Take Action: Nuclear Technology Trade Agreement with India
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) believes that a nuclear technology trade agreement with India is contrary to the long-term security of the United States, India and the world. The Bush administration has submitted a bill to Congress, HR 4974, which revokes Congressional review and evaluation of any future nuclear trade deal with India. We need your help to defeat this legislation.
Please sign our petition and support Congress's ability to review future nuclear technology trade agreements and join FAS to find non-nuclear solutions to security problems.
The FAS enthusiastically supports much stronger ties with the world's largest democracy. There are myriad areas in which cooperation between India and the United States should be improved, including trade, technology, education, and security. Nuclear trade is unnecessary and ill-advised.
Allowing India to bypass the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) weakens the entire international non-proliferation effort. While the NPT is not perfect, it should be strengthened, not undermined. Moreover, the United States cannot rightfully criticize India's nuclear program while at the same time developing a national security strategy that increases the emphasis on nuclear weapons. We believe that the United States should withhold nuclear cooperation from India and work vigorously with other nuclear powers to dramatically reduce the number and salience of nuclear weapons.
Much was made of the Indian nuclear "deal" but there isn't really a deal, yet. President Bush and Prime Minister Singh agreed -- in principle -- to develop a nuclear technology trade agreement, but the details must be worked out over months. Normally, any agreement would be subject to Congressional review. But H. R. 4974 makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Congress to object to whatever the deal turns out to be. In essence, the Congress is being asked to approve a nuclear trade agreement with India months in advance, sight unseen. Even those who support some, but not all, types of possible nuclear agreements with India should oppose this bill that will eviscerate Congressional oversight powers.
Encourage your members of Congress to vote against H.R. 4974.
Keep in mind that members of Congress pay far more attention to letters that are in any way personalized than they do mass-produced emails and far more attention to mail from their own voters. So we provide a space for you to say whatever you want but it is important to say where you live so your member of Congress knows that you are one of his or her voters.
Sign our petition and support Congress's ability to review future nuclear technology trade agreements.
Link to sign the petition: http://www.fas.org/main/content.jsp?...&contentId=541