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A Special Team To Secure The Bengali Republic Day Parade From Nuclear And Chemical Threats

From Google translate

New Delhi, January 4: the impregnable fortress on the occasion of the Republic Day in New Delhi l President from becoming prime minister, foreign dignitaries, including the countries that are protected, to begin preparations for the Republic Day Parade l Army during the attack of any sort is not so, for final l warn army

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Republic Day in Delhi Police has trained l Air Force aerial attacks of any kind, so that the police can handle initially, he has been training for l On the other hand, a special force for the first time can be seen in the Republic Day parade chemical hamalarodhaka l for any kind of chemical attack If the order is given up, it will be prepared for the disaster due to the force of the l mokabilakari force (NDRF) A team with more than 90 people CBRN- day stay at l

Sources, CBRN- the advanced technology of the members have more than one weapon, one of which l l hajamata weapon to prevent any kind of chemical attack is very active in the device l

Rehearsal is on the streets of Delhi ..

In addition, the venue will be in charge of the Delhi Police and the Central Security Force patrol at least 50 thousand people will be monitored by aerial drones l l l Alongside includes CCTV camera surveillance

On the occasion of the Republic Day, the Central Intelligence Agency has already issued a final warning l As a result, up to the attack of any sort can be made for the military and the police l
Source in Bengali only http://www.india.com/bengali/india/a-special-team-to-secure-the-republic-day-parade-from-nuclear-and-chemical-threats/
Published Date: January 24, 2017 8:49 AM IST

The above threat was highlighted by these articles;

We reported recently on the mostly censored story on Jihadists acquiring Highly Enriched Fissionable Uranium which was discovered by the Indian police. The reporting of this find was played down and the term “Depleted Uranium” was used instead of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) as the purity of the reported Uranium and high cost  revealed. The full article with sources can be found here;
Whilst some traction on this story happened in India it was not reported by any western or Russian outlets. In fact I did a short video showing that the story was being heavily managed here;
Instead we got a huge increase in other nuclear stories because President Trump did a “nuclear tweet” (The timing was suspicious if I were a PR guy btw) . Talk about an over reaction to a non story by the media around the world.The reality of this Indian report was overlooked and the actual fact that Jihadists  have been able to access over 4 million dollars worth (9KG)  of the fissionable HEU, means that they are now able to make a small nuclear device cheaply with low tech means with the billions from oil revenues from the Syrian and Iraq conflicts under the noses of the USA and Russia, we might assume they have bought more than just a measly 4 million dollars worth perhaps?
Highly Enriched Uranium, a Dangerous Substance that Should Be Eliminated
“….Furthermore, it is more difficult to detect by technical means. Therefore, in comparison to plutonium, HEU is much easier to divert, smuggle and hide. Moreover, a crude nuclear explosive made of HEU can be constructed in a much simpler way than one made using
plutonium. For these reasons, HEU is the material most wanted by terrorists. A few tens of kilograms are sufficient for one explosive, but the quantities existing in the world add up to hundreds of tons…..”   https://www.hsfk.de/fileadmin/HSFK/hsfk_downloads/prif124.pdf
Instead of the IAEA and associated nuclear watchdogs stepping in to stop the sale and movement of HEU and similar products we see nuclear deals are just being struck for billions of dollars to ship this material around the world without finding out who and where this black market nuclear material is being sold.
One such deal has been realised between Rosatom and TEPCO that are possibly two of the most nontransparent companies facing financial problems since the Fukushima 2011 nuclear disaster and the resulting economic collapse in nuclear investments.
The fact that this important story is being ignored should worry us all as it means we are not on our guard for a planned attack.
There are 2 main scenarios with terrorists being obviously able to get a hold of this with the huge financial resources at their disposal as they would likely have paid for more than just 9 Kg as the material was so cheap (as reported by the Indian police). It is likely they could have bought hundreds of kilos of the material at a discount rate with no problem. So is this the only HEU they have?
Scenarios;
1/  They could make small detonating devices with a low kiloton yields. This would mean some planning but they would likely try to get the materials in place and then launch a multiple attack. They would likely find it difficult to make a second such attack, by then, preparations for monitoring for radioactive materials could be put in place and transporting materials would be hard. It would be better to begin looking for these materials now.
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2/ they could grind up the metal and feed it into a food processing plant (such as baby milk powder etc) and this would likely result in hundreds of thousands of casualties but would not be discovered for possibly many years. Such an attack could be prolonged and cause great damage before it was discovered.
So what can we do about it? If the authorities and Media ignore the story and hope it goes away then, nothing could be done. As this material can be easily transported and distributed to many cities (they used 2 motorcycles to transport it and were stopped on the road to or from Mumbai) and if this is a large coordinated strategy then other packets are on route as we speak.
Solutions;
1/  The cat is out of the bag and there is no return so we should start to monitor for the movement of these materials across borders and into large cities.
2/  The security services should concentrate their resources on these terrorist networks instead of civil society activists etc.
3/  The wars should stop and we should be trying to win hearts and minds instead of dropping bombs so as to get better intelligence than the cyber warriors can or have supplied (cyber warriors have obviously already failed to stop them getting this material and many reports including testimony from Edward Snowden have proven).
4/  All nuclear waste of both high and intermediate levels needs to be secured worldwide and the failed institutions such as the IAEA need massive reforming and better transparency.
5/  we need to stop making more of this material and need to close the existing nuclear power plants down and create a safer and more sustainable energy network.
6/ The major powers need to stop playing games with politics and start working together as they quietly do in the financial and nuclear sectors.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As Trump takes control of nukes, Hiroshima’s ex-mayor urges him to meet atomic-bomb survivors

Another voice has joined the chorus of those pleading with newly inaugurated President Trump to exercise restraint when it comes to use of nuclear weapons by the United States — this time from a Japanese city that has seen firsthand the devastating effects of an atomic bomb.

Tadatoshi Akiba, the former mayor of Hiroshima, wrote a letter to Trump just before his inauguration, urging him to make “wise and peaceable” decisions regarding nuclear weapons.

 

If anything, some of Akiba’s former constituents would know.

On Aug. 6, 1945, U.S. forces dropped an atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima, a large city on the southwestern coast of Japan’s Honshu island. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb, “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki, about 260 miles away.

The combined blasts killed as many as 200,000 people and leveled both cities.

The “hibakusha,” or survivors of the atomic bombings, would later describe witnessing white-hot fire consuming those who were not killed instantly. The intensity of the bomb caused some survivors’ skin to peel off and almost all to arrive at makeshift emergency clinics with an agonizing thirstOne survivor recalled the smell of grilled dried squid permeating a treatment room — in reality that of burned human flesh.

 

Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945, and World War II would end less than a month later. It remains the only time in history a nuclear weapon has been unleashed in war.

“Since the nuclear issue is delicate and complicated, you may find the perspectives of those from one of the nuclear issue’s hot spots useful as you formulate the policy applicable to this area,” wrote Akiba, who was mayor of Hiroshima from 1999 to 2011 and has long been an advocate for eliminating nuclear weapons.

In his letter, dated Jan. 10, Akiba extended an invitation for Trump to visit Japan so he can speak to hibakusha in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Acknowledging Trump is “a busy person,” Akiba also suggested inviting survivors living in the United States to meet him, because “their struggles are worth listening to.”

“They can tell you in English their heart-wrenching experiences and a message that would produce hope in the future,” Akiba wrote. “I would recommend that you take the initiative to meet with them because I believe that the encounter would most likely change your view about war and the meaning of survival.”

 

Trump’s tweet — and comments he reportedly made the following day to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski — sparked fears of a renewed arms race between the two countries.

Though Trump later seemed to walk back his statements, suggesting “nuclear weapons should be way down” in an interview with two European publications, there are reasons to be concerned after he gained control of the United States’s nearly 1,400 active nuclear warheads on Friday, as reported by The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor.

Officials in Japan have been paying attention. Two days after Trump was elected, the current mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki extended invitations to the president-elect to visit, the Japan Times reported.

In a statement, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said he wanted Trump to “see with his own eyes, listen with his own ears and feel with his heart what happened under the mushroom cloud,” according to the newspaper.

In recent decades, the Japanese government has recorded stories of the hibakusha and placed many of them online, translated into different languages, to educate those around the world about the consequences of nuclear weapons use.

 

On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings, The Post published some of those survivors’ accounts:

“I felt the city of Hiroshima had disappeared all of a sudden,” said Akihiro Takahashi, a 14-year-old at the time in line for school, whose testimony was recorded by researchers in the late 1980s. “Then I looked at myself and found my clothes had turned into rags due to the heat. I was probably burned at the back of the head, on my back, on both arms and both legs. My skin was peeling and hanging like this.”

. . . So many had, in an instant, lost those dearest to them. Eiko Taoka, then 21 years old, was carrying her 1-year-old infant son in her arms aboard a streetcar. He didn’t survive the day. “I think fragments of glass had pierced his head,” she recounts. “His face was a mess because of the blood flowing from his head. But he looked at my face and smiled. His smile has remained glued in my memory.”

In May, President Barack Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima and acknowledge the suffering of those who were bombed. There, he greeted and hugged survivors of the blast and called for the pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons.

“The world was forever changed here,” Obama said as the Genbaku Dome, or A-Bomb Dome, loomed in the distance. “But today, the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing that is. It is worth protecting, and then extending to every child. That is the future we can choose, a future in which ­Hiroshima and ­Nagasaki are known not for the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”

A full copy of the letter from Akiba to Trump is available here, courtesy of the Mainichi Shimbun.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/world/-20783-as-trump-takes-control-of-nukes-hiroshima-s-ex-mayor-urges-him-to-meet-atomic-bomb-survivors/

 

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Desperate uranium miners switch to survival mode despite nuclear rebound

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LONDON (Reuters) – The nuclear industry is “gradually” recovering from its post-Fukushima slump, but excess capacity keeps uranium prices at record lows, forcing mining companies to mothball mines, slice costs and cut debt as they struggle to survive.

http://swop.news/desperate-uranium-miners-switch-to-survival-mode-despite-nuclear-rebound/

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

India was ready with H-Bomb to counter Pakistan’s nukes

India under Rajiv Gandhi made preparations in 1985 to test a hydrogen bomb in response to Pakistan’s nuclear programmes, recently released US documents showed. Concerned about the possibility of a nuclear arms race in South Asia, the Ronald Reagan administration wanted to send an emissary to mediate between the two neighbours and help ease tensions. About 930,000 declassified documents, running into more than 12 million pages and recently posted online by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), provide interesting insights into India’s nuclear weapons capabilities during the 1980s and Delhi’s increasing concerns over Pakistan’s nuclear programme at the time. In one of the documents, the world’s premier intelligence agency said it faced difficulties in gathering details of Delhi’s nuclear programme as Indian security was “extremely tight”.
The spy agency said the hydrogen bomb that the government of Rajiv Gandhi was preparing to explode was much stronger than the one tested 11years earlier, when his mother Indira was the Prime Minister. India at the time was also far ahead than Pakistan on nuclear technology, it noted. While Rajiv Gandhi was initially hesitant to pursue his mother’s plan to push the nuclear programme, his mind changed when he got reports in early 1985 that Pakistan was making progress with nuclear weapons, according to the CIA. On May 4, 1985, he stated that Pakistan’s persistent efforts to join the nuclear club had compelled India to review its nuclear policy. The agency said the H-bomb was created by a team of 36 scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre near Mumbai. The CIA also claimed that India was stockpiling plutonium for nuclear arsenal. “
A rapid series of Pakistani tests would compel New Delhi to develop nuclear weapons and touch off a nuclear arms race between the two,” assessed a CIA document. But, according to CIA assessment, fear of international political and economic reprisals would deter India from conducting an attack on Pakistan’s nuclear facilities. “China and not Pakistan is perceived as a long-term threat to the Indian security,” it noted.
On sending an emissary, a document said while India was not warm to the idea, it nonetheless was not against giving the person an audience. The agency had suggested that the emissary should meet Rajiv Gandhi but refrained from predicting an outcome. On the other hand, Islamabad would welcome a US representative, according to the spy agency.
At the time, Pakistan was seen as a key ally of the US in South Asia, and India as a friend of the Soviet Union. The Rajiv Gandhi government didn’t go ahead with the testing. It was in 1998 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that India again conducted nuclear tests. Pakistan followed with its own testing. The CIA documents, posted online on January 17, were declassified after the mandatory 25 years.

idrw.org . Read more at India No 1 Defence News Website , Kindly don’t paste our work in other websites http://idrw.org/under-rajiv-gandhi-india-was-ready-with-h-bomb-to-counter-pakistans-nukes/ .

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

House OKs Federal Energy, Nuclear Power Rule Changes

Law360, New York (January 23, 2017, 6:13 PM EST) — The House of Representatives on Monday pushed through a series of changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in bills meant to change how courts treat FERC decisions and give more flexibility to new nuclear plants.
The two bills, passed by a voice vote, are meant to help consumers in the existing power industry and to help the development of new nuclear reactor technologies. The Fair Rates Act would expand the reviewability of FERC rate change decisions and the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017 would direct the U.S. Department and of Energy and the NRC to come up with a plan to allow for regulatory approvals of more advanced technology in nuclear reactors.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., the prime sponsor of the Fair Rates Act, said that the legislation would avoid the situation that power consumers in the Northeast faced. Following a rate auction, FERC deadlocked on approving the results, and they went into place automatically but consumers could not challenge them without a final FERC decision.

“With no official decision from the agency, there was no decision to appeal, leaving my constituents completely voiceless,” Kennedy said.

The bill would prevent situations in which consumers are forced to pay higher rates without the opportunity to appeal the decision either through the agency or through the courts, Kennedy said.

“Although this situation may sound completely isolated to New England, there’s not a corner of this country that’s immune from the unpredictability of the American energy market and the resulting burden they are forced to bear as a result,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy’s bill alters Section 205 of the Federal Power Act, designating that if a rate approval becomes final through action of law, it should be treated as a final agency action for purposes of agency and court appeals.

The court case that spurred the passage of the law came from Public Citizen and the state of Connecticut, which argued to overturn the approval of regional grid operator ISO New England Inc.’s 2014 auction — through which power generators offered their resource capacity for future power needs — by default.

However, in October, the D.C. Circuit ruled that it cannot review the approval of the auction without a final decision by the agency; the 2-2 deadlock kept the state and public consumers out of the courtroom.

Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., said that one of the other bills the House passed on Monday, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017, would help bring more advanced nuclear reactor designs to market more quickly. The language mandates that the Energy Department and the NRC enter into a memorandum of agreement to “knock down those walls to innovation and provide an opportunity to develop advanced nuclear reactor designs.”

The bill specifically includes advances on existing light-water reactor technologies that are intended to be more efficient and generate less waste as well as nuclear fusion reactors — which have not yet been built on an economically feasible scale. According to press reports, research institutions in both the United States and abroad have continued work on scaling up the power and sustainability of such reactors.

The bill would require a uniform, predictable plan for approval of more advanced reactors, which is meant to be based on mathematical models of their behavior.

Rep. Diane Degette, D-Colo., said that the changes to the NRC would be “a commonsense way for the federal government to safely advance the goals of the advanced nuclear power industry” and pave the way for lowering America’s overall carbon emissions.

 

https://www.law360.com/articles/883931?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=articles_search

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.

Journalist Mark Ames gives crucial context to Putin’s rise to power & explains how post-Soviet Russia went from colony of the US Empire to “enemy number one” on The Empire Files: http://bit.ly/2klyJGX

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Does America’s Most Deadly Nuclear Missile Have a Big Problem? Trident disaster spreads!

What caused a British-operated Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to go off course?

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/does-americas-most-deadly-nuclear-missile-have-big-problem-19161

British media reports that a Trident II SLBM launched from HMS Vengeance—a Vanguard-class boomer—went drastically off target this past June. According to those reports, the submarine launched the test missile against a target on the west coast of Africa, however the missile veered toward the continental United States. If the failure is the result of a technical problem with the missile—there could be serious implications for the United States’ own strategic nuclear deterrence, which relies on the Trident II D5 as a key part of its nuclear triad. But that assumes that there is a systemic problem with the weapons.

The United States Navy has not suffered a Trident II failure in recent memory, but there is a small possibility that this British failure could be indicative of defect in the missile. “One failure isn’t enough to conclude we are in the tail end, statistically speaking,” Jeffrey Lewis, Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told me. “Now, you do need to figure out what went wrong. It is possible that it was an age-related defect, or a modification to the missile—which we make all the time—something with the test payload (it was unarmed) or something with the submarine. Maybe the failure reveals a show-stopper of a problem, although the excellent record of the D5 suggests it will be something small.”

However, overall, the Trident II has a remarkable reliability record. “There have been only a few failures—the Royal Navy one in June and perhaps one more a few years ago,” Lewis said. “Even at two out of 163, the D5 is remarkably reliable.  There were some additional failures early in the program, but that’s a typical bathtub effect where you get failures at the beginning while you develop the missiles, then failures at the end when it ages out.”

But if there is a systematic problem with the missiles, the U.S. Navy is also impacted.

“The UK leases its D5 missiles out of a common pool shared with the U.S.,” Lewis told me. “They are the same missiles as the U.S. uses.  While the U.K. has conducted relatively few firings—this was the first since 2012—the U.S. has conducted 161 successful firings since 1989.”

For the British government, covering up the test failure was likely a stupid public relations move. “Obviously, the Tories, mindful of the vote on Dreadnaught [replacement for the Vanguard-class], covered it up to the avoid the embarrassment.  This is a serious mistake in my view. One former Admiral called it ‘bizarre and stupid.’ I think he’s altogether too kind,” Lewis said. “The cover-up gives the impression that the system has major flaws that are being hidden. I doubt it, but how can [British Prime Minister Theresa] May offer her word as bond on that point?”

The entire fiasco is has a negative impact on nuclear deterrence and on the political support for the British Trident program. “That’s bad for deterrence, as well as the political support for the massive investment that Dreadnaught will require,” Lewis said. “It is also unethical, I am old-fashioned that way.”

Meanwhile, the United States Navy—the by far the largest Trident operator and steward of the bulk of America’s nuclear forces—did not comment by press time.

Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for The National Interest.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

US official confirms Trident missile failure

Washington (CNN)A missile test involving Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent system ended in failure off the coast of Florida last year, a US defense official with direct knowledge of the incident told CNN on Monday.

The official told CNN that the incident, which happened last June in an the area off the Florida coast used by the US and the UK for missile tests, did not in involve a nuclear warhead.
Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that the missile veered towards the US coast, but the US official told CNN that this trajectory was part of an automatic self-destruct sequence. The official said the missile diverted into the ocean — an automatic procedure when missile electronics detect an anomaly.
A month after the test, the UK parliament approved the renewal of Trident at a cost of £40 billion. Unaware of the failure, members of the House of Commons voted by 472 votes to 117 in favor of renewal.
On Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May was asked four times during an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether she knew of the missile failure before the vote. May refused to answer.

Government challenged on CNN report

Forced to make a statement on the controversy in the House of Commons on Monday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said he had “absolute confidence” in Trident but refused to give “operational details” about the test.
CNN published this story just as Fallon spoke, and Mary Creagh, of the opposition Labour Party demanded to know why he would not give any further details.
Citing CNN’s story she said: “The Secretary of State has advised us not to believe everything we read in the Sunday newspapers, but should we believe the [US] official who, while we’ve been sitting here debating, has confirmed to CNN that the missile did auto-self-destruct off the coast of Florida? And if that is the case, why is the British parliament and the British public the last people to know?”
Fallon once again declined to give “operational details”.
Another Labour lawmaker, Chris Byrant, said the reporting by CNN and the Sunday Times demonstrated the need for a full investigation.
“We deplore the leakage of any information about the nuclear deterrent but it is not for me to comment on what may or may not be said by the United States administration,” Fallon replied. “This is our submarine, our deterrent, and it is our responsibility to apply to it the very highest security classification.”

May under fire

The UK government’s refusal to discuss the missile failure has prompted criticism from opponents of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “This is a hugely serious issue. There should be full disclosure of what happened, who knew what/when, and why House of Commons wasn’t told.”
Earlier on Monday, a spokeswoman for May said she was briefed on the Trident test when she came into office.
The Prime Minister and the Defense Secretary are routinely informed about tests and their outcome,
“These are known as a ‘demonstration and shakedown’ test. This test was in June (2016) under the last prime minister (David Cameron). On taking office the current Prime Minister (Theresa May) was briefed on a range of nuclear issues, including this. This test saw the submarine and crew successfully tested and certified.”
May will become the first world leader to meet with new US President Donald Trump when they hold talks in Washington on Friday.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Israeli whistle-blower convicted over release terms

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OCCUPIED AL-QUDS: Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu has been convicted of violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail term, a court announced on Monday.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/181356-Israeli-whistle-blower-convicted-over-release-terms

Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, which he was charged with violating on three counts.

Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two US nationals in Occupied al-Quds in 2013 without having permission to do so, and will be sentenced in two months, a court statement said.

He was cleared of two other charges, one of which related to an interview he gave to Israel’s Channel 2 television in 2015.

Vanunu conviction’s dates back to January 18 but it was not made public until Monday. A sentencing hearing has been set for March 14.

The former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant to Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper. He spent more than 10 years of his sentence in solitary confinement.

In the Channel 2 interview, Vanunu said he longer has any secrets to spill and just wanted to join his new bride in Norway, theology professor Kristin Joachimsen whom he married at a Lutheran church in Occupied al-Quds in May that year.

He has been barred from emigrating on the grounds that he still poses a threat to national security.

Vanunu, 62, converted from Judaism to Christianity shortly before being snatched by Mossad agents in Rome and smuggled to Israel.

He has twice before been jailed for breaking the terms of his parole. Israel is the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, refusing to confirm or deny that it has such weapons.

It has refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or to allow international surveillance of its Dimona plant in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Theresa Mays WMD willy waving droop spectacular

 

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THE office of Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted finally that she was informed about the Trident missile test at the centre of cover-up allegations prior to addressing MPs on the matter.

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ce51-Mays-WMD-willy-waving#.WIamgGebxz0

It’s hard to see how she thought she could brazen it out after refusing four times in quick succession to answer a direct question from Andrew Marr on Sunday.

Her stubborn stonewalling served only to confirm in everyone’s mind that she had definitely been told and that failure to admit this was evidence of a cover-up.

Even now, the official line is that no-one is allowed to know whether a Trident-launched D5 missile veered off course after being launched off the coast of Florida last June.

Logic dictates that this did indeed happen, otherwise the Ministry of Defence would have denied any suggestion of a malfunction.

Defence industry insiders and politicians have lined up since then to declare that tests are held to seek out faults and correct them, which seems quite reasonable.

The major problem with it, however, is that, if the missile had been armed and international relations deteriorated to the extent that the PM was prepared to order Trident missile launches, at least one device would have obliterated Florida rather than delivering its payload wherever she had intended.

Apologetic phone calls to Trump Tower in the wake of a cock-up of that enormity would be unlikely to smooth ruffled feathers or bring back millions of dead US citizens.

Some pro-Trident commentators suggest that demanding information on a weapons system that we all pay for is out of order.

They claim silence is necessary to keep our “enemies” in the dark about how effective Trident is.

But our government has already had to inform other states — not least the US — over what was taking place in the region.

The idea that other nuclear-armed powers designated as our enemies would have been unaware of what happened is beyond risible.

The only people kept in the dark are taxpayers in Britain who fund this grotesquely expensive white elephant.

While the NHS, social care, council housing, infrastructure projects and industrial modernisation cry out for serious investment, our politicians across Parliament prefer to throw good money after bad to maintain an outdated pretence that possessing weapons of mass destruction is essential to be seen as a genuine leading world power.

Tell that to Germany, Japan or any other advanced country mature enough to have moved beyond WMD willy-waving.

Justifying the commitment of tens of billions of pounds — adding up to £205bn — to maintain the pretence of an independent nuclear deterrent depends on two basic falsehoods.

One is that Trident keeps Britain safe from invasion or nuclear blackmail and the other is that it provides employment.

Aside from the reality that there is no power seeking to invade or destroy our country, even were that the case, no British government could launch its nuclear missiles without a White House OK.

And if there was someone deranged enough as US president to authorise a global nuclear exchange, we could all kiss our backsides goodbye in such a scenario.

The myth of Trident guaranteeing defence employment was exposed recently by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, which revealed that just 600 civilian jobs are directly linked.

Its successor programme will safeguard 11,520 jobs, which works out at nearly £18 million a job.

Far better to devote that wasted investment in supporting jobs sacrificed on the austerity altar and to drop the obsession with global posturing.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pakistan’s Fourth Nuclear Reactor at Khushab Now Appears Operational

Pakistan’s fourth heavy water reactor at Khushab nuclear site which allows it to build a larger number of miniaturised plutonium-based nuclear weapons now appears to be operational, a US think-tank has said. The reactor is part of Pakistan’s program to increase the production of weapons-grade plutonium

 

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment