John LaForge

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John LaForge is on the staff of Nukewatch a peace and nuclear watchdog group in Wisconsin.

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Wed. May. 13th, 2015

Nuclear Weapons Protesters’ Sabotage Conviction Overturned

John LaForge

Another reason the Appeals Court vacated the sabotage conviction was that the Supreme Court’s legal definition of “national defense” is unclear and imprecise, “a generic concept of broad connotations…

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

Arresting the Wrong Suspects

John LaForge

These preparations have been going on underground for decades, and a few thousand hard-bitten nuclear-obsessed types have been crying ‘foul’ about it the whole while. I was in a holding cell full of them, and it was a relief to be there.

Wed. Mar. 18th, 2015

Sailors’ Fukushima Lawsuit vs. Tokyo Electric and General Electric

John LaForge

Several hundred US sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan are suing Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), and US reactor builder General Electric, for $1 billion in damages. The case was brought in Federal Court in California’s Southern District.

Wed. Feb. 25th, 2015

Corporate Polluters Walk, Eco-Defenders Walk the Plank

John LaForge

For felony theft with use of force, you can’t beat the pollution industry. And when it comes to toxic contamination of Lake Superior, government and corporate collusion, and its protectors in the court system, are like Goliaths to our David-ish envir

Wed. Feb. 18th, 2015

Waltzing at the End of the World

John LaForge

The euphemistic nukespeak of “hard target kill” refers to H-bombs accurate enough to destroy another country’s missiles in bunkers before they are launched -- a nuclear “first-strike.”

Wed. Dec. 24th, 2014

Another Torture Report & Still No Prosecutions

John LaForge

The revulsion and outrage caused by torture is so universal that the community of nations has adopted the UN Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions on prisoners of war.

Thu. Nov. 13th, 2014

Evidence Mounts: Lake Huron Radioactive Waste Dump Should be Rejected

John LaForge

The proposed Deep Geological Repository for radioactive waste being considered by Canada’s Joint Review Panel is such a bad idea that even pro-nuclear Republican US senators like Illinois’ Mark Kirk are against it. Still, it’s not dead yet.

Thu. Oct. 30th, 2014

Gearing Up for a Meltdown?

John LaForge

You’d think the government believes a nuclear meltdown is inevitable. The EPA has recommended new regulations that relax (increase) radiation exposure limits during and after catastrophic reactor accidents.

Thu. Oct. 23rd, 2014

Zombie Alert: Yucca Mt. Radioactive Waste Dump Not Dead Yet

John LaForge

Just in time for Halloween, a real zombie. Having helped hammer nails in the coffin of the Yucca Mt., Nevada, project—for disposing high-level radioactive waste (uranium fuel rods) from nuclear reactors—I’m amazed at how the plan stays undead.

Thu. Sep. 18th, 2014

Speaking of Beheading

John LaForge

Clyde Nelson is “not aware of any serious American violation of the Laws of War ever,” according to his 9/11 letter.

Thu. Aug. 28th, 2014

Before the US Attacks Another Country

John LaForge

With today’s renewed calls coming from the General Staff and the usual Senate and cable TV bombasts for the use of ever more missiles and bombs, a review of the rationale put forward a year ago, and some of the questions raised then, can help inform

Thu. Jul. 3rd, 2014

War, Not Deserting, Is Demoralizing

John LaForge

 The obliteration of military morale in Iraq and Afghanistan is a direct result of the launching of both illegitimate and unconstitutional wars of aggression.

Thu. Jun. 19th, 2014

Fukushima’s Fallout Continues

John LaForge

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was helped in misleading the public by Tepco, which repeatedly underestimated internal radiation exposures of its workers involved in immediate emergency response

Thu. May. 22nd, 2014

Remembering on Memorial Day

John LaForge

I am a pacifist. You, my fellow citizens … are pacifists, too.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, May 11, 1940. Benjamin Franklin said, there never was a good war or a bad peace, but you’d never know it from Memorial Day in the United States.

Thu. May. 15th, 2014

Uranium Weapons Still Making Money, Wreaking Havoc

John LaForge

One indication of how poisonous these weapons are is that, in 30 years of resisting nuclear weapons and the war system, the only ‘not guilty of trespass’ verdict I ever won from a jury followed a protest at Alliant Tech over its DU program.

Thu. May. 1st, 2014

“Experts” Comfy with Radioactive Pollution of Great Lakes

John LaForge

OPG’s public information makes clear that it intends to poison the public’s water. First, the near-lake dump would be dug into deep caverns of porous limestone. The underground tombs are to “become the container”

Thu. Apr. 24th, 2014

An Open Letter to Congress on Fukushima Food Poisoning

John LaForge

I urge you, in view of Fukushima’s ongoing triple-meltdown radiation catastrophe, to demand that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) be required to lower the recommended amount of radioactive cesium now permitted in the US food supply

Thu. Apr. 3rd, 2014

Any Courtroom in China or Iran

John LaForge

Any courtroom in China or Iran could have been the scene: An 84-year-old Catholic nun in prison garb, chained hand-and-foot and surrounded by heavy Marshalls, is led shuffling into court.

Thu. Mar. 6th, 2014

Fukushima Three Years On – From Bad to Worse

John LaForge

“The extra lifetime… risk of cancer incidence… is unlikely to be epidemiologically [or statistically] detectable,” the authors concluded in a paper published Feb. 24 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.