Lake Forest Park peace activist arrested at Bangor submarine base

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A flash mob from Bothell danced to the song War (What is it good for).
Video on Facebook page

Glen Milner, of the Lake Forest Park for Peace group, was arrested in front of the Bangor submarine base on the Kitsap Peninsula on Monday, August 5, 2019 for being in the roadway leading to the base during rush hour traffic.

He was part of a group of 60, including two other members from Lake Forest Park, who staged a demonstration in front of the gates to the base. The demonstration marked the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing.

11 demonstrators, including Milner, blocked the road holding signs. They were removed by the Washington state patrol and cited under RCW 46.61.250.Pedestrians on roadways.

About 30 minutes later, and after being cited, Milner and four others reentered the roadway carrying a banner with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which stated, “When scientific power outruns spiritual power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.” 

The five were removed by the Washington State Patrol, cited with RCW 9A.84.020, Failure to disperse, and released at the scene.

The demonstration on August 5th was the culmination of a four-day event at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. On Sunday, August 4th, David Swanson, a longtime peace activist, author, and radio host spoke at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. His presentation: The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence.

There are eight Trident SSBN submarines deployed at Bangor. Six Trident SSBN submarines are deployed on the East Coast at Kings Bay, Georgia.

Each Trident submarine was originally equipped for 24 Trident missiles. In 2015-2017 four missile tubes were deactivated on each submarine as a result of the New START Treaty.

Currently, each Trident submarine deploys with 20 D-5 missiles and about 90 nuclear warheads (an average of 4-5 warheads per missile). The warheads are either the W76-1 100-kiloton or W88 455-kiloton warheads.

The Navy is currently planning to implement a smaller W76-2 “low-yield” or tactical nuclear weapon (approximately 6.5 kilotons) on ballistic submarine missiles at Bangor, dangerously creating a lower threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.

One Trident submarine carries the destructive force of over 1,300 Hiroshima bombs (the Hiroshima bomb was 15 kilotons).

The nuclear submarines do not normally travel through the Shoreline side of Puget Sound.

Milner was cited, but not detained. He will appear in court in Port Orchard on September 4, 2019.

Correction as to route of nuclear subs


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