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An aerial view of the Pine Gap facility. (wikipedia)
An aerial view of the Pine Gap facility. (wikipedia)

Ros Elliott

People from all over Australia arrived in Alice Springs last Monday to oppose the surveillance operation of Pine Gap Joint Defense Facility. A significant number are from the Bundjalung/northern rivers region.

Pine Gap is the most secret and strategically important of United States military facilities around the globe. It is a vital link in providing target details and coordinates for drone strikes in places such as Pakistan, in which numerous innocent civilians are being killed. The base’s importance to US military strategy makes it a potential nuclear target.

Fifty years ago when Pine Gap was established the sovereign Arrernte people were never consulted. An elder said of a culturally important waterhole there: ‘It’s the best protected waterhole in all of Australia inside that spy base; Arrernte people would like to view the lease on their lands. The lease has never been made public.’

On Monday three ‘Quaker Grannies for peace’ set up breakfast on the heavily patrolled road to Pine Gap and invited military personnel to sit down with them and negotiate.

A major action is planned for Friday September 30 to march to the gates of Pine Gap. To stay connected to the non-violent peace actions at Pine Gap go to the Facebook page Close Pine Gap or search the hashtag #closepinegap.

Locally there will be a Picnic For Peace in the Park on Friday, gathering at the Byron Environment Centre rotunda in Railway Park, Byron Bay, at 9am.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Very accurate article by Ros Elliott & add ‘extra stars’ to Echo netdaily. Seems the larger media just ‘don’t get’
    the Pine Gap monster-message & apathy’s rife. Still we do indeed know where it is the “Truth” lies… & Lies…
    & goes on Lying. So, how about a prayer [positive] or supporting mantra for the non-violent ones marching to
    The Gates! It can’t hurt. “Stay safe,” I say.
    In unity,

    Stefanie Bennett

  2. The Federal Govt annually spends $42,000 on every man, woman and child of aboriginal descent. All the rest of us plebs get $18,500 per annum. I,d shut up about the lease in case it reminds the Feds of this racist policy.

  3. I think Willaim you should take more care in espousing racist jabs about funding for Indigenous peoploe,

    You obviously havnt factored in the billions and billions of dollars stolen from our indigenous population,

    e..g stolen wages, welfare, land, children, sovereignty and of course lives in prisons, by police,health support etc etc.

    It is stupid racist statistics not based on any fact becomes the fire for ignorance and discrimination

  4. Makes me wonder if Willaim understands a ‘lease’ or has had one. Race issues. All colours need to walk the
    talk together. It’s “World Peace” we’re talking here. Stefanie Bennett

    • PINE GAP: FOR THE RECORD [Stefanie Bennett]

      You’ll understand
      That enough
      Is enough
      When the stars
      Climb down
      From the labarum’s
      “Chemistry
      Of Change” – leaving
      It bare
      Like a hole
      In the heart
      Of darkness.

  5. great article from The Echo! both Pine Gap and North West Cape are regarded by the USA as “sovereign territory” where USA laws apply. The lease on the Harold E.Holt North West Cape base was signed for 99 years in 1963. During the “hand over” Lyndon Johnston then US President presented the Australian Prime Minister with “one peppercorn” which is the annual rent as he laughed at his local vassal! In 1973 three hundred Australian patriots made the “Long March to North West Cape” in Exmouth, W.A. and threw a peppercorn back over the fence demanding our sovereign land back. Black and white Australians were arrested for “disturbing the peace”. There have been many similar actions against Pine Gap where the Americans pay no rent. These included the Women’s Pace Camp in 1985 with over 500 Australian women protesting. There are 700 foreign US bases around the world. There are NO foreign bases on US soil.
    From Jefferson Lee,(Order of Timor-Leste 2015) and organiser of the Anti-Conscription Centenary Commemorations in Sydney at the old army barracks at 142 Addison Road Marrickville which includes forums on World War One Conscription Plebiscite, Vietnam War, Agent Orange Justice benefit night and the “Honour Wall for Peace” to be unveiled by anti-Nuclear War campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott at 6pm

  6. Thanks a million for that, Jefferson! I was in the process of working an article
    on North West Cape & its frightening Space Warfare Status. Now I can take
    a breather & apply focus on the sickening business of Monsanto & Dow
    Chemicals [ie: Dow’s push to patent live foods’ seeds], Agent Orange
    victims, Vietnam & the rest of same. You & Dr Helen Caldicott do us
    proud. Stefanie Bennett

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