NY Times Reporter: Untold story of Fukushima is the radiation issue, gov’t doesn’t want us talking about it; A lot going on that’s never reported by media — Afraid of being imprisoned under Japan’s new secrecy law; All officials have to do is say the info is secret (AUDIO)

Published: April 25th, 2014 at 7:03 am ET
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Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan — “The Correspondents’ Table” podcast, March 2014:

  • At 52:00 — Host: Is there an untold story about Tohoku that you… believe should be told?
  • Martin Fackler of the New York Times Pulitzer-Prize nominated reporting team: Yeah… it’s so hard in Japan to talk about the radiation issue, like how bad is it really… There is a sense that if you even talk about these issues, you’re hurting the poor people of Fuksuhima. Therefore, we shouldn’t talk about it. That’s just not right… The folks who don’t want us to talk about it are the government, because they don’t want to pay compensation… I feel like there is a lot going on in Fukushima that just doesn’t get talked about in the local media, not necessarily for government cover-up sort of issues, but self restraint or self censorship. Even papers that are pretty strong in their reporting on Tepco in some ways, like the Tokyo Shimbun, won’t talk about these issues because they’re afraid that somehow its unpatriotic to talk about radiation. There’s a lot of questions and issues that are not being talked about, and I think they should be talked and if there is damage to the people of Fukushima that’s the responsibility of Tepco…
  • Host: Are you at all afraid of this new secrecy law affecting your sources, for example, on the nuclear issues?
  • Fackler: Yeah, I am — the government gives us reassurances… My biggest concern is none of these protections of journalism that bureaucrats give you, these verbal reassurances that journalists won’t be affected by the law, none of them are in writing. The law itself doesn’t contain any of these reassurances, so we get these verbal reassurances: “It’s not aimed at journalists; it’s not aimed at journalism; it’s not aimed at transparency and public discourse.” But if you look at the law, none of that is in there. The law actually leaves a lot of leeway, that if somebody else were to interpret that a different way, you actually could throw people in prison. All the government has to do is say this is a secret and your source gets put into prison and perhaps you as well. It does worry me that the language is so broad and so vague that it could be taken a different way very easily.

Full interview available here

Published: April 25th, 2014 at 7:03 am ET
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138 comments to NY Times Reporter: Untold story of Fukushima is the radiation issue, gov’t doesn’t want us talking about it; A lot going on that’s never reported by media — Afraid of being imprisoned under Japan’s new secrecy law; All officials have to do is say the info is secret (AUDIO)

  • nedlifromvermont

    A hallmark of fascism is censorship … laws which are broadly written and can be applied easily to any dissenters …

    Japan is sliding into nuclear power caused self censorship and fascism …

    And Caroline Kennedy, looking her fifty-seven years of age, is there to glad hand it all over the edge …

    What a silly system. Nuclear power was never necessary, never even a good idea;

    A big money led fu** up. Fukuppy.

    Enenewsers on the scene wielding the truth. We are ready for prime time.

    The people will lead; the leaders will follow.

    peace to all the 'newsers!


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  • Nick

    Anything nuclear is hush hush and top secret, so keep your nose out of our business type human endeavor.

    We HAVE to mine uranium so that we can enrich it so that we can build bombs and boil water.

    The heck with that pesky stuff that decaying atoms do.

    Genomes? Who cares, we have enemies to fight.

    You peaceniks can take your protest signs and shove it!

    BOMBS ar US!

    Japan was secretly for decades enriching plutonium for US weapons.

    Our Patriot Act sucks too.

    We can rant and rave all we want but our vast MIC/NSA/Homeland Security apparatus is a cold hearted beast that doesn't give a crap about good will toward men, women, or children.

    Look at the swatization of American police forces everywhere.

    No, we are all in the same boat, not just the poor Japanese who will suffer forever.


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    • We Not They Finally

      So clear, so crude, so true…. Says it!


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    • Homolumina Homolumina

      Every alpha male leader – may it political or social – has to be initiated. All you describe, all we see, is the "military men's club" destroying all life on earth – it is the agenda of not initiated men to be territorial, goal driven, competitive, life hostile, disconnected from earth reality, aggressive, hierarchically structured consciousness and secret club forming – those are all TYPICAL attributes of non initiated males, which proves deadly if allowed to be in charge… It started 6000 years ago, before we had NO WAR for about 30.000 years. That was the time when males were still initiated and women were not confused about who they are and both genders were in charge – each in their rightful place. And so that you know I am not stating my personal opinion here – this all is ingrained in the male body. It is all there, right in front of our eyes to see and understand – and I just took a look. As long as the alpha male leaders are not initiated we are doomed. End of story.


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Homolumina, if you used a different term than initiated, you would have a more understanding readership. It sounds cultish, religious, rites and rituals of occult etc


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        • Homolumina Homolumina

          Thank you for the input CodeShutdown… I appreciate it. All other terms I can think of are descriptions though, like transformative physic-spiritual rite of passage or so…


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            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Homolumina, at least describe what you mean. The word implies something specific, like initiation by a guru, sect or religion. For example the masons have an elaborate initiation. skull and bones, bohemian grove, south american indian tradition etc.

              I personally dont think initiation alone is going to do it. Im in favor of letting the species wipe itself out (inevitable anyway) and starting over in a few millions of years (blink of an eye in infinity) with a superior being. One with the brain size of an ORCA, bioluminescense and kissing ability of the octopus, flight and vision capability of an eagle, agility and power of a Cheetah etc. A less egoistic creature that doesnt believe its the de facto chosen one.


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              • Homolumina Homolumina

                Thank you CodeShutdown, I hear you. An initiation is always a rite of passage and there are many, I know. What I am talking about is that men have to be initiated into manhood in puberty and if they have a higher calling like a community responsibility, further initiations are necessary. The male initiation is as a biological code imprinted in the male body. That biological structure and its function shows the whole sequence of this specific initiation. Without being initiated a man is stuck in a premature state. When it comes to our leaders there is a whole dimension added, that which lead to the status quo world wide. I am more than happy to give you all the details, this needs to be understood and re-installed globally based on understanding the why and how. An initiated leader is reconnected with life on all levels – body-mind-soul, he CAN NOT turn against life in any way anymore. Nuclear Energy is as a tool unthinkable for an initiated man to even consider. Nowadauys only men who had a near death experience come close to the awareness and consciousness level of an initiated man. This is the information I can provide. Please call me (510) 709 6844


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  • outsider

    [REMOVED]
    It seems that Tokyo will slowly turn into a nuclear ruin, with people dying


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    • GQR2

      outsider you sound like a complete ignoramus, the use of the word "retarded" is gratuitous and lacks specificity.
      no need to slur an entire race or the developmentally delayed.

      Are you implying the suicide rates in other countries are somehow smarter?
      There isn't a people on this planet who would be "smart" enough to outwit the Death Cult when the noose of fascism tightens on a population.
      ALL people are coerced into its gears. We are all "Japanese" in the NWO.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/suiciderate.html


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    • We Not They Finally

      outsider, you just said that cutting down on the likes of AC would make things "OK" for the rest of us, but I'M not use the "r" word about YOU to describe that. And the Japanese (GQR2 above already took care of the "retarded" comment) really are NOT committing suicide. The guiltiest people over there (I mean the ones in power) have WAY too much hubris to consider doing ANYTHING as honorable as bearing the shame for their monstrous acts. They are committing genocide against their own, and then recklessly, mindlessly against the rest of the world.

      Hitler himself could probably not have imagined being so "one-upped." But America is acting indifferent and complicit, and how is that better?! Or how will our national temperament of "just shoot 'em up" serve us when the direst of crises shows up HERE?

      I'm with GQR2. We need to be way more holistic about all this.


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      • outsider

        The entire world is committing suicide. We can call it genocide-suicide.

        Banning AC is just a very small step, but even with such a small step, people refuse to do it, and watch the world rotting.

        Fuku is a large event, not only by the degree of environmental destruction, also by the political insight that people should painfully obtain


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  • Nick

    On December 7, 1941, my mother turned 12.

    She remembers hearing the Zeroes fly overhead on their way to bomb and strafe the island of Oahu's
    airfields and Pearl Harbor.

    She knew, instantly, that her world and everyone else's had changed, forever.

    The Japanese gambled, and ultimately lost. After the bombs of '45 the USA helped them rebuild and build dozens of nuclear facilities for plutonium production as well as to boil water.

    To this day, or world remains altered…..forever.


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  • Nick

    Soon, anyone who trashes our love for decaying atomic piles, will be silenced.

    We have to have this technology. Don't we?

    The nuclearats have surely achieved everlasting infamy.


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    • outsider

      Japaneses have good technology for committing suicide since the very beginning, and they also have the passion of doing it.

      Nick, when mad men run the government, then people have to stop them – before too late. For WW2, that was too late.

      To general Japaneses, their problem is they obeying too much, so that their obedience finally become a disaster.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    You better not shout, you better not spy, you better not doubt, and we all know why.
    Shinzo Abe is sending you to jail.
    He's making a list, assigning a sleuth, he's gonna find out if you're telling the truth.
    Shinzo Abe is sending you to jail.

    He peeps you when you're weeping, he won't give you a break.
    Your writing he'll be bleeping, so just lie for goodness sake…


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Japan in silence & the USA MSM is also. When the death toll in the USA starts to sky rocket, it will be called a bug & nothing to do with high amount of radiation in the air, food & water. No one in the MSM has question why the EPA keeps raising the legal limits of C137 in our water or what other forms of radiation is in the air. We know & all these people in the MSM have to inhale the same air, no way to get away from it. Japan burns waste & so does the US, Oak Ridge does, St Louis landfill, WIPP & Hanford are own little Fukushima's, like we needed them. It's a matter of time for the frackers to hit some un charted waste dump no one knows about. We may never know where the nuke cartel buried waste until a fracker lets us know!


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  • Cdog Cdog

    What Journalist?
    Ever since the mega merging of mass media everything is funneled down from the AP press. Santa Cruz's Sentinel has one, count em, one freelance journalist. She writes about sports and is a relative of one of the owners. The San Jose Mercury News cleaned house almost a decade ago. No journalist left to imprision, and if their were who would publish them? Not any institution owned by GE or Westinghouse, toshiba or Duke.


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    • Sickputer

      +311 Cody :-)

      "The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper."

      –Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785.


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    • bo bo

      +1 Cdog
      With such sophisticated spying in the U.S., the government might be opting to 'accident' 'suicide' and 'disappear' investigative journalists and scientists. Perhaps it's much easier to accomplish that without leaving a trace now..? No need for incarceration here. Then, when fear of being erased becomes pervasive, journalists will start self censoring – the there is really no need for incarceration / punishments.

      Just my paranoid thought :(


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  • Ontological Ontological

    It works like this…The JP people are really pissed that the USA will not allow anyone to say anything about Fukushima.


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    • Shaker1

      Ontological…If you're actually correct, it's misplaced and uninformed anger. It's likely their news sources that provide the means of perception of the US are worse than our sources might be. But might there be something about their anger that may be noticably timeless, at least through certain written history about the notion of saviors? If nothing else, that they be chosen well? I've nothing against saviors themselves, or the idea, and feel that they are desperately necessary. One, though, has to be impressed by the fact that saviors are merely informants and examples, and the action of 'saving' is directly in the hands of those who will be saved. The example must be personally taken up and practiced. One lives their perceptions through actions, and in society, and the context here (as opposed to personal context), I think it's by definition public actions. What are they doing to save themselves? We could ask the same questions of ourselves, eh?


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        we differ Shaker. The public is trying to make ends meet in a mad rush, given the framework of society. For meaningful change, the public needs to be presented with a new framework, accessible alternatives. The public will simply not all revolt against the oligarchic, fascist system by not paying taxes. They will not miss work just because they dont like polluting automobiles, the wont start thinking differently without a huge mass psychology shift. Did you ever visit a mental institution, or even nursing home? They eat junk, the management is often deranged as well, and they use all types of debilitating drugs, and until recently, electroshock, lobotomy and restraint. Who is responsible in your view? Our civilization is but a variant of an insane asylum.


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        • Shaker1

          Respectfully, Code, I've worked in an institution for the mentally damaged. I've seen it up close personally, day upon day. But are you implying that the greater portion of society is so mentally damaged to pose such a question? I can't understand your aversion to basic individual responsibility as little as I could stand some of the treatment and the attitudes that were accepted and I witnessed in that institution. That institution and its practices were the consequence and example of personal (in some cases, families) and social irresponsibility. Enough responsibility, the proper attitude, and the framework could suffice in a just and humane manner. I see the 'framework' as basic human society and everyday interactions that consists of individual human characters, with minor exceptions little changed for millenia. They have had their share of champions and saviors. I ask 'why aren't they emulated'?

          I don't understand at all how you 'disagree' with what I've said above. I am a firm believer in non-cooperation (revolt) against that which offends me, have a distinct record of such. Is it that I won't wait for some champion and will not suffer 'the easy way out' with claim to anything other than a person's responsibility to himself and those around him, and in consequence society itself? Care to enlighten me?


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Shaker, lets review; You say that we are all responsible, and with our free will, we should simply choose to make a better world…by acting on the right choices. I say hold on a sec…if you want change, saying that nuclear is the result of public irresponsibility wont do anything, and is not even correct on philosophical or social levels. For (admittedly obtuse) proof, I say you are not even able, with free will, to change your opinion about free will and social responsibility. See the beautiful bilateral dialectic symmetry there?


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            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Shaker, I wanted to say its not without some consideration that I raise these points. The earth is crossing the tipping point of survivability, and people here…the public…are commonly taking a pacifist view that we ourselves should take responsibility, and should recycle, use less water, turn off lights and affect change through non violent plea and logical discourse. In light of the powerful control of media and limiting of our options (big pharma, monopoly media, big agribiz, big oil, oligarchic, fascist politic) I consider this stance to be almost shocking, and in fact part of the problem. With this vector, we are doomed


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Shaker, how I could disagree with a perfectly sound concept, i.e. we must all take responsibility? Well, I was having my usual bedtime snack (twinkies and blue sugar syrup/everclear mix), immersed in this quandary, and this Michael Jackson song came on the radio (I always have the radio and TV going in the background) called Man in the Mirror. In a flash I understood what you have been trying to say. I ran to the bathroom, looked in the mirror and sang along;

                I'm starting with the man in the mirror
                I'm asking him to change his ways
                And no message could have been any clearer
                If you want to make the world a better place
                Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

                I stood looking at the blood shot eyes and actinic keratosis, the hair loss, and then gave myself two smart slaps across the face (more painful than you might think) to snap out of it. I realized from the get go that this was your message, it wasnt an epiphany at all! Then I wondered, if I understood shaker, why cant shaker understand me? If free will public responsibility is the answer, things would be different then they in fact are…


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  • Shaker1

    Is the NYT some beacon of light in the darkness, or are they the source of the fog that one needs the light at all? If anything, they are the penultimate example of any representation of ethical abandonment in just about every instance that I could name, intimately, and proudly, connected. Isn't it obvious, and unfortunately, even publicly admitted by themselves that they're utterly collusive, that their 'protection' is perceived by themselves to be anchored in that collusion? A flagship newspaper all right, flying the skull and crossbones in the fog.

    I once knew the owner and publisher of a local paper in an economically poor and decidedly corrupt area in which murder as method of intimidation was in the bargain. What and who she knew were of constant danger to her, and eventually became too much of a burden that one can't even share with others. I was amazed at the knowledge of the community and lack of concern for her plight, like she was a lone animal in a cage at the zoo who somehow had to fend for itself there within that cage, and they were not going to get close to even throw it scraps. She sold out and melted into some oblivion; I can't find a byline for her anywhere. History shows that truth is always dangerous, even in the best of times. If the community is not going to be supportive, if they even passively side with the collusive in 'objectivity', what truly lives? Don't buy, don't visit the NYT. They don't deserve it.


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  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    So is it my eyes or is the enenews following getting smaller , it does not seem to be growing? what can we do to get this out and into peoples homes and there thoughts! are we this stupid that we will just follow what ever the government says?
    When you look at how many highly intelligent people are reading and commenting on this site you would think that we would be able to get together and make a plan that every one would take part and start an information war where ever you live? i just find it harder and harder to sit and read these head lines and comments and then nothing being done by anyone anywhere? i use my geiger counter to get peoples attention and do emails to all my friends , who yes think i have lost my marbles but it is something? PLEASE TELL ME SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO? THEY ARE NOT PUTTING US IN PRISON YET in USA and CANADA?


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    • dosdos dosdos

      I don't think it's getting smaller. It is difficult to maintain a profile over the course of years. And so it has a rhythm of people coming and going, writing comments and then backing off, waiting for the next head of steam to build. Some come back, some move on, some give up. Those who go are replaced by new blood. Same as most issue oriented sites.

      We owe Admin a great debt for staying the course.


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    • Shaker1

      YoukonRadiation, can I ask you not to be discouraged? Think of it this way, if you will: a landslide begins with a few pebbles rolling down the mountain. Humanity is an aggregate of pebbles, and your personal presistence, if frustrating and lonely, may eventually fill any depression.

      Keep on rolling. If it's of any worth, and I think it's seen here with the notable persistence of too many other rollers to be directly cited, I appreciate it.


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    • bo bo

      Twitter has been steadily increasing about 100 followers a month
      Facebook increases steady but I haven't kept track. I have a feeling that it's not as fast as Twitter, and that I think is only a reflection of state of facebook in general… I work with many 20 something kids and most of them use instagram and twitter, facebook is considered passe… it's just a trend I see.

      Here is what Admin said a few weeks ago when one poster complained about enenews following 'waning'

      'good luck with that let me know what you find about the downfall. Hope it's some juicy stuff. And checked the twitter mentions for @enenews.. just a few, pretty much all 'retweeted' and 'favorited' ones.'

      My experience has been the same? I wonder why we keep having posters here that complain about this.


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      • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

        Thanks all for the words of comfort and the little push! i hope i was not sounding negative or complaining , i am so glad for the enenews staff and what they do!!!!!! it just seems there should be a million members by now and every one should be up in arms? i did have a couple people come to me today and say i was not crazy and they now believe what is going on ! so there is hope? and forward we go!!!!!!!


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  • Nick

    Lest we think Japan is the only country hiding secrets, silencing media, etc.
    http://investmentwatchblog.com/rt-news-under-attack-from-john-kerry-white-house-state-department/

    I know it is somewhat OT….but, think about it. If we war with Russia, the liars win!


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  • Nick

    Enenews is a portal for NSA snoops.

    All who post are being vigorously scrutinized for our digital footprints.

    Me, I don't care one iota, let 'em snoop.

    There will be other info exchange sites until the Internet gets filtered (coming soon I bet).

    Best to use your instincts and accept our new nuclear irradiated world. The ones who dirtied our nest don't give a shit.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear is being phased out, it just takes time.


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  • Nick

    TBP

    Nuclear will phase us out before we get a chance to do so.

    Saw another massive nosebleed today in a child……


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  • jec jec

    Factual data on increases in illness due to Fukushima fallout in USA, 2011. Good, if scary, article:
    http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Congenital_Hypothyroidism_Fukushima.php

    Japan somewhere should have similar data available..and the children will show the effects!!


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    "Fukushima Didn’t Just Suffer Three Meltdowns … The Nuclear Core Has Finally Been Found … Scattered All Over Japan' It Also Suffered 'Melt-Throughs' and 'Melt-outs'." Find the story in Washinton's Blog or reprinted in <http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-didnt-just-suffer-three-meltdowns-the-nuclear-core-has-finally-been-found-scattered-all-over-japan/5379147&gt;.


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  • I try to hold back on direct polictical commentary, but look at the damage done to our Basic Law in the last 15 years.

    Summary of the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 through 10)

    Amendment 1, Freedom of Speech,Decimated
    Amendment 2, Guns, In process of Being Decimated
    Amendment 3, Soldiers in Houses, These are Soldiers "quartered" in private houses, which is not really applicable, however the Boston house invasions by military were surprisingly Orwellian.

    Amendment 4, Unreasonable Search and Seizure, Decimated, Stopped and Frisked, NSA Spying
    Amendment 5, Without Due Process of Law, Decimated and Droned
    Amendment 6, Criminal Prosecutions, Decimated
    Amendment 7, Right to Jury Trial, Decimated
    Amendment 8, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Decimated and Tortured
    Amendment 9, You have all the rights that aren’t mentioned, Decimated — You have NO RIGHTS and are lucky to have the Privileges that Big Brother temporarily grants to you.

    Amendment 10, The States AND Individuals Hold all Power Except that Specifically Granted to Feds BY THE CONSTITUTION,Decimated

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/04/bill-of-rights-summary-of-current-status.html


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    • I just came up with an idea of one more thing they could do:
      Billing anyone citing law acts and/or the constitution with copyright fees ! Or simply prohibit citation and reprint right from the start. I'm sure that would help a lot to reduce the number of annoying lawsuits against corporations and the state*.

      *as most readers here probably are aware of, "corporations and the state" actually is a euphemism and should more correctly read "corporations (aka The State ™)"


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Here is a good example of how the Japanese Gov't. is trying to cover for its Nuclear Industry:

    The Fukushima Generation: New Data on Birth Defects in Post-Meltdown Japan

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/26/the-fukushima-generation-new-data-on-birth-defects-in-post-meltdown-japan.html


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Good stuff and the key word is..Government! :( From above link.
    "The Japanese government has a past history of censoring negative information about health damage caused by corporate malfeasance, as in the mercury poisoning cases during the ’50s and ’60s, the HIV-tainted blood cases in the ’80s, and the Dioxin contamination problem in the ’90s. It has often avoided detailed epidemiological studies that might show a wider range of harm. In the Minamata mercury poisoning case, the central government even worked with the polluting corporations to minimize evidence showing the cause and range of the illness, in consideration of the negative economic impact such revelations would have.


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  • jec jec

    Cataract epidemic (radation!) in Miyagi after Fukushima.
    http://nuclear-news.net/2013/12/21/evidence-of-a-cataract-epidemic-in-miyagi-prefecture-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/

    Its not just cancer! At least here are some fairly current statistics. Wonder if others, like heart surgery, heart attack, stroke could be found as well in other reports.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Jec, good find and this report is not quite sure why, but it says it must be that these people are getting more UVB light? Nope, but they are getting more radiation contamination in Japan and other parts of this contaminated with manmade radiation world.
    http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/cataract/print.html


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