Jul 31, 2014
Graham Phillips, an RT contributor covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was detained for a second time, and has been deported to Poland, following his arrest at Donetsk airport. The gov’t in Kiev have a policy of targeting journalists who are reporting uncomfortable aspects of the gov’t siege of E. Ukraine, as Kiev continues – with the full blessing of Washington and London, to use its military against its own people.
Friends of Syria
Jul 30, 2014
Russia’s Defense Ministry has stated that “fake” satellite images of alleged shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory were created by US counselors “with close links to Ukraine’s Security Council.”
The authenticity of the images is impossible to prove, the ministry added.
The Defense Ministry stated that the images posted by the US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt on his Twitter account, allegedly proving the shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory, are “fake,” ITAR-TASS reports.
“These materials were posted to Twitter not by accident, as their authenticity is impossible to prove – due to the absence of the attribution to the exact area, and an extremely low resolution. Let alone using them as ‘photographic evidence’,” Igor Konashenkov, the official representative of the ministry, stated.
“Pictures” like this, the general continued, “have also been provided by Kiev representatives as an excuse for the usage of heavy artillery and other weaponry by the Ukrainian army – against the country’s civilian population.”
“Last Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletey again tried to add a sensational side to photo collages like this in the Ukrainian media – in vain. But on Sunday, the US ambassador to the Ukraine joined in, posting those satellite images on his Twitter page, which secured him the attention of the loyal Ukrainian media,” the Russian ministry said.
This scheme is called “an informational merry-go-round,” Konashenkov added, using an expression commonly uttered in Russia relating to feeding the information to the media.
“It’s no secret to anyone that fakes like this are made by a group of US counselors staying in the Kiev building of the Security Council, led by General Randy Kee,” he noted.
The general outlined the cycle as follows: the US counselors in the Kiev feed the disinformation to the Ukrainian media, with the news being taken by the Washington official representatives and presented as statements.
Afterwards, the Ukrainian media cite the US authorities and publish articles like as “objective.”
Jul 29, 2014
Clip from July 24, 2014 – guest Dr. Bill Deagle on the Jeff Rense Program. Full program available in Archives at http://www.renseradio.com/signup.htm
Friends of Syria
Jul 27, 2014
Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn (Reuters / Gary Cameron)
A grim and unpredictable future could befall the Middle East if Hamas is destroyed, a top Pentagon official said, warning that another rampaging extremist group akin to the Islamic State terrorists could rise up in its place.
Israel steps up operation in Gaza LIVE UPDATES
While Lt. General Michael Flynn criticized Hamas for exhausting finite resources of the Gaza Strip to build a network of tunnels for the purpose of fighting Israel, he nevertheless said that destroying the group would only lead to a widening of the regional conflict and probably an extremist group fighting in its stead.
“If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse,” Reuters quoted the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency as saying on Saturday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
The Lt. General then envisioned an Iraq/Syria scenario, where large swathes of northern territories have fallen under control of the Islamist fighters of the Islamic Caliphate: “A worse threat that would come into the sort of ecosystem there… something like ISIS.”
With over 1,000 Palestinians now dead since Israel commenced the ground phase of its 20-day-old operation, a tentative 24-hour ceasefire ended on Sunday with hostilities renewing.
The pause in fighting was intended to open up a humanitarian corridor for food and medical care, but as Israel offered to extend the ceasefire it also warned that it would retaliate if Hamas continued to fire rockets from the Gaza territory.
For its part, Hamas refused to accept the ceasefire deal “without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to return to their homes and ambulances carrying bodies and being able to freely move around in Gaza,” their spokesman said.
To many in the world the conflict between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory looks to be never-ending. And they are worried that the same is now true for the Middle East at large. Flynn’s views were voiced in the midst of a broader assessment of conflicts in the region, which is now crumbling under the weight of terrorism.
Although few people would prefer another Islamic State-style faction taking over Hamas’ place, Flynn made clear that peace between the two warring sides would not happen “in my lifetime.”
Jul 20, 2014
Not my video, but important nonetheless.
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Jul 20, 2014
The killing of innocent civilians in Eastern Ukraine resulting from the conduct of major bombing and shelling operations by US supported Kiev regime is not newsworthy. According to official sources, Four hundred and seventy-eight civilians, including seven children were killed and 1392 were wounded in Eastern Ukraine since the outset of the Kiev government’s military crackdown. (See RT, July 1o, 2014)
The casualty figures were released on the 10th of July 2014 by Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.
“The amount on civilian casualties is, unfortunately, greater than the military ones,” Vasily Lazoryshynets, deputy health minister, …
“In the area of the operation in eastern Ukraine, 478 civilians have died, including 30 women and seven children,”he said.
According to Lazoryshynets , a further 1,392 people were injured in the fighting, with 104 women and 14 children among them.
“Two hundred and seventy-nine currently remain in hospital,” he added. (Ibid)
There has been virtually no Western media coverage concerning this human tragedy. The deaths of innocent children resulting from Kiev’s “counter-terrorism operation” have been casually categorized as “collateral damage”.
In early June, according to figures of Ukraine’s National Security Council “200 soldiers and law enforcement officers had been killed and over 600 injured during the so-called “anti-terrorist operation.” (Ibid). The Ministry of Defense reported the same figure of 200 deaths pertaining to soldiers on July 11.
Is the official count of civilian casualties reliable? On June 11, following the release of the figures on casualties by the Ministry of Health, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Vitali Yarema confirmed that the government was to establish a data bank of persons killed and insured:
“Every death, every physical injury, every body of an unidentified individual found will be entered into the unified register of pre-trial investigations, and each case will be investigated as much as possible,” (quoted by AP, July 11, 2014)
The above figures on civilian casualties are consistent with a ‘leaked” Ministry of Internal Affairs report (July 15, 2014): 496 civilians killed and 762 wounded (updated with data of casualties collected in the period extending from 9-15 July). (see below)
According to this “leaked” MIA document, the death toll of soldiers in the Ukraine Armed Forces would have increased from 200 in early July (reported on July 10th by the Ministry of Health) to 1600 in mid-July (MIA, leaked report, see table below, dated July 15). These rounded up figures suggest that the Kiev government’s figures on soldiers “killed in action” are rough estimates.
The table below which includes the figures of civilian and military casualties included those wounded reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (sent to Global Research by a source in Ukraine) are as follows:
- Killed in Action: 1600
- Wounded in Action: 4723
The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its Anti-Terrorism Organization (ATO) oversees the military operation in Lugansk and Donetsk in liaison with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The information was officially released on July 15, 2014 bearing the signature of the Arsen Avakov (Minister of Internal Affairs) and V. Gritsak (Head of ATO [Anti-Terrorism Organization]
The authenticity, reliability and source of this leaked report remains to be fully assessed. These figures have not been made public and they are not the object of media commentary. They are, however, compatible with a report published by the Central News Agency Novorossia, Novorus.info (Russian) based on figures of the rebel Donbass forces which point to major military losses by the Kiev regime.
The MIA figures pertain to soldiers “Killed in Action”. They do not address the number of soldiers taken prisoner and/or the number of soldiers who have deserted the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
In contrast, the Novorossia figures do not provide a breakdown of “killed, wounded, prisoners”. According to Central News Agency Novorossia, Novorus.info (Russian):
Total losses in Donbass inflicted to Kiev “punitive operatives” [in Russian каратели] 2 May – 11 July 2014 is 4994 soldiers [ in Russian persons, человек] [killed, wounded, prisoners]
What the MIA leaked report as well as the Novorossia figures convey is the conduct of a large scale military operation by Ukrainian Forces resulting in significant casualties incurred by Kiev government forces. None of this has been reported by the corporate media.
The leaked MIA report suggests heavy losses of military equipment by Kiev forces including a large number of tanks and armored vehicles which have either been captured or destroyed.
The rebels (according to MIA figures) have downed seven aircraft. This information was “leaked” 2 days before the MH17 crash. The reliability of these figures emanating from government sources remained to be determined.
The data from rebel sources cited Novorus.info also indicate sizable losses of military hardware including tanks and armored cars.
TOTAL UKRAINIAN LOSSES [MIA leaked document]
- Killed in Action: 1600
- Wounded in Action: 4723
- Tanks: 35
- Armoured Battle Vehicles: 96
- Artillery: 38
- Aircraft: 7
- Helicopters: 2
- Automobiles: 104
While the reliability of these figures emanating from the government remains to be determined, they nonetheless point to the failure of the Kiev led anti-terrorism operation confirming earlier reports to the effect that government forces have been repealed in Donetsk and Lugansk.
July 18, 2014 – Official Ukrainian Military Accounting of Losses for July 9-15, 2014
((1) Ukrainian Version; (2) Translation)
TOTAL UKRAINIAN LOSSES
- Killed in Action: 1600
- Wounded in Action: 4723
- Tanks: 35
- Armoured Battle Vehicles: 96
- Artillery: 38
- Aircraft: 7
- Helicopters: 2
- Automobiles: 104
TOTAL MILITIA LOSSES
- Killed in Action: 48
- Wounded in Action: 64
- Tanks: 2
- Armoured Battle Vehicles: 0
- Artillery: 5
- Automobiles: 8
TOTAL CIVILIAN LOSSES
- Killed: 496
- Wounded: 762
SIGNED & SUBMITTED BY: Arsen Avakov (Minister of Internal Affairs) and V. Gritsak (Head of ATO)
Table and translation provided by:
by Melissa Melton
Jul 19, 2014
Sorry to be so grotesque, but there aren’t a lot of other ways to say it.
The Associated Press article floating around the mainstream media in source after source (surely before it gets buried forever) is simply titled, “Rebel Leader Gives Bizarre Account of Plane Crash”.
How bizarre, exactly?
A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,” adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition. [emphasis added]
Of course, the commander will be immediately discredited by western-backed establishment media sources simply because of which side of this conflict he politically stands on.
Not the point, however.
Bodies drained of blood and reeking of decomposition at a fresh crash site?
Who would even think to make something like that up in the first place?
This story is only bizarre until you consider the fact that this situation might be staged.
That explanation might help explain what’s going on in this video below, supposedly taken of the crash site moments after the plane went down, where a man scatters a handful of what look like brand new, unscathed passports from the Netherlands on the ground.
Again…are they wagging the dog to get us in to wider war?
Sure, President Obama seemed all properly concerned today when he mentioned at a press conference that an American was indeed killed on board MH17 and basically advanced the narrative that “Russia did it”.
He wasn’t all that concerned yesterday — right after the crash happened — when the media thought perhaps 23 Americans had been killed, however…at least not enough to cancel his burger photo op.
Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!
by Brandon Turbeville
Jul 18, 2014
While the world is focused on the questions surrounding the Malaysian flight that crashed in Ukraine on July 17 and the aftermath that will result from it, another campaign of genocide in a long list of campaigns of genocide is taking place in Gaza.
After days of both air and sea-based military strikes against Palestinians living Gaza, Israeli tanks have crossed the border and are now pushing even deeper into the tiny sliver of land.
According to Israeli military statements, Israel has called up 48,000 reserve troops as well as 18,000 additional soldiers which were called upon on Thursday, July 17.
So far, the death toll in Palestine has reached around 260. There has been only fatality on the Israeli side, a soldier who was killed in the northern part of Gaza.
Approximately one third of Palestinian casualties are women and children.
All of this occurs, of course, in the face of immense apathy on the part of the Western public or even unfortunately amidst fanatical, albeit misguided, support.
Yet even the activist communities who would have been focused on drawing attention to the slaughter taking place in Gaza have now been drawn off target as they follow the details of a downed plane in Ukraine, an apparent false flag designed to attract world attention and drum up support for a NATO confrontation with Russia.
Clearly, the world oligarchy is not letting a good crisis go to waste.
With this in mind, it is important to remember the reported words of Benjamin Netanyahu, the now Prime Minister of Israel who stated, in 1989 as the then-Deputy Foreign Minister, that “Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China [Tiananamen Square], when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
Netanyahu’s statement is, of course, very similar to the sentiment expressed by former Obama Chief of Staff, Chicago Mayor, and former civilian volunteer for the Israeli Defense Forces, Rahm Emmanuel when he stated that “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Thus, it is important to remember that, whenever mainstream press outlets begin coverage of a subject that takes on a life of its own – 24 hour a day coverage and constant updates – that, while it may very well be a legitimate issue, it may just as likely be a sleight of hand.
 The Netanyahu quote is provided by Al-Jazeera. However, the original source, according to Al-Jazeera is the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
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Jul 13, 2014
Dr. Rima Laibow interviews Jan Irvin regarding his latest MKULTRA research and discoveries.
This was recorded yesterday on United We Strike Radio – Ireland.
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Jul 18, 2014
Russia and American tensions continue to escalate as Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine along Russia’s border. Without a full investigation, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and others in the United States government have reached the conclusion Russia was responsible for the deadly attack. Vladimir Putin and Russia deny any involvement, as the mainstream media and the world at large look to assign blame in this horrific situation. Stefan Molyneux decodes the propaganda and presents the facts as they are presently known.
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Obtained via FOIA by a listener to ClandesTime, this is a list of all the films and TV shows that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have participated in the production of, or at least all the ones they saw fit to admit to being involved in. It was quite a lengthy FOIA struggle that led to the release of this document, so credit to the listener for that, and the released document is quite heavily redacted.
Nonetheless, it shows a comfortable, continuous relationship between CAF and Hollywood, and with TV producers in the US and elsewhere – the BBC turns up a number of times. Indeed, documentaries/reality TV make up a significant proportion of the entries in the list. The entertainment movies are interesting because they include the most recent Superman film (Man of Steel) and White House Down, one of a pair of movies from 2013 depicting an assault on the White House in Washington DC. The most amusing entry on the list is The Colony – an apocalyptic climate change cannibalism thriller that I have not seen but which sounds completely dreadful.
You can download the CAF list here (PDF file).
Jul 7, 2014
The US is running genocide in Ukraine while American public are ignorant of it.
On Wednesday, July 2nd, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko resumed unlimited war against the residents of southeastern Ukraine, whom he calls “terrorists” for their wanting not to be killed by his troops.
European leaders (especially Merkel of Germany, Hollande of France, and Putin of Russia) urged him not to resume his bombing campaign against the southeast, but the US (specifically President Obama) supports the bombings, and that’s enough for Poroshenko; so, he did it. As the US State Department said, “he has a right to defend his country.” Reuters reports that Poroshenko gave as his reason for the resumption, “to rid Ukraine of ‘parasites’.” Adolf Hitler had given the same reason for ethnically cleansing his country.
Here are videos and photos of the Obama Administration’s sponsored ethnic cleansing to reduce the population in the areas of Ukraine that had voted overwhelmingly “the wrong way” in Ukraine’s final nationwide election, in 2010: the areas of Ukraine that overwhelmingly chose as Ukraine’s President the man whom Obama’s coup overthrew in February 2014. After this ethnic cleansing, maybe Ukraine can have another nationwide election, which will produce the type of outcome that the US Government likes. But on 25 May 2014, we held in Ukraine an election where people voted only in the pro-American portion of Ukraine, and only leaders who were acceptable to the US White House were allowed onto the ballot.
America’s “news” media are not reporting on America’s ethnic-cleansing program in Ukraine. It’s happening in the dark, as far as the American public are concerned: they don’t know about it. But, here it is: this, is what they are hiding from you.
Washington’s people do not call this ethnic cleansing operation what it is; they instead call it Ukraine’s “Anti Terrorist Operation,” or “ATO” for short. The people we’re massacring are “Terrorists.” What they actually are is simply the residents in the parts of Ukraine that had voted overwhelmingly for Viktor Yanukovych on 7 February 2010 to become President, the final nationwide election in Ukraine. And here these millions of “Terrorists” are now, being bombed by us, and fleeing to refuge in Russia (you can see it, and hear it happening, right there: those “Terrorists,” fleeing our bombs) — it’s part of our ethnic-cleansing operation, not of any Anti Terrorist Operation, at all. Because it is we, the United States itself, that are terrorizing them, to flee. And “we” — our Government, as if they really represented us (which they obviously do not) — are therefore mass-murdering them. This is what the US “news” media have been hiding from us, by stenographically reporting Obama’s lies, as if those lies represented truths instead of lies — just like Bush’s lies about “Saddam’s WMD” did, and the US media did, before we invaded Iraq on 19 March 2003.
And the Government that Obama put in place in Kiev, which is a government by Ukrainian oligarchs whom Obama’s agent Victoria Nuland selected and placed in control, is now advertising on the television stations that those oligarchs own, advertising that the people who live in Ukraine’s southeast are destroying the country and must therefore be destroyed by patriotic Ukrainians. The government’s Defense Minister announces publicly that concentration camps are being established in order to deal with any who don’t flee. The message to those “Terrorists” is clear: flee, or else die. The government has even announced that the military volunteers who go to the southeast to do the killing are patriots, whose reward will be that they will receive the properties of everyone they kill.
A Google-search of “Ukraine” at a typical US news site yields little — and nothing at all about this slaughter that our Government is financing and put into place there. For example, at Huffington Post, the search produces articles about supposed “aggression” by Russia for its accepting Crimea back into the Russian Federation after all public opinion polls and a public referendum in that region, which had been Russian until 1954, showed massive public support there for rejoining Russia. (And a recent Gallup poll of Crimeans confirmed that they craved to rejoin Russia and are now delighted that they did.) HuffPo has only news-wire reports about Ukraine, mainly AP and Reuters, and typical headlines there are like “Russia Resumes Military Buildup Near Ukraine Border,” and “Ukraine Vows To Punish Rebels Who Downed Plane.” There’s nothing about the genocide. For example, there’s no mention that this “plane” had been carrying 49 troops to murder civilians in the southeast where a genocide is taking place to clear the land and terrify the residents to flee into Russia. It’s a classic ethnic-cleansing campaign, and Obama put it into place. Americans don’t know.
One article is a March 3rd poll, which showed “Few Americans want the United States getting involved in policing the political turmoil in Ukraine.” The presumption there was that “we” shouldn’t fix “their” problems.” Who knew that “we,” our own President, is the mastermind behind that “turmoil,” and of this actual ethnic cleansing campaign?
Similarly, http://www.pollingreport.com/ukraine.htm has many such poll-results, all showing a widespread public assumption that Russia initiated the “turmoil” and that the US are just nice guys regarding Ukraine.
To see what a lie that impression is — a deception of the US public by not only the “news” media but by the US Government that’s behind this “turmoil” — click here and here and here and here and here, because you will then learn a great deal about this made-in-America horror story, which will only grow as the years roll by, just as is already happening in Iraq.
Remember Iraq? This one will be vastly worse. You’ll see. Just click on those links. You’ll see.
Because, if the American public doesn’t start investigating this now, then the results for all of us will be far worse, especially because this one could end in a nuclear war. And here is a video exposing the lies of the Obama Administration and its stooge-regime in Kiev about the May 3rd massacre in Odessa that sparked Ukraine’s civil war — our ethnic cleansing of the people who live in Ukraine’s southeast.
Barack Obama’s Ukrainian gambit is the most evil and worst part of his entire Presidency, and you will be shocked to learn about it, and how evil it is. Because the American press hasn’t told you about it. But it’s not too late for you to find out. (If you already know about it, please pass this article along to any of your friends who might not, and otherwise get the word out, by distributing this article far and wide, so that maybe this horror can be stopped if enough people learn of it.)
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that created Christianity.
ISIS fighters in Iraq
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
July 10, 2014
With an ethnic Chechen Omar Shishani coming to the spotlight in ISIS’s activities in Iraq, analysts say Chechen war was an attempt by the Western countries to destabilize Russia through the Caucasus.
With his trademark red-beard and frequent appearances on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) promotional videos, Omar Shishani colorfully spotlights the many Chechen fighters to have answered jihad’s call in Syria and Iraq.
“The Chechen war was a classic attempt by the US and Britain to destabilize Russia through the Caucasus. It was fomented from the outside by NATO. In Ukraine, we saw some of the Kiev fascists were the same as those who went to Chechnya to fight Russia,” Webster Tarpley, a historian and author of “Obama: The Postmodern Coup” told RIA Novosti.
Shishani, whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili, is an ethnic Chechen from Georgia who reportedly fought against Russia in the 2007-08 Georgia-Russia war and whose military career took him to an al-Qaeda-linked Sunni militia in Syria.
Chechen fighters probably established links with Western spy agencies during the conflicts with Russia and are now advancing Western interests in the Middle East, Tarpley claimed.
May 23, 2013
On 5/22/2013 Mark Passio appeared on the Bob Tuskin show to share his recent experience with police at the now infamous smokedown prohibition protest in Philadelphia. Mark was illegally detained, cited, assaulted and even stolen from by federal park police. This was the same event where N.A Poe and Adam Kokesh were arrested on trumped up, imaginary charges of “assaulting an officer”
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Feb 23, 2014
Carlos Morales speaks out against the Child Protective Services. Does CPS help or hurt children? In todays world what motivates someone to adopt or foster a child? The truth may be stranger then expected as WRC divulges the truth behind CPS’s motivations.
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Jun 29, 2014
It would seem ‘fracking’ has dual purposes…
- Fracture shale using water, to extract natural gas, and oil.
- Dispose of toxic / harmful substances deep underground.
The second purpose, disposal / injection wells….. apparently was seen as a ‘good’ thing to do back as far as 1965.
A ‘good’ idea to pump radioactive waste deep underground, mixed with water of course.
From the Youngstown Vindicator on September 16, 1965:
Much more can be searched out here on the topic of fracking radioactive wastewater injection:
This revelation above plays into a much more recent dirty little secret which broke on the back pages of the ‘news’ this past year… fracking companies are dumping radioactive waste sleeves out in open fields, and on the sides of roads!!!
Now we know where the radioactivity is coming from.
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by J.D. Heyes
Jun 13, 2014
(NaturalNews) Workers at the federal government’s Hanford Site, a Department of Energy facility in Washington State that serves as a repository for spent nuclear power plant fuel rods, say their health has been adversely affected by what they say is toxic exposure to chemicals and radiation.
In an interview with a local NBC news team, truck driver Lonnie Poteet said he arrived outside the Hanford Site to deliver fuel rods and quickly began experiencing symptoms from exposure to chemical vapors. What he did not know, however, is that there had been a nuclear spill just hours before at the site.
“I was already burning from my glove line to my t-shirt line and the side of my face and I was already starting to lose a little bit of vision in my right eye,” Poteet told NBC Right Now.
He said everything happened very quickly.
‘They didn’t tell everyone’
On July 27, 2007, Poteet, who was a contracted worker, drove up to the site to deliver the fuel. At the the time, the firm CH2M HILL was managing the cleanup effort and failed to notify all workers about the spill.
According to the report, the spill happened around 2:10 a.m.; Poteet says he arrived at the fence line of the Hanford Site’s tank farm around 10:00 a.m.
“Very frustrated. When they told their crews that showed up that day to go to work to stay in because they had a potential spill, they held them back, but notified nobody else. They put me in [harm's] way. Specifically they asked me to be there as late in the day as possible. They knew I was coming. Why didn’t they say something?” Poteet said.
He says he lives his life now as a recluse because of a myriad of health issues he must deal with related to the exposure. He has to wear sunglasses all the time due to vision loss in his right eye and because he is now sensitive to light. He has sharp pains in his head and they often cause him to twitch. And he says medication prevents him from collapsing in pain due to severe nerve and brain damage.
However, he says his biggest fear is not living long enough to watch his grandson, whom he cares for, grow up. He thinks that he could simply collapse one day and not wake up.
Now, he says he doesn’t want to see other workers go through the same thing.
“They’re going to be exposed to the same situation I am. That’s my concern for them. Nobody is going to do anything to stop it. I don’t care what they say in the papers. As long as there’s profit in what they’re doing and they get their bonuses on a decent time, that’s all they care about,” Poteet said.
Another worker, who was also interviewed by the NBC affiliate, told a similar story.
Lawrence Rouse, who spent almost 20 years working at Hanford’s most hazardous sites, said he was exposed to nuclear waste radiation and toxic chemicals a number of times.
The exposures likely led to the contraction of a deadly disease, and though he receives some compensation from the federal Department of Labor, it’s not even close to being enough when compared to how the illness has left him struggling.
“The disease that I have, toxic encephalopathy, I think that’s how it’s pronounced, from the time you’re diagnosed you normally, it depends on every person, you normally have ten to twelve years and you’re dead. You just end up, it eats your brain away,” said Rouse.
He said he was exposed to nuclear radiation around 10 times and that he was constantly exposed to chemical vapors. More often than not, he says, workers there did not wear sufficient protective gear.
“Anytime you went into a farm to do any kind of work you’d smell something. Sometimes it would be a little one. Sometimes it would almost bring you to your knees… [At the] SY [tank] farm, it would rain the chemical on you from the stack. That’s why we wore the baseball caps,” Rouse said.
The Department of Energy has routinely denied that there are dangers at the tank farm, Rouse said.
Nevertheless, the NBC affiliate reported, more Hanford workers are filing new claims for their illnesses, which they say they developed on site, all the time.
Jun 23, 2014