Tag Archives: Pine Gap

Pine Gap: The link Alice has to Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds

 

“We have agreed to nest the Pine Gap facility just outside this town. We are involved in the geopolitical drama as much, or even more than any other citizens of Australia. And yet we cannot question this relationship of trust. Is the United States still trustworthy?” Craig San Roque poses the question. He is portrayed as a Senior Territorian by Henry Smith.

 

UPDATE Oct 16, 9.15am: This is a comment from Jules Cashford, a colleague in the UK and contributor to the forthcoming book  Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America. FULL STORY »

Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike

 

In a new book, Project Rainfall,  well known author TOM GILLING  tells the story of Pine Gap from its genesis in the Cold War  to its modern role as a weapon in the American ‘war on terror’. This extract focusses on the early 1980s, when the world was closer to nuclear war than at any time since the end of the Second World War, and on the risk to Australia from the presence of the so-called  ‘joint facilities’. FULL STORY »

Australian pathway through Pine Gap to nuclear ban treaty 


 
‘A careful examination of precisely what Pine Gap does shows there is a viable pathway in the most important of its nuclear-related activities for Australia to become compliant with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, without necessarily disrupting its alliance with the United States,’ writes RICHARD TANTER. The Alice Springs News publishes this piece on Hiroshima Day, remembering the catastrophe of the first atomic bomb dropped on that Japanese city on 6 August 1945. FULL STORY »

Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?

 

The NT Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is in charge of the Kuyunba reserve adjacent to Pine Gap, but the department’s Media Manager says she is unaware visitors are being spied on with a permanently installed and concealed camera, as well as a drone, and tourists are approached by security staff, as several locals are claiming. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from a photographic equipment website. FULL STORY »

AFP denies spy encounter, no comment from Defence

 

 

Tourists remain firm that they were questioned by security personnel in the Kuyunba Reserve. The Australian Federal Police says it wasn’t us, and stop asking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists

 

AFP officers from Pine Gap demand that tourists tell them what they are doing in a Territory conservation reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE July 19, 7:05pm: Responses from the AFP. FULL STORY »

Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap

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That hasn’t changed after Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s Ministerial Statement last Wednesday and Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles’ ingratiating reply. This includes refusing to answer any questions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap to buy electricity from NT Government

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Power line construction to employ 30 for 12 months, writes Tim Duignan, Territory Generation Chief Executive Officer (pictured). FULL STORY »

Pine Gap polarises town on push for peace

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Hiroshima Day, August 6, is the occasion for many around the world to push for a nuclear-free, peaceful future. Among the challenges to building momentum on this issue in Alice Springs is the polarisation created by the presence of Pine Gap: “People don’t want to offend their friends and neighbours” who work at the military base. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap’s new role as a war fighting command centre

2551 John Blaxland SMHalf a century ago the space base was put near Alice Springs because hostile powers could be prevented from putting receivers near it, and hack into the broad communication beams coming down from space. These signals are now finely targeted and can even travel from satellite to satellite. But now the facility has become a node in a global network of command centres, says defence expert John Blaxland (pictured), who was at the Developing Northern Australia conference in Alice Springs this week.

 

UPDATE 12:15pm FULL STORY »