"Star Wars": The Green MEP Strikes Back
Jean Lambert MEP will address demonstrators at a United States 'spy base' inYorkshire, on Saturday 13th October from 12-4pm, in protest against itsinvolvement in the "Star Wars" missile system. The demonstration, organised by the Campaign for Accountability of AmericanBases (CAAB), will take place at the Menwith Hill communications centreoutside Harrogate: where military, economic and political information isgathered and fed back to the US Government.
On 25th July the UK Government announced that it had given permission forMenwith Hill, the largest electronic monitoring station in the world outsideAmerica, to be used in the American Missile Defence System. The site is run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors theworld's communication for US intelligence, and employs around 1,800 UScivilians and servicemen to analyse communications, mainly from Europe,Russia and the Middle East. All telecommunications traffic to and fromEurope and passing through Britain is intercepted at the base: includingprivate telephone calls, faxes, emails and other communications. Much ofthis information is collected from spy satellites, which is captured at thesite by dishes contained in large white 'golf-balls' or radomes. The data isthen processed and relayed back to the United States automatically. Jean Lambert MEP said: "The Government approved the Menwith Hill site for missile defence withoutany parliamentary debate; undermining the democratic process in this countryand revealing that they are not prepared to discuss the implications of thisdecision." "In allowing the US to use the base, our Government is making our countrymore vulnerable to attack. Any US adversary could now target Britain inorder to destroy the effectiveness of the missile defence system." "Our long-term security requires international conflict resolution and acommitment to averting potentially disastrous environmental problems likeclimate change. On the contrary, this missile defence system simplyintensifies divisions between nations." ENDS For more information please contact: Georgina Bloomfield, Media Officer Tel: 020 7407 6280 Email: