Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fukushima Radiation Detected 400 Miles Away in Pacific Ocean at Levels 1,000 Times Higher than Previous Readings

One solid year of lies, obfuscation, intimidation  and cover-ups from Yukio Edano, TEPCO, Japanese and U.S. governments

Natural News
By Ethan A. Huff
02/25/2012

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over, as new reports explains that water samples taken nearly 400 miles off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean are showing radiation levels of up to 1,000 times higher than previous readings. Presenting their findings at the recent Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City, Ut., scientists continued to claim these severely elevated radiation levels are not a significant health or environmental threat.


Serial liar, propagandist for Japanese government/Tepco Yukio Edano
Back in June 2011, a ship carrying scientists traveled off the eastern coast of Japan collecting water samples at distances of roughly 20 miles to 400 miles from the coast. Upon analysis, these samples were found to contain elevated levels of cesium-137 at ten to 1,000 times higher than levels detected before the Fukushima disaster, which is highly alarming.

Included in the detections was the presence of radioactive silver, which is an obvious product of melted control rods at the nuclear facility. The mainstream media is claiming that this silver is simply a result of nuclear fission, but the reality of the situation is that this silver is evidence of a complete core meltdown at the facility, which is obviously having widespread repercussions.

Meanwhile, Hartmut Nies, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), insists that all this radiation is not that big of a deal. He even went so far at the recent meeting to claim that "if it was not seawater, you could drink it without any problems," a completely absurd position that has no grounding in science.


One of four melted-down reactors smokes and burns
As part of their misinformation campaign, IAEA officials and others compared the radioactive cesium and silver to the naturally-occurring, elemental potassium-40 found in seawater. This natural potassium, of course, is much different than the radioactive elements being emitted from Fukushima, as sea creatures have developed a natural tolerance for potassium-40.

Even those falsely claiming that all this radiation is completely harmless to humans are at least admitting that the findings are indicative that the Fukushima nuclear facility is still leaking radiation into the environment. Marine chemist Ken Buesseler, for instance, who recently said radioactive seafood is safe and that he would eat it, told Fish Info & Services that the reactor "still seems to be leaking," and that it "hasn't shut off completely."

And this from Counterpunch:

The Dangerous Myths of Fukushima

Exposing the "No Harm" Mantra

Counterpunch
By JOSEPH MANGANO and JANETTE SHERMAN
03/11/2012 

The myth that Fukushima radiation levels were too low to harm humans persists, a year after the meltdown. A March 2, 2012 New York Times article quoted Vanderbilt University professor John Boice: “there’s no opportunity for conducting epidemiological studies that have any chance for success – the doses are just too low.” Wolfgang Weiss of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation also recently said doses observed in screening of Japanese people “are very low.”


As always, children deemed sacrificial in Japanese culture
Views like these are political, not scientific, virtually identical to what the nuclear industry cheerleaders claim. Nuclear Energy Institute spokesperson Tony Pietrangelo issued a statement in June that “no health effects are expected among the Japanese people as a result of the events at Fukushima.”

In their haste to choke off all consideration of harm from Fukushima radiation, nuclear plant owners and their willing dupes in the scientific community built a castle against invaders – those open-minded researchers who would first conduct objective research BEFORE rushing to judgment. The pro-nuclear chants of “no harm” and “no studies needed” are intended to be permanent, as part of damage control created by a dangerous technology that has produced yet another catastrophe.

But just one year after Fukushima, the “no harm” mantra is now being crowded by evidence – evidence to the contrary.


This kid isn't hip on being a radiation experiment...
First, estimates of releases have soared. The first reports issued by the Japanese government stated that emissions equaled 10% of 1986 Chernobyl emissions. A few weeks later, they doubled that estimate to 20%. By October 2011, an article in the journal Nature estimated Fukushima emissions to be more than double that of Chernobyl. How anyone, let alone scientists, could call Fukushima doses “too low” to cause harm in the face of this evidence is astounding.

Where did the radioactive particles and gases go? Officials from national meteorological agencies in countries like France and Austria followed the plume, and made colorful maps available on the internet. Within six days of the meltdowns, the plume had reached the U.S., and within 18 days, it had circled the Northern Hemisphere.

How much radiation entered the U.S. environment? A July 2011 journal article by officials at Pacific Northwest National Lab in eastern Washington State measured airborne radioactive Xenon-133 up to 40,000 times greater than normal in the weeks following the fallout. Xenon-133 is a gas that travels rapidly and does not enter the body, but signals that other, more dangerous types of radioactive chemicals will follow.


... and this dog isn't pleased either, may turn up on dinner table
A February 2012 journal article by the U.S. Geological Survey looked at radioactive Iodine-131 that entered soil from rainfall, and found levels hundreds of times above normal in places like Portland OR, Fresno CA, and Denver CO. The same places also had the highest levels of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 in the U.S. While elevated radiation levels were found in all parts of the country, it appears that the West Coast and Rocky Mountain states received the greatest amounts of Fukushima fallout.

Radiation in rainfall guarantees that humans will ingest a poisonous mix of chemicals. The rain enters reservoirs of drinking water, pastures where milk-giving cows graze, the soil of produce farms, and other sources of food and water.

Finally, how many people were harmed by Fukushima in the short term? Official studies have chipped away at the oft-repeated claim that nobody died from Fukushima. Last month brought the news that 573 deaths in the area near the stricken reactors were certified by coroners as related to the nuclear crisis, with dozens more deaths to be reviewed. Another survey showed that births near Fukushima declined 25% in the three months following the meltdowns. One physician speculated that many women chose to deliver away from Fukushima, but an increase in stillbirths remains as a potential factor. In British Columbia, the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome deaths was 10 in the first three months after Fukushima, up from just one a year before.

On December 19, 2011, we announced the publication of the first peer-reviewed scientific journal article examining potential health risks after Fukushima. In the 14 week period March 20 – June 25, 2011, there was an increase in deaths reported to the CDC by 122 U.S. cities. If final statistics (not available until late 2014) confirm this trend, about 14,000 “excess” deaths occurred among Americans in this period.

We made no statement that only Fukushima fallout caused these patterns. But we found some red flags: infants had the greatest excess (infants are most susceptible to radiation), and a similar increase occurred in the U.S. in the months following Chernobyl. Our study reinforced Fukushima health hazard concerns, and we hope to spur others to engage in research on both short-term and long-term effects.

For years, the assumption that low-dose radiation doesn’t harm people has been used, only to fall flat on its face every time. X-rays to abdomens of pregnant women, exposure to atom bomb fallout, and exposures to nuclear weapons workers were all once presumed to be harmless due to low dose levels – until scientific studies proved otherwise. Officials have dropped their assumptions on theses types of exposures, but continue to claim that Fukushima was harmless.

Simply dismissing needed research on Fukushima health consequences because doses are “too low” is irresponsible, and contradictory to many scientific studies. There will most certainly be a fight over Fukushima health studies, much like there was after Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. However, we hope that the dialogue will be open minded and will use evidence over assumptions, rather than just scoffing at what may well turn out to be the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Joseph Mangano is an epidemiologist and Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.

Janette Sherman is an internist and toxicologist.


Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


US "senator" Urges Naval Blockade of Iran Oil: A Declaration of War on Iran

This prostitute for Obama, Pentagon, CIA already has been promised seat at the "underground table" where he believes he will ride out WWIII with his family, safe and sound along with other Obama "elites" who plan to "repopulate world" with "superior beings" like themselves, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and other mentally retarded rich

Press TV
03/10/2012

The chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee has put forward a proposal to impose an international naval blockade of Iran’s oil exports prior to any military strike against the country.


Christian fundamentalist Carl Levin wants to bring on Armageddon
In a Friday interview with Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, Democratic Senator Carl Levin said naval blockade of Iran is “one option that needs to be considered” in order to escalate pressure against the Islamic Republic.

He went on to say that alternative crude supplies should be ensured prior to any such naval siege, in an attempt to avert potential price hikes in the global crude market.

Iran is OPEC’s second oil producer and the world’s third major crude exporter.

Levin insisted that similar measures aimed at mounting pressure on Iran without engaging in a combat, including imposition of a “no-fly-zone,” could prove to be “very effective” and urged Tehran’s adversaries to explore such options.

The White House, however, has downplayed Levin’s remarks. A senior official at President Barack Obama’s administration says, "Our focus remains on a diplomatic solution, as we believe diplomacy coupled with strong pressure can achieve the long-term solution we seek.” 



There will be plenty more of this if Obama, Panetta, Clinton, Levin have their way

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

The US and the EU have used the pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions against Iran, while Washington and Tel Aviv have issued threats of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations.

Iran has repeatedly refuted the Western allegations regarding its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Tehran has promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.


ASH/AZ/MA 



Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.



Saudi Arabia Must End Occupation of Bahrain

Tottering, decadent, apostate Saudi regime next in line for well deserved Arab Spring, their mercenaries have killed hundreds of protesters in Bahrain

PRESS TV
03/10/2012

In Bahrain, hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to demand an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty. 

Saudi mercenaries have killed and maimed hundreds of Bahrainis
Demonstrators also called for the immediate release of political prisoners and denounced the Bahraini dictatorship in.

Over the past year Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have carried out a brutal crackdown to crush the protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mohsen Saleh, professor at Lebanese University, to share his opinion on this issue.

The following is a transcript of the interview:

Press TV: Tell us in your perspective how the past year has unfolded in Bahrain?

Saleh: Of course the Bahrainis are marching fully- the people of Bahrain. This is the most and the greatest protest in the history of Bahrain. Some observers say all the Bahrainis united against, first the occupation of the Wahabi kingdom of Bahrain. 



Saudi Arabia's fat, Apostate Crown Prince Sultan smiles with Bahrain's King Hamad

Second, against this oligarchic family who is really trying to prove that the Bahrainis are discriminated against, shot at, imprisoned and circumscribed with all kinds of torture and torment.

This protest came as a historical point in the Bahraini history to get rid of these two powers and say we want to have freedom and we want to have equality and we want to have liberation of our country from all kinds of occupations whether on the respect of the regime and whether on the respect of the Saudi, Wahabi forces in Bahrain.



Bahrain victim of Saudi mercenaries displays what looks like shotgun blast injuries

And I guess now it is about time for those people who are open-minded about the human rights, to move to support the Bahrainis, to get rid of these two occupations.

Press TV: Breaking down the response to the uprising in Bahrain, there have been military tribunals, the fear tactics, the trial of medics and doctors and of course let’s not forget the brutal Saudi-backed crackdown on the peaceful protesters. 



Another Bahraini victim of Saudi mercenaries

Do you think all of the above have failed to dampen the resolve of those out on the streets demanding the fall of the Al Khalifa’s?

Saleh: Well I guess the Bahrainis with strong resilience and with stubborn resilience, I would say, will continue their march in order to achieve these goals-freedom and freedom of the prisoners and freedom from these occupations- and I guess now the human rights organizations in all over the world, they should observe what the Bahrainis want and support them. 



Saudis will never be forgiven for sending mercenaries into Bahrain to kill and torture protesters

And I guess it is about time the Bahrainis told the regime and the Saudis and the international community that these people are not a marginal group. The regime and the powers who are supporting this regime are a marginal group in the Bahrain society.

They are bringing people. Yesterday I heard some of the Bahrainis saying the Saudis were shooting at people to kill them and one of these protesters was killed by a Saudi fire gun. 



Bahraini democracy protesters will eventually prevail

And this proves for the Americans and the Westerners and unfortunately for the Arab awakening people that the Bahrainis will not be left alone for long time and the Bahrainis in these demonstrations said it clearly and decisively that we cannot abide by such constitution and rule and regime and we are going to continue in order to free all the prisoners and stop all these, I guess one of the backward styles of dealing with the peaceful protest.

And this is I guess one of the most significant revolutions because it is peaceful, united, the majority of the people against the regime and all the parties together went to the streets in order to prove to this king and to the international community that we are not a small party. We are the Bahraini people and we want back Bahrain from this oligarchic family and from the Saudis, Wahabis and from the dictatorship.

Press TV: As we are speaking to you now we have breaking news that Bahrainis forces have killed a 21 year old protester trying to get to Pearl Square. 

 

However, Bahraini civilians will never forgive/forget Saudi mercenary murders

Professor Saleh, what about the response to the legitimate demands of the people of Bahrain has received from Western nations, the US and Britain so to say who only seem to advocate human rights on a selective basis?

Saleh: Well unfortunately there was a kind of mission to Bahrain from the international human rights organizations to go to Manama the end of the week and they canceled this trip and all the committees consisted by this Bassiouni group and failed to prove that they are really searching for a human or humanitarian solution for the situation.

I guess they are helping -the international community-they are helping the regime but I guess now we have seen yesterday demonstrations in Baghdad and we will see demonstrations probably in some of the Arab world supporting the Bahrainis.

And now we are as I mentioned we have this new phase of this revolution after this demonstration and I guess the Bahraini regime will have to get under the order of these demonstrators to achieve or to give some freedom to the people. But I am not sure that the situation will going to end in soon time but I guess the Bahrainis will continue.

It is a matter of resilience, it is a matter of will and the Bahrainis have the will to continue and they are continuing and they are accelerating the situation and will finish from this regime I guess. 



 









AHK/JR

 
Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

Obama Plans More Middle East Wars, More Oil Land Invasions, Aquisition

Obama and crew will not stop until they are STOPPED by the American People

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Stephan Lendman
03/10/2012

Cheerled by America's major media scoundrels, war looks increasingly likely. Syria and Iran both are targeted.


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Imagine the potential catastrophic consequences, especially if nuclear weapons are used. They were before. Why not now. The prospect's chilling. In his Der Ring des Nibelungen operas (the Ring), Richard Wagner portrayed his apocalyptic version musically. Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) prophesied the end of the world. 


Einstein suggested it, saying he didn't know what WW III weapons would be used, "but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." 

Around the same time, Bertrand Russell warned: 

"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war" and live in peace. The stark choice is clear. The wrong one suggests consequences too grim to imagine. 

It's terrifying to imagine nuclear bunker-buster bombs used against underground targets. Whatever the physical damage, irradiating vast areas could kill millions, and set a precedent to keep using them like king-sized hand grenades. 

A 13,600-kilogram bunker-buster's being developed. Called “the massive ordnance penetrator,” allegedly it can smash through 65 meters of reinforced concrete before detonating.


Panetta's new 30,000 pound MOP bunker-buster bomb
Defense Secretary Panetta said work on an array of military options are being considered if sanctions don't curb Iran's nuclear program. He added they've been underway "a long time," and Washington's “weighing all of the ramifications of how best to deal with Iran.” 


It's hard imagining the mindset of hawkish policy makers. Grave consequences aren't considered, let alone waging permanent wars against nonbelligerent countries threatening no one. 

Yet Obama's fulfilling Dick Cheney's promise about wars not ending in our lifetime. Former CIA Director James Woolsey said America's "engaged in World War IV, and it could continue for years....This fourth world war, I think, will last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II did for us." 

In his September 11, 1990 joint session of Congress speech, GHW Bush called it a "New World Order" ahead of Operation Desert Storm. 

In its 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the Pentagon called it the "long war." It rages daily for unchallenged world dominance, no matter the potentially devastating consequences. 

Obama Targets Syria 

On March 7, Defense Secretary Panetta and Joint Chiefs head General Martin Demsey told the Senate Armed Service Committee that Pentagon officials were preparing war plans on Syria at Obama's request.


Insane Obama, crew believe they can survive nuclear war 
underground
Last month, stopping barely short of declaring war, Obama condemned Assad, demanded he step down, and urged international intervention without saying how. 

On February 24, The New York Times "Syria's Horrors" editorial called for "a strategy to end the killing," and said world leaders have to "try harder." 


As a result, war seems more likely. Washington wants more international support. So far, Obama's shy about acting unilaterally. Syria's not Libya. In 2012, Global Firepower.com ranked its military strength 35th globally. 

Its force strength numbers over 300,000 with 450,000 in reserve. It has thousands of tanks, artillery pieces, cruise and other sophisticated missiles, including S-300s able to "deflect a possible attack by NATO or the US and EU."


Obama, Panetta, Clinton brought war to Syria
There's much more as well, including hundreds of ships and aircraft. In a showdown, most Syrians back Assad against Washington, other Western countries and Israel. 

Global Firepower ranks Iran number 12. Its active military strength numbers 545,000 with 650,000 more in reserve. 


Its weapons arsenal is huge and sophisticated. Like Syrians, its people back Ahmadinejad against foreign attack. 

When externally threatened, most populations support their government. It's all they've got, especially against menacing forces, and they know it. Washington menaces humanity. Syrians and Iranians understand. 

Earlier and now, Assad expressed willingness to negotiate to end violence. His overwhelmingly approved constitution offers hope for change. Washington, Britain, France, other rogue NATO partners, and regional despots want none of it. 

On March 9, opposition Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) representative Hadi Abdullah said:


Obama War Whore: Alzheimers ridden coward John McCain
"We reject any dialogue while tanks shell out towns, snipers shoot our women and children and many areas are cut off from the world without electricity, communications or water." 

In fact, Western-backed killer gangs bear responsibility for months of violence. Western nations and regional allies supplied them with powerful weapons and training. 


US, UK and French intelligence and special forces operate covertly. In Homs, dozens of French soldiers were captured. 

Assad's more victim than villain. Violence would stop today if Washington called off its dogs. Instead, it rages out-of-control. Assad's unfairly blamed. The world heads perilously toward more. 

On March 9, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said: 

"We cannot agree with the draft resolution in the form it is being presented in today. The text of the resolution under discussion is unbalanced." 

"Its main problem is the absence of a simultaneous call on all sides to take practical steps in the context of ceasing fire." 

Earlier Gatilov said: 

“We continue complex consultations in NYC on the ‘Syrian’ resolution with the aim of reaching the text addressing equal demands for both parties.”


Assad, Ahmadinejad close to alliance against U.S.
“We will not agree with any UN Security Council resolution on Syria containing clues for use of force against the country. Ambiguities are unacceptable." 

China's UN envoy Li Baodong said Beijing's "firmly opposed to the use of force to solve the Syrian problem and resolutely opposes pushing for forced regime change in Syria, as it violates the United Nations Charter and the basic norms guiding the practice of international relations." 


Nonetheless, John McCain's call for bombing Syria may attract more Washington support for direct intervention. He's the ranking Republican Armed Services Committee member. Last year, he was among the first in Congress for attacking Libya. It got traction. It may again followed by Iran. 

New York Times Warmongering: Scoundrel Journalism 101 

On March 5, its editorial headlined "Iran, Israel and the United States," saying: 

"Iran’s nuclear appetites are undeniable, as is its malign intent toward Israel, toward America, toward its Arab neighbors and its own people. Israel’s threats of unilateral action have finally focused the world’s attention on the danger." 

Fact Check 

Iran threatens no one. Washington, Israel, its neighbors, and Times editors know it. They lied about Tehran's nonexistent threat and peaceful nuclear program. It complies fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions. Washington long ago abandoned them. Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel ignores them.


Obama getting an "atta-BOY" from boss, mentor nutcase Netanyahu
Stopping short of urging war, Times editors legitimized Israel waging one unless Tehran proves a negative impossible for any nation. A decade ago, Saddam couldn't show nonexistent WMDs didn't exist. War followed. 

Judith Miller played the lead role. 


Her daily feature front page Pentagon handouts smoothed the way for destroying the cradle of civilization. Are Syria and Iran next? 

America's "newspaper of record" bears major responsibility for millions of post-9/11 lives lost. No matter, it urges more. It says neither Israel or Tehran should doubt Obama's resolve "to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon" it has no intention to develop. 

Netanyahu: A Regional Menace 

Haaretz took note several times, including in a March 9 editorial headlined, "Israel must not bind itself to Netanyahu's vulgar rhetoric on Iran," saying: 

"Anyone who cares about Israel's future could not help but feel a chill upon hearing Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech at the AIPAC conference - if not because of the gravity of the existential threat it described, then because of its sheer vulgarity and bad taste."


Iranian missiles
In fact, Israel faces no threat, existential or otherwise. Moreover, invoking the Holocaust and rhetorical gimmicks long ago wore thin. 

They don't wash but get repeated ad nauseam because media scoundrels regurgitate them. 



Every Netanyahu speech gives them red meat to appear legitimate: "kitsch and death, threats and vows, warnings and rebukes of the entire world." 

"The spine-chilling fear is that one day" we'll discover too late we've been had. It won't be the first time, but challenging two formidable adversaries may extract a price greater than Israel, the region and beyond can pay. At that point, it's too late. 

Nonetheless, Netanyahu suggested attacking Iran's possible in months, saying: 

"We're not standing with a stopwatch in hand. It's not a matter of days or weeks, but also not of years. The result must be removal of the threat of nuclear weapons in Iran's hands." 

"I hope there won't be a war," he added, but strongly suggests Israel's ready to act jointly with Washington or alone. 

In fact, claiming an Iran nuclear threat and blaming Assad for Western-generated violence are red herrings. At issue is replacing independent regimes with pro-Western ones, and for Israel removing regional rivals. 

Don't expect America's "newspaper of record" or other major media scoundrels to explain. They march in lockstep cheerleading wars and their run-ups, no matter how much death, destruction and human misery they cause. 

The best way to hold them accountable is tune them out. Without audience numbers they'll wither and die. Imagine being free of them. Hopefully it's just a matter of time. 

A Final Comment 

On March 8, the Atlantic magazine published an Iran War Clock. Set at 10 minutes to midnight, it said odds are even that Washington and/or Israel will attack. A so-called panel of experts was chosen to predict future risks.


Silver lining:  Marines can now look forward to custom caskets this time around

They include a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, a Council on Foreign Relations senior vice president, a Deputy Head of Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, Haaretz's military correspondent, an anti-Iranian front group head, and others like them. 

Independent analysts were largely excluded. Names chosen include: 

Daniel Byman, Shahram Chubin, Golnaz Esfandiari, Azar Gat, Jeffrey Goldberg, Amos Harel, Ephraim Kam, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Matthew Kroenig, John Limbert, Valerie Lincy, James Lindsay, Marc Lynch, Gary Milhollin, Trita Parsi, Paul Pillar, Barry Rubin, Karim Sadjadpour, Kenneth Timmerman, Shibley Telhami, Stephen Walt, and Robin Wright. 

If no chance for war exists, the clock's set at 20 minutes to midnight. It moves closer by one minute increments for each added 5% risk. A 10% chance sets it at 18 minutes to midnight, five minutes before for 75%, and 10 minutes as now for 48%. 

Claiming impartially, it calls its assessment a collective "gut-check feeling." In January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock moved to five minutes to midnight. It was its first change since early 2010. In a statement it said at the time: 

"Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed." 

Given all now ongoing, risks appear greater. Rely on reputable analysts to assess what's coming. Currently there's good cause for alarm. 



This news bureau contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

America's Long AND Great Purge; Obama, Pentagon, Corporate Killer Cops Declare WAR on First Amendment, Protesters

Americans have had plenty of forewarning, must now take responsibility for procrastination

World News
By Dallas Darling
03/08/2012

"There was no evidence that any of us was acting as an agent of a foreign power. What we were doing was carrying out our responsibility as citizens of the United States, expressing our opinions and doing everything within the law to make this a better country. If we think our country is doing something wrong, it is a duty as an American to raise our voices."(1) -Ed Haase.


Iconic image of Occupy protester getting shot in face by pigs
After returning from Nicaragua in 1985, having covered the Sandinista Revolution and recent elections, including the devastating U.S.-backed Contra war, Ed Hasse, a radio journalist, was detained by Miami Customs agents. After enduring hours of intense questioning and intimidation, his notes, personal diary, and address book, all of which had been copied by the FBI, were finally returned. Ed Haase and his news stories about Nicaragua were censored by the news company he worked for and much of the mainstream press. Ed Haase eventually relocated to Cuba to write and announce for Radio Havana Cuba.

In 1989, Jennifer Cosolo, an American citizen, was arrested in El Salvador. She had been targeted for quite some time, since she was a Church of the Brethren missionary activist serving peasant communities. Upon her arrest and imprisonment, the U.S.-backed and militarily funded El Salvadoran government accused her of arming El Salvador's landless peasants. Her arrest occurred during the "Final Offensive" in which paramilitary death squads and Salvadoran troops hunted and killed suspected labor activists and peasant rebels. Only with the aid of a U.S. Senator was Jennifer Cosolo released. Yet, her story of false arrests and torture were censored by the mainstream press in the U.S.


U.S. Marine Scott Olsen shot in face, almost killed by Oakland pigs
Before leaving to Guatemala, I came into contact with Robert, who was living in a half-way house and was still trying to recover from years of brutality. He had been arrested and imprisoned by the federal government. His crimes were challenging America's military tax codes and taking a hammer and peacefully hammering on the cover of nuclear silo. Having endured beatings and torture in federal prisons, Robert explained how the government viewed questioning unjust tax codes and confronting its war machine were worse offenses than either rape or murder. He admitted the state had "broken" him, that he was not the same, and that he was hoping to flee to Canada and settle there.(2)

Over the years, and through humanitarian relief efforts and political action campaigns to transform America's domestic and foreign policies, I have met dozens of people who were once U.S. citizens. They were only a few of the tens of thousands that have fled to other nations, such as Canada and Mexico. Most were at one time extremely idealistic about changing the U.S. and making it truly a land of equality and justice and where rights and freedoms were highly regarded and respected. Extremely educated and philosophical, many also pacifists, they became computer technicians, business owners, educators, superintendents, and news reporters in their new countries.


High on steriods and speed, Oakland, CA pigs loot Occupy camp

For many outside of the U.S. who find America's thinking irrational and its behavior abnormal, even deviant, they should understand that it has been experiencing a long and great purge for some time. America's Long and Great Purge might not be as dramatic as the Qing's Dynasty burying alive Confucian scholars, nor is it continually drilled into the public's imagination as is Stalin's Great Purge, where thousands of wealthy peasants were either imprisoned or killed. But America and Americans, some knowingly and most unknowingly, have undergone an Exodus, a mass migration, of hundreds of thousands of politically, economically and culturally diverse and brilliant individuals and groups.


Even Grandmother and Grandfather highly pissed off at pigs
In the early Twentieth Century, it was called the Red Scare. Thousands of labor activists, communists, pacifists, suffragettes, anarchists, socialists and newly arrived immigrants were arrested and deported, some even wrongly executed. In the 1950's, America's Long and Great Purge continued through the machinations of McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Again, thousands of people were falsely arrested, fired from their jobs, some even wrongly executed. The wars in Vietnam and the dozens of other conflicts, including current ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have forced tens of thousands of U.S. citizens to seek a better life elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the State continues to bolster its "security" and purging apparatuses. Law enforcement agencies falsely arrest and imprison pacifists, activists, diverse economists and peaceful protesters. Intelligence organizations spend billions of dollars funding massive surveillance campaigns and to disrupt and suppress information. Those who challenge U.S. domestic and foreign policies are either utterly censored or undergo character assassinations. Federal agencies like the FBI, CIA, State Department, National Security Council, the U.S. military, and wealthy private conservative groups, control every main institution and are instruments of information and behavioral control.


Tested in Iraq:  Sonic weapon now being deployed in American cities
Reports that local authorities worked closely with Homeland Security, the CIA, the FBI and the State Department in monitoring and disrupting peaceful protest movements, even targeting and arresting certain Occupy Wall Street activists, should raise alarm bells as to the abusive powers inherited in both state and federal governments. When Michael Avery, a professor of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, recently challenged a campus-wide drive to send care packages for U.S. troops stationed overseas, warning that academic institutions are becoming militarized in their support of men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings, he was placed on administrative leave.

Stalin's Great Purge and programs to collectivize farms, including arresting and killing those who challenged his policies, led to a terrible famine that killed millions. His ruthless policies and "show trials" not only forced some in the Soviet Union to relocate, but it purged thinking and creativity regarding the dynamics of Soviet political, economic and social life. Fearing imprisonment or loss of employment over being deemed unpatriotic or disloyal, many writers, war heroes, labor activists, managers, teachers, and ordinary citizens remained quiet and passive. The purges left a vacuum of leadership, organizational skills, intellectualism and innovation in most organizations.

Stalin's Great Purge and his efforts to homogenize the Soviet people came back to haunt him and his country. America's Long AND Great Purge is also coming back to haunt the U.S. with a vengeance. The suppression and elimination of creative dissent, enlightened thinking, innovative solutions, and open debate is giving rise to a destructive and dystopian society. Unless global humanitarians and pacifists and diverse political and economic idealists are included in domestic and foreign decision-making processes, a famine will continue to ravage America's collective mind, spirit and soul. Someday, it might even turn into a severe and deadly famine of the land.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Gelbspan, Ross. Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central American Movement. Boston, Massachusetts: South End Press, 1991., p. 28.

(2) For more information regarding inmates in correctional facilities being tortured, see "Torture allegations Prison North Carolina" at www.allvoices.comhttp://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/10910956-torture-allegations-in-north-carolina-prison. The article begins: "The warden of North Carolina's Central Prison, Warden Gerald J. Branker has retired amid allegations of torture of inmates. The Associated Press first reported a situation on Monday that a June 2011 review by the N.C. Department of Correction found that inmates with serious mental disorders were often isolated for weeks, sometimes nude, in cells puddled with human waste. Gov. Bev Perdue later called the conditions 'unacceptable.'" The article is worth reading in its entirety.


Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

CIA Uses Fake Vaccination Program in Pakistan, U.S. and Medicinal Militarism

Beyond disgusting; CIA scum should be forcibly injected, quarantined to see exactly what they shot-up innocent Pakistan/Afghan children with and then executed

World News
By Dallas Darling
03/08/2012

As more reports fester in the already infectious and contagious sores of the Global War On Terrorism, namely that the CIA used a Pakistani doctor to help track Osama bin Laden by setting up a fake polio vaccination program, it appears the United States will have to change its modus operandi from "Search and Destroy Missions" to "Search and Vaccinate, and then Destroy, Missions," or Medicinal Militarism.


Alleged Smallpox being spread overseas by U.S. forces
InterAction, a coalition of American non-government organizations, claims the U.S. and CIA used foreign aid workers and a Pakistani doctor to track bin Laden by establishing a fake polio vaccination program in the region where it was suspected that he was living. The goal was to not only gather information from unsuspecting parents who brought their children to be vaccinated, but to try and extract DNA samples from bin Laden's relatives.

Edward Jenner, an English country physician who first discovered the use of vaccinations to combat one of humankinds most ancient enemies, infectious diseases and viruses, believed doctors and scientists could improve people's lives and relieve the suffering of others. In Europe alone and in the century in which he lived, over 60 million people had experienced painful and horrible deaths from smallpox.

Surprisingly, Jenner's discovery that improved the quality of life for millions was attacked by political and religious ultraconservatives and militarists. Ultraconservatives denounced vaccinations as humankind's interference with the ways of God. Militarists believed such funding and experimentation were a waste of time. Instead, they believed the strength of a nation was in developing deadly weapons technologies and manufacturing wars.


Child being forcibly vaccinated with... what?
Fortunately, such vociferous anti-vaccination, anti-human ideologies and societies were gradually surmounted. Other inoculations would soon be developed, like the polio vaccination which has also improved the quality and "equality" of life for millions. But it appears there are still contagious and deadly ideologies in the U.S. and CIA, sinister militarists and ultraconservatives that have joined forces with doctors and medicines.

In 1993, the Bush Sr. Clinton Administrations initiated Civex '93. It was the codename of a secret exercise in which military strategists and doctors started to work jointly in building modern, government and military-owned pharmaceutical facilities. These military-pharmaceutical facilities would produce vaccines for biodefense, since there was no "commercial interest" in such inoculations at the time.(1)

Still, military officials added that the burgeoning research into recombinant bacteria and viruses raised the threat of new kinds of weapons. Since then, at least six sites have been used to produce a number of "military" vaccinations. Meanwhile, military officials, Army and civilian doctors and scientists battled over who would actually control the merger of medicines and militarism.(2) Military strategists in the Pentagon, of course, won.


Pakastani/Afghan children being used as experimental laboratory rats
For years, and unknown to many U.S. citizens and much of the world, the Pentagon has been in the business of "peace-time" vaccination programs against biowarfare agents. The nation's armed forces have also inoculated personnel stationed in "high threat" areas or who were assigned to units that would be mobilized first in a crisis. As the Pentagon stockpiles more vaccinations, it also stockpiles information and DNA from unsuspecting patients, patients who trust doctors but that may be working for the Pentagon.

Due to the secrecy surrounding the Pentagon's development of Medicinal Militarism, it is difficult to ascertain what the information and human DNA samples are, or will be, used for. Using doctors and a fake polio vaccination program in Pakistan to seek out and destroy bin Laden is chilling enough, let alone the use of many other covert and militarized vaccination programs that have been utilized in the U.S. and around the world.

In 1996, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director of the World Health Organization, which has also just condemned the CIA's and Pentagon's Medicinal Militarism vaccination program in Pakistan, declared: "We stand on the brink of a global crisis in infectious diseases. No country is safe from them. No country can any longer afford to ignore their threat."(3) Humankind now faces another infectious disease: Medicinal Militarism.

It even gives new meaning to the old adage of "any means necessary," that is, to "any vaccination necessary." Sadly, vaccinations that are used to seek and then destroy.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Miller, Judith and Stephen Engelberg and William Broad. Germs: Biological Weapons And America's Secret War. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Publishers, 2001., p. 138, 139.

(2) Ibid., p. 139.

(3) Moore, Pete. Germs: Rogue Diseases Of The Twenty-First Century. London: Carlton Books Limited, 2001., p. 1.


Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


Clash with Iran could see use of huge, new U.S. bomb : REUTERS

Here the Reuters propaganda bureau presents another "first strike" to further desensitize Americans to war with Iran; Panetta now associated forever with 30,000 pound bomb, joins official War Criminals on list

Reuters
03/09/2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

A 30,000-pound (13,600-kg) bunker buster bomb designed to smash through some 200 feet of concrete before exploding is a "great weapon" that could be used by U.S. forces in a clash with Iran over its nuclear program, an Air Force general said on Thursday.


MOP
Lieutenant General Herbert Carlisle, Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, said the massive ordnance penetrator, which the military began receiving only last year, is part of the U.S. arsenal available for strikes against countries like Iran, which has some buried nuclear facilities.

"The massive ordnance penetrator is a great weapon. We are continuing to improve that. It has great capability now and we are continuing to make it better. It is part of our arsenal and it will be a potential if we need it in that kind of scenario," Carlisle told a conference on U.S. defense programs.

The Pentagon has begun working on military options if sanctions and diplomacy fail to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon.


Panetta feigns concern before cameras, joins war criminals on list
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal in an interview on Thursday that planning had been going on "for a long time."

Major powers are increasingly concerned about Iran's nuclear enrichment program, which they view as an attempt to build an atomic weapon. But Tehran says it is meant for peaceful energy production.

Israel also is worried about potential for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Washington this week that time was running out for diplomacy and sanctions.

"HELL OF A BIGGER IMPACT"


Panetta, who has said diplomacy and sanctions should be given more time, told the National Journal he did not think Israel had decided whether to order a high-risk raid on Iran's nuclear sites.


The people responsible for bomb; archive this image for use in court proceedings

He said the United States was committed to preventing Iran from acquiring atomic weapons and would have a greater impact than Israel if it decided force was necessary.

"If they decided to do it there's no question that it would have an impact, but I think it's also clear that if the United States did it we would have a hell of a bigger impact," Panetta said.

The tough rhetoric from the Pentagon came despite President Barack Obama's effort this week to tamp down "loose talk" and "bluster" about possible military action, saying there was still an opportunity for diplomacy.


Ready-made practice target for new 30,000 pound bomb; bulls-eye included

Carlisle also told the Credit Suisse-McAleese defense conference that a conflict with Syria or Iran could see U.S. military operations influenced by new tactical thinking at the Pentagon known as Air-Sea Battle.

That approach aims to take advantage of highly networked and integrated U.S. forces.

Carlisle said the tactics focus on operating in multiple domains, from air and sea to space and cyberspace, while networking and integrating information from the different areas, like satellites and sensors on stealth fighters and unmanned aircraft.

"There's a space capability, there's a cyber capability, there's fifth-generation, low-signature force capability," he said.

"All those things are on the table and being thought about as we do this operational planning," Carlisle added, noting that Syria and Iran have developed significant defenses aimed at keeping potential attackers at a distance, a strategy Air-Sea Battle was designed to circumvent.

Carlisle said cyberspace could be a factor in a conflict with the two countries.

"All of the leadership has said nothing is off the table with respect to what we would employ and use," he said.

Reporting By David Alexander; Editing by Xavier Briand; Desking by Eric Walsh

Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The 5th Estate.

Images:  Google royalty free unless otherwise attributed.


This news site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

 photo
Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

 photo
STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

 photo capitalism_zpsah78uy5p.jpg
We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

 photo TAMIFLU_small_zpssojx6okt.jpg
THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 photo WHO02_zpsplmhtlpr.jpg
The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

READ MORE >>

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

READ MORE >>