(reposted from Veterans For Peace Chapter 111 Gene Marx)
In case you missed this report from Dahr Jamail on Truthout, Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State:
According to Jamail, the US Navy plans to conduct its Northwest Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program, wherein "it will fly 36 of its EA-18G "Growler" supersonic jet warplanes down to 1,200 feet above the ground in some areas in order to conduct war games with 14 mobile towers. Enough electromagnetic radiation will be emitted so as to be capable of melting human eye tissue, and causing breast cancer, childhood leukemia and damage to human fetuses, let alone impacting wildlife in the area."
The area in question is the Olympic Peninsula, including the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, as well as cities and communities, for 260 days per year, with exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day. The damage to flora and fauna in Washington State could be monumental and precedent setting.
I am not an alarmist, and I don't subscribe to fear mongering, but I was trained as an airborne electronic warfare officer in 1970 and was familiar then with the potential environmental damage these training routes could cause.
To document your concern, contact the Forest Service to protest this electronic warfare on US civilians and wildlife now planned to start in September 2015. The public comment period has been extended until November 28. Examples of letters already sent to the USFS website are available at
https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/ReadingRoom?List-size=25&project=42759&List-page=1. Of course, letters to the editors of local media would also be helpful to spark interest locally. Also don't hesitate to call your Congressional representatives. They should at least sound somewhat concerned.
(Dianne Foster, TPP Researcher)
As we approach the 15th anniversary of the Battle in Seattle against WTO expansion, the scariest zombie is yet to come: 20 years after Nafta, and with public polling overwhelmingly against ”free trade” agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is raising its ugly head in the Congressional Lame Duck session. “Fast-Track Authority” will be introduced, possibly camouflaged as “Smart Track”. That gives the Executive sweeping powers to pass it without debate or amendment by our representatives. Both Congresspersons Larsen and DelBene are ambivalent, clinging to the hope that labor and environmental standards will mitigate the damage of otherwise unchecked power to international corporate giants.
Don’t kid yourself: this trade agreement is being negotiated in secret by 600 corporations, including Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Phillip Morris, Wall-Mart, and Chevron, to name a few. As Wikileaks documents and previous “free trade” agreements demonstrate, this is not about trade; it is about global governance, and privatization of everything is the goal. Any participating business can sue any government through a WTO tribunal in Brussels to nullify our food and tobacco safety laws, banking regulation, Buy America programs. They can sue to protect their drug patents, defy local environmental and labor laws. (Hint: they always win). This is the race to the bottom for the cheapest labor in places like Brunei, where a citizen can be shot for their sexual orientation.
Historic income inequality is a result of decades of deregulation, deunionization, privatization and free trade agreements.
Attend a rally by Occupy Bellingham and friends, On Saturday November 8th, 2-6pm, corner of Holly and Railroad Ave.
Call your Congressperson to vote no on Fast Track in any form. Don’t put up with outsourcing jobs and displacing indigenous peoples, join us and find out more. “Free trade” is not fair trade.
Public Citizen http://www.citizen.org/trade/
Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Gillian Locascio director http://washingtonfairtrade.org/
Expose the TPP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ExposeTheTPP
Sierra Club http://vault.sierraclub.org/trade/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement.aspx
Tobacco-Free Kids http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_08_19_trade
Doctors without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/support-us/campaigns/trans-pacific-partnership
Klein, Naomi: Shock Doctrine.
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