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Atomic Weapons Tested in Hawai’i: Army Bombing Continues on Sacred Lands

by : BombShelter.org
Thursday August 23, 2007 - 01:24
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With an effect range of 1500–2000 yards and a potential blast radius of 3000 yards, taking cover immediately after firing was a necessity. Commanders didn’t trust putting nuclear weapons in the hands of the troops. Troops didn’t like the idea of carrying a nuclear weapon into battle. And since this was a tactical battlefield weapon, there was the chance of it being captured and turned against us. Army Survey Confirms Use of Nuclear Weapon System in Hawaii: Formerly Classified "Davy Crockett" Cannon at Pohakuloa

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 Associated Press Radioactive depleted uranium has been found at the U.S. Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area, the Army announced Monday.

Military contractor Cabrera Services has also determined that a formerly classified weapon capable of firing atomic rounds, the "Davy Crockett", was used at the Big Island military base, the Army said in a two-page news release.

"The depleted uranium (DU) that was found does not pose a health danger," said Army spokeswoman Stefanie Gardin.

The material, the same as previously discovered at the Army’s Schofield Barracks on Oahu, was found in an area where there is no public access.

The PTA training range covers about 55,000 acres, Gardin said.

The contractor collected soil samples that have been sent to an independent laboratory for analysis, the Army said in its written statement.

"Now that DU has been confirmed at Pohakuloa, the Army will coordinate with the State of Hawaii and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to determine the next steps," the statement added.

That plan will include an "extensive" survey and monitoring of PTA, Schofield and Oahu’s Makua Military Reservation. The Army said it also will partner with state officials "in the planning and execution of a mutually agreed upon response."

"This is obviously going to be the first step in the process," Gardin said of the aerial testing Cabrera Services conducted Thursday through Saturday.

She did not immediately know the cost of the survey, or why the Army had to hire a contractor to determine what was used on its firing range.

DU is the byproduct of producing nuclear energy. The military uses it in armor-piercing munitions because the material has about twice the density of lead and can ignite on impact.

Breathing the "weakly radioactive" material allows it to be absorbed into the blood faster than by ingestion, according to the World Health Organization’s Web site. People exposed to DU would have to breathe grams of the material to trigger the risk of lung cancer, according to the WHO.

DU is considered to be a "chemical health hazard" that has not been known to cause "observable health or reproductive effects," according to the Army’s news release.

"Now that DU has been confirmed at Pohakuloa, the Army will coordinate with the State of Hawaii and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to determine the next steps," the Army’s news release added.

That plan will include an "extensive" survey and monitoring of PTA, Schofield and Oahu’s Makua Military Reservation. The Army said it also will partner with state officials "in the planning and execution of a mutually agreed upon response."

http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/

Although the weapon system was questionable, the warhead has been used for a variety of applications by every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Built in versions up to 1–kiloton, the warhead is considered small enough to be deployed as a SADM (Special Atomic Demolition Munition) or so called 'Backpack Nuke'.

History Lesson 13 - The Davy Crockett After World War 2, the nuclear weapon was going to save the United States from future wars, and guarantee that we would never again need the massive armed forces required to fight previous wars. There was some speculation that we could eliminate most of the military and its expense. All military branches were feeling the pressure of being downsized, and were developing new weapons to insure their continued existence as an atomic force. With all new technologies, there is a period of exploration on how to properly use it. Thus there were many proposals for the best applications, both peaceful and for warfare. Many were proposed by the lunatic fringe, including the nuclear powered ramjet cruise missile that would have sprayed radiation over the landscape.

The army developed a mobile tactical 280mm (about 11") "atomic" canon in the early fifties that could deliver a 15-kiliton weapon at approximately 18 miles. Weighting 83 tons and requiring a large support organization, this glamorous weapon was obsolete when introduced. Never the less, twenty were made at great expense, and served until the early sixties.

Realizing that it needed a more practical weapon, the army developed the man portable Davy Crockett. This small unit weapon consisted of an atomic projectile launched from either a 120mm or 155mm recoilless rifle, both common "bazooka" style firing mechanisms in the inventory of the day. The 120mm had a range of 1¼ mile, while the 155mm had a range of 2½ miles. The warhead assembly weighed 76 pounds, was 30 inches long and 11 inches in diameter.

The explosive part of the warhead used on the Davy Crockett weighed just 51 pounds and was the smallest and lightest fission bomb (implosion type) ever deployed by the United States, with a variable explosive yield of 10 – 20 tons of TNT. The 10-ton version could destroy a two-block area. This would be approximately two to four times as powerful as the ammonium nitrate bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. The Davy Crockett was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971. Between 1956 and 1963, 2,100 were produced at an estimated cost (excluding the warhead) of $540 million.

This weapon was not popular with the troops, and it is unlikely that it would have been used except as a weapon of last resort. With an effect range of 1500–2000 yards and a potential blast radius of 3000 yards, taking cover immediately after firing was a necessity. Commanders didn’t trust putting nuclear weapons in the hands of the troops. Troops didn’t like the idea of carrying a nuclear weapon into battle. And since this was a tactical battlefield weapon, there was the chance of it being captured and turned against us.

Although the weapon system was questionable, the warhead has been used for a variety of applications by every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Built in versions up to 1–kiloton, the warhead is considered small enough to be deployed as a SADM (Special Atomic Demolition Munition) or so called "Backpack Nuke". It was the closest thing the U.S. is known to have to developed to a so-called "suitcase bomb".

Although the weapon system was questionable, the warhead has been used for a variety of applications by every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Built in versions up to 1–kiloton, the warhead is considered small enough to be deployed as a SADM (Special Atomic Demolition Munition) or so called 'Backpack Nuke'.

One of the smallest nuclear weapons ever built, the Davy Crockett was developed in the late 1950s for use against Soviet troops in West Germany. Small teams of the Atomic Battle Group (charged with operating the device) would be stationed every few kilometers to guard against Soviet attack, using the power of their nuclear artillery shells to kill or incapacitate advancing troop formations and irradiate the area so that it was uninhabitable for up to 48 hours, long enough to mobilize NATO forces.

The M-388 round used a version of the W54 warhead, a very small sub-kiloton fission device. The Mk-54 weighed about 51 lb (23 kg), with a selectable yield of 10 or 20 tons (very close to the minimum practical size and yield for a fission warhead) up to .5 kiloton. The complete round weighed 76 lb (34.5 kg). It was 31 in. (78.7 cm) long with a diameter of 11 in. (28 cm) at its widest point; a subcaliber piston at the back of the shell was actually inserted into the launcher’s barrel for firing. The Davy Crockett could be launched from either of two launchers: the 4-inch (120 mm) M28, with a range of about 1.25 mi (2 km), or the 6-in (155 mm) M29, with a range of 2.5 mi (4 km). Both weapons used the same projectile, and could be mounted on a tripod launcher or carried by truck or armored personnel carrier. They were operated by a three-man crew. Both recoilless guns proved to have poor accuracy in testing, so the shell’s greatest effect would have been its extreme radiation hazard. Even at a low yield setting, the M388 would produce an almost instantly lethal radiation dosage (in excess of 10,000 rem) within 500 feet (150 m), and a probably fatal dose (around 600 rem) within a quarter mile (400 meters).

A common myth is that with no shielding or protection from either blast or radiation, a Davy Crockett crew would have been unlikely to survive any engagement, also claiming that the blast area of the warhead was greater than the range of the weapon. In fact, though the device could be fired to a dangerously short range by an inept crew, the maximum range of both versions is far longer than the distance at which dangerous direct radiation, thermal, shockwave/blast, or debris are likely to endanger the crew. At a range of as little as half of the maximum range for the 120mm version (1 kilometer) no immediate ill effects are likely.

Production of the Davy Crockett began in 1956, with a total of 2,100 being made. The weapon was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971.

Versions of the W54 warhead were also used in the Special Atomic Demolition Munition project and the AIM-26A Falcon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device) In the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a Russian colonel of the GRU by the name of Colonel Volgin fires a "Davy Crockett" from a helicopter, at a research base controlled by a rival Russian faction, obtained by a US agent who defects to the Russians. This takes place during the Cold War.

Soldiers in 'America's Army: True Soldiers' attack an enemy encampment in the fictional country of Ganzia. The   player controls the weapon in the foreground. Before using a weapon in combat, players must meet Army training   standards.

America’s Army to Declare War on Ganzia in New Game BY Elizabeth M. Lorge

Washington (Army News Service, Aug. 13, 2007) – America’s Army will declare war on the fictional country of Ganzia Sept. 27 when it launches "True Soldiers" for X-Box 360, the latest evolution of the popular Army-sponsored computer game.

Players create a Soldier, go to basic and advanced weapons training, then deploy to Ganzia, an American ally overrun by a rebel militia. Each mission comes complete with a set of battle orders providing background information, objectives and intelligence.

True to its name, "True Soldiers" accurately depicts the Army, from the smallest unit patch to the shadow of a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. Players can even give each other "coins" for saving a battle buddy and receive awards for valor.

Training and marksmanship tests reflect real Army standards, and uniforms, guns and other equipment model the real thing.

"We have all these weapons in our studio and artists can actually model them and texture them to make them look as real as possible," said Randy Greenback, creative director for the game. "Thanks to the Army, all of our developers were trained on how to reload and fire weapons, and we actually went out and did some training at Fort McClellan, Ala. We put everything we learned and experienced into the game."

The game focuses on leadership and teamwork so groups play together as units, but players may also participate individually.

"True Soldiers" is filled with background information on ranks, units, specialty occupations and the core Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

"True Soldiers" also tells the stories of "America’s Army: Real Heroes," six real Soldiers who received a Silver Star or Bronze Star with Valor for heroism in combat. The program is scheduled to release four action figures of the Soldiers in Toys "R" Us stores by the end of August and two more later this year.

"It’s a great way to tell our stories," said Real Hero Sgt. Tommy Rieman, who will literally be the face of the game. "It’s an honor and it’s pretty cool."

"This is all very authentic, even down to the face paint, the goggles," he added. "This is one portion we bring to the table. We show them this is what a Soldier looks like and then the designers go in and put it into the game and you have the United States Army."

Parents concerned that the game is a little too life-like can set the program to use non-lethal training ammunition only. Enemy soldiers will simply sit down after being shot.

For more information about America’s Army, visit www.americasarmy.com

Many hypothetical doomsday devices are based on the fact that salted hydrogen bombs can create large amounts of nuclear fallout.

’Doomsday Clock’ Now Tracks Warming Associated Press

Jan. 17, 2007 — Scientist Stephen Hawking described climate change Wednesday as a greater threat to the planet than terrorism.

Hawking made the remarks as other prominent scientists prepared to push the giant hand of its Doomsday Clock — a symbol of the risk of atomic cataclysm and now also of climate change — closer to midnight. Hawking warned that "as citizens of the world, we have a duty to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with every day."

It was the fourth time since the end of the Cold War that the clock has ticked forward, this time from 11:53 to 11:55, amid fears over what the trans-Atlantic group of scientists is describing as "a second nuclear age" prompted largely by atomic standoffs with Iran and North Korea.

But the organization added that the "dangers posed by climate change are nearly as dire as those posed by nuclear weapons."

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded in 1945 as a newsletter distributed among nuclear physicists concerned by the possibility of nuclear war, has since grown into an organization focused more generally on manmade threats to the survival of human civilization.

"As scientists, we understand the dangers of nuclear weapons and their devastating effects, and we are learning how human activities and technologies are affecting climate systems in ways that may forever change life on Earth," said Stephen Hawking, the renowned cosmologist and mathematician.

"As citizens of the world, we have a duty to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with every day, and to the perils we foresee if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change."

The bulletin’s clock, which for 60 years has followed the rise and fall of nuclear tensions, would now also measure climate change, the bulletin’s editor Mark Strauss said.

"There’s a realization that we are changing our climate for the worse," he said, "That would have catastrophic effects. Although the threat is not as dire as that of nuclear weapons right now, in the long term we are looking at a serious threat."

The threat of nuclear war, however, remains by far the organization’s most pressing concern. "It’s important to emphasize 50 of today’s nuclear weapons could kill 200 million people," he said.

The decisions to move the clock is made by the bulletin’s board, which is composed of prominent scientists and policy experts, in coordination with the group’s sponsors.

Since it was set to seven minutes to midnight in 1947, the hand has been moved 18 times, including Wednesday’s move.

It came closest to midnight — just two minutes away — in 1953, following the successful test of a hydrogen bomb by the United States. It has been as far away as 17 minutes, set there in 1991 following the demise of the Soviet Union.

Many hypothetical doomsday devices are based on the fact that salted hydrogen bombs can create large amounts of nuclear fallout. During his State of the Union Speech, President Bush set the official government Doomsday Clock to midnight and then declared that "the end times are here". Mr. Bush said it has been his sworn duty to carry out God’s will by deregulating the oil industry and refusing to control greenhouse gases and just let the world perish in a catastrophe brought upon by global warming.

Global Death Clock Moves Forward Two Minutes

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) is moving the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock on January 17, 2007, from 7 to 5 minutes to midnight.

BAS announced the Clock change at an unprecedented joint news conference at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, and the Royal Society in London. In a statement supporting the decision to move the hand of the Doomsday Clock, the BAS Board focused on two major sources of catastrophe: the perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons, 2000 of them ready to launch within minutes; and the destruction of human habitats from climate change.

Fourteen leading scientists and security experts writing in the January-February issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, explore further the potential for catastrophic damage from human-made technologies.

Created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock has been adjusted only 17 times prior to today, most recently in February 2002 after the events of 9/11. At that time, BAS underscored the slow progress on global nuclear disarmament.

By moving the hand of the Clock closer to midnight—the figurative end of civilization—the BAS Board is drawing attention to the increasing dangers from the spread of nuclear weapons in a world of violent conflict, and to the catastrophic harm from climate change that is unfolding.

At the announcement from London, Stephen Hawking, BAS Sponsor, professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of the Royal Society, said: "As scientists, we understand the dangers of nuclear weapons and their devastating effects, and we are learning how human activities and technologies are affecting climate systems in ways that may forever change life on Earth. As citizens of the world, we have a duty to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with every day, and to the perils we foresee if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change."

From Washington, Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin, said: "As we stand at the brink of a Second Nuclear Age and at the onset of unprecedented climate change, our way of thinking about the uses and control of technologies must change to prevent unspeakable destruction and future human suffering."

Sir Martin Rees, president of The Royal Society, professor of cosmology and astrophysics, master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, and BAS Sponsor said: "Nuclear weapons still pose the most catastrophic and immediate threat to humanity, but climate change and emerging technologies in the life sciences also have the potential to end civilization as we know it."

Lawrence M. Krauss, another BAS Sponsor and professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, said: "In these dangerous times, scientists have a responsibility to speak truth to power especially if it might provoke actions to reduce threats from the preventable technological dangers currently facing humanity. To do anything else would be negligent."

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, a BAS director and co-chair of the International Crisis Group, said: "Although our current situation is dire, we have the means today to successfully address these global problems. For example, through vigorous diplomacy and international agencies like the International Atomic Energy Agency, we can negotiate and implement agreements that could protect us all from the most destructive technology on Earth—nuclear weapons."

The BAS statement outlines a number of steps that, if taken immediately, could help to prevent disaster, including the following:

* Reduce the launch readiness of U.S. and Russian nuclear forces and completely removing nuclear weapons from the day-to-day operations of their militaries

* Reduce the number of nuclear weapons by dismantling, storing, and destroying more than 20,000 warheads over the next 10 years, as well as greatly increasing efforts to locate, store, and secure nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere

* Stop production of nuclear weapons material, including highly enriched uranium and plutonium—whether in military or civilian facilities

* Engage in serious and candid discussion about the potential expansion of nuclear power worldwide

Editor’s Note: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on this site (http://www.thebulletin.org) as of 6 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. in London/2300 GMT on January 17, 2007.

Many hypothetical doomsday devices are based on the fact that salted hydrogen bombs can create large amounts of nuclear fallout.

HELL IN A HANDBASKET: Why are suitcase bombs such a great risk? Russia is know to have created around 200 suitcase bombs - nuclear weapons the size of suitcases. According to a Soviet defector called Aleksander Lebed it has seemingly lost track of more than 100 - each of which could kill more than 50,000 people (depending on where detonated). Many of these bombs were distributed and hidden in present day US hostile countries. Possibly the worst effect of a terrorist nuclear device would be that it could in fact trigger a nuclear war. If America thought Russia or an enemy country had used nuclear weapons against it, it would not hesitate to retaliate... so one small nuclear device could in fact trigger events that would killion millions.

http://www.armageddononline.org/nuke.php



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Atomic Weapons Tested in Hawai’i: Army Bombing Continues on Sacred Lands
Tuesday August 28 - 04:40 - Posted by fc0c7f18f72a9743...

The funny part is that tourists to Hawaii, and people who live at the coastal resorts in very expensive homes, especially on the island of Hawaii, have no idea that many of the most exclusive and expensive resorts areas are located directly downwind of these polluted military firing ranges and the winds carry the fine particles of DU in the dust. But it is a big secret. And now that the secret is out, the military is using the old "Agent Orange" defense..... it won’t harm you, go ahead and breath DU "there are no known dangers".... radiation is not harmful.... we all know that.

On at Schofield base on Oahu, they burn the evidence (against the military’s own regulations 700-48 of DU disposal) and the DU travels in the smoke and the wind. The State of Hawaii turns a blind eye because its’ "representatives" have a policy of supporting everything the military does and taking all the money they can get for their "campaigns" from the very producers of the DU weapons systems and the vehicles that transport them.....

THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE ON EARTH AND A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AS LONG AS AMERICANS ALLOW THEIR "REPRESENTATIVES" TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE WAR INDUSTRIES.....







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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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