Thursday, October 31, 2013

NRC rubber stamped building a 3rd Unsafe “Economic” Nuke Plant in Detroit

Updated: 2013 November 07

Source Video: Fairewinds Energy Education

The Games Began in Monroe Michigan as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (NRC ASLB) started hearings on Detroit Edison’s “Fermi 3 Licensing Project”. Outgunned? Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen and the seven expert witnesses retained by the NRC staff and Detroit Edison agree that there was no Quality Assurance (QA) program in place for two years as required by federal law, but the seven industry experts say build it anyway! Damn the safety regulations; full speed ahead to the pork-barrel federal loan guarantees to build a one of a kind Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor. Listen as Maggie, Arnie, and host Nathaniel White-Joyal discuss the stacked deck on this week’s Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Strips Whistleblower Protection

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In sworn testimony in Monroe, Michigan, the NRC admitted that it has stripped whistleblower protection from the licensing of new nuclear power plants. By flip-flopping on what it means to be an applicant, the whistleblowers who are truly looking to protect the public health and safety are having their lives and livelihoods jeopardized. Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses what this means as utilities look for short cuts and cheaper ways to build new nukes.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ending Dependency on Large Energy Grids with Viable Solutions

A Road Less Taken – Energy Choices for the Future

A Road Less Taken: Energy Choices for the Future from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

This week Fairewinds' podcast compares the paradigm of 20th century large nuclear power plants to the new 21st century paradigm utilizing smaller interconnected renewable sources of power in what is called distributed generation. Significant advances in digital equipment and computers, like cell phones and cloud computing, are creating a new energy future using diverse sources of power that are less expensive and have a smaller environmental footprint. View "A Road Less Taken: Energy Choices for the Future", Arnie's presentation last week at Vermont's Johnson State College.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mainstream Journalists Expose 9/11 Cover Up

The aftermath of the 9/11 attack

By: Kevin Barrett
Story Source: Press TV

Several leading American mainstream journalists say that the US government is lying about 9/11 and the so-called war on terror. Unfortunately, media owners and editors won't let them report their findings.
Recently, Seymour Hersh, America's top mainstream investigative reporter, broke the news that the US government's claim to have killed Osama Bin Laden on May 2nd, 2011 is “a big lie. There is not one word of truth in it.”

Hersh went on to harshly criticize his long-time employer, the New York Times, and other big media outlets: “We lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” He said all big US media outlets should be shut down for lying to the American people.

Other mainstream journalists agree that the US government’s story of Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 is a big lie. Sherwood Ross, an award-winning journalist who has worked for the City News Bureau of Chicago, the Chicago Daily News, and for Reuters and other wire services, told me in a recent radio interview:

“It's very doubtful that Muslims were behind 9/11. Think about this for one minute: That President Bush's family had done business with the family of the man who allegedly made the terrorist attack, Osama Bin Laden. The Bin Laden family was actually on the board of Bush's oil company. How is it possible that of all the billions of families in the world, the one family that makes the attack on America has done business with the President of America. That sounds more like a favor than anything else. I don't think 9/11 was an Arab conspiracy or a Muslim conspiracy. I think it's an American conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States and install what is becoming a police state, and also to advance the imperial ambitions of the United States, to swindle the Middle East out of their energy resources.”

Ross explained that American journalists are no longer free to expose even the most outrageous official falsehoods and fabrications:

“You don't see any serious questioning by the mainstream media. I thought one of the tip-offs that it was a put-up job was when a cameraman from a little weekly in Pennsylvania went to the site where this airliner had supposedly crashed (on 9/11). And he said, 'I didn't see any airliner. I saw a hole in the ground. I didn't see any bodies. I didn't see any luggage.' All right, maybe that guy just made this up. But I don't think so. I think he was just doing his job. And then at the Pentagon, you had the claim that airliner hit it. But again, there was no wreckage. Reporters who worked in the Press Room at the Pentagon went out there on the lawn, and they couldn't see any airliner. So, over and over again, you have manufactured lies that the press largely is not reporting.”

I asked Ross whether he is allowed to express such views in his articles for the Miami Herald, the Chicago Daily News, or the wire services. He answered:

“Absolutely not. When I used to write for Reuters, covering workplace issues, for ten years, my columns were picked up from the New York Times to the L.A. Times. But if you write about 'why did 7 World Trade Center collapse when it wasn't hit by an airplane,' nobody will pick it up. So, now my columns are used on the Internet by bloggers, and they're used by Middle East wire services. I get phone calls from Press TV, and you can read my interviews there. But you won't see me quoted by the Associated Press.”

Another leading American journalist, Paul Craig Roberts, has also been banned from US mainstream media for telling the truth about 9/11. Dr. Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, won the French Legion of Honor and other awards for his contributions to economics, and has been a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other mainstream publications. But since he spoke out about the controlled demolitions of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11, Paul Craig Roberts has been put on the mainstream media's no-publish list.

In a recent interview on my radio show, Dr. Roberts explained why the US mainstream media, as Seymour Hersh said, lies about everything:

“One of the worst things that ever happened (to America) was when President Clinton allowed five companies to concentrate the American media. That destroyed its independence. And ever since Clinton permitted that, which was totally against all American tradition, and totally against the antitrust law ... but in the United States, as we've seen, law doesn't mean anything anymore. The minute these five conglomerates concentrated the media, the independence of the media disappeared. It's no longer run by journalists, it's run by corporate advertising executives. The value of these media conglomerates resides in their federal broadcast licenses. And so they can't dare offend the government. Their licenses may not get renewed, and the entire multi-billion-dollar value of the companies would disappear. So, the so-called mainstream media is no longer the media. It doesn't tell you anything. It's a propaganda ministry - the Ministry of Propaganda. Gerald Celente calls them 'presstitutes.'”

Rather than writing for the mainstream media, Paul Craig Roberts is now exposing the fake killing of Osama Bin Laden and deconstructing the 9/11 false-flag operation for an independent outlet called the Institute for Political Economy. In a recent article published on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Dr. Roberts wrote:

“The neoconservatives who advocate America’s hegemony over the world called for 'a new Pearl Harbor' that would allow them to launch wars of conquest ... No evidence exists that supports the government’s 9/11 story ... On this 12th anniversary of a false-flag event, it is unnecessary for me to report the voluminous evidence that conclusively proves that the official story is a lie. You can read it for yourself. It is available online. You can read what the architects and engineers (for 9/11 truth) have to say. You can read the scientists’ reports. You can hear from the first responders who were in the WTC towers. You can read the pilots who say that the maneuvers associated with the airliner that allegedly hit the Pentagon are beyond their skills and most certainly were not performed by inexperienced pilots. You can read David Griffin’s many books. You can watch the film produced by Richard Gage and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth. You can read the 9/11 Toronto Report, International Hearings on 9/11.”

But don't bother reading the mainstream media. As Seymour Hersh, Sherwood Ross, Paul Craig Roberts, and a rapidly growing number of ordinary Americans realize, the mainstream media's motto is now: “We lie about everything. Lying has become the staple.”

The government’s not demanding an investigation into an event that is the greatest embarrassment to a “superpower” in world history is a complete give-away that 9/11 was a false-flag event.

ReThink911: The Evidence Might Surprise You


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About: Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America's best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance, and author of the books Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). His website is:


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident - Ongoing Lessons

Source: Fairwinds Energy Education

About this Presentation:

This week Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen participated in two panel discussions in Boston and New York City entitled “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident: Ongoing Lessons” Other panelists included Ralph Nader, Peter Bradford, Naoto Kan, Gregory Jaczko and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The video above is a recording of Arnie’s speech entitled “Forty Good Years And One Very Bad Day.” To watch the entire NYC presentation, visit this link

Presentation Transcript:

Special thanks to the Samuel Lawrence Foundation for creating and underwriting these post Fukushima Daiichi events.

More importantly, today’s gathering would not be necessary if Federal and State policy makers and business executives believed that Fukushima Daiichi really happened. If they had believed what they saw on television, they would understand that nuclear accidents happen. Nuclear accidents are inevitable. They would understand that “Sooner or later, in any foolproof system, the fools are going to exceed the proofs!”

Indian Point presents an interesting dichotomy. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) claims that the chance of a meltdown is one in a million. With 400 operating nuclear reactors worldwide, the NRC data means one meltdown would occur every 2,500 years. The NRC bases this analysis on a technique called Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA- pray for short). On old plants like Pilgrim and Indian Point, the NRC uses data from newer plants to show how reliable these plants will be to continue if they operate for the next 20-years. That’s like my doctor telling me how long I will live based on the heath statistics for 25-year-olds. If we apply the NRC’s methodology, the probability of what happened at Fukushima Daiichi is one million x million x million (a 1 with eighteen zeros) to one.

But that is not what has happened in real life. Instead, history shows us that there have been five meltdowns during the last 35 years: TMI, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi 1, 2, and 3 (apologies for not including Windscale, Santa Susana, and about a dozen more reactors). The real numbers show that there is a seven-year frequency between meltdowns. Policy makers and business interests are ignoring history as they attempt to force the relicensure of Indian Point.

While demanding that taxpayers cover the risk of a nuclear accident by paying for the Price-Anderson nuclear insurance, it seems that the NRC and every major politician and nuclear fabricator actually believes that A Nuclear Accident Can’t Happen at Indian Point or Pilgrim. When someone’s brain reasons in a way to justify support for what it wants to be true, psychologists call it “Motivated Reasoning”.

Recently I was asked to testify to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission because the Pickering Nuclear reactors have applied to operate beyond their useful life. Pickering is located only 20 miles away from the heart of Toronto. At the hearing in Toronto, speaker after speaker implored the CNSC to keep this aged nuclear plant running because it is a major employer that pays its taxes. They said that Pickering Nuclear Power Plant has great employees who live in town, who are on the school board, on the soccer teams, or sing in local church choirs. The statements suggested that surely, such nice people would know if their plant was unsafe.

This situation reminds me of Garrison Keillor and his tales about Lake Woebegone, where he would say, “…all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Every town I visit that has a nuclear plant believes its nuclear plant is better than average. If history has taught us anything, it’s that nuclear accidents happen despite the best intentions of the men and women who work there.

I knew the operators at Three Mile Island, they were active in their community and they lived near the plant, yet an accident happened. Nuclear Power is a technology that can have 40 good years and one bad day.

After the Chernobyl accident, I got to know some of the operators there, and they were brilliant engineers who were very safety conscious. They and their families lived very near to the Chernobyl reactor, and still an accident happened. This is a technology that can have forty good years and one bad day.

After I wrote my book Fukushima Daiichi: The Truth And The Future, I got to know some of the Fukushima Daiichi operators. Like the operators at TMI and Chernobyl, they too were meticulous and knew their reactor like a book. They also lived right near the Daiichi plants with their families. And yet, another accident happened. Nuclear Power is a technology that can have forty good years of operation and one very bad day.

Policy makers and business interests clearly want to believe the “forty good years” part of that sentence, but choose to ignore the “one very bad day”!

Companies like Entergy claim that their nuclear plants are “safe”. What does this mean??? This means that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has reviewed 5% of that plant’s paperwork and checked off in boxes that the paperwork existed. However, those same companies did not tell you that the nuclear industry lobbying group has vetted every NRC Commissioner for the past twenty years before they allowed Congress to approve those Commissioners. And, did you know that those same lobbyists worked with the NRC to write those power plant regulations? So safe to Entergy and other nuclear power plant owners means that plants like Indian Point comply with the minimum acceptable criteria established by a compliant regulator.

Let’s talk specifically about the corporations that own nuclear power plants, especially merchant plants.

1. The NRC has allowed many nuclear power plants to become Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs): corporations that are separate from the companies that own them. Why is that an issue or concern to the rest of us?

1.1. Did you notice that Indian Point 2 is a separate LLC from Indian Point 3? Two entirely separate legal entities. Why is that? It allows the Entergy to keep one plant running if the other one has a serious radiation release. It allows one unit to be declared bankrupt, while the other units continue to generate cash that can’t be spent on the radiation cleanup.

1.2. Entergy wouldn’t do such a thing, would they? One only has to look at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to see that Entergy has already used this legal maneuver. While the people of New Orleans where bailing out their city, Entergy’s New Orleans LLC subsidiary declared bankruptcy, and applied for federal disaster relief. The US government moved cash that had been destined to help New Orleans poor community through a Community Development Block Grant and gave it to Entergy. Entergy gave its executives bonuses.

2. What is the condition of these aging nuclear plants that have been operating 30 to 40-years and have reached the end of their design life?

2.1. According to the Indian Point Independent Safety Evaluation Report July 31, 2008: The physical condition of the plant …is visibly deficient… the care and maintenance of some other plant systems and structures do not meet the standards of high-performing plants… it is the Panel’s view that the maintenance and preservation of non-critical plant systems, equipment and structures is important, because it communicates to employees and the public alike the owner’s and operators’ commitment and professionalism. (Indian Point Independent Safety Evaluation Report July 31, 2008, page 11)

2.2. The Vermont Yankee Oversight Panel, convened by the State of Vermont, uncovered similar issues: “The issue of inadequate application of resources takes on heightened importance given Entergy’s status as an aging plant. Over the remainder of Entergy’s operating life, the possibility of shutdown within a few years can never be ruled out and will become a near certainty at some point. If the events of the last few years are any guide, Entergy has a tendency to focus expenditure on safety systems and systems of obvious reliability importance while withholding resources from systems that it deems of secondary reliability importance.” [Emphasis Added] “Limited resource allocation for non-safety systems might, therefore, be systemic within Entergy.”

2.3. Most recently, Entergy announced across the board staff cutbacks of five percent, euphemistically called its Human Capital Management Initiative. So, in spite of two independent panels determining that Entergy is not spending enough money, Entergy has decided to cut its staff at all of its aging and most vulnerable nuclear power reactors.

What you may ask is the NRC doing about this? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Instead, Neil Sheehan, the NRC Region 1 PR spokesperson said, “… the NRC has the ability to determine whether there are any adverse impacts through our Reactor Oversight process.” “If we observe any negative trends via inspection findings and/or performance indicators, we could determine if there was any linkage to human resource changes.”

To me, Sheehan’s quote says that after an accident, the NRC might determine that Entergy had cut too much staff.

For that matter, staff reductions have become the nuclear industry’s approach to make more money when electricity prices are down as they are now. The Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut “reduced staff to approach industry average”. The NRC allowed them to reduce staff. But if Millstone was above the industry average, then other plants must have been below the industry average. Why hasn’t the NRC approached those plants to increase the number of employees in order to measure up to the industry average? The industry only puts downward pressure on its reactor staffs, and the NRC is unwilling to put on the breaks.

Every day we at Fairewinds Energy Education receive questions asking us how American nuclear power plants compare with those that melted down at Fukushima Daiichi. Is Indian Point or Pilgrim really any different from Fukushima Daiichi? No! Actually both plants have many worse features:

Population centers are much closer to Indian Point and Pilgrim. And, before the Daiichi accident people believed that the emergency planning in Japan was far better than in US. Even Japan’s strong emergency plan failed because every safety system at Fukushima Daiichi failed.

The spent fuel pools at both Indian Point and Pilgrim holds five times more nuclear fuel that Fukushima Daiichi and they hold more cesium than all the atom bombs dropped in above ground testing. And, that is just cesium… think about all the other radioactive isotopes.

Indian Point and Pilgrim are the same age, first generation designs. Daiichi 1 started commercial operation in 1971 and had just received its authorization to run an additional 10 years only one month before the tsunami hit. Daiichi 2 started operation in 1974.

Fukushima Daiichi experienced an earthquake and tsunami, but what really knocked them out were the Loss of Offsite Power and the Loss of the Ultimate Heat Sink. Both could happen at Indian Point and Pilgrim. LoUHS can be created from a terrorist attack on the intake structure.

What about earthquake frequency? Indian Point has the highest probability of its nuclear core being damaged during an earthquake (core damage frequency) of any reactor in the US, according to the NRC by applying USGS seismic hazard curves. Experience at the North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia indicates that the frequency of a severe earthquake is grossly underestimated. The worst earthquake in 10,000 years was expected to be a Richter 6 at North Anna. Yet a Richter 6 happened in 30 years, meaning that the worst is yet to come. Indian Point has an earthquake fault one mile from the reactors that could easily create a quake greater than the plant was designed to withstand.

Let me sum this up. It is easy for the nuclear industry to allow arrogance to set in when one looks at the sheer size of a nuclear plant. I started my career in 1972 with a Master degree in nuclear engineering from RPI. The nuclear engineering department visited Indian Point when it was being completed. Both then and now, it is an impressive building. No one asks why does that building have to be so impressive? What is inside these plants that requires such an impressive structure in the first place?

But now that we have seen first hand that nuclear power safety systems can fail with catastrophic results, we need to ask why we should build such an uncontrollable and unmanageable technology. The forces within these plants are enormous, and must always be contained 24/7/365. Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island proved just how utterly impossible it is to always contain these forces. One operator error or one significant weather event, or one earthquake or one terrorist attack, and all of New York City will face a very bad day, and like Japan, a very sad future.


Nuclear Danger – World Action Needed Now On Fukushima

Video Source: Global Research

Journalist, author, activist and historian Harvey Wasserman has been reporting on, and participating in, the nuclear free movement for decades. In that time, by his judgment, only one other event matches the danger to the world posed by the Cuban Missile Crisis. That event is the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Haven't heard about it in the corporate media? That's because the deadly and dying global nuclear industry and its allies don't want you to know.

That's why he has organized a petition drive to the UN advocating international expert oversight of, and participation in, management of the Fukushima crisis.

In this interview, he explains why we must all be involved in this world-historical challenge to human and planetary survival.

Sign the petition here

[Video Recording: Morgan Peterson and Herb Peterson in Los Angeles, California;
Interview & Editing: Mary Beth Brangan and Jim Heddle in Northern California.]

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Japan’s Triple Meltdown: Current Info & Tour of Problems at Fukushima

Source Video: Global Research

Each week Fairewinds receives many questions about the ongoing tragedy unfolding in Japan as a result of the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Join us as Fairewinds' Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen highlights the many problems facing Japan as he takes you on a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi site by combining satellite video, animated graphics and photos to create a comprehensive and easy to follow video tour.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Worse than Hiroshima - US war chemicals and stinking Hypocrisy

Source Video: Russia Today

One in three American servicemen permanently disabled, 'the worst genetic damage in any population ever studied', 'confirmed' US govt behind world record Afghan opium crop, and October's protest calendar. Seek truth from facts with Iraqi-Kurdish activist Houzan Mahmoud, Afghan war specialist Prof. Anatol Lieven, former intelligence officer Scott Rickard, Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, and the author of Questioning the War on Terror Dr. Kevin Barrett.

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RT:My name's Daniel Bushell. Chemical agents are red lines except, critics say, when the US is using them on a far greater scale.


One in three US servicemen permanently disabled.

An explosion of birth defects they don't even have medical terms for.

And an FBI whistleblower ties America's drug epidemic to the highest levels of government.

Jeff Englehart, Iraq war veteran: White phosphorus was used which is definitely and without a shadow of a doubt a chemical weapon.

RT:US troops report orders to use white phosphorus in civilian areas.

The chemical nicknamed Whisky Pete by the US army is banned as a weapon. The Toxic Substances Agency notes it burns through eyes heart and bones of anyone in the vicinity.

Time after time officers in Iraq describe firing the chemical at people in a process they call shake 'n bake.

US army 2nd battalion, Field Artillery magazine: We fired shake ’n bake missions using white phosphorus to flush them out.

Darrin Mortenson, Embedded reporter, Iraq: Again and again, sending burning white phosphorus they call shake ’n bake into buildings.

RT:The documentary Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre says it's obtained this footage of US forces firing white phosphorus into residential homes.

After the attack the area, and anyone in it, has simply disappeared.

The Guardian reports the Pentagon lied and denied using white phosphorus as weapons until the evidence became overwhelming.

Houzan Mahmoud lived through US occupation of Iraq, Operation Desert Storm in 1991 as well as Saddam's chemical attack on Halabja in 1988.

Houzan joins us, thanks very much for coming on. When first did you find out about chemical weapons use?

Houzan Mamoud, Iraqi-Kurdish activist: I never knew the words chemical bomb until Halabja was hit in 1988. And let's not forget who sold these weapons to Saddam at the time, it was the western governments.

In 1991 when allied forces attacked Iraq they have used various weapons like depleted uranium and so on, followed by the 2003 occupation of Iraq.

People were turned into guinea pigs and that of course we can see the consequences many children are born deformed.

Western government comes and talks about human rights and democracy and not using this and that - I find it a very huge double morality.

RT:The highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied, radiation expert Christopher Busby has reported from US depleted uranium munitions in Iraq.

Birth defects worse than after the US nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Democracy Now reports, are being found in babies.

Doctors told renowned war correspondent Dahr Jamail such injuries have simply never been seen before.

Dahr Jamail, Al Jazeera: Malformations that she said they don’t even have medical terms for. It’s common now in Fallujah for newborns to come out with massive multiple systemic defects. Babies being born with two heads, babies being born with half of their internal organs outside of their bodies. And it is ongoing.

RT:The BBC notes the Pentagon's response to complaints from Iraq about depleted uranium attacks.

James Naughton, Munitions director, US army material command: They want it to go away because we kicked the c*** out of them.

RT:But that doesn’t explain, says Common Dreams Newscenter, the shocking numbers of US vets affected.

Of 697,000 US troops in the First Gulf War, the Department of Defense now admits nearly 250,000 are permanently disabled. From a battle that lasted just a hundred hours one in three troops hit, notes the Beyond Treason documentary, is a simply incredible figure.

Guardsman Gerard Darren Matthew's daughter was born with most of her hand missing and other deformities. He believes his service in Iraq is to blame. Independent tests on the veteran found high levels of depleted uranium in his body.

Some veterans who have gone to court have received admissions that their disabilities could only have been caused by U-238.

Doug Rokke was put in charge of DU cleanup after Operation Desert Storm.

The army was well aware of its toxicity, he says, not only in areas they hit, butfor anyone working with it, in the vicinity of DU, or even breathing downwind of uranium particles.

Yet he says no one was warned of its incredible danger.

Truthout notes Doug Rokke now has radiation damage to his lungs and kidneys, brain lesions and serious damage to his eyes.

Major Doug Rokke, US army veteran: The United States army common task training states very specifically uranium contamination will make food and water unusable. And yet we use it in combat all over the place. That’s why the United Nations’ Sub-commission on Human Rights had ruled that uranium munitions were an illegal weapon, because they're indiscriminate they can’t be cleaned up and they last for eternity.

Leuren Moret, International radiation specialist: The United States invaded Iraq and used weapons of mass destruction against the Iraqis. Depleted uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.The Middle East, and Central Asia, and Yugoslavia, are contaminated forever.

RT:Tomorrow marks 12 years of the US-led bombing of Afghanistan, America's longest war.

The journal Military Medicine took samples from civilians in bombed areas and found concentrations of uranium higher by 8,000%.

This, claims the Afghan DU & Recovery Fund, is the result.

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald says the US establishment is systematically hiding horrors committed by its forces from the American people.

Official casualty lists in mainstream media don’t evenmention the Afghans or Iraqis; civilians who die simply don’t exist in corporate sites.

That's why, says the site Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, the American public thinks just a few thousand civilians have been killed there.

Violent deaths from the invasion in Iraq, notes US-based organization Just Foreign Policy, is actually 1.5 million.

If you add those killed from Operation Desert Storm, followed by years of US sanctions, Countercurrents notes the 4.6 million matches the deaths from Nazi gas chambers.

Conn Hallinan writes for Foreign Policy In Focus, he joins us. Conn great to see you, how do we explain all this?

Conn Hallinan, Columnist, Foreign Policy In Focus: This American exceptionalism, 'Americans are better than everybody else, American democracy is better than any other democracy', even though we have one of lowest voting rates in the world for a major developed country, it also allows soldiers tokill people.

RT:Anatol Lievin's the West's leading authority on the Afghan war. He lived during the 1980s with the mujahedeen and has met with Northern Alliance, Taliban and key US generals since. In his latest book Pakistan: A Hard Country he speaks to the people in a region critical to this war.

Professor Lievin, thanks very much for joining us, did you get the impression US elites just don't care about casualties?

Anatol Lievin, Author of ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’: Well certainly and even more serious than that in both Afghanistan and Iraq the United States don’t even count civilian casualties which really gives the impression they don’t give a damn.A senior American general said to me that America is not fighting any more to win in Afghanistan, the whole American effort is to avoid the impression of losing.

RT:FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has claimed a more sinister financial incentive to continue a war generals say they can't win, and it involves a health catastrophe closer to home.

Production of opium since the US came in has taken off; Afghanistan now provides almost all the world's supply.

International calls to spray opium crops and end production, Reuters reports, are being blocked by the US government.

The huge increase in opioid consumption in the States, says the Center for Disease Control, is why an American now dies of drug abuse every 19 minutes.

Senior Pentagon sources confirmed to a Sunday Times investigation, Edmonds' revelations that US officials are fueling Afghan drug transport.

Fearing massive repercussions, the State Department, reports Ceasefire Magazine, put intense pressure on the Sunday Times, which pulled its correspondents off the four-part report.

Edmonds' evidence was eventually investigated by the Justice Department which, while keeping its findings classified, did admit crucially her findings were quote “supported”.

Let's speak to former intelligence officer Scott Rickard, great to have you on the show. First, how big is this problem?

Scott Rickard, Former intelligence officer: This country consumes 60% of the world's opiates, the stuff the Americans are basically hooked on. The oxycodone epidemic in Florida is out of control; you can’t imagine how many in my neighborhood have children and families that have been affected by the oxycodone epidemic.

RT:Yeah, who's profiting from this?

Rickard: So the Afghan farmer isn’t making as much, I mean he’s making the least amount. The real money comes in when it gets out of the country.

Daniel Hopsicker wrote a great book about the drug trade in Florida called Welcome to Terrorland instead of Welcome to Disneyland and it goes into the airfield where Mohamed Atta trained was a CIA operations field where they were flying in heroin.

You're talking about billions of dollars a year and the money that comes in, no one has to answer for it and it goes to the highest levels.

I asked John McCain a question in an institute meeting, I asked him 'What do you think about the amount of drugs that are coming out of Afghanistan making it into the streets of America?' He just said it's beneath him.

The Cocaine Cowboys documentary goes into complete detail around cocaine trade in the 70s and 80s. Seven times the deposits in Miami aloneof all the other Federal Reserve banks at the time was being laundered and deposited through the Federal Reserve in Miami so that should tell you something. It's a huge amount of money.

RT:The Justice Department says no one at HSBC will face trial for what Alternet calls massive drug money laundering and giving favored client status to known narcobarons.

An investigation in London's Observer newspaper goes further, claiming “the world's biggest drug money launderers are the City of London and Wall Street.”

The author of Questioning the War on Terror is Dr. Kevin Barrett, great to see you, what do you see as going on here?

Kevin Barrett, author of ‘Questioning the War on Terror’: The Taliban had stopped the opium crop; they’d shut down that business which took away a trillion dollars or so out of the coffers.

When the US invaded they just grabbed up all the opium lords and told them to plant and they had a bumper crop that set world records within a year or two.

And yes the Wall Street bankers are dependent on drug money laundering to keep their enterprises going. They're making all of these crazy gambles with derivatives. The estimates of the amount of derivatives floating around is in the hundreds of trillions, more than the real assets on earth, so this corrupt banking system is very vulnerable, and what they do is they leverage the drug profits.

RT:The State Department strenuously denies these claims. But in that case, asks leading terrorism analyst Nafeez Ahmed, why is it going to such extraordinary lengths to silence whistleblowers on this subject.

Critics say the case for illegal use of white phosphorus and depleted uranium appears more clear cut.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Japan’s PM “Lying to the Japanese People” – Nuclear Engineer

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