Sunday, July 18, 2010

Consider signing on to letter to Secretary Gates making the connection between the Pentagon's war machine and its dismal environmental record



Please let me know if you are interested in signing on to the letter to Sec. Gates.  Please provide your city, state and group affiliation.  Also let me know if you are interested in visiting the Pentagon on August 9, as part of the Faith and Resistance Retreat.  The retreat is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in D.C. and Baltimore’s Jonah House.  Thanks for your support.






July 18, 2010


Dr. Robert M. Gates

Secretary of Defense [sic]

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301-1000


Dear Secretary Gates,


I am writing as a representative of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.  We are a group of citizens dedicated to working for an end to the illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the illegal bombing, since July of 2008, of Pakistan.  It is our opinion that the use of drones is a violation of international law.


These actions are causing incredible human suffering, growing distrust of the United States around the world, and are diverting our resources which could be better used to ease human suffering.  We follow the principles of Gandhi, King, Day and others, working nonviolently for a peaceful world.


As people of conscience, we are very concerned about our environment.  According to Joseph Nevins, in an article published on June 14, 2010 by, GREENWASHING THE PENTAGON, “The U.S. military is the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth’s climate.”  And the article claims “. . . the Pentagon devours about 330,000 barrels of oil per day (a barrel has 42 gallons), more than the vast majority of the world’s countries.” Go to


The amount of oil used by your military machine is beyond belief, and each military vehicle also releases pollutants through the exhaust.  Tanks, trucks, Humvees and other vehicles are not known for their fuel economy.  Other fuel guzzlers are submarines, helicopters and fighter jets.  Each military flight, whether involved in the transport of soldiers or in a combat mission, contributes more carbon into the atmosphere.

The U.S. military’s environmental record is, to say the least, dismal.  Any war can bring about ecocide in the area of fighting.  One example was the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Vietnam is still dealing with effects of the use of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange.  More recently, Mother Earth is suffering because the Pentagon continues to use depleted uranium ammunition.  It seems the Pentagon first used DU weaponry during the first Persian Gulf War.


Because the United States has hundreds of military bases here and abroad, the Pentagon is exacerbating a growing environmental crisis on a global scale. Of course, this crisis is not limited to U.S. military activities, but the Department of War must be the focus if we are to seriously address the planet’s ongoing climate chaos.

We would like to meet with you to discuss bringing all troops home from these awful wars and occupations and the Pentagon’s role in the destruction of the environment.  At this meeting, we would appreciate if you could provide a detailed breakdown of the military’s greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide.  As citizen activists and members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, we adhere to the Nuremberg protocols. These principles, established during the trials of Nazi war criminals, call on people of conscience to challenge their government when it is engaged in criminal activity.  As part of our Nuremberg responsibility, we are reminding you thay you swore to uphold the Constitution.  In a dialogue, we will detail that the Pentagon is abusing the Constitution and Mother Earth.


Please get back to me, so that a meeting can be scheduled as soon as possible.  The current situation is urgent.  Cities and states are starving, while tax dollars are wasted on wars and occupations.  Innocents are dying because of U.S. military policies.  And the environmental damage caused by the Pentagon must be halted.


We look forward to your response, as we believe citizen activists have the right to be involved in matters of such great importance.  Your response will be shared with others concerned with the issues raised above.  Thank you for considering our request.


In peace,


Max Obuszewski, on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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