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FTR #669 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

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Beginning with discussion of the death of a white supremacist, the program notes that the late James Cummings was working on building a dirty bomb. An apparent devotee of Hitler, his situation bodes poorly for the near future.

Next, the program revisits the subject of the Bakken Formation in the states of North Dakota and Montana. The Formation has far more oil than previously thought. The program then highlights another frequent subject dealing with energy, noting the further development of the Fischer/Tropsch process for synthesizing gasoline from coal.

Revisiting the American morass in the Vietnam war, the program notes President Lyndon Johnson’s characterization of the Nixon campaign’s interference in the peace talks. LBJ called it “treason.”

Next, the broadcast revisits the subject of AIDS. For years, these broadcasts have presented the working hypothesis that AIDS is a man-made disease. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama’s pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright garnered publicity by asserting that the U.S. government made AIDS. With the public focus on this claim, it is interesting and significant that “experts” examining the genetic clock of the virus (the rate at which it has apparently mutated) concluded that the disease has been around for approximately 100 years. In fact, as has been made clear in past discussion with Ed Haslam, the genetic clocks of the virus indicate that the virus is very new. The possibility that the claim of the disease being around for 100 years is deliberate disinformation under the circumstances must be seriously considered.

The broadcast concludes with a look at “Eurofascism.” After setting examining allegations that Austrian “yuppie fascist” Jurg Haider’s death in an automobile accident was an assassination, the program highlights the fact that Haider was a closet gay–a fact deeply disturbing to his supporters.

Revisiting the subject of the NPD (the top German neo-Nazi party), a defector has noted that the organization receives funding from old Nazis in Latin America–a reference (no doubt) to the Bormann capital network.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the Fischer/Tropsch process and its development and application by I.G. Farben prior and during World War II; review of AIDS as a manmade disease; review of the UNPO’s championing of Lakota independence; review of Louis Beam’s “leaderless resistance” strategy.

1. Beginning with discussion of the death of a white supremacist, the program notes that the late James Cummings was apparently working on building a dirty bomb.

“James G. Cummings, who police say was shot to death by his wife two months ago, allegedly had a cache of radioactive materials in his home suitable for building a “dirty bomb.”

According to an FBI field intelligence report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center posted online by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents, an investigation into the case revealed that radioactive materials were removed from Cummings’ home after his shooting death on Dec. 9.

The report posted on the WikiLeaks Web site states that “On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased [person] James Cummings.”

The section referring to Cummings can be read here.

It says that four 1-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, uranium, thorium, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide and magnesium ribbon were found in the home.

Also found was literature on how to build “dirty bombs” and information about cesium-137, strontium-90 and cobalt-60, radioactive materials. The FBI report also stated there was evidence linking James Cummings to white supremacist groups. This would seem to confirm observations by local tradesmen who worked at the Cummings home that he was an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler and had a collection of Nazi memorabilia around the house, including a prominently displayed flag with swastika. Cummings claimed to have pieces of Hitler’s personal silverware and place settings, painter Mike Robbins said a few days after the shooting. . . .”

“Report: ‘Dirty Bomb’ Parts Found in Slain Man’s Home” by Walter Griffin; Bangor Daily News; 2/9/2009.

2. Next, the program revisits the subject of the Bakken Formation in the states of North Dakota and Montana. The Formation has far more oil than previously thought. Note that the UNPO has supported the independence of the Lakota, whose claimed territory embraces the Bakken Formation.

“North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency’s 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Technically recoverable oil resources are those producible using currently available technology and industry practices. USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources.

New geologic models applied to the Bakken Formation, advances in drilling and production technologies, and recent oil discoveries have resulted in these substantially larger technically recoverable oil volumes. About 105 million barrels of oil were produced from the Bakken Formation by the end of 2007. . . .”

“3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation–25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate”; Website of the United States Geological Service; 4/10/2008.

3. Turning to another frequent subject dealing with energy, the broadcast notes the further development of the Fischer/Tropsch process for synthesizing gasoline from coal.

“Electric cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but a more immediately viable transportation fuel of the future could be liquid derived from coal. Scientists have devised a new way to transform coal into gas for your car using far less energy than the current process. The advance makes scaling up the environmentally unfriendly fuel more economical than greener alternatives.

If oil prices rise again, adoption of the new coal-to-liquid technology, reported this week in Science,  could undercut adoption of electric vehicles or next-generation biofuels. And that’s bad news for the fight against climate change.

The new process could cut the energy cost of producing the fuel by 20 percent just by rejiggering the intermediate chemical steps, said co-author Ben Glasser of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. But coal-derived fuel could produce as much as twice as much CO2 as traditional petroleum fuels and at best will emit at least as much of the greenhouse gas.. . .”

“Bad News: Scientists Make Cheap Gas From Coal” by Alexis Madrigal; blog.wired.com; 3/26/2009.

4. Turning the historical clock back to the era of the Vietnam War, we examine President Johnson’s assessment that the Nixon campaign’s interference in his attempts to begin peace talks with North Vietnam. LBJ referred to those attempts as “treason.”

“In the last months of his administration, President Lyndon Johnson voiced worry over the Vietnam peace talks and stridently suggested that associates of Richard Nixon were attempting to keep South Vietnam away from the table until after the 1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released Thursday show.

‘This is treason,’ Johnson said, referring to people close to Nixon, during a conversation with Senate Republican leader Everett Dirksen. The Democratic president never accused the Republican who would succeed him of treason, but said, ‘If Nixon keeps the South Vietnamese away from the (peace) conference, well that’s going to be his responsibility.’ . . .”

” ‘This is Treason,’ LBJ Said of Nixon’s Associates” by Kelly Shannon [AP]; San Francisco Chronicle; 12/5/2008; p. A20.

5. For many years, Mr. Emory has covered the subject of AIDS, presenting a massive and compelling body of evidence that the disease was deliberately created. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama’s pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright garnered publicity by asserting that the U.S. government made AIDS. With the public focus on this claim, it is interesting and significant that “experts” examining the genetic clock of the virus (the rate at which it has apparently mutated) concluded that the disease has been around for approximately 100 years. In fact, as has been made clear in past discussion with Ed Haslam, the genetic clocks of the virus indicate that the virus is very new. The possibility that the claim of the disease being around for 100 years is deliberate disinformation under the circumstances must be seriously considered.

“The AIDS virus has been circulating among people for about 100 years, decades longer than scientists had thought, a new study suggests.

Genetic analysis pushes the estimated origin of HIV back to between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908. Previously, scientists had estimated the origin at around 1930. AIDS wasn’t recognized formally until 1981, when it got the attention of public health officials in the United States.

The new result is ‘not a monumental shift, but it means the virus was circulating under our radar even longer than we knew,’ says Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, an author of the new work.

The results appear in today’s issue of the journal Nature. Researchers note that the newly calculated dates fall during the rise of cities in Africa, and they suggest urban development may have promoted HIV’s initial establishment and early spread. . . .”

“Analysis Finds Evidence of HIV a Century Ago” by Malcolm Riter [AP]; San Francisco Chronicle; 10/2/2008; p. A3.

6. For many years, we’ve covered the career of Austrian fascist Jurg Haider. Haider recently died in an automobile accident, that some have suggested was an assassination.

“Investigators say the Austrian Far Right leader was nearly four times the booze limit and travelling at more than twice the permitted speed when he lost control at 88mph last Saturday.

But the makers of his Volkswagen Phaeton limo insist the motor is one of the safest in the world and should have survived the crash in Klagenfurt.

The car giants yesterday sent its own experts to examine the mangled wreckage and search for signs it may have been sabotaged.

The German firm also sparked fury by linking the death of fascist icon Haider, 58, to that of Princess Diana.

The neo-Nazi chief careered off the road as he drove home from a boozy party.

But the promoter of the party has insisted he was not drunk when he set off.

VW spokesman Peter Thul claimed that someone with access to Haider’s car key could have manipulated the limo’s electrics which control the engine’s “brain”.

He said: ‘It is a fact that Haider was going too fast, but such a speed on that curve is not a problem for the car’s physics.

‘The Phaeton and Audi A8 are the safest of all. You’d need the key to manipulate the electronics, so someone at a garage would have to tamper with it.. . .”

“Limo Nazi ‘Murder’ Probed” by Brian Flynn; The Sun; 10/17/2008.

7. The Austrian political scene was shaken by the disclosure that “family values” man Haider was gay.

“There were rumors for years, but they were widely ignored in Austria, a conservative nation not much interested in prying into the private lives of its leaders. Now, grieving over the death of Jörg Haider, the charismatic far-right politician, the country has been forced to confront directly the question of his sexuality after his political successor asserted that Mr. Haider had been ‘the man of my life.’

‘We had a special relationship that went far beyond friendship,’ the successor, Stefan Petzner, a former fashion and cosmetics reporter, said Sunday in a highly emotional interview on Austrian Radio 3. ‘Jörg and I were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life.’ . . .”

“Austria Confronts a Leader’s Sexuality” by Dan Bilefsky; The New York Times; 10/24/2008.

8. Concluding with an article about a defector from the NPD–Germany’s top “neo” Nazi party–the broadcast highlights the defector’s statement that the party receives funding from old Nazis still living in Central America. This is (in all probability) a reference to the Bormann capital network.

” . . . He [Uwe Luthardt] said old Nazis living in South America still donate to the party and other funds come from the staging of skinhead-music concerts.

He went on: ‘The simple aim is the restoration of the Reich in which a new storm trooper organisation takes revenge on anyone who disagrees with them.’ . . . “

“Neo-Nazis Plotting ‘Fourth Reich’ in Germany” by Alan Hall; Telegraph.co.uk; 2/26/2009.

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3 comments for “FTR #669 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates”

  1. Yikes:

    The New York Times
    Dangerous Radioactive Substance Is Stolen in Mexico
    By RICK GLADSTONE
    Published: December 4, 2013

    Thieves in Mexico have stolen a truck carrying a potent radioactive isotope commonly used for medical purposes that can be extremely dangerous if exposed, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday, raising fears that the theft involved a more sinister motive, like the manufacture of a dirty bomb.

    The agency, the nuclear monitor of the United Nations, said it had been informed by the Mexican authorities that the truck carrying the isotope, cobalt 60, had been stolen in the town of Tepojaco, near Mexico City, on Monday. The truck had been transporting the isotope from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, the agency said.

    “The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a news release to alert the public,” the agency said in a statement on its website.

    At the time of the theft, the statement said, the cobalt 60 had been properly shielded from exposure. However, it said, “the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding or if it was damaged.”

    The statement did not elaborate on whether the thieves knew what they were stealing. But cobalt 60 is one of the ingredients commonly cited as a possible component of a dirty bomb, a combination of explosives and radioactive material.

    Counterterrorism officials, long concerned about dirty bombs, have said they are far more useful in spreading panic than in actually causing casualties or significant health concerns. Some experts say the bomb part might not be necessary — simply scattering a radioactive isotope in a densely populated area would have the same effect, but the person delivering the isotope would probably receive a large dose.

    After the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States went on a campaign to ensure that cobalt 60 and other isotopes commonly used in medicine and industry were better protected against theft, so that they were less likely to be obtained for dirty-bomb use.

    A United States military official said that while the Pentagon was monitoring the Mexico situation closely, the theft did not appear to be connected to any terrorist activity.

    “I would say we are concerned but not worried,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “No indication at all this was terror related – just simple vehicle theft. It was used medical-grade material on its way to a disposal site, so would have already decayed to the point that it would not be useful for a weapon even if it did fall into terrorist hands.”

    The official said the Pentagon was prepared to assist, if asked, but anticipated that if the United States offered any aid, it would most likely come from the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    In an online guide to radiation protection, the E.P.A. identifies cobalt 60 as a substance used in a range of industrial and medical applications, including radiotherapy in hospitals. Large amounts of cobalt 60 are also used to sterilize spices and some foods because its powerful gamma rays kill bacteria and other pathogens without damaging the products or leaving them radioactive.

    The E.P.A. guide also warns that cobalt 60 is known to cause cancer. “Because it emits such strong gamma rays, external exposure to cobalt 60 is also considered a significant threat,” it says.

    Industrial and medical users periodically replace used cobalt 60 with fresh supplies because, as with all radioactive isotopes, its emissions slowly weaken over time; its half-life is 5.27 years.

    Mexican news reports said the truck had departed Tijuana on Nov. 28 en route to a repository 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. When it stopped at a gas station, two armed men ordered the driver out of the truck, tied him up and made off with the truck.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 4, 2013, 10:22 am
  2. Double Yikes:

    Stolen radioactive container in Mexico found empty
    6:25 p.m. EST December 4, 2013

    Thieves took cargo truck that was hauling obsolete medical equipment containing cobalt-60 used in cancer treatment.

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have recovered a stolen cargo truck that was hauling radioactive medical waste, but a piece of equipment containing dangerous nuclear material was missing.

    The truck, which was stolen Monday from a gas station in central Mexico, was carrying a metal container of cobalt-60 headed to a nuclear waste facility in the state of Mexico, said Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.

    He said radioactivity has been detected about a half mile from where the stolen truck and empty container were found in the state of Mexico. Authorities have cordoned off the area.

    Though the container is heavily sealed in lead, designed to be difficult to break and to survive accidents intact, he said it contains an amount of radioactive material that could do serious damage if opened.

    Direct exposure would result in death within a few minutes, he added.

    “This is a radioactive source that is very strong,” Eibenschutz told the Associated Press on Wednesday, adding that it can be almost immediately fatal, depending on proximity. “The intensity is very big if it is broken.”

    Eibenschutz said there is nothing so far to indicate that the theft of the material was intentional or in any way intended for an act of terrorism.

    The material could not be used to make a nuclear bomb, but could be used in a dirty bomb, a conventional explosive that disseminates radioactive material, he said.

    Eibenschutz didn’t know the exact weight, but that it was the largest amount stolen in recent memory, and the intensity of the material caused the alert. Local, state and federal authorities, including the military, are searching for the truck.

    The material was used for obsolete radiation therapy equipment that is being replaced throughout Mexico’s public health system. It was coming from the general hospital in the northern border city of Tijuana, Eibenshutz said. The thieves most likely wanted the white 2007 Volkswagen cargo vehicle with a moveable platform and crane.

    The thieves likely didn’t know what the truck was carrying, he said, and may have discarded the metal container, which he said is about a meter square.

    “If someone finds a big chunk of metal with radiation symbols all over it, they should notify us immediately and don’t open it,” Eibenschutz said.

    The truck marked “Transportes Ortiz” left Tijuana on Nov. 28 and was headed to the storage facility when it stopped to rest at a gas station in Tepojaco, in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City, driver Valentin Escamilla Ortiz told authorities.

    He said he was sleeping in the truck when two men armed with a gun approached about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. They made him get out, tied his hands and feet and left him in a vacant lot nearby.

    When he was able to free himself, he ran back to the gas station to get help.

    The truck has a GPS locator but it wasn’t active at the time of the theft, Eibenschutz said.

    Authorities sent out an alert to six central states and the capital, and Mexican customs officials are on alert to prevent the truck from crossing the border, Eibenschutz said. The material could not be used to make a nuclear bomb, but could be used in a dirty bomb, a conventional explosive that disseminates radioactive material.

    All of the U.S. ports of entry have radiation detectors in place, and trucks crossing the border are routinely screened for radiation.

    There are an average of a half-dozen reported thefts of radioactive material in Mexico each year, Eibenschutz said, and none have proven to be intentional, meaning the thieves were not after the material. He said in all cases so far, they were after the containers or vehicles.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 4, 2013, 3:47 pm
  3. Phew!

    Stolen cobalt-50 found abandoned
    By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ / Associated Press / December 4, 2013

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico state, the country’s nuclear safety director said.

    The highly radioactive material was found in an empty lot about a kilometer (a half a mile) from Hueypoxtla, an agricultural town of about 4,000 people, but it poses no threat or a need for an evacuation, said Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.

    ‘‘Fortunately there are no people where the source of radioactivity is,’’ Eibenschutz said.

    The cargo truck hauling the extremely dangerous cobalt-60 that had been used in medical equipment was stolen from a gas station early Tuesday, and authorities had put out an alert in six central states and the capital looking for it. Police and the military joined in the hunt.

    The truck was taking the cobalt to a nuclear waste facility in the state of Mexico, which is adjacent to Mexico City.

    Eibenschutz said direct exposure to cobalt-60 could result in death within a few minutes. He said hospitals near the area were asked to report if they treat anyone exposed to radioactivity.

    ‘‘This is a radioactive source that is very strong,’’ Eibenschutz told The Associated Press.

    But, he added, the material poses no threat to human life if kept at least 500 yards (500 meters) away.

    Eibenschutz didn’t know the exact weight of cobalt, but said it was the largest amount stolen in recent memory, and the intensity of the material caused the alert.

    The material was used in obsolete radiation therapy equipment that is being replaced throughout Mexico’s public health system. It was coming from the general hospital in the northern border city of Tijuana, Eibenshutz said.

    Before the container was found, he said the thieves most likely wanted the white 2007 Volkswagen cargo vehicle with a moveable platform and crane.

    Eibenschutz said there was nothing to indicate the theft of the cobalt was intentional or in any way intended for an act of terrorism.

    You kind of have to wonder what the thieves were going for in the first place. “Hey, let’s hijack this truck! Never mind, let’s ditch the truck and just take what’s in the mystery box covered in radiation symbols!”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 4, 2013, 4:34 pm

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