Yet more creative dissent! I love to see it! Rooting Out Evil, an international group of peace activists based in Canada, sent a team of international "citizen weapons inspectors" to a United States biological and chemical weapons plant last week, demanding to see whether the plant was manufacturing weaponry in violation of the international biological weapons treaty of 1972.
The group (rootingoutevil.org), which included Alan Simpson, a British MP and leader of Labour Against the War, was not permitted into the facility, but their action made a bold statement too few are making. The United States insists that Saddam Hussein open his weapons manufacturing plants to inspectors, but simultaneously refuses to allow the regulation or inspection of its own facilities.
The "citizen inspectors" arrived at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center near Aberdeen, Maryland on Sunday. After being refused entry, the group gave statements to the assembled media.
The United States rejected a U.N. accord in 2001 which would have put teeth into the 1972 international treaty banning biological weapons. The accord would have allowed the United Nations to inspect any country suspected of developing bio-weapons in violation of the treaty. The U.S. was the only country to reject the accord, saying it would hurt the pharmaceutical industry and the countrys "biodefense" programs -- just doublespeak for biological weapons programs which are known to be in development in the U.S.