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Down Size the Military: End War & Save the Planet!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Time to Down Size the Military

Meetings have been taking place on Oahu about possible troop reductions in Hawaii. Many of Hawaii politicians have been groveling for the military to stay at full strength. Honolulu Mayor Kurt Caldwell said: “We love what you do.” U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, State Senator Gil Kahele, etc. echoed similar concerns. Little or nothing from the politicians about the military mess of polluted lands and unexploded ordnance that needs to be cleaned up, nor the burden placed on affordable housing and schools, etc. due to the large presence of U.S. military troops in Hawaii. The groveling politicians were pathetic and disgusting. Only sovereignty activists and grass roots community people spoke in support of military down sizing; about the ongoing illegal U.S. military occupation of Hawaii and the military involvement in the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893 to benefit the sugar interests, and the continuing down side costs of the U.S. military presence in Hawaii.

The Army has decided to remove hundreds of Stryker Vehicles (19-ton wheeled tanks) from Hawaii. That’s a good thing. These Strykers destroyed aina at Schofield, Makua, Pohakuloa, etc. Good riddance to them, but there is a lot more to go. Below is just one example.

F-35 costs

The U.S. military is the world’s largest consumer of oil and largest emitter of CO2 causing climate change. It’s time we put an end to war and redirect funds from destroying people and the planet to more positive pursuits. I’m sure you can add to the list above where tax dollars could be used more wisely. All Hawaii and the world stand together!

End War!  Save the Planet!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Contact:
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    Phone
    (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 24, 2015 – 722nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Army wants categorical exclusion from all DU monitoring requirements at PTA, etc

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

If you agree this makes no sense, send in your statement of objection to the NRC.  My statement is below.  Mahalo.

Jim

Army wants categorical exclusion from all DU monitoring requirements at PTA, etc

July 15, 2015
To:  Ms. Amy M. Snyder

NRC

Senior Project Manager

Materials Decommissioning Branch

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

Amy.Snyder@nrc.gov

Re:  Comments on the June 1, 2015 CATX request by the US Army for license SUC-1593.

Aloha Ms. Snyder,
I recall the Army not wanting to have to acquire a license to possess DU in Hawaii and the more than a dozen other states and 3 foreign countries where it used it with the Davy Crockett (DC) spotting rounds. I suspect since the Army was not prohibited from using DU in training until 1996, there is a lot more DU around live fire training areas in the U.S. and abroad than just DU from the DC spotting rounds of the 1960s.  Will the NRC look, ask the Army and independent contractors to look, especially in light of the NRC’s chief priorities:  “protection of public health and safety and the environment.”    Now I see they want a categorical exclusion (CATX) to NEPA requirements for the license SUC-1593.  In essence no license requirements, hence no license.  Such arrogance is hard to top. In simple language, the Army has no idea how much DU was used at these sites, where exactly it was fired.  They cannot account for it, so they will continue business as usual –conducting high explosives in an area likely contaminated with DU and spread it in the wind upon troops and surrounding civilian communities.  And the NRC made the suggestions of categorical exclusions?  This in my judgment is completely irresponsible behavior for the NRC.  The NRC should be the REGULATOR, not the anything goes rubber stamp for the Army.

It would seem to me that monitoring and testing to determine the full extent of DU contamination is the first order of business. The monitoring should include air, soil, water (including new water wells in the area), plants and animals.  Hunting of wild pigs, goats, and sheep around  PTA is very common.  I have received reports of unusual tumors in some animals.  A prohibition against any explosives that may disperse, instead of contain, the contamination makes common sense.  The first indication of radiation contamination at Pohakuloa training Area (PTA) came from civilian radiation monitors on May 29, 2007, months before the Army confirmed DU use at PTA.  The radiation was detected OUTSIDE the base perimeter at Mauna Kea State park, now a county park.

I think a full EIS should be done at PTA and all other Army sites known to have DU to determine the full extent of the contamination and a plan what should be done.  This should be taken out of Army hands because it is clear they want nothing to be done.  In fact they want to be able to use high explosives in the areas that they know contain DU contamination.  Talk about having no regard for health and safety.

At a minimum, I urge you to reject the Army’s request for a categorical exclusion to its DU license to possess at Pohakuloa and all other Army sites.  Require independent testing, monitoring and clean up of the DU present as called for in an 8-1 Hawaii County Council vote on July 2, 2008.  But more should be done — I call for a full EIS on the issue of radiation contamination to include more than just DU from Davy Crockett spotting round.  If DU wasn’t prohibited in training until 1996, it was likely used in training.  That includes 34 years since DU was first used in DC spotting round at PTA.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jim Albertini
President


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Obama to Out Bomb Bush!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

          Obama On Track To Drop More

Bombs Than Bush

BOMBERS
U.S. Central Command’s latest figures on its aerial bombardment of Iraq and Syria reveal that this is the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign since President George W. Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign against Iraq in 2003. In the campaign’s first ten months from August 2014 to May 2015, the U.S. and its allies conducted 15,245 air strikes, or an average of 51 air strikes per day.

      “This is only the latest campaign in a 15-year global air war, largely ignored by U.S. media, in which the United States and its allies have conducted at least 118,000 air strikes against other countries since 2000. The 47,000 air strikes conducted in the 6 ½ years since President Barack Obama took office are only a small reduction from the 70,000 in eight years of the Bush administration, and the current campaign will easily make up that deficit if it continues at this intensity until Obama leaves office…

After 118,000 air strikes, millions of casualties, trillions of dollars squandered, and country after country plunged into chaos, the U.S. has failed to gain political control over any of them.

But our complacent leaders and their self-satisfied advisers blunder on, debating who to threaten or attack next: Russia? China? Iran? Which “threat” provides the best pretext for further U.S. military expansion? U.S. war-making is not just dangerous and irrational. It is also a crime…” See the full article by Nicolas J S Davies here https://www.popularresistance.org/obama-on-track-to-drop-more-bombs-than-bush/

Stop Endless U.S. Criminal Wars!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Contact:
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    Phone
    (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 17, 2015 – 721st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

No more U.S. “Help”! No More Troops or Bombs!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Iraq

A recently released casualty study, Body Count, estimates that at least 1.3 million people have died as a direct or indirect result of US policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since the so-called war on terror began.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30164-report-shows-us-invasion-occupation-of-iraq-left-1-million-dead#

Stop All the Wars! Save the Planet!

Yankee Go Home & Stay Home!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Contact:
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
    :ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (June 12, 2015 – 716th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Fukushima Radiation News

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Fukushima nuclear power disaster — radiation spreading

http://enenews.com/govt-expert-west-coast-will-be-hit-800-trillion-bq-fukushima-cesium-137-equal-amount-fallout-deposited-japan-levels-pacific-higher-expected-main-body-surface-plume-reached-coast-never-slow