Russians, Hacking and the risk of accidental Nuclear War

The headlines today are shocking, that the U.S. has indicted 12 Russians in 2016 hacking. These people may be guilty or they may be innocent, I have no idea. But what I do know is we risk reigniting the Cold War, and it could lead to an accidental nuclear war. And if accidental nuclear war happened, it would be a medical and public health crisis … Continue reading Russians, Hacking and the risk of accidental Nuclear War

After the summit, the threat of nuclear war remains

Check out our new Op-Ed in the Boston Globe. Drs. Jim Muller, John Pastore, and I write: The relation of massive nuclear destructive force to national security requires such a change in human thinking that our leaders will not be able to bring us to safety without broad public support. It is time, with the help of an informed citizenry, to address not just the … Continue reading After the summit, the threat of nuclear war remains

The devastation of nuclear war

The Boston Globe just published my brief letter. The medical consequences of war with North Korea are so devastating, they are almost unimaginable (“Trump tweets that he has a bigger ‘nuclear button’ than North Korea’s,” BostonGlobe.com, Jan. 3). Increasingly, Americans from all political backgrounds are calling for negotiations with North Korea, without preconditions.   Continue reading The devastation of nuclear war

Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

In early November 1983, after President Ronald Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” and unveiled his so-called Star Wars missile defense strategy, Kremlin leaders were growing convinced that war games planned by the United States and NATO in Western Europe were, in fact, a disguised prelude to a nuclear first strike on Russia. Their fear was almost palpable. On Sept. 27, a Soviet … Continue reading Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

Washington – Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Support for the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: William J. Perry, Former Secretary … Continue reading Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

Gene R. La Rocque

From the Washington Post article by Matt Schudel: Gene R. La Rocque, Navy admiral who became Pentagon critic, dies at 98 Gene R. La Rocque, a retired Navy rear admiral who witnessed the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and who later irritated many former colleagues with his outspoken criticism of Pentagon practices and what he considered a suicidal nuclear arms race, died Oct. … Continue reading Gene R. La Rocque

The Road: A Call to Action

Petrified about nuclear Armageddon? You could be, but you probably aren’t. Read the CNN Op-Ed Dr. Ira Helfand and I wrote a week before the election. Make no mistake: World War III, and the end of human civilization as we know it, is a possibility. I get a variety of reactions when I speak with people about nuclear war. The most common response is denial, covering up … Continue reading The Road: A Call to Action