Nearly 7,000 research scientists at more than 110 physics, computer science, chemistry and other hard science departments at leading universities in the United States have signed a pledge to neither solicit nor accept funding from the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO). This figure includes more than 3,800 senior faculty members and nearly 60 percent of the combined faculties of the top 20 physics departments in the country. Our position against SDI was summarized in a letter circulated to Congress last spring:

"The overriding reason for our boycott is that SDI will increase the chance of nuclear war and will offer only imaginary protection from its consequences. Space weapons would both threaten and invite a first strike. Possession of such space weapons by the United States and the Soviet Union would inexorably lead to nuclear war."

The Scientists Campaign Against the Strategic Defense Initiative has convinced many members of Congress and...

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