Thursday, April 12, 2012

U.S. Military, Obama Regime War Criminals Contemplate "New" Illegal War Plan for Afghanistan

Nothing new here, "new war plan" mirror copy of situation/U.S. remedy in Vietnam:  So much for history lessons at War College and brain-dead U.S. Generals that can't read/retain lessons of past - or perhaps they can:  Another Obama propaganda piece by AP, who backed Nixon in the Vietnam debacle; Afghans want this about as much as hole in head, which Taliban will be providing in short order, just as NVA did to ARVN

Associated Press
By Kiberly Dosier
04/12/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw.


Replace Saigon with Obama, Vietcong with Taliban
While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls of special operators would become the leading force to help Afghans secure the large tracts of territory won in more than a decade of U.S. combat. They would give the Afghans practical advice on how to repel attacks, intelligence to help spot the enemy and communications to help call for U.S. air support if overwhelmed by a superior force.

If approved by the administration, the pared-down structure could become the enduring force that Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak indicated Tuesday at the Pentagon that his country needs, possibly long after the U.S. drawdown date of 2014.

McRaven's proposal amounts to a slimmed-down counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting the Afghan population as well as hunting the Taliban and al-Qaida. It's not the counterterrorist plan advanced by Vice President Joe Biden, which would leave Afghan forces to fend for themselves while keeping U.S. special operators in protected bases from which they could hunt terrorists with minimum risk, according to a senior special operations official reached this week.


Replay of history in Afghanistan, who will be on the last chopper out of the U.S. Embassy
 
Thousands of U.S. troops could remain in harm's way well after the end of combat operations in 2014, tasked with helping Afghans protect territory won by U.S. forces.

The special operations proposal was sketched out at special operations headquarters in Tampa, Fla., in mid-February, with Central Command's Gen. James Mattis and overall Afghanistan war commander Gen. John Allen taking part, according to several high-level special operations officials and other U.S. officials involved in the war planning. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal has not yet been presented to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or the White House.


Less than pleased:  Afghan special forces probably recognize this hair-brained scheme for total abortion it is

The Pentagon asked the top officials to draft proposals to present to the White House after NATO allies decide how large a force to keep in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official familiar with the administration's deliberations.

Leaders of NATO nations are to meet May 20-21 in Chicago to discuss the war, among other issues.


 Like the NVA, these old boys will probably show about the same amount of "restraint" dealing with Afghan Army and civilians after having the crap kicked out of them for over a decade

The Pentagon by September will draw down the 23,000 troops that remain from the surge of 33,000 troops sent to Afghanistan in 2010 to buy time for the Afghan military and government to build both the numbers and expertise necessary to defend and govern themselves. Plans for the remaining 68,000 troops in Afghanistan are not yet complete, but most U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.


Indeed, right back to the Taliban "Good Old Days"
Allen, the commander of forces in Afghanistan, has indicated he would like to keep as many troops on the ground for as long as possible. But with a solid majority of Americans now against the continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan and the sped-up departure of some of America's NATO allies from the war zone, the Obama administration is feeling some pressure toward a faster drawdown.

The McRaven plan could provide a way to shrink troop numbers quickly without leaving a security vacuum as U.S. troops depart, as has happened in Afghanistan before when NATO forces left an area.

"This is the least bad option," said retired Marine Col. T.X. Hammes, senior fellow at the National Defense University and longtime critic of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. "It's probably the smartest thing we could do to keep the Afghan government functioning long enough to safely withdraw."

In the back-of-the-envelope version of the strategy, a couple thousand special operators, like Navy SEALs and the Army's Delta Force, would keep working with Afghan special forces to raid terrorist targets, the senior special operations official explained.

U.S. commanders would seek to keep the same number of defense intelligence troops in country to feed data to the smaller force and would also rely heavily on the CIA for intelligence, while an as-yet-undetermined number of conventional forces would provide everything from air to logistical support to keep all the special operations teams running, officials said.


Taliban have killed/will continue to kill CIA until they leave
Some two-thirds of the roughly 6,000-strong special operations force would head to Afghanistan's rural towns and villages to advise inexperienced Afghan forces. This would include expanding the Village Stability Operations program in Afghan villages, in which special operators help what is essentially an Afghan government-backed armed neighborhood watch to keep the peace.

Reliance on the program already had forced it to grow so quickly, however, that U.S. commanders had put regular military forces into some of the sites. That is how Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a regular soldier with no prior Afghanistan experience, ended up at one of the sites. He stands accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers in a shooting spree last month.

U.S. officials say they will take more care with selecting who gets deployed into such sensitive and remote posts in the future.

The commanders building the new team also would draw heavily from the group known as "Afghan Pakistan hands," the 700-plus force of troops and civilians given months of extra language training in Pashtu, Dari or Urdu, the three main languages of Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials say. Around 50 of the "hands" are deployed to the Village Stability Operations to serve as translators, both of language and culture, between special operations troops, Afghan government officials and local villagers.

The insider knowledge of both the "hands" group and the special operators with multiple Afghan tours is intended to minimize the chance of further antagonizing Afghans and driving them to support the Taliban.

U.S.-Afghan relations have been strained in the past year, exacerbated by the killings of at least 16 U.S. and NATO troops by their Afghan allies in recent months, the inadvertent burnings of Qurans by U.S. troops in January and the shootings of the 17 Afghan villagers. Afghan President Hamid Karzai initially asked that the U.S. retreat from rural areas.


Training Afghan Army most likely looks like this, demonstrated by Iraqi recruits


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Corrupt, Bloated, Despotic "Royal" Saudi Regime Dying Out : Videos

Small wonder - all those million dollar prostitutes can run up a huge tab, even for these apostate animals:  Guess where your gas money is going, America, next time you fill 'er up

PRESS TV
04/11/2012

Evidence suggests that Saudi Arabia's current ruling structure is on its last legs and that the leading configuration in the kingdom will undergo two changes in the course of the next year.


Prostitute bills too high even for these "royal" women abusers
The senior members of the Saudi royal family are looking increasingly frail, read an article run by the Foreign Policy magazine on Tuesday.

This week, 89-year-old King Abdullah presided over the council of ministers’ meeting from his own palace in the capital Riyadh instead of traveling to the council’s building.



According to speculations, nearly-78-year-old Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz’s cancer, probably leukemia, has also returned after a respite of several years.

Nayef left the country one month ago for Morocco, but ended up in the US for "routine" medical tests. The state news agency said on Wednesday that he has returned to the kingdom.

According to the article, in the current situation, 76-year-old Prince Salman bin Abdel Aziz, who was appointed minister of defense in November after the death of the then Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, has assumed the role of leadership.


Saudi "royals" plan to execute 25 Indonesian maids who can testify to abuse, rape, killings of Indonesian women to cover-up their crimes

Saudi newspapers have been filled, over the recent weeks, by reports and photos of Salman visiting military units across the country.


This bloated, necrotic, woman killer on the way out
Even if Salman becomes the king, there is no certainty that he will reign for long given his old age and evidence pointing to his poor health condition. He has had at least one stroke and photographs suggest that his left arm does not function as well as his right one.

It seems that the world's largest oil exporter and a leader in the Arab world might still be a long way from political stability, said the piece.


The prospect of Salman’s succession to the crown is vague and the question of who should accede to the throne after him, even more so, it added. In the interim, it is easy to predict an increasingly open rivalry between the sons of Abdullah, Nayef, and Salman.

The piece concluded that, given the unrest in Syria, chaos in Yemen, and diplomatic pressures on Iran, the uncertainty regarding Saudi Arabia’s immediate future is deteriorating the situation in the Middle East.

The current monarch is, meanwhile, infuriated over Washington’s refusal to share with him its views on Iran. 

MYA/AS/HN











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DALLAS DARLING : Obama, Women, City Hunger and Animal Terror

Many will look back fondly at the relatively good economic times of 2012  - as they contemplate suicide while living in a tent or on the street, eating their one meal of the day:  A can of Little Friskies

World News
By Dallas Darling
04/11/2012

After listing a litany of major crises facing America, like the rise in unemployment and homelessness, predatory lending practices and the rapid increase in student debt and home foreclosures, forty-seven million people without health insurance and adequate healthcare while the government continues to fund tax-breaks for corporations and the wealthy, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that were leaving a generation of veterans physically and mentally and emotionally impaired, then- Senator Barack Obama asked the throng of people if they were "hungry for change." In the midst of erupting applauses and chants of "We want Change!", he exclaimed: "There are some who say I am not tough enough...too skinny...but remember I am a kid from the mean streets of Chicago. When I am president, there will be a fair economy for all!"


Obama could care less about homeless kids, women, elderly
With the recent announcement that now-President Obama is leading in polls among women voters, and that he wants to help working women fight discrimination in the workplace and juggle the demands of motherhood, it must be remembered that economic recessions and depressions, including perpetual wars and lengthy military occupations, for all time take their highest toll on women. Still, today women only earn seventy-five percent of what their male counterparts make. In the work place, eighty-five percent of all sexual harassment charges and investigations deal with women. Therefore, women's issues of gender equality should always be on the forefront of every presidential administration and congressional legislation. This is particularly true for a male-dominated society, one recently displayed by the Supreme Court.


Clinton set for life, oblivious to homeless plight
At the same time, "Street" narratives have always been important in America. Obama's presidency and Occupied Wall Street Movements have again revived "Main Street" and "Wall Street" narratives. But there is a third "street" story: "Home Street." After the economic crash of 1929, Meridel Sueur writes, "I am sitting in the city free employment bureau. It's the woman's section. We have been sitting here now for four hours. We sit here everyday waiting for a job. There are no jobs." She continues, "Most of us have had no breakfast. Some have had scant rations for over a year. Hunger makes a human being lapse into a state of lethargy, especially city hunger. Is there any place else in the world where a human being Is supposed to go hungry amidst plenty with out an outcry, without protest, where only the boldest steal or kill for bread, and the timid crawl the streets..."
 

Even enraged elderly beginning to strike back at tormentors
Meridel then records, "We sit looking at the floor. No one dares think of the coming winter. Everyone is anxious to get to work to lay up something for that long siege of bitter cold. But there is no work. Sitting in the room we all know it. That is why we don't talk much. We look at the floor dreading to see that knowledge in each other's eyes. There is a kind of humiliation in it. We look away from each other. We look at the floor. It's too terrible to see this animal terror in each other's eyes." For women, animal terror is a horrific experience. It carries with it fatal consequences. For Meridel and millions of other women, it meant providing for her children while her husband was away looking for work, some who never returned. It meant the likely possibilities of being robbed, of being beaten, even raped. For others, it was meeting "strange men in the park" for a few cents.


U.S. prisons packed with innocent, making profits
Economic depressions and recessions, especially male-dominated ones, always bring out city hunger and animal terror, for they are a part of humankinds primordial nature. Cataclysmic and terrifying situations, like unemployment, sexism and war, causes intense psychological fear and extreme worry. They encourage some people to do unimaginable things, to commit terrible atrocities. City hunger gives rise to an environment where only the boldest steal or kill for food, a kind of unnatural selection. And while the respectable and civil crawl the streets, animal terror commits instinctual and aggressive acts, much like a rabid dog that terrorizes a neighborhood, or "Home Street." Meridel described this kind of city hunger and animal terror like "sitting inside a wire cage," like "the beak of a terrible bird at the vitals."


Endless wars on "terror" emptied U.S. Treasury
City hunger, animal terror, wire cages, and the beak-of-a-terrible-bird-at-the-vitals are occurring across America. In my small community, an Iraqi war veteran just went on a killing rampage, experienced animal terror, by stabbing his ex-fiance multiple times with a hunting knife. A few feet from her body lay one of her sons, also stabbed to death. Her other son, a fifteen-year-old paraplegic, was "gutted," a hunting/military term denoting ripping open someone and removing their organs. Economic depressions, recessions and perpetual wars always increase domestic violence. They force some to exist with only a code of animal terror. Others are left inside a cage, waiting-for-the-beak-of-a-terrible-bird-at-the-vitals. Four days earlier, the young woman tried to get protective orders against the perpetrator, but there was confusion between law enforcement and magistrates, chaos.


Tens of thousands of break-ins, hostage takings, and threats occur each day. They are easily overlooked by a male-dominated society, just as signs of physical and verbal abuse are. They are painlessly dismissed, at least for magistrates, law enforcement officials, commanders-in-chiefs, and politicians who order civilians to participate in endless military occupations. Again, economic recessions and depressions and war are specifically harsh on women, including female veterans. Women veterans too have suffered enormous emotional, mental and physical impairments. Some have turned to drugs and alcohol to escape. Others have become homeless-more than doubling in the last six years. They suffer in silence, as do female veterans who have experienced unemployment and have lost custody of their children, and those who were sexually assaulted while in the military.




President Obama is correct in saying women's issues have been oversimplified, for millions of women still sit in steel cages. From Wall Street to Main Street to Home Street, they live in fear of city hunger, animal terror, and of waiting-for-the-beak-of-a-terrible-bird-at-the-vitals, all of which have been embedded in organizations and institutionalized. A fair economy would be one of no more women's shelters, no more bread lines or unemployment lines, and no more male-dominated city hunger and animal terror.

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.

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The Fuel Pools of Fukushima : THE GREATEST SHORT-TERM THREAT TO HUMANITY - Videos

Lies and cover-up by Obama criminal regime, Japanese government and their lying shill Yukio Edano unravelling; real radiation fallout numbers slowly, FINALLY leaking out

Washington's Blog
04/09/2012

Global Research Editor's Note:

This detailed report by our Contributor Washington Blog must be read very carefully.

The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as "a nuclear war without a war".

Nuclear radiation --which threatens life on planet earth-- is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities. 

The implications of this report must be understood. Public opinion worldwide must be informed so that meaningful actions can be taken without delay in support of the Japanese teams.

Spread the word. Forward this report far and wide. Post it on Facebook.

It is essential to put pressure at all levels of government, nationally and internationally to take all actions necessary to avert an impending catastrophe, which in a very real sense threatens the future of humanity. 


Michel Chossudovsky, April 9, 2012

"Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel). It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet." (Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy)

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.We noted in February:


Fukushima Reactor #4
Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.

Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.

Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.

As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.

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Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while.

The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March.

Germany’s ZDF tv quotes nuclear engineer Yukitero Naka as saying:

If another earthquake occurs then the building [number 4] could collapse and another chain reaction could very likely occur.

(Unit 4 contains plutonium as well as other radioactive wastes.)

Mainchi reported on Monday:

The storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building has a total of 1,535 fuel rods, or 460 tons of nuclear fuel, in it. The 7-story building itself has suffered great damage, with the storage pool barely intact on the building’s third and fourth floors. The roof has been blown away. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside will overheat and explode, causing a massive amount of radioactive substances to spread over a wide area. Both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and French nuclear energy company Areva have warned about this risk.


Close-up of Reactor #4
A report released in February by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident stated that the storage pool of the plant’s No. 4 reactor has clearly been shown to be “the weakest link” in the parallel, chain-reaction crises of the nuclear disaster. The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be forced to evacuate.

Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi, who was appointed to the post of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s advisor on the nuclear disaster immediately after its outbreak, proposed the injection of concrete from below the No. 4 reactor to the bottom of the storage pool, Chernobyl-style.

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“Because sea water was being pumped into the reactor, the soundness of the structure (concrete corrosion and deterioration) was questionable. There also were doubts about the calculations made on earthquake resistance as well,” said one government source familiar with what took place at the time. “[F]uel rod removal will take three years. Will the structure remain standing for that long?

Asahi noted last month that - if Unit 4 pool gets a crack from an earthquake and leaks, it would be the end for Tokyo.

Kevin Kamps said last month:

Unit 4 storage pool… The entire building is listing including the pool. What they have is steel jacks underneath the pool to try to keep the floor from falling out or the pool from flipping over.

If that cooling water supply is lost, it will be just a few hours at most before that waste is on fire. 135 tons outside of any radioactive containment. They would be direct releases into the environment. 100% of cesium-137 could be released to the environment.


Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura – whose praises have been sung by Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S. Ambassadors Stephen Bosworth and Glenn Olds, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Goldman Sachs co-chair John C. Whitehead – notes:

The unit suffered enormous damage during the tsunami—a hydrogen explosion blew the roof off, leaving the highly radioactive fuel pool exposed to the open air. If another high level earthquake hits the area, the building will certainly collapse. Japanese and American meteorologists have predicted that such a strong earthquake is indeed likely to hit this year.

The meltdown and unprecedented release of radiation that would ensue is the worst case scenario that then-Prime Minister Kan and other former officials have discussed in the past months. He warned during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that such an accident would force the evacuation of the 35 million people in Tokyo, close half of Japan and compromise the nation’s sovereignty. Such a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable. Hiroshi Tasaka, a nuclear engineer and special adviser to Prime Minister Kan immediately following the crisis, said the crisis “just opened Pandora’s Box.”


The current Japanese government has not yet mentioned the looming disaster, ostensibly to not incite panic in the public. Nevertheless, action must be taken quickly. This website over the last year has published a running commentary from scientists explaining why Reactor 4 must be stabilized immediately, who might be able to accomplish such a task, and why the situation has largely gone unnoticed. We believe an independent, international team of structural engineers and other advisers must be assembled and deployed immediately. Mounting public pressure would force the Japanese government to take action. We hope these resources are helpful in educating the public about the crisis that we face.

As the eminent German physicist Dr. Hans-Peter Durr said ten months ago, if the spent fuel pool spills, we will be in a situation where science never imagined we could be.

Matsumura was told that if the fuel pool at unit 4 collapses or the water spills out, so much radiation will spew out for 50 years that no one will be able to approach Fukushima:

Even more dramatically, Matsumura writes:

Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375). 




I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods.

I received an astounding response from Mr. Alvarez [updated 4/5/12]:

In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.


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The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.




Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).


Fukushima City radiation measurements:  Japanese government attempting to restrict/ban imports and usage of real Geiger counters, tries to implement public acceptance of bogus radiation measuring devices, fake numbers, even going so far as to tell Japanese citizens that "Radiation is good for you" and "Smiling will protect against radiation."

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.


Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.

There was a Nuclear Security Summit Conference in Seoul on March 26 and 27, and Ambassador Murata and I made a concerted effort to find someone to inform the participants from 54 nations of the potential global catastrophe of reactor unit 4. We asked several participants to share the idea of an Independent Assessment team comprised of a broad group of international experts to deal with this urgent issue.

I would like to introduce Ambassador Murata’s letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to convey this urgent message and also his letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for Japanese readers. He emphasized in the statement that we should bring human wisdom to tackle this unprecedented challenge.

Ambassador Murata’s letter says:

It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

Anti-nuclear physician Dr. Helen Caldicott says that if fuel pool 4 collapses, she will evacuate her family from Boston and move them to the Southern Hemisphere. This is an especially dramatic statement given that the West Coast is much more directly in the path of Fukushima radiation than the East Coast.

Will humanity rise to the occasion, and figure out how to stabilize fuel pool number 4 before catastrophe strikes?

Or will modern civilization win a Darwin award for failing to pay attention to the real threats?










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HUNGER GAMES ON STAGE : The Guantanimo "Trials" Diversion

The disgusting spectacle that is Guantanamo Bay Cuba has fatally eroded any Obama claims to "Change" or the United States being a bastion of "Freedom"

Progressive Avenues
By Luke Hiken and Marti Hiken
04/10/2012

Americans are soon to be rewarded with the bizarre and inexplicable spectacle of watching Abd al Rahim al Nashiri be “tried” for treason before a “Military Commission” at our Guantanamo concentration camp in Cuba. Actually, we will not really “watch” the proceeding, since it is to take place behind closed doors, with the proceedings kept secret from the American people for “national security reasons.” Instead, we will read the propaganda reports issued by our secret police, who will provide us with their descriptions of what is happening in the “courtroom.” We will slowly watch Justice and the Constitution being carved up into little pieces, sliced, starved, mutilated, and finally, obliterated. It is the Pentagon’s twisted version of “The Hunger Games.”


Al Nashiri now nothing but an insane, burnt-out shell
It is an unnecessary show trial of a man who has been tortured, brutalized and beaten by prison guards for more than a decade. Why in the world would the military and President conduct this farce? Obama bows once again to the over-reaching demands of the Pentagon. Everyone knows that the Pentagon has no compunctions against simply killing our “enemies.” We already regularly drop unmanned bombs on civilian populations in several countries, merely apologizing for any “unreasonable casualties” who happen to be on the ground when our bombs fall. We send assassination squads around the globe to kill those individuals the President or his military owners don’t like. We eliminate cities at the whim of the President and our military. Why don’t they simply kill Nashiri, as they do with so many other prisoners we hold throughout the world? What do they accomplish with this absurd, Kafkaesque pretense at military justice in a Star Chamber proceeding?
 

Al Nashiri's brain has been destroyed by CIA interrogation, most likely the mental state (or non-state) of former CIA station chief of Beirut William Buckley (above), kidnapped, his mind emptied by non-stop interrogation by Russians and Cubans - among others - and tortured to death over the short span of a year in Beirut:  CIA agents would do well to put this picture in their wallets for frequent viewing and as a reminder of what awaits them

The only rational explanation for this latest atrocity is to intimidate and humiliate those who would oppose this government. Just as in the “Hunger Games,” by putting on this scripted trial of a man who has been tortured and brutalized to the point of insanity is to place Nashiri before the world to see how brutal and uninhibited we have become as a nation.

It is nothing short of a public hanging or lynching. Instead of a closed trial, the Pentagon might as well have a public execution, with concession stands, box seats and a raffle (or some type of betting system), as to how long it will take the victim to die. No rational person in the U.S. believes that this trial possesses a scintilla of truth or justice. The charade is like Obama’s wars throughout the Middle East -- unnecessary and inappropriate. Yet, the citizenry is no more capable of altering the course of his wars than it is of putting a stop to this lynching at Guantanamo.


Along with every other accused "terrorist" and their goats al Nashiri is accused of "masterminding" the bombing of the USS Cole, much like the Bali bombings of 2002

Of course, it will be surprising if Abd al Rahim al Nashiri participates in the Games at all – he and the American people will be absent. The American Bar Association will be there as will the National Institute of Military Justice; their bar cards lending credibility and dignity to the proceedings. The media will most likely be barred from attendance, although a few might be able to get in, so long as they adhere to the “party line.” The media’s efforts should be applauded, however, because they are making an attempt to challenge the government.


True justice would see Obama, Bush and the other war criminals of both regimes in these orange jumpsuits, overseen by their former captives

It is strikingly similar to what happens in concentration camps. “Enemy combatants” are rounded up, given no semblance of a trial, and exterminated after unbelievable horrors are heaped upon them while in custody. Given the Christian/Israeli fanaticism that dominates the Pentagon’s thinking and policies these days, it is appropriate that the “trial” be commenced during Easter and Passover. Only now, rather than being the Jews and the gypsies who will suffer it is the Arabs’ turn to die.

We live in the strangest of times – a time when two Constitutional lawyers, Obama and Holder become the Guardians of our very own, homegrown Hunger Games. If there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it lies in the fact that homicidal regimes, ones that play games with people’s lives, are ultimately overthrown and replaced by more honest leaders.










 
Marti Hiken is the director of Progressive Avenues. She is the former Associate Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and former chair of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force. She can be contacted at info@progressiveavenues.org, 415-702-9682.

Luke Hiken is an attorney who has engaged in the practice of criminal, military, immigration, and appellate law.

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

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