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Enduring Nuclear Commitments and Persistent Dissent

65 years after Little Boy and Fat Man, we all suffer from the continuous ionizing radiation pollution and contamination in the US and other locations.

Obama at nuclear summit
Courtesy: acus.org

(CLERMONT, Fla.) - Wednesday, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary published the following news release:

For Immediate Release: Fact Sheet: An Enduring Commitment to the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

President Obama has made an extraordinary commitment to ensure the modernization of our nuclear infrastructure, which had been neglected for years before he took office.

Today, the Administration once again demonstrates that commitment with the release of its plans to invest more than $85 billion over the next decade to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons complex that supports our deterrent.

This represents a $4.1 billion increase over the next five years relative to the plan provided to Congress in May. This level of funding is unprecedented since the end of the Cold War.

In the five years preceding the start of this Administration, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) – charged with sustaining America’s aging nuclear complex and stockpile – lost 20 percent of its purchasing power. As part of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the Administration made a commitment to modernize our nuclear arsenal and the complex that supports it. To begin this effort, the President requested $7 billion for NNSA in fiscal year 2011 (FY 2011) – an increase of nearly 10 percent over the prior year.

Today’s release of updated investment plans (in an update to the ‘Section 1251 Report to Congress’) shows this Administration’s commitment to requesting the funding needed to sustain and modernize the nuclear complex.  In particular, the Administration plans will:

  • Add nearly $600 million in funding for FY 2012, resulting in a total planned FY 2012 budget request of $7.6 billion for NNSA weapons activities; 
  • Increase funding by $4.1 billion increase over the next five years relative to the plan provided to Congress in May – including an additional $315 million for the Uranium Processing Facility (Tennessee) and the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility (New Mexico); and
  • Propose spending more than $85 billion for NNSA weapons activities over the next decade.


The above plans provide the best current estimate of costs for the nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure.  As the UPF and CMRR facilities are only at the 45 percent design level, the Administration recognizes that the costs could change over time. 

At the present time, the range for the Total Project Cost for CMRR is $3.7 billion to $5.8 billion and the range for UPF is $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion.  The Administration is committed to requesting the funds necessary to ensure completion of these facilities.  The potential additional costs associated with these facilities are shown in the table below.

Planned Projections for Weapons Stockpile and Infrastructure Spending
(then-year dollars in billions

Fiscal Year

FY2010

FY2011

FY2012

FY2013

FY2014

FY2015

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

FY2019

FY2020

6.4

7.0

7.6

7.9

8.4

8.7

8.9

8.9 – 9.0

9.2 – 9.3

9.4– 9.6

9.4– 9.8


http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/fact-sheet-enduring-commitment-us-nuclear-deterrent

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On July 3, 2010, "as a child of the Cold War" Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton remarked to to Members of the U.S. Delegation to the New START Negotiations and Nuclear Posture Review Department Staff: "As every one of you know better than I, we are now looking at new threats from nuclear and radiological materials in the hands of rogue regimes."[1]

 

This reporter was in the audience on Feb. 10, 2007 when Dr. Phyllis Bennis, Mid East analyst explained, "Iran has signed the NPT, which allows them the right to have nuclear power and to enrich uranium. The 185 non-nuclear states have agreed to give up the right to have nuclear weapons and the five nuclear powers that signed the NPT agreed to get rid of their nuclear weapons... Iran is not in violation of the NPT, but America is! The USA has been in violation ever since the day they signed it. The USA is acting like a rogue state." [2]

 

On July 7, 2010, Israel's Army Radio reported that the United States has sent Israel a ‘secret’ document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries. According to Army Radio, the U.S. has pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

 

A Brief History of July 16:


At 5:30 AM on July 16, 1945, the nuclear age began, when the first nuclear bomb was exploded by the American federal government at the Trinity Test Site, at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Plutonium and other toxic and radioactive chemicals were dispersed for hundreds of miles and some areas are still contaminated.

 

The bomb exploded over the New Mexico desert, vaporizing a tower and turning the asphalt to green sand.  Seconds later a huge blast of heat scorched the desert.  No one could see the radiation generated by the explosion, but they all knew it was there. A half a mile away, the steel container called "Jumbo," weighing over 200 tons was knocked over as the orange and yellow fireball stretched up and spread into a second column, that rose and flattened into a mushroom cloud; imprinting upon the human consciousness a symbol of violent power and destruction.

 

The father of the atomic bomb, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer chose to name this harrowing happening the "Trinity" test.


"Why I chose the name is not clear, but I know what thoughts were in my mind. There is a poem of John Donne, written just before his death, which I know and love. From it a quotation: 'As West and East, In all flat Maps—and I am one—are one, So death doth touch the Resurrection.' That still does not make a Trinity, but in another, better known devotional poem Donne opens, ‘Batter my heart, three person'd God.'"

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"Batter my Heart" continues:

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town to another due,
Labour to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me."

 

In the moment that followed the atomic inferno, Oppenheimer recalled this sentence from the Bhagvad Gita:

 

"Now I have become death, the destroyer of the worlds."

 

When Oppenheimer was asked for his thoughts regarding Sen. Robert Kennedy's efforts to urge President Lyndon Johnson to initiate talks to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, he responded: "It's 20 years too late. It should have been done the day after Trinity."


Indeed; but it was not and lead to Little Boy, the uranium bomb, that dropped on innocent civilians in Hiroshima on August 6, and then the plutonium weapon of mass destruction, Fat Man, followed three days later on the innocents of Nagasaki of on August 9.

 

Sixty-five years later, we all suffer from the continuous ionizing radiation pollution and contamination in the United States and other locations throughout the world.

 

Today’s UN-Holy "Trinity" is a triune of radiological horrors: nuclear bombs, nuclear reactors, and conventional Uranium Weapons (such as Depleted Uranium or DU) that are used in military testing, training, and military combat.

 

 

In a 71-page report released March 25, 2009, by Human Rights Watch, Israel’s repeated firing of US-made white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes.

"Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza," provides eye witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza.

"Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended in January.

"Militaries officially use white phosphorus to obscure their operations on the ground by creating thick smoke. It has also been used as an incendiary weapon, though such use constitutes a war crime.

"In Gaza, the Israeli military didn’t just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops," said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. "It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren't in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died."

 

During Operation Cast Lead, the 22 days of Israeli assault on Gaza, "Washington provided F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical missiles, and a wide array of munitions, including white phosphorus and DIME. The weapons required for the Israeli assault was decided upon in June 2008, and the transfer of 1,000 bunker-buster GPS-guided Small Diameter Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39) were approved by Congress in September. The GBU 39 bombs were delivered to Israel in November (prior to any claims of Hamas cease fire violation!) for use in the initial air raids on Gaza." [3]



"The deliberate use of manmade ionizing radiation is an assault upon people, the environment, and all living things. Since the first Plutonium and Uranium nuclear bomb was exploded in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, the contamination of the United States and the rest of the world [continues].

 

"Those responsible for seven decades of both domestic and international radiological assault are our own government agencies: the Departments of Energy and Defense, and the NRC (some say it stands for the Nuclear Radiating Committee) along with a multitude of corporations involved in various aspects of manufacturing munitions of both nuclear and 'conventional' weapons varieties. Used in military combat, these radioactive munitions have been contaminating the Middle East and other nations wherever they are fired and tested.

 

"Beyond military weapons applications, energy firms that use nuclear reactors to generate the electricity that powers America's TV sets are similarly polluting our air, water, and soil with these DNA-wrecking poisons…[and] there are efforts underway to enrich even More Uranium as well as plans to build More weapons facilities and fund bailouts using taxpayers' money to build More experimental nuclear reactors with unsafe designs like the Westinghouse AP-1000 and AREVA's European Pressurised Reactor (EPR).

 

"While Nuclear-Everything is being pushed on America as a "clean" energy alternative sanctified under the guise of reduced carbon emissions, consider if you will just a few effects of ionizing radiation: decreasing fertility rates, miscarriages, genetic mutations, increasing rates of cancers, some forms of heart disease, neuromuscular disease, and thyroid disease, diabetes, and other endocrine-related disorders and many other radiation-induced diseases." [4]

 

It has been reported that workers and citizens living near Israel’s Dimona WMD plant have been given iodine tablets to ‘protect’ them from that leaking dinosaur and that childhood leukemia is on the rise.

 

During my 2005 interview with Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle blower of Israel’s WMD program, he told me:


"The Israelis have 200 atomic weapons and they accuse the Palestinians and Muslims of terrorism. The Dimona is 46 years old; reactors last 25 to 30 years. The Dimona has never been inspected and Israel has never signed the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty but all the Arab states have.
 
"Twenty years ago when I worked there they only produced when the air was blowing towards Jordan ten miles away. No one knows what is happening now. The world needs to wake up and see the real terrorism is the occupation and the Palestinians have lived under that terror regime for 40 years."

And the world suffers from brainwashing:

 

George Harrison - Brainwashed
Brainwashed by our leaders

Brainwashed in the open
And brainwashed behind the scenes
Brainwashed by Dow Jones
Nasdaq and secure loans
Brainwashed us from Brussels
Brainwashed us in Bonn
Brainwashed us in Washington
Westminster in London
Brainwashed by the military
Brainwashed under duress
Brainwashed by the media
You're brainwashed by the press
Brainwashed to the bone
God God God
A voice cries in the wilderness
Someone turned out the spiritual light
God God God
Nothing's worse than ignorance
Down on Bullshit Avenue
God God God
If we can only stop the rot
God God God
Wish that you'd brainwash us too
Namah Parvarti Pataye Hare Hare

Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva/Salutations to the Goddess and to the husband Lord Shiva





On July 16, 1251, it was reported that a vision of Mother Mary spoke words of wisdom to a hermit named Simon Stock, who was of the order of The Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, whose origins go back to a Christian hermitage in Palestine. It has been written, that Mother Mary appeared before Simon Stock, and presented him with the well-known brown scapular, a loose sleeveless garment destined for the Order of Carmel, reaching from the shoulders to the knees. It was given as an assurance, of her heavenly protection given for a life of prayer and sacrifice, and because “God who is love [agape] it is also based on a sense of trustful unity of being, nature and heart with the one whom we ask to pray for us and with us; Mary, a sorrowful mother of a victim of violence.” [5]

 

In 1726, pope Benedict XIII designated July 16 as the Feast Day of Our Lady of Carmel, better known as Mother Mary for this Christian Anarchist Buddhist with a dose of dervish:

 

LET IT BE -Naked

 

 

 

1. http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/07/144577.htm

2. http://wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1664&Itemid=231

3. http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/9-us-arms-used-for-war-crimes-in-gaza/

4. http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=114934

5. Father Emmanuel McCarthy, “A Day of Prayer for Forgiveness and Protection with Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, page 4. 

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Eileen Fleming is the Producer of "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org, Eileen is a Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com, Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and the soon to be released "BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010" youtube.com/user/eileenfleming. Eileen is a unique leader in her state and she intends to run for a Florida Congressional seat in the future, to help speed the process of change that is so demanded today. Like many who walk in similar steps, Eileen, like other writers at Salem-News.com, is an outspoken advocate for humanity and she has no tolerance for the oppressive forces of the world.

You can send Eileen Fleming an email at this address: ecumei@gmail.com




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Jay November 20, 2010 2:00 pm (Pacific time)

Eileen may I suggest a brief read at (http://www.historynet.com/the-rise-of-militaristic-nationalism-november-96-world-war-ii-feature.htm) which provides an overview of the militaristic nature of Japan, that shows it was on a path of self-destruction long before their war crime at Pearl Harbor that eventually brought forth it's violent WWII conclusion. Also further research will reveal a warlike nature that goes back hundreds of years (for example: http://miltiade.pagesperso-orange.fr/GB/Japan-ancient.htm). As far as their surrender, their past bad history, at the time the bombs were in operational mode, indictated that they would never surrender. Possibly you have read about Japanese soldiers hiding in the Philippines and New Guinea, who decades after Japan's formal surrender were still on a combat footing? That's an intense cultural [militaristic] mindset! Or heard the stories of how thousands of Japanese would commit suicide before they would surrender, or the Kamikaze pilots, etc. ? I have read different historical versions on the decisions to drop these bombs, and it seems that no one really knew exactly "all" the info President Truman and his staff had, or the time constraints that they had to deal with, like projected weather conditions to a myriad of other logistical concerns. Second guessing after the fact is a very normal thing to do, but you have to realize that past decisions were based on that time period's info, not a future time period's info with accompanying future values/mores that will seek out info that fits their particular viewpoints. Regardless it happened, and now 65+ years later, thank God it has not happened again. One thing I do know for sure Eileen, is if we had invaded the Japanese mainland tens of thousands of Americans would have died, and they would have been needless deaths. Who knows how many civilians would have died, but my focus is on the American casualties, and at the time that is what bringing this war to an immediate conclusion was about, and that is the correct way to view it, to save American lives. Possibly you have read about the nationalistic movement that is growing in Japan, which has millions of followers? Essentially the Chinese would be their slaves, the Koreans their whores, and the rest of the world's "barbarians" would be exterminated. Here in the states we have some pretty nasty groups with extreme views, but compared in numbers, they're pretty tiny compared to other radical groups around the world. These radical groups want us gone Eileen, and talking to them is futile in my opinion. So we need to do what we have to do to save American lives, whatever that may require. Of course negotiation of differences should always be on the table, when practical.


eileen fleming November 19, 2010 2:56 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Jay, Why do we not consider the terror we inflict on others and the lives we have ended by military might? Historical records confirm Japan was ready to surrender-all they wanted was to 'save face' and retain their emperor, but US wanted the world to know who was in charge. On the Sunday after Pearl Harbor, Dorothy Day spoke out, "There is now all this patriotic indignation about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Japanese expansionism in Asia. Yet not a word about American and European colonialism in this same area. We, the British, the French, and others set up spheres of influence…control national states-against the expressed will of these states-and represent imperialism…We dictate to [all] …to where they can expand economically and politically, and we declare what policy they must observe. From our nationalistic and imperialistic point of view, we have every right to concentrate American military forces [Everywhere we chose]…But I waste rhetoric on international politics-the breeding grounds of war over the centuries. The balance of power and other empty slogans inspired by a false and flamboyant nationalism have bred conflict throughout 'civilized' history. "And it has become too late in human history to tolerate wars which none can win. Nor dare we quibble about just wars…All wars are, by their very nature, evil and destructive. It has become too late for civilized people to accept this evil. We must take a stand. We must renounce war as an instrument of policy…Evil enough when the finest of our youth perish in conflict and even the causes of these conflicts were soon lost to memory. Even more horrible today when cities go up in flames and brilliant scientific minds are searching out ultimate weapons. "War must cease. There are no victories. The world can bear the burden no longer. Yes, we must make a stand. Even as I speak to you, I may be guilty of what some men call treason. But we must reject war: Yes, we must now make a stand. War is murder, rape, ruin, death; war can end our civilization. I tell you that within a decade we will have weapons capable of ending this world as we have known it." In 1995, from Ashkelon Prison, Mordechai Vanunu noted: "A radioactive cloud consumed rubbed out Hiroshima...A live nuclear test sentenced you. A nuclear laboratory…children women trees animals in and under a nuclear mushroom…burning… burned…flattened to ground radioactive ash-Hiroshima...Nuclear weapons gamblers win against you…Hollywood doesn't know you - you are not a Jewish Holocaust."


Jay November 19, 2010 1:32 pm (Pacific time)

Eileen Fleming in regards to why we dropped the second bomb, maybe a concentrated study on the Japanese war crimes going back to the early 30's, and their leadership mindset leading up to August 1945. And yes, the second bomb saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives. Americans had suffered greatly up to that point, and it was time to put a stop to these war criminals who would have allowed their entire race to be destroyed if not for this lifesaving "AWE." Franky I would have really hated to have been in the infantry invading the Japanese mainland, and I know something about the infantry. Our seasoned veterans during that war had had enough, so would you have wanted them to once again go into the "meatgrinder?" I hope not.


eileen fleming November 18, 2010 1:55 pm (Pacific time)

I have been wondering ever since I was a child as to WHY after we did Hiroshima did we do Nagasaki? The lame response I always received from every adult I queried responded "It saved thousands of American lives." Not one ever responded to my response, "What about all the innocent Japanese lives that were vaporized and those that suffer after effects?"


J+ November 18, 2010 12:29 pm (Pacific time)

What a great use of taxpayer money in these opulent times.  And all to appease a Republican who opposes eliminating some of our thousands of nukes.

My Grandfather participated in nuclear testing in the Pacific.  His wife had a miscarraige once, and two of 4 grandchildren (born to the younger offspring) were born with physical and/or mental deforities.  Sometimes I wonder.

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