Urgent Need for Action!

The New START Treaty is in danger and needs your help to stay alive! While making only a modest reduction in both the US and Russian arsenals from 2,200 to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads, rejection of this treaty would set back – and could well halt – efforts to reduce the unacceptable risk posed by our bloated nuclear arsenals.

Because ratification requires 2/3 approval in the Senate, a small radical fringe can hold the treaty hostage even though it has support from foreign policy and military experts in both parties, including President Reagan’s Secretary of State George Shultz, President Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Gen. Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.

It is critical that this treaty be ratified within the next month, before the disruption of changes in Congress add additional road blocks. Yet, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl stated this week that he saw little chance of that happening. Here’s what you can do to help change the minds of Senator Kyl and other opponents of the treaty:

1. E-mail or call your senators encouraging them to support the New START Treaty, including bringing it to a vote this year. Information on how to reach any senator is available on line.

2. E-mail as many sympathetic friends as possible, and ask them to visit this blog post to help keep New START alive.

3. Arrange a phone bank party with four or five friends. This takes 2-3 hours, during which you’ll call sympathetic voters in key states, encouraging them to call their senators. Instructions (PDF) are available on line.

Let’s get going and reverse obstructionist efforts to defeat this critical treaty to reduce the nuclear threat!

Martin Hellman
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

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RESOURCES
Republican Senator Richard Lugar, who has worked tirelessly for bipartisan efforts to reduce the nuclear threat is clearly riled (2.5 minute video) at efforts to derail the treaty. Among other things, he says: “We’re talking today about the national security of the United States of America. The point is not simply a debate among senators at this point, it is a voice of the American people that has to inform senators that this treaty must be ratified and must be ratified in this session of the Congress. Why? Because, as Senator Kerry and Secretary Clinton have pointed out, since December 5, last December 5 [when the current treaty's verification procedures ended], we’ve had no boots on the ground to inform us of what, in fact, is occurring with regard to the nuclear weapons of Russia.”

Bipartisan support from prominent authorities on national security is listed on line with short quotes from each person.

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About Nuclear Risk

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects your credit card. But, for almost 30 years, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic.
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One Response to Urgent Need for Action!

  1. Rick Wayman says:

    The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation put out an action alert on Wednesday to this effect. You can see it and take action at http://www.wagingpeace.org/goto/action

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