Osama bin Laden – Blackout during the killing. Was the reason for the killing because Osama knew too much and was about to come out from hiding?

May 5, 2011

Why the secrecy?

Why the confusion?

The truth is not confusing.

So, what is the truth here?

Was Osama looking to come out of the “closet?”

Was the tenth anniversary of the TWIN TOWERS collapse going to bring a new revelation from the ME?  Was Osama going to deliver yet another blow?

Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound

The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House

By Steven Swinford 10:25PM BST 04 May 2011

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.

In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.

“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”

Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president.

Afghan men watch television coverage announcing the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden at a local restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday, May 2, 2011. al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was slain at a fortress-like compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a decade. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

He said: “The authority here was to kill bin Laden. And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him.

“To be frank, I don’t think he had a lot of time to say anything. It was a firefight going up that compound. And by the time they got to the third floor and found bin Laden, I think it – this was all split-second action on the part of the Seals.”

The President only knew the mission was successful after the Navy Seals commander heard the word “Geronimo” on the radio, a code word from commandos reporting that they had killed bin Laden.

The absence of footage of the raid has led to conflicting reports about what happened in the compound. According to Pakistani authorities one of bin Laden’s daughter’s, who was present during the raid, claimed that her father was captured alive before he was killed.

There was also growing doubt about the US claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies involved in the raid.

Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, former head of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence service, said it was “inconceivable” that his government was unaware of the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

He claimed his country was forced to deny any knowledge of the raid to avoid a domestic backlash. The ISI’s official line has been that bin Laden’s compound had “slipped off our radar” after it raided the building in 2003 while hunting for another senior al-Qaeda operative.The agency claims it was unaware that bin Laden was hiding there.

Lieutenant General Durrani, however, said that the denial was a “political” maneuver by the intelligence services to avoid claims that they were working too closely with the US.

He said: “It is more likely that they did know [about the raid]. It is not conceivable that it was done without the involvement of Pakistani security forces at some stage. They were involved and they were told they were in position.

“The army chief was in his office, the cordons had been thrown around that particular place. The Pakistani helicopters were also in the air so that indicates that it was involved.

“[There are] political implications back home. If you say that you are involved there is a large, vocal faction of Pakistani society that will get very upset because we are carrying out repeatedly these operations with the Americans.”

http://newstrust.net/stories/6152155/toolbar?ref=nld&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=20110505_listing


Nation of Islam – All chapters – What the Muslim WANT –

April 20, 2011

Please, read below and think for yourself.


This is the question asked most frequently by both the whites and the blacks. The answers to this question I shall state as simply as possible.

1. We want freedom. We want a full and complete freedom.

2. We want justice. Equal justice under the law. We want justice applied equally to all, regardless of creed or class or color.

3. We want equality of opportunity. We want equal membership in society with the best in civilized society.

4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own–either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years–until we are able to produce and supply our own needs.

Since we cannot get along with them in peace and equality, after giving them 400 years of our sweat and blood and receiving in return some of the worst treatment human beings have ever experienced, we believe our contributions to this land and the suffering forced upon us by white America, justifies our demand for complete separation in a state or territory of our own.

5. We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South. We want every black man and woman to have the freedom to accept or reject being separated from the slave master’s children and establish a land of their own.

We know that the above plan for the solution of the black and white conflict is the best and only answer to the problem between two people. 

6. We want an immediate end to the police brutality and mob attacks against the so-called Negro throughout the United States. We believe that the Federal government should intercede to see that black men and women tried in white courts receive justice in accordance with the laws of the land–or allow us to build a new nation for ourselves, dedicated to justice, freedom and liberty.

7. As long as we are not allowed to establish a state or territory of our own, we demand not only equal justice under the laws of the United States, but equal employment opportunities–NOW!

We do not believe that after 400 years of free or nearly free labor, sweat and blood, which has helped America become rich and powerful, so many thousands of black people should have to subsist on relief or charity or live in poor houses.

8. We want the government of the United States to exempt our people from ALL taxation as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land.

9. We want equal education–but separate schools up to 16 for boys and 18 for girls on the condition that the girls be sent to women’s colleges and universities. We want all black children educated, taught and trained by their own teachers. Under such schooling system we believe we will make a better nation of people. The United States government should provide, free, all necessary text books and equipment, schools and college buildings. The Muslim teachers shall be left free to teach and train their people in the way of righteousness, decency and self respect.

10. We believe that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited. We want the religion of Islam taught without hindrance or suppression.


Here are just two examples, but this is TRUE at EVERY Nation of Islam chapter.

The Nation of Islam is a POLITICAL group that seeks it’s OWN nation.  They are not in anyway inclusive.

There is no such thing as EQUAL but separate, not to them.

http://www.noims.org/whatwewant.html

http://www.mosque55.com/

These are the people that your President that YOU elected cavorts with and calls his CLOSEST friends and colleagues.


The Suicide of the WEST part 2- Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011

 

 

 

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Shutdown the Government – The Weasels have ensured that they still get theirs and you the, “people” (shmucks) get $(^@@&

April 7, 2011

 

Government-Shutdown

 

#1 Hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be told to stay home during a government shutdown.

#2 Those in the military will not receive paychecks during a government shutdown but they will be required to keep performing their duties.

<Maybe they’ll stop working.  It is a volunteer Army, after all, and if one doesn’t get paid, then the FED has reneged on it’s end to PAY for the services of the volunteer.  They have then broken the contract 1ST. But thats too logical.  The natzi’s would put you in the brig along with other AMERICAN soldiers that WERE doing their JOBS –  LTC Lankin, Michael Behenna, and many more. These men are serving behind bars for STANDING UP to the our GOVERNMENT so that they could PROTECT America.>

 

#3 The Obama administration is anticipating “significantly lower staffing levels” at the White House if a shutdown happens.

<That would be a good thing>

 

#4 Barack Obama will continue to be paid during a government shutdown.

<RAT!  Sycophant! Muslim/Communist! Make no mistake this guy is  a Communist first and a Muslim second>

 

#5 Congress will also be paid and will continue to operate at close to normal levels during a government shutdown.

<All the rats should be getting nothing!>

#6 The Federal Reserve will continue to operate normally during a government shutdown.  The Federal Reserve is not part of the U.S. government.

<Whats the “FEDERAL” in Federal Reserve. Nothing it’s and incorporated NAME only.  >

 

#7 In all probability, all government employees will eventually receive any pay that is missed during a government shutdown.  During the 5 day U.S. government shutdown back in 1995, approximately 800,000 “non-essential” government employees were told not to come in to work.  But eventually they all got paid retroactively anyway.

<spit!>


 

#8 During a government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security will suspend operation of its e-Verify system.  Employers will be unable to verify the immigration status of job applicants and that could have a substantial negative impact on hiring.

<well that SHOULD make the Progressive Democrats happy.  How else would they garner the votes to put them in power?>

 

#9 The processing of small business loans and FHA mortgages will be delayed during a government shutdown.

<the one thing this illegitimate government loaths is private enterprise. Big business doesn’t count, because once they get to a certain size they become part of the governments machine. >

 

 

#10 The U.S. Postal Service will not be affected by a government shutdown.  You will continue to get your mail.

<who cares.  They are almost obsolete anyway>

 

#11 According to the Social Security Administration, everyone that is currently receiving Social Security benefits will continue to receive those benefits during a shutdown.  New applications will be delayed however.

<Well, they couldn’t stop the paychecks going to all those illegal aliens, who may then get confused as to who to vote for.  >

 

#12 Medicare payments will continue during a government shutdown, but there will be a delay in processing new applications.

<Well, we can’t delay the cash to the illegals, but grandma and grandpa can wait.>

 

#13 During a government shutdown, the processing of paper tax returns by the IRS would be delayed.

<who files paper?  >

 

#14 If there is a government shutdown, the processing of passport and visa applications could be seriously delayed.  This could have a negative impact on the tourism industry.

<oh my.  That should give you pause. Sarc.  The Dems really don’t want that.  They have a nice thing going by allowing illegals to get tourism here so that they can come here and stay or they can come here at 7 months pregers and deliver an American baby.  The Constitution never allowed for that, but the illegitimate interpretation of the 14th ammendment still stands even though it was clear that there could be no allegiance to another country and the person had to have LEGAL jurisdiction from a particular STATE.  This applied only to SLAVES and the was very clear that a official from another country could not be granted US citizenship either. >

#15 National parks, museums and tourist attractions will be shut down.  According to the Washington Post, “about 500,000 visitors could be turned away this weekend alone from the National Zoo and the major Smithsonian museums on the Mall”.

<Thats really not that big of a deal, so it’s ok>

 

#16 The annual Cherry Blossom Festival parade in Washington D.C. that is scheduled for this weekendwould be cancelled.

<So the Fesitval made it to the top 16?  Eh.  What a waste of space.>

 

 

 

http://endoftheamericandream.com/

 


Texas – Of the 445,000 illegal aliens caught 59,000 were from countries “other than Mexico” and 663 were from designated terrorist countries. For every 1 illegal 3 or 4 actually get away and enter the country and become “ghosts”

March 27, 2011

The American people have no confidence in the government enforcing our sovereignty because of all efforts by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to Subvert that effort.  From the sanctuary city policies to the open border and the flood of people from countries that have said that they don’t care one fig for America, even after decades of, so called humanitarian efforts. These people, from Somalia and Sudan are coming here in many, and I would say MOSTLY, illegally.  They come here by lying and deceiving their  way in to the country, because THEY know that once they are in, they can become ghosts to the government.  These ghosts are not only dangerous but numerous.  The danger is really in the numbers.  The numbers LIE.  The VOTER FRAUD that is ENDORSED by policies “artfully” fashioned is a direct violation of the Constitution.  Once they become ghosts, they are no longer COUNTED and more can then be added from those countries. And the vote fraud expands.  OUR government, actually, LIKES that.  They like it because THOSE are the people who have voted and have allowed the “direction” that this country has been swiveled into.  This is the biggest danger.  If they all of a sudden were exposed, then OUR government would need to be VACATED, because of the SEDITION that is rampant.  They don’t even recognize it as sedition.

BUT WE DO!

The youtube –

Homeland security says time and efforts needed to secure the border are not KNOWN — <from the you tube of Cornyn and Napi.>

How are the American people supposed to have ANY confidence in that?  I would go a step further and tell Janet that hers is an illegal post set up by the administration and should be eliminated and her right along with it.  Lets go farther and say that the illegal CZARINA that she is, is an illegal appointment and that SHE has been part of the head that has AIDED and ABETTED illegals, which is, by EVERY definition anywhere ———– TREASON!

“Do you have an estimate to secure the border?” says Cornyn and Janet says, “My answer senator is that our efforts to secure the border will be continuing and what I’m afraid of is if I give you a date, at that point then resources will TAKEN AWAY (what? ) and put somewhere else.  This will need  to be a sustained effort over (all the ? – could not get the exact word there.) time.

Senator Cornyn – basically calling her a big fat liar says – ” I would suggest to the contrary madam Secretary.   You know that you have members of this committee who have been very active in the effort to provide your department the resources that are necessary to finish the job. ”

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That symbol is DECEPTION – it’s an UNCONSTITUTIONAL “department”

663 Illegal Aliens From Countries With Ties to Terrorism Arrested Along Southwest Border in 2010, Senator Says

Friday, March 18, 2011
By Edwin Mora
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Washington (CNSNews.com) – Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), speaking at a conference on border issues Thursday, said 663 individuals arrested along the southwest border in 2010 were from countries designated as “special interest” or from countries known to have  ties with terrorism.

U.S. Border Patrol

“It’s not just that we’re seeing immigration across our southern border from countries like Mexico — people seeking to work and provide for their families,” said Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on homeland security and terrorism. “Indeed in the last year alone — where 445,000 individuals were detained at the southwest border — 59,000 came from countries other than Mexico.

“These included 663 individuals from special-interest countries like Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen and four countries that have been designated by the U.S. Department of State as state-sponsors of terror – Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan,” Cornyn said.

Special interest countries are those whose citizens are subject to enhanced screening by the Transportation Security Administration on U.S.-bound flights as a result of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253.

The U.S. Border Patrol, which falls under the Homeland Security Department, is charged with apprehending aliens attempting to illegally cross U.S. borders. As CNSNews.com previously reported, in fiscal year 2010, around 84 percent of the approximately 448,000 illegal aliens arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol were not prosecuted.

<This was a direct order of the president and Janet -Napi-head- Napolitano>

After delivering his remarks at the 15th annual U.S.-Mexico Congressional Border Issues Conference, Sen. Cornyn told reporters he asked the Director of National Intelligence whether the apprehension of the 663 individuals was national security vulnerability. “He said yes it was, so we need to do more,” Cornyn said.

What the Obama administration is doing to secure the border more is “obviously not enough,” he added.

<They are actually hampering the requests that the representatives are pleading for. >

During his speech, Cornyn criticized the Obama administration’s border security efforts, saying that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks about the resources that have been devoted to border areas — the so called ‘inputs’ – “where I’m really more interested in what the results, or the outputs, are.”

Napolitano, who also spoke at the event, said “taken as whole, the manpower, the technology, the resources, represent the most serious and sustained action to secure the border in our nation’s history, and it’s clear from every statistical measure that the approach is working.”

Napolitano called Border Patrol apprehensions a “key indicator of illegal traffic” along the U.S. borders, and she noted the apprehensions have decreased 36 percent in the past two years and are less than one half of what they were at their peak.

Sen. Cornyn suggested that a border security strategy should have a coordinated “interagency approach,” where the various federal entities charged with security along the border are working together and complementing one another.

He also said that a “good” border security strategy “should be resourced appropriately.”

The annual border conference took place on Capitol Hill and was sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/663-illegal-aliens-countries-ties-terror


NPR – Defunded in the HOUSE

March 18, 2011

 

 

Even after this:

NPR EXPOSED – O’Keefe, the real deal in INVESTIGATIVE journalism – PBS, next?

the DEMOCRATS – ALL – voted NOT to defund NPR.

That shows the people the type of solidarity and fidelity that they have.

They are, after all, DEMOCRATS first and American LAST

The people should pay close attention to this one as it is up close and personal.

Who’s the Republican that voted PRESENT?

 

 

 

 

House votes to defund NPR

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated 3:30 p.m.

After a contentious debate and over procedural objections from Democrats, the House on Thursday voted to prevent federal funds from going to National Public Radio.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), passed the House on a 228-to-192 vote, with one Republican voting present. All but seven Republicans voted for the measure, and all Democrats present voted against it.

The measure is unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. The White House on Thursday issued a statement “strongly opposing” the bill but stopping short of a veto threat.

The bill would ban any federal money from going to NPR, including funding through competitive grants from federal agencies and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. NPR receives about $5 million annually in such funds. The bill would also prohibit NPR’s roughly 600 member stations from using federal funds to purchase programming from NPR and to pay station dues.

The push to defund NPR follows the departure from the organization of its chief executive, Vivian Schiller, and its top fundraiser, Ron Schiller (no relation), in the wake of a hidden-camera video sting by conservative activists that showed Ron Schiller making controversial remarks about Republicans and tea party members.

 

 CEO of NPR Vivian Schiller announced her resignation on Wednesday.

Juan William – Did Vivian Schiller’s remarks about Juan needing to talk to his Psychiatrist violate some law? MAYBE. PRIVACY LAWS> Schiller’s potential patrons state outrigh

 

Democrats argued that the bill would not actually lower the deficit and charged that Republicans were simply taking aim at NPR because they disagree with its content.

“This bill does not cut one dollar, one dime, one penny from the federal deficit,” McGovern said, adding that if the debate is about whether or not the American people should be forced to subsidize content they disagree with, federal funding of advertising on Fox News Channel should also be up for debate.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that even if the measure were to pass the Senate and be signed into law – the chances of which are close to zero – NPR would continue to exist, but “what it does is harm small, rural stations” that are dependent on federal funds.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Rules Committee, called the bill a “purely ideological bill so members can go home and brag about what they have done to NPR” when they return to their districts later Thursday for a week-long recess.

Several of the Republicans who spoke in favor of the measure said they personally enjoyed NPR but did not believe it should be funded through taxpayer dollars.

Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said he appreciated some of NPR’s programming but added that “half the American people have never even heard of, much less even listened to, NPR.”

Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) argued that those watching the House debate on Thursday were likely watching it on C-SPAN, which doesn’t receive federal funding.

“A lot of us like NPR,” he said, later adding: “We’re not trying to harm NPR. We’re actually trying to liberate them from federal tax dollars.”

Just before a Thursday morning vote to consider the measure, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) raised a procedural objection to proceeding on the bill, arguing that the quick action on the proposal – which was first posted on the Internet at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday – violated House Republican leaders’ pledge to post all bills online for 72 hours before bringing them to the floor.

“Did this bill age for 72 hours?” Weiner asked, waving a large blue posterboard bearing House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) statement, “I will not bring a bill to the floor that has not been posted online for 72 hours.”

Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe, who was presiding over the chamber, replied that he would not respond to “hypothetical questions.”

Jo Maney, a spokesperson for House Rules Committee Republicans, maintained that consideration of the measure did not violate the three-day rule because it was posted on Day 1, was in the Rules Committee on Day 2 and was on the floor on Day 3, with final passage set to take place 72 hours after the bill was first posted.

<Seriously? Is that the ONLY argument that he could make?  Thats how you know that even though ALL of the DEMs voted to keep funding the illegal organization, they KNOW that it’s wrong to do it and the only arguments that they can make are procedural.  What a sham!>

Democrats also objected to the bill being fast-tracked to the floor without being thoroughly debated in public committee hearings. The Rules Committee approved the measure on Wednesday in an “emergency meeting.”

“The process in this House is awful,” Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) said. “An emergency! Think it was about jobs? Think it was about health care? No! It was about defunding NPR.”

Republicans defended the process, arguing that the seven-page bill addresses a straightforward question.

“It’s basically a yes or no question,” Maney said. “Do we continue taxpayer funding of NPR or not?”

 

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:35 PM ET, 03/17/2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/house-votes-to-move-forward-on-defunding-npr/2011/03/17/AB50Uqk_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_polalert

 


Japan – California – radiation MAP and RT report

March 17, 2011

Obama is not a leader.  He is a puppet.  By definition, puppets are only animated when strings are engaged.

The globalists are OK with things so far.

No need for input from them, so Obama is silent.

“keep moving” —- ” nothing to see here.”

I have not heard much from the other so called leaders, or would be leaders either.

Is anyone willing to be the leader here?

HOT POTATOES!

Obama’s looking for the next meeting at the UN so that they can tell him what they want.  After all he’s the security council of the UN and therefore American interests are only secondarily, if that, on his mind.

Never-mind that it’s against the US Constitution to swear allegiance to a foreign interest while in a government position.

 

UN predicts nuclear plume could hit U.S. by FRIDAY as Obama finally falls in line with the rest of the world and starts evacuating American citizens from Japan

 

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By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:17 PM on 17th March 2011

 

  • French minister: ‘Let’s not beat about the bush, they’ve essentially lost control’
  • Cooling pool for spent fuel rods has ‘boiled dry at reactor number four
  • Japanese have 48 hours to avoid ‘another Chernobyl’
  • Radioactive steam spews into atmosphere from reactor number three
  • Experts warn that crisis is ‘approaching point of no return’ as officials run out of options
  • Officials commandeer police water cannon to spray complex
  • Attempts to dump water on reactors by helicopter fail

The United Nations has predicted that a nuclear plume from a crisis-hit reactor in Japan could drift across the Pacific and over the U.S. by Friday.

The chilling forecast came as the United States began evacuating Americans out of Japan amid escalating fears that the quake-ravaged country is facing disaster.

Terrified passengers are packing Tokyo airport after scores of other governments advised their citizens to flee – as Japanese military helicopters today dropped sea water on the over-heating reactors in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a catastrophic meltdown.

Some experts say the county has 48 hours to avoid ‘another Chernoblyl’.

Collecting water: The Self-Defense Forces's helicopter scoops seawater on Japan's northeast coast en route to the Fukushima plant

Collecting water: The Self-Defense Forces's helicopter scoops seawater on Japan's northeast coast en route to the Fukushima plant

JAPAN-QUAKE/PLUME - Map of the North Pacific locating the projected path of the radioactive plume from Japan's Fukushima plant on Friday. RNGS. (SIN07)

JAPAN-QUAKE/PLUME - Map of the North Pacific locating the projected path of the radioactive plume from Japan's Fukushima plant on Friday. RNGS. (SIN07)

 

Radiation from the toxic plume spewing from the reactor is set to hit California and the West Coast on Friday, according to the UN’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation. It predicts the plume will head into Southern California and further into Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

 

The UN’s projection, which was calculated according to wind patterns on Tuesday, was first reported by the New York Times.

The data assumes that radiation is spewing from the crippled nuclear reactor at a continuous rate and forms a rising plume, amid heightened suspicion that the crisis at the plant – already ranked the second-worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl – is worse than the Japanese authorities have publicly let on.

Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters began dumping seawater on the damaged reactor of Unit 3 at the Fukushima complex at 9.48am local time this morning as Defence Minister Toshifumi Kitazawa told reporters that emergency workers had no choice but to try the water dumps before it was too late.

The aircraft dumped at least four loads of at least 2,000 gallons each, on the reactor, though much of the water appeared to be dispersed in the air.

The dumping was intended both to help cool the reactor and to replenish water in a pool holding spent fuel rods. The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said earlier that the pool was nearly empty, which might cause the rods to overheat.

American officials have also said that they believe the fuel holding pools at reactor three and four are empty of water after boiling dry.

While the organisation did not give any further details on the level of radiation to hit the U.S., health officials emphasised that – as with the Chernobyl disaster 26 years ago – most radiation in the atmosphere is set to dissipate throughout its journey over the Pacific.

On Sunday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulator Commission said it expected no harmful levels of radiation would reach the U.S. from Japan given the thousands of miles between the two countries

 

The UN’s projection, which was calculated according to wind patterns on Tuesday, was first reported by the New York Times.

The data assumes that radiation is spewing from the crippled nuclear reactor at a continuous rate and forms a rising plume, amid heightened suspicion that the crisis at the plant – already ranked the second-worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl – is worse than the Japanese authorities have publicly let on.

Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters began dumping seawater on the damaged reactor of Unit 3 at the Fukushima complex at 9.48am local time this morning as Defence Minister Toshifumi Kitazawa told reporters that emergency workers had no choice but to try the water dumps before it was too late.

The aircraft dumped at least four loads of at least 2,000 gallons each, on the reactor, though much of the water appeared to be dispersed in the air.

The dumping was intended both to help cool the reactor and to replenish water in a pool holding spent fuel rods. The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said earlier that the pool was nearly empty, which might cause the rods to overheat.

American officials have also said that they believe the fuel holding pools at reactor three and four are empty of water after boiling dry.

Damaged: This dramatic pictures shows for the first time the damage wreaked upon the Fukushima plant which was today shrouded in smoke and steam bellowing from the damaged third and fourth reactors

Damaged: This dramatic pictures shows for the first time the damage wreaked upon the Fukushima plant which was today shrouded in smoke and steam bellowing from the damaged third and fourth reactors

Chaos: Passengers crowd Mar Haneda International Airport outside Tokyo as foreigners scramble to flee the country amid radiation fears

Chaos: Passengers crowd Mar Haneda International Airport outside Tokyo as foreigners scramble to flee the country amid radiation fears

That means that nuclear fuel rods at both the reactors could overheat further and release more radiation.

Even when removed from reactors, uranium rods are still extremely hot and must be cooled for months, possibly longer, to prevent them from heating up again and emitting radioactivity.

Emergency workers are struggling to keep a constant supply of water pumping into the holding pools and officials last night admitted that much of the monitoring equipment in the plant was broken and it was impossible to monitor the situation.

‘We haven’t been able to get any of the latest data at any spent fuel pools. We don’t have latest water levels, temperatures, none of the latest information,’ an official said. There are also frantic efforts to restore power to the coolant pumping system that was knocked out by the tsunami on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that along with the helicopter water drops, special police units would use water cannons – normally used to quell rioters – to spray water onto the Unit 4 storage pool. The high-pressure water cannons will allow emergency workers to stay farther away.

One French expert warned that the plant is just hours away from disaster. Thierry Charles of the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety told the Telegraph: ‘The next 48 hours will be decisive. I am pessimistic because, since Sunday, I have seen that almost none of the solutions has worked.’

It followed the alarm from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation, which does radiation projections as a matter of routine in an attempt to predict which of its stations scattered around the globe need to be activated as it monitors a global ban on nuclear arms testing.

Its 60 stations test the air for radiation, and use computer models and weather forecasts to model how that radiation could be transported by wind.

‘It’s simply an indication,’ Lassina Zerbo, head of the agency’s International Data Center, told the newspaper.

‘We have global coverage. So when something happens, it’s important for us to know which station can pick up the event.’

Early this morning the Obama administration fell in line with the rest of the world and began evacuating citizens from Tokyo in defiance of Japanese assurances that the capital is not yet in danger.

Destroyed: Damage after the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, is seen in this satellite image taken 9:35 am local time (0035 GMT)

Destroyed: Damage after the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, is seen in this satellite image taken 9:35 am local time (0035 GMT)

A cloud of white smoke cam be seen rising from the nuclear power plant

A cloud of white smoke cam be seen rising from the nuclear power plant

 

 

Mr Obama had promised to support Japan in its efforts to contain the crisis. But as a desperate last-ditch attempt to prevent total nuclear meltdown began last night, the President finally made a tough decision.

Gregory Jaczko did not say how the information was obtained, but the NRC and U.S. department of energy both have experts on site at the Fukushima complex of six reactors.

‘We believe that around the reactor site there are high levels of radiation,’ he said. ‘It would be very difficult for emergency workers to get near the reactors. The doses they could experience would potentially be lethal doses in a very short period of time.’

Frantic attempts to cool down the reactors at the Fukushima plant following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami had to be suspended after high radiation levels were recorded. Technicians later returned, but it was another setback in Japanese efforts to avoid a nuclear catastrophe.

 

Nuclear reactor: What is going on

40 YEARS OF DOUBT ON DESIGN OF FUKUSHIMA POWER PLANT

The design of the reactors at the stricken Fukushima power plant has been called into question for almost 40 years.

As far back as 1972, experts said the Mark 1 should be discontinued because its containment vessel was not as robust as alternatives.

One report said such reactors had a 90 per cent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident.

A clutch of engineers also resigned their posts rather than carry on with a project they deemed to be unsafe.
In a nuclear reactor the containment vessel is considered the last line of defence to stop a meltdown.

It is usually a steel and cement ‘tomb’ and is designed to stop the melting fuel rods sending lethal radiation into the atmosphere.

The cheaper Mark 1s, however, are less robust, smaller, and have long been thought to be more likely to fail in an emergency.

They were designed in the U.S. in the 1960s by the utility giant General Electric.Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima plant are Mark 1s.

In 1972, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission said the design should be discontinued because it was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a build-up in hydrogen –  which may have happened at Fukushima. In 1975 engineer Dale Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric quit work on a Mark 1 because they did not feel comfortable about safety.

The travel warning extends to U.S. citizens already in the country and urges them to consider leaving. The authorised departure offers voluntary evacuation to family members and dependents of U.S. personnel in Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya and affects some 600 people.

Senior State Department official Patrick Kennedy said chartered planes will be brought in to help private American citizens wishing to leave.

People face less risk in southern Japan, but changing weather and wind conditions could raise radiation levels elsewhere in the coming days, he said.

After a hastily arranged teleconference with officials from the State and Energy departments, the order was given to get Americans out.

It heightened suspicions that the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in north-east Japan – already ranked the second-worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl – is worse than the Japanese authorities have publicly let on. Yesterday ‘last-ditch’ efforts were continuing at Fukushima to prevent a catastrophe.

The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) warned last night that all the cooling water has gone from one of the spent fuel pools.

That means there is nothing to stop the fuel rods getting hotter and ultimately melting down. The outer shell of the rods could also ignite with enough force to propel the radioactive fuel inside over a wide area.

Tokyo, which is about 170 miles from the stricken nuclear complex, has reported slightly elevated radiation levels, though Japanese officials have said the increase was too small to threaten the 39 million people in and around the capital.

Anxious to safeguard the U.S. relationship with its closest Asian ally, Mr Obama told Mr Kan about the steps the U.S. was taking, shortly before the State Department announced the first evacuations.

But the alliance looked likely to be strained, with the U.S. taking more dramatic safety precautions than Japan and issuing dire warnings that contradicted Japan’s more upbeat assessments.

Earlier yesterday, the Obama administration urged the evacuation of Americans from a 50-mile radius of the stricken nuclear plant, raising questions about U.S. confidence in Tokyo’s risk assessments. Japan’s government was urging people within 20 miles to stay indoors if they could not evacuate.

White House spokesman Jay Carney sought to minimize any rift between the two allies, saying U.S. officials were making their recommendations based on their independent analysis of the data coming out of the region following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

‘I will not from here judge the Japanese evaluation of the data,’ Mr Carney told reporters.

‘This is what we would do if this incident were happening in the United States.’

Thousands face terrifying radiation checks

Thousands face terrifying radiation checks

 

Until last night, the U.S. had advised its citizens to follow the recommendations of the Japanese government.

As late as Tuesday, Mr Carney had said those recommendations were ‘the same that we would take in the situation’.

But conditions at the nuclear plant continued to deteriorate, with surging radiation forcing Japan to order workers to temporarily withdraw. Last night Japan was making a desperate last-ditch attempt to cool the reactor by using helicopters to dump sea water. One official told the Mail: ‘There is no other option. This has to work.’

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. had consular personnel in the Miyagi and Ibaraki prefectures and was sending officials out to check on Americans.

Extreme measures: There are temporary radiation cleaning shelter, set up by across the affected area including Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima

Extreme measures: There are temporary radiation cleaning shelter, set up by across the affected area including Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima

 

‘We have consular teams on the ground,’ Mr Toner said.

‘Where they can, they are going door to door. They are going to hospitals. They are trying everything in their power to reach out and find American citizens.’

The Pentagon said U.S. troops working on relief missions can only go within 50 miles to the plant with approval. Spokesman Col. David Lapan said the U.S. would review requests from the Japanese for assistance that would require troops to move within that radius, though no approval for such movement had been given since the stricter guidelines were enacted.

The Pentagon said troops are receiving anti-radiation pills before missions to areas where radiation exposure is likely.

With the arrival of three more ships to the massive humanitarian mission, there were 17,000 sailors and Marines afloat on 14 vessels in waters off Japan.

Several thousand Army and Air Force service members already stationed at U.S. bases in Japan have also been mobilised for the relief efforts.

Airmen have been flying search and rescue missions and operating Global Hawk drones and U-2 reconnaissance planes to help the Japanese assess damage from the disasters.

The operation is fraught with challenges – mainly, figuring out how to continue to provide help amid some low-level releases of radiation from the facility, which officials fear could be facing a meltdown.

Weather also temporarily hampered some relief plans Wednesday. Pilots couldn’t fly helicopters off the deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan until late afternoon because of poor visibility.

The 7th Fleet said 15 flights with relief supplies were launched from the eight-ship carrier group, about half as many as the 29 flights reported the previous day to deliver food, water, blankets and other supplies.

Several water pumps and hoses were being sent from U.S. bases around Japan to help at Fukushima, where technicians were dousing the overheating nuclear reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to cool them.

The U.S. had already sent two fire trucks to the area to be operated by Japanese firefighters, said Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

 

 

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