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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:08:13 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, REUSE: Report on Vieques (PR) "10 Years after the End of the Navy's Controversial Bombings"
Media Advisory
Washington Office on Latin America
April 26, 2013

10 Years after the End of the Navy's Controversial Bombings on Vieques, Report Finds U.S. Fails to Live up to Promises

May 1, 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the day that the U.S. Navy left the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. For 60 years, the Navy used portions of the inhabited island for ammunition storage and military training ranges. On these ranges, the Navy and Marines conducted aggressive air-to-ground bombing, amphibious assaults, ship- to-shore shelling, artillery practice, and a variety of other training exercises involving the use of a wide range of explosives and toxic materials.


In the context of this historic anniversary, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is pleased to announce the publication of Vieques, a Target in the Sun, a report by WOLA Senior Fellow George Withers. Mr. Withers served on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee until 2003, where he handled a variety of policy and oversight responsibilities for the committee. The report—based on Mr. Withers’ years of experience dealing with Vieques in Congress and numerous research trips to the island, including one in early 2013— examines the history of the U.S. Navy’s use of the island, the legislation that further punished its people, and the need for a more aggressive response to address the conditions that continue to afflict the citizens of Vieques.


For the entire release, see
http://www.wola.org/news/ 10_years_after_the_end_of_the_navys_controversial_bombings_on_vieques_re port_finds_us_fails_to_

To download the report, go to
http://www.wola.org/sites/default/files/downloadable/Regional% 20Security/Vieques%20report%20advance%20copy%20for%20press%204.26.pdf

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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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