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Important info about Kona Friday Meeting on Pohakuloa

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Meeting 5:30-7:30 Friday, May 19th in the Kona Council Chambers about Protecting Pohakuloa cultural and religious sites.

 Anyone planning to go to the Kona Pohakuloa meeting  and wanting to speak needs to either email or phone Julie Taomia 436-4280 <julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil> ahead of time. Some people were not even allowed in to the Hilo meeting tonight. because they were not on a list. Ridiculous bureaucratic nonsense. We made a stink so they said they will allow anyone in as observers to the Kona meeting but to speak you need to contact Julie by phone or email ahead of time. They also try and restrict focus, but please speak from your hearts about what the bombing of the sacred aina, cultural and spiritual sites and area means to you. I presented the letter with over 40 signers on it and gave copies to all present. Mahalo and solidarity. Jim Albertini

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

What is Blowing in the Wind at Pohakuloa?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Disorderly Conduct?

For a phone call to inform teachers and  parents that their school children may have been exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust at the April 20th Military Pohakuloa Earth Day event?  Since when is trying to protect children’s health and safety Disorderly Conduct? 

                                                                                                              

      A Disorderly Conduct complaint has been filed with police against peace activist, Jim Albertini, by Connections Public Charter School in Hilo. The complaint stems from Albertini calling the school on Friday, May 12th seeking email addresses for teachers who took their students to the April 20, 2017 Earth Day events at the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area. Albertini said he wanted to get information to teachers and parents of students about the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles possibly being dispersed by heavy artillery live-fire taking place at Pohakuloa on April 20. Hilo Police officer C Sugimoto informed Albertini that the Connections School Principal filed the complaint because “my phone call caused the school to feel ‘alarmed.’”

      Albertini said his organization, Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, conducted radiation monitoring with an Inspector Plus monitor for several hours outside the Pohakuloa main gate on April 20. They recorded 8 readings in the 60s Counts Per Minute (CPM) and the highest reading of 74 CPM at 10:49AM. Normal background is in the 5-20 CPM range. The winds on the morning of April 20 at Pohakuloa were from the south, coming off the bombing range toward the base compound and main gate area where the Earth Day events were taking place. The winds increased as the morning went on.

      In his phone call and follow up email to Connections and other schools who had students join Pohakuloa Earth Day events, Albertini urged teachers and parents to view a short video https://vimeo.com/19153948?ref=fb-share&1 where Hawaii Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium oxide dust. Dr. Pang has spent 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and is listed in America’s Best Doctors. Albertini offered to try and arrange a meeting of teachers, and parents of the children who attended Pohakuloa earth Day events with Dr. Pang if there was interest. An article in West Hawaii Today on April 21 by Laura Ruminski noted that besides Connections PCS, Kaumana Elementary, St. Joe’s, Honoka’a High School and possibly other schools had students who attended the April 20 Pohakuloa Earth Day events.

      Albertini said his efforts are to share concern for the health and safety of school children. He said that learning about the dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles may be “alarming,” but it hardly merits a “Disorderly Conduct” criminal complaint against the messenger. Albertini said he would be glad to do Ho’oponopono with Connections school principal and teachers if they would be willing. Albertini said “I believe strongly in the principles of Kapu Aloha and non-violence where the means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. If we truly want peace, we must be firmly committed to using peaceful means and treat all people with aloha and respect.”

 Are DU Oxide Particles Blowing in the DUst off Pohakuloa?

What kind of world are we creating for future generations?  Is the U.S. military exploiting children by hosting an “Earth Day” event while bombing the earth?

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May 16, 2017 Follow Up press release on Disorderly Conduct Complaint filed against Peace Activist Jim Albertini

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

May 16, 2017 Press Release after Jim Albertini met with Hilo Police Officer C. Sugimoto 10:30 AM at the Hilo Police Station.

Follow Up press release on Disorderly Conduct Complaint for phone call filed against peace Activist Jim Albertini

     Jim Albertini reported that “Officer Sugimoto first read me my rights and I signed a consent form to be questioned.  Officer Sugimoto then told me that I was being investigated on a possible “Disorderly Conduct” complaint filed by Connections Public Charter School (PCS) Principal John Thatcher and the school secretary, Candy Alverado.”  The complaint stems from Albertini calling the Connections school on Friday, May 12th seeking email addresses for teachers who took their students to the April 20, 2017 Earth Day events at Pohakuloa.  Albertini said Officer Sugimoto informed him that the disorderly conduct complaint “was filed because my phone call caused the school to feel “alarmed.””  Albertini said he “did call the school and spoke with secretary Candy Alverado, not principal Thatcher, and explained his concern to get information to teachers and parents of students about the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles possibly being dispersed by heavy artillery live fire which was taking place at Pohakuloa on April 20th.”  Albertini said “Ms. Alverado was very pleasant and gave me the email addresses of two teachers plus the bus driver who went to Pohakuloa Earth Day events.”  Albertini said “the following morning, on Saturday, May 13th I sent an email to the three Connections employees.”  (See the email below.)

     Albertini said “I hope the Connections two teachers and bus driver shared the email with the school principal and secretary, as well as the parents whose children visited Pohakuloa.  The email includes more than 3 times background radiation readings, up to 74 counts per minute, our organization recorded outside the Pohakuloa main gate on April 20th and a link to a short video by Hawaii Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium dust.”  Albertini also said in the email that he “offered to try and arrange a meeting between the teachers, parents and Dr. Pang if so desired for further information on the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide particles.”

     Albertini said “my phone call and email to Connections, and other schools, who took students to Pohakuloa Earth Day events was to share concern for the health and safety of the children.”  Albertini said “I acknowledge that learning about the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium oxide dust particles may be “alarming” but it hardly merits a “Disorderly Conduct” complaint against the messenger whose concern is the health and safety of people, especially the hundreds of students at Pohakuloa Earth Day events while heavy live fire was taking place.”  Albertini said an April 21st article in West Hawaii Today mentioned students from St. Joseph School, Kaumana Elementary, and Honoka’a High School also attending Pohakuloa Earth Day events on April 20th.  Perhaps there were other schools as well.  The military said over 300 attended.

     Albertini said “I would be glad to do ho’oponopono with Connections Principal Thatcher and Secretary Alverado if they would be willing.  I believe strongly in the principles of Kapu Aloha and nonviolence where the means we use must be in line with the end that we seek.  If we truly want peace, we must be firmly committed to using peaceful means and treat all people with aloha and respect.

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May 15, 2017 Press Release: Complaint filed against Peace activist Jim Albertini

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

     Peace activist Jim Albertini said “I have been informed by Hawaii County Police officer Sugimoto at 12:30 PM today (May 15, 2017) that a complaint has been filed against me.  I have been asked to come to the Hilo police station on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9AM to be read my rights and be questioned.”   Albertini said “I intend to be at the front desk Hilo police station at 9AM Tuesday and I invite others, including the news media, to join me.  All that I know is that it’s a complaint involving Connections Public Charter School.  Whether it’s a complaint filed by the school itself or an employee, I have no idea.  The email below which I sent to 3 employees of the school is a follow up to a phone call I made to the school on Friday, May 12th. Why a police complaint would be filed against me I have no idea.  Come and find out with me 9AM Tuesday, May 16th.  Before I talked by phone with officer Sugimoto, I also called St. Joeseph’s School, Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a High School who were mentioned as having students attend the Pohakuloa Earth Day event in an April 21, 2017 article in West Hawaii Today by Laura Ruminski.  I have emailed principals at Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a and I am waiting for a call back from St. Joe’s to get an email address for the principal there. Mahalo.”

Connections Public Charter School — To: Kathleen Wines, Kathleen Booth, and Carol Trousdale,

Aloha Kathleen, Kathleen and Carol,

     I received your email addresses from Candy at Connections PCS when I called the school on May 12, 2017.  I asked her if any Connections PCS classes attended the Pohakuloa Earth Day events on April 20th.  She told me that a Connections 1st and 4th grade class attended.. Our organization was outside the PTA gate on April 20th when I saw a Connections School bus enter the base.  Our concern is for the health and safety of people, especially the children, from exposure to military toxins, including the inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles.  Below are excerpts from a press release we issued before the PTA Earth Day event about our concerns and a copy of the leaflet we attempted to hand out to those entering for the event

     On April 20th we conducted radiation monitoring  with an Inspector + monitor for several hours outside the PTA main gate and had 8 readings in the 60s CPM (counts per minute) and the highest reading of 74 CPM at 10:49AM.  Normal background range is 5-20 CPM.  The winds on the morning of April 20th at Pohakuloa were coming from the south, off the bombing impact range toward the base compound and main gate area and increased as the morning went on..  Live fire was taking place, including what sounded like high explosive howitzer fire.

    As teachers and employees responsible for school children, please view and let the parents know about this short video https://vimeo.com/19153948?ref=fb-share&1 where Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang. MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling depleted uranium dust.  I would be glad to try and arrange a meeting with Dr. Pang, you and the parents of the children who attended the PTA Earth Day event.  Please share this email with the parents and contact me if you and parents would like to meet with Dr. Pang. 

    Mahalo for your assistance in this matter.

Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina

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

     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. 

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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Press Release: Police Complaint filed against Peace activist Jim Albertini

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Press Release: Complaint filed against Peace activist Jim Albertini

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

     Peace activist Jim Albertini said “I have been informed by Hawaii County Police officer Sugimoto at 12:30 PM today (May 15, 2017) that a complaint has been filed against me.  I have been asked to come to the Hilo police station on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9AM to be read my rights and be questioned.”   Albertini said “I intend to be at the front desk Hilo police station at 9AM Tuesday and I invite others, including the news media, to join me.  All that I know is that it’s a complaint involving Connections Public Charter School.  Whether it’s a complaint filed by the school itself or an employee, I have no idea.  The email below which I sent to 3 employees of the school is a follow up to a phone call I made to the school on Friday, May 12th. Why a police complaint would be filed against me I have no idea.  Come and find out with me 9AM Tuesday, May 16th.  Before I talked by phone with officer Sugimoto, I also called St. Joeseph’s School, Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a High School who were mentioned as having students attend the Pohakuloa Earth Day event in an April 21, 2017 article in West Hawaii Today by Laura Ruminski.  I have emailed principals at Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a and I am waiting for a call back from St. Joe’s to get an email address for the principal there. Mahalo.”

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Email to Connections Public Charter School — To: Kathleen Wines, Kathleen Booth, and Carol Trousdale,

Aloha Kathleen, Kathleen and Carol,

     I received your email addresses from Candy at Connections PCS when I called the school on May 12, 2017.  I asked her if any Connections PCS classes attended the Pohakuloa Earth Day events on April 20th.  She told me that a Connections 1st and 4th grade class attended.. Our organization was outside the PTA gate on April 20th when I saw a Connections School bus enter the base.  Our concern is for the health and safety of people, especially the children, from exposure to military toxins, including the inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles.  Below are excerpts from a press release we issued before the PTA Earth Day event about our concerns and a copy of the leaflet we attempted to hand out to those entering for the event

     On April 20th we conducted radiation monitoring  with an Inspector + monitor for several hours outside the PTA main gate and had 8 readings in the 60s CPM (counts per minute) and the highest reading of 74 CPM at 10:49AM.  Normal background range is 5-20 CPM.  The winds on the morning of April 20th at Pohakuloa were coming from the south, off the bombing impact range toward the base compound and main gate area and increased as the morning went on..  Live fire was taking place, including what sounded like high explosive howitzer fire.

    As teachers and employees responsible for school children, please view and let the parents know about this short video https://vimeo.com/19153948?ref=fb-share&1 where Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang. MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling depleted uranium dust.  I would be glad to try and arrange a meeting with Dr. Pang, you and the parents of the children who attended the PTA Earth Day event.  Please share this email with the parents and contact me if you and parents would like to meet with Dr. Pang. 

    Mahalo for your assistance in this matter.

Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina

 

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

     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. 

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?

  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.

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

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