Inspection: August 2004
The Los Alamos Study Group will conduct a coordinated series
of citizens' inspections of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) on August 2, 4, and 5, 2004.
What is A Citizen Inspection?
Citizen Inspections are a means for citizens to verify that
the actions of their elected governments are in compliance with
current domestic laws, treaties, and international norms. The verification
process serves as a popular check against illicit government activities,
and the perpetuation and normalization of potentially dangerous
Why Conduct Citizen Inspections?
Citizen inspections serve to open up institutions, establish bright
lines between justly classified information and the information
which the public has the right to access, and the need to know.
Citizen inspections help to build a popular knowledge about institutions
and current events so that citizens can be more effective participants
in the political sphere. Citizen inspections are part of a larger
freedom, that if not exercised may very well perish.
Authority and Legal Aspects
Overview of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons
Legal authority for citizens to conduct their own fact-finding
inspections of their nation's weapons capabilities and facilities
stems from several sources.
Links to other organizations and examples of citizen inspections.