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News article on Military Special Ops on Hawaii Island and all Hawaii Islands

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Military Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area now cancelled

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/11/28/hawaii-news/militarys-mauna-kea-rec-area-plans-a-no-go/?fbclid=IwAR2tZUwxDPAm1VNopV2ijzegcevHepeWQ0hh2TF92ZIBbOxTOnP628M_u1U

 

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Monday, November 26th, 2018

Proposed armed Military Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Park violate County Regulations

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Proposed armed Military Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area violate County Regulations.  Other Military Special Ops planned for shorelines and beaches, etc. on all Hawaiian islands

Press Release Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
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     “The proposed Military Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area violate County Regulations that prohibit “firearms” in Mauna Kea Recreation Area.  See regulations #15 below,” said Jim Albertini of Malu Aina.  Albertini also said see the Navy document that explains the Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area  https://drive.google.com/file/d/12fkkqJOOA8xi1DWUuejfxJBOXiO2mZGc/view?usp=sharing 

      Th e Navy document  on page two says the military mock enemy role players in the Special Ops  would have real weapons.  The Special Ops role playing is planned for “in and around the Mauna Kea Recreational Area buildings.” Albertini said “this is counter to what was told to me on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 by Deputy Director Department of Parks & Recreation, Maurice C. Messina who put in writing: “Our cabins will be utilized for lodging purposes only.  No military exercises will be conducted at MKRA.”   Mr. Messina can be reached at 961-8311, 961-8420 and Maurice Messina@hawaiicounty.gov

     Albertini said, “Malu ‘Aina wants these military Special Ops planned for our County Mauna Kea Recreation Area stopped.  It is highly inappropriate to be conducting Military special Ops in our county parks.  These Special Ops are really assassination training missions and park users would be unsuspecting targets of military reconnaissance/surveillance personnel located in camouflaged positions on the slopes of Mauna Kea above Mauna kea Recreation Area.  The military surveillance personnel would be monitoring the mission of military role players mixing with park users..  The Military Special Ops document says “role players would present as a mock enemy conducting security patrols, meetings between role players, and have real weapons, with blanks so the training can be conducted with proper weight.  These personnel would remain in position day into night for 24 to 96 hours.”

     Albertini is appealing to County/State elected officials to cancel these Military Special Ops missions in our parks and public shoreline and beaches.  Military Maps shows Special Ops are also planned also for the North and South Kohala  beaches and shorelines.  The maps were published in the Hawaii Tribune Herald and West Hawaii Today on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.  

   Here is the link to the Navy’s Draft Special Ops Environmental Assessment (EA) on all Hawaii Islands.  Deadline for Public comment is Dec. 10, 2018 

https://www.navfac.navy.mil/navfac_worldwide/pacific/about_us/national-environmental-policy-act–nepa–information/environmental-assessments-availble-for-public-review.html

Albertini said “these Military Special Ops are normalizing  military intrusion everywhere.  We need to stop this military madness now.   There is the potential for panic and  unintended violent clashes from frightened locals or tourists if they see someone (Special Ops enemy role player) with a gun at Mauna Kea Recreation Area, or elsewhere.  This should not be taken lightly.  The military needs to clean up its toxic messes including unexploded ordnance, Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination, etc. all over Hawaii not expand its training into our parks, shorelines, and on the slopes of Sacred Mauna Kea.”

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Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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Stop Feeding the War Machine

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Stop Feeding the

War Machine! 

“The U.S. Has Spent Six Trillion Dollars on Wars Since 9/11”   Newsweek 11/14/18 https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/

Since 9/11 Millions have been killed, wounded, and made refugees by U.S. Imperial wars on behalf of corporate merchants of death!

“Thank You for Your Service!”

Time for a change: Feed the hungry, House the homeless, Fund Medicare for all, Education, Renewable energy, Rebuild infrastructure, etc., etc.

  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 peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
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Nov. 23, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 896th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Opposition to Hu Honua burning Eucalyptus Trees for energy project

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is taking email testimony till 5 pm tomorrow Wednesday the 21st of November.  Please send in testimony and pass the word.  Send testimony here cleanwaterbranch@doh.hawaii.gov

My written testimony is below.  I gave verbal testimony last week at the public hearing.

Dear DOH and Hu Honua officials,

Our organization is in total opposition to this dinosaur energy project Hu Honua — burning wood for energy in a place that has the best possible solar in the world.  In addition, it’s not simply burning wood, but involves a wide range of chemicals and massive amounts of wasting water that has enormous  implications for polluting our ocean and its sea life, and fresh water sources.  End this ridiculous project now, or at a minimum require a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the wide range of environmental impacts that have yet to be seriously studied — impacts to air, land, water (fresh & ocean) and roadways from all the wood hauling.  It should also be noted that the project site is an old sugar mill likely contaminated with a wide range of toxins from sugar company days, including the heavy metal arsenic, which was used in herbicides by the plantations and widely contaminated the lands.

The DOH does not have a good record of standing for the community public health.  I recall years back on Oahu the DOH covered up the chemical heptachlor in milk to protect the dairy industry rather than protecting public health.  Heptachlor was a chemical used in the pineapple plantations and when the pineapple tops  cows, it started showing up in our milk.  In another case, the DOH did a poor job in policing Puna Geothermal Venture from harming the community.  I specifically remember a meeting back in the 1990s when then DOH director, Jack Lewin and his deputy (now DOH head) Bruce Anderson  had to leave a public meeting at Pahoa High School cafeteria under police escort, because the community was so outraged  about being poisoned by geothermal well leaks and blowouts and not protected by the DOH.  The history of geothermal in Hawaii has been a community disaster, forcing families to sell their homes and move away because out of fear of serious health impacts.  And of course there are a wide range of issues related to the DOH turning a blind eye to military environmental impacts — the nuclear pollution in Pearl harbor, the dumping of more than 2000 barrels of nuclear waste off Oahu’s southern shores from nuclear refueling operations at Peal Harbor, the extensive Depleted uranium (DU)  contamination on several islands from military training, and I could go on and on.

DON’T REPEAT MISTAKES OF THE PAST.   Stand up for public health. Put this dinosaur Hu Honua project out of business before it too causes irreversible harm to the communities of Hawaii.

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Jim Albertini, president
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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