Cancel the F-35

A petition to the United States Congress and the governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, and Canada from the world and from the people of Burlington, Vermont, and Fairbanks, Alaska, where the F-35 is to be based. Initiated by Vermont Stop the F35 Coalition, Save Our Skies Vermont, Western Maine Matters, Alaska Peace Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Peace Club, North Star Chapter 146 Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, Code Pink, Ben Cohen. Supported by: Centro Documentazione Manifesto Pacifista Internazionale, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Nej tak til nye kampfly (in Denmark), Peaceful Skies Coalition (in Santa Fe, NM), Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment (in Michigan).

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The F-35 is a weapon of offensive war, serving no defensive purpose. It is planned to cost the U.S. $1.4 trillion over 50 years. Because starvation on earth could be ended for $30 billion and the lack of clean drinking water for $11 billion per year, it is first and foremost through the wasting of resources that this airplane will kill. Military spending, contrary to popular misconception, also hurts the U.S. economy (see below) and other economies. The F-35 causes negative health impacts and cognitive impairment in children living near its bases. It renders housing near airports unsuitable for residential use. It has a high crash rate and horrible consequences to those living in the area of its crashes. Its emissions are a major environmental polluter.

Wars are endangering the United States and other participating nations rather than protecting them. Nonviolent tools of law, diplomacy, aid, crisis prevention, and verifiable nuclear disarmament should be substituted for continuing counterproductive wars. Therefore, we, the undersigned, call for the immediate cancellation of the F-35 program as a whole, and the immediate cancellation of plans to base any such dangerous and noisy jets near populated areas. We oppose replacing the F-35 with any other weapon or basing the F-35 in any other locations. We further demand redirection of the money for the F-35 back into taxpayers' pockets, and into environmental and human needs in the U.S., other F-35 customer nations, and around the world, including to fight climate change, pay off student debt, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and improve education, healthcare, and housing.


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33853 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU Just another spin from LockMart. The cost of the F-35 will keep going up.
33852 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU Only an mindless idiot would sign up to buy the failed F-35 which is a massively overpriced jet with full of junk that flies like an elephant.

Nowadays the United States is the biggest mili...
33851 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU The more you're trying to protect the F-35 and speeding the process of the failed program the worse off the United States and the allies are by eroding the air power which will make the western nati...
33850 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU
33849 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU The F-35 is a turkey, its maintenance nightmare, is because there are a lot of complexities added to this aircraft which is extremely expensive to own and operate and the fact the pilots will not ge...
33848 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU
33847 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU Anyone considers being a big supporter of the F-35, you’re absolutely crazy seeing every nation defence get eroded with this fat pregnant pig. It’s truly monumental useless.

Don’t be proud ...
33846 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU
33845 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU The F-35 is too incapable and extremely expensive aircraft. The cost of the F-35 will continue to climb handsomely and will never be reduced. The F-35 will be ineffective against the anti-access & a
The F-35 is detectable. Especially the Battle of Britain from WW2, Cold War era radars, Nebo-M series, L-Band AESA’s and Infra-red sensors.

The F-35 is not a "fifth-generation" fighter. It isn\'t supportable. It isn\'t affordable. It isn\'t survivable. It isn\'t lethal (because of the other points).

Finally, the top brass people like General David L. Goldfein, other Generals and some Colonels are unreliable at making sure America can maintain air supremacy. His statements on the F-35, getting rid of the A-10, and the dumb long-shot...getting rid of the KC-10, verify that he lacks sensible air power thinking needed to protect our forces in a war.

Besides the idea of the "fifth-generation" term being nothing more than Thana Marketing, in order for Golfein\'s statement to be true vs. air-to-air, a final...working...post SDD F-35 would have to take on and BEAT, two Western reference threats we already have: The F-22 as the PAK-FA and the Typhoon as the Su-35.

The F-35 will be unable to do this. If the mission is to take on anti-access & area denial threats, the F-35 is unable to do it. If the mission is anything else, current aircraft like the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and A-10 are more than enough for low to medium threat environment.

Goldfein and other pro-F-35 advocates/fanboys statements on the F-35 make "analysis" the same quality as that of the model aeroplane glue sniffing brigade.

How is the F-35 going to survive against the anti-access & area denial threat environment that is designed to be effective against the most common threat systems of that era past – legacy Soviet Cold War era weapons?'); return false;">...
33844 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU Boondoggle F-35 ‘Bankrupter’
33843 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU
33842 2 months ago Anonymous N/A, ot , AU Yes, please we must kick the F-35 in the guts now! Why can’t this failed program just bloody die? It would be nice to see not gain traction once and for all, and put more and more to all the controv...
33841 2 months ago Patrick Auld Franklin, WI , US
33840 2 months ago Holger Mathews Seattle, WA , US
33839 2 months ago Jill Paulus Wheaton , IL , US Destructive and immoral, the F-35 must be ended. Rebuild our communities and environment.
33838 2 months ago Sherrill Futrell Davis, CA , US A total boondoggle financially and war crimes in every other respect. I want my tax money BACK!
33837 2 months ago Kathryn Lemoine West Monroe, LA , US
33836 2 months ago Erin Smith Santa Cruz, CA , US
33835 2 months ago Marge Dakouzlian staten island, NY , US
33834 2 months ago Francine Ungaro Southington, CT , US
33833 2 months ago Corey E. Olsen Delafield, WI , US
33832 2 months ago Anonymous Madison, WI , US
33831 2 months ago mukund sharma new delhi, ot , IN
33830 2 months ago Deb Vandenbroucke MADISON, WI , US What can the world do with $1,400,000,000,000 instead? We have traveled down this path for too long.
33829 2 months ago Mary Bissell Rio Rancho, NM , US
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Why this matters:

The F-35 will kill and destroy while making us all less safe.
The F-35 is a first strike stealth weapon designed to penetrate air space undetected. It will be used for massive killing and destruction in more wars like Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Vietnam in which millions of civilians have been killed and wounded and millions of refugees created. Despite the misery they caused, these wars did not make people in the United States safer, and they made things worse in each of the countries that U.S. warplanes and soldiers attacked. In fact, CIA director John Brennan told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on June 16, 2016, that the wars since 2001 have not worked: “… despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.” In fact the war on terrorism has predictably and demonstrably increased rather than reduced terrorism. Gallup polling now finds that much of the world considers the United States the greatest threat to peace on earth. Nor is a fighter/bomber, like the F-35, capable of protecting anyone against nuclear ICBMs, cruise missiles, cyber attacks, global warming, or any individual acts of terrorism. The F-35 is designed for, among other things, delivery of the B61-12 nuclear weapon. Alaska's Congressional delegation has indicated several times that the F-35 is right for Alaska because of its proximity to Russia, making this weapon part of the new and perilous cold war.

The F-35 is a damaging trade-off.
1. Cost: The U.S. Air Force says the F-35 program will cost $1,400,000,000,000 over 50 years. The F-35 strips public money to pay private war contractors, like Lockheed Martin, that could better be spent to alleviate suffering, erase student debt, rebuild roads and bridges, defend against global warming, and provide education, health care, and housing. The money taken from such vital public use goes instead to war profiteers, increasing inequality and social division in the United States and elsewhere.

2. The F-35 destroys far more jobs than it creates: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts* report that each billion dollars spent on military preparations costs the United States between 4 and 16 thousand jobs as compared with tax cuts for working people or identical spending on clean energy, healthcare, or education. Thus, the $1.4 trillion, 50-year F-35 program means fewer jobs in the 45 U.S. states involved.
* http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/published_study/PERI_military_spending_2011.pdf
* http://www.ciponline.org/research/entry/promising-the-sky-pork-barrel-politics-and-the-f-35-combat-aircraft

3. The F-35 causes cognitive impairment of children: The U.S. Air Force says the F-35A is more than four times louder than the intensely loud F-16 that it is replacing. A World Health Organization (WHO) report says that noise at the level of the F-35 on takeoff for just one minute is sufficient to cause health consequences: The WHO report states that children are more sensitive than adults, and the report cites data showing that the effects of such aircraft noise on children include cognitive impairment: adverse effects on reading, memory, auditory discrimination, speech perception, and academic performance, as well as other health effects, including increased blood pressure and increased stress hormones.*
* http://www.who.int/ceh/capacity/noise.pdf
* http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/136466/e94888.pdf

4. The F-35 makes houses unsuitable for residential use: The Federal Aviation Administration says there is no effective mitigation for this noise besides families leaving. In Burlington Vermont, where F-16 jets are now based, the federal government paid to purchase and demolish 150 affordable homes to protect the people from damaging F-16 noise. The U.S. Air Force says that basing 18 F-35 jets at the airport in Burlington will cause 2,252 acres of land holding 2,963 households with 6,663 people to be in the “unsuitable for residential use” noise zone.

5. The F-35 has both a high crash risk and high crash consequences: The U.S. Air Force says all new military jets have a very high risk of crashing. The F-35 has far worse consequences when it crashes in or near people than older jets. Whereas older military jets were made of aluminum, the body of the F-35 is made of military composite materials with a stealth coating which emit highly toxic chemicals, particles, and fibers when set on fire during the inferno when thousands of gallons of jet fuel burst into flames. An Air Force report says this catastrophe should not be allowed to happen near people. The only way to prevent this tragedy from happening is to prevent basing of such military jets in or near densely populated areas, like Burlington Vermont or any of the other towns and cities planned for basing.