News Release

* Secretary of Navy “Lied to Congress” * U.S. Withdrawal from Arms Trade Treaty


PAT ELDER, pat.elder at
Elder is director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy and author of the book Military Recruiting in the United States. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer is testifying before Congress Tuesday. When he testified in December, he claimed there are in “excess of 1,100 schools and districts that deny access to uniform members to recruit on campuses.” Elder co-wrote with David Swanson the piece “Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found.” then published the piece: “Do U.S. High Schools Bar Military Recruiters? Activists Try to Call Pentagon’s Bluff.” See follow-up from Swanson: “The Secretary of the Navy Lied to Congress.”

RALUCA MURESAN, raluca.muresan at
Muresan is with the group Control Arms and just wrote the piece “The USA announces intention to withdraw signature from the Arms Trade Treaty.” She is co-author of the report  “Taming the Devil Within: How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Diversion in Latin America.” Muresan writes: “The Treaty seeks to regulate the $100 billion global arms trade, requiring governments to assess the risk of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law before they authorize an arms deal, to not transfer arms where they are likely to end up in the hands of terrorists and organized criminal groups.”