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Citizen 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. Join us!

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 policies.

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

Legal authority for citizens to conduct their own fact-finding inspections of their nation's weapons capabilities and facilities stems from several sources.

Overview of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex:

Additional Resources

Links to other organizations and examples of citizen inspections.

Los Alamos Study Group • 2901 Summit Place NE • Albuquerque, NM 87106 • 505-265-1200

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