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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

License to Poison!

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fails to Protect Troops, Residents, and Visitors from Military Radiation on Hawaii Island

      On June 13, 2017, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied a hearing request about Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation dangers at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island. Concerns raised by Big island petitioners Ruth Aloua, Hawane Rios, Cory Harden and Jim Albertini involved the danger of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles dispersed by winds and high explosives. This applies to the health and safety of troops who train at Pohakuloa, residents and visitors alike. Other concerns included contamination of water, sacred sites, plants and animals. The NRC located in Rockville, Maryland said we who live on Hawaii island have “NO Standing” about military radiation in the center of our Island. Ruth and Hawane are Kanaka Maoli who live and farm only a few miles from Pohakuloa. If they don’t have standing, who does? Petitioner Jim Albertini said it appears that the military “mission” trumps all. We are being treated as lab rats for military experiments. What ever happened to inform consent.”

      Albertini said “I have come to see the so called Nuclear Regulators much like Bank Regulators.  They are insiders and rubber stamps of the industries they are suppose to be regulating.  The fact is, there is little or no regulation. There has been no comprehensive study to determine the full extent of Depleted Uranium contamination and other military toxins on PTA and no comprehensive studies to determine what is coming off the base.  Citizen radiation monitors, on numerous occasions, have detected radiation levels 3-4 times background levels in public areas around PTA. More needs to be done.  I ask fellow citizens to view the short video by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles and judge for yourself if there are health dangers.   See

https://vimeo.com/19153948)

      Nearly 9 years ago, on July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live fire at Pohakuloa, comprehensive testing and monitoring, and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa.  The military has ignored the Council’s voice.

      The military bombing Pohakuloa known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium and other military toxins is not defense training. It is criminal reckless endangering. War Crimes! The NRC has placed the military mongoose in charge of the hen house. In short, the military has been issued an NRC license to poison. How much DU oxide dust is being dispersed from Pohakuloa is unknown. Hold your breath. The answer is blowing in the wind.

Stop Bombing Hawaii!

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    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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet June 16, 2017– 821st week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

NRC letter attached–conclusion:

“We deny the hearing requests and dismiss the petitions of Petitioners Albertini, Harden,

Rios, and Aloua for lack of standing and failure to proffer an admissible contention…

Any Petitioner may appeal this decision to the Commission, pursuant to 10 C.F.R. § 2.311,”

within 25 days of service of this Memorandum and Order.

ISSUE DU 2017 6-13 NRC to petitioners

Manchester Bombing Reflection — Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Manchester Bombing Reflection — Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues

Reflection by Jim Albertini  Wed. May 24, 2017

“My heart goes out to the families of innocent people (especially children) killed or injured in the Manchester, England, bombing.  To see the faces of the people killed and hear the grief of families who lost loved ones is heart wrenching.  When will this violence end?   As Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” We need to look at the root of this escalating violence.  What gave birth to ISIS?  Al-Qaeda? 

“The US and the CIA supported Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan when he was fighting the Russians.  Then came escalating US intervention, regime changes, and endless war in the Middle east — and the growth of Al Qaeda and ISIS.  Where is the violence headed?  As the article below states, “Civilians killed by US are largely ignored as endless global war continues.”  Perhaps if the faces of all the innocent people (especially the children) the U.S. has killed with bombs could be seen across the U.S. like the faces of Manchester bombing victims, and the grief of the families heard, we would all say “this violence has to stop.”  But by and large, we don’t see the faces of our innocent victims or hear and feel the grief of the U.S. victims families, hence the killings go on and on. 

“We point to the Terrorist violence of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, but fail to see the terrorizing violence of the U.S.A.  Or to put it another way: 

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Matthew 7:5

“To prevent further violence, and to break the existing escalating cycle of violence, we need to see the faces and hear the grief of all the victims of violence, especially the violence being conducted in our names.  Otherwise the bombs will continue to explode, including eventually nuclear bombs in cities all around the world.  It is up to each one of us to Stop the Violence.  Wage Peace not War!  Embrace the spiritual command to “Love your enemies.”  Practice non-violence.  Build a world of peace based on a foundation of justice for all.  It starts by taking the log out of our own eye.”

Jim Albertini

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/24/civilians-killed-us-largely-ignored-endless-global-war-continues

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Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues

Borderless ‘War on Terror’—now operated by President Donald Trump—continues to claim innocent lives around the world… but pattern holds that not all victims receive equal attention

 
 

A man displays the bloodied shirt of a child victim at the rubble of houses destroyed by an Saudi airstrike in the Okash village near Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen continues with the backing and support of the U.S. (Photo:Reuters)

Contradicting a version of events presented by the U.S. military and reported widely by the corporate press, a human rights group and a journalist in Yemen are citing witnesses who said a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on Monday night killed multiple innocent civilians and not just “Al Qaeda militants” as the Pentagon claimed.

“This new flawed raid by President Trump shows the US is not capable of distinguishing a terrorist from an innocent civilian.”
—Kate Higham, Reprieve
Reprieve, a UK-based human rights group, cited witnesses from the village of Al-Jubah in Marib province, where the raid took place, and offered the names of five civilians killed as Nasser Ali Mahdi Al-Adhal; Al-Ghader Saleh Salem Al-Adhal; Saleh Al-Taffaf; Yasser Al-Taffaf Al-Adhel; and Shebreen Saeed Salem Al-Adhal.

The witnesses said that none of those five were fighting for al-Qaeda and that Nasser al-Adhal, identified as being approximately 70-years-old and partially blind, was the first one shot by the U.S. soldiers when he mistook them for arriving guests and came out to greet them. According to Reprieve:

The four other villagers were killed when they started to argue with the Navy Seals after the shooting of Nasser al-Adhal. Six villagers were seriously injured, including another elderly man who was around 69-years-old.

Al-Qaeda fighters gathering nearby, who are thought to have been the original target of the raid, were alerted by the gunshots in the village and firefight ensued in which at least two of them were killed. The Navy SEALs then left with the help of air support from a helicopter.

Independent journalist Iona Craig, who has reported from the ground in Yemen for years, helped corroborate the version of events provided to Reprieve. “Five tribesmen amongst killed in US raid last night were not AQ,” Craig tweeted on Tuesday. “They were tribesmen of young activists who drove me from Mareb into Yakla.”

Part of the wider “global war on terror” that the U.S. began in the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001, Yemen has been a target of drone strikes and clandestine operations for years. But as foreign policy experts and the people of Yemen have repeatedly stated, the use of drones and clandestine raids have only hardened Al-Qaeda’s position in the country and the killing of innocent civilians as provided a nearly perfect recruiting tool for the militant group.

In addition to backing the ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen, the military under President Donald Trump has continued to target Al-Qaeda aligned forces in the country. In January, just days after his inauguration, Trump was roundly criticized for a botched raid that led to the death of one U.S. soldier and as many as thirty civilians, including children.

Kate Higham, head of the Assassinations Programme at Reprieve, said this week’s killing of more innocent Yemenis proves that Trump is no better than his predecessors when it comes to protecting civilian lives. 

“This new flawed raid by President Trump shows the US is not capable of distinguishing a terrorist from an innocent civilian,” Higham said in a statement. “When even a 70-year-old is shot dead, it is clear these attacks are not targeted or precise. President Trump must order an immediate investigation into what went wrong and halt all raids and drone strikes before more innocent Yemenis are killed.”

Yemen, of course, is not the only place where the U.S. military is claiming innocent lives. On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks casualties amid Syria’s ongoing civil war, reported the number of civilians killed by U.S. bombings over the last month has been the highest ever recorded over a 30-day time period. According to the group, 235 civilians were killed in U.S. airstrikes from April 23 to May 23. That number includes 44 children and 36 women.

“The past month of operations is the highest civilian toll since the coalition began bombing Syria,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence-France Presse in an interview. “There has been a very big escalation.”

According to Rahman’s group, which is also based in the U.K., the U.S.-led coalition has now killed 1,481 civilians since operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) began in 2014. Of that total number, the groups says, 319 were children.

And as people mourned the horrific loss of life in Manchester this week, where innocent children and other concert-goers were targeted by a suicide bomber, it was difficult not to notice the difference between the attention various killings—all of them horrific and none of them possible to justify—received in the dominant western press.

As journalist and columnist Glenn Greenwald, citing the killings of those civilians in Yemen on Monday, asked, “More reporting that US killed 5 more innocent Yemenis yesterday. Will the media tell their stories, hear from their grieving relatives, etc?”

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Important Public meetings in Hilo & Kona this week with the military concerning Protecting Pohakuloa

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The military is required by law — the National Historic Preservation Act to hold what are called 106 consultation meetings with the community in an attempt to develop a “programmatic agreement” concerning activities at federal locations that have historic sites.  This statement is about Pohakuloa.  There will be meetings coming up as noted below.  Please email Jim Albertini ja@malu-aina.org if you would like you name added to this statement to be delivered at the Hilo and or Kona meetings.  Attend or call in to the meetings if possible to add your own mana’o and please spread the word about the meetings and encouraging people to add their names to this joint statement.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Place: Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo Call-in Line: 808-655-9988 Code: 0518# Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Place: West Hawai’i Civic Center, Council Chambers, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona Call-in line: 808-655-9988 Code: 0519#

 

Aloha ‘Aina – Protect Pohakuloa

 

To Military officials, Julie Taomia, others listed and ccd in her May 11, 2017 email, county, state, and federal officials, news and social media.

Taomia Julie M CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil>

 

Aloha Kakou,

 

  1. Mahalo for the invitation to the May 18 Hilo & May 19 Kona meetings but the short advanced notice of 1 week leaves little time for inviting others, arranging schedules, and preparing meaningful input. This is a good faith effort in that direction nevertheless. The last consultation meeting on Pohakuloa was Sept. 30, 2016 at Pohakuloa and no minute notes of that meeting have been posted to date. How Come?
  2. At the Sept. 2016 meeting a request was made in writing for religious ceremony access to the ahu built at the base of Pu’u Ka Pele during the coming Makahiki season from Nov. thru Feb. Numerous follow up requests were made as well. No access for religious ceremony was granted. How come?
  3. At a Dec. 19, 2016 meeting at PTA which we thought was going to be a day of religious access, we were told that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) needed to be developed for access. We said whatever SOP was good for the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recent site visits should be good for us. At that Dec. meeting those of us who came for religious ceremony signed a statement on the spot and hand delivered it to PTA Commander Lt. Col. Chris Marquez, which said: “Right of Religious Practice. We the undersigned do not recognize the U.S. military’s authority to prohibit religious access to Pohakuloa – the Land of the Night of Long Prayer. It is the right of the people to practice their religion by placing ho’okupu on the ahu at the base of Pu’u K Pele.” It is now 8 months since our written request for religious access and No SOP has been developed to date and access continues to be denied. How come?
  4. At the Dec. 19 meeting Julie Taomia said 1200 historic sites on PTA have been identified, since 1995 when the cultural section was established at PTA but less than 1/3 of PTA’s 133,000-acres have been surveyed for cultural and religious sites to date. How come?
  5. On several occasions we have asked for a list and map of the known sites, especially the religious sites. To date, nothing has been provided. How come?

 

    In light of the above we call for the following:

 

  1. That a timetable be developed for the complete survey of cultural and religious sites for the entire 133,000-acre PTA, and that local Hawaiian authorities, not out of state universities and people be utilized in this effort.
  2. The current list and details with maps of the 1200 known sites, including the 7 religious sites, be released immediately.
  3. A SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for access to religious sites be developed immediately. It is long overdue.

 

     Without such good faith efforts on behalf of PTA, there can be no moving forward on a possible programmatic agreement at PTA because people do not have the information relevant to consider moving forward.

 

     Furthermore, all PTA expansion plans being considered should be made public. In the email announcing this consultation meeting, the Army stated, “Consultation topics will be limited to relevant issues as time is limited.” Let’s be clear. It is not the role of the Army to silence the community or dictate the topics that are relevant and to be discussed. The purpose of the consultation is to identify potential harm to historic/cultural/religious sites, including broad cultural/religious landscapes that encompass Po-haku-loa – The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” It is also the job of the Army to identify measures it can take to avoid the identified harms, or at least to minimize the harm. To really be comprehensive, the programmatic agreement needs to have a MILITARY EXIT PLAN, a plan to clean up all toxins, including Depleted Uranium, UXOs, etc. a plan to restore the area to its pre-military use environment, and funding for Native Hawaiian education, health care in perpetuity in partial compensation for the damage done. We need to learn from Kaho’olawe. Pohakuloa’s 133,000 acres is nearly Five Times the size of Kaho’olawe. This time we want a 100% commitment, (not a 10% commitment,) to clean up 100% of your mess.             It will be up to the Hawaiian people to determine when the job is done to their satisfaction not your satisfaction.

 

     Toward the long term goal of a demilitarized Hawaii, and the return of Hawaiian Kingdom Government and Crown lands, we specifically demand the following short-term issues be addressed:

 

  1. An assessment of the impact of past military training activities at Pohakuloa on cultural and religious sites – including the rubbish, UXO, and other toxins that have not been cleaned up in areas near identified known sites;
  2. That the entire Pohakuloa area –the Land of the Night of Long Prayer, the entire area known as the heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai be designated as an historic site of cultural and religious significance. This area to include all cultural and religious sites – including Pu’u, Heiau identified from oral tradition, cultural and religious practice.
  3. Identify how the present training activities including, what is it now — 15 million live-rounds fired annually? What are the impacts to historic sites, cultural and religious resources and traditional practices? Also include the impact of 2000 or 3000 pound inert bombs dropped from 30,000 feet by B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers flying non-stop from Guam, Missouri, Louisiana, and perhaps places unknown.
  4. The military needs to recognize the importance of access to cultural and religious sites. The time for lip service is over. Show you recognize the importance by opening access to sites for traditional cultural and religious practice NOW!

 

     Mahalo for your attention to these important concerns.

 

(Signature list in formation)

 

— 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 visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

Hilo & Kona meetings with the military about Pohakuloa

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Please pass the word about the Hilo & Kona meetings with the military on Pohakuloa coming up May 18th Hilo and 19th in Kona.  See below for details.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Aloha,

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding another consultation meeting for the development of a programmatic agreement for routine military training on Hawai'i Island.  Two meetings are scheduled, one in Hilo and one in Kailua-Kona. We will continue discussion of routine military training, historic property identification, and potential effects to historic properties. We hope that you can join us at one of the venues or by calling in, as follows:

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo
Call-in Line: 808-655-9988   Code: 0518#

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona  
Call-in line: 808-655-9988   Code: 0519#

Please note these are consultation meetings to fulfill the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. Consultation topics will be limited
to relevant issues as time is limited. The parties on this email have expressed an interest in participating in this consultation.  New parties are welcome to join the consultation, but we will continue with the consultation and not start from the beginning. If I have inadvertently not included someone who should have been included, please share this information with them or provide me with their contact information so that I can forward this to them.

Mahalo,

Julie

Dr. Julie M. Taomia
Cultural Resources Manager
US Army Garrison - Pohakuloa Hawaii
julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil
(808) 436-4280


CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Diplomacy Not War in Korea! Please sign and share petition widely

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Sign petition please and share widely– Pursue diplomacy, not war, with North Korea!

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