How Nuts is This?
by James Albertini – TRANSCEND Media Service
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is preparing to issue a “License” for military bombing of radiation contaminated bases in Hawaii and elsewhere.
Similar to so called “Bank Regulators” issuing a “license” for Wall St. Bankers to fleece tax payers, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (made up of nuclear insiders) is preparing to issue a license to the military to bomb training grounds in Hawaii and throughout the U.S. known to contain radiation contamination. How nuts is this? Technically, it’s called a “License to possess Depleted Uranium (DU).” But the license allows bombing and shelling with high explosives on military bases known to be contaminated with DU from the Davy Crockett weapons system and likely additional DU from other weapons. Instead of exercising caution, stopping all live-fire, and doing comprehensive testing and monitoring, the military position is “Bombs Away!” The NRC appears ready to 2nd the Army’s motion and issue the license.
The military bases known to be contaminated with DU include Schofield Barracks on Oahu and the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii Island. Other bases to be incorporated into the DU license include: Forts Benning and Gordon (Georgia); Fort Campbell (Kentucky); Fort Carson (Colorado); Fort Hood (Texas); Fort Knox (Kentucky); Joint Base Lewis- McChord and the Yakima Training ..Center (Washington); Fort Bragg (North Carolina); Fort Polk (Louisiana); Fort Sill (Oklahoma); Fort Jackson (South Carolina); Fort Hunter Liggett (California); Fort Greeley (Alaska); Fort Dix (New Jersey); and Fort Riley (Kansas). Besides Hawaii, there is no mention in the license of U.S. bases in other countries where DU weapons have been confirmed fired such as Germany, Korea and Japan.
The major public health danger of DU radiation is inhalation of small alpha particles. Hawaii retired Army MD and MPH Dr. Lorrin W. Pang said “alpha particle emitters within your body is the most deadly form of radiation of all. It is stopped by your skin, but in your body it will mutate your DNA, more than any other type of radiation.” DU has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including certain cancers.
“The answer my friends, is Blowing in the Wind.”
License Common Sense!
Stop the Bombing! Shut Down Pohakuloa!
- Mourn all victims of violence.
- Reject war as a solution.
- Defend civil liberties.
- Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
- Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
James Albertini is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and director of Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760 USA. Phone 001 808 966 762 email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org.
Hilo, Hawai’i Peace Vigil (May 31, 2013– 610TH WEEK) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office.
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