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Oak Ridge Y-12 Indicted for War Crimes

Today, through our nonviolent action, we—Transform Now Plowshares—indict the U.S. government
nuclear modernization program, including the new Uranium Processing Facility planned at Oak Ridge and
the dedication of billions of public dollars to the continuation of the Y-12 facility.

WHEREAS, This program is an ongoing criminal endeavor in violation of international treaty law
binding on the United States under the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article VI):

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof;
and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be
the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in
the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

WHEREAS, The United States is bound by the United Nation’s Charter, ratified and signed in 1945.
Its preamble affirms that its purpose is to “save future generations from the scourge of war”. It directs
that “all nations shall refrain from the use of force against another nation”. Article II regards the threat to
use nuclear weapons as ongoing international criminal activity.

WHEREAS, The Nuremberg Principles, also promulgated in 1945, primarily by the U.S., prohibit crimes
against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. They render nuclear weapons systems
prohibited, illegal, and criminal under all circumstances and for any reason.

WHEREAS, The U.S. government is obligated as well by the Non Proliferation Treaty, in force since
1970 that requires the signers to pursue negotiations in good faith and to eliminate nuclear weapons at an
early date. The U.S. government is also obligated by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits
full-scale nuclear explosions.

THEREFORE, The work planned at Oak Ridge violates all these agreements and is thus criminal.

Oak Ridge Y-12 is slated to receive more than $6.5 billion in federal funding over the next decade for
continuing nuclear weapons production. The new Uranium Processing Facility is expected to sustain a
nuclear arsenal of 3000-3500 weapons beyond the middle of the century. Additional production facilities
are sought as well. Instead of eliminating nuclear weaponry, Oak Ridge Y-12 perpetuates it through the
nuclear modernization program.

Against these continuing violations of treaty law, we assert our human right to civil resistance.
Furthermore we affirm as crucial the human right to be free from these crimes. The Nuremberg Principles
not only prohibit such crimes but oblige those of us aware of the crime to act against it. “Complicity in
the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity…is a crime under
International Law”.

The ongoing building and maintenance of Oak Ridge Y-12 constitute war crimes that can and should be
investigated and prosecuted by judicial authorities at all levels. We are required by International Law to
denounce and resist known crimes.

For the sake of the whole human family threatened by nuclear weapons, and for the sake of our Planet
Earth, which is abused and violated, we indict the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapon facility and all
government officials, agencies, and contractors as responsible for perpetuating these war crimes.

Discussion

One thought on “Oak Ridge Y-12 Indicted for War Crimes

  1. I met Megan Rice briefly last Sunday–the day before jury selection began. It is a tragedy that such a sweet, calm, peaceful Christian woman has been found guilty of sabotage and jailed. If she gets 30 years she will die in jail–assuming the world lasts that long. She has already counted the cost and accepted the consequences, but
    I’m wondering whether such sacrifice is either necessary or sufficient to get the US to change. Instead of getting arrested and HOPING to use the trespassing trial to put the government on trial, why not be SURE to put the government on trial by just filing a lawsuit directly against the the US government based on the above indictment? If that’s too expensive or improbable, what about a public campaign that states and explains the indictment? Then you might get it debated in law schools or on high school & college debate topics. What about some other forms of advocacy? Some folks in the US would be more easily convinced by the financial argument, for example, than by the moral argument. I understand that every movement needs “point” people, but it is going to take a lot more than a few protesters to change our nuclear stance–even if they are wonderful people who die in jail.

    Posted by ken morton | May 9, 2013, 6:29 pm

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