The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, a group based out of Poulsbo, announced that local peace activists will greet and hand out leaflets to military personnel Tuesday at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor during the morning commute from 6:30 to 7:15
The leaflet is an appeal to Navy personnel to resist orders to launch nuclear weapons, according to a press release from the group. The appeal to Navy personnel specifically requires that members of the armed forces resist illegal orders, refuse to kill innocent people and refuse the order to use nuclear weapons.
Ground Zero member Elizabeth Murray stated in a press release “peace activists in the Puget Sound region have handed out leaflets against nuclear weapons at the base since the 1970’s. We have learned that we share a common concern with members of the armed forces — a concern that the use of nuclear weapons would lead to unimaginable destruction to innocent populations and to our planet.”
The Uniform Code of Military Justice makes it clear that military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ, the release states.