German Prison for U.S. Nuclear Weapons Protester – Nukewatch’s John LaForge
This Week’s Featured Interview:
- John LaForge is co-director of Nukewatch, a Wisconsin-based environmental and peace action group, dedicated to the abolition of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and continued radioactive waste production. Nukewatch brings critical attention to the locations, movements, dangers, and the politics of nuclear weapons and dangerous wastes.
John was arrested twice in 2020 after he participated in peaceful protests at the Buchel Air Force Base in Germany to bring attention to U.S. nuclear bombs stockpiled there and aimed at Russia. After trials in which his most compelling defense information – international treaty laws as they relate to nuclear weapons – was not allowed, he had a choice between paying a modest (for Americans) fine or serving prison time. He chose prison.
I spoke with John Leforge, who is already in Germany, on Monday, January 2, 2023. This was just eight days before he must report to a German prison to serve a term for his non-violent protest. His insights into what international law says that can be applied to nuclear weapons is a real eye-opener.
Links from the Featured Interview:
- ARTICLE: Why John LaForge Won’t Pay Fines Imposed for Nuclear Weapons Actions in Germany
- BOOK: NUCLEAR HEARTLAND
- Nukewatch – direct link
Nuclear Hotseat Hot Story w/Linda Pentz Gunter:
After repeated invitations to contribute her “expertise in the space” to a conference promoting small modular reactors, Beyond Nuclear’s Linda Pentz Gunter decided to tell them what she would say, given the opportunity.
Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):
- When is decontaminated soil not decontaminated? When you figure out the linguistic manipulation of perception from the nukesters.
- The 2022 nuclear year in review: A global nuclear order in shambles – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
- Are the bombs back in town? – UK to host U.S nuclear weapons… again?