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Stopping Trident sneaking out of the Clyde

Every hour of every day, a Trident submarine from the Clyde carrying up to 48 nuclear warheads - each capable of obliterating a city - is hiding somewhere deep under the world's oceans. Some believe they are helping to deter war, but for most people in Scotland they seem supremely pointless, or worse.

The missiles are not targeted on any country. They have not prevented punishing wars in the Balkans, the Gulf and Afghanistan, and they certainly don't deter terrorists. They are draining the UK economy of billions of pounds. And if they were ever fired, they would wreak death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.

That's why opinion polls have consistently shown more than 50% of Scots opposed to Trident. A majority of Scottish MPs in Westminster and a majority of MSPs at Holyrood have voted decisively against replacing Trident, which is what the UK government has said it wants to do.

Rogue British captain could launch Trident

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The BBC has discovered that Britain has failed to 
introduce safeguards to prevent rogue officers from
launching nuclear war in a Dr Strangelove scenario.
Security on the arming system of the RAF's WE177 
bombs was almost non-existent and there is no
electronic lock preventing the officers on a British
Trident submarine from firing their missiles on their
own initiative.

Nuclear Convoy lost in Scotland

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Around midnight on Monday night, 12 November, vehicles in a convoy transporting nuclear weapons got lost as they travelled in the dark around central Scotland. The convoy was travelling from the nuclear weapons store at Coulport. Members of Nukewatch were tracking the support vehicles at the back of the convoy.  These vehicles took a detour towards Kincardine Bridge, then took a U-turn back towards Stirling and stopped at the Forthside Defence Logisitics site.

 

US Funding for FALCON Project

An United States  House-Senate Conference Report about a $459 million defense budget revealed that $100 million is to be given for the development of a "prompt global strike" program capable of launching a precision-guided warhead that can be detonated at any point in the world two hours after deployment.

The program FALCON, which stands for Force Application and Launch from CONSUS, was described by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intelligence reporter Walter Pincus as "a reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from [the continental United States] in less than two hours."

American and Russian Citizens Endorse NNPT

An Opinion Poll  conducted by University of Maryland has found that  73 per cent of Americans and 63 per cent of Russians endorse the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that calls for elimination of nuclear weapons, and 79 per cent and 66 percent of them want their respective governments to do more to pursue this objective.

"Current US security policies do not reflect underlying public opinion,"  John Steinbruner, Director of Centre for International Security Studies at Maryland said

"In contrast to the growing tension between their (US and Russian) governments, publics in the US and Russia show enthusiasm for dramatic cooperative steps to reduce the nuclear threat," Steven Kull, Director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, adds.

Faslane shiplift vulnerable to aircrash

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A report obtained by Scottish CND showed that the MoD had underestimated the effect of a 
large aircraft crashing into the Faslane shiplift while it contained a Trident submarine.
In such a situation the platform holding the submarine would collapse, but MoD probability
assessments did not accurately reflect this.
Such a situation could lead to the detonation of the missiles on the submarine. This could 
in turn result in the dispersal of plutonium from the nuclear warheads and possibly a
nuclear explosion or the dispersal of material from the submarine's reactor.
 

Chris Huhne's Independent Article

Voltaire famously stated that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. I suspect that Trident as presently constituted is neither British, nor independent, nor a deterrent. The £15-20bn estimated for its replacement with a similar system is not the best use of defence funds.

There are more pressing military priorities for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq: body armour, helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and medical care. In this leadership contest, Liberal Democrats need to take a hard look at our party's position.

British nuclear weapons have had a political dimension from the outset. Churchill built a hydrogen bomb so that we could resume our wartime nuclear partnership with the US. Nuclear weapons allowed Macmillan to abolish conscription.

People and Parliament Against Trident

Thousands of campaigners  marched through Edinburgh to protest about the Trident nuclear weapons system.

The march and rally was intended to put pressure on the UK Government to remove all nuclear weapons from Scottish soil.

Police said about 1,200 people took part in the event which was a follow-up to last month's Trident summit, organised by the Scottish Government.

The march and rally was organised by Scotland For Peace , which includes religious, trade union and peace groups

Iran and Nuclear Weapons

By my count, since 1945 the US has made military interventions in 47 countries. Iran will have noticed that none of those countries had nuclear weapons and may have drawn the conclusion, almost certainly right, that the US would not attack a nuclear-armed Iran. It is time for the West to offer Iran the hand of friendship by offering to guarantee its borders and even to provide a nuclear shield to protect Iran from attack by nuclear-armed neighbours.

Ian J. Hartill in a letter to The Times

Trident Cost Escalates

Des Browne has announced a substantial increase in the amount that is being spent on nuclear weapons.  In reply to a question from Nick Harvey MP he said that  a total of £5.8 billion would be spent over the 3 years of the Comprehensive Spending Review.  Annual expenditure is rising from a current figure of £1.5 billion to £2.1 billion in 2010-11.