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Click the panel above to read/download the Autumn edition of CAAB News

Also to read/download:

THE CAAB SPECIAL EDITION NEWSLETTER containing

A SHORT BRIEFING ON THE AMERICAN BASE AT NSA/NRO MENWITH HILL
AND INFORMATION ON US BASES

Click here for earlier editions of CAAB News.


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CPS discontinue important case arising out of USAF Croughton

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release (7 February 2015)

FROM

The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases – CAAB

Important case at US base discontinued by CPS

The CPS brought proceedings against a peace campaigner arising of two incidents in April/May last year of peaceful protest at the American base at USAF Croughton near Northampton. Lindis Percy (Joint Coordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases – CAAB was arrested and charged with the alleged offence of ‘aggravated trespass’, alleged offence of wilful obstruction of highway with a non motor vehicle and one alleged offence of obstruction/disrupt person engaged in a lawful activity.

The case was set for trial for two days on 7/8 May at Northampton Magistrates’ Court before a District Judge. Nine witnesses were to be called (including three American personnel) and summons were to be issued against Jayne Robertson (RAF Liaison officer at USAF Croughton) and Eileen McAdam (Senior Ministry of Defence Police officer at USAF Croughton) who were to be called to give evidence. Lindis Percy had submitted a Skeleton argument and Defence Case Statement to the court setting out her defence at the last hearing when the date for trial was set. There were important legal arguments involved which the District Judge acknowledged at the last hearing.
This week the CPS discontinued the case. The reasons Keith Taylor – reviewing lawyer gave (standard for CPS when discontinuing cases) was that ‘the decision to discontinue had been taken because there was ‘not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction (alleged aggravated trespass charge) and the prosecution is not needed in the public interest (alleged obstruct the highway charge)’.

When contacted by Lindis Percy to ask why this case had been discontinued Keith Taylor said that he had looked at the Defence arguments and all but agreed that the CPS must concede that the area leading up to the base at USAF Croughton is a highway (he said it was a ‘grey area’ of law) and therefore the prosecution would not probably succeed.

Lindis Percy said: “It is perhaps unusual for the Defendant to want a case to be continued. However it was important that these issues concerning the legality of the area of the peaceful protest were aired in court as they have an impact on the right to peaceful protest. The case was very much in the public interest as it may have revealed something of the illegal activities of this secret and unaccountable US base. The CPS and presumably the US authorities did not want this in court. It was the whistle blower Edward Snowden who exposed the extent of the illegal activities of this most secret and unaccountable US military base. There was a chance to get to the truth which has now been denied”.

Ms Percy will continue to go to USAF Croughton to protest at the activities of this base (as she has done for many years) and will be back to engage, once again in peaceful protest; in the precise way that she was to be prosecuted for.

NOTES TO THE EDITORS

a.. There is to be a major expansion of almost £200M at USAF Croughton which has already been implicated in mass surveillance and drone strikes, into one of its largest intelligence hubs outside the US. The expansion is due to be completed by 2017.
b.. USAF Croughton (misleading referred to as RAF Croughton) which has a direct cable link to GCHQ at Cheltenham is to be the site for an ultra-secure intelligence centre staffed by up to 1,250 personnel covering US counter terrorist operations in Africa. The US Defense Intelligence Agency will also be developed on this base and will underline USAF Croughton’s position as a centre for clandestine and classified US communications in Britain.
c.. The recent announcement of the closure of USAF Alconbury, USAF Mildenhall and the US Joint Intelligence Analysis Center at Molesworth will mean that some personnel from Alconbury and Molesworth will transfer to USAF Croughton.
d.. It is reported that the massive expansion at USAF Croughton will bring the base on a par with the very important US intelligence gathering and surveillance base at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire.
e.. CAAB has campaigned for many years concerning the activities of NSA/NRO Menwith Hill and the role, presence and activities of the US Visiting Forces and their Agencies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lindis Percy – Joint Coordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases – CAAB
01423 884076 or 07949897904

GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits

GCHQ’s secret ‘arrangements’ for accessing bulk material revealed in documents submitted to UK surveillance watchdog

The Guardian Newspaper

British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time.

GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the UK surveillance watchdog, in response to a joint legal challenge by Privacy International, Liberty and Amnesty International. The legal action was launched in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations published by the Guardian and other news organisations last year.

The government’s submission discloses that the UK can obtain “unselected” – meaning unanalysed, or raw intelligence – information from overseas partners without a warrant if it was “not technically feasible” to obtain the communications under a warrant and if it is “necessary and proportionate” for the intelligence agencies to obtain that information.

The rules essentially permit bulk collection of material, which can include communications of UK citizens …

Read more: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/29/gchq-nsa-data-surveillance?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

News Release: Quakers call for military restraint

www.quaker.org.uk/news – September 25, 2014

As Parliament is recalled to discuss the UK’s possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Quakers in Britain have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister. The text of the letter reads as follows:

“Quakers acknowledge with sadness the recall of Parliament to consider British military action.

“As the tragedies in Syria and Iraq unfold, Quakers in Britain again asks for military restraint.

“Quakers acknowledge and deplore the extreme criminal behaviour displayed in the region. We too, want the violence and suffering to end.

“We remind those who make these decisions in Britain that it is often easier to start a war than to end it, and that additional violence itself fuels a bloody and destructive cycle. The bitterness and hatred created lasts for generations. Such violence threatens us all.

“We stress that diplomatic channels must be used at all times, but especially when considering violence and war, particularly through the good offices of the United Nations.

“Britain is a wonderful living example of the potential of multi-faith peace-making. We have many British citizens of Iraqi and Syrian origin who are in active dialogue with their families and friends in the region. It is those people who tell us how such criminality is created – by desperate people who feel they have lost everything to violence inflicted on them by the West, and that violence is their revenge. Desperation has a human face and humanity is what we share.

“Quakers ask that Parliament discuss whether this is an opportunity for Britain to export peace in a way hitherto unexplored – through our multi-faith and multicultural connections which spread across the world.

“Quakers again ask for Government to take a further critical look at the role that the arms trade plays in promoting and increasing the likelihood of war.

“We trust and pray that as Parliament makes these difficult decisions on our behalf, they are guided by love of humanity and the desire for peace for everyone.“

Signed: Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain

Will Obama’s bombs stop the ISIS beheadings?

Russell Brand

Comedian Russell Brand’s brilliant demolition of the US-UK strategy to wage more war to defeat ISIS, when it was endless US-UK wars that created ISIS in the first place. A must-watch.See: stopwar.org.uk/news/russell-brand-will-obama-s-bombs-stop-the-isis-beheadings

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Quakers urge recognition of Palestine

Amid faltering ceasefires and talks, Quakers in Britain are calling for urgent action on Gaza. They urge the UK Government to recognise Palestine as a nation state; they call for a comprehensive arms embargo on all sides in the conflict and for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and occupation of Palestine.

The calls for action come in a statement made by the decision making body of Quakers in Britain, the Yearly Meeting, attended by 2,000 Quakers in Bath.  As part of their commitment to peacemaking, Quakers continue to challenge anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The Yearly Meeting heard essential steps towards full and fair negotiations:

  • Palestine to be recognised as a nation state
  • An end to indiscriminate fire by all sides
  • A comprehensive arms embargo
  • An end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and blockade of Gaza
  • Freeing elected Palestinian leaders now held as political prisoners
  • The use of international law to hold all parties to account for their actions.

The Yearly Meeting heard that this week that Quakers were invited to meet Foreign Office ministers on the crisis. Teresa Parker, programme manager for Israel and Palestine for Quakers in Britain, was among representatives from faith and secular agencies who went to share views and experience of the region.

A key motivation for Yearly Meeting is valuing all life. The Yearly Meeting statement says:

“As we among other Nobel Peace Laureates have said, ‘The conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis will only be resolved when Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory is ended and the inherent equality, worth, and dignity of all is realised.’  Peacebuilding is a long and demanding path to take… We long for – and will work for – a time when the deep fear experienced on all sides is replaced by security and a just peace.”

Read The Yearly Meeting statement in full:
www.quaker.org.uk/news/quakers-urge-recognition-palestine

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

FROM

The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases – CAAB

We are horrified and appalled to learn, hour by hour of the terrible bombing, death and injuries by Israel on the people of Gaza. What is being done by Israel is a crime against humanity.We call upon Israel to cease their devastation of Gaza which is causing such terrible death, injuries and destruction to the people (70 per cent are children) and vast areas of residential areas.

We call upon the US and the UK to immediately stop supplying weapons and money to Israel, encourage Israel to stop blockading Gaza and immediately start to withdraw from the occupied lands in Gaza.

We call upon Israel to stop the inhuman practice of cutting off the water supplies and restore adequate water and food supplies to all people of Gaza.

We call upon both Israel and Hamas to stop the violence and with the help of skilled and professional conflict resolution mediators immediately start talking – away from the public glare.

Lindis Percy (Coordinator of CAAB) said: We make it quite plain that we do not support in any way what Israel is doing to the people of Gaza. It cannot be justified and Benjamin Netayahu must be brought to court to account and answer for these terrible deeds.

For more information contact:

Lindis Percy mobile: 07949897904
www.caab.org.uk

RT – Published on Jun 30, 2014

CrossTalk: The World Word War

Who is winning the global battle for hearts and minds? How big is the role of alternative media now? Has western media lost credibility among its audiences? CrossTalking with George Szamuely, Austin Petersen, Annie Machon.

Annie Machon spoke at the annual Independence FROM America demonstration at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill 2014

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This document sets out what is planned at USAF Croughton. It’s massive and will make the base as important as NSA Menwith Hill – see page 105. It sets out exactly what is being spent on what, and also the inadequacy of Joint Analysis/Intelligence Center at Molesworth and USAF Alconbury for their current purpose.

See also: http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2014_05_20/US-Surveillance-and-Drone-Behemoth-Set-to-Swallow-Africa-3787/

Washington spends £200m creating
intelligence hub in Britain

The Independent – by Cahal Milmo – May 17 2014

RAF Croughton, near Milton Keynes, is to have 1,250 staff
and will cover US operations in Africa

Washington is to spend almost £200m to turn one of its British military bases – already implicated in mass surveillance and drone strikes – into one of its largest intelligence hubs outside the mainland United States.RAF Croughton, a US Air Force (USAF) base near Milton Keynes, which has a direct cable link to Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham, is to be the site for an ultra-secure intelligence centre staffed by up to 1,250 personnel and covering operations in Africa, a current focus for US counterterrorism activities.

The $317m (£189m) project, which includes an installation for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s main military espionage service, underlines RAF Croughton’s position as a centre for clandestine and classified US communications in Britain.

Once complete in 2017, the facility will be comparable in number of personnel and operational importance to RAF Menwith Hill, the National Security Agency (NSA) listening station in North Yorkshire. Like Menwith Hill, it is likely to be co-staffed with representatives of British intelligence, including GCHQ. …

Read on: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/washington-spends-200m-creating-intelligence-hub-in-britain-9391406.html

Big spending and development at USAF Croughton

Big spending and development at USAF Croughton near Northampton/Oxford. And this is just Phase 1 so what are they up to? We think it may be about development of the base concerning Drones and Surveillance. CAAB will be asking Fabian Hamilton MP to ask some Parliamentary questions about this. Scroll down this page on taxpayer.net to see how much is ear marked – staggering with no accountability or oversight by the UK government.

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History of Menwith Hill Campaign

Surveillance, Secrecy and Sovereignty

How a Peace Campaign Challenged the Activities of a US Base in Britain.

By Margaret Nunnerley.

This book is based on the activities of twenty years of campaigning by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) in Britain, with particular emphasis on the base at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire.

Available now £7.99

The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases

The Global Deployment of US Military Personnel

Global Research – By Jules Dufour – December 2013

The Worldwide control of humanity’s economic, social and political activities is under the helm of US corporate and military power. Underlying this process are various schemes of direct and indirect military intervention. These US sponsored strategies ultimately consist in a process of global subordination.Where is the Threat?

The 2000 Global Report published in 1980 had outlined “the State of the World” by focusing on so-called “level of threats” which might negatively influence or undermine US interests.

Twenty years later, US strategists, in an attempt to justify their military interventions in different parts of the World, have conceptualized the greatest fraud in US history, namely “the Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT). The latter, using a fabricated pretext constitutes a global war against all those who oppose US hegemony. A modern form of slavery, instrumented through militarization and the “free market” has unfolded.

Major elements of the conquest and world domination strategy by the US refer to:

1) the control of the world economy and its financial markets,

2) the taking over of all natural resources (primary resources and nonrenewable sources of energy). The latter constitute the cornerstone of US power through the activities of its multinational corporations.

Geopolitical Outreach: Network of Military Bases

The US has established its control over 191 governments which are members of the United Nations. The conquest, occupation and/or otherwise supervision of these various regions of the World is supported by an integrated network of military bases and installations which covers the entire Planet (Continents, Oceans and Outer Space). All this pertains to the workings of an extensive Empire, the exact dimensions of which are not always easy to ascertain. …

Read on: www.globalresearch.ca/the-worldwide-network-of-us-military-bases/5564

Crossbow Capability at RAF Marham

From 8th March 2011, RAF personnel of the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing (TIW) based at RAF Marham have been providing near real time imagery intelligence analysis in support of UK and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Analysts receive feed from the US Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), which provides globally-networked Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. The UK capability is known as CROSSBOW.

CROSSBOW’s concept of operations calls for true interoperability between both the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) for distributed use of information from ISR collection assets.

“This capability is the result of a longstanding, mutual trust and relationship between the United States and our British allies,” said Major General James Poss, the Air Force’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR. “Crossbow will enhance the future potential for leveraging synergies in distributed ISR operations, translating into additional capability to better support our joint forces commanders and warfighters engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan.”

Major General Poss explained that the programme represented a significant capability to enable improved shared situational awareness at the coalition operational and tactical levels of command. It also provided a better use of scarce imagery analyst resources, increasing the overall intelligence support to theatre without increasing the number of people in Afghanistan.

This is the first time that the UK will have the capability to provide near real time imagery intelligence support to Afghanistan from the UK. This ‘reachback’ capability – the ability to use service personnel in the UK to support troops on the ground in Afghanistan – ensures we make optimum use of available resources without increasing our footprint in Afghanistan.

Air Officer ISTAR, Air Commodore ‘Flash’ Gordon stated: “CROSSBOW is an innovative, affordable and highly effective force multiplier that significantly enhances our combat Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities; it also serves to demonstrate the close and enduring cooperation between the RAF and USAF.” …

Read on: www.marhammattersonline.co.uk/389/

PLEASE READ:

This is a really interesting debate in the House of Lords that Sue Miler (Baroness) has been pursuing concerning the lack of accountability and oversight of US bases and their activities.

www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2014-03-24a.358.6&s=speaker%3A13554#g359.0

Unknown territory: America’s secret archipelago of UK bases

They’ve been over here for 70 years, but the ‘opaque’ presence of our US allies worries many critics.

The Independent – By Cahal Milmo – January. 24, 2014

When Charles de Gaulle wrote to his American counterpart in 1966 ordering that all US troops be removed from French soil within 12 months, President Lyndon Johnson responded by enquiring as to whether the edict included the removal of the contents of his country’s war cemeteries.

The answer was no, but the subsequent removal of 70,000 personnel and 80,000 tonnes of materiel reinforced what has remained a cornerstone of US foreign policy – the use of the UK as Washington’s overseas military and intelligence bolthole of choice.

In response to De Gaulle’s “non” to Nato, Britain delivered one of a long series of post-war “come on over chaps” answers to the US Air Force and other arms of the US military, welcoming a further 225 fighter planes and the main European supply base for the US Army.

The result is some 70 years of co-habitation that has led to an abiding kinship – forged as Americans flooded into Britain for D-Day –and queasiness at incidents such as the use of East Anglian air bases to bomb Muammar Gaddafi in 1986, and the siting of US nuclear weapons here until 2008. …

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Read in full: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/unknown-territory-americas-secret-archipelago-of-uk-bases-9084129.html

RAF Lakenheath F-15E fighter jets drop live bombs on north coast of Scotland in USAF exercise

EDP24 – By Andrew Fitchett – Feb. 28, 2014

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Fighter jets from RAF Lakenheath have been carrying out live weapons drops in Scotland as part of a training exercise.

Dramatic images released by the US Air Force (USAF) show F-15E fighters from the 492nd Fighter Squadron dropping live Guided Bomb Unit-12s (GBU-12) on the far northern border of Scotland at Cape Wrath.

The exercise, on February 10, was the first live munitions drop along the northern border of Scotland. Usually squadrons would carry out their annual requirement of participating in one live weapons drop in the US, but the recent squeezing of USAF’s budget meant the mission was postponed and it was felt to be more cost efficient to carry it out in the UK.

The location was chosen in negotiation with the Ministry of Defence.

According to USAF, dummy bombs had been dropped in the UK several years ago for practice, but never live munitions of such magnitude.

The live bombs were dropped on a large rock in the ocean, away from the population. Laser guided bombs were used to add “assurance to the accuracy of where the bomb is hitting”, according to a USAF spokesman. …

Read on: www.edp24.co.uk/news/raf_lakenheath_f_15e_fighter_jets_drop_live_bombs
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USAFE already seeing cuts

AirForceTimes.com – By Oriana Pawlyk – Feb. 28, 2014

The Pentagon is looking to close or reduce the sizes of its military bases across Europe, raising speculation that Air Force facilities might be on the chopping block.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during the fiscal 2015 budget preview Feb. 24 that the Defense Department has reduced its European infrastructure by 30 percent since 2000, with additional recommended cuts on the way pending the European Infrastructure Consolidation Review this spring.

Following the budget preview, U.S. European Command officials announced their decision to reduce personnel at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, by October 2016. Approximately 500 U.S. military and civilian positions will be eliminated as the 421st Air Base Group and other U.S. military units deactivate. The base currently employs about 2,200 U.K. and U.S. military and civilian personnel. …

Read on: www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140228/NEWS/302280008/USAFE-already-seeing-cuts

Statewatch

Monitoring the state and civil liberties in the Europe

EU-NSA-GCHQ: DATA SURVEILLANCE

http://www.statewatch.org/eu-usa-data-surveillance.htm

Statewatch, a very comprehensive resourse, is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 that monitors the state and civil liberties in the European Union.


Menwith Hill Planning Applications

An interesting application! What does it mean?


US Bases & Surveillance

Electronic monitoring by means of US Bases.


Military Drones

Read about these unmanned killing machines

on our DRONES page



Report: Lifting the Lid on Menwith Hill

Menwith Hill


Read the full report (2MB pdf): www.natowatch.org/sites/default/files/liftingthelid.pdf

Menwith Hill Station, North Yorkshire

From Hansard, March 25th 1994

Mr. Bob Cryer (Bradford, South)I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak on this subject. In a curious way, it stems from two Ministers: the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, who claimed that there was parliamentary accountability for Menwith Hill station; and the Minister for Public Transport, who found Menwith Hill station so secret that he was not even aware of it when he was a Minister at the Ministry of Defence and thought that it was a railway station. In a recent debate, he astonishingly said that his civil servants had prepared him to reply to this Adjournment debate and he then discovered that it was connected with the Ministry of Defence. … ↓ ↓ Show more ↓ ↓

Weekly Tuesday Demonstrations at Menwith Hill
This is the first of a new series of videos about CAAB.Dr Martin Schweiger tells us why he comes regularly to the weekly Tuesday evening (6pm – 8pm) demonstrations – organised by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases – outside the main entrance to ‘RAF’ Menwith Hill near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.Produced and directed by Mark Spark (Blackrock productions).

The American base at Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire UK
This, the second of a series of videos about CAAB, covers detailed information about the US base at Menwith Hill.The first video can be seen above.Produced and directed by Mark Spark (Blackrock productions).

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