Kucinich to Introduce Legislation to Ban Weaponization of Space
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) today announced his intention
to introduce legislation to ban the weaponization of space.
"The time has come to ban the further weaponization of space,"
Congressman Kucinich said. "We must work toward the elimination of all
nuclear weapons, and an end to policies which cause this country to move
toward the weaponization of space. I was pleased with the recent news
from our neighbor to the north that Canada is ready to join an
international effort to prohibit weapons in space. It is time for the
United States to take the lead and end the weaponization of space."
Kucinich said the argument that supporters of weaponization use claiming
our national security and commercial interests would be put at risk are
fear tactics backed by greed. "We signed the ABM treaty nearly 30 years
ago; which requires a reduction in strategic arms, nuclear disarmament
and general and complete disarmament. Weaponization of space clearly
violates that treaty. My bill will call for an immediate and permanent
termination of research, testing, manufacturing, production and
deployment of all space-based weapons systems and components by any
person, agency or contractor of the U.S. government."
Kucinich will introduce the Space Preservation Act of 2001 this autumn.