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US spies in the UK – the vigil continues

RORS | 09.08.2006 11:50 | Anti-militarism | Sheffield

The Menwith Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire is the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. Run by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States, it is one of a global network of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) bases, which monitors the world's communications and relays information to NSA HQ at Fort Meade in Maryland, USA.

The information processed there is important to the war machine of the US and the countries it sponsors.

As part of maintaining a voice of protest at this foreign invasion of our countryside a vigil is held outside the base between 6 and 8 pm every Tuesday.

This week’s gathering was poignant as it marked one week since the death of Matthew Cornish, killed in Basra on August 1st. Matthew was the eldest son of Anni Rainbow, joint coordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB). Anni herself was unable to attend but more than seventeen others, including people from Rhythms of Resistance Sheffield, kept sad and angry watch. A time of silence was kept, during which traffic was halted, in commemoration of Matthew.

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  1. What about Saddams genocide of the Kurds? — Supportter of the Kurds
  2. What about Turkey and Iran? — no states - no nations
  3. Kurds DID oppose the Iraq war — Copernicus
  4. What Indeed about the Kurdish Genocide — Mark
  5. Kurds in the UK — RORS
  6. what about the 1000s of Iraqis? why did he go to war? — NOTOWAR
  7. NOTOWAR response — support YOUR troops