"Silence Trident": The People's Indictment

The People of Wisconsin, the United States of America, and the World


William J. Clinton, President of the United States;
William Cohen, U.S. Secretary of Defense;
Admiral Richard Mies, Commander in Chief - U.S. Strategic Command;
Richard Danzig, U.S. Secretary of the Navy;
Admiral Jay L. Johnson, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations;
Timothy J. Ward, Technical Director - Project ELF, Clam Lake, WI;
Dr. Bahman Atefi, President - Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute.


The Charges

We, the undersigned, allege that the Officers and Directors of Project ELF, Ashland County, Wisconsin, and their Commanders:

Did conspire to Commit Crimes Against Peace, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in violation of the Nuremberg Charter, 59 Stat 1544, E.A.S. No.472; did commit or conspire to commit acts in violation of Article 2 of the UN Charter; the Hague Convention IV, Respecting The Laws and Customs of War on Land and Annex Thereto; and the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War;

Did conspire to commit offenses prohibited by law in violation of Wisconsin Statute 939.31 and 18 USC 371; did act with reckless endangerment in violation of Wisconsin Statute 941.30; did conspire to commit first degree intentional homicide in violation of Wisconsin Statutes 939.31 and 940.01.

The Violations

The Officers and Directors of Project ELF and their Commanders:

Did agree and conspire to transmit signals to Trident submarines for the purpose of preparing to use submarine-launched Trident I and II missiles equipped with nuclear warheads, totaling 1,065,600 kilotons of explosive power, in an offensive attack;

Did agree and conspire with specific intent to wage a nuclear war in violation of international treaties, agreements and assurances;

Did agree and conspire to subject civilians to firestorms and uncontrollable radiation poisoning; to subject human beings to torturous death and unnecessary suffering; to wantonly destroy cities, towns and villages; and to cause widespread and severe long-term damage to the environment.

Technical Management and Command of Project ELF/Trident

a. Project ELF - Clam Lake, WI

The primary contractor for management of the Clam Lake, WI U.S. Navy Project ELF site is The Manufacturing Technology Information Center, a Department of Defense information analysis center sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center and operated by the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI), located in Chicago, IL. The President of IITRI is Dr. Bahman Atefi. The on-site technical director for the Clam Lake, WI Project ELF facility is Timothy J. Ward.

On-site command of the Clam Lake, WI Project ELF facility is provided by a detachment of U.S. Navy Personnel. Operational command of the entire ELF communication system is under U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jay L. Johnson. Admiral Johnson is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is responsible to U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig. Navy Secretary Danzig is accountable to U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen who is appointed by U.S. President William J. Clinton.

b. Command of Trident Weapon System

The entire fleet of Trident submarines is under the command of the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM), headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, Nebraska. The Commander in Chief of STRATCOM is Admiral Richard W. Mies. STRATCOM has responsibility for all U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy strategic nuclear forces.

It is from STRATCOM headquarters that Trident submarines would receive orders - via Project ELF - to surface. After surfacing, Trident submarine commanders would receive orders - via a more conventional communication system - from STRATCOM to fire their nuclear-armed missiles at selected targets. Of course, the commander in chief of STRATCOM is accountable to Secretary of Defense William Cohen. All the personnel mentioned above are under the command of President William J. Clinton.


A full and thorough investigation of these serious allegations must be made. The law forbids murder, the threat of murder and all forms of indiscriminate destruction. These laws must apply to every official and must be enforced.

- Bonnie Urfer, Michael Sprong
June 24, 2000