- July 31 - Council for a Livable World welcomes the report issued today by the
National Academy of Sciences concerning the technical issues related to the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty.
A copy of the study, Technical
Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban, is available at: http://www.nap.edu/html/ctbt/
That prestigious body has found that: "The main technical concerns raised
about the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty when the Senate refused to ratify
it in 1999 are all manageable."
The report further concludes that: "Verification capabilities for the
treaty are better than generally supposed, U.S. adversaries could not significantly
advance their nuclear weapons capabilities through tests below the threshold of
detection, and the United States has the technical capabilities to maintain confidence
in the safety and reliability of its existing weapons stockpile without periodic
The report was prepared in response to a request from General John Shalikashvili,
former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former special adviser to the President
and the Secretary of State for the test ban treaty.
John Isaacs, president of Council for a Livable World, today said that the
report definitively addresses criticisms leveled against the test ban treaty during
the Senate debate in 1999.
"The technical arguments against the test ban treaty have now been effectively
rebutted; the only remaining opposition comes from the Bush Administration and
Members of Congress trapped in their ideological cages," concluded Isaacs.