affirmed the intention of Article VI that all
the NPT, and specifically those that possess nuclear weapons, must
complete nuclear disarmament.
Conducting simulated nuclear weapons tests with the goal of
their ground shock effects while "minimizing collateral damage"
effort to enhance their "usability." We must always bear in mind the
suffering and environmental devastation that resulted from the atomic
bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The U.S. should consistently act
discourage the potential use of nuclear weapons, rather than engage
that could have the opposite effect.
We, the undersigned organizations, respectfully request that you
sponsoring a floor amendment to the defense appropriations bill,
scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor, Tuesday, September 5, to
eliminate funding for this controversial test.
Thank you for your consideration.
Susan Dayton, Director
Citizen Action New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jay Coghlan, Director
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dave McCoy Assistant Director,
Citizen Action New Mexico
Friends Committee on National Legislation
HOME, Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth
John Hadder, Reno Anti War Coalition
Pete Lister, Executive Director
Salt Lake City, UT
NDE - Nevada Desert Experience
Las Vegas, NV
DC Arms Control and Non Proliferation
Vanessa Pierce, Executive Director
Healthy Environment Alliance, HEAL Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Carrie Dann, Executive Director
Western Shoshone Defense Project, WSDP
Crescent Valley, NV