It rained and yet about 50 people came (we seriously believe that HAARP is at work here as the heavens usually open for demonstrations at Menwith Hill these days! - see
details of HAARP below). There was an over-indulgence of police presence but no police horses this time. Three police officers on bikes weaved their way ahead and around
the demonstrators. Each entrance to the base was blocked by serried ranks of police officers from North Yorkshire police, while inside the base the Ministry of Defence Police Agency
(MDPA) patrolled on American owned 'quad bikes' and in cars and vans.
Before the demonstration started, one person was 'stopped and searched' under the Terrorism Act 2000 while walking on the public footpath. This was raised with Dave Williams (Liaison
police officer) who said that he would discuss this at the post demonstration police briefing; yet another example of an abuse of this law.
Steve Hill (www.daftasadrum.co.uk) started off the demonstration by magnificently facilitating a drumming workshop (in the rain). He
was joined by Rythmns of Resistance (Sheffield and Manchester) who also warmed the demonstrators with their invigorating samba music throughout the day. Louisa (Veggies of Yorkshire)
supplied the food (£1 for a delicious vegan vegetable curry and hot fruit salad) and Bruce Gagnon (Cordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space) was the guest
speaker this year.
Bruce had spent the week talking at meetings round the UK (organised by
Yorkshire CND). He is an American who was at one time a member of the US Air Force. He got out of the USAF because of the Vietnam war. He spends two weeks of
every month travelling the US talking about the issue around the US domination of space for military and commercial gains.
What Bruce had to say was frightening, alarming and deeply depressing. However he urged us all to 'hold hands' and keep going because it is only by working together that we can
overcome the forward march of the military industrial complex. We have to be persistent and not give up.
Lindis Percy and Dave Webb led a walk round the base and stopped at various entrances to inform people about the base and its crucial role (with Fylingdales) in the AMD system.
CAAB reflects that the demonstrations and meetings get smaller as the pattern of the peaks and troughs of the peace movement once again happens. However new people were there. We
urge as many people as possible to come to these demonstrations as it sends a message to those in 'authority' that today....there are people who are deeply opposed to what is being done by
the US and UK governments. We must demand our rights and civil liberties.
Re HAAP - High-frequency Active Aural Research Program
See: article on
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO409F.html - The important debate on global warming under UN auspices provides but
a partial picture of climate change; in addition to the devastating impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the ozone layer, the World's climate can now be modified as part of a new
generation of sophisticated 'non-lethal weapons.' Both the Americans and the Russians have developed capabilities to manipulate the World's climate.
In the US, the technology is being perfected under the High-frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP) as part of the ("Star Wars") Strategic Defence Initiative
(SDI). Recent scientific evidence suggests that HAARP is fully operational and has the ability of potentially triggering floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes.
HAARP is a mass destructive weapon - not part of any negotiations......While there is no concrete evidence of HAARP having been used, scientific findings suggest that it
is at present fully operational. What this means is that HAARP could potentially be applied by the US military to selectively modify the climate of an 'unfriendly nation' or 'rogue state'
with a view to destabilizing its national economy.
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