“This will sound as if I am speaking large, but Mussolini said that the definition of fascism was when you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between corporate power and government power. I have watched veteran members of our intelligence establishment go seamlessly into these private defense contracting companies.” John le Carré to The New York Times
The Department of Defense has turned its huge public affairs program into an offensive propaganda campaign being run by the same contractors that spy on the world through the intelligence agencies, according to a DCBureau-National Security News Service (NSNS) investigation.
“Since V-J Day wisps of information have drifted into the hands of U.S. Army Intelligence of the existence of a gigantic and mystery-shrouded industrial project operated during the closing months of [WWII] in a mountain vastness near the Northern Korean coastal city of Konan [Hungnam]. It was near here that Japan’s uranium supply was said to exist.”
David Snell journalist
North Korea recently conducted their third underground nuclear test. Experts agree that the nuclear fuel used in the first two was plutonium, made from natural uranium in a Soviet-designed breeder reactor. More than a month after their most recent test in February of this year, however, despite the use of sophisticated collection means, the U.S. was unable to determine if the nuclear fuel was in fact plutonium or rather Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU), which if true, experts say, would represent a significantly enhanced capability. Back in 2000, a female worker at an HEU laboratory at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center defected to China, and then later to an unidentified third country. Continue reading Hungnam, North Korea: Delving into Pyongyang’s Long Nuclear Past
Aiken, S.C. – Tons of weapons grade plutonium and other nuclear materials, a target for terrorists, are not being properly protected by the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy’s sprawling Savannah River Site, according to security consultants and U.S. counterintelligence officials.
A secret security review underway at DOE and other government agencies after an elderly nun last summer breached a NNSA bomb-grade-uranium facility at the Oak Ridge Tennessee Y12 area reveals “harrowing problems in site management and control at other DOE sites,” said a Homeland Security official who requested anonymity. The official said that the Savannah River Site was of concern because “SRS does not have the staffing or the facilities to protect the huge amounts of plutonium that have been brought to SRS in recent years.” Continue reading The Bomb Plant: America’s Three A.M. Nightmare
The old Atomic Energy Commission did not give much thought to where they were going to put their new nuclear weapons processing plant in the 1950s other than it needed to be on the other side of the country from their World War II era facility in Hanford, Washington. The military planners wanted the two campuses as difficult as possible for Soviet bombers to attack simultaneously. The location picked during the Truman administration ended up being in the heart of the segregated South, near Aiken, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, because the site was large and had access to water for cooling the massive new reactors.
Dr. Paul Salaman is the CEO of Rainforest Trust, a conservation organization that establishes nature reserves to protect biodiversity. Dr. Salaman spoke with Duncan Gromko at DCBureau to discuss Rainforest Trust’s new project to protect six million acres in the Peruvian Amazon.
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On DCBureau are a story and timeline about the history of the Clean Water Act and the efforts to undermine it. Together they show an incremental, well-funded, organized campaign to weaken the law. On the 40th Anniversary of the Act, it is important to remember that environmental laws enjoyed bipartisan support for years. Weakening environmental regulations through the Congress and courts will have lasting, irreversible results.
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As the United States still remains poised to launch an attack against Syria, it would be foolhardy for Americans to count on the Pentagon for information about that or any other military operation. The days of reporters being given full access to independently verify Pentagon activities are long over. Instead, the Department of Defense has embraced the idea that it can tell its own story without going through the national » read more
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