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      EN VIEQUES LA MARINA DE GUERRA DE EU EXPERIMENTO CON TODA CLASE DE ARMAMENTO
      UTILIZADO EN LAS GUERRAS E INTERVENCIONES MILITARES EN LA SEGUNDA MITAD DEL
      SIGLO XX…. INCLUYENDO PROYECTILES DE URANIO…. EL PUEBLO VIEQUENSE TIENE EL
      MAS ALTO NIVEL DE CASOS DE CANCER DE TODO EL ARCHIPIELAGO DE PUERTO RICO…
      SEGÚN EL DEPTARTAMENTO DE SALUD … NOS SOLIDARIZAMOS CON LOS PUEBLOS DE LAS
      ISLAS MARSHALL Y OTROS VICTIMAS DEL MILITARISMO EN NUESTRO MUNDO..







      IN VIEQUES THE US NAVY EXPERIMENTED WITH EVERY TYPE OF WEAPON USED IN WARS
      AND MILITARY INTERVENTIONS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY… INCLUDING
      URANIUM PROJECTILES… VIEQUES HAS THE HIGHEST CANCER CASE RATE IN THE PUERTO
      RICAN ARCHIPELAGO, ACCORDING TO THE DEPT. OF HEALTH.. WE ARE IN SOLIDARITY
      WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS AND OTHER VICTIMS OF MILITARISM IN
      OUR WORLD.







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      Subject: Remembering the Marshall Islands - Jane Goodall




      <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/3
      0/EDG9DJM8BQ1.DTL> Remembering the Marshall Islands
      - Jane Goodall, Rick Asselta
      Friday, June 30, 2006

      As a result of nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands 60 years ago, many of
      the Marshallese Islanders still suffer today. Yet, few Americans know about
      this shameful chapter of history. Today, June 30, which marks a painful
      anniversary for many in the South Pacific, is just another day for those
      unaware of the atrocities that took place there. This year, I hope the
      anniversary might open the eyes of people in America and around the world:
      We must acknowledge the damage done in the past and rise up out of our
      apathy to ensure such horrors are not perpetrated again.

      I became aware of the nuclear testing program initiated after World War II
      from a friend who witnessed the aftermath of the devastation first hand.
      Rick Asselta was sent to the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer to
      help comfort islanders whose homes and lives were destroyed by the testing.
      Between 1946 and 1958, the American military tested 67 nuclear weapons at
      Bikini and Enewetak. Prior to the first of these tests, the islanders were
      evacuated to other atolls, more than 100 miles away, and, as a precaution,
      the inhabitants of three other atolls were moved temporarily.

      In 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was tested -- at 10.4 megatons, it was some
      750 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb. In 1954, an even larger hydrogen
      bomb was detonated. On the eve of this test, code-named Bravo, weather
      reports indicated that atmospheric conditions were deteriorating, and on the
      morning of the test, the winds were blowing strongly toward a number of U.S.
      ships as well as several inhabited islands, including Rongelap and Utrik.
      Nevertheless, despite the clear danger to the people on these islands, the
      bomb, 1,000 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb, was detonated. Great
      clouds of gritty, white ash rained down on several atolls, affecting many
      people, including some American weathermen.

      It would be two days before people were moved from Rongelap, the worst
      affected island, and another day passed before Utrik was evacuated. The
      islanders suffered skin burns, and their hair fell out. Yet, in a statement
      to the press, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission stated that some Americans
      and Marshallese were "unexpectedly exposed to some radioactivity. There were
      no burns. All were reported well." Subsequently, the commission drafted a
      report, not publicly released, in which it concluded that the Bravo fallout
      may have contaminated as many as 18 atolls and islands. Some years after
      that, an additional survey by the U.S. Department of Energy revealed that
      yet other atolls and islands had been affected by one or more of the tests,
      including five that were inhabited.

      Three years after Bravo, in 1955, the inhabitants of Utrik were allowed to
      return because their island "was only slightly contaminated and considered
      safe." Two years later, Rongelap was declared safe "in spite of slight
      lingering radiation" and the people returned. A chilling report was issued
      at this time by Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists, who stated that
      although the contamination was considered perfectly safe "the levels of
      activity are higher than those found in other inhabited locations in the
      world. The habitation of these people on the island will afford most
      valuable ecological radiation data on human beings" (my italics).

      In 1963, nine years after their exposure to Bravo, the first thyroid tumors
      began appearing among the people of Rongelap. Thirteen years later, 20 of
      the 29 Rongelap children who were under 10 years old at the time of Bravo
      had developed these tumors. At the same time, it became clear that people
      exposed to lower levels of radiation were still at risk -- there was simply
      a longer latency period before health problems appeared.

      Eleven years after the last nuclear tests, in 1969, the commission announced
      that Bikini was safe for rehabilitation. However, the Bikini council was not
      satisfied by this assurance and only a few families returned to their homes.
      How fortunate -- six years later, a U.S. Department of the Interior official
      reported "higher levels of radioactivity than originally thought" -- some
      ground wells were too radioactive for safe use, and several types of staple
      foods had to be prohibited. Six years after returning home, the few families
      who had returned to Bikini were moved yet again when additional testing
      showed that they had sustained an "incredible" 75 percent increase in
      radioactive cesium.

      Before staging this ghastly series of tests in the Marshall Islands, home of
      a gentle people with an ancient culture, the United States, in its role as
      administrator of the area, undertook to "protect the inhabitants against the
      loss of their lands and resources". Unfortunately, this promise was hardly
      fulfilled.

      Eventually, in 1977, Congress approved a nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll.
      Of course, compensation in dollar amounts has been negotiated for the abused
      and exploited islanders, though not nearly enough.

      Nor was nuclear testing the only horrifying test program inflicted on the
      Marshall Islands. Project Shipboard Hazards and Defense was part of a United
      States chemical and biological warfare test program that was conducted
      during the 1960s. Project SHAD was designed to test the vulnerability of
      U.S. warships to attacks by biological and chemical agents and to develop
      procedures to respond to such attacks. In 1968, biological agents, live
      staphylococcal enterotoxin type B, Bacillus globigii and uranine dye, were
      sprayed in aerosolized form, not only over six military ships, but also over
      part of the Enewetak Atoll. Those tests were linked to a sudden nationwide
      outbreak of a very severe flu-like disease in the Marshall Islands, which
      caused some deaths.

      Subsequently, many U.S. servicemen complained of health problems they
      believed had resulted from their involvement in SHAD. It was the complaints
      of these veterans that eventually led to the above disclosures by the U.S.
      Department of Defense, through the Freedom of Information Act.

      How many other people, in how many other countries have suffered, I wonder,
      during the testing of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? That
      governments are still developing and testing nuclear bombs -- along with
      chemical and biological weapons -- is a crime against humanity that surely
      can never be justified or forgiven. On June 30, I hope you will pause and
      reflect on the events which happened more than half a century ago, the
      long-lasting effects of which continue to afflict many people of the
      Marshall Islands today.

      I have a small wooden carving made by an old man who, despite the risk of
      radiation, returned to his island. It was his home, he said, where he had
      known a carefree childhood until foreign nations determined to use it to
      test their devil's weapons. He gave it to Rick, who has given it to me. I
      carry it with me as a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, and also as a
      reminder of the atrocities that were perpetrated that we must, somehow,
      prevent from ever happening again.

      Jane Goodall is a U.N. Messenger of Peace and a recipient of the Gandhi-King
      Peace Award for Nonviolence. To learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute,
      go to www.janegoodall.org <http://www.janegoodall.org/> .

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        EN VIEQUES LA MARINA DE GUERRA DE EU EXPERIMENTO CON TODA CLASE DE ARMAMENTO
        UTILIZADO EN LAS GUERRAS E INTERVENCIONES MILITARES EN LA SEGUNDA MITAD DEL
        SIGLO XX…. INCLUYENDO PROYECTILES DE URANIO…. EL PUEBLO VIEQUENSE TIENE EL
        MAS ALTO NIVEL DE CASOS DE CANCER DE TODO EL ARCHIPIELAGO DE PUERTO RICO…
        SEGÚN EL DEPTARTAMENTO DE SALUD … NOS SOLIDARIZAMOS CON LOS PUEBLOS DE LAS
        ISLAS MARSHALL Y OTROS VICTIMAS DEL MILITARISMO EN NUESTRO MUNDO..







        IN VIEQUES THE US NAVY EXPERIMENTED WITH EVERY TYPE OF WEAPON USED IN WARS
        AND MILITARY INTERVENTIONS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY… INCLUDING
        URANIUM PROJECTILES… VIEQUES HAS THE HIGHEST CANCER CASE RATE IN THE PUERTO
        RICAN ARCHIPELAGO, ACCORDING TO THE DEPT. OF HEALTH.. WE ARE IN SOLIDARITY
        WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS AND OTHER VICTIMS OF MILITARISM IN
        OUR WORLD.







        Comité Pro Rescate y Desarrollo de Vieques

        Skype Name rrabin1

        _____

        From: Raulmax@... [mailto:Raulmax@...]
        Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 11:09 PM
        To: Raulmax@...
        Subject: Remembering the Marshall Islands - Jane Goodall




        <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/3
        0/EDG9DJM8BQ1.DTL> Remembering the Marshall Islands
        - Jane Goodall, Rick Asselta
        Friday, June 30, 2006

        As a result of nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands 60 years ago, many of
        the Marshallese Islanders still suffer today. Yet, few Americans know about
        this shameful chapter of history. Today, June 30, which marks a painful
        anniversary for many in the South Pacific, is just another day for those
        unaware of the atrocities that took place there. This year, I hope the
        anniversary might open the eyes of people in America and around the world:
        We must acknowledge the damage done in the past and rise up out of our
        apathy to ensure such horrors are not perpetrated again.

        I became aware of the nuclear testing program initiated after World War II
        from a friend who witnessed the aftermath of the devastation first hand.
        Rick Asselta was sent to the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer to
        help comfort islanders whose homes and lives were destroyed by the testing.
        Between 1946 and 1958, the American military tested 67 nuclear weapons at
        Bikini and Enewetak. Prior to the first of these tests, the islanders were
        evacuated to other atolls, more than 100 miles away, and, as a precaution,
        the inhabitants of three other atolls were moved temporarily.

        In 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was tested -- at 10.4 megatons, it was some
        750 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb. In 1954, an even larger hydrogen
        bomb was detonated. On the eve of this test, code-named Bravo, weather
        reports indicated that atmospheric conditions were deteriorating, and on the
        morning of the test, the winds were blowing strongly toward a number of U.S.
        ships as well as several inhabited islands, including Rongelap and Utrik.
        Nevertheless, despite the clear danger to the people on these islands, the
        bomb, 1,000 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb, was detonated. Great
        clouds of gritty, white ash rained down on several atolls, affecting many
        people, including some American weathermen.

        It would be two days before people were moved from Rongelap, the worst
        affected island, and another day passed before Utrik was evacuated. The
        islanders suffered skin burns, and their hair fell out. Yet, in a statement
        to the press, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission stated that some Americans
        and Marshallese were "unexpectedly exposed to some radioactivity. There were
        no burns. All were reported well." Subsequently, the commission drafted a
        report, not publicly released, in which it concluded that the Bravo fallout
        may have contaminated as many as 18 atolls and islands. Some years after
        that, an additional survey by the U.S. Department of Energy revealed that
        yet other atolls and islands had been affected by one or more of the tests,
        including five that were inhabited.

        Three years after Bravo, in 1955, the inhabitants of Utrik were allowed to
        return because their island "was only slightly contaminated and considered
        safe." Two years later, Rongelap was declared safe "in spite of slight
        lingering radiation" and the people returned. A chilling report was issued
        at this time by Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists, who stated that
        although the contamination was considered perfectly safe "the levels of
        activity are higher than those found in other inhabited locations in the
        world. The habitation of these people on the island will afford most
        valuable ecological radiation data on human beings" (my italics).

        In 1963, nine years after their exposure to Bravo, the first thyroid tumors
        began appearing among the people of Rongelap. Thirteen years later, 20 of
        the 29 Rongelap children who were under 10 years old at the time of Bravo
        had developed these tumors. At the same time, it became clear that people
        exposed to lower levels of radiation were still at risk -- there was simply
        a longer latency period before health problems appeared.

        Eleven years after the last nuclear tests, in 1969, the commission announced
        that Bikini was safe for rehabilitation. However, the Bikini council was not
        satisfied by this assurance and only a few families returned to their homes.
        How fortunate -- six years later, a U.S. Department of the Interior official
        reported "higher levels of radioactivity than originally thought" -- some
        ground wells were too radioactive for safe use, and several types of staple
        foods had to be prohibited. Six years after returning home, the few families
        who had returned to Bikini were moved yet again when additional testing
        showed that they had sustained an "incredible" 75 percent increase in
        radioactive cesium.

        Before staging this ghastly series of tests in the Marshall Islands, home of
        a gentle people with an ancient culture, the United States, in its role as
        administrator of the area, undertook to "protect the inhabitants against the
        loss of their lands and resources". Unfortunately, this promise was hardly
        fulfilled.

        Eventually, in 1977, Congress approved a nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll.
        Of course, compensation in dollar amounts has been negotiated for the abused
        and exploited islanders, though not nearly enough.

        Nor was nuclear testing the only horrifying test program inflicted on the
        Marshall Islands. Project Shipboard Hazards and Defense was part of a United
        States chemical and biological warfare test program that was conducted
        during the 1960s. Project SHAD was designed to test the vulnerability of
        U.S. warships to attacks by biological and chemical agents and to develop
        procedures to respond to such attacks. In 1968, biological agents, live
        staphylococcal enterotoxin type B, Bacillus globigii and uranine dye, were
        sprayed in aerosolized form, not only over six military ships, but also over
        part of the Enewetak Atoll. Those tests were linked to a sudden nationwide
        outbreak of a very severe flu-like disease in the Marshall Islands, which
        caused some deaths.

        Subsequently, many U.S. servicemen complained of health problems they
        believed had resulted from their involvement in SHAD. It was the complaints
        of these veterans that eventually led to the above disclosures by the U.S.
        Department of Defense, through the Freedom of Information Act.

        How many other people, in how many other countries have suffered, I wonder,
        during the testing of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? That
        governments are still developing and testing nuclear bombs -- along with
        chemical and biological weapons -- is a crime against humanity that surely
        can never be justified or forgiven. On June 30, I hope you will pause and
        reflect on the events which happened more than half a century ago, the
        long-lasting effects of which continue to afflict many people of the
        Marshall Islands today.

        I have a small wooden carving made by an old man who, despite the risk of
        radiation, returned to his island. It was his home, he said, where he had
        known a carefree childhood until foreign nations determined to use it to
        test their devil's weapons. He gave it to Rick, who has given it to me. I
        carry it with me as a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, and also as a
        reminder of the atrocities that were perpetrated that we must, somehow,
        prevent from ever happening again.

        Jane Goodall is a U.N. Messenger of Peace and a recipient of the Gandhi-King
        Peace Award for Nonviolence. To learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute,
        go to www.janegoodall.org <http://www.janegoodall.org/> .

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        URL:
        http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/30/EDG
        9DJM8BQ1.DTL

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