Some friends of mine at work were arguing that Alderaan was, as Leia pleaded to Tarkin, "Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons!" None of my friends have read any EU material; but, I thought I had remembered a specific detail about weapons caches being put into a hyperspace orbit (albeit a wide orbit, not like a moon) around Alderaan in order to keep them from being discovered. They were equiped with unique homing beacons and only accessible by another ship travelling in the same hyperspace orbit. That detail withstanding, I believe Alderaan was a more than valid military target for the Death Star, being that Bail and Leia were known leaders of the Rebellion and more than likely, Alderaan was at least a recruiting ground and at most a training and planning base for the Alliance. I found the following interesting site while arguing this, http://www.professorbainbridge.com/2005/06/was_the_bombing.html. Anyone have any pointers to the information about weapons caches or other military targets on Alderaan?