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WAR: Security Breach at Largest US Munitions Base in UK

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posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 02:56 PM
Two peace protesters have easily entered the largest US Munitions storage facility in the UK (some would say the largest in Europe). They were protesting the imminent assault on Fallujah, Iraq.
The only US security encountered by the protesters was a US soldier in a truck who waved at them. They managed to wander the base, taking photgraphs and chalking messages on munitions. They eventually gave themselves up.
Peace campaigners enter US bomb store

by Peter Burt
US base at Welford, Berkshire, targetted in opposition to the planned assault on Fallujah.

Peace campaigners enter US bomb store

3rd November 2004
For immediate release

Two peace campaigners today entered the explosives storage area at the United States Air Force base at RAF Welford, Berkshire, in protest at US plans to launch a new attack on the Iraqi town of Fallujah.

Juliet McBride and Peter Burt scaled fences to enter the base, near Newbury, and spent over an hour in the explosives storage area where they chalked messages on bombs stored in the open air, entered a warehouse where contractors were working, and took photographs of their exploits (attached). At one point a US soldier waved at them as he drove past in a truck but made no effort to apprehend them. They eventually handed themselves over to the Ministry of Defence Police and were escorted from the base without arrest.

Peter Burt said “Previous assaults on Fallujah have left hundreds of innocent civilians dead and have incensed both the Sunni and Shi-ite community in Iraq, leading to a dramatic increase in violence against the US occupiers.

“We want to send the message to George Bush that the world will not sit back and let him get away with more war crimes in Fallujah. If US forces enter Fallujah they will not only face resistance from the Iraqi people but from anti-war activists like us who will take whatever non-violent action we can to oppose the assault.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The ease at which these protesters entered the biggest US arms dump in the UK, speaks volumes about how big a lesson still needs to be learned by those who should know better.
I have heard rumours about lax security at this base, but after previous protests at the base in the last two years, I had imagined security had been tightened.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 03:45 PM
Abu Ghraib and this point to the fact that there may be some serious problems with discipline in some US forces. Commanders who don't want to push their soldiers too hard, are a risk to their troops. There's no such thing in duty as a relaxed good soldier.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 03:53 PM
Is there verified? whats the security there? is it multi-national?

What in fact do we maintain there?

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 04:22 PM
RAF Welford is one of many US bases in the UK which operates under a RAF name. It attracted publicity during the recent invasion of Iraq. B-52s based at RAF Fairford in the UK were supplied with munitions from this storage facility.

See link for aerial photograph of RAF Welford.

The US base has been common knowledge since the 1980s. Both the UK and US Governments refuse to comment on the types of munitions that are stored there. In the past nuclear weapons are said to have been stored in special igloos in a separate security compound but that has never been verified.

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