Journalist Karl Grossman Interviews Bruce Gagnon on His 39-Year Career against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space


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Bruce tells of hearing Lt. General Daniel O. Graham, head of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” declaring as nearly a million people protested in New York City against nuclear weapons, “We are moving into space. They don’t have a clue. Let them keep doing what they are doing.”

23 Nov 2021 – The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is the leading group internationally working to keep space for peace. Bruce Gagnon, its coordinator since it was established in 1992, details his impetus in challenging the turning of space into a war zone.

Now with the U.S. Space Force having been formed, the push by the U.S. to “control space and dominate space” continues intensely, says Gagnon. And this despite the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, put together by the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Great Britain, setting aside space for peaceful purposes.

Gagnon speaks of the aerospace industry seeking to get the money to pay for the U.S. moving into space militarily by taking it from “entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what’s left of the social safety net,” plus the links between space weaponization and the use of nuclear power in space.

* Bruce K. Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, was a 2021 US Peace Prize nominee at the US Peace Memorial Foundation. Bruce grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that he became a peace activist. Blogs: Organizing NotesPeace Protests at Vandenberg Space Command / Air Force Base .

* Karl Grossman is professor of journalism at State University of New York/College at Old Westbury.

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