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Hemp Is Not Pot: It can jump-start our GREEN economy

March 26th, 2009

 

Gotta love TRUTH OUT!

 

 We can make over 25,000 things with it. Farmers love it. Environmentalists love it. You can’t get high from it. So why is it still illegal?

 

    While Uncle Sam’s scramble for new revenue sources has recently kicked up the marijuana debate – to legalize and tax, or not? – hemp’s feasibility as a stimulus plan has received less airtime.

 

    But with a North American market that exceeds $300 million in annual retail sales and continued rising demand, industrial hemp could generate thousands of sustainable new jobs, helping America to get back on track.

 

    ”We’re in the midst of a dark economic transition, but I believe hemp is an important facet and has tremendous economic potential,” says Patrick Goggin, a board member on the California Council for Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading industrial hemp-farming advocacy group. “Economically and environmentally, industrial hemp is an important part of the sustainability pie.”

 

    With 25,000 known applications from paper, clothing and food products – which, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal this January, is the fastest growing new food category in North America – to construction and automotive materials, hemp could be just the crop to jump-start America’s green economy.

 

    But growing hemp remains illegal in the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Administration has lumped the low-THC plant together with its psychoactive cousin, marijuana, making America the planet’s only industrialized nation to ban hemp production. We can import it from Canada, which legalized it in 1997. But we can’t grow it.

 

    ”It’s a missed opportunity,” says Goggin, who campaigned for California farmers to grow industrial hemp two years ago, although the bill was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, citing the measure conflicted with federal law.

 

    Considering California’s position as an agricultural giant – agriculture nets $36.6 billion dollars a year, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture – Goggin’s assessment is an understatement. Especially if extended nationwide.

 

    ”Jobs require capital investment, which isn’t easy to come by at the moment, and we need hemp-processing facilities, because the infrastructure here went to seed. But this is a profitable crop, and the California farming community supports it.”

 

    Just how profitable? According to Chris Conrad, a respected authority on cannabis and industrial hemp and who authored Hemp for Health and Hemp, Lifeline to the Future, the industry would be regionally sustainable, reviving the local economy wherever it was grown.

 

    ”Hemp will create jobs in some of the hardest-hit sectors of the country – rural agriculture, equipment manufacturing, transportable processing equipment and crews – and the products could serve and develop the same community where the hemp is farmed: building ecological new homes, producing value-added and finished products, marketing and so forth,” he writes in an e-mail from Amsterdam, where he is doing research. “Add to that all the secondary jobs – restaurants, health care, food products, community-support networks, schools, etc., that will serve the workers. The Midwestern U.S. and the more remote parts of California and other states would see a surge of income, growth, jobs and consumer goods.”

 

    In America, industrial hemp has long been associated with marijuana, although the plants are different breeds of Cannabis sativa, just as poodles and Irish setters are different breeds of dog.

 

    While hemp contains minute levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (compare 0.3 percent or less in Canadian industrial hemp versus 3-20 percent for medical marijuana), to get high you’d have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole.

 

    Still, the historical hysteria caused by federal anti-marijuana campaigns of the 1930s, which warned that marijuana caused insanity, lust, addiction, violence and crime, have had a long-term impact on its distant relative.

 

    Doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which in effect criminalized cannabis and levied high taxes on medical marijuana and industrial hemp, hemp cultivation wasn’t technically disallowed.

 

    However, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the DEA’s predecessor, said its agents couldn’t differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana, a stance the DEA maintains today, so fewer farmers were willing to grow it. The exception came during World War II, when the armed forces experienced a severe fiber shortage and the government launched an aggressive campaign to grow hemp.

 

    But after the war, hemp production faded away, and the last legal crop was harvested in 1957. Marijuana’s propaganda-fuelled history, one filled with lurid stories, one-sided information, slander and corporate profiteerism, is too lengthy to address here, but hemp has never managed to remain unscathed.

 

    Considering today’s economic crisis and the combined threats of peak oil and global warming, there is increasing pressure to move toward sustainable resources before everything goes up in smoke. If there was any time to revisit hemp, it’s now.

 

    ”Industrial hemp is the best gift a farmer could have. It’s the ideal alternative crop,” says Gale Glenn, on the board of the North American Industrial Hemp Council. Glenn, now retired, owned and managed a 300-acre Kentucky farm producing burley tobacco, and she immediately launches into hemp’s benefits: It’s environmentally friendly, requiring no pesticides or herbicides, it’s the perfect rotation crop because it detoxifies and regenerates the soil, and it’s low labor.

 

    ”You just plant the seed, close the farm gate and four months later, cut it and bale it,” she says.

 

    And there’s more. As a food, hemp is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids; the plant’s cellulose level, roughly three times that of wood, creates paper that yields four times as much pulp as trees; hemp is an ideal raw material for plant-based plastics, used to make everything from diapers to dashboards.

 

    In fact, Germany’s DaimlerChrysler Corp. has equipped its Mercedes-Benz C-class vehicles with natural-fiber-reinforced materials, including hemp, for years. Even Henry Ford himself manufactured a car from hemp-based plastic in 1941, archival footage of which can be found on YouTube, and the car ran on clean-burning hemp-based ethanol fuel.

 

    This leads to the most compelling argument for hemp: fuel. Hemp seeds are ideal for making ethanol, the cleanest-burning liquid bio-alternative to gasoline, and when grown as an energy crop, hemp actually offsets carbon emissions because it absorbs more carbon dioxide than any other plant.

 

    As the world rapidly depletes its reserves of petroleum, America needs to create a renewable, homegrown energy source to become energy independent. Luckily, unlike petrol, hemp is renewable, unless we run out of soil.

 

    ”As a farmer, it’s frustrating not being able to grow this incredible crop,” says Glenn. But if Glenn did try to grow it, the American government would consider her a felon guilty of trafficking, and she would face a fine of up to $4 million and a prison sentence of 5 to 40 years. Because no matter how low its THC content, hemp is still considered a Schedule I substance, grouped alongside heroin.

 

    It’s exactly this war-on-drugs logic that has kept serious discussion of hemp off the table.

 

    ”I’ve met with senators over the last 13 years, and I’ve been to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) four times, and I’m always amazed by what they tell us – that industrial hemp is by far one of the most superior fibers known to man, but since it’s a green plant with a five-point leaf, you’ll never grow it in America,” says Bud Sholts chairman of the the North American Industrial Hemp Council and former economist for Wisconsin’s State Department of Agriculture.

 

    Sholts’ research into sustainable agriculture convinced him of industrial hemp’s value, and he has been lobbying for it ever since. “We’re overlooking something huge.”

 

    Luckily, farmers are practical folk whose pragmatism ensures their survival, and they have championed industrial hemp, which they see as a potential economic boon, by pushing for it through their state legislatures, where it has become a bipartisan issue.

 

    To date, 28 states have introduced hemp legislation, including Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland, North Dakota, New Mexico, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia. Fifteen have passed it, and seven have legalized hemp production, according to Vote Hemp.

 

    Yet in cases like North Dakota, the DEA still insists that federal law trumps the state’s and farmers need a DEA-granted license before growing. This is exactly what happened to David Monson and Wayne Hauge, two North Dakota farmers given state permission to grow but who have been waiting a while for their federal licenses – in Monson’s case, since 1997.

 

    ”Here we are in 2009, and it seems like we’re still taking baby steps. We’re a little closer, but I’m not making any predictions,” says Monson, who also happens to be a Republican state representative.

 

    Monson lives only 20 miles from the Canadian border, where fields of profitable industrial hemp have been growing since 1997, and he believes it’s a simple case of “if they can grow it, why can’t we?”

 

    ”The profit potential is there. Practically and economically, it makes sense to raise it,” says Monson. “I truly believe as a farmer that hemp is good for farmers, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for state of North Dakota. And for that matter the whole nation.”

 

    As the law currently stands, to legalize hemp production, all the DEA has to do is remove hemp from its Schedule I drug list, a process that does not require a congressional vote.

 

    Now that the Obama administration has announced an end to medical marijuana raids, hemp advocates are hopeful the move could open the door for hemp, because the president voted for a hemp bill while he was in the Illinois legislature.

 

    The DEA follows the government’s lead, and the government, which does not want to be seen as being soft on drugs, has been notoriously skittish tackling drug policy reform. If Obama told the DEA to move forward aggressively and issue all pending research, commercial and agronomic licenses, farmers like Monson could grow hemp tomorrow.

 

    ”Politically, I liken the situation to pulling bricks out of a dam,” says Vote Hemp’s Goggin. “There are now so many leaks, the dam’s getting ready to burst. We’re working hard for a shift in policy, but at the moment, Washington doesn’t consider this a top issue.”

 

    While industrial-hemp advocates are becoming hopeful that policy change is in the winds, they caution that the industry still requires a massive, coordinated effort to develop.

 

    ”I’m hesitant overselling hemp and touting it like the magic beans that will save the economy or the planet,” says Tom Murphy, national outreach coordinator for Vote Hemp. “Industrial hemp is an answer but not the answer. It has a great deal of potential – but it doesn’t have any potential if you can’t grow it.”

 

    Conrad, who believes in American ingenuity to find creative solutions using hemp, says, “Only the scourge of prohibitionism can see to it that our economy and environment rot into sewage. It is up to the good, hard-working and honest people to end cannabis prohibition and start the process of rebuilding the planet and our global and regional economies.”

 

    ——-

 

    Dara Colwell is a freelance writer based in San Francisco, California. 

 

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Environmentalists to battle Navy proposal on Whidbey

March 26th, 2009

 

Environmentalists to battle Navy proposal

By Justin Burnett

Examiner Staff Writer

Whidbey Island environmental groups opposed to the Navy’s plan to expand its Northwest training operations say they will take their objections to the highest levels of government.

 

Representatives from Orca Network and the Whidbey Environmental Action Network have agreed to team up and send their comments not only to Gov. Christine Gregoire and Washington‘s Congressional delegation, but also to President Barack Obama.

 

“I think we need to kick it right to the top,” said Howard Garrett, president of Orca Network’s board of directors.

WEAN cofounder Marianne Edain said attracting presidential or congressional attention may be a long shot, but could end up being worth it. She pointed out that the Navy answers to both branches of government.

 

“The president and Congress have ultimate power over the military,” she said.

The Navy is planning to expand operations in its Northwest Training Range Complex, an area encompassing about 122,400 nautical miles of air, surface and subsurface space stretching from Washington to northern California. The complex has been in use since World War II.

 

The proposal, which ranges from increasing missile and sonar testing to dumping depleted uranium, has attracted the attention of more than just local environmentalist groups.

Following federal Environmental Policy Act requirements, the Navy prepared an environmental impact statement to examine how the expansion might affect wildlife and the environment. The Navy held six public hearings on the matter and accepted public comment from late December to mid-February.

 

But as concern over the plan began to grow, and more people learned about it, an increasing number of people complained that the public comment period was too short for a document of more than 1,000 pages. Even large, well-informed environmental groups such as People for Puget Sound said they felt caught off guard by the Navy’s proposal.

 

Although the Navy extended the comment period to mid-February, complaints in Oregon spurred six of the state’s seven-member Congressional delegation to send a letter to Navy Secretary Donald Winter requesting another extension of the comment period.

 

Navy Environmental Public Affairs Officer Sheila Murray the Navy has extended the comment deadline three times – a first for the Navy.

“This is unprecedented,” she said. “The Navy has never done this before.”

 

Murray said the Navy’s willingness to extend the deadline has been based primarily on the public interest generated by the plan. The new deadline is set for April 13. So far, more than 1,000 comments have been submitted.

 

That includes a 59-page document submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental watchdog group. The NRDC document was endorsed by 20 other national and local groups that are against the Navy’s plan.

 

According to Heather Trim of People for Puget Sound, the environmental impact statement does not adequately address potential impacts to Puget Sound. 

“This is an area that’s already stressed,” Trim said.

 

The Navy’s increased activities could have serious implications on endangered species in the region, such as salmon and orca whales. That makes the Navy’s proposal more than just a local issue, she said.

“It really has national implications.” Trim said.

Garrett agreed, noting that the proposed training activities could cause significant harm to orca populations. He said that he appreciates the Navy’s need to train and be prepared, but he does not believe it should come at the price of the environment.

 

“It’s a clear case of social values that are in conflict,” he said.

Garrett said his hope is that the Obama administration shares his outlook, and will place a higher priority on the environment and resolving international conflict through diplomacy than on the military.

 

While the impact statement will be reviewed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Murray said the assistant secretary of the Navy makes the final decision as to whether to proceed with the training expansion proposal. The decision is expected sometime this fall.

 

Comments can be mailed to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attn: Kimberly Kler, 1101 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101. Submit comments online at www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com. The deadline is April 13.

 

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9/11 Smoking Gun?

March 25th, 2009

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

THE SMOKING GUNS OF 9/11

1. Demolition explosives leave evidence of their use, just like fingerprints at a crime scene. The “fingerprint” of Thermite (an incendiary explosive which cuts through steel) was conclusively identified in samples from the World Trade Center by Physics Professor Dr. Steven E. Jones. Additional samples from Ground Zero examined by Chemist Kevin Ryan and other scientists also conclusively identified conditions consistent with the use of demolition charges. Documentation of billions of microspheres containing molten metal from the chemical signature of Thermite can be found in the BPAT Report from FEMA; the Report of the United States Geological Survey; and the report of RJ Lee Group (the company hired by the WTC insurance company to conduct an independent private study). Those findings should have led to investigation procedures determined by the National Fire Protection Association:

NFPA very clearly states melted steel or concrete is a sign of exotic accelerants. Therefore, the debris should have been thoroughly analyzed for exotic accelerants, specifically Thermite.”

–Erik Lawyer

FIREFIGHTERS FOR 9/11 TRUTH

2. Most Americans are still unaware that a 47-story skyscraper that no airplane crashed into also collapsed on 9/11. Let’s say that one more time for the official record and the officially blind: No airplane crashed into World Trade Center Building 7. It had minimal fires. Yet it collapsed, symmetrically, through the path of most resistance, at near free-fall speed, imploding neatly into its own footprint, in precisely the manner typical of controlled demolition. Fires in similar steel-framed skyscrapers have had dramatically different results. In Caracas in 2004 and Beijing in 2009, severe fires burned the buildings to the cores. Yet in each case, it did not even produce partial collapses, let alone total collapse. The fires in WTC 7 were minimal by comparison. Therefore, its global collapse defies the explanations offered:

CARACAS FIRE, 2004                           BEIJING FIRE, 2009                WORLD TRADE CENTER FIRE, 2001

NO COLLAPSE                                                  NO COLLAPSE                                      TOTAL COLLAPSE

It is patently absurd to suggest that the collapse of WTC 7 was anything other than controlled demolition.

3. It is scientifically impossible that the fires in the World Trade Center generated enough energy to turn reinforced concrete into fine powder in mid-air. Each of the Twin Towers contained approximately 90,000 tons of concrete that was visibly pulverized as it exploded in mid-air. MIT Engineer Dr. Jeff King concluded there simply was not enough energy available to cause that from a collapse due to fires. Where did all that explosive energy come from?

4. It is scientifically impossible that the fires in the World Trade Center generated enough heat to threaten the structural integrity of the steel. Even FEMA acknowledged that the jet fuel completely dissipated within the first few minutes after impact.

“The temperature of the fire at the WTC was not unusual, and it was most definitely not capable of melting steel.” (Eager & Musso, 2001)

5. It would be a violation of inviolable Laws of Physics if the official explanation of building collapse were true. Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies and Newton’s Law of Conservation of Momentum determine the rates at which objects fall, not the U.S. Government and it is the Second Law of Thermodynamics which determines how a building falls, not the 9/11 Commission.

“Once you get to the science, it’s indisputable.”

–Richard Gage, AIA

ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS FOR 9/11 TRUTH

6. F.D.N.Y. Battalion Commander Orio Palmer actually reached the impact zone at the 78th floor of the South Tower. Moments prior to global collapse he reported that the fires were very containable and that he only needed two fire lines to get them put out.

7. F.D.N.Y. Chief of Department Pete Ganci was so certain of the history and structural integrity of the World Trade Center that when a messenger informed him that the buildings were going to come down he responded incredulously:

“Who the f_ck would tell you a thing like that?”

At the sound of explosions as global collapse initiated, Chief Ganci looked up in disbelief in the moments prior to his death and said:

“What the f_ck is this?”

8. Over 100 F.D.N.Y. and other first responders described in detail hearing explosions and flashes of light prior to and during global collapse.

“I know what I heard. I heard explosions.”

–Barry Jennings

DEPUTY DIRECTOR & EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

Emergency Services Department

“The whole time you’re hearing „Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.? I think I know an explosion when I hear it.”

– Craig Bartmer

N.Y.P.D. OFFICER

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kOIvwThj-U

9. Destruction of evidence at a crime scene is a crime in itself because forensic analysis of the physical evidence is the most important component of any crime scene. The many tons of steel from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings were the most important evidence from 9/11. Yet it was immediately removed and recycled before investigators were allowed access to examine it. That was clearly unnecessary and was an illegal destruction of evidence which has been protested by many firefighters.

See: http://FireFightersFor911Truth.org/?p=221

Similarly, at the Pentagon, military personnel combed the lawn after the explosion and cleaned up the crime scene before a proper investigation could be made. As a point of law, that is also destruction of evidence at a crime scene.

10. For the first time in history a steel-reinforced skyscraper supposedly experienced global collapse due to fire. That never happened before 9/11, or after. But on 9/11 it happened 3 times in 1 day.

11. For the first time in modern aviation history no apparent attempt was made at reconstruction of all available pieces and parts after a large jetliner crash. That never happened before, but it happened 4 times on 9/11.

When the Space Shuttle Challenger crashed on January 28, 1986, Search and Rescue aircraft were launched within minutes. The Search, Recovery and Reconstruction team pulled 15 tons of debris out of the ocean at depths of up to 1200 feet. To professional men and women of that caliber, how daunting a task would be posed by the mess on the Pentagon lawn on 9/11?

“The government alleges that four wide-body airliners crashed on the morning of September 11 2001, resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 human beings, yet not one piece of hard aircraft evidence has been produced in an attempt to positively identify any of the four aircraft. On the contrary, it seems only that all potential evidence was deliberately kept hidden from public view.”

–Colonel George Nelson, MBA, U.S. Air Force (ret)

AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR

(34-year career, U.S. Air Force)

See: www.PilotsFor911Truth.org

12. Over 700 engineers and architects have confirmed that the buildings at the World Trade Center were structurally sound. They were designed to withstand the impact of a jetliner and they

did withstand it. It is literally impossible that the fires caused global collapse. See: www.ae911truth.org

13. A “stand-down” order was never necessary to eliminate an effective military response because a De facto stand-down was already in place and operational. On June 1, 2001 the Department of Defense issued a new policy directing

non-action until specific authorization was obtained from the Secretary of Defense. Therefore, for a stand-down to take place all that the Secretary of Defense had to do was not answer his phone, which is precisely what he did:

“Exactly. By placing themselves in the chain of command for responses to in-flight emergencies, the National Command Authority – i.e. Rumsfeld or his designee, had to issue no stand-down. All he had to do was not answer the phone. That is exactly what he did. Don’t forget the Mineta testimony about Cheney in the bunker. Nobody has even asked, as far as we know, what the order was that “still stood” that the young man came in to ask about just before the alleged strike on the Pentagon.”

–Lt. Colonel Shelton F. Lankford, U.S. Marine Corps (ret)

PILOTS FOR 9/11 TRUTH

See: http://911review.com/means/standdown.html

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified that while at the Emergency Operations Center on the morning of 9/11, a military liaison kept coming to the table with regular updates on the location of the hijacked plane headed for the Pentagon:

“During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice-President: “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when he got down to: “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the Vice-President: “Do the orders still stand?” And the Vice-President turned and whipped his neck around and said: “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”

See: http://Pilotsfor911Truth.org/latestnews.html

14. Mayor Rudy Giuliani was told in advance (as he has publicly conceded) that the buildings were going to collapse.

MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI:

We were told that the World Trade Center was gonna collapse.”

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Kgb5RGRAE

15. Larry Silverstein, leaseholder of the World Trade Center, also admitted in a video-recorded statement that he was told that Building 7 was going to be brought down by controlled demolition:

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2q2mD2HaKA

16. CNN and NBC also had forewarning of the collapse of Building 7. In a journalistic error of epic proportions, both mistakenly reported that Building 7 had collapsed. Just one problem — it

hadn’t collapsed. The building is actually standing in the background as a reporter describes how it came down:

http://www.nepawearechange.org/drupal/node/6

17. Thousands of highly-qualified scientists and professionals have seriously questioned the government?s explanation of 9/11 and demanded a real investigation. Among others, the lists include General Wesley Clark and former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

See: http://PatriotsQuestion911.com/

For a more in-depth summary of all of the above, including expansive citations, see: 

http://FireFightersFor911Truth.org/?cat=11

©2009 David R. Wayne & Greg Garrison

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Col. Ann Wright–my HERO!

March 22nd, 2009


From Three Decades as a Colonel and Diplomat to Six Years as a Peace Activist

Friday 20 March 2009

by: Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

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Ann Wright speaks at an international meeting calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. The former US Army colonel and career diplomat resigned in opposition to the invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration six years ago. (Photo: Getty Images)

    It was six years ago today that I resigned from the Bush administration and the US diplomatic corps in opposition to the war on Iraq. I remember the day so well. I woke up about 2 in the morning.

    Like so many mornings in the past months, I could not sleep through the night. I was very worried and upset hearing the comments out of Washington, that we, the US government, were being forced into taking military action against Saddam Hussein and his Iraqi government.

    I, like so many US diplomats and US citizens, was wondering, why must the United States attack Iraq right now? Should we not wait and hear the results of the United Nations weapons inspectors on whether there was a weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq? How could we take military action without the agreement of the member states of the United Nations Security Council?

    When President Bush launched “shock and awe” on Baghdad on the morning of March 19 (Mongolia time) and March 18 in the US, I decided I was not going to continue working in the Department of State.

    Upon arriving at the Embassy, I asked our communications officer to send my letter of resignation from the United States government to my boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell. I expected to join quickly the two other federal employees who had resigned (both were also US diplomats.)

    Several minutes later, the communications officer came back to my office and said “Ms. Wright, I read your telegram to the secretary of state and I wish that you would reconsider your resignation. I don’t agree either with the Bush administration’s decision to attack Iraq, but I’m not going to resign. I haven’t yet sent your telegram to Washington and wish you would not resign!”

    I told the communications officer that I appreciated very much what she felt, but I needed her to send my resignation telegram. She went back to her office visibly disturbed. Fifteen minutes later, I called her and asked: “Have you sent my telegram?” She answered, “No, I was hoping you would reconsider.”

    I told her of my appreciation of her concerns about my resignation, and repeated my request/order that she send the resignation telegram to Washington. A few minutes later, she brought me my copy of the telegram that she sent to Washington announcing my resignation from the federal government.

    As the telegram went to Washington, I forwarded emails to friends in US diplomatic missions around the world, explaining why I felt I must resign in opposition to the Bush administration’s war on Iraq. Within hours, I received over 400 emails in support and not one email in opposition to my decision.

    One week later, I left Mongolia. It took that long for packing materials to be brought from China into Mongolia, as there were no household packing/moving companies in Mongolia.

    Now, six years later, many have asked whether I have had any regrets about resignation from the US government.

    I must say that, honestly, my only regret has been that so many people who felt the same way that I did, did not resign too. For me, my resignation freed me to speak freely about my concerns over the Bush administration’s war on Iraq, the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and the unnecessary curtailment of civil liberties under the Patriot Act.

    I cannot imagine working the past six years in the Bush administration, and I fully intend to hold the Bush administration accountable for what it has done.

    Since that fateful day, March 19, 2003, I have worked for peace in Iraq and have traveled for peace in other parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran and Gaza.

    After six years of no longer working for the United States government, I have no regrets. I have met and become a part of a strong movement within the United States that works for peace in the United States and in countries throughout the world – Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran and Gaza.

    As I was honored to serve my country by working within our government for over 35 years, I am now honored to be serving my country by actively and visibly confronting our government, demanding peace and justice and accountability for actions of government officials. Challenging government policies that are harmful, much less illegal, is a responsibility for us as citizens.

    There are many ways to serve one’s country. I fully believe challenging policies that one feels are harmful to our nation is service, not treason.

    So, six years after my resignation, I am proud to have resigned and value so much the new friends I have made, as well as the old friends from the past.

    I will continue working for peace and justice every day.

    Peace!

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Ann Wright is a retired US Army & Army Reserves colonel and former US diplomat, who resigned in opposition to the Iraq war. She was a US diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”. Her March 19, 2003, letter of resignation can be read at http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0303/032103wright.htm.
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Mattthews messages of hope

March 8th, 2009

 

 

    /Hello Everyone ….. some days we get a little down and so we

    forget what we know. Maybe these little excerpts from Matthew’s

    messages will help cheer us up. /

    //

    //

    /*May 21, 2008*/

    //

    Free will choices of the majority have been made and now, without

    influencing those choices one whit, we can reveal that in the

    _energy field of potential_, Obama?s momentum always was

    unstoppable, and we can tell you that this highly evolved soul with

    many lifetimes as a wise and just leader came from a spiritually and

    intellectually advanced civilization specifically to rise to his

    current prominence.

    At soul level he knows this is his mission, but consciously he is

    aware only of his innate leadership abilities and genuine intent to

    serve his nation as he so states; in time he will become consciously

    aware of his origin and purpose for embodying in this lifetime. Once

    he is in office, some darkly-intentioned persons expect to control

    him just as they and others before them have controlled a succession

    of US presidents and many members of Congress. However, that vicious

    kind of governing is at an end, and contrary to the protestations of

    Hillary Clinton that this race is not over, she and other top

    Illuminati know they are witnessing the demise of their ?secret

    government?; therefore, the Obama family members are among the most

    intensely light-protected persons on Earth.

 

    //

 

    /While that election is of undeniable importance, foment leading to

    benevolent changes in other countries? governments is of paramount

    significance too. The myriad reforms underway span the globe?WORLD

    transformation is what is occurring?_and in time, every leader in

    every nation will be a lighted soul._/

 

    //

 

    /*November 21, 2008*/

    //

    /Prior to birth/ all peoples now on the planet (that means ALL of

    us) knew the soul who would incarnate as Barack Obama and joyfully

    agreed to his becoming president of the United States to lead that

    country and the world into the Golden Age.

    All participant souls were born with that knowledge, but it was

    forgotten in the adjustment to ?life in the flesh? and its needs,

    and even more so, indoctrination by family, educators, religion and

    society. But they all knew that would happen because it is inherent

    in third density embodiment; therefore, according to the plan, light

    in ever increasing intensity has been provided by beings throughout

    the universe to merge Earth peoples? consciousness with their soul

    level knowingness.

 

    So what is considered in your world to be a recent political event

    had its beginnings long ago in your counting of time and is far, FAR

    more than Obama?s imminent presidency!

 

    Think of the innumerable times ?historic? has been used to describe

    this, and rightly so! However, most people have no idea how truly

    historic it is?they have not yet reached their soul?s knowledge that

    includes what I just explained or what I and other sources of

    messages have told you through our receivers: /This era on Earth is

    unique, what is happening is unprecedented in the universe. /

 

    Replace your concerns about his safety with gratitude for the shield

    of protective Christed light surrounding him, and yes, the light in

    your prayers does indeed add to his well being.

 

    _We encourage you to be patient while everything unfolds_, knowing

    without any doubt whatsoever that the light is in control!

 

    This applies to the global economic situation too. There is no way

    to sugarcoat the bleak news that this is worsening, however, we do

    ask that you remember what was in a recent message (see next

    paragraph) about your agreement to experience this and your innate

    ability to handle it.

 

    *Excerpt from October 22, 2008 message*

 

    We have been asked how people around the world will weather the

    effects of what finally is called what it is, an international

    economic crisis, and we can only say that this is like in any other

    situation on the planet: The universal law of attraction, or ?like

    attracts like,? which is totally neutral and constantly in

    operation, will serve each individual in accordance with his or her

    perception of and reaction to personal situations. The energy sent

    forth by those who see themselves as tragic victims will zoom out

    and draw to itself the energy of thought forms in the ?universal

    soup? that match the individual’s thoughts and feelings, and the

    energy combination will manifest ?tragic victim? circumstances for

    the person to deal with. Those who feel genuine gratitude for what

    they have will be provided with more to be grateful for, and the

    energy of sharing with an open heart has the same positive result.

 

    But always _the foundation of weathering any distressing situation

    is staying out of fear about it_! The magnified energy of fear

    assures that the law of attraction will bring fear-filled

    circumstances to the fearful person. How long it will take to reach

    the end of the tunnel and what you will encounter during the

    transition from the totally corrupt system that is collapsing to an

    honorable system that will serve all peoples fairly we don’t know.

    If we could give you a timetable, we would, but exactness in your

    time for completion of all details cannot be determined in this

    moment. The darkness that for millennia has produced dire situations

    for Earth and her resident life forms to contend with cannot be

    undone overnight?that is, not by the energy of third density

    thoughts. Few people know the phenomenal power of their thoughts or

    know that never before have changes the magnitude of world

    transformation and spiritual renewal come with the astounding speed

    and scope of the Golden Age plan. We urge you to look within and

    reach what your souls know: This is a time not for impatience or

    doubting? /and especially not fear!?/but for steadfastness in hope,

    optimism, gratitude and LOVE!

 

    I believe it is well worth my repeating something else: Earth?s

    ascension is assured and on pace; it is up to each individual to

    decide to physically accompany her. If it is your wish to do so, the

    energy of fear or other negative attachment is not your ally because

    it blocks the light that bodies require to survive in the higher

    frequencies of Earth?s journey to her destination.

 

    Absorbing light is as simple as living from your heart, the seat of

    your soul, and souls are made of light energy. You need not study

    spiritual or metaphysical material, perform rituals or find a guru

    or other mentor. You need not spend years looking for some elusive

    entry into the light?you ARE light! You need only to know this and

    live by it! It isn?t by chance that the Golden Rule was so named, or

    that despite all the dark manipulations of the Bible?s original

    content and intent, /?Do unto others as you would have them do

    unto you? /remained. The guidance of the Golden Rule, in all its

    simplicity, is part of the elaborate plan that already has

    manifested Earth?s Golden Age in the continuum.

 

    (Reminder: In Matthew’s language, “continuum” means something

    already so, done, actualized, can’t go back, be cancelled, be turned

    around, it is so.)

 

    Earth has reached energy levels where the higher frequencies are

    accelerating everything, and whatever is in your thoughts is

    manifesting more quickly than previously?/be careful what you

    think!/ Not only is it important to focus only on what you /want/ in

    your life and your world, but also to refrain from thoughts of

    retribution, revenge, or punishing others. Those carry the heavy

    negative energy attachments that account for generation after

    generation of violence, brutality and oppression as one side

    retaliates for what the other side?s ancestors did to the first

    side?s ancestors, thus incurring karma upon karma for all those

    souls to deal with. While we understand the desire to hold

    accountable President Bush and others operating within the

    Illuminati for their actions that amount to crimes against humanity

    itself, we encourage you to let the judicial system do what it will

    and be content with that.

 

    When the Golden Age plan was formulated, Bush and those other strong

    souls willingly agreed to fill their roles as long as necessary,

    then join the light forces. Those roles were essential to the part

    of the plan that covered third density karmic completion and

    subsequent reconciliation of darkness and light within balance,

    wherein all is light.

 

    Whatever ?punishment? you may feel ?fits the crime? committed by

    Bush and all the other like-minded individuals, we tell you that

    they have imposed upon themselves unimaginably harsher consequences

    than any of your legal systems could ever conceive, and that is why

    time and again we have urged you to send them light.

 

    //Let your thoughts be of peace, love, honor, abundance, fairness,

    goodness?all the beautiful, harmonious facets of life you want for

    yourself and your world?and know that we are among the myriad light

    beings who lovingly are by your side in every moment.

 

    */January 20, 2009/*

 

    On the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United

    States, we ask that you fill your hearts with love and gratitude and

    direct those feelings to him and his family and to the individuals

    who will assist and advise him. The outpouring of those kinds of

    energy streamers is like a blanket of golden filaments surrounding

    your world. By sending that energy to the Obama family and the new

    administration, you are radiating light to guide, protect and

    contribute to their success in governing wisely and honorably; and

    the light in their efforts beams out to the world, thus benefiting

    all souls and Mother Earth herself.

 

    Although inauguration day is a specific date in linear time, in a

    universal context it is a major part of the master plan devised by

    the spiritual hierarchy in conjunction with physical civilizations

    in the timelessness of the continuum. (There’s that word again)

    Obama?s willingness to come from a spiritually and intellectually

    highly evolved civilization to take on the primary leadership role

    in your world is part of that plan, which all of you knew and agreed

    to prior to your birth. The soaring hope of peoples around the world

    when he was elected has grown exponentially, and Mother Earth

    herself is feeling uplifted by the surge of harmonic waves from her

    residents and from all light beings throughout the universe.

 

    The first day of new presidential leadership is an event of

    paramount importance in a series of on-target powerful developments

    in the plan?s goal of spiritual renewal and reformation in your

    physical world, but in the /*continuum*/, /its success already has

    been achieved!/ [/Note: The November 21, 2008 message in

    ?Matthew?s Messages? on //www.matthewbooks.com/

    <http://www.matthewbooks.com/>/ explains the plan./] Nevertheless,

    all of the forward movement is operating in /your /concept of time,

    and in this respect, your every thought, feeling and action is

    creating not only your personal lives, but collectively are the

    stepping stones to Earth?s ?future? world. All those steps are being

    taken at one pace or another, and holding your light steady in trust

    and patience as events unfold within the new US administration will

    heighten the collective consciousness. The higher the collective

    consciousness of a peoples, the higher the vibrations they radiate

    and attract in kind, all the while assisting Earth?s ascension into

    the increasingly higher frequencies that you perceive as time

    passing faster and faster.

 

    Abundance is the God-given right of souls, and joyful living

    circumstances for /every/ person on the planet is part of the master

    plan that includes the election of Obama.

 

    _From a purely ?3D? perspective_, his administration is facing one

    of the gravest situations the world has ever encountered. And

    indeed, it is a huge mess that must be cleaned up!

 

    _However, what we see from our vantage point_ is that Earth is far

    healthier today than she has been for millennia, and due to the

    massive infusion of off-planet light that guided individuals into

    generating their own light, the turn-around in Earth?s condition has

    happened with speed that is unprecedented in the universe. Again,

    this is all according to the master plan, and every soul on the

    planet is participating one way or another.

 

    The population as a whole is seeing the economic situation, as it is

    reported by mainstream media, with unemployment, retail sales and

    real estate statistics along with various analysts? forecasts.

 

    Therefore, in the collective consciousness the situation appears

    dire?by some estimates, the spiraling downward will continue for as

    long as two years and the overall impact will be felt with leveling

    out stages over the next ten or twenty years.

 

    The analysts are calculating in accordance with economic history and

    they see the resolution as combined government and corporate efforts

    to return to what they consider the soundness of the global system

    that existed prior to the meltdown.

 

    You know better!

 

    You know the economic system is collapsing to end the Illuminati?s

    long stranglehold on all aspects of commerce, taxation, investments,

    and such, and that _a new foundation based in light is rising out of

    those ashes. _

 

    You know that the increasing light in your world is propelling Earth

    to her fifth density destination;

 

    you know about the universal law of attraction and the advent of

    on-planet assistance from the same advanced civilizations that have

    been helping from afar for sixty-some years.

 

    By living in consonance with this awareness, the light in your

    optimism and trust has raised the vibrations within the collective

    conscious

 

    ?your contribution has been phenomenal!

 

    We want to clarify some misunderstandings prevailing even among the

    most faithfully dedicated lightworkers about the economic reforms

    underway. Some persons still do not know the magnitude of what is

    commonly known as NESARA. In previous messages I have recommended

    reading the explanatory messages about the true NESARA, but we

    understand your time constraints and I have been requested to

    summarize that material [Special NESARA Edition in ?Matthew?s

    Messages? below September 11, 2006 message on www.matthewbooks.com

    <http://www.matthewbooks.com/>]. Most succinctly stated*, NESARA is

    that master plan for manifesting spiritual renewal and world

    transformation. *

 

    Underlying all of the death, destruction and tyranny in the Middle

    East is the extremely heavy karma being played out. Long before your

    recorded history, the inhabitants of those lands battled savagely

    for supremacy, and ancient blood permeated the earth. The resultant

    negativity had to be released in massive degree so Earth could move

    out of deep third density, and souls who lived in those early

    civilizations have returned time and again with the chosen mission

    to reduce the accumulated negativity. The inhabitants of those lands

    today came in for the same purpose, but this time, they are here to

    complete the release and achieve karmic balance as individuals and

    for Earth.

 

    We know that overview seems dispassionate in light of the extensive

    pain in Gaza, just as in Iraq and Darfur and all other places on

    Earth where darkness still has a toehold. Even though we know that

    the individual and area-wide karmic balancing taking place is

    essential and we know that the souls who participated in accordance

    with original or amended contracts have achieved leaps in spiritual

    growth, we weep for those who are living in the midst of trauma

    because they are not aware of their loved ones? magnificent

    accomplishments or their very own. The balance to our deep sadness

    for them is our joy in the assurance that one day they will know

    what we do, whether they are in spirit lifetimes or in Earth?s

    Golden Age that they helped to manifest.

 

    Now, in the same spirit of exultation and brilliant light of hope

    that is pervasive in your world, we bid you farewell even as we

    lovingly accompany you every moment along your pathway. Matthew.

 

    Hope you enjoyed this excerpt. Looking forward to Matthew’s next

    message around March 20th, my birthday season, Spring, the Equinox,

    more Light, Flowers. Hooray! Love ‘n hugz … Joline

 

    LOVE and PEACE

 

    Suzanne Ward

 

    ________________________________________

 

    *Joline Stone*

 

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inside scoop about Hawaiian Lands case

March 6th, 2009

Lanny Sinkin wrote:

Below are two commentaries on the recent oral argument at the U.S.  Supreme Court in the Kingdom Lands case.  The second piece arrived  without information on the author.  I am told that Keanu Sai is the  author of that piece.
  
I have attached a transcript of that oral  argument as well.

Aloha,

Lanny

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT THE U.S. SUPREME  COURT
By Leon  Siu
February 27, 2009
 
Washington, D.C.,  USA
 
Reading the newspaper accounts of the State of Hawaii v.  the Office of Hawaiian Affairs oral arguments at the Supreme Court I asked  myself, were they in the same courtroom that I was? Hawaii papers put a phony,  positive spin on what actually went down. The stories were written with the  kind of provincial slant… home-town-team, win-or-lose, they’re-our-boys and  we’re-darn proud-of- ‘em and we-love- ‘em.
 
Well, we do love ‘em,  but those of us who were there saw a very different picture than the hometown  news reported. The fact is, the state and OHA choked.
 
Hawaii’s  little league ball teams do much better in rallying and coming through  in the clutch in their world-series encounters. But the State and OHA got  dirty lickins playing in this big league, world-series-  level of court. They performed like a bunch of amateur scam artists, but in  nice suits.
 
In essence, the Supreme Court justices appeared not  just skeptical, they seemed to be downright annoyed at the state’s convoluted  arguments and manipulative efforts to have the federal court undo the results  of 14 years of dragging through the state courts.
 
The justices  took their line of questioning way outside the expectations and comfort zone  of both the state and OHA. Neither party was prepared to (or wanted to)  address the issue of title except to reinforce the state’s claim to  so-called “perfect title” as “a given.” So they did some fancy footwork to try  to dodge the title issue; which did not amuse or make any points with  the court. Neither was the court pleased when the state and OHA tried to steer  the justices back to the actual narrow question on deck about state’s  rights.
 
The state’s whole case is built upon the premise that  the State of Hawaii has “indisputable perfect title” to the “ceded lands.”  Well guess what? If their title was “indisputable” and “perfect” why are they  in court? And why have they been in court over this issue for 14 years?  Because there is a dispute! There is a question of  title!
 
The injunction leveled against the State of Hawaii by the  State Supreme Court in January 2008 caused the State to run crying to the U.S.  Supreme Court saying, “No fair, no fair! The Apology Law would force us to  give Hawaiians back the lands stolen from them over 100 years ago! It’s ours  fair and square because the U.S. gave it to us! The Apology means nothing. We  have “perfect title!”

[Ironically, this is the very Apology Law  that the state embraces in their support the Akaka Bill. But that’s another  story.]
 
The Apology Law undermines the state’s “perfect title”  claim. The State Court ordered the injunction because the Apology Law  clearly shows that there is a dispute — a big one! The  Apology Law flatly says that the seizure of Hawaii was illegal and that  the native Hawaiians never gave up their claims (title) to the lands of  Hawaii.
 
These two glaring admissions of fact, framed within this  federal Apology Law (USPL 103-150) don’t merely suggest a problem of  land title; they cast serious doubt on the very legitimacy of the State of  Hawaii. How can something that results from an illegal act now be considered  legal, or in this case, perfect?
 
The illegality of the  initial act (the seizure of the lands of Hawaii) means that anything else  based on that illegal act is likewise, illegal; and that means the State of  Hawaii and its construct, OHA are illegal entities. That means the only valid,  lawful claimant to the lands and jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Islands is,  after all these years, the still-existing Hawaiian Kingdom.
 
That  is why the state claimed right off the bat that it had “indisputable” “perfect  title.” The state was desperately trying to keep the court from inquiring  about any other option regarding title by eliminating that, first off, as a  point of contention. But the court’s refusal to wear such blinders was  unnerving to the state. You could almost hear the state attorney general  saying to the court, “focus! focus!”

But just because the state  took a beating, doesn’t mean OHA fared much better.
 
Probably the  most egregious action that day was by OHA when it chose to agree with the  state’s “perfect title” position and by doing so, failing to present the  Native Hawaiians’ un-relinquished claims as a challenge to the state. They  virtually abandoned the Native Hawaiian land claim implicit in the Apology  Law! By doing so, they virtually abandoned the Native Hawaiians; the clients  they purport to represent!
 
At best it was a stupid legal  maneuver; at worst it was a shameful betrayal.
 
OHA never  challenged the state’s “perfect title” claim and argued instead that according  to state laws, the state had a “fiduciary duty,” sort of a moral obligation,  to take care of the Native Hawaiians.
 
That led Justice Ginsburg  to ask, “The Native Hawaiians — they do get 20 percent of the proceeds,  correct?” And the OHA attorney to answer, “That’s correct…as a matter of State  law they get 20 percent of the revenue from the ceded-lands trust…” (we all  looked incredulously at each other…since when?) Then he clarified,  “…though the amount of that revenue has itself been the subject of protracted  and unresolved litigation.”  Oh, so we get 20%, but not yet! The  check’s in the mail…

Later, Justice Kennedy stated to the OHA  attorney: “Your whole case rests on a cloud on the title in favor of your  clients. But you — you ignore the cloud on the title that has been entered  against the State.”
 
So, OHA’s strategy is: don’t press for the  Native Hawaiian’s outstanding claim on the land, but instead, shift to begging  for handouts from the state because, according to “state law,” the state has a  “fiduciary duty” to take care of Native Hawaiians. OHA in essence was making a  pitch (in the Supreme Court of the United States!) for a welfare claim,  not a land claim!
 
In my opinion, both the state  and OHA were way out of their league in this court. But you can’t blame them.  They had a flimsy case to begin with; one in which they are trying to defend a  situation that resulted from a long series of illegal actions. It’s very hard  to defend a string of lies.
 
Two good things came from this: 1)  the state and OHA have proven they have nothing to stand on, and 2) there is  now a gaping doorway for the Hawaiian Kingdom to walk through, assert itself  and claim its rightful title the lands of Hawaii.

 
Malama  pono,
Leon

The Myth of Ceded Lands and the State of  Hawai`i’s

Claim to Perfect  Title
 

  
 

In the recent Ceded lands  hearing at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on

February 25, 2009, Attorney  General Mark Bennett repeatedly asserted in the hearings

that the State of Hawai`i  has perfect title to over one million acres of land that were

transferred to the United  States government upon annexation in 1898 and then transferred

to the State of Hawai`i in  1959. This is an incorrect statement. This falsehood, however,

is not based on arguments  for or against the highly charged Hawaiian sovereignty

movement; rather, it is a  simple question to answer since ownership of land is not a

matter of rhetoric but  dependent on a sequence of deeds in a chain of title between the

party granting title and the  party receiving title. In fact, the term “perfect title” in real

estate terms means “a title  that is free of liens and legal questions as to ownership of the

property. A requirement for  the sale of real estate.”

 

What determines a perfect  title is a chain of title that doesn’t have a missing link. Here in

Hawai`i all titles originate  from the Hawaiian Kingdom government whether by Royal

Patents or Land Commission  Awards and all subsequent conveyances between

individuals are registered  at the Bureau of Conveyances located at the corner of

Punchbowl and Beretania  Streets on the ground floor of the Kalanimoku Building. An

example of a chain of title  would be the Hawaiian Kingdom government to Joe Smith,

Joe Smith to Alex White,  Alex White to Alapa`i, Alapa`i to Yao Wong, Yao Wong to

Jonathan Judd. If there is  no record of the deed between Alapa`i and Yao Wong there is a

break in the chain of title  and therefore Jonathan Judd cannot claim to have a perfect title,

which is a “requirement for  the sale of real estate.”

 

For so-called Ceded Lands,  being the Hawaiian Kingdom government and Crown lands,

the chain of title is  supposedly from the Hawaiian Kingdom government and Queen

Lili`uokalani to the  Provisional government, the Provisional government to the Republic

of Hawai`i, the Republic of  Hawai`i to the United States, the United States to the State of

Hawai`i. In this chain,  however, there are two missing links and not just one. On January

17, 1893, the Provisional  government seized control of the Government and Crown lands

without conveyance, but  through revolt, and after investigating the revolt, President

Cleveland reported to the  Congress on December 18, 1893 that the Provisional

government was neither  de facto  (a successful  revolution), nor de  jure (the lawful  

government), but  self-proclaimed (committing the crime of high treason). On November

13, 1893, U.S. Ambassador  Albert Willis began to negotiate with the Queen, on behalf of

President Cleveland, to  grant amnesty for these criminals and an agreement to restore the

Hawaiian Kingdom government  was concluded with the condition that the Queen grant

amnesty after the government  was restored.

 

The other missing link is  that there is no record of conveyance from the so-called

Republic of Hawai`i to the  United States when the Hawaiian Islands were supposedly

annexed in 1898. According  to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term cede is “to

yield or give up by treaty.”  In order for countries to cede territory to the United States it

must be made by treaty, e.g.  Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, or the Alaska

Purchase from Russia in  1867. For Hawai`i, there are two failed treaties of cession, the

first in 1893 and the other  in 1897, but the first was permanently withdrawn from the

Senate by Cleveland in March  of 1893, and the second was not able to be ratified by the

Senate because of protests  by the Queen and Hawaiian subjects. Instead, the United

States enacted a  Congressional joint resolution proclaiming that the Hawaiian Islands had  

been annexed. The joint  resolution of annexation is not a treaty or conveyance from the

so-called Republic of  Hawai`i. It is a unilateral declaration that was used to seize and

occupy the Hawaiian Islands  during the Spanish-American War. The United States today

could no more annex Iraq by  a joint resolution than it could annex the Hawaiian Islands

by joint resolution in 1898.  Congressional laws have no effect beyond the borders of the

United States.

 

If there is no record of a  deed from the Hawaiian Kingdom government and the Queen to

the Provisional government  transferring Government and Crown lands, there is a break in

the chain of title and  therefore the State of Hawai`i cannot claim to have a perfect title,  

which is a “requirement for  the sale of real estate.” As far as the term “Ceded lands,”

there is no such thing  because the Government and Crown lands were never “yielded or

given up by treaty” to the  United States in the first place. Confusing cession for

occupation is tantamount to  confusing adoption for kidnapping. This is not a case of

semantics, but ignorance of the legal  and political history of Hawai`i.


Lanny  Sinkin
P. O. Box 944
Hilo, Hawai’i 96721
(808) 936-4428
lanny.sinkin@gmail.com

Attorney at  Law
Ali’i Mana’o Nui by appointment of Ali’i Nui Mo’i Edmund Keli’i Silva,  Jr.


 

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Flouride (rat poison) in your water (or toothpaste)?

March 2nd, 2009

My Oahu friend, Richard Deihl, sent this to me:

 

I object

to having our water supply being adulterated with fluoride. I also

object to the concept of involuntary mass-medication. It has no place

in a free society. People who want fluoride should be free to eat as

much as they want, but at the same time, those of us who do not want

it should not have it literally forced down our throats.

 

There are ample studies available that show not only the

ineffectiveness of fluoride but its toxicity. Fluoride is a hazardous

waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer and aluminum industries

and is a key ingredient in rat poison.

 

I’ll let Dr. Joseph Mercola conclude my testimony:

 

    In 2005, eleven unions within the EPA publicly called for a ban

of water fluoridation, over concerns that it may cause bone cancer.

And in 2006, the American Dental Association warned parents of

infants not to use fluoridated water when mixing baby formula.

 

    As award-winning journalist Christopher Bryson revealed in his

book The Fluoride Deception, there has been a multi-tiered effort –

or as Bryson says, an abuse of power — by military and industry

scientists and public health officials to shamelessly promote

fluoride to the dentistry field and the American public with little

regard to the implications it would have on human health.

 

    Just what are those potential implications?

 

        * An increased risk of bone cancer

        * Fluorosis, a discoloring of your teeth and breakdown of

their enamel (between 30 percent and 50 percent of children have

dental fluorosis on at least two teeth in “optimally fluoridated

communities”)

        * An increased risk of osteoporosis

        * Developmental problems such as lower IQ

 

    But that’s not all. According to Paul Connett, PhD:

 

    1. Fluoride accumulates in your bones and makes them more brittle

and prone to fracture. Lifetime exposure to fluoride will contribute

to higher rates of hip fracture in the elderly.

 

    2. Fluoride accumulates in your pineal gland, possibly lowering

the production of melatonin, a very important regulatory hormone

 

    3. There are serious concerns about a connection between

fluoridation and the current epidemics of both arthritis and

hypothyroidism.

 

    4. In animal studies fluoride at 1 ppm in drinking water

increases the uptake of aluminum into your brain.

 

    5. Counties with 3 ppm or more of fluoride in their water have

lower fertility rates.

 

    6. The fluoridating agents most commonly used in the United

States not only increase the uptake of lead into children’s blood but

are also associated with an increase in violent behavior.

 

 

    Of course, the main reason why fluoride is reportedly added to

the U.S. water supply in the first place is to prevent cavities. Yet,

data compiled by the World Health Organization shows no difference in

tooth decay in countries that use fluoridated water compared with

countries that don’t use fluoridated water. So not only is fluoride

unsafe, it is ineffective as well.

 

 

 

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Army’s Dr. Doug Rokke speaks out on DU dangers

February 28th, 2009


On 2/24/09 10:07 AM, “Dlind49@aol.com” <Dlind49@aol.com>   

Doug Rokke, high integrity army PhD ordered to study how to protect our soldiers from DU, wrote this to me:

  The problem is and always has been compliance with the March 1991 Los Alamos order to lie in our reports to sustain – maintain proponency for uranium weapons use while avoiding all liability even while DOD interrnal documents such as March 1991 Defense Nuclear agemcy memo  ( http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html) and 2002 Col Wakayama Pentagon breifing confirm the medical and environmental risks hazards  (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html).  Then you have all of our actual medical records.
 
I will talk to anyone who wants to help / learn and provide complete documentation.
 

doug rokke
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Adverse Health and Environmental Effects of Depleted Uranium Weapons Continues Requiring Immediate Action by President Obama, Prime Minister Brown, and Prime Minister Olmert
 
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
February 14, 2009
 
During the summer of 1991, the United States military had collected artillery, tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, conventional and unconventional munitions, trucks, etc. at Camp Doha in Kuwait. As result of carelessness this weapons depot caught fire with consequent catastrophic explosions resulting in death, injury, illness and extensive environmental contamination from depleted uranium and conventional explosives.  Recently the emirate of Kuwait required the United States Department of Defense to remove the contamination. Consequently, over 6,700 tons of contaminated soil sand and other residue was collected and has been shipped back to the United States for burial by American Ecology at Boise Idaho.  When Bob Nichols, an investigative journalist, and I contacted American Ecology we found out that they had absolutely no knowledge of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48, U.S. Army PAM 700-48, U.S. Army Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, and all of the medical orders dealing with depleted uranium contamination, environmental remediation procedures, safety, and medical care. They had never heard of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for dealing with mixed – hazardous waste such as radioactive materials and conventional explosives byproducts. (Reference “Approaches for the Remediation of Federal Facility Sites Contaminated with Explosives or Radioactive Wastes”, EPA/625/R-93/013, September 1993).  The shipment across the ocean, unloading at Longview, Washington State port, transport by rail, and burial in Idaho endangers not only the residents of these areas but poses a significant agricultural threat through introduction of pests, microbes, etc. foreign to our nation.  
 
Sadly the known adverse health and environmental hazards from uranium weapons contamination are in our own backyard.  The EPA has listed the former Nuclear Metals- Starmet uranium weapons manufacturing site in Concord Ma. On EPA’s Superfund National Priority List because it poses a significant risk to public health and the environment. Consequently the community in which our nation was born on April 18, 1775 is now the location of America’s own closed dirty bomb factory that will endanger the health and safety of the descendants of our original patriots- “the Minutemen”.       
 
The previous delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters bombs containing depleted uranium warheads by the United States and their use by Israel against Lebanese targets has resulted in additional radioactive and chemical toxic contamination with consequent adverse health and environmental effects throughout the middle east. Israeli tank gunners are also using depleted uranium tank rounds as photographs verify.  The recent Israeli combat operations in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas raises new concerns about possible Israeli use of uranium weapons especially because the use of illegal chemical warfare agent white phosphorus  “Willy Pete” has been confirmed.  Although, television broadcast video indicates probable use of uranium weapons on site investigations using techniques my team developed and validated as specified in AR 700-48 and TB 9-1300-278 will have to be implemented. However if uranium weapons were not used civilian and military equipment radioactive isotope releases and use of conventional munitions requires environmental clean up as specified in reference “Approaches for the Remediation of Federal Facility Sites Contaminated with Explosives or Radioactive Wastes”, EPA/625/R-93/013, September 1993.  Because Israel uses weapons, equipment, and munitions supplied by the United States our own environmental remediation and medical care guidelines should be adhered to.    
 
Today, U.S., British, and now Israeli military personnel are using illegal uranium munitions- America’s and England’s own “dirty bombs” while U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, and British Ministry of Defence officials deny that there are any adverse health and environmental effects as a consequence of the manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions to avoid liability for the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic material – depleted uranium even though internal U.S. Department of Defense documents verify adverse health and environmental effects (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html).  Depleted uranium kinetic energy penetrator munitions are solid rods of uranium consisting of U238, U235, U234, and U236 uranium isotopes with additional isotopes of Plutonium, Neptunium, and Amercium. DU Cluster bombs such as the ADAM and PDM, bunker busters, and missiles have uranium casings or other uranium components.   
 
The use of uranium weapons is absolutely unacceptable, and a crime against humanity. Consequently the citizens of the world and all governments must force cessation of uranium weapons use.  I must demand that Israel now provide medical care to all DU casualties in Lebanon and clean up all DU contamination.
 
U.S. and British officials have arrogantly refused to comply with their own regulations, orders, and directives that require United States Department of Defense officials to provide prompt and effective medical care to “all” exposed individuals. Reference: Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004, and section 2-5 of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.  Israeli officials must not do so now.
 
They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by Army Regulation- AR 700-48: “Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities” (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: “Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium” (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996). Specifically section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated September 16, 2002 requires that:
(1) “Military personnel “identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all RCE” (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) “Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented as soon as possible.”
(3) “Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment” and
(4) “All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48″ (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).
 
DOD leaders are not showing the DU training tapes to military personnel.  These three video tapes: (1) “Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness”, (2) “Contaminated and Damaged Equipment Management”, and (3)  ”Operation of the AN/PDR 77 Radiac Set” are essential to understanding the hazards from the use of uranium weapons and management of uranium weapons contamination. DOD leaders must show these tapes to all military personnel involved in the use of uranium weapons and the consequent management of uranium contamination.   
 
The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and releases of industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should include releases of all radioactive materials resulting from military operations.
 
The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of uranium weapons contamination is not limited to combat zones in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan but includes facilities and sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques; Puerto Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Recent statements by U. S. Army Colonel J. Howard Killian during a Hawaii County
Council meeting on Tuesday morning, February 3, 2009 indicate that more uranium weapons may have been used that initially thought.
 But as usual and in accordance with the March 1, 1991  Los Alamos memorandum  (http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html ) Colonel Killian continues to deny possible risks even though health and environmental risks are well documented  (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html ) and immediate remediaton actions are required by  U.S. Army Regulation 700-48  (http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html).  Consequently, with continued use and revelations of extensive world wide uranium weapons contamination and increasing medical complications, the United States Department of Defense officials must provide medical care to all individuals affected by the manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough environmental remediation also must be completed without further delay.
 
I am amazed that sixteen years after I was asked to clean up the initial DU mess from Gulf War 1 and over twelve years since I finished the depleted uranium project that United States Department of Defense officials and others still attempt to justify uranium munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements. I am dismayed that Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials and representatives continue personal attacks aimed to silence or discredit those of us who are demanding that medical care be provided to all DU casualties and that environmental remediation is completed in compliance with U.S. Army Regulation 700-48. But beyond the ignored mandatory actions the willful dispersal of tons of solid radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions is illegal (http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf) and just does not even pass the common sense test and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS, is a dirty bomb. DHS issued “dirty bomb” response guidelines, http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html
, on January 3, 2006 for incidents within the United States but ignore DOD use of uranium weapons and existing DOD regulations. These guidelines specifically state that: “Characteristics of RDD and IND Incidents: A radiological incident is defined as an event or series of events, deliberate or accidental, leading to the release, or potential release, into the environment of radioactive material in sufficient quantity to warrant consideration of protective actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an act of terror that produces a radiological incident.” Thus the use of uranium munitions is “an act or terror” as defined by DHS. Finally continued compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos Memorandum that was issued to ensure continued use of uranium munitions can not be justified.
 
The Army Times (February 16, 2009, page 6) reports that “Both the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency now classify tungsten as an ‘emerging contaminant’ of concern, and it is being studied to see whether it causes chronic health problems in humans”.  This is significant because tungsten had been viewed as a safe alternative to the use of uranium munitions. However, with this revelation the use of either uranium munitions or tungsten munitions without adhering to health and environmental safety precautions can not be justified!  Thus it is imperative that depleted uranium environmental protection standards and remediation procedures as specified in U.S. Regulation 700-48 be applied to tungsten munitions also.   
 

In conclusion: the President of the United States- Barak H. Obama, the Prime Minister of Great Britain-Gordon Brown, and the Prime Minister of Israel Olmert must acknowledge and accept responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium munitions- their own “dirty bombs”- resulting in adverse health and environmental effects. Please understand that President Obama was not involved in previous decisions to use uranium or any other weapons that have adverse health and environmental effects but he now has an opportunity to correct the disastrous decisions made by previous administrations and to restore our nation’s respect for human rights and environmental protection.
 
President Obama, Prime Minister Brown, and Prime Minister Olmert should order:
1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,
3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,
4. and stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium munitions.
References- these references are copies the actual regulations and orders and other pertinent official documents:
http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html
http://cryptome.org/dhs010306.txt
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/15/razing_urged_for_waste_site/ “>http://www.tdn.com/articles/2008/04/29/area_news/doc4816651072f72767559743.txt> <http://www.tdn.com/articles/2008/04/29/area_news/doc4816651072f72767559743.txt>
 

 
**
A MATTER OF INTEGRITY
Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
Major, retired, U.S. Army
Revised – February 5, 2009
 
‘YOU ARE GOING TO WAR”– those words echoed through my mind, bringing back memories of my Vietnam experiences, as I sat down in my physics research laboratory at the University of Illinois after receiving a telephone call from the Lieutenant Colonel I worked for in the Army Reserve during November 1990. I knew this would happen after Iraq invaded Kuwait during August 1990. I just did not know when my activation order would arrive. Anyway, on Thanksgiving Day 1990 I would be on my way to war again just as I did on Thanksgiving Day of 1969. Twenty-one years to the day after going to South East Asia (Vietnam War) for the 2nd time, I was going back to war for the third time. Significant events in my military career all revolve around Thanksgiving Day because I was released from active duty once more just in time for Thanksgiving Day 1995 after serving as the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project director from August 1994 through November 1995.
Today, I am a disabled and retired Army Reserve Medical Service Corps officer who specialized in nuclear medicine; and nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare operations (NBC); intelligence; medical operations; and emergency field medicine as a former enlisted combat medic. When Gulf War 1 started during August 1990, I was initially assigned to teach nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare (NBC) operations to 4th U.S. Army personnel. I was finally ordered to active duty and sent to Saudi Arabia with the order “to bring them home alive”. That was quite a contrast from my duties during Vietnam as a Bomb Navigation Hard-Hat on B-52′s when my job was to ensure weapons systems were optimized to kill. Astonishingly I had deployed to South East Asia on Thanksgiving Day 1969 and then again for Gulf War 1 on Thanksgiving Day 1990. I was sent to Saudi Arabia as the theater health physicist assigned to the 12th Preventive Medicine (P.M.) Command professional staff. The 12th P.M. was in charge of all Preventive Medicine within the combat theater. Basically we were the public health department. I also was assigned to three special operations teams: Bauer’s Raiders, the Depleted Uranium Assessment team, and the Captured Equipment team.
Today, 17 years since the completion of Desert Storm, with 1994 and 1999 combat actions in the Balkans, and with Gulf War 2 (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) ongoing, I am frustrated that the required medical care for “all” (combatants and noncombatants) casualties and environmental remediation of all contamination still is delayed, denied, or for many cases ineffective. Casualties include those who were killed in action (KIA), wounded in action (WIA), and disease and non-battle injuries (DNBI). Sadly the majority of casualties or those classified as disease and non-battle injuries are not reported in the public media. As of May 2007 over 407,911 of our nations sons and daughters have applied for lifetime VA medical care and a pension as result of combat- military service related injuries, illnesses, and wounds (www.va.gov <http://www.va.gov>  “May 2007 GWVIS report). Medical problems (ICD –9 diagnoses) that have been verified in over 400,304 DNBI casualties between FY 2002 and January 2009 (Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among US Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Veterans; Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Iraqi Freedom; VHA Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards; VA; January 2009) include: Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Malignant Neoplasms, Benign Neoplasms, Diseases of Endocrine/Nutritional/ Metabolic Systems, Diseases of Blood and Blood Forming Organs, Mental Disorders, Diseases of Nervous System/ Sense Organs, Diseases of Circulatory, Disease of Respiratory System, Disease of Digestive System, Diseases of Genitourinary System, Diseases of Skin, Diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System, Symptoms, Signs and Ill Defined Conditions, and Injury/Poisonings. An April 6, 2008 Army Times report written by Kelly Kennedy “Reservists confused about disability benefit eligibility” reveals that too many injured and ill warriors have been given administrative discharges and have not been told that they are eligible for medical disability. Sadly U.S. Air Force Colonel Kenneth Cox verified that Department of Defense medical officials deliberately delayed and denied medical diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (“Colonel: Pentagon delayed brain injury exams”; By Gregg Zoroya – USA Today; Posted : Tuesday Mar 18, 2008 8:08:48 EDT ). Sadly we also found out recently that “8,763 vets died waiting for benefits” because of administrative snafus (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/07/military_concurrent_receipt_071508/).
Since 1991 authors of numerous Department of Defense reports have stated that medical and tactical commanders were unaware of the probable NBC-E (WMD) exposures and never told about the adverse medical and environmental consequences of these exposures. They were told! They were warned! We recommended immediate and long-term medical care. We identified the probable threats and expected adverse health and environmental consequences in written messages and during courses we taught. These courses included the 3rd U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) & 3rd U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) Medical Management Of Chemical And Biological Casualties Course (http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/), the NBC-E Defense Refresher Course, the COMBAT LIFESAVER COURSE, and the Decontamination Procedures Course. We taught these courses to over 1200 persons assigned to individual units and those assigned to the theater command staff between December 1990 and February 1991. I gave the threat briefing specifically identifying the anticipated NBC-E exposures and taught the NBC-E Defense Refresher Course, the Combat Lifesaver Course, and Decontamination Procedures Course between December 1990 and February 25, 1991. We also discussed preventive medicine issues such as food and water borne illnesses, endemic diseases, and hazardous materials exposure issues. Therefore, most unit commanders, medical; staff, specified individuals at all levels knew what to expect and how to respond to any given incident! On November 17, 2008 the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses committee chaired by James Binns published a report acknowledging that complex set of diagnosed and reported medical problems collectively known as Gulf War Illness do exist and are a result of complex synergistic exposures that occurred. The committee concluded that
“Illness profiles typically include some combination of chronic headaches, cognitive difficulties, widespread pain, unexplained fatigue, chronic diarrhea, skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other abnormalities. This symptom complex, now commonly referred to as Gulf War illness, is not explained by routine medical evaluations or by psychiatric diagnoses and has persisted, for many veterans, for 17 years. While specific symptoms can vary between individuals, a remarkably consistent illness profile has emerged from hundreds of reports and studies of different Gulf War veteran populations from different regions of the US and from allied countries.” Since the medical problems emerged while individuals were still deployed, upon return to military bases, and homes across our country Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs officials have attempted to classify all these medical problems as psychological or stress related. Sadly, while at least 278,713 Operation Desert Storm veterans have applied for medical care and pensions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the medical problems affect hundreds of thousands of other military personnel and noncombatants around the world who faced the same exposures as a consequence of coalition military operations known as Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
 
Uranium munitions are still being used during ongoing combat actions causing air, water, soil, and food contamination with consequent adverse health effects even though the United Nations Sub-commission on Human Rights has ruled DU munitions are an illegal weapon. Recently uranium weapons contamination as a result of U.S. Army operations has been confirmed at two locations in Hawaii after initial denials (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/08/ap_hawai). During the summer of 1991, the United States military had collected artillery, tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, conventional and unconventional munitions, trucks, etc. at Camp Doha in Kuwait. As result of carelessness this weapons depot caught fire with consequent catastrophic explosions resulting in death, injury, illness and extensive environmental contamination from depleted uranium, conventional explosives, and unconventional munitions. Recently the emirate of Kuwait required the United States Department of Defense to remove the contamination. Consequently, over 6,700 tons of contaminated soil sand and other residue was collected and has been shipped back to the United States for burial by American Ecology at Boise Idaho. When Bob Nichols, an investigative journalist, and I contacted American Ecology we found out that they had absolutely no knowledge of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48, U.S. Army PAM 700-48, U.S. Army Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, and all of the medical orders dealing with depleted uranium contamination, environmental remediation procedures, safety, and medical care. They had never heard of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for dealing with mixed – hazardous waste such as radioactive materials and conventional explosives byproducts. (reference “Approaches for the Remediation of Federal Facility Sites Contaminated with Explosives or Radioactive Wastes”, EPA/625/R-93/013, September 1993). The shipment across the ocean, unloading at Longview, Washington State port, transport by rail, and burial in Idaho endangers not only the residents of these areas but poses a significant agricultural threat through introduction of pests, microbes, etc. foreign to our nation.
Sadly the known adverse health and environmental hazards from uranium weapons contamination are in our own backyard. The EPA has listed the former Nuclear Metals- Starmet uranium weapons manufacturing site in Concord, Ma. on EPA’s Superfund National Priority List because it poses a significant risk to public health and the environment. Consequently the community in which our nation was born on April 18, 1775 is now the location of America’s own closed dirty bomb factory that will endanger the health and safety of the descendants of our original patriots- “the Minutemen”.
Unbelievably, U.S. Department of Defense officials continue to refuse to comply with their own written directives requiring immediate medical care “Medical Management of Army Personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU)” Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004 and the previous directive “Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties”, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93 and still refuse to complete thorough environmental clean up as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48,Logistics, “Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities”, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 16 September 2002 and Department Of The Army Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278: Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, July 1996). Basically United States military personnel have illegally disposed of tons of solid radioactive waste in other nations then ignored the consequences. The primary U.S. Army training manual: STP 21-1-SMCT: Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks states “NOTE: (Depleted uranium) Contamination will make food and water unsafe for consumption.” [Task number: 031-503-1017 "RESPOND TO DEPLETED URANIUM/LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS (DULLRAM) HAZARDS"]. This acknowledgment indicates that uranium munitions should never be used because food and water contamination will affect all individuals for eternity. The critical fact is that the contaminated food and water can never be made safe for consumption. The toxicity of uranium munitions also is acknowledged by Army leaders. Assistant Army Secretary Walker, in a December 1992 memorandum ordered the Director of the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute, AEPI, as mandated by the U.S. Senate to figure out how to reduce the toxicity of depleted uranium. The AEPI director stated in the final report that “No available technology can significantly change the inherent chemical and radiological toxicity of DU. These are intrinsic properties of uranium.” (AEPI Executive Summary, June 1995). A internal Department of Defense briefing conducted by Colonel J. Edgar Wakayama also confirmed the known and serious adverse health and environmental effects (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html). These acknowledgments substantiate the ruling by the United Nations Sub-commission on Human rights that DU munitions are illegal.
(http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf)
The continuing concerns regarding known adverse health and environmental effects of depleted uranium, confirmed inadequate preparation of military personnel, and preliminary findings of the AEPI study resulted in the creation of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project. On August 1, 1994 I was recalled to active duty as the Director of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project in response to congressional inquiries and the June 8, 1993 order from the Deputy Secretary of Defense to:
“1. Provide adequate training for personnel who may come in contact with depleted uranium equipment.
2. Complete medical testing of personnel exposed to DU contamination during the Persian Gulf War.
3. Develop a plan for DU contaminated equipment recovery during future operations.”
The Depleted Uranium Project and review of previous research reinforced our original 1991 conclusions and recommendations that:
1. All DU contamination must be physically removed and properly disposed of to prevent future exposures.
2. Specialized radiation detection devices that detect and measure alpha particles, beta articles, x-rays, and gamma rays emissions at appropriate levels from 20 dpm(cpm) up to 100,000 dpm (cpm) and from .1 mrem/ hour to 75 mrem/ hour must be acquired and distributed to all individuals or organizations responsible for medical care and environmental remediation activities involving depleted uranium / uranium 238 and other low level radioactive isotopes that may be present. Standard equipment will not detect contamination.
3. Medical care must be provided to all individuals who did or may have inhaled, ingested, or had wound contamination to detect mobile and sequestered internalized uranium contamination.
4. All individuals who enter, climb on, or work within 25 meters of any contaminated equipment or terrain must wear respiratory and skin protection.
5. Contaminated and damaged equipment or materials should not be recycled to manufacture new materials or equipment.
Since 1991 numerous DOD and VA directives (http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html) based on the previous directives and then the findings and recommendations of the AEPI study and DU Project have required medical care and environmental clean up. However even though DOD, VA, and UN officials know what should be done, visual evidence, photographic and video tape evidence, on site radiological measurements, personal experience, and published reports verify that:
1. Medical care has not been provided to all DU
casualties.
2.Environmental remediation has not been completed.
3. Individuals are not wearing respiratory or skin
protection.
4. Contaminated and damaged equipment and materials
have been recycled to manufacture new products.
5. Training and education has only been partially
implemented.
6. Contamination management procedures have not been distributed and implemented.
 
The unceasing efforts by senior U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, British, Canadian, Australian, and United Nations officials to prevent acknowledgment of these problems and their refusal to accept responsibility must be stopped. Colonel Robert Cherry, U.S. Army retired and formerly the Pentagon’s Senior Radiation Protection officer, has sent out emails stating that (quote): ‘He (Dr. Rokke) was not the director of the “U.S. Army depleted uranium project.” No such project with that name ever existed’ (end quote). This and other lies by senior Department of Defense officials are designed to sustain use of uranium munitions and avoid liability for adverse health and environmental effects by discrediting and destroying any of us who attempt to ensure DOD officials comply with their own existing medical care and environmental remediation requirements as specified in the March 1991 Los Alamos memorandum-directive even though the March 1991 Defense Nuclear Agency memorandum warned us of serious adverse health and environmental hazards (http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html).
U.S., Israeli, Australian, Canadian, and British officials have arrogantly refused to comply with their own regulations, orders, and directives that require United States Department of Defense officials to provide prompt and effective medical care to “all” exposed individuals. Reference: Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004, and section 2-5 of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48. Sadly after the Israeli use of uranium munitions during their combat actions in Lebanon Israeli officials must also provide medical care to all casualties and clean up all environmental contamination.
United States Department of Defense officials simply refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by Army Regulation- AR 700-48: “Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities” (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: “Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium” (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996). Specifically section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated September 16, 2002 requires that:
(1) “Military personnel “identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all RCE” (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) “Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented as soon as possible.”
(3) “Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment” and
(4) “All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48″ (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).
DOD leaders are not showing the congressionally mandated depleted uranium training tapes to military personnel. These three video tapes: (1) “Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness”, (2) “Contaminated and Damaged Equipment Management”, and (3) “Operation of the AN/PDR 77 Radiac Set” are essential to understanding the hazards from the use of uranium weapons and management of uranium weapons contamination. DOD leaders must show these tapes to all military personnel involved in the use of uranium weapons and the consequent management of uranium contamination.
The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and releases of industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should include releases of all radioactive materials resulting from military operations.
We can not continue to ignore the consequences of depleted uranium weapons use that include adverse health and environmental effects. No person or nation has the right to disperse tons of radioactive toxic waste throughout any other or their own nation then ignore adverse health and environmental effects. There is one question that U.S., British, and Australian officials refuse to answer. That is: What right do they have to willfully disperse radioactive materials into any nation then refuse to clean the contamination and refuse to provide medical care for all exposed individuals?
Consequently, all citizens of the world must raise a unified voice to force the leaders of those nations that have used depleted uranium munitions to recognize the immoral consequences of their actions and assume responsibility for medical care of all individuals exposed to uranium contamination and the thorough environmental remediation of all uranium contamination left as a result of combat and peacetime actions.
During January 2004, Mr. David Kay, U.S. chief weapons inspector, acknowledged that there is no evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, an ongoing program, nor the ability to deliver these weapons as claimed by President Bush. Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Howard in their justification for the 2003 preemptive invasion of Iraq. This revelation verifies that statements by Scott Ritter (http://www.traprockpeace.org/scott_ritter_disarmament.html)and Richard Butler (http://www.abc.net.au/adelaide/stories/s897035.htm) prior to and since the invasion were correct. Sadly, White House and DOD officials have finally acknowledged that they knew there were no WMDs but still attempt to justify the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq based on changing reasons. While casualties from our military actions throughout the world and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to increase there has still been no justification for our preemptive invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, continued occupation of those nations, and no end in sight.
Given the expected threat of chemical and biological weapons from those that the United States and other nations provided to Iraq and from those Iraq then manufactured, General Schwartzkopf and General Horner with General Powell’s approval decided during December 1990 to blow up Iraq’s known stockpiles of WMDs (N. Schwartzkopf, It Doesn’t Take A Hero, pg 390, Bantam books, 1992). Iraq also released WMDs on coalition troops during Gulf War 1 as verified by thousands of chemical agent alarm activations. Although U.S. Army personnel started on-site destruction of Iraq’s WMD stockpiles during March 1991 UNSCOM continued this effort until 1998. Consequently adverse health and environmental effects have occurred due to uncontrolled and deliberate releases and exposures. During 1998 UNSCOM team members under Scott Ritter (W. Pitt & S. Ritter, War on Iraq, Context Books, 2002) were ordered to leave Iraq by U.S. Department of Defense officials and President Clinton’s staff.
My source of frustration is that today our warnings, requests for medical care, and requests for environmental remediation have been ignored!
Why should I or anyone continue to try to obtain medical care and completion of environmental remediation when United States, British, Canadian., Australian, United Nations, and NATO officials do not care because they deny what has occurred to avoid liability for economic and political reasons. Coalition forces have, are, and will apply technology during battle without considering the potential and expected adverse health and environmental consequences of our actions. The United States shipped WMD agents including anthrax to Iraq; released toxic chemicals during combat actions; used depleted uranium munitions; destroyed Iraq’s and Afghanistan’s infrastructure resulting in air, water, soil, and food contamination; administered experimental vaccines to hundreds of thousands of us; and now our leaders ignore these facts in order to avoid liability. We have contaminated the earth! Our actions have resulted in and continue to cause serious adverse health and environmental effects!
Since 1967, I have answered “the call” during two wars and various special projects. Today, I am retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with a 60% VA disability. My objectives throughout my military career were to research, write procedures, write education and training programs, teach, and evaluate programs to improve combat readiness, complete environmental remediation, and provide medical care for all casualties. I was assigned, accepted, and then completed various dangerous missions.
These included: (1) planning, conducting, and evaluating military medical operations, (2) making sure everyone was prepared for expected use of weapons of mass destruction, (3)cleaning up the hazardous materials and uranium contamination, (4)developing the U.S. Army environmental compliance and education programs, (5) serving as the Depleted Uranium Project Director, (6) serving as Director of the U.S. Army’s Edwin R. Bradley Radiological Laboratories, (7) developing, teaching, and evaluating civilian and military emergency WMD response programs, (8) researching and developing the U.S. Department of Defense’s environmental remediation and education program for Formerly Used Defense Sites.
The personal cost for trying to finish my assigned mission and to make our leaders take care of the troops has been rejection, lost jobs, family turmoil, missing and probably destroyed medical and personnel records, and medical problems. I and hundreds of thousands of other warriors now receive delayed or inadequate medical care. We served our nation and thus earned optimal medical care for service-connected wounds, injuries, and illnesses. But instead, we have been abandoned! We have been raped! I now experience retaliation from Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs officials because I refused to comply with the March 1991 Los Alamos memorandum (http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html) to ensure depleted uranium can always be used during U.S. Department of Defense combat or peacetime actions because at the same time a memorandum from an officer at the Defense Nuclear Agency cited serious health effects. But I am not alone. Anyone who demands medical care and environmental remediation faces ongoing and blatant retaliation.
Today, war must be considered obsolete because we can not deal with either the adverse health or environmental consequences caused by destroying a nation’s infrastructure thus releasing toxins that affect all combatants and noncombatants. We can not deal with the adverse health and environmental effects of the weapons we use to destroy the targets- a nation’s infrastructure. The human cost of war is staggering. According to the May 2007 VA GWVIS report, at least 407,911 Gulf War 1, Balkans Conflict, Afghanistan, and Gulf War 2 U.S. military combat veterans who are wounded, ill, or injured must fight for the medical care they earned while serving our nation. The most recent U.S. Department of Veterans affairs casualty report: Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among US Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Veterans; Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF); Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); VHA Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards; January 2009 reveals that over 400,304 U.S. combat veterans have serious medical problems related to toxic exposures that mirror the same medical problems diagnosed by Operation Desert Storm combat veterans. Sadly, medical care is still ineffective for both groups because the diagnosed medical problems are a result of deliberate United States actions or failure to act. For example, physicians are diagnosing serious neurological problems in returning OIF – OEF combat veterans similar to those diagnosed in Desert Storm combat veterans. These problems are probably a function of pesticide exposures, troops wearing flea collars, and uranium toxicity. But, those and other exposures are ignored. DOD officials continue to deny any correlation between current open pit burning throughout Iraq and Afghanistan releasing complex toxic materials and consequent verified and diagnosed adverse health effects. Although we have thousands of U.S. casualties who have been wounded in action or killed in action the actual casualty count also includes hundreds of thousands of disease and non-battle injury casualties including combatants and noncombatants, primarily children, woman, and the elderly who live in nations we attacked. Sadly DNBI casualties including thousands of our own personnel do not have access to prompt and optimal medical care. Today the numbers of personnel with adverse medical effects of Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, and Post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, are increasing. It is imperative that we look at the possible enhancement of adverse medical effects due to documented toxic exposures. Health problems are not limited to U.S. warriors but affect all exposed individuals. World-wide estimates exceed 2 million casualties while over 1,000,000 of America’s finest sons and daughters are wounded, injured, or ill, and thousands have died, including too many of my friends. Consequently, as one of the individuals who was assigned as part of my military duties to resolve the problems it is frustrating when United States Department of Defense and United States Department of Veterans Affairs officials do not implement the programs we developed to protect our earth and treat all casualties.
Our nation’s sons and daughters answered our nation’s call to fight and consequently die, get injured, get wounded, or get ill as a consequence of combat operations that were conducted without justification. Too many have died and continue to die while others who were injured, exposed to toxic compounds, and became sick have been abandoned by our Nation’s leaders as has happened throughout history. Sadly the majority of casualties are classified as “disease and non-battle injuries” and are the direct result of our own actions or failures. The human cost is increasing because many got sick and died after they returned home and that number is still increasing at this time. Our leaders knew what happened and is happening! However, these same DOD, DA, VA leaders still keep denying what has occurred and will not implement the programs we designed to resolve the serious health and environmental issues. Numerous orders and military regulations specifying medical care for depleted uranium exposures have been ignored and continue to be ignored. These requirements always will be ignored. This is about avoiding liability for observed adverse health and environmental problems caused by combat and peacetime military actions.
 
When political correctness and avoiding economic costs are used to determine what medical care is provided, to whom medical care is provided, when care is provided, and what environmental remediation is completed then we, warriors and civilians alike, lose. Our leaders have decided to ignore the problems hoping that they will just go away. Their objective is to avoid liability for adverse health and environmental consequences of their willful actions and war.
Recently, the Department of Defense has instituted the “wounded warrior” program to begin resolution of the serious and lingering delay, denial of, and delivery of ineffective medical care to our nation’s ill, wounded, and injured warriors. If our nation’s leaders had not abandoned ill, injured, wounded, and deceased warriors resulting from Department of Defense actions since the early days of WW2 (atomic test veterans); Cold War (Project Shad); Vietnam War (Agent Orange); Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Depleted uranium, chemical agents, biological agents, immunizations, hazardous materials, pesticides, RF beam weapons, etc.) then we would not have the hidden and abandoned casualties that we have today with a staggering toll. Although the wounded warrior program staff are helping they still refuse to help resolve the fundamental problems – policy decisions to deny and delay prompt and effective medical care, retaliation efforts, and destruction-altering of records. Warriors who have been assigned to these units are dying while awaiting medical care that is limited because of administrative snafus. Sadly the overloading of these units is resulting in assignment restrictions and consequently ill, injured, or wounded personnel are not being assigned to these units and when assigned some are expected to run the units instead of focusing their efforts on getting well (Army Times, December 22, 2008, pages 14-16).
Our leaders have abandoned our nation’s and the world’s citizens and consequently I believe they are ignoring President Lincoln’s immortal words spoken during his Gettysburg Address: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under GOD, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Today as a combat veteran and patriot; I pray that GOD will answer my and others call for intervention and thus guide our leaders to finally provide the necessary medical care to all casualties and to complete the environmental remediation required to restore our precious resources. I will never cease my efforts to do what is right for GOD and the citizens of the world because this has become “A MATTER OF INTEGRITY”. Although I have been a “warrior in battle” today I must be a “warrior for peace”.
The three questions that each of us must ask are: (1) When will United States Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs officials acknowledge the adverse health and environmental effects of military operations then provide prompt and effective medical care to all military and civilian casualties? (2) When will they finally clean up all environmental contamination in order to mitigate future adverse health and environmental effects? (3) When will the citizens of the world demand an end to this nightmare and find a way to live together in peace?
 
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and on du basics
 
 
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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED ON DEPLETED URANIUM
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
June 16, 2005
 

ABSTRACT: Depleted uranium munitions are used during combat because they are extremely effective. However, in winning these battles through use of uranium munitions we have contaminated air, water, and soil. Consequently, children, women, and men have inhaled, ingested, or got wounds contaminated with uranium.  Uranium is a heavy metal and radioactive poison. The toxicity is not debatable as the Director of the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute stated in a congressionally mandated report that “No available technology can significantly change the inherent chemical and radiological toxicity of DU. These are intrinsic properties of uranium ” (Health and Environmental Consequences of Depleted Uranium Use in the U.S. Army: Technical Report, AEPI, June 1995). The primary U.S. Army training manual: STP 21-1-SMCT: Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks states “NOTE: (Depleted uranium) Contamination will make food and water unsafe for consumption.“ [Task number: 031-503-1017 “RESPOND TO DEPLETED URANIUM/LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS (DULLRAM) HAZARDS”]. Although, existing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) directives require that prompt and effective medical care be provided to “all” exposed individuals [Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93 and Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004)] and the thorough clean up of dispersed radioactive contamination (AR 700-48: “Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities”); United States, British, and Australian officials refuse to comply with these directives.     
 
RECENT EVENTS.
 
The U.S. Army Surgeon General, Lt. General James B. Peake issued a memorandum dated April 29, 2004 that depleted uranium bioassays will be administered to all individuals with Level 1 and Level 2 exposures and that bioassays would be provided upon request for all Level 3 exposures.
Level 1 is defined as: “Personnel who were in, on, or near combat vehicles at the time they were struck by depleted uranium rounds (to include wounded), or who entered immediately after to attempt rescue.”
Level 2 is defined as: “Personnel who routinely entered depleted uranium damaged vehicles as part of their military occupation or who fought fires involving depleted uranium munitions.”
Level 3 is defined as: “Personnel involved in al other exposures incidental in nature, e.g. driving by a vehicle struck by depleted uranium”. (SECDEF 3/30/03: Policy for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Depleted Uranium (DU) Medical Management: http://www.deploymentlink.osd.mil/du_library/pdfs/policy_oif_053003.pdf  )
 
However this directive still ignores exposures incurred while within, near, or after  entering any DU destroyed structure/ building or on contaminated terrain.
 
I must also ask if the same medical test will be provided to all U.S. coalition military personnel and to all Iraqi military and civilians who were exposed? Will medical care also be provided to all individuals who have been exposed and denied a radio-bioassay and relevant medical care all exposed individuals where ever depleted uranium (uranium) munitions were manufactured, tested, and/or used in combat?  
 
The United States, England, and Australia have recently used extensive amounts of weapons made from uranium, commonly called depleted uranium in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. Medical evidence and especially the birth defects in children born to parents in areas with DU contamination is an issue of significant concern.  Depleted uranium (uranium 238) along with other contaminates of war have been implicated and medical evidence supports the fact that uranium contamination exposure results in adverse health effects.
 
Today; after the willful use of uranium munitions during Gulf War 1, during Balkans combat, in Afghanistan, and now during Gulf War 2; warriors and non-combatants are exhibiting serious adverse health effects from exposure to depleted uranium munitions contamination, conventional weapons residue, and released toxic industrial chemicals.
 
However, even though medical evidence exists to prove adverse health effects United States, British, Australian, Canadian, and NATO officials continue to state specifically that there are no known adverse health effects in individuals who were exposed to uranium and other contamination. That is a willful lie as verified by actual medical records of thousands of individuals affected by war created contamination. However, despite their formal stance the British Ministry of Defence recently have acknowledged that British serviceman who serve in Iraq may be exposed to depleted uranium contamination and can obtain medical testing upon re-deployment (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_mod_warning_cards.html).
 
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affair, VA, provided indisputable evidence that medical care has been and still is being denied when VA officials reported during in the “Gulf War Review Volume 13, number 1, page 12 (
 HYPERLINK http://www1.va.gov/environagents/docs/Gulf_War_Review_October_2004.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/environagents/docs/Gulf_War_Review_October_2004.pdf
 ) ” that only 270 individuals have ever been tested for DU exposure since 1992. That is simply only a fraction of the names I submitted, only a fraction of those identified individuals that President Bill Clinton’s staff was told should be provided testing and care, and only a very small fraction of those who should be provided medical care as required by current and previous DOD orders and regulations.   
 
 
 

WHAT IS DU?
 
Depleted uranium (DU) which is 99.8% by mass U-238 is made from uranium hexaflouride, the byproduct of the uranium enrichment process. Recent documents released by the U.S. Department of Energy and the 1995 U..S. Army Environmental Policy Institute reports state that a small proportion of other toxic heavy metals and radioactive isotopes such as plutonium, neptunium, americium, and U-236 also are present.  Although the 60 % of the ionizing radiation given off by gamma emissions from U-235 and U-234 was eliminated during the enrichment process, alpha particles at 4.2 Mev and 4.15 Mev that cause significant internal ionization with consequent cellular damage were proportionally increased and gamma and beta emissions from contaminants and daughter products still are present.  The continuing incomplete statement that DU is 60% less radioactive than natural uranium simply ignores the serious internal damage caused by alpha particles that impact any cell!  Alpha particle emission measurements show that the dose or exposure rate is in excess of 10000 counts per minute.  DU is a  serious internal hazard.  Consequent inhalation, ingestion, and wound contamination pose significant and unacceptable health risks due to direct cell damage from alpha and beta particle and gamma ray emissions.  Spent penetrators, DU fragments, and contaminated shrapnel emit beta particles and gamma rays at 300 mrem / hour and thus can not be touched or picked up without protection.
 
HOW IS DU USED BY THE MILITARY?
 
DU is used to manufacture kinetic energy penetrators- giant pencils or rods.  Each kinetic penetrator consists of almost entirely uranium 238.   The United States munitions industry produces the following DU munitions with the corresponding mass of uranium 238:
7.62 mm with unspecified mass
50 caliber with unspecified mass
20 mm with a mass of approximately 180 grams.
25 mm with a mass of approximately 200 grams.
30 mm with a mass of approximately 280 grams.
105 mm with a mass of approximately 3500 grams.
120 mm with a mass of approximately 4500 grams.
Sub-munitions / land mines such as the PDM and ADAM whose structural body contain a small proportion of DU.
Cruise missiles with unknown quantity of DU
Bunker buster bombs with unknown quantity of DU
 
Many other countries now produce or have acquired DU munitions.  DU is also used as armor, counter weights, radiation shielding, and as proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy as a component of road and structural materials.  All of these uses are designed to reduce the huge U.S. Department of Energy stockpiles left over from the uranium enrichment process.
 
It is important to realize that DU penetrators are solid uranium 238. THEY ARE NOT TIPPED OR COATED!  During an impact at least 40 % of the penetrator forms uranium oxides or fragments which are left on the terrain, within or on impacted equipment, or within impacted structures.
 
The remainder of the penetrator retains its initial shape. Thus we are left with a solid piece of uranium lying someplace which can be picked up by children.  DU also ignites in the air during flight and upon impact.  The resulting shower of burning DU and DU fragments causes secondary explosions, fires, injury, and death.  
 
All individuals must ask if they would want tons solid uranium penetrators  lying in their backyard? Does anyone want any radioactive contamination of any type lying in their backyard?  The answer is simple- NO ONE!
 
OPERATION DESERT STORM DEPLETED URANIUM FRIENDLY FIRE AND COMBAT INCIDENTS INVESTIGATION FINDINGS
 
I was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Army  Depleted Uranium assessment team as the health physicist and medic by order of  Headquarters Department of the Army in Washington, D.C.  What we found can be explained in three words:  ”OH MY GOD”.
 
According to official documents each uranium penetrator rod could loose up to 70% of it’s mass on impact creating fixed and loose contamination with the remaining rod passing through the equipment or structure to lie on the terrain.  On-site impact investigations showed that the mass loss is about 40% which forms fixed and loose contamination leaving about 60% of the initial mass of the penetrator in the solid pencil form.
 
We found that standard radiacs will not detect his contamination.  Equipment contamination included uranium fragments, uranium oxides, other hazardous materials, unstable unexploded ordnance, and byproducts of exploded ordnance.  U.S. Army Materiel Command documents sent to us stated the uranium oxide was 57% insoluble and 43 % soluble and at least 50% could be inhaled. In most cases except for penetrator fragments, contamination was inside destroyed equipment or structures, on the destroyed equipment, or within 25 meters of the equipment. During the 1994 and 1995 Nevada tests we found DU contamination out to 400 meters from a single incident.
 
After we returned to the United States we wrote the Theater Clean up plan which reportedly was passed through U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of State and consequently to the Emirate of Kuwaiti. Today, it is obvious that none of this information regarding clean up of extensive DU contamination ever was given to the Iraqi’s. Consequently, although there still are substantial radiation contamination hazards existing within Iraq these hazards have been ignored by the United States and Great Britain for political and economic reasons at the same time additional use of uranium weapons has occurred resulting in additional confirmed contamination.
 
Iraqi, Kosovar, Serbian, and other representatives have asked numerous times for DU contamination management and medical care procedures but this information has not been provided.  Although residents of Vieques, who are U.S. citizens, also have asked for medical care and completion of environmental remediation DOD officials still refuse to complete these essential actions.
 
THE U.S. ARMY DEPLETED URANIUM PROJECT AND ITS OBJECTIVES?  
 
The probable health and environmental hazards of uranium contamination were known before the Gulf War.  A United States Defense Nuclear Agency memorandum written by LTC Lyle that was sent to our team in Saudi Arabia stated that quote:
 
 ”As Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), ground combat units, and civil populations of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq come increasingly into contact with DU ordnance, we must prepare to deal with potential problems.  Toxic war souvenirs, political furor, and post conflict clean up (host nation agreement) are only some of the issues that must be addressed.  Alpha particles (uranium oxide dust) from expended rounds is a health concern but, Beta particles from fragments and intact rounds is a serious health threat, with possible exposure rates of 200 millirads per hour on contact.” end quote.
 
This memorandum, the reports that we prepared immediately after the Gulf War as a part of the depleted uranium assessment project to recover DU destroyed and contaminated U.S. equipment, the previous research, and other expressed concerns led to the publication of a United States Department of Defense directive signed by General Eric Shinseki on August 19, 1993 to quote:
 
“1.  Provide adequate training for personnel who may come in contact with depleted uranium equipment.
2.  Complete medical testing of personnel exposed to DU contamination during the Persian Gulf War.
Develop a plan for DU contaminated equipment recovery during future operations.”
 
It is thus indisputable that United States Department of Defense officials were and are still aware of the unique and unacceptable health and environmental hazards associated with using depleted uranium munitions.
 
Consequently, I was recalled to active duty in 1994 as U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project Director and tasked with developing training and environmental management procedures.  The project included a literature review; extensive curriculum development project involving representatives from all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and representatives from England, Canada, Germany, and Australia. We also completed basic research at the Nevada Test Site located 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, to validate management procedures.
 
 The products of the DU project included: Three training curricula:
Tier I: General Audience,
Tier II: Battle Damage and Recovery Operations,
Tier III: Chemical Officer / NCO;
Three video tapes: (1) “Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness”, (2) “Contaminated and Damaged Equipment Management”, and (3)  ”Operation of the AN/PDR 77 Radiac Set”;
The draft Army Regulation: “Management of Equipment Contaminated with Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities” (currently AR 700-48, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 9/16/2002);
an United States Army Pamphlet specifying “Handling Procedures for Equipment Contaminated with Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities” and
a redesigned radiac capable of finding and quantifying DU contamination.  
 
Although, these products were completed, approved, and ready for distribution by January 1996, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, British, German, Canadian, and Australian officials have disregarded repeated directives and have not implemented or only have implemented portions of the training or management procedures.
 
The training curriculum and management procedures have not been given to all individuals and representatives of governments whose populations and environment have been exposed to DU contamination as verified by U.S. General Accounting Office investigators in a report published during March 2000 and through personal conversations.
 
WHAT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS HAVE BEEN OBSERVED, RECOGNIZED, TREATED, AND DOCUMENTED?
 
Deliberate denial and delay of medical screening and consequent medical care of U.S. friendly fire casualties who inhaled, ingested, and had wound contamination and all others with verified or suspected internalized uranium exposure limits recognition and verification of health effects still continues as of December 10, 2003.
 
Although we recommended immediate medical care during March 1991 and many times since then United States Department of Defense, the British Ministry of Defense, Canadian, Australian, United State Department, and U.S. Department of Veterans  Affairs officials are still refusing to provide thorough medical screening and necessary medical care for all DU casualties as required by their own written and published directives.
 
Dr. Bernard Rostker wrote to me in a letter dated March 1, 1999 that physicians and health physicists at the completion of the ground war decided that medical screening and care for uranium exposures was not required. Actual documents refute this! Today, individuals are sick (including me) and others are dead who were denied medical care even though I requested it in a letter dated May 21, 1997 which was sent to the Office of Surgeon U.S. Army Materiel Command and forwarded to Dr. Rostker.  
 
Verified adverse health effects from personal experience, physicians, and from personal reports from individuals with known DU exposures include: (a) Reactive airway disease, (b) neurological abnormalities, (c) kidney stones and chronic kidney pain, (d) rashes, (e) vision degradation and night vision losses, (f) gum tissue problems, (g) lymphoma,  (h) various forms of skin and organ cancer, (I) neuro-psychological disorders, (j) uranium in semen, (k) sexual dysfunction, and (l) birth defects in offspring.
 
Today, health effects have been documented in uranium processing facility employees of and residents living near Puducah, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio; Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington.  Employees of and residents living near uranium manufacturing or processing facilities in New York, Tennessee, Iowa, Massachusetts, and the four corners area of southwest Colorado also have repeatedly reported health effects similar to those reported by Gulf War DU casualties.
 
Iraqi and other humanitarian agency physicians are reporting the same health effects in exposed populations.  Scottish scientists have verified that residents of the Balkans were excreting uranium in their urine.  Dr. Assaf Durakovic (a retired U.S. Army Colonel)  of the Uranium Medical Research Center has also verified extremely high uranium excretion rates in Afghanistan refugees. This demonstrates that depleted uranium (U-238) is mobile and contaminating, air, water, and soil just as specified in the October 1943 letter to General Leslie Groves.
 
Today, verifying correlation between uranium exposures and adverse health effects, except in only in a few cases, is difficult because of deliberate delays in required screening, a radio-bioassay and medical care. Screening involves the collection and analysis of urine, fecal, and throat samples within 24 hours of exposure as required in a October 1993 Department of Defense published directive. Today, months or years after exposure, only a small fraction of the sequestered uranium will be detected. This detectable fraction represents only the mobile or soluble portion and a very smal fraction of what is or was in the body. Terry Riordan’s (a DU casualty) autopsy in Canada has revealed that sequestering is occurring and that the mobile fraction may not be representative of what is actually present.  Some soldiers assigned to the New York Army National 442nd Military Police unit recently were given a DU radio-bioassay by Colonel (Retired) Assaf Durakovic, MD of the Uranium Medical Research Center after Army officials refused to provide the mandatory DU testing for these troops who were exposed via re-suspension with consequent internalization of uranium contamination that was left in Iraq following use of uranium munitions during Gulf War 2 combat.  The tests verified depleted uranium exposures. These soldiers have “complained of headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, joint pain and unusually frequent urination” (New York Daily News -
HYPERLINK “http://www.nydailynews.com
http://www.nydailynews.com
). this confirmed exposure verifies that re-suspension with consequent internal exposure will occur as we learned during Gulf War 1 and as part of DU project.       
 
Even when verified medical evidence attributing adverse health effects to DU exposures is available official recognition and documentation is limited.  For example during 1994 and 1995 United States Department of Defense medical personnel at an U.S. Army installation hospital removed, separated, and hid documented diagnoses (including my own) from affected individuals and other physicians. Some medical records were retrieved during the fall of 1997, but, probably too late for many individuals. Today, this practice continues and consequently exposed individuals are not receiving adequate and effective medical care.  This includes individuals whose required medical care has been requested and ordered many times. The most recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Review (volume 12,  #1) confirms that only 262 individuals had been tested for DU exposure as of December 2003.  When we compare the data published in  Gulf War Review Volume 13 with that in Volume 12 we find out that only 8 undividuals have been tested during the last year. That is a travesty.
 
The denial of medical care will continue as long as the United States, British, Canadian, NATO, and United Nations officials are permitted to ignore the emerging evidence and deny medical care to all individuals who have been or may have been exposed to depleted uranium (uranium 238), other isotopes, and other contaminants created as result of depleted uranium munitions use.  The criteria describing exposures requiring medical screening within 24 hours of exposure and consequent medical care were specified in a message from Headquarters Department of the Army dated October 14, 1993.  These exposures included:
 
“a.  Being in the midst of smoke from DU fires resulting from the burning of vehicles uploaded with DU munitions or depots in which DU munitions are being stored.
b. Working within environments containing DU dust or residues from DU fires.
c. Being within a structure or vehicle while it is struck by DU munitions.”
 
These guidelines must be applicable to all exposed individuals with care independent of military or civilian status. They must be implemented now!
 
Medical care must be planned and completed to identify and then alleviate actual physiological problems rather than placing an emphasis on psychological manifestations and continued testing. Children and others are sick and deserve care for the complex exposures that have resulted in health problems.  Medical care for known uranium exposures should emphasize (concern in parentheses):
 
 a. neurology (heavy metal effects)
 b. ophthalmology (radiation and heavy metal effects)
 c. urology (heavy metal effects and crystal formation)
 d. dermatology (heavy metal effects)
 e. cardiology (radiation and heavy metal effects)
 f. pulmonary (radiation, particulate, and heavy metal effects)
 g. immunology (radiation and heavy metal effects)
 h. oncology (radiation and heavy metal effects)
 i. gynecology (radiation, neurological, and heavy metal effects)
 j. gastro-intestinal (systemic effects)
 k. dental (heavy metal effects)
 l. psychology (heavy metal effects)
m. chromosomal damage (systemic effects)
 
Many individuals with known exposures still have not received requested care. As stated during March 10, 2003 by Dr. Michael KilPatrick, U.S. Department of Defense, only 90 individuals (including myself) are receiving minimal medical care from physicians assigned to the Baltimore Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Depleted Uranium program. That includes only a fraction of over 400 individuals with verified extremely high exposures as the Dr. Rostker’s staff told members of the Presidential Special Oversight Board on September 28, 1998.
 
It is impossible to get proper care and treatment. IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT FOR THOSE WITH VERIFIED EXPOSURES AND HEALTH PROBLEMS THEN YOU CAN SAY DU DID NOT CAUSE ANY ADVERSE HEALTH PROBLEMS BECAUSE YOU NEVER SAW ANY HEALTH EFFECTS.  SO MUCH FOR MEDICAL SCIENCE WHEN A COVER-UP IS DIRECTED BY POLITICIANS TO LIMIT LIABILITY.
 
The cover-up actions to avoid liability started with the infamous Los Alamos memorandum sent to our team in Saudi Arabia during March 1991.  This memo told us to be sure that we should only report our findings so DU munitions could always be used.  IN OTHER WORDS: LIE!
 
A letter sent to General Leslie Groves during 1943 is even more disturbing.  In that memorandum dated October 30, 1943, senior scientists assigned to the Manhattan Project suggested that radioactive materials; including uranium as confirmed during personal discussions with former Manhatten Project scientists; could be used to contaminate air, water, and terrain contaminant.  According to the letter sent by the Subcommittee of the S-1 Executive Committee on the “Use of Radioactive Materials as a Military Weapon” to General Groves (October 30, 1943) inhalation of radioactive materials- dirty bomb, would result in “bronchial irritation coming on in a few hours to a few days”.  This is exactly what happened to those of us who inhaled DU dust during Operation Desert Storm and in U.S. soldiers in the Balkans.
 
The subcommittee went on further to state that “Beta emitting products could get into the gastrointestinal tract from polluted water, or food, or air.  From the air, they would get on the mucus of the nose, throat, bronchi, etc. and be swallowed.  The effects would be local irritation just as in the bronchi and exposures of the same amount would be required. The stomach, caecum and rectum, where contents remain for longer periods than elsewhere would be most likely affected.  It is conceivable that ulcers and perforations of the gut followed by death could be produced, even without an general effects from radiation”.  
 
Today, although medical problems continue to develop; medical care is denied or delayed for all uranium exposed casualties while United States Department of Defense and British Ministry of Defense officials continue to deny any correlation between uranium exposure and adverse health and environmental effects.  They contend that they can spread tons of solid radioactive waste (uranium 238) in anyone’s backyard without cleaning it up and providing medical care.  Their arrogance is astonishing!
 
Since 1991 numerous DOD and VA directives have required compliance with these recommendations. However even though DOD, VA, and UN officials know what should be done, visual evidence, photographic and video tape evidence, on site radiological measurements, personal experience, and published reports verify that:
Medical care has not been provided to all DU casualties.
 2.   Environmental remediation has not been completed.
Individuals are not wearing respiratory or skin protection.
Contaminated and damaged equipment and materials have been recycled to
manufacture new products.
      5. Training and education has only been partially implemented.
  6. Contamination management procedures have not been distributed and implemented.
 
Consequently,
 
1. All DU contamination must be physically removed and properly disposed of to prevent future exposures.
2. Specialized radiation detection devices that detect and measure alpha particles, beta articles, x-rays, and gamma rays emissions at appropriate levels from 20 dpm up to 100,000 dpm and from .1 mrem/ hour to 75 mrem/ hour must be acquired and distributed to all individuals or organizations responsible for medical care and environmental remediation activities involving depleted uranium / uranium 238 and other low level radioactive isotopes that may be present.  Standard equipment will not detect contamination.
3. Medical care must be provided to all individuals who did or may have inhaled, ingested, or had wound contamination to detect mobile and sequestered internalized uranium contamination.
4. All individuals who enter, climb on, or work within 25 meters of any contaminated equipment or terrain must wear respiratory and skin protection.
5. Contaminated and damaged equipment or materials should not be recycled to manufacture new materials or equipment.
6. The use of uranium munitions must cease immediately.
7. All individuals who may come in contact with uranium munitions or uranium munitions contamination must complete specific education and training on management of contamination and response to incidents involving uranium munitions. .
 
 
 

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NEXT?
 
 All citizens of the world must raise a unified voice to force the leaders of those nations that have used depleted uranium munitions to recognize the immoral consequences of their actions and assume responsibility for medical care of all individuals exposed to uranium contamination and the thorough environmental remediation of all uranium contamination left as a result of combat and peacetime actions.  The efforts of senior U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, British, Canadian, Australian, and United Nations officials to prevent acknowledgment of these problems and accept responsibility must be stopped!   The overt retaliation against any of us who are attempting to get these same officials to comply with their own directives must stop.  We can not continue to ignore the consequences of wartime contamination that include adverse health and environmental effects. I IMPLORE YOU TO ACT!
 
References:
 
 HYPERLINK http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html
 HYPERLINK http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html
http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html
 HYPERLINK http://www1.va.gov/environagents/docs/Gulf_War_Review_October_2004.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/environagents/docs/Gulf_War_Review_October_2004.pdf
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/201/reports/mmrindex.htm
 

 
 
 
 

 


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The Superferry vs. Surfers

February 28th, 2009

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090316/mander_paik

 

Surfers vs. the Superferry

By Jerry Mander & Koohan Paik

 

This article appeared in the March 16, 2009 edition of The Nation.

February 25, 2009

 

 

      Jerry Mander & Koohan Paik: How grassroots activists in Hawaii threw a wrench into plans for an environmentally hazardous superferry.

It all started in 2001 as a purportedly modest “local” effort to offer inter-island ferry service to “help local people more easily visit their relatives on other islands, and carry their farm produce to market.” Most locals liked the idea but soon found that this ferry, the gigantic Hawaii Superferry, was an environmental nightmare. It uses far more fuel (in total and per person) than big planes. It races at high speed (40-45 miles per hour) through zones teeming with endangered humpback whales, dolphins and rare sea turtles. It could transport dangerous invasive species to pristine islands. And it carries hundreds of cars to tiny places already choking on traffic.

 

Environmentalists demanded an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its Hawaii equivalent (HEPA). But the Hawaii Superferry Company, with strong support from Governor Linda Lingle, the ambitious right-wing Republican lately famous for introducing Sarah Palin at the Republican convention, refused.

 

By 2004 the lead investor (nearly $90 million) and new chair of the board for this “local” ferry project was New York City military financier John Lehman, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Navy, a leading neocon with a famously aggressive military vision. (The Washington Post quoted him in 1984 as advocating first-strike nuclear strategies.) Lehman is a member of the Project for the New American Century and a 9/11 commissioner, but his great passion has been pushing for a vastly expanded, 600-ship Navy and a stronger US military presence in the Pacific to assuage mounting concerns about China as a future military superpower. After his company, J.F. Lehman, took over the Superferry project, Lehman appointed a new board with a majority of former top military brass. He later hired Adm. Thomas Fargo as CEO. Only four years ago Fargo was the commander of US military operations in the Pacific, answering directly to George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. So the question is this: why on earth would anyone need a board that qualifies as a mini-Pentagon to run a friendly transport for families and papayas between islands?

 

A key moment in this saga came in August 2007, on the small island of Kauai, called the Garden Island by tourist agencies for its folded green cliffs, cascading waterfalls and aloha spirit. But on this occasion about 1,500 locals–including a high percentage of Native Hawaiians, joined by people of Japanese and Filipino descent and a contingent of New Age haoles (recent white settlers seeking Shangri-La)–showed up at Nawiliwili Harbor to protest the Superferry’s maiden voyage from Honolulu to Kauai. Several dozen surfers also played a catalytic role.

 

When the protesters saw the oncoming speeding colossus on the horizon–bigger than a football field, four stories high and capable of carrying as many as 866 people and 282 cars–the outrage grew. The anger had been magnified a few days earlier when Governor Lingle and Lehman’s Superferry company indicated they would disregard a 5-0 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling demanding the boat suspend operations until it completed an EIS. As it approached, dozens of surfers and swimmers leaped into the water. Ignoring strident Coast Guard threats, they headed out under the Superferry’s terrifying catamaran blades, stopping the ship dead in the water. It created a sort of Tiananmen Square standoff in the waters of Kauai.

 

It was a dangerous business, but next day when the Superferry returned, the crowd of protesters had grown, and the surfers and beach brigades had too. In the ensuing eighteen months, the boat has never returned to Kauai and now has only one daily run, from Honolulu to Maui. The “spirit of Nawiliwili” has become the stuff of legend in Hawaii.

 

On the island of Maui, similar outrage led to a series of large if less spectacular protests. But the Maui resistance settled on legal actions from groups like the Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow and the Kahului Harbor Coalition. It was these groups that had won the unanimous Hawaii Supreme Court ruling demanding the EIS. Everyone thought that decision would settle matters. Instead, it stimulated Lingle to demonstrate her Machiavellian chops by coercing the State Legislature (many of whose members had received Superferry largesse, as had Lingle) to pass a law theoretically circumventing the court ruling and permitting the boat to operate. It was an in-your-face move worthy of Bush/Cheney at their peak. Lingle’s new law, Act Two, invented an EIS process with few features from NEPA or HEPA. The new law, for example, has no power to stop the Superferry from operating, no matter what the environmental findings. It’s a fake EIS.

 

The Maui groups have gone back to court to charge that Act Two is unconstitutional–violating separation of powers and directly favoring a single company, among other problems. The final decision is expected any day.

 

Three weeks after Nawiliwili, another huge throng filled the 1,500 seats of Kauai’s War Memorial Convention Hall, with many more outside, for a “public meeting” called by Governor Lingle. Imperiously she warned that she would not discuss whether there would be a Superferry–that had been decided. Her purpose was to instruct people that if they repeated their protests, they would be charged under new anti-terrorism laws that carry prison terms up to five years and/or a $10,000 fine.

 

Her statements were met with hoots and laughter and then a series of eloquent testimonies about protection of sacred lands (aina in Hawaiian) and sea creatures and the rights of local communities to protect themselves from invasive species and invasive corporations with militaristic intentions. Many indicated they were not opposed to a ferry if it would operate within community and environmental standards rather than those of an absentee owner with profit motives and military intentions. Others denounced Lingle’s embrace of the project and its owner, suggesting she’d abandoned Hawaii for personal ambition.

 

Lingle’s goals surely go beyond providing a useful local ferry. They certainly seemed to have far more to do with getting closer to powerful Republican Party figures–notably Lehman, slated, as the New York Times reported, to have been John McCain’s chief of staff, had he won.

 

Throughout all this, the governor and the Superferry company denied the ferry’s long-range military implications, despite earlier statements by Lehman and other executives about transporting Stryker tanks and other military services along with similar statements from the US Maritime Administration, which had issued a loan guarantee. Pacific Business News reported in March 2005 that Timothy Dick, Hawaii Superferry’s original chair, confirmed that “Hawaii Superferry provided the Army with a cost analysis and expects to negotiate a long-term contract.” The article also noted that “with Lehman’s expertise, the Superferry plans to…carry military equipment and ferry vehicles from Oahu to the Big Island on a daily basis” and quoted Lehman saying that “the Superferry is strong enough to take Stryker vehicles.”

 

Then in November the Superferry’s manufacturer, Austal USA of Mobile, Alabama, was awarded a $1.6 billion Pentagon contract to build ten high-speed catamarans under the Navy’s Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program in preparation for possible future conflicts with China. The model that Austal submitted for that contract competition was almost identical to the Hawaii Superferry’s large-scale, aluminum-hulled high-speed catamaran design, except for military fittings and accommodations. The fact that the Superferry was already in the water, proving its seaworthiness while the JHSV contract was being considered, suggests that it may have always been intended as a prototype or demo model for the larger deal. It also explains the consistent refusals to do an EIS, which might have delayed getting the boat operational and visible.

 

Two years earlier, Lehman had also purchased a shipyard, Atlantic Marine, adjacent to Austal in Mobile. It’s not yet clear if Lehman’s company, or Superferry, stands to gain from the Austal award, possibly by subcontracting aspects of that huge construction project, but speculation in Hawaii runs wild.

 

All parties await the next ruling from the Hawaii Supreme Court on the Maui appeal. A new diverse grassroots community of activists on Kauai is warily assessing whether it will again need to respond. Will the company try to send the boat back to Kauai? Or will the Superferry quit Hawaii altogether as too much trouble, selling the boat for military uses, or to someplace with no activist surfers? As for Lingle’s future, it’s not bright. While touring with Palin during the presidential campaign, Lingle was quoted saying that Barack Obama’s “claim” to be from Hawaii is “disingenuous.” That enraged the Hawaiian public more than the Superferry. She may no longer be politically viable.

  

 

 

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Pacific Military Take Over

February 25th, 2009

 

 

An alert friend spotted this on a local blog… glad someone is talking.

 

 

 

    Long time member Bob Duerr, not seen by us in a while, attended the Annual(Press Club) Dinner with his wife Adriana. Editor Rod asked him what he’s been up to recently, and Bob submitted this brief version of a longer article he wrote for Hawaii Fishing News, going way beyond fish.

 

    The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have nearly four million square miles of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This may seem eco-friendly but diving deeper reveals murky waters.

 

     Last year, former Australian defense minister Kim Beazley said U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had set a “subtle new direction” in security policy.  

 

     Gates claims “there is sovereign American territory in the western Pacific from the Aleutian Islands all the way down to Guam.” Over the complaining of Marianas, the Marianas National Monument further cements U.S. “sovereign territory.” 

 

     Why the need for ocean territory? Honolulu journalist Richard Halloran says senior Chinese naval officers have told Honolulu’s Admiral Timothy Keating they plan immediately to build aircraft carriers. The Chinese want the U.S. to stop to patrolling the western Pacific.  

 

The military’s latest Hawaii Range Complex environmental impact statement shows the testing zone for the complex completely enveloping the northwest islands. U.S. military action is provided in MPA legal clauses, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling exempting the Navy’s high-powered sonar from harming marine mammals sets the precedent for an environmental open door policy. 

 news junkie Says:

February 24th, 2009 at 11:22 am 

 

Big Mahalo to Bob Duerr for explaining the whole “Pacific Sanctuary” trick. Its a bait and switch… most think these “sanctuaries” are to protect, nuh-uh, Bush set ‘em up for the military to use to pollute beyond prying eyes, to freak-out China, and to further sales of the defense industry. The Marianas are the only ones who tried to fight back.

Since we are getting kicked out of Okinawa for being bad neighbors in addition to contaminating their land -Hawai’i Island and Guam are IT; the tip of the spear pointed at China. Lucky us. Thank your congressmen.

 

 

 

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