John LaForge


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

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Thu. Feb. 20th, 2014

Nuclear Weapons Spoilers Sentenced to Long Prison Terms

John LaForge

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee Three anti-war activists who easily snuck into what is touted as one of the country’s most secure nuclear weapons facilities were sentenced to long terms in federal prison Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

Sentencing of Disarmament Activists Postponed Again

John LaForge

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Asst. US Attorney asked me, “You write an online column, don’t you?” I thought, “I’m sure you read Counterpunch.” But instead answered, “Yes, I do.” “And you called this a ‘kangaroo court’ didn’t you”? I gladly said, “Yes

Thu. Jan. 16th, 2014

Fukushima Roulette at Monticello, Minnesota

John LaForge

On Feb. 11, 1985, the cover editorial of Forbes thundered, “The failure of the US nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, a disaster on a monumental scale.”

Thu. Dec. 19th, 2013


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Guantanamo: “Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent.”

Thu. Dec. 5th, 2013


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Russian Nuclear Sub Catches Fire in Dry dock, Injures 15, & Conjures Earlier Fires

Fri. Nov. 29th, 2013


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‘Best military in the World’ – Yeah, Right

Fri. Aug. 16th, 2013


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German Jet Bomber Base Shut Down By Ambitious ‘Rhythm Beats Bombs’ Blockaders

Thu. Aug. 15th, 2013


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German Jet Bomber Base Shut Down By Ambitious ‘Rhythm Beats Bombs’ Blockaders

Fri. Jun. 21st, 2013

Do the the Armed Forces Have a Rape Culture?

John LaForge

US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have produced quagmires of crime, corruption and abuse, beginning with the torture of prisoners, the creation of offshore penal colonies, and repeated airborne attacks on shepherd boys, wedding parties, TV crews and allied troops — and

Fri. Jun. 14th, 2013

Depleted Uranium Weapons: Shot Once, Kills Forever

John LaForge

The name “depleted uranium” (DU) refers to uranium-238, a radioactive waste that loses just half its radioactivity in 4.5 billion years. The United States has about 740,000 tons of DU left from nuclear weapons and reactor fuel rod production. DU is chemically toxic, is 65 percent more dense than lead, and is pyrophoric — it ignites when it sma

Fri. Jun. 7th, 2013

Fishy Accounts of Health Risks from Poison Tuna

John LaForge

The London Guardian says: “Fukushima tuna safe to eat — study.” The Los Angeles Times said: “Scientists to eaters: Don’t freak out over Fukushima fish.” The San Diego Union-Tribune was emphatic: “Tuna Pose No Risk after Nuke Disaster,” and online “Fukushima seafood radiation risk n

Fri. May. 31st, 2013

Ojibwe Lead Growing Opposition to Strip-Mining Scheme

John LaForge

As close followers of the Reader know, the mining industry has its guns aimed at Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota with projects that threaten to permanently damage Lake Superior. The proposal for Minnesota even promises t

Fri. May. 24th, 2013

Nuclear War Careers Don’t Get Any Respect

John LaForge

Some of the Air Force’s self-styled nuclear “missileers” — sitting at launch controls in Minot, North Dakota — recently earned a “D” on their intercontinental ballistic missile firing (ICBM) skills. Over 10 percent of the Minot Air Force Base’s 91st “Missile Wing” was declared incompetent and was stripped of launch-dut

Fri. May. 3rd, 2013

Defense Case Denied for Nuclear Weapons Protesters

John LaForge

“The Defendants may not present a defense of necessity or justification … evidence that the operations at Y-12 violated international or domestic law, evidence that their actions were compelled by the

Fri. Apr. 26th, 2013

A Vast Endless Experiment: Military Radioactive Pollution

John LaForge

Radioactive contamination of the environment occurs all day, every day as a result of the normal operation of commercial nuclear power reactors, military and civilian research reactors, shipboard propulsion reactors — the Russians are even building nuclear-powered ice b

Fri. Apr. 19th, 2013

Weapons Budget Paying for a Crime Spree

John LaForge

With the Pentagon having secured its annual 47 percent of the April 15 federal tax haul ($1,335 billion out of a total of $2,890 billion) it’s a good time look at the ethics of stealing food from the poor in order to spend

Fri. Apr. 12th, 2013

Inhuman Radiation Experiments

John LaForge

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the declassification of top-secret studies, done over a period of 60 years, in which the U.S. conducted 2,000 radiation experiments on as many as 20,000 vulnerable U.S. citizens.

Fri. Mar. 29th, 2013

U.S. Warned Kodak, Not Steve O’Neil, About Nuclear Fallout

John LaForge

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the Atomic Energy Commission was dousing the United States with thyroid cancer-causing iodine-131—and 300 other radio-isotopes—by exploding atomic and hydrogen bombs above ground. To protect the dirty, secretive, militarized bomb-building industry, the government chose to warn Kodak Co. about the radioactive fa

Sat. Mar. 9th, 2013

Fukushima Conferees to Hear from Contaminated US Navy Vets

John LaForge

March 11 and 12, the Helen Caldicott Foundation is convening a symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City, “The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.”

Thu. Feb. 28th, 2013

“Centuries” of Reservations about Hanford

John LaForge

Federal officials said last week that six giant underground tanks holding a deadly mix of highly radioactive liquids and sludge are leaking at the 570-square-mile Hanford Reservation, on the Columbia River in South Central Washington State. Hanford is perha

Fri. Jan. 25th, 2013

Nuclear Weapons Waste in Your Water Bottle, Hip Replacement, Baby’s Toys, Jungle Gym?

John LaForge

Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.”

Sun. Jan. 20th, 2013

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Power Dump

John LaForge

Toronto-based Ontario Power Generation, Inc. (OPG), a multi-billion dollar corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, plans to dig a radioactive waste dump on the eastern shore of Lake Huron at the Bruce Nucl

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2012

North Korea Missile Launch Much Scarier than US, UK Tests

John LaForge

The North Koreans have placed their first weather satellite in orbit, although the device is reportedly “tumbling” and hardly a model of space age competence. The Dec. 12 launch of North Korea’s rocket has brought a chorus of condemnation by nuclear-armed governments and military hawks. The nuclear weapons club has been testing H-bombs and nuclear missiles like mad itself lately, which

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2012

X-Ray Body Scanners Quietly Leaving Airports

John LaForge

Holiday flyers take note: The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been quietly removing its admittedly cancer-causing full-body X-ray scanners known as “back

Fri. Dec. 7th, 2012

UN General Assembly Overwhelmingly Slams Depleted Uranium Users, Urges Precaution

John LaForge

A far-reaching resolution critical of so-called “depleted” uranium munitions (DU) has won the support of 155 member states at the UN General Assembly. Twenty-eight abstained and only four countries voted against — the United States, Britain, France and Israel. The four all use DU weapons. The Internationa

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2012

Fukushima – Dire Disclosures and Dutiful Denials

John LaForge

When the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex in Japan went into earthquake-caused radioactive apoplexy on March 11, 2011, the Japanese government immediately began minimizing the risks of radiation and the known and potential effects of radiological catastrophe. One expert observer, Dr. Chris Busby, a founder

Mon. Nov. 26th, 2012

Kangaroo Court Looming for Nuclear Weapons Critics

John LaForge

Three disarmament radicals that snuck into the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex last July — among them Duluth’s own Greg Boertje-Obed — are preparing for their Feb. trial, and face the prospect that any mention of nuclear weapons will be forbidden.

Fri. Nov. 16th, 2012

Protesters Prevail Against Dirty Bomb Makers

John LaForge

In the span of five days, separate juries acquitted two groups of Minnesota anti-war activists of trespass back in 2004. “Not guilty” verdicts are extremely rare in such political trials, but four Minneapolis juries have sided with protesters w

Mon. Nov. 12th, 2012

Without Buyer for Kewaunee Reactor, Owner Decides on Shutdown

John LaForge

Dominion Resources may have thrown the much-hyped “nuclear renaissance” into reverse with its decision to shut down its Kewaunee nuclear reactor on the Wisconsin shore Lake Michigan. Dominion, which called its decision was “final,” said it will close the reactor permanently, store its hundreds of tons of ferociously radioactive waste onsite indefinitely, and send its wo

Fri. Nov. 2nd, 2012

Thirty-five U.S. Bases Surround Iran -- Who’s Threatening Whom?

John LaForge

Iran, which has not invaded another country for hundreds of years, has no nuclear weapons and may legally produce reactor fuel and medical isotopes as a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. The U.S. and Israeli governments, which have repeatedly bombed and invaded and militarily occu

Fri. Oct. 26th, 2012

Wars Come Home: A Suicide Every Day Among Vets

John LaForge

If anything makes the case against today’s wars and puts the lie to campaign ads about fighting for freedom or caring for veterans, it’s the overwhelming number of suicides among active-duty and returning vets. General Sherman said, “War is hell,” but war can

Fri. Oct. 12th, 2012

Law Is On The Side Of The Nuclear Abolitionists

John LaForge

On July 28, the three nuclear weapons abolistionists who boldly entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons factory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. used blood, spray paint, hammers and banners to name the machinery a criminal conspiracy to commit mass destruction.

Fri. Oct. 5th, 2012

Former Apocalyptasists Calling for Nuclear Disarmament

John LaForge

“I see no compelling reason why we should not unilaterally get rid of our nuclear weapons. To maintain them … adds nothing to our security. I can think of no circumstances under which it would be wise for the United States to use nuclear weapons, even in retaliation for their prior use against us….”

Fri. Sep. 28th, 2012

Under-reporting of Fukushima News Can’t Soften Catastrophic Consequences

John LaForge

Recent news of the triple reactor meltdowns and radiation catastrophe stemming from the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake is barely covered in U.S. papers, and if it is reported it’s often pushed to back pages or the business section. Even then, the choice of stories can be suspiciously telling. The same day that cesium-137, a long-lived radioactive poison,

Fri. Sep. 21st, 2012

Mammograms Still Doing More Harm than Good

John LaForge

The influential British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported Sept. 6 that diagnostic mammograms can actually raise the chances of getting breast cancer, especially among women with well-known gene mutations like BRCA1 and 2. This is only the latest affirmation of the threat to breasts caused by X-rays —

Fri. Aug. 31st, 2012

Boy Scouts: Use the Oath to End Your Commanders’ Bigotry

John LaForge

The camping and knot-tying club Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its discriminatory exclusion of 10 percent of all boys — the gay ones – and of any out lesbians who volunteer as Cub Scout den mothers. The BS’s flagrant bigotry is rationalized and accepted, “unanimously” we are told, by its military-style leadership in Irving, Texas.

Fri. Aug. 3rd, 2012

Initial court appearances, known and unknown

John LaForge

James Holmes was in court Mon., July 30, in a town that used to be called Columbine, charged with 142 counts of murder, etc. The whole world knows of this initial hearing for the alleged murderer/terrorist because every detail of Holmes’ life is now regularly put at the top of TV and radio news shows and above the fold in every newspaper. Someone kills a lot of people and the media swarms.  

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2012

Not “Training,” But Foreign Military Occupation

John LaForge

Three hundred members of the Duluth Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing are being sent into the war zone in Afghanistan, for two months starting in August, according to a news release from Col. Frank Stokes, the commander. One can only hope that the announcement will be re

Thu. Jun. 28th, 2012

Some Countries Warn About Cell Phones, U.S. May Follow Suit

John LaForge

The cell phone next to your brains is in the news again. The FCC has decided to review the 16-year-old regulations that govern the amount of microwave radiation they are allowed to emit. Because the current reg’s were put in place in 1996, long before cellphones became nearly an appendage especially among young people and children, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has suggested a formal review of updated science.

Mon. Jun. 11th, 2012

Fukushima Contamination Vast & Persistent

John LaForge

There is relentless news from the global radiation disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex. Yet if commercial media don’t ignore it entirely, it tends to downplay the instability plaguing the three destroyed reactors, their leaking waste fuel pools, and the widespread and long-lasting contamination that has begun dramatically to corrupt the food chain.

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2012

Outraged over Atrocities, Unless They’re Ours

John LaForge

In the war fever being ramped up against Syria, there is broad public indignation over the massacre of over 100 civilians in the town of Houla last weekend. Would that the U.S. diplomatic corps and the commercial press were equally…