The New Libyan Rebel Leader Spent The Past 20 Years In Suburban Virginia

WASHINGTON – The new leader of Libya’s opposition military spent the past two decades in suburban Virginia but felt compelled — even in his late-60s — to return to the battlefield in his homeland, according to people who know him.

Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition. In the early 1990s, he moved to suburban Virginia, where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gadhafi groups.

Late last week, Hifter was appointed to lead the rebel army, which has been in chaos for weeks. He is the third such leader in less than a month, and rebels interviewed in Libya openly voiced distrust for the most recent leader, Abdel Fatah Younes, who had been at Gadhafi’s side until just a month ago.

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TEPCO’s Totally Insane Disaster Plan At Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese Plant Had Barebones Risk Plan

 
Mar. 31 (Wall Street Journal) TOKYO—Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster plans greatly underestimated the scope of a potential accident at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, calling for only one stretcher, one satellite phone and 50 protective suits in case of emergencies. (For hundreds of workers!!!)

Disaster-response documents for Fukushima Daiichi, examined by The Wall Street Journal, also contain few guidelines for obtaining outside help, providing insight into why Japan struggled to cope with a nuclear crisis after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the facility.

The disaster plans, approved by Japanese regulators, offer guidelines for responding to smaller emergencies and outline in detail how to back up key systems in case of failure. Yet the plans fail to envision the kind of worst-case scenario that befell Japan: damage so extensive that the plant couldn’t respond on its own or call for help from nearby plants. There are no references to Tokyo firefighters, Japanese military forces or U.S. equipment, all of which the plant operators eventually relied upon to battle their overheating reactors.

On Wednesday, the president of plant operator Tepco was hospitalized for dizziness, offering the latest sign of leadership trouble. Earlier in the disaster, Tepco was faulted for a sluggish initial response; now it appears that its written emergency plans were themselves inadequate.

“The disaster plan didn’t function,” said a former Tepco executive. “It didn’t envision something this big.”

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TEPCO Chairman Admits Battle To Safe Fukushima Plant Lost, Reactors To Be Entombed

But here is the problem with this ‘solution’:

Dr. Michio Kaku: Three Raging Nuclear Meltdowns In Progress!


Bodies of 1,000 victims of Japan earthquake left uncollected because of fears of high levels of radiation


Apology: Tokyo Electric Power Co. chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, right, finally admitted that the battle to save the plant had been lost and apologised for the ‘trouble and anxiety’ caused by the radiation

* Police, rescue workers and family members could be exposed to radiation
* Radioactivity levels in the ocean 4,385 times above regulatory limit
* Fisherman warned not to operate within 12 miles of plant
* Compensation claims could top $12bn
* Power firm’s shares lose 80% of value – may need government bailout
* President still recovering in hospital recovering from ‘fatigue and stress’
* U.S. sends specialist Marine unit to assist in decontamination
* Traces of radioactive particles found in U.S. milk


Too dangerous: This aerial photograph of the Fukushima plant shows the damaged reactors three and four at the which will now be entombed in concrete after the battle to contain radiation was lost

Up to 1,000 bodies of victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami have not been collected because of fears of high levels of radiation.

Police sources said bodies within the 12-mile evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been ‘exposed to high levels of radiation after death’.

It follows the discovery of a body on Sunday in Okuma, just three miles from the power plant, which revealed elevated levels of radiation.

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EU: Let them Eat Cloned Food! (No Labelling Required!)

The majority of the people don’t want cloned food, but who cares?


Meat from offspring of cloned animals to go on sale in UK (Telegraph):

Meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals could be on sale in British supermarkets by the end of the summer, after attempts to impose controls through European regulation failed.

Families buying meat for barbecues are unlikely to be aware of their food’s controversial links because the labels on packaging will be no different from normal meat.

EU move on cloned food shunned (UPI):

Europe says no to cloned food labels”Meat from the offspring of cloned animals could find its way onto the EU market, with no one being any the wiser, after member state representatives refused the Parliament’s demand to label clone-derived products,” the European Parliament said in a statement.

UK accused over food labelling (Press Association):

The Government has been accused of ignoring consumer wishes by blocking moves to label meat and milk products which have genetic links to cloned animals.

The prospect of EU-wide rules introducing compulsory labelling ended early on Tuesday when last-ditch talks between Euro-MPs, the European Commission and officials representing Europe’s governments ended without agreement.

The commission and member states feared a trade war with Washington if tougher controls came in to highlight produce from the offspring of cloned animals.

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US Government Admits Radiation Found In Milk from Washington State

And there is a lot more to come:

“Nuclear radiation is forever,” she added. It doesn’t dissipate or disappear. Jeff Patterson, former Physicians for Social Responsibility president said, “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period.” In 1953, Nobel laureate George Wald agreed saying “no amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose.”

“Radioactive iodine releases from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactors may exceed those of Three Mile Island by over 100,000 times….While Chernobyl had one source of radioactivity, its reactor, there are seven leaking radiation sources at the Japanese site. Together, the three damaged reactors and four spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiicho contain (much) more long-lived radioactivity, notably cesium-137, than the Chernobyl reactor.”

“The radioactive (iodine-131) fallout is now as much as 73 percent of the daily radiation emitted from Chernobyl following its meltdown disaster.” For cesium-137, it’s 60%.

“I hate to say it, but I am pessimistic….We have to think of all six (reactors) going down, and the possibility of that happening is not low.”
Updating Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

The US like now the EU has raised radiation limits for food:

EU Erhöht Grenzwerte Drastisch! EU Raises ‘Safe Level’ of Cesium in Japanese Food By 20 Times!

EU Drastically Raises Radiation Limits For Food! – EU Erhöht Drastisch Die Strahlungs-Grenzwerte Für Lebensmittel!

And those criminals will continue to play that game if necessary. All is well no need to prepare, which is exactly what the people in Japan were told before.

That recommendation says it all:

International Commission Recommends Japan Temporarily Increase Radiation Limits For Public

Raw milk is poison, whereas irradiated milk is safe!


Radiation Traces Found in U.S. Milk

(Wall Street Journal) –The U.S. government said Wednesday that traces of radiation have been found in milk in Washington state, but said the amounts are far too low to trigger any public-health concern.

The Environmental Protection Agency said a March 25 sample of milk produced in the Spokane, Wash., area contained a 0.8 pico curies per literlevel of iodine-131, which it said was less than one five-thousandth of the safety safety guideline set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The EPA said it increased monitoring after radiation leaked from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It expects more such findings in coming days, but in amounts “far below levels of public-health concern, including for infants and children.”

Iodine-131 has a half-life of about eight days, meaning levels should fade quickly. “These findings are a minuscule amount compared to what people experience every day,” the agency said.

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EU Erhöht Grenzwerte Drastisch! EU Raises ‘Safe Level’ of Cesium in Japanese Food By 20 Times!


Added: 30.03.2011

Levels of radioactivity in Japanese food allowed in the EU market may now be many times higher! Some japanese food now can be imported to the EU (and Austria) with such increased levels of radioactivity, that even in Japan they would not get into the trade. According to the new EU regulation Japanese foods must be checked strictly, but in addition the new EU regulation says that the limits for cesium may be increased up to 20 times!

Austria, France and Great Britain voted against the new EU regulation.

Some practical examples: Milk and milk products had previously been limited with 370 Becquerel (Bq) per kilogram (kg). This limit was raised to 1000 Bq / kg. The limit for infant formula was increased from 370 to 400 Bq / kg, the limit for other food from 600 to 1250 Bq / kg. Certain products such as fish oil or spices should now be contaminated even with 12,500 Bq / kg, which is more than twenty times the previous limit.

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EU Drastically Raises Radiation Limits For Food! – EU Erhöht Drastisch Die Strahlungs-Grenzwerte Für Lebensmittel!

And our politicians have been prepared for this disaster since 1987!

They had the ‘new’ regulation already stored in the drawer,  just in case another nuclear disaster would happen!

And I can tell you that food reaching the upper radiation limits after Chernobyl would have been considered totally contaminated before Chernobyl.

And now:

Here is a press statement from FOODWATCH and Umweltinstitut München e.V:

Gemeinsame Presseerklärung von foodwatch und Umweltinstitut München e.V.: Grenzwerte für radioaktive Belastung von Lebensmitteln aus Japan erhöht – Bundesregierung informiert Öffentlichkeit nicht:

Berlin/München. Die Verbraucherorganisation foodwatch und das Umweltinstitut München e.V. haben die Informationspolitik der Bundesregierung über die Lebensmittelsicherheit nach der Reaktorkatastrophe in Japan kritisiert. Bundesverbraucherministerin Ilse Aigner verweist seit Tagen auf „verstärkte Kontrollmaßnahmen“ und „spezielle Schutzstandards“ – sie informiert die Öffentlichkeit jedoch nicht darüber, dass die EU-weit geltenden Grenzwerte für die radioaktive Belastung von Lebensmitteln aus den betroffenen Regionen Japans am vergangenen Wochenende deutlich erhöht wurden. War bisher eine kumulierte Radioaktivität von Cäsium-134 und Cäsium-137 von maximal 600 Becquerel/Kilogramm zulässig, traten am vergangenen Wochenende bis zu 20-fach höhere Obergrenzen von bis zu 12.500 Becquerel/Kilogramm für bestimmte Produkte aus Japan in Kraft.

Google translate:

Berlin / Munich. The consumer organization foodwatch and the Environment Institute Munich eV have criticized the information policy of the federal government on food safety after the nuclear disaster in Japan. Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner as in days of “enhanced control measures” and “special protection standards ” – it informs the public but not the fact that the EU-wide limit values ​​for the radioactive contamination of foodstuffs from the affected areas in Japan increased over the weekend clear. Was previously a cumulative radioactivity of cesium-134 were cesium-137 and allowed maximum of 600 becquerels per kilogram, this past weekend up to 20 times higher ceilings of up to 12,500 becquerels per kilogram for certain products in Japan in force.

So according to Foodwatch the upper limit is now 20 times higher for cesium-134 and cesium-137!!!

WTF!

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Strahlengrenze: Alleingang Österreichs? (ORF):

Die neuen Strahlen-Grenzwerte der EU für Lebensmittelimporte aus Japan sind doppelt so hoch wie die bisher erlaubten Werte. Umweltschützer meinen, dass Österreich diese niedrigeren Werte im Alleingang beibehalten könnte. Gesundheitsminister Alois Stöger (SPÖ) will das zumindest bei den Direktimporten aus Japan tun.

Katastrophe in Japan: EU zeigt sich großzügig bei strahlenden Lebensmitteln (Financial Times Deutschland):

In der Europäischen Union gelten laxere Grenzwerte für radioaktiv verstrahlte japanische Lebensmittel als in Japan selbst. Aus dem asiatischen Land sind stärker kontaminierte Lebensmittel erlaubt als nach der Reaktorkatastrophe von Tschernobyl 1986.

Der Grenzwert für Cäsium 134 und 137 ist mit 1250 Becquerel pro Kilogramm doppelt so hoch angesetzt wie die Schwelle, die weiterhin beispielsweise für Pilze gilt, die infolge von Tschernobyl belastet sind. Das sieht eine Notverordnung der EU-Kommission vor, die seit Ende vergangener Woche gilt. In Japan gilt derzeit bei Cäsium 134 ein Grenzwert von 500 Becquerel.

EU erhöht Strahlungs-Grenzwerte (Sueddeutsche):

Brüssel – In der Europäischen Union gelten seit einigen Tagen höhere Strahlungs-Grenzwerte für Lebensmittel aus Japan. In einem Eilverfahren hat die EU-Kommission eine sogenannte Schubladen-Verordnung aus dem Jahr 1987 in Kraft gesetzt. Diese sieht vor, dass die Belastung von Lebensmitteln mit radioaktivem Cäsium mehr als doppelt so hoch sein darf wie in den vergangenen Jahren. Milchprodukte aus Japan dürften sogar mit 1000 Becquerel strahlen, statt mit 370 Becquerel. Damit liegen die Grenzwerte jetzt so hoch wie nach der Katastrophe von Tschernobyl. Verbraucherorganisationen wie Foodwatch kritisierten das Vorgehen der EU-Behörden scharf.

Import aus Japan: Laschere Grenzwerte für strahlende Lebensmittel (STERN):

Die Nachrichten aus Fukushima werden immer erschreckender: Im Meerwasser nahe des Atomkraftwerks lag die Konzentration von radioaktivem Jod am Donnerstag über 4000 Mal höher als der zulässige Grenzwert. Auch hochgiftiges Plutonium ist mittlerweile in die Umwelt gelangt. Und die radioaktiven Partikel verteilen sich weiter – über das Wasser und die Luft. Sie lagern sich auf Feldern ab und reichern sich im Boden an.

Wenig erstaunlich ist es daher, dass Spuren davon mittlerweile auf Lebensmitteln aus Japan entdeckt worden sind. So haben südkoreanische Behörden in einigen Produkten geringe Mengen radioaktives Jod und Cäsium nachgewiesen. Zeitgleich wächst auch in Deutschland die Angst vor radioaktiv verseuchter Ware aus Japan. So rüstet sich der Hamburger Hafen für die Ankunft von verstrahlter Fracht.

Laschere Grenzwerte

Erst am vergangenen Freitag hatte Bundesverbraucherministerin Ilse Aigner (CSU) verkündet, dass die EU die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen verschärft habe: Lebensmittel aus den betroffenen japanischen Regionen dürften künftig nur noch in Deutschland eingeführt werden, wenn sie “in Japan streng kontrolliert und zertifiziert wurden”. An EU-Außenkontrollstellen würden zudem alle Waren geprüft, die aus den betroffenen Präfekturen stammen. “Vorsorgender Verbraucherschutz hat absolute Priorität”, sagte Aigner. Klingt gut, ist auch gut – und dennoch sind Verbraucherschützer erzürnt.

Denn parallel zu den neuen Regeln, die seit vergangenem Wochenende gelten, hat die EU per Eilverordnung auch neue Grenzwerte für die radioaktive Belastung von Lebensmitteln aus Japan verabschiedet. Und die seien lascher als die nach der Tschernobyl-Katastrophe gültigen, kritisiert die Verbraucherorganisation Foodwatch. Erfahren hat die Öffentlichkeit davon allerdings erst, nachdem Foodwatch und das Umweltinstitut München darauf aufmerksam gemacht haben. Damit ist der Eindruck entstanden, als habe die EU klammheimlich die Grenzwerte verändert, was nicht gerade das Vertrauen der Bürger in die Behörden stärken dürfte.

Japan Nuclear Crisis: TEPCO Workers Threatened by Heat Bursts And Sea Radiation Rises

(Updates with Moody’s downgrade in 18th paragraph.)

March 31 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s damaged nuclear plant may be in danger of emitting sudden bursts of heat and radiation, undermining efforts to cool the reactors and contain fallout.

The potential for limited, uncontrolled chain reactions, voiced yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, is among the phenomena that might occur, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters in Tokyo today. The IAEA “emphasized that the nuclear reactors won’t explode,” he said.

Three workers at a separate Japanese plant received high doses of radiation in 1999 from a similar nuclear reaction, known as ‘criticality.’ Two of them died within seven months.

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