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March & Rally:
Keep Space for Peace 2018
– Noon-4pm, 6th October

This new video presents the background to annual march and rally USAF Croughton – taking place this year from Noon-4pm, Saturday 6th October 2018. The video shows the links to the conflict in Yemen, and how the expansion of Croughton's role will lead it ever deeper into the abuse of human rights and international law.

Global Network's 26th Annual Conference – Oxford, June 2018
Global Network for Peace will be holding their international annual conference in Oxford in June, and will be visiting USAF Croughton to view what's going on there. To book a place at the conference visit the Global Network web site.
download leaflet (PDF)

Video: 'Keep Space for Peace', part 2 – USAF Croughton
USAF Croughton is about to undergo a large upgrade to extend its mission. That means not just continuing its existing involvement in various activities which violate international law and the Laws of War; it will intensify them.

Video: 'Keep Space for Peace', part 1 – NSA Menwith Hill
A trip to NSA Menwith Hill. It's possible to say many things about this site, but what concerns me is something relatively simple. Who is accountable for the acts carried out within the perimeter fence?

This site is devoted to USAF Croughton (and its outstation, Barford St. John), the USA's communications and combat support base on the border of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Croughton is part of a global system of electronic communications, control and surveillance that works on behalf of the US military and intelligence establishment; it is an active part of both US foreign policy, and the projection of American military power across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

This site brings together information about what Croughton is/does, those working to highlight its role in conflict and the use of advanced surveillance and weapons technology, and recent reports/articles which highlight the role of Croughton.

To access the content of the site use the menu in the top-left of the screen.

'Croughtonwatch' is part of the Free Range Activism Website.

To contact Croughtonwatch email –
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Latest Events and Media Reports:

☮ APPG on Drones: U.S. Host Nation Notification Tribunal Judgment Released, 15th May 2018
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones went to the First Tier Information Tribunal seeking information about the planned large scale expansion of a United States military and intelligence base at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. The appeal was dismissed. The Tribunal did confirm that the US government’s notification to the UK government about the expansion of the Croughton facility did not address any of the concerns raised about the scale and purpose of the base’s expansion.
☮ Amnesty International UK: Drones – call for 'full public inquiry' into UK's secret involvement in US attacks
Four RAF bases in Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire heavily implicated in deadly US drone attacks. Highly secretive drones programme has already killed hundreds of civilians and is set to be expanded under Trump
☮ Global Network Conference:
Global Network Conference, Oxford, June 2018 (PDF)
Here's the leaflet containing information and booking details for the Global Network's conference on USAF Croughton in Oxford, June 2018.
☮ Chatham House: ‘Excessive Secrecy’ – The US Drone Programme, 28th September 2017
The authors of a recent report, Out of the Shadows, talk to Thomas Farrar about the ambiguity of international law, the US drone programme's impact on civilians, and the need for greater government transparency. The report, Out of the Shadows, is available on-line.
☮ Bury Free Press: USAF postpones RAF Mildenhall closure, Tuesday 26th September 2017
"Accordingly, instead of 2022, MoD has been advised that the full divestitures of RAF Mildenhall and RAF Alconbury/Molesworth will now occur no earlier than 2024. The revised dates are due to delays in commencing project design and construction for the move of assets from RAF Mildenhall to Germany, and are dependent on the completion of the Joint Intelligence Analysis Center (JIAC) at RAF Croughton."
☮ Realmedia: New Warfare & Transparency, 18th September 2017
An interview with drones campaigner Chris Cole about the current state of the technology, the march to lethal autonomous warfare, and the absolute secrecy and lack of democratic scrutiny around the developing drone programme.
☮ Video: Keep Space for Peace 2017, September 2017
This new video presents the background to USAF Croughton, it's links to the conflict in Yemen, and how the expansion of the sites' role will lead it ever deeper into the abuse of human rights and International Law.
☮ Keep Space for Peace: Issue 35, Space Alert Newsletter, August 2017
{page 16} The Global Network will likely hold its 26th annual space organizing conference during June 2018 in Oxford – due to its proximity to the U.S. 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' at USAF Croughton.
☮ Keep Space for Peace: Issue 34, Space Alert Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2017
Global Network have republished some of Croughtonwatch's research around USAF Croughton and the US Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC). {page 16}
☮ EUCOM: EUCOM 2017 Posture Statement, 23/3/2017
…A robust intelligence capability enables accurate analysis and rapid response in a changing theater security environment. This capability also supports the design of realistic exercises, posture alignment, and future requirements. Furthermore, when completed, EUCOM’s Joint Intelligence Analytic Center at Royal Air Force Croughton will provide a dedicated, purpose-built intelligence facility collocated with NATO and AFRICOM’s analytic centers that will enhance capability and capacity in both combatant commands and NATO.
☮ Washington Post: Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally, 25/11/2016
The Obama administration is giving the elite Joint Special Operations Command — the same organization that helped kill Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid by Navy SEALs — expanded power to track, plan and potentially launch attacks on terrorist cells around the globe, a move driven by concerns of a dispersed terrorist threat as Islamic State militants are driven from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said.
☮ Miami Herald: The strange tale of a congressman's fight to build a U.S. listening post in the Azores, 17/11/16
A powerful California congressman of Portuguese descent has pushed for years for the installation of a costly U.S. intelligence facility in the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic.
☮ Motherboard: US Drone Pilots May Be ‘Illegally’ Acquiring Targets From UK Bases, 1/11/2016
Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, is widely known to be the heart of the United States’ overseas drone operations... But a British human rights campaign group says it has uncovered documents that show the US is also conducting its military drone operations from within Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the UK, an act that would be deemed in breach of international laws, argues the group.