News Highlights

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

1. Nonviolence Film Series, (Wed.-Shelburne Falls; Thurs.-Deerfield)
2. Scott Ritter in Amherst, reservations recommended, Fri., 10/14
3. An 18-second Margin to Meltdown?
Address for 2 men on the Vermont Public Service Board
4. Traprock II, downtown?
5. “College not Combat” Berkeley Conference, 10/21-23
6. Bring Them Home Now Tour – Press Conference Audio
7. Ernest Sternglass, on “The Present Danger” (downwind, downriver)

————————Explore Nonviolence

1. Film Series, 10/13 Shelburne Falls / Deerfield 10/14
“The Unknown History of Active Nonviolence”

Western Mass neighbors are watching an important film series at 7 pm,
Wednesday nights at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. Each film and the
discussion that follows will illustrate ‘Unarmed People Power’ used in
countries around the world to topple tyrants, resist oppression, and move
toward freedom and justice.
On Wednesday Oct. 12 See “A Force More Powerful: Part Two on
Danish resistance to Nazi occupation, the overthrow of communist rule in
Poland, and the ousting of Pinochet’s military dictatorship in Chile–90
minutes. For more information call 413 624-8858 or 413 625-9708.
On Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 at Traprock see “A Force More
Powerful: Part One” on the US Civil Rights movement, India’s independence
struggle and how community organizing and boycotts overcame physical,
psychological and economic oppression in South Africa. What a film!

——————————End War

2. Scott Ritter, “War against IRAN,” Amherst, Friday, 10/14

Scott Ritter, former U.N. Weapons Inspector & US Marine, will
address, “War Against Iran” downstairs at the Jones Library, at 7PM, Friday
October 14. Ritter has just returned from speaking on this topic in Europe.
Following questions from the media, we ask for your participation in a
citizens’ think tank, for consideration of sustainable, effective and
creative steps to help prevent a full scale invasion of Iran. All rights
reserved.

Reservations recommended. 100 seats are available. Contributions of
$10 or more will reserve a seat. Please mail a donation or make yours on
line ($10-$1000 help grow the movement. Contributions of potatoes, carrots,
greens or winter squash also accepted, but not online.) Traprock, 103A
Keets Road, Deerfield.

Reservations for dinner with Scott in Amherst at 5 pm, can be made
for $25, $50 or more. If this is your first gift this year, please
consider that $50 adds up to less than the cost of ONE CUP of coffee per
week. Please invite veterans you know to join us, as we build of bridges,
and celebrate Traprock’s 26th anniversary. Please forward and announce.

————————-Environmental Justice

3. Help prevent an 18-second Margin to Meltdown

An account of the Vermont Public Service Board meeting on Sept.
20 may provide insight into how you might help prevent a proposed 18-second
Margin to Meltdown. PSB member David Coen said it is important for people
to write letters and get their neighbors to write letters so the Board (two
lawyers who really are, absurdly, the Court of last Resort) may hear
directly from the public and know their concerns. Please contact them and
let them know you are aware of the implications for generations. Address
follows. For a report on the hearing …
http://www.traprockpeace.org/nuke_notes/

Vermont Public Service Board
112 State Street, Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701

clerk@psb.state.vt.us
Please do it. Thanks, Sally!!!

————————-Foster Community

4. Many years ago the Core Group here considered whether to open a downtown
office in Greenfield. If you would like to be on a committee to explore an
opportunity for Traprock II, downtown? Please call us, 413 773-7427.
We expect to meet next week.

——————————End War

5. ‘College Not Combat – Relief Not War,’ Berkeley Conf, Oct. 21-23

On The Frontlines – a national counter-recruitment conference co-sponsored
by the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) and Military Out of Our Schools – Bay
Area (MOOS) at University of California, Berkeley
Military recruiters out of our schools,
U.S. troops out of Iraq!

Activists from around the country — students, educators, veterans and more
–will participate in and present workshops ranging from
*first-person stories from Iraq,
*practical discussions on starting an antiwar chapter at your school
*and debates on what rights military recruiters have if they are
discriminating against people according to sexual orientation.
Democratic student organizing sessions can build a dynamic,
grassroots, national force to stop military recruitment and the war. For
more information on the ON THE FRONTLINES conference, or to register
email: frontlines.conference@gmail.com
Campus Antiwar Network: http://www.campusantiwar.net

——————————End War

6. Bring Them Home Now Tour – Voices

Many student reporters participated in a press conference
hearing the urgent concerns and perspectives of survivors, veterans and
military families. If your neighbors, or family members missed the bus tour
on its way from Camp Casey in Crawford to Washington, DC, they can hear
these important voices:

Elliot Adams, Veterans for Peace
Stacy Bannerman, Military Families Speak Out advisory board
Michael Hoffman, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Carlos Arredondo, Gold Star Families
Cody Camacho, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Hear the MP3 – 55:05 minutes at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/bring_them_home_now_tour.html

========================================
Here is an excerpt from “Secret Fallout,” by Ernest Sternglass
A portion of Chapter 19, “The Present Danger”

(Request: Let’s encourage neighbors to use the term reactors, rather than
plants.)

… Strangely enough, it was through my concern about the possible effect
of the October 1976 Chinese fallout discovered in southeastern Pennsylvania
by the operators of a nuclear plant on the Susquehanna River not far from
Three Mile Island that I first learned of the high releases from the
Millstone reactor.

Apparently, as in the case of the Albany-Troy episode back in 1953, a heavy
rainstorm brought down very large amounts of fallout from a nuclear cloud,
setting off radiation alarms at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power station near
the Maryland border. That rainout had caused the evacuation of many of the
workers from the plant. The EPA had failed to warn either the public, state
health authorities, or the reactor’s health physicists of the potentially
high local fallout, hoping that it might not happen. Only when the plant
supervisor got in touch with Thomas Gerusky at the Pennsylvania State Bureau
of Radiation Control and checks were made at other locations such as the
Three Mile Island plant did it become clear that the high iodine 131 levels
were due to fallout, and not an accident at Peach Bottom.

When the iodine levels in the milk started to climb to a few hundred
picocuries and no one had warned the public that pregnant women should not
drink the milk, a colleague of mine at the University of Pittsburgh and I
decided to hold a news conference to issue such a warning.

As it turned out, Gerusky decided not to order the cows to be placed on
stored hay, even though some areas in Pennsylvania reached levels close to
500 picocuries per liter. Only in Massachusetts and briefly in Connecticut
and New York did the health departments order dairy cattle to be switched to
uncontaminated feed, and only in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which
obtained most of its milk from Massachusetts, did infant mortality continue
its sharp decline in the following few months among all the New England
states.

When a news story with my findings on the rises in infant mortality
following this episode was published by the Washington Post-Los Angeles
Times News Service in the summer of 1977, I received a phone call from a
newspaper reporter in Connecticut, who asked me whether I had examined the
possible effect of the Millstone plant releases on the pattern of infant
mortality changes in New England. Someone had given him a copy of a recent
annual environmental report for this plant, and he wondered whether I might
be willing to look at it for him since he was unable to interpret its
significance.

When the report arrived a few days later, I turned to the pages dealing with
milk measurements. I could hardly believe my eyes. The control farms located
in a direction where the wind rarely carried the gases from the stack showed
levels of strontium 90 of only 5 to 7 picocuries per liter, similar to the
rest of the East Coast. The concentrations in other nearby farms, however,
reached values as high as 27 of these units, higher than those typical for
Connecticut during the height of nuclear-bomb testing back in the early
1960s and similar to the highest concentrations measured by N.U.S. at
Shippingport. For the people living within 10 to 20 miles of the plant,
nuclear-bomb testing might just as well have never ended.

And when I looked at infant mortality in New England in preparation for a
lecture at the University of Rhode Island, the familiar pattern I had seen
at Dresden, Indian Point, and Shippingport once again confirmed the
seriousness of these levels of fallout in the milk. While throughout the
1950s and 1960s all the New England states had shown the same infant
mortality rate, following the onset of releases from Millstone in 1970,
Rhode Island, directly downwind, suddenly stopped declining as rapidly as
all the other states. By early 1976, before the October fallout arrived from
China, Rhode Island had nearly twice the infant mortality rate of New
Hampshire.

Shortly after I presented these findings at the University of Rhode Island,
I received a telephone call from State Representative John Anderson of the
Connecticut legislature, asking me whether I would be willing to undertake a
more detailed study of the possible health effects of Millstone and the
nearby Connecticut Yankee Reactor at Haddam Neck for the people of
Connecticut. I agreed on the condition that he would send me the full
environmental reports for the two plants for every year of their operation,
together with the detailed annual vital statistics reports of the State of
Connecticut.

A few weeks later a large box arrived containing the reports. The story they
revealed was a repetition of what had taken place at Shippingport, except
that this time the environmental and health data were much more detailed and
extended over many years before and after the start of operation. Again, the
strontium 90 levels in the soil and milk increased as one approached each of
the two plants. The levels were a few times higher near the Millstone Plant,
with its boiling-water reactor (BWR), than near the Haddam Neck plant, with
its pressurized-water reactor (PWR), which was similar to Shippingport and
Three Mile Island.

This time, however, data was available for every year of operation on a
month-by-month basis, and it was possible to see how in the first few years
of operation, the strontium 90 levels were no different near the plants from
those in the rest of New England. But gradually, as the fallout from bomb
testing was washed into the rivers and the ocean by the rains, the soil and
milk levels declined all over New England, while they stayed high or even
rose for the farms within a 10- to 15-mile radius of the plants.

On a number of occasions, when there was a particularly heavy fallout from a
Chinese nuclear test, as in October of 1976, the records of the milk
measurements showed the arrival of the fallout very clearly as a peak,
particularly for the short-lived iodine 131 and strontium 89, and to a
lesser degree for the long-lived cesium 137 and strontium 90. But what was
even more disturbing were the even larger peaks of strontium 90 and cesium
137 in July and August of 1976, months before the bomb was detonated, not
only in the local farms but as far downwind as Providence, Rhode Island.

Yet the summary in the front of the utility’s environmental report for 1976
maintained, as it had every year, that the strontium 90 and cesium 137 in
the milk was attributable to fallout from nuclear testing. It was sad to see
that the once so hopeful nuclear industry now needed the continuation of
nuclear-bomb tests to stay in operation.

To calculate the radiation doses to the bones of children, I used the high
local excess values of strontium 90 in the milk along with the NRC’s own
calculational model given in NUREG 1.109. The results were of the order of a
few hundred millirems per year, many hundreds of times the value of less
than 1 millirad arrived at by the utility when the strontium 90 was left out
of the calculations, and far above the maximum of 25 millirems per year that
was proposed by the EPA as the maximum permissible value from the nuclear
fuel cycle.

Thus it was no surprise that the EPA as well as the NRC issued statements
after my reports had been sent to State Representative Anderson and
Congressman Christopher Dodd, in whose district the Millstone Plant was
located, which claimed that the high strontium 90 and cesium 137 levels in
the milk near this plant were due to fallout and could not be attributed to
releases from the plant. The EPA and NRC never even attempted to explain why
the levels of these radioactive substances should increase as one approached
the stack from every direction.

Instead, these government agencies, on whom the public depended for the
protection of its health and safety, tried to mislead the public. They
claimed that there was little strontium 89 present along with the strontium
90, as is always the case when fresh fission products escape into the
environment, and that therefore the strontium 90 could not be due to plant
releases.

But what the nonspecialist could not have known is that strontium 89 has a
very short half-life of only 50 days compared with 30 years for strontium
90. While the long-lived strontium 90 continues to build up in the soil
around the plant, the strontium 89 rapidly decays away. Thus, when the cows
return to pasture in the spring and summer, the milk shows predominantly the
accumulated strontium 90, and very little of the short-lived strontium 89.

… A portion of Chapter 19, “The Present Danger”
from “Secret Fallout,” by Ernest Sternglass
Free access on line for the entire book.

Though he investigates the disease rated downwind of
reactors, and nuclear bomb tests, Sternglass is an optimist. An Audio
Interview with this brilliant contemporary of Einstein will be posted later
this week.

Also, please watch for the Montague Reporter this week covering
Sternglass at All Souls Church on October 6, with notes on excess breast
cancer mortality in Franklin County, noted in the book, “The Enemy Within.”
(Internal radiation sources are much more damaging than external sources,
because the effect is localized.)

Best regards,
Sunny Miller, Executive Director, 413-773-7427
Charlie Jenks, Web Site Manager
Peter Letson, President

Last week the web site had 3000 visits daily.
What’s your favorite resources there?
Wish Charlie a happy birthday in October?
Make his a late-night work feel much appreciated?
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http://www.traprockpeace.org
————————————–
Underlying other news of the day this question remains:
What wouldn’t you do to prevent a melt-down?

Oct 6 Traprock News – Solidarity w/students; Sternglass comes Oct 7

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

1. Today, Thursday, October 6, 11AM
SOLIDARITY MARCH WITH HCC ANTI-WAR STUDENTS

Starts at G Building, near the center of Holyoke Community College
campus, west of US91 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
March for Free Speech!
March Against the War in Iraq!
March for College, Not Combat!

The UMass-Amherst Anti-War coalition, in solidarity with HCC
counter-recruitment students, has called for a peaceful mass march at
Holyoke Community College in Holyoke … to demonstrate our determination to
preserve freedom of speech on our university and college campuses and resist
police repression of anti-war students. http://www.campusantiwar.net

According to witnesses, on Thursday, September 29, a peaceful group of
approximately 30 counter-recruitment activists were attacked by members of
the HCC College Republican Club and the Holyoke campus police. One anti-war
activist, Charles Peterson, was pepper-sprayed by police and has since been
banned from the HCC campus where he is a student and works.

Charles Peterson is active in the Anti-war Coalition, Vice President of
academic affairs on the student senate, a member on the college’s learning
community committee, a frequent contributor to the Phoenix Press, the
student newspaper, and a tutor in the math center. He is also a recipient of
the David James Taylor Excellence in Philosophy award.

In support, Cindy Sheehan, Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace
writes: “I am appalled that students exercising their (fully sanctioned)
rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble were abused by law
enforcement officials. The right to patriotically dissent from our
government is a sacred right and these students should be given
commendations, not black eyes. They were claiming their places in our
democracy. The people who mistreated them should be the ones who are being
investigated for their brutality and heavy-handed over-reaction, not the
students.”
For more information, contact Justin (UMass) at (413) 320-9108 or
jfjln@yahoo.com or HCC Anti-War Coalition at info.hcc-awc@hotmail.com

2. “Secret Fallout” by Ernest Sternglass is available on the internet in its
entirety, at http://www.ki4u.com/Secret_Fallout/SF.html

3. Ernest Sternglass speaks on Radiation Health Risks,
for Downwinders in the Nuclear Age!

6:30 PM, Thurs, Oct. 6
All Soul’s Church Social Hall
399 Main Street at Hope Street, downstairs
Opposite the Courthouse & Public Library
At 7:30 please discuss how to help prevent a melt-down!

Sternglass will show statistics on the incidence of cancers, cancer deaths,
and other health effects downwind of nuclear reactors. A room will be
available for children’s activities, including making ‘tooth fairies’ in
support of our effort to collect baby teeth for assessment of strontium 90
levels in a 50-mile radius of the Vernon reactor. Please come.

How do you want to help prevent instituting an 18-second melt-down
margin proposed at the Vernon reactor, (oldest in New England)? We were
able to confirm this event just last Friday. Please forward, call or tell
in person any public officials, media, school nurses, physicians, health and
safety officials, teachers, bus drivers, nursing home and medical
attendants, etc. … REFUSE TO BE A RADIATION REFUGEE.

BIO: Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass is Emeritus Professor of Radiological Physics
in the Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine. He joined the University in 1967 to direct the Radiological
Physics and Engineering Laboratory to develop new imaging techniques to
reduce the dose in X-ray and nuclear medicine examinations.
In addition, Dr. Sternglass has carried out extensive epidemiological
studies of the effect of nuclear fallout and reactor releases on human
health, in connection with which he has testified at hearings of the U.S.
Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, State Legislatures and U.S.
Government Regulatory Agencies. Sternglass is the author of “Low -Level
Radiation” (Ballantine 1972), “Secret Fallout”, (McGraw – Hill 1981) and
“Before the Big Bang” (Four Walls Eight Windows 1997). He is Scientific
Director of the Radiation & Public Health Project, a not-for-profit
research organization.

Cosponsored by Traprock Peace Center & All Souls Church
Free admission. Not wheelchair accessible. We intend to tape this for
internet access. Video help needed. Donations always appreciated so that we
may continue this work.

4. Friday, Oct. 7
“The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children” Northampton

On Traprock’s 26th Anniversary of incorporation as a not-for-profit, this
stunning documentary made for German Public Television will be shown Friday,
at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, in downtown
Northampton, MA, by the Northampton Committee to End the War Against Iraq.
Frances Crowe and colleagues discuss what each of us can do now to
end the brutal use of toxic and radioactive waste in ammunition. (This film
is available for purchase for home use only, and we invite groups to
co-sponsor public viewings which require $2/person contributions. This
documentary will shown Oct. 8 at the Taos Mountain Film Festival as their
favored film on DU, deadly, ‘depleted’ uranium.)

5. Saturday, Oct. 8, 11AM – 4PM Bring Our National Guard Home Now:
a state-wide campaign to bring the Massachusetts National Guard home from
Iraq, Organizing Meeting in Cambridge, 11 am, October 8, 2005,
FEATURING: A panel of Military Families Speak Out members including Nancy
Lessin, Charlie Richardson and MA National Guard Families and
Interactive workshops, at the Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road,
Cambridge. See complete details, three strategies to be discussed and
contact info for organizers on our calendar at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/calendar

7. Monday, October 10, may be the anniversary of those remarkable remarks by
Senator Byrd, as he spoke in the US Senate, paraphrased here … “If you
sign this piece of rag (skirting direct responsibility for declaring war on
Iraq) you might as well hang a sign over Congress … ‘GONE FISHIN’!!'”
Where is Congress as the blood flows, dark and red? Please consider where
you might stand with a banner or sign on this federal holiday, to help end
war, and rebuild everywhere.

Best regards,

Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427
Charlie Jenks, Web Site Manager, 413 773-5188 x. 2

This week the web site has 3000 visits daily.
Please see your favorite resources there.
Wish Charlie a happy birthday in October.
Make his NOT a late-night, thankless job!
http://www.traprockpeace.org
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Underlying other news of the day this question remains:
What wouldn’t you do to prevent a melt-down?

Background:
The Vernon, Vermont reactor is just 15 miles from here.
In June the Vermont legislature gave away the store, and linked
payments for new radioactive waste storage on the shores of
the Connecticut River to a 20% increase in power output.
No reactor we know of has achieved this much power increase.
What can you do to stop the loss of a back-up cooling pump,
increased water pressure and operating temperatures, and
the reduction of the ‘safety’ margin from emergency shut-down
to the beginning of a melt-down to only 18 seconds.
Why aren’t these details front page news, this week?

Request:
We appeal for your initiative to preserve this land,
these communities we love.
Please call a reporter, editor, or media news desk.

Truth matters – Labors matter – Gifts matter

in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

========================================
Here is an excerpt from “Secret Fallout,” by Ernest Sternglass
A portion of Chapter 19, “The Present Danger”

(Request: Let’s encourage neighbors to use the term reactors, rather than
plants.)

… Strangely enough, it was through my concern about the possible effect
of the October 1976 Chinese fallout discovered in southeastern Pennsylvania
by the operators of a nuclear plant on the Susquehanna River not far from
Three Mile Island that I first learned of the high releases from the
Millstone reactor.

Apparently, as in the case of the Albany-Troy episode back in 1953, a heavy
rainstorm brought down very large amounts of fallout from a nuclear cloud,
setting off radiation alarms at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power station near
the Maryland border. That rainout had caused the evacuation of many of the
workers from the plant. The EPA had failed to warn either the public, state
health authorities, or the reactor’s health physicists of the potentially
high local fallout, hoping that it might not happen. Only when the plant
supervisor got in touch with Thomas Gerusky at the Pennsylvania State Bureau
of Radiation Control and checks were made at other locations such as the
Three Mile Island plant did it become clear that the high iodine 131 levels
were due to fallout, and not an accident at Peach Bottom.

When the iodine levels in the milk started to climb to a few hundred
picocuries and no one had warned the public that pregnant women should not
drink the milk, a colleague of mine at the University of Pittsburgh and I
decided to hold a news conference to issue such a warning.

As it turned out, Gerusky decided not to order the cows to be placed on
stored hay, even though some areas in Pennsylvania reached levels close to
500 picocuries per liter. Only in Massachusetts and briefly in Connecticut
and New York did the health departments order dairy cattle to be switched to
uncontaminated feed, and only in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which
obtained most of its milk from Massachusetts, did infant mortality continue
its sharp decline in the following few months among all the New England
states.

When a news story with my findings on the rises in infant mortality
following this episode was published by the Washington Post-Los Angeles
Times News Service in the summer of 1977, I received a phone call from a
newspaper reporter in Connecticut, who asked me whether I had examined the
possible effect of the Millstone plant releases on the pattern of infant
mortality changes in New England. Someone had given him a copy of a recent
annual environmental report for this plant, and he wondered whether I might
be willing to look at it for him since he was unable to interpret its
significance.

When the report arrived a few days later, I turned to the pages dealing with
milk measurements. I could hardly believe my eyes. The control farms located
in a direction where the wind rarely carried the gases from the stack showed
levels of strontium 90 of only 5 to 7 picocuries per liter, similar to the
rest of the East Coast. The concentrations in other nearby farms, however,
reached values as high as 27 of these units, higher than those typical for
Connecticut during the height of nuclear-bomb testing back in the early
1960s and similar to the highest concentrations measured by N.U.S. at
Shippingport. For the people living within 10 to 20 miles of the plant,
nuclear-bomb testing might just as well have never ended.

And when I looked at infant mortality in New England in preparation for a
lecture at the University of Rhode Island, the familiar pattern I had seen
at Dresden, Indian Point, and Shippingport once again confirmed the
seriousness of these levels of fallout in the milk. While throughout the
1950s and 1960s all the New England states had shown the same infant
mortality rate, following the onset of releases from Millstone in 1970,
Rhode Island, directly downwind, suddenly stopped declining as rapidly as
all the other states. By early 1976, before the October fallout arrived from
China, Rhode Island had nearly twice the infant mortality rate of New
Hampshire.

Shortly after I presented these findings at the University of Rhode Island,
I received a telephone call from State Representative John Anderson of the
Connecticut legislature, asking me whether I would be willing to undertake a
more detailed study of the possible health effects of Millstone and the
nearby Connecticut Yankee Reactor at Haddam Neck for the people of
Connecticut. I agreed on the condition that he would send me the full
environmental reports for the two plants for every year of their operation,
together with the detailed annual vital statistics reports of the State of
Connecticut.

A few weeks later a large box arrived containing the reports. The story they
revealed was a repetition of what had taken place at Shippingport, except
that this time the environmental and health data were much more detailed and
extended over many years before and after the start of operation. Again, the
strontium 90 levels in the soil and milk increased as one approached each of
the two plants. The levels were a few times higher near the Millstone Plant,
with its boiling-water reactor (BWR), than near the Haddam Neck plant, with
its pressurized-water reactor (PWR), which was similar to Shippingport and
Three Mile Island.

This time, however, data was available for every year of operation on a
month-by-month basis, and it was possible to see how in the first few years
of operation, the strontium 90 levels were no different near the plants from
those in the rest of New England. But gradually, as the fallout from bomb
testing was washed into the rivers and the ocean by the rains, the soil and
milk levels declined all over New England, while they stayed high or even
rose for the farms within a 10- to 15-mile radius of the plants.

On a number of occasions, when there was a particularly heavy fallout from a
Chinese nuclear test, as in October of 1976, the records of the milk
measurements showed the arrival of the fallout very clearly as a peak,
particularly for the short-lived iodine 131 and strontium 89, and to a
lesser degree for the long-lived cesium 137 and strontium 90. But what was
even more disturbing were the even larger peaks of strontium 90 and cesium
137 in July and August of 1976, months before the bomb was detonated, not
only in the local farms but as far downwind as Providence, Rhode Island.

Yet the summary in the front of the utility’s environmental report for 1976
maintained, as it had every year, that the strontium 90 and cesium 137 in
the milk was attributable to fallout from nuclear testing. It was sad to see
that the once so hopeful nuclear industry now needed the continuation of
nuclear-bomb tests to stay in operation.

To calculate the radiation doses to the bones of children, I used the high
local excess values of strontium 90 in the milk along with the NRC’s own
calculational model given in NUREG 1.109. The results were of the order of a
few hundred millirems per year, many hundreds of times the value of less
than 1 millirad arrived at by the utility when the strontium 90 was left out
of the calculations, and far above the maximum of 25 millirems per year that
was proposed by the EPA as the maximum permissible value from the nuclear
fuel cycle.

Thus it was no surprise that the EPA as well as the NRC issued statements
after my reports had been sent to State Representative Anderson and
Congressman Christopher Dodd, in whose district the Millstone Plant was
located, which claimed that the high strontium 90 and cesium 137 levels in
the milk near this plant were due to fallout and could not be attributed to
releases from the plant. The EPA and NRC never even attempted to explain why
the levels of these radioactive substances should increase as one approached
the stack from every direction.

Instead, these government agencies, on whom the public depended for the
protection of its health and safety, tried to mislead the public. They
claimed that there was little strontium 89 present along with the strontium
90, as is always the case when fresh fission products escape into the
environment, and that therefore the strontium 90 could not be due to plant
releases.

But what the nonspecialist could not have known is that strontium 89 has a
very short half-life of only 50 days compared with 30 years for strontium
90. While the long-lived strontium 90 continues to build up in the soil
around the plant, the strontium 89 rapidly decays away. Thus, when the cows
return to pasture in the spring and summer, the milk shows predominantly the
accumulated strontium 90, and very little of the short-lived strontium 89.

===========================================
Vermont Public service Board
112 State Street, Drawer 20
Montpelier, 05620-2701

: clerk@psb.state.vt.us

Congress moves to back tactical nukes

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3025737.stm

Published: 2003/05/13 23:15:50 GMT

Congress moves to back tactical nukes
By Steve Schifferes
BBC News Online in Washington

Congress moves closer to approving a new generation of small tactical nuclear weapons, despite the warnings of arms control experts.

The US House of Representatives looks set to approve funds for the research and development of a new generation of small tactical nuclear weapons which could be used to attack deep bunkers holding weapons of mass destruction.

The House Armed Services Committee is voting the money as part of the $400bn defence authorisation bill which will be reported out on Tuesday.

Last week, the Senate Armed Services committee approved the money in a closed vote.
The move would overturn a ten-year ban on such developments, and still has to be approved by the full House and Senate.

The shift of policy has been sought by the Pentagon since last summer, when it began to develop plans to reshape the US nuclear arsenal to take account of the new doctrine of pre-emption.

Fear of proliferation

Democrats warned that it would make harder to contain the spread of nuclear weapons.
“This is a major shift of policy,” said Senator Carl Levin of Michigan.

“It makes a mockery of our argument around the world that other countries – India, Pakistan – should not test and North Korea and Iran should not obtain (nuclear weapons).”

But the chairman of the committee, Republican Senator John Warner, said that it was a prudent step to defend the US against enemies.

“America has had a ban on this research since 1993, yet that has done nothing to stop other countries from seeking to acquire nuclear weapons,” he pointed out.

Under the Bush administration, the US has signed a strategic arms-control deal with Russia, but it has abrogated the anti-missile defence treaty and has expressed doubts about the comprehensive test ban treaty.

New nuclear weapons

US strategic planners believes that the new tactical nuclear weapons are essential to meet to threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and says they could be used against chemical or biological weapons facilities and nuclear bunkers buried deep underground.

But arms controls advocates say that the plans could undermine US efforts to limit nuclear proliferation at a time when North Korea, among others, seems intent on developing nuclear weapons.

“We have tried for 50-plus years to make these weapons unthinkable,” Democratic Senator Jack Reed said.

“And now we’re talking about giving them a tactical application. It’s a dangerous departure.”

The new weapons under consideration include low-yield tactical nuclear weapons, which yield under five kilotons, less than one-third of the first atomic bomb used at Hiroshima, and a “robust nuclear earth penetrator”, designed to bury deep into the ground before exploding.

Potential targets could include North Korea, which is suspected of hiding its nuclear production sites in areas carved out of mountains.

The new earth-penetrating bomb would be based on the one remaining US tactical nuclear weapon, the B61, with a strengthened nose cone to allow it to penetrate frozen soil or rocks.

The even smaller nuclear weapons, with yields of under five kilotons could be used against above-ground weapons production facilities.

They would take longer to develop, and might require underground testing – something that the Congressional committees also authorised.

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Thanks to Phil Gasper for sharing this!

Scott Ritter 10/14; HCC Students+Police Brutality; 10/2 PeacePagoda; 10/6-Radiation Risks-Ernest Sternglass; 10/7 DU film; 10/8 Conf inCambridge; 10/10-Congress Gone Fishin!

Oct. 2 is Gandhi’s birthday.
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Wonderful photographs are now posted of the march on Washington to stop the war against Iraq. “COLLEGE, NOT Combat!” And also photos of Civil resistance at the White House on Monday.

Today we celebrate and appreciate Catherine Donaghy for heroic work answering questions about four buses headed for DC. Thanks to volunteers from 4 states and DC who worked at the NO DU booth. What tremendous dedication. Thanks to donors who helped.

Today we fondly remember Charlotte Kitownski, a dear friend and activist, who died after a car accident in Windsor, VT. Once she helped stop a major interstate from coming through a beautiful wilderness in Connecticut. We heard her inspiring story on International Women’s Day.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

1. Yesterday, Sept. 29, 2005, HCC Student Demonstration Quashed by Police Full details in a letter to Dr. William Messner, President of Holyoke Community College, below from Members of the Anti War Coalition at Holyoke Community College.

Please see below.*

2. Scott Ritter’s talk “War against Iran,” originally slated for tonight, is rescheduled for 7PM Friday, OCTOBER 14, at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA. Please consider the most a) effective, b) ustainable, and c) creative ways you can help prevent another full-blown war. Make reservations by mail now or online soon for a dinner at 5PM. Thanks for contributing. Movement work
requires investment of our energies, and our dollars to make big changes.

3. Sunday, Oct. 2, Gandhi’s birthday and 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Leverett Peace Pagoda! 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA. Boston City Council Member Chuck Turner will speak. He speaks echoing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is an advocate for human rights who strongly opposes the construction of a Level 4 bioweapons lab among the poor in Roxbury, MA. Bring your letter of gratitude for friends at the Pagoda, photos for inclusion in a scrap book, or offers to help finish construction of their temple, replacing one burned to the ground about 14 years ago!

4. Thursday, Oct. 6, Radiation Health Risks, Downwinders in the Nuclear Age! At 6:30 PM, Dr. Ernest Sternglass speaks at All Soul’s Church, 399 Main Street at Hope and Main, across from the Greenfield Courthouse and Public Library. Sternglass will show many transparencies on the incidence of breast cancers, cancer deaths, autism, etc. A room will be available for children’s activities, including making ‘tooth fairies’. Discussion follows on how to prevent the dangerous increase in risks proposed at the Vernon reactor. Thanks to All Souls for co-sponsoring this
important event. How do you want to help prevent instituting an 18-second melt-down margin between emergency shut down and the beginning of a melt-down. Please announce this event to school nurses, physicians, health and safety officials, teachers, bus drivers, nursing home and medical attendants.

… REFUSE TO BE A RADIATION REFUGEE.

5. Friday, Oct. 7″The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children” On Traprock’s 26th Anniversary of incorporation as a not-for-profit, this stunning documentary made for German Public Television will be shown Friday, at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, in downtown Northampton, MA, by the Northampton Committee to End the War Against Iraq.
Frances Crowe and colleagues discuss what each of us can do now to end the brutal use of toxic and radioactive waste in ammunition. (This film is available for purchase for home use only, and we invite groups to co-sponsor public viewings which require $2/person contributions. This documentary will shown Oct. 8 at the Taos Mountain Film Festival as their favored film on DU, deadly, ‘depleted’ uranium.)

6. Saturday, Oct. 8, 11AM – 4PM Bring Our National Guard Home Now: a state-wide campaign to bring the Massachusetts National Guard home from Iraq, Organizing Meeting in Cambridge, 11 am, October 8, 2005, FEATURING: A panel of Military Families Speak Out members including Nancy Lessin, Charlie Richardson and MA National Guard Families and Interactive workshops, at the Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge. See complete details, three strategies to be discussed and contact info for organizers on our calendar at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/calendar

7. Monday, October 10, may be the anniversary of those remarkable remarks by Senator Byrd, as he spoke in the US Senate, paraphrased here … “If you sign this piece of rag (skirting direct responsibility for declaring war on Iraq) you might as well hang a sign over Congress … ‘GONE FISHIN’!!'” Where is Congress as the blood flows, dark and red? Please consider where you might stand with a sign this holiday, to help end war, and rebuild everywhere.

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*To Dr. William Messner, Pres. of Holyoke Com. College,

We are writing to express our deep outrage at the events of September
29, when campus police assaulted peaceful student protesters and
sprayed one student with mace.

Approximately thirty activists, many of them members of Holyoke
Community College‚s Anti War Coalition, exercising their First
Amendment rights to “assemble and petition government for redress of
grievances,” participated in a planned, peaceful picket of Army
National Guard recruiters in the lobby of the college cafeteria.  This
was a diverse group of students, black, white, latino, gay, straight,
men and women, united in peaceful and vocal opposition to US policy in
Iraq, the spending priorities of the US political system, and the
College’s hypocrisy in giving preferential, and we believe illegal,
access to military recruiters whose enlistment policies bar gays and
lesbians– in violation of the college’s own anti-discrimination
policies. Furthermore, we believe that the college‚s policies violate
Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation.

Students at HCC are encouraged to voice their opinions, and yet in this
case, when students did exactly that, they became the victims of police
brutality.  Students who had passed through the cafeteria at 7:30AM
noted then that the police were already present ˜even though recruiters
were not scheduled to begin tabling until 10AM.  

The police assault on the students began when one student standing in
front of Officer Landry held aloft with both hands a hand-lettered,
poster board sign reading „Cops are hypocrites.‰  The sign had no stick
attached to it.   At that point, Peter Mascaro, head of Campus
Security, reached over Officer Landry‚s head, snatched the sign from
the student‚s hands, saying „That is inappropriate!‰    In surprise the
student tried to reach for his sign.  At this point the campus police,
led by Officer Landry, assaulted the student.  Mr. Mascaro ordered
Officer Landry, „Let him go.‰   Officer Landry heatedly replied „Are
you serious?‰ The police officer‚s inappropriate grabbing of the sign
constituted the battery.

Three other officers joined Officer Landry in grabbing each of the
student‚s limbs and hoisted him off the ground.  Other students
instinctively tried to protect the student being assaulted.  When the
officers lost their grip on the student, he backed away and raised his
hands in the air indicating his non-violent posture.  At approximately
that moment, Officer Landry maced a different student, one who was not
doing anything or making any gestures to do anything at the time.

Both of the students who were battered by campus police are upstanding
members of the HCC community.  One is a tutor in the CAPS Center. The
other received the David James Taylor Excellence in Philosophy Award,
is Vice President for Academic Affairs on the Student Senate, is a
member of the College‚s Learning Communities Committee, and is a
frequent contributor to the student newspaper.  Several of the
activists involved observed that the student who was maced had
consistently played a moderating role in the protest.

As the assault was taking place, approximately a dozen College
Republicans were moving forward, pumping their fists in the air,
shouting and encouraging the Officers on. It should be noted that the
Officer Scott Landry (HCC Badge Number 4), the officer who used mace on
the student, is also an Advisor to the College Republican Club at HCC. 
Throughout the morning, the campus police force ignored the activities
of the College Republicans and were only deployed against the
protesters. 

At approximately this time college officials appear to have called
local and State Police, and  at least twenty state police arrived in
riot gear and gas masks. Officer  Landry looked at one of the
protesters and, observing that he was wearing a button reading “Lesbian
and Gay Liberation,” loudly uttered an obviously homophobic taunt: 
“He’ll have fun in jail.”  As Officer Landry is an employee of the
college, we believe that his taunt constituted illegal and actionable
discrimination under Massachusetts laws. 

By this time, the protesting students were trying to peacefully
disperse and attend to the traumatized students who had been battered
by campus police.  Riot police amassed in the cafeteria with boxes
labeled “gas masks.”

We want to know the if the police were preparing to deploy gas in the
cafeteria˜a place where there were many students, cafeteria workers,
and some children present.

With riot police threateningly lined up in the stairwell, groups of
students hostile to the protesters surrounded and came close to rioting
against the small crowd who had left the building and were trapped in
the courtyard outside.

During this time, one student reports that he went to get a drink of
water in the student lounge and ten to fifteen police in full riot gear
pointed their guns at the student and said “we’re not letting anyone in
or out of here.”

We demand 1) an immediate, unconditional public apology from the
college; 2) a pledge of non-retaliation against the activists involved;
3) a thorough and impartial investigation into these incidents; and
finally, 4) that the military recruiters not be allowed back to our
college,  as their actions and those of the military discriminate
against people based on their sexual orientation, in violation of
Massachusetts law and college policy. Furthermore, the military is
engaging in an economic draft against working class and poor people in
an attempt to buttress this nation‚s illegal war against Iraq. 

Thank You,
Members of the Anti War Coalition at Holyoke Community College

(To peace workers getting this email, please call Holyoke Community
College to register your concerns.)
HCC Main Number     1-413-552-2600
President Messner      1-413-552-2222

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Underlying other news of the day this question remains:
What wouldn’t you do to prevent a melt-down?

Background:
The Vernon, Vermont reactor is just 15 miles from here.
In June the Vermont legislature gave away the store, and linked
payments for new radioactive waste storage on the shores of
the Connecticut River to a 20% increase in power output.
No reactor we know of has achieved this much power increase.
What can you do to stop the loss of a back-up cooling pump,
increased water pressure and operating temperatures, and
the reduction of the ‘safety’ margin from emergency shut-down
to the beginning of a melt-down to only 18 seconds.
Why aren’t these details front page news, this week?

Request:
We appeal for your initiative to preserve this land, these communities
we love. Please call a reporter, editor, or media news desk, and ask your
question!

Best regards,

Sunny Miller, Executive Director, 413-773-7427
Charlie Jenks, Web Site Manager, 413 773-5188 x. 2
Peter Letson, President,

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in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By Christine Lane

It took Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the full weight of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) less than one week to remove 8,500 illegal settlers from that sliver of Palestinian land known as the Gaza Strip. For the past years they have commandeered the best real estate by the sea, represented some 0.5% of the resident population, commandeered some 44% of the Strip, and who truly believed that they were granted this land by God himself, but this time the HE stayed in heaven. Where there is a political will there is a way. But what is that will, and what is the way? It took the IOF armed to the teeth a little more time to devastate Gaza and the West Bank.

For the past few weeks both the regional and foreign media have been obsessed even infatuated with the proposed withdrawal or so called ‘unilateral disengagement’ from Gaza. Vicariously described as a major move for peace, a window of opportunity, a historic and brave decision or the beginning of the end in terms of the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State. The issue is much to do about nothing.

Images of the weeping and wailing-the great sacrifices to be made by the illegal settlers spread across the television screens of the gang forced to leave their luxury red-roofed villas and swimming pools overlooking the dereliction of Gaza. Such protests from these settlers who were not in any way the owners of the land! Can you imagine the feelings of the real owners when they were expelled from Palestine in 1948? Now, messianic Jews barricaded themselves into an old British fortress, or retreated into Synagogues; one settler died as a result of self-igniting herself; some threw acid at the Israeli soldiers. The media sought to show how much these now dispossessed settlers are suffering-maybe in the aftermath some will claim that their human rights were violated-whereas they have lived impervious to the distress of their displaced neighbours and alongside blatant poverty. For years they thoroughly thrived on their financial perks and privileges. Again, one can only wonder how during the protests some 5,000 Israeli pro-settlements activists could enter Gaza when not one Palestinian can move either way. Where were the paraylsing Israeli checkpoints-but of course many Israeli soldiers are settlers themselves! Somehow there is an element of farce here. A bus load of settlers being returned to Israel escaped from the bus and ran into Palestinian territory- they simply took another wrong turn!

Sharon has proved that he can turn Israel around on its axis, but has he struck a cord and proved that anything is possible He has inadvertently opened a Pandora’s box that he may not be able to escape from.

By and large the Israeli public remained passive. For many Israelis settlers are aliens; many ask why should they wish to live in the Palestinian Territories in the first place? The Israel public has equally remained passive over the years to the oppression and suffering of the Palestinian people under a barbaric Occupation. The settlers were manipulated to move to Gaza and now manipulated to move out. It’s a case of Israel’s self-imposed demographic misery and Sharon’s imposed strategy. Again hypocritically described as a unilateral move for peace whereas it was no more than a thinly disguised camouflage to cement Israel’s hold on the West Bank and in particular East Jerusalem, the greatest booty. The Palestinians are celebrating quite understandably the return of Gaza but they will quickly realize that this was indeed a move by Israel to its advantage only. Yet it is the Palestinians who will be required to pass an involuntary litmus test, and to be held responsible for the ‘disengagement’s success, which is nothing less than perverse.

But let’s look more closely at the issue; what has been left behind, aside from 80,000 tons of rubble and 16 synagogues, the latter a provocation in itself, and what is there to look forward to? Gaza has been theoretically under the governance of the Palestinian national Authority since July 1994 but in reality totally under the military control of Israel and the IOF. It is one of the most deprived areas in the world with a population of almost 1.4 million, (including 996,000 refugees), with poverty rate of 55% [United Nations Report, 2004] and every movement, human or economic subject to severe Israeli restrictions. Since 1993 USAID has spent more than $1.7 billion in the West Bank and Gaza to combat poverty, create jobs, improve education and build roads, but given the years of physical abuse and destruction by Israel such an amount is but a drop in the proverbial bucket. Further, no amount of aid will revive the Palestinian economy unless there is free access to trade, investments, and the freedom to develop its own model of political and economic life.

Early joys expressed when Arafat returned quickly turned to dust. The Gaza airport and the sea port were destroyed by Israeli invasions. Over the past four years and particularly during 2004, the IOF ransacked and vandalized homes and properties and summarily killed murdered and assassinated Palestinian leaders at will and with impunity. Helicopter gunships fired at random into crowds, bombs dropped on residential quarters, and brutal incursions into refugee camps. A 100 tank 8 day invasion into Jabalyia refugee camp (home to 100,000) beginning October 2nd 2004, killing 85 people. Following the US Veto of an Arab proposed UN Security Council Resolution in October 2004 calling for the condemnation of Israel’s running onslaught in Gaza, in January 2005, Israeli tanks shelled 8 children near Beit Lahya Camp; the children were picking strawberries. During 2004 some such incursions were given names; Khanis Yunis-“Orange Iron”. Following Israeli loudspeakers announcements of the impending incursions residents were warned to leave to or risk death, 600, men women and children had to flee their homes. Jabalya incursion in northern Gaza- named “Autumn Winds.” Should such massacres ever have occurred in any other part of the world it would have given rise to a global outcry, but over Palestine-silence!

From the end of September 2,000 until now, 1,719 killed the majority of them civilians, 379 children under the age of 18; and 96 women, [Palestinian Bureau of Statistics]. Children playing football, children feeding pigeons on the roof of their home, a child in the street going to buy bread-such security threats! The Philadelphi route [border with Egypt] was pulverized, 2,704 homes demolished 23,000 left homeless with a future under canvas. The settlers on the other hand who drove or were dragged away are facing handsome compensation of between $140,000 and $400,000 for the cost of their home, for which they only paid a nominal price in the first place.

So what future lies ahead for Gaza and its residents? One thing is clear they will remain imprisoned with no control over their land or air space-no control of borders and no free flow of goods. No. No. No. Recently Israel announced a total closure of the Rafah checkpoint that borders Egypt- people are trapped. In 2004 the World Bank reported that “poverty and unemployment will rise following the disengagement.” Currently, of the 125,000 Palestinian workers, 100,000 workers are no longer permitted to work in Israel and with closed borders, restrictions on the free flow of Gazan produce there will be little chance for economic recovery. Any repair of the bombed Gaza airport could take years and it is doubtful if Israel would permit free air traffic between Gaza and the rest of the world However-the fishing may improve!

According to Mark Regev, spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, “We want to transfer all Gaza to the Palestinians….but the transfer will depend upon the security situation.” O’h no, yet more Israel security considerations when it stands as one the tightest, tiniest little states in the globe.

So this is what Israel has escaped from, poverty and physical devastation. There will be speculation as to why Sharon concluded to ‘withdraw’ from Gaza. but there is no clearer indicator than given by Dov Weissglas-senior advisor to Sharon (Ha’arezt October 2004). Just so there could be no illusions he described the proposed disengagement as actually formaldehyde-“it provided the necessary amount so that there will be no political process with the Palestinians.” Formaldehyde is the chemical used to preserve dead bodies. George W. Bush and both Houses of Congress gave their approval of the plan. Forever, the Israeli occupation of Gaza had been problematic and perhaps the time had come for Sharon to cut his losses. Perhaps he welcomed the furore from the settlers so that he could appear so ‘brave’. Certainly he was relieved to leave Gaza but with a glint in his eye. The word to stay on the lips is ‘unilateral’. In no way does Sharon ever intend to enter any negotiations regarding a future Palestinian State or to cede any part of the West Bank and in particular and especially Jerusalem. To have secured US approval for the withdrawal from Gaza but continue to seal it, allows him to concentrate on more vital aspects. Sharon can focus on his ultimate passion, namely full demographic control of illegally annexed East Jerusalem, and expansion of the larger settlements in the West Bank.

There is nothing new here; in 1967 Yigal Allon Israeli’s then Deputy Prime Minister called for Israel to colonise strategic areas of the West Bank, maintain control over natural resources, especially water, and to grant marginal freedom to densely populated Palestinian areas where colonization proved problematic. Nothing has changed. The Oslo Agreement of the 1990’s, Camp David in 2000 reflected the Allon Plan which offered sovereignty over disjointed territories, dominated by a reinforced network of settlements and exclusive roads, and the inevitable Israeli checkpoints. In 2004 the US President validated Israel’s Zionist territorial ambitions, no return to 1967 borders, Israel’s right to permanently maintain settlement blocs and no right of return for Palestinian refugees. The driving force is to maintain the exclusiveness of a Zionist exclusive Jewish State? Somewhat problematic given that one fifth of the population inside Israel are Palestinians. Herewith the concept of separation was born, and the ‘Separation Wall’ made its bedmate.

The Wall, built almost entirely on Palestinian land, curls like a snake throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem gorging on everything in its wake. It stands like an overpowering concrete monstrosity, and is 26ft high. Israel has succeeded in completely ignoring the judgment of the International Court in The Hague on its illegality [July 9th, 2004]. In its entirety it is expected to see the confiscation of some 160,000-180,000 dunums (45,000 acres), 2% of the entire West Bank. The uprooting of 80,000 olive trees, the destruction of 35 kilometres of water pipes and the demolition of dozens of greenhouses. Any structure or home within 35 metres of the barrier will be demolished. Entire villages are cut off from their lands and sources of livelihood; 55,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem will be effectively isolated from their city, and forced to access essential services through Israeli military gates. Does anyone recognize that Israel has locked itself in and locked the Palestinians out?

East Jerusalem is a dying city, strangled by surrounding illegal settlements and the cement necklace of the Wall. Many villages and some individual homes are surrounded on three sides, and blue skies are not easily visible. Upon completion of the plan for the Jerusalem section of the Wall, it will carve Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in wire and cement. But Separation has been achieved.

There is the additional hope that life will become so uncomfortable that many Palestinians will leave. Over many years, Israeli policies of denial for Jerusalemites, denial of Identity Cards, denial of residency (or withdrawal) denial of family reunification and demolition of homes. Fifty Palestinian homes in Jerusalem were destroyed this year alone. 64 around the Old City are awaiting demolition and some 10,000 properties in East Jerusalem slated according to the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions.

When all eyes were on Gaza, Sharon announced his government’s plans to confiscate more Palestinian lands, an area even larger than the Gaza Strip to add some 3,500 homes to the colony of Ma’aleh Adumim, a huge sprawling concrete colony that overlooks Jerusalem. Its radius is planned to double that of Tel Aviv, Israel largest city. It would involve the confiscation of some 1,600 dunums [1,600,000 square metres] of fertile land from four old traditional villages in the suburbs of East Jerusalem. This is indeed a horrific development and in fragrant violation of the 1993 Bush ‘roadmap’ which demands that Israel freeze all settlement construction. Again it will completely sever East Jerusalem, and the north from the south West Bank. Again it will make Palestinians claim to East Jerusalem as its capital absolutely impossible.

So while Israel is ‘disengaging from Gaza, and four small settlements in the West Bank it is‘ re-engaging’ in vast new settlement construction. “The West Bank settlements grew by 12,800 this year alone,” quoting Gild Heiman, Israeli spokesperson from the Ministry of Interior. Finally places a total of 246,000 illegal settlers amidst 2.4 million Palestinians. Regrettably there is no room for optimism such as expressed by Palestinian President Abbas, “Israel must stop settlements and the judaization of Jerusalem. Those who continue with these measures show that they do not want peace.” Sharon quoting him from The Jerusalem Post, “There will be building in the settlement blocs. Each Israeli government since 1967-right, left and national unity, has seen strategic importance in specific areas (beyond the Green Line). I will build.” Whatever happened to settlements as the major obstacle to peace? While the American administration may be concerned, it helps not at all when George Bush states “any final peace settlement must recognize new realities on the ground.”

Despite all these developments the onus is still placed on the Palestinian leadership to curb ‘terrorism’, to institute reforms and good governance. All rather difficult concerning that during 2002 the IOF rampaged throughout the West Bank, destroyed the entire infrastructure of Palestinian civil society. That aside, the problem is not with alleged Palestinian terrorism; in the words of South African writer Alan Paton in 1946 “it is not native crime that is the problem but white crime”; from Cry The Beloved Country. In a parallel analogy it is not Palestinian resistance that is the problem but Israeli State terrorism, driven by greed, a dominance obsession all reflected by the Occupation.

Despite 38 years of a repressive and cruel Occupation the Palestinian people have not been conquered or subdued and are determined to take back their freedoms on their land, and to secure an independent sovereign State of Palestine whatever the difficulties and however long it takes. At the same time, as for the State of Israel founded on some 2,000 year old ashes and existing now Rambo style on the original Palestinian homeland, and empowered only by the Israeli rifle. Surely one day all Israeli citizens will come to realize that the Occupation must eventually disintegrate as a result of its moral and humanitarian corruption and the Palestinian people set free.

Looking to the future. As for one solution in the words of the Israeli activist Uri Avnery, “we must start serious negotiations declaring that in advance that within a specific time-span -the occupation will end with the establishment of the State of Palestine. All the main elements of the settlement are already known; a solution from Jerusalem in line with the Clinton proposal (What is Arab will belong to Palestine, what is Jewish will belong to Israel).” Somewhat tricky one would have thought given that the entire State of Israel was founded on Palestinian land conquered by war in 1948, and created 700,000 displaced refugees.

So what about the future as Sharon continues to flatten all hope? Clearly alone the Palestinian leadership can achieve nothing. And there is little to look forward to. The American administration is still dancing with the fat man. It continues to send envoys, and continues to support Israel in its violation of the Articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention, UN Resolutions and international law. The international community must still be considering its options. In the meantime where is the Quartet? The Palestinian leadership is to a large extent dependent upon the United States to find the courage to pressure Israel to end the Occupation, and enter a full and negotiated withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem with the Palestine National Authority. Unless this happens, we will all fall into the abyss and perpetual darkness.

ChristineLane2002@yahoo.com
This article was first presented on behalf of the Palestine Section of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Update on Vernon, VT Nuclear Waste Storage Debate

All: An account of Sept. 20 PSB meeting follows. An edited version may appear in the Montague Reporter. PSB member David Coen said it is important for people to write letters and get their neighbors to write letters so the Board (two lawyers who really are, absurdly, the Court of last Resort) may hear directly from the public and know their concerns. Plase contact them and let them know you are watching what they do, and are aware of the implications for generations of Vermonters and their neighbors. Address follows, and below that, a report on the hearing.

Vermont Public Service Board
112 State Street
Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701

Phone: 802 828-2358
OR email: clerk@psb.state.vt.us
Please do it. Thanks, Sally

“No other generation has left a more dangerous legacy to the 5000 following
generations” • Colin Blasej, Windham

The task of Solomon: Two Men to Decide on Vermont’s Future Radioactive Waste
Storage Facility

The VT Public Service Board, court of last resort, listened for 3 hours to heated public testimony Tuesday evening on Entergy Nuclear’s proposal to build a dry cask storage repository for highly radioactive nuclear waste on the bank of the CT River. That is, the remaining two members of the Board listened. Board Chairman, James Volz, recused himself from the case last Friday after his apparent conflict of interest was questioned by the New England Coalition. Volz’s previous job advocating in favor of the nuclear waste facility as a lawyer for the VT Dept. of Public Service made him appear less than impartial.

Citizens reminded remaining Board Members David Coen and John Burke of the awful responsibility they bear: they must decide on the future disposition of the approximately 640 metric tons of high level radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in the VY fuel pool, and whether to approve Entergy’s petition for a dry cask storage system in order to continue operating beyond 2008, when the fuel pool will be full. They must decide whether to grant a certificate of public good to Entergy’s request for dry casks, and must decide not on the basis of safety or security, but solely on economic and environmental grounds. As Andy Davis of Brattleboro pointed out, “Entergy is playing a careful game and we are just pawns in it. The dry cask hearing has great relevance to the Uprate and the relicensing issues. But the public can’t discuss those, and you can’t rule on safety. The question of permitting dry casks or not permitting them is obviously a false debate, it’s a smoke screen. I hope you won’t be the next pawns in their game.”

The issue for Davis and many at the hearing is that when Entergy leaves VT, the waste will still be there. Davis requested the PSB allow only enough casks to reach the end of VY’s license, and only after a thorough independent safety assessment.

VT Senator Jeanette White echoed the public’s frustrations about the process, and cautioned the PSB: “We (the Legislature) abdicated our responsibility. We had the opportunity to focus on safety. We didn’t do it. We focused on an economic bribe,” she testified. “Now you must do what we didn’t do: evaluate the long-term economic impact, the long term safety considerations we are faced with. As a nation we are borrowing against our children’s future. We should not do that as a state.”

The efforts of the VT House Natural Resources and Energy Committee to craft a rigorous set of conditions for long term nuclear waste storage on the banks of the CT River were derailed last Spring when House and Senate leadership, the Public Service Department, and Entergy met behind closed doors to craft a deal more to the industry’s liking. A Memorandum of Understanding was substituted for binding legislation, and a fee to ensure Yankee’s ownership of the risks for every year the waste remained in VT was reduced to a smaller fee of limited duration, and tied to the controversial Uprate. Both the House and Senate, suspending usual rules, rushed the
process and voted in favor of the MOU. Representative Steve Darrow from Putney, who was on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee that had tried to draft comprehensive dry cask legislation, testified that he had asked specific questions of Entergy and received evasive answers. When he asked how many years irradiated “spent” fuel is hazardous he was told “several hundred”. When he asked how long it was radioactive he was told “several thousand.” Darrow pointed out to the Board that ENVY is a limited liability company, and the fuel is an asset. When the plant closes the spent fuel becomes a liability and the company goes ‘POOF!’ (Resident Clay Turnbull recounted a headline from today’s paper: “Entergy says New Orleans Nuclear Reactor Might Go Bankrupt.” POOF! Entergy Nuclear’s parent company is based in Louisiana, but their reactors are owned by limited liability corporations, an accounting ploy that exempts them from responsibility for environmental damage or long term management of waste.)

Representative Darrow suggested that the PSB ask the parent company to assume ownership of the Vermont Yankee’s waste after the plant closes. He pointed out that the casks don’t last as long as the fuel is hazardous and/or radioactive. Thus the costs of changing out the casks, (repackaging the fuel) should be part of the decommissioning fund. Darrow agreed with Senator White: “The ball’s in your court because Entergy gamed the process. The bill went behind closed doors and we don’t know what deals were made or said. Don’t let them game you, too. You can cross examine people under oath. We’re depending on you.”

Several Vermont Yankee employees spoke in favor of the dry cask permit, testifying to their training, experience and high level of commitment to safety. They referred to the safety and reliability of the casks (a “proven technology, 20 years old”) and their ability to safeguard them. They pointed out that moving the irradiated fuel rods from the fuel pool into dry casks was the first step toward decommissioning and transporting the waste away from the site. However, one astute resident quoted from the National Academy of Sciences Report on Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage that “no true multipurpose cask exists here or in any other country,” refuting Entergy’s claim that the Holtec casks were multipurpose, to be used for storage and transport. Another local resident asked rhetorically “Have any dry casks of high-level waste ever been transported to a permanent storage facility?”

Independent Consultant Marvin Resnikoff of Radiation Waste Management Associates agreed that dry storage was the best way to go if irradiated fuel has to be produced. But he pointed out that each canister holds the equivalent of 250 Hiroshima bombs, and right now Entergy would need 60-80 casks to hold all its existing spent fuel. He pointed out that the proposed federal nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain was over committed, as there are currently 210,000 tons of spent fuel waiting to be disposed of around the country, and Yucca Mountain is only designed for 70,000 tons. An additional 140 metric tons of highly radioactive fuel rods would be produced at Vermont Yankee if Entergy operated until 2012, 540 metric tons if they are granted a license renewal to operate until 2032, as they desire.
“The state of Vermont needs to plan for the long term, and the town of Vernon needs to be prepared for the long term. That is a $600 million dollar facility, and it needs to be taxed,” Resnikoff stated.

Deb Katz of the Citizens Awareness Network summed up the general sentiment of those not employed by the reactor. “This is a really terrible situation. Nobody wants high-level radioactive waste on this site. We need to move waste out of the pool, but only into a safe repository, one that is hardened on site, bermed, spaced adequately, with radiation monitors. She urged that the dry cask permit be tied to license expiration.

A 1991 study by an independent engineering firm (Batelle) concluded that the site being considered for high-level waste stored in dry casks was inappropriate for siting a low-level radioactive waste facility.

Diana Sidebotham, NEC founder and President, said that when the VY reactor was originally licensed, the ultimate storage of high level nuclear waste was avoided by the AEC. VY was supposed to store it 6 months, and then it would be “shipped away.”

Several citizens urged the PSB to save Vermonters and rate payers money by permitting the use of dry casks contingent upon shutdown and decommissioning, and begin the process of encouraging renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency now for VT’s future needs.

One resident of Guilford said her 4-year old son would like a suit like the nuclear workers wear to protect him in case of an emergency. She paused, struggling, then said “I’m sorry, this is emotional to me. We have the capability to stop it and implement change now. Why don’t we?”

Two men, appointed by former VT Governor Howard Dean, neither having a technical background (both having a legal background) will have to decide the answer to that question. If their patience and consideration of the public’s desire to be heard is an indication, they have the judicial temperament. But do they have the wisdom of Solomon? Can they envision the economic impact of managing spent fuel (15-20,000 Hiroshima’s worth) for thousands of years, maintaining emergency preparedness?
Can they balance that against our ever increasing demand for cheap power and one industry’s considerable short term economic clout? That’s a tall order.

Sally Shaw
Gill

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really
matter.” ~MLK

Fadi Madi and the Suppression of Muslim and Arab Thought

Fadi Madi and the Suppression of Muslim and Arab Thought
By Genevieve Cora Fraser

He resides in Lebanon, deported from his adopted home in Germany. Though the injustice of his arrest and deportation has been cleared by a German Court, he continues to live in a forced separation from his German wife. He once was a prosperous businessman, today his resources are dwindling and his health is deteriorating. His name is Fadi Madi. What was his crime? He attempted to organize an open conference in his adopted country, Germany, to discuss the problems now facing the Muslim and Arab world.

Yes, the Thought Police are alive and well and living throughout the world. The target du jour is the Muslim-Islamic and Arab point of view. Examples are wide-spread and growing of persecution and even arrest for raising money for Islamic-based charities that deal with the plight of displaced and occupied Arab populations, writings that expose the injustice, and most taboo of all – discussion involving resistance tactics that attempt to secure a just peace. Fadi Madi was captured within the oppressor’s drag-net as part of the so-called global war on terrorism. He now fears for his life though he prides himself on saving lives, not plotting to take them.

Yes, Fadi Madi is not alone in his dilemma. Not too long ago I attended a supper of the New England chapter of Sabeel, the organization of Ecumenical Liberation Theology which boasts Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Congregationalist and a host of other main-stream religious affiliations. Under discussion was their last conference, held in Massachusetts, where they were turned into Homeland Security for daring to discuss the horrors associated with the Occupation of Palestine and peaceful resistance tactics such as divestment from Israel. In that instance no-one was arrested, perhaps because conference attendees included WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) of prominence in their communities. Yes, even in America where free speech is a guarantee, intimidation tactics are rampant and growing.

Last year I wrote an article that began, “Like a carrier pigeon landing on my windowsill, Fadi Madi suddenly appeared in my in-box bearing an urgent message with the subject heading: ‘Struggle with Fadi Madi.’” On September 14, 2005, I received another email but this time it was from his wife, Rabia, asking me to write a follow-up article.

The original message I received a year ago was addressed “TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FREEDOM FIGHTERS – ANTI WAR MOVMENTS – PEACE HUMANITY JUSTICE MOVMENTS.” According to the email, Fadi Madi had planned and advertised an Arab-Islamic conference in Berlin (Germany) and for this activity was arrested, detained, severely beaten and sent back to his native country Lebanon, despite his German citizenship based on his marriage to a German wife. I had no knowledge of Fadi Madi prior to the email and to this day have no idea how he obtained my email address. But after conducting a Google media search I was impressed by his credentials as someone who had managed the release of several Japanese captured by resistance forces in Iraq, and so I decided to further publicize his plight.

It was clear that the title of his conference, “International Movement against American and Zionist Globalization and Supremacy” had triggered his downfall. I also discovered an interesting article published by The Daily Star out of Beirut. “The Web site for the conference posts the declaration of what it calls the Berlin Call 2004, describing American and Israeli occupation of Arab land as terrorist and barbaric,” Cilina Nasser, the reporter for the Daily Star reported. “We say a clear and loud ‘no’ to colonialism, slavery, Zionism, racism, imperialism and American hegemony,” said the Call. “We say a clear and loud ‘yes’ to the liberation of all occupied territories and countries struggling against the American-Zionist hegemony and occupation,” it stated. “Although the statement mentions a call for establishing a ‘worldwide popular resistance movement for freedom and independence and for a just peace,’ it does not specify the methods of such a resistance and whether it supports a military campaign to fulfill its goals,” Nasser stated. “The Call also aims at establishing an Islamic-European dialogue to secure and strengthen the rights of Arab and Muslim communities in Europe.”

According to Fadi’s German wife, Rabia, she recently was made aware of my article as it appeared in the online newspaper, Scoop NZ last October. In her first email to me she wrote, “I am his wife, still waiting, that he may come back after even our highest court decided, that he didn’t do anything wrong and criminal and that he is no terrorist. But that is not enough for politicians and what they (are) doing at the moment is to refuse the Court appointment in his case to come back. It was said, not before 2006.”

Rabia wrote that “he is still sitting in Beirut and waiting and cannot work or do anything. Still he tries to raise his voice for the oppressed but he is himself in bad condition now. With this he is not alone in our western societies. Just in Germany they are not following the law anymore. They are fighting Muslims wherever they can. Close schools, send people away who didn’t do any wrong. But that is the old racism in this country nothing more.”

Rabia Madi is German by birth and converted to Islam eight years ago. She married Fadi about five years ago. “I was political active in my young years until I realized that it is a dirty business,” she emailed me. She wrote that for many years she “lived a typical life of successful businesswoman and spent a lot of money, not thinking much about others.”

Mrs. Madi was a real estate agent. It was from this perspective that she came to realize that her fellow Germans are not ready for foreigners and still afraid of what they perceive to be strange things and cultures. “It is very difficult to find a landlord who accepts a colored person or foreign person from Africa, Afro-Americans or people from Turkey. Most people want only Germans in their flats,” she commented.

According to Rabia, “The racism in Germany as well as anti-Semitism is very high.” It is her belief that racism in her country “is more the fear of foreign culture.” This attitude makes her feel ashamed. But before she converted to Islam, before she “came to know from this side many different people from different cultures I was the same. I didn’t know much about others and I didn’t think at all about problems in Palestine or elsewhere. I just didn’t know,” she wrote. “Now I know that there are many different cultures, but when you come to know a single person from any place in this world, we all have the same ideas, little problems or wishes as everyone in this world. We are not really that different.”

She went on to explain that in Germany there are many people who have emigrated from Turkey to find work, but they have no chance to truly integrate into German society because even when it comes to finding a home they are relegated to the worst flats which “no German would take.” But what is worse they are forced to pay a lot of money for rent. As a result ghettos developed. But as long as they lived there without causing any trouble, “it was ok. We say here ‘Ahmed my vegetable seller may stay, the others can go home.’ Rabia claims that typically Germans have only accepted foreigners as workers. This has held true even when it involved a professor from the “Max Planck Institute or a manager from big firm, it was the same. Even from states of European Union, from Italy or Spain. Now at least that has changed a bit, because no one wants to tell, that he doesn’t want any foreigner, even Europeans,” she wrote. “But still some people make advertisement, that they only want German tenants, although that is forbidden.”

Rabia noted that when she first became a Muslim she spoke openly about Islam and was engaged in activities in the years 1998 to 2000. At that time she believed that people were interested in hearing about the religion and of people from other cultures and many participated in multicultural events. It was possible to wear a hijab and to walk freely on streets without encountering people who responded to her with angry looks. However, as has been said so many times, “after 9/11 it changed a lot. In the first weeks and months after that, it was really dangerous to go as a woman alone with hijab.” Eventually things got better. “But now people look angry at you, they don’t accept Muslims anymore.” She now wonders if the former openness was merely a pretense, otherwise how could such a change occurred?

“It is frustrating to see, that all attempts to start dialogue was just worth nothing. It was only on the surface, that people seemed to change, to learn about foreigners and to accept them,” Rabia stated. “What before was not possible to say in public about foreigners, is now all possible, if they are not Jewish. Judges who should be neutral just tell you that they are against foreigners. I had some policemen who had been looking for flats, but only houses without foreigners there. This would be incredible for other countries, but in Germany it will never change I guess,” she admitted. “It is the same problem as we had before. We only thought it has changed, but that is not true.” Today it is possible again to state clearly that you don’t like foreigners. Rabia believes this is due to the media and the politicians who create fear of foreigners. “But it is not only against Muslims I would say. It is the same for Africans, for Serbs, Croatians etc.”

As for her 44 year old husband, Fadi Madi, he was the chairman of the trade company ULFIT, United Lebanese Finance and International Trade and spent many years working from Kuwait and later from the USA, first in Michigan, then New York. He dealt with financial interests of large trade companies in financing business between companies and countries. His last projects had been “in preparation between a government and bank about a big area for hotels at the seaside of that country, an electrician factory in Sudan and a hospital in an African country.” He had tried to find a bank in Europe for the projects, but they involved long term negotiations. “All has stopped through that act from Germany,” Fadi’s wife charged. “Also the trust is damaged of course, because his clients don t know what is the truth.”
Fadi had also worked from Switzerland, Sweden, Kuwait, and France as well as the United States before he came to Germany.

“He is Muslim, but very open minded and correct with everyone,” Rabia said in defense of her husband. “He is straight in his opinion and not belonging to any group. There had been offers from different groups and states to work for them, but he never gave up his responsibility for his own mind and actions. He pays a high price for that, but he wouldn’t change that.” Rabia believes that it was Fadi’s independence that positioned him to successfully negotiate for the release of the Japanese held hostage in Iraq. “But he never made big thing out of this,” she wrote.

“Now to the case of my husband,” Rabia continued. “Fadi was living in NY as a financial broker before we got married. He was a businessman. I didn’t want to live in the USA so he came to Germany.” After arriving in Germany he started his company but never forgot his people in South Lebanon, the place of his birth and wanted to help as much as he could while remaining outside of Lebanon. After Israel left South Lebanon he even was asked to run for parliament, but it didn’t work and he came back to Germany. He was in business with Arab financial projects, for example big projects to built infrastructure in African countries or hospitals and those things. But after 9/11 it was not possible for him to work in this field, because no one wanted to invest in Arab countries or vise versa no Arab wanted to keep his money in UK or USA. So it was quite a hard time, but he is one who never complains and so he spent more time for the struggle in Palestine and later in Iraq,” Rabia stated.

Fadi took part in many conferences and meetings around the world and from this experience came up with a plan to organize a “congress.” The conference was to have taken place last year in Germany, Rabia wrote. He even believed that German politicians would support him. Rabia admits that his thinking was naive. The case against him developed from a media attack on the conference orchestrated by the Jewish Simon Wiesenthal Centre and their request to Germany’s Interior Minister to stop the congress, because “it would only be a meeting of terrorists. There had been some politicians and activists and well known people who wanted to join,” but the minister used that politically, she claimed.

“They stopped him at the airport and didn’t allow him to enter Germany. They didn’t allow him to see a lawyer, who was waiting in airport and they treated him bad. Fadi also has serious health problems which were made worse by his detention. “He had no witnesses to prove that all what he said afterwards was like that, but we know, that the police in airport treats foreigners very bad. We had even some cases where people died there. He is a very straight person, so he didn’t accept to stop his activities and political work and they expelled him,” Rabia stated. “My husband did all this not as a Muslim, but as an activist for peace. He is Muslim but not a fundamentalist.” Rabia claims that his fault is that he doesn’t understand German and he hadn’t sufficiently realized that the mood in Germany had changed and that Muslims and Arabs no longer had “good cards” to play in such an atmosphere.

The day after Fadi was detained at the airport, German officials prohibited the congress from opening, despite the fact that the other organizers had already canceled it. Some wanted to start a criminal investigation against him. “But our highest court decided, that his website didn’t contain any criminal parts,” furthermore the attorney general was not permitted to start a criminal investigation and was forbidden to search in his personal things and papers. Although our highest court found him innocent, he is still in Lebanon because the court, who has to decide in foreigner affairs whether he may come back” has informed them that a decision will not be made this year. “The German law says clearly, that he has the right to come to his wife,” she claimed. “But they just put the case away to let him wait. We tried to get him in as an urgent case because we need to live together and because he needs medical treatment. The judge refused that and told us that this even would make him think not to let him in anymore because of his health, because he only would use the social system. But we are paying a lot of money for this social system and it is our right to use it, as the judge will do himself.”

“We have a lot of illegal police actions in mosques every week now. Secretly police tell us that it only done to show action and those mosques who fight against in court still get the answer it was illegal, but that doesn’t help and media only report about the actions not that it was wrong.” Rabia also claims that though he was exonerated by the highest court, following the court decision, no statement has been forthcoming that Fadi Madi is innocent, that he did no wrong, and that he is not a terrorist.

As politicians score their political points no one concerns themselves about the fate of innocent people who are affected by the racism, Rabia complained. It is not only hard for her to be separated from her husband, “he cannot work or do anything from there. He cannot travel to any European state.” His personal life has for all intents and purposes been stopped. Today many foreigners have been sent out “without reasons and asked to fight” against it from outside. “This costs a lot of money and many lawyers say we cannot take the case.”

Postscript:
Following his wife’s emails, Fadi contacted me to say that what happened to him at the Berlin and Frankfurt airports has made him so wary he is afraid to step outside in Beirut even to buy cigarettes. He fears that the Israeli Mossad is after him and may want to kill him. This fear is based on what happened to him due to his defense of the Palestinian and Iraqi people, he claims. He is still very shaken by the incident and asks how in Europe and especially in Germany he could have been made to endure such horrific treatment.

Fadi asserts that they first took “my holy book Koran from my hand and they put (it) under the feet of the inhuman lady who issued the statement to send me back to Lebanon… after (that) they did all bad things to me on my way to Beirut to take off all my clothes and keep me naked in 10-degree temperature in a very cold room at the airport.” According to Fadi they treated him like an animal and forced him to collect his clothes by his teeth. He was told that he could return to Germany if he made the statement that “there is no occupation in Iraq and Palestine. Madi states that authorities at the airport allowed agents from Mossad and the US Army to investigate and hurt him “to drop me more then 6 times from the chair to the floor… I ask to see or talk with any lawyer but they refuse even to (let me) talk with my wife.”

September E-Newsletter

It’s still SUMMER – And the News sizzles.
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NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
BRING THE MASS GUARD HOME!
What a privilege to sign that document. On Sept 7 the Mass. Attorney General approved the language we helped submit for a ballot initiative to bring the Mass. Guard home. Harold Hubschman, who also initiated the ballot initiative to remove tolls from the Mass Pike, is advising us step by step. Happily this year you will soon be able to down-load forms from your computer—the standard 8 1/2 x 11 instead of that more awkward legal size that was traditional, or pick up forms, soon after Sept. 21!
We anticipate a lively grassroots initiative supported by coalition efforts, and have organized and participated in statewide conference calls to help make this happen. SPREAD THE WORD? 23 other states could do this!
More at the web site. Two volunteers per town are needed to collect
signatures. To get news, offer leadership, or to attend a strategy meeting,
please send an email to
bringmassguardhome@traprockpeace.org

• Sept 24 MOBILIZATION to DC
BUS seats are sold out. Traprock put the deposit down for two buses, one in Greenfield another in Amherst, and we know of no other buses available. Thanks to Catherine, Nick and so many others in this coalition effort to support people traveling to DC from these towns, Northampton and Springfield. Remember that your local peace vigils are a great place to meet neighbors who might want to carpool to DC.
Volunteers Tuesday, or Thursday afternoon or evening, as we prepare literature, placards, and an exhibition for DC, calling for abolition of DU—deadly uranium weapons. 413 773-7427 Frances Crowe leads a contingent. Ask for your NO DU sign!

————————–Regional News—————————-
• Thu, Sept. 15
BRINGTHEM HOME NOW TOUR Stops in Western Mass!
Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets are bringing their message to 51 cities in 28 States, and will converge at anti-war rally in DC on September 24.
On August 31, the last day of the nearly month-long vigil outside Bush’s ranch in Crawford, TX the “Bring Them Home Now Tour” launched three buses from Camp Casey, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. The tour’s first stop in Austin, Texas was met by 3,000 people. Thanks to Barbara Tiner of Amherst for taking the initiative to invite the Bus to western Mass, and to coalition partners for thorough planning!
WHEN:
10am–10pm- Pitch TENTS near the Vigil corner of the Amherst Common
12PM—Interfaith Service
for the Human Family in a time of War & Natural Disaster 12:45PM—Dedication of a memorial to the war dead. AFSC will bring boots. Please bring shoes to honor the Iraqi dead.
All afternoon you can support our guests, see literature tables.
4PM—Press Conference, including student reporters & reps
7PM—“Straight From the Heart, Military Families, Vets, Speak Out, Sing Out
for Loved Ones”
WHERE:
All public events at Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. & the Amherst Common. The music of Sarah Pirtle, members of the Gypsy Wranglers, Tom Neilson and Morningstar and Moonlight, will help us welcome:
• Carlos Arrendondo of Roslindale, MA,
• Al Zappala of Philadelphia, PA,
• Stacy Bannerman of Kent, WA
• Tammara Rosenleaf of Belton, TX, Helena, MT & Olympia, WA,
• Cody Camacho of Chicago, IL, and
• Michael Hoffman of Bucks County, PA.

• Waranok? Peace Rally –Sat. Sept. 17, 2-6pm, Westfield town center?

• Sun, Sept 18,
IMAGINE PEACE FESTIVAL, Wassaic, NY
See flags from around the world, (where the peace poles come from) Music,
Indigenous Village, Healing Arts, Eco Village, Visual Arts, Kids Village and
a Peace Village are all in the mix at the World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton
Road, Wassaic, NY 12592. www.imaginepeacefestival.com

• “The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children” Award winning documentary made for German Public Television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn—Produced by Ochowa-Film for WDR, 2004 will be shown widely, including:
Hadley, Northstar, 104 Russell, 10:30 am, Monday, Sept. 19 Northampton, Media Education Foundation, 7pm Fri, Oct. 7 Taos Mountain Film Festival, NM, Sat, Oct 8 … With action planning after every showing.
In your town, at your school?
This film could move many people to become
conscientious objectors. traprock@crocker.com

• Tue, Sept 20, 7 pm, Brattleboro
PUBLIC HEARING ON VERMONT DRY CASK STORAGE The Vermont Public Service Board welcomes you to Brattleboro Union High School auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, to comment on proposals to add canisters of radioactive waste to the shores of the Connecticut River at the facilities of the Vernon reactor, operated by Entergy Corp. of Louisiana. Please come, and share what you learn at every turn.
The Tooth Fairy Project is rolling right along. Recently Sally Shaw of Gill, Sally Weiss of Northampton and I dressed as Tooth Fairies and visited the Franklin County Fair Parade route in Greenfield. We asked neighbors with smiling children to donate one baby tooth to assess strontium 90 levels. Where you meet moms and dads, please ask, “Want TRUTH? Give a tooth!!”

• Thu, Sept. 22, Northampton
THE PEACE PATRIOTS, World Film Premiere and DVD Release. Directed by Robbie
Leppzer. Narrated by Janeane Garofalo, this feature-length documentary follows a diverse group of western Mass residents, with music by Steve Earle, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Jonatha Brooke, and original music composed by Amherst guitarist John Sheldon. Valley peace groups will share news. Live music by John Sheldon. 7pm Calvin Theater, Northampton. Tickets:
$10/advance, $15/door. www.ThePeacePatriots.com or 1-800-557-6414.

• Sept 24 MOBILIZATION to DC
BUS seats are sold out. Traprock put the deposit down for two buses, one in Greenfield another in Amherst, and we know of no other buses available. Thanks to Catherine, Nick and so many others in this coalition effort to support people traveling to DC from these towns, Northampton and Springfield. Remember that your local peace vigils are a great place to meet neighbors who might want to carpool to DC.
Volunteers Tuesday, or Thursday afternoon or evening, as we prepare literature, placards, and an exhibition for DC, calling for abolition of DU—deadly uranium weapons. 413 773-7427 Frances Crowe leads a contingent. Ask for your NO DU sign!

Sat. Sept 24 Local vigils amplify the message, as at the Greenfield Common and Northampton courthouse.
• Sat, Sept 24 Nuclear Issues Symposium at SIT! An all-day event with the info you need to be an effective safe-energy advocate. Come to this free, all-day Symposium and learn first-hand from the experts! Faculty include David Lochbaum, noted nuclear expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists; Paul Blanch, the “Hank Aaron” of nuclear whistle-blowers; Marvin Resnikoff, internationally-recognized expert on radiation and its effects; Raymond Shadis, NEC’s own Staff Technical Advisor; and others. This event is a unique opportunity to get the information you need in order to be an effective safe-energy advocate. Later that evening there will be a special public event, yet to be announced. SPACE IS LIMITED, so register today with Joe Bish at the NEC office: (802) 257-0336, or joebish@necnp.org.

Sun, Mon, Sept 25+ 26, for nonviolence trainings, interfaith services, lobby day, civil, and mass nonviolent action see http://www.unitedforpeace.org Please call about resources if you want to arrange a teach-in at your school or community center.

Thu, Sept. 29, Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst Campus
CPPA’s annual Celebration of Public Service will honor JODY WILLIAMS, Nobel
Peace Prize winner in 1997, for commitment and public service to eliminate
antipersonnel landmines. She is only the tenth woman in its one hundred and
one year history to be awarded the Peace Prize. At 4:00 p.m. She presents,
“What You Do Matters: Creating Communities to Solve Global Problems”
http://www.icbl.org/campaign/ambassadors/jody_williams/bio#Heading92.
For More Information contact Wendy Varner, Center for Public Policy and
Administration, 413-577-0478, wvarner@pubpol.umass.edu

• Fri, Sept. 30, Amherst
SCOTT RITTER, “US at war in Iran”
Scott Ritter, former U.N. Weapons Inspector in Iraq analyzes flawed U.S. Policy towards Iran, and covert operations underway now. This presentation will be recorded for use by College radio stations. Help build bridges between Marines and pacifists, students returning to campus, and the homebound who tune in by radio. Help spark change with this truth serum for public consciousness.
At Grace Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. by the Amherst Common.
Public transportation available.
Dinner and reception 5:30, $50
Program, 7pm, suggested donation, $10
Advance reservations recommended, accepted by mail or online.
Captain for the kitchen? Hard-working helpers? 773-7427

• Sun, Oct. 2
NEW ENGLAND PEACE PAGODA, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Please come celebrate the Peace Pagoda’s 2oth anniversary, in place of our annual Gandhi’s birthday celebration, we will honor our Buddhist colleagues so dedicated to peacemaking. Please bring one page (8 1/2 x 11”) of fond memories, tribute, photos or reflection to include in a display and scrap book!
Helpers are needed to scrape, paint, garden, fold flowers, run errands this week, and later to help with final stages of construction of their beautiful temple, replacing one destroyed by fire so many years ago. Please call ahead to volunteer, 413 367-2202.

Best regards, Sunny

Sunny Miller, Executive Director, 413-773-7427
2000+ visitors daily
http://www.traprockpeace.org
Underlying other news of the day this question remains:
How do you want to prevent a melt-down? Make a call?
Host a debate. Plan some street theater?
Background:
The Vernon reactor is just 15 miles from Woolman Hill. In June the Vermont legislature gave away the store, and linked payments for new radioactive waste storage on the shores of the Connecticut River to a 20% increase in power output. No reactor we know of has achieved this much power increase. What can you do to stop the loss of a back-up cooling pump, increased water pressure and operating temperatures, and the reduction of the ‘safety’ margin from emergency shut-down to the beginning of a melt-down to only 18 seconds.
Request:
Asking questions is easy. Ask about evacuation plans.
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