Koohan Paik’s letter on Pohakuloa Earth Day

http://westhawaiitoday.com/opinion/columns/scenes-bombings-earth-day

Pohakuloa “Earth Day” picket report

Aloha kakou,

We had a spirited gathering at the Pohakuloa main gate from 8:30 to noon on April 20th to Protest the military Pohakuloa “Earth Day” fraud.  Activists from around the island were joined by about 30 or more Native activists from around the North Americans continent, including Alaska.  While Native people chanted for peace, and love for land and water,  the sounds of heavy artillery could be heard on Pohakuloa.

Below are a few radiation reading we picked up on Thursday, April 20 outside the Pohakuloa main gate.  The particular radiation monitor is a Radiation Alert Inspector. The winds on the morning of April 20th at Pohakuloa were coming from the south, off the impact range toward the base compound and main gate and increased as the morning went on..  Live fire was taking place, including what sounded like heavy howitzer fire, cluster bombs, machine gun fire, etc.

We monitored for several hours and had 8 readings in the 60s CPM and the highest reading of 74 CPM (counts per minute) at 10:49AM.  Normal background is 5-20 CPM.  Again I emphasize that for the military to be inviting hundreds of young school children onto the base under such circumstances is highly irresponsible.  I invited the editor of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, David Bach, to publish these radiation readings along with my letter so the families of the school children know what was taking place on the day their children attended Pohakuloa “Earth Day.”

Jim Albertini

PS view Millicent Cummings photos of our gathering at Pohakuloa here. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155184851166549&set=a.10155184883121549&type=3

See video here https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPXE8XEfahU&feature=youtu.be

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Below is a letter to the editor I submitted on April 11, which has yet to be published.  I visited the editor, David Bach today to complain.

Letter to the Editor

Pohakuloa:  Clean up your DU DU

Penelope Blair’s letter of 4/8 was critical of our efforts to Protect Pohakuloa.

The 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), which is 4-5 times the size of Kaho’olawe, is known to be contaminated with radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU), as well as other military toxins.  My particular concern is the inhalation of DU oxide alpha particles.   Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, with 25 years experience in the Army Medical Corps, says inhalation of radiation alpha particles is “the most deadly form of radiation.”

In 2008, the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 8-1 passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live-fire at Pohakuloa and clean up of the DU present.  Yet Military live-fire, involving millions of live rounds annually, continues and the DU has not been cleaned up.  In fact no comprehensive independent testing and monitoring has been done to determine the full extent of DU contamination.  Continued bombing can resuspend DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances by the winds.
Our organization has detected numerous elevated radiation readings around Pohakuloa, including Mauna Kea Park and the Saddle Road area.  Readings have been 3-4 times  background levels.  On April 20th Pohakuloa is hosting an “Earth Day” event 9AM-2PM.  The public , including school children, are being invited to attend.  Our organization would discourage pregnant women and young children from visiting  Pohakuloa.  I and others will be at the Pohakuloa main gate to say Earth Day is Every Day –Stop Bombing the Earth.  We invite Penelope  Blair to join us to do radiation monitoring and hold a sign for Aloha ‘Aina and for the military to clean up its DU DU.

Jim Albertini

Videos by Millicent Cummings at Pohakuloa Earth Day

Aloha Everyone!

     Happy Earth Day!  I feel good about the activism of today…It’s interesting to me just how much time and trouble it has required of me to get these videos up.  I am definitely being watched.  Some have pictures but the Donald spoof and the Geiger Counter weren’t so lucky.  In any case…Good work today!  Bless Pohakuloa…Bless you all. Eo.  #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaaina 

Love,

Millicent

Earth Day at PTA Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPXE8XEfahU&feature=youtu.be

 
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A short interview with Jim Albertini about the dire situation at Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawai’i “celebrating Earth Day during Live Fire Training, Open to…

 

Earth Day at PTA Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw5akti6-fA&feature=youtu.be

 
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Ku Ching on What is Earth Day at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai’i 4-20-17 #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaʻāina By millice…

 

Earth Day at PTA Part 3

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Ruth Aloua calls for Justice at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai’i 4-20-17 #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaaina By Millicent…

Earth Day at PTA Part 4https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=9LfBoNdzYwo

 
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Earth Day at PTA Part 5

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Revised Press Release on Pohakuloa Earth Day

Press Release April 18, 2017

Re: Picket line planned at Pohakuloa Earth Day, Thursday, April 20, 2017

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org

      There will be a picket line beginning at 8:30AM fronting the Pohakuloa Training Area  main gate on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

     “The military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) where millions of live rounds are fired annually is having an “Earth Day” celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9AM-3PM.  Can you believe it?  “Such hypocrisy is hard to top.  It is an insult of the highest caliber and the military fires a lot of high caliber rounds annually at PTA –over 14 million live-rounds annually at last report” said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina. “And that’s on top of decades of bombing and shelling at the 133,000-acre base loaded with a thick stew of military toxins, including lead, Depleted Uranium (DU), etc.”  Albertini said,  “Who knows what’s blowing in the wind from Pohakuloa around our island home and making it’s way into our island’s water.”

     Albertini said,  “Our organization advises that pregnant women and young children should not set foot on Pohakuloa due to the risk of inhaling DU oxide dust.   According to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD with 25 years in the Army Medical Corps and listed in who’s who best doctors, inhaled DU oxide is “the most deadly form of radiation.”  The fact is that proper air monitoring has not been done to determine the full extent of DU oxide contamination at Pohakuloa. 

Albertini said the U.S. Department of Defense is actually the US Dept. of Offense — training to do to others what they have already done to the independent Nation of Hawaii –INVADE, CARRY OUT REGIME CHANGE, AND OCCUPY! The U.S. needs to Stop Bullying Korea, provoking war, and blaming Russia for nearly everything. I agree with film director Oliver Stone who said the U.S. “is the real threat to the world, not ISIS.”

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Car pools will leave Hilo for Pohakuloa at 7:30 AM on Thursday, April 20th from the parking area at Komohana and Saddle Rd.

Read the latest about Pohakuloa DU Threat at www.malu-aina.org

Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
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Picket line planned at Pohakuloa Earth Day, Thursday, April 20, 2017

Press Release for immediate release Monday, April 17, 2017

Re: Picket line planned at Pohakuloa Earth Day, Thursday, April 20, 2017

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org

      There will be a picket line beginning at 8:30AM fronting the Pohakuloa Training Area  main gate on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

     “Can you believe it?  The military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) where millions of live rounds are fired annually is having an “Earth Day” celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9AM-3PM.  “Such hypocrisy is hard to top.  It is an insult of the highest caliber and the military fires a lot of high caliber rounds annually at PTA –over 14 million live-rounds annually at last report” said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina. “And that’s on top of decades of bombing and shelling at the 133,000-acre base loaded with a thick stew of military toxins, including lead, Depleted Uranium (DU), etc.”  Albertini said,  “Who knows what’s blowing in the wind from Pohakuloa around our island home and making it’s way into our island’s water.”

     Albertini said,  “Our organization advises that pregnant women and young children should not set foot on Pohakuloa due to the risk of inhaling DU oxide dust.   According to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD with 25 years in the Army Medical Corps and listed in who’s who best doctors, inhaled DU oxide is “the most deadly form of radiation.”  The fact is that proper air monitoring has not been done to determine the full extent of DU oxide contamination at Pohakuloa. 

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Pohakuloa DU Threat

                                                                                    

      The front page, Sunday, April 16, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald headline about “No DU Threat” is a classic example of Fake News. The truth is that inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles are “the most deadly form of radiation.” This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, 25 years retired from the Army medical Corps and listed in the who’s who best doctors.

      Let’s be clear. DU metal on the ground at Pohakuloa does not pose a serious health threat. But if that metal has been hit with high explosives it burns and turns the metal into DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances in the wind. If anyone inhails DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including cancer, and genetic damage to future generations. 

      DU was first used by the military at Pohakuloa in the early 1960s fired into the 50,000 plus acre impact area. That impact area has been subjected to decades of high explosives firing ever since. The military disclosed in an Environmental study in the early 2000s that over 14 million live-rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa. A current figure is not available. I suspect it is even higher now.

      There are dozens of various DU weapons in the US arsenal since the 1960s used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Modern DU weapons are known as “penetrators.” They are made of solid DU metal. When fired, the DU metal begins to burn and when it hits a hard target –tank, armored vehicle, etc. it slices right through the armor, like a hot knief through butter, and explodes at 3000degrees. There is no documentation that DU penetrators have been fired at Pohakuloa but for decades there was no documentation that Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds were used either. But given the fact that all sorts of weapons have been used at Pohakuloa, it seems reasonable to conclude that DU penetrators, along with other DU spotting rounds, etc may have been used. That’s why it is extremely important that independent comprehensive testing and monitoring be done to determine the full extent of DU contamination and what’s coming off PTA blowing in the wind. If the military has nothing to hide they would welcome such an independent study to assure the confidence of the community. But the military has been stonewalling efforts by the community.

      In the Sunday April 16, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald lengthy article, there wasn’t a single mention of the threat posed by inhalation of DU oxide dust particles. How come? Is it to keep troops, residents, and the tourist industry in the dark? Don’t we all have a right to know?

Are we Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

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