Huge spike in neurological diseases after Fukushima — 600% rise in disorders among evacuees — Similar abnormalities reported post-Chernobyl — Cases of heart disease, brain infarction also up — Physicians: “Great concern there will be additional health hazards”

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Journal article by authors from Soma General Hospital and Tohoku University, Apr 7, 2015 (emphasis added): Change in and Long-Term Investigation of Neuro-Otologic Disorders in Disaster-Stricken Fukushima Prefecture

[Neuro-otology: Branch of clinical medicine which treats neurological disorders of the ear]

  • Soma City [is] 44 km north of Fukushima Daiichi… almost all patients who require hospitalization for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) care were referred to our department… We thus investigated the influence of the disaster on internal ear diseases.
  • Regarding the evacuation area, the total number of patients [in the ENT department] increased 4.64 times [364% in 1st year], 4.24 times [324% in 2nd year], and 4.54 times [354% in 3rd year] compared with the number before the disaster.
  • New patients [with vertigo, Meniere’s disease, and acute low-tone sensorineural hearing loss] in Shinchi Town… increased by 64.3%, 114.3%, and 46.4% [in years 1, 2, and 3] respectively… In the case of Minami-Soma City, except the evacuation area… increased by 84.2%, 152.6%, and 142.1%, respectively… Regarding the evacuation area… the numbers of patients with vertigo, MD, or ALHL became 7 times [600% increase in 1st year], 5 times [400% increase in 2nd year], and 7 times [600% increase in 3rd year].
  • Although the causes for MD and ALHL are still unknown [the rise] might be due to increased tension and stress… As for the cases [of vertigo] we were unable to establish the neuro-otologic pathogeneses in… 72%  [and] there may have been cases of psychogenic dizzinessadministration of an anti-vertigenous drug or advice to keep calm and to have a sound mind did not help… There were some difficult cases where ENT treatment alone did not work, presumably because these cases were complicated with some mental diseases… In some serious cases, we… referred the patients to psychiatric care or prescribed psychosomatic medicine. Some patients refused our advice… or to admit that they had a mental problem.
  • The number of reported cases of heart disease and brain infarction have increased in the devastated area… Diabetes, osteoporosis, and psychiatric illnesses were feared to have worsened… There is a great concern that there will be additional health hazards, and we strongly feel the need for administrative support.

Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (pdf), 1995: Ototoxicity and Irradiation — Additional Etiologies of Hearing Loss in Adults… The article [discusses] the effects of irradiation on hearing [in patients] exposed to excessive radiation as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster… Shidlovckaya of the Kiev Research Institute of Otolaryngology has been studying [cleanup workers from] Chernobyl… her patients have evidenced a number of disorders, including hearing loss… When Shidlovckaya divided her population into three groups – [those] who worked directly at the disaster site; residents… nearby; and residents… some distance from the disaster site – an interesting pattern in the auditory results emerged… analysis indicated that, in 100 percent of [workers] examined, there are disturbances or abnormalities… Furthermore, the… lesser radiation exposure… the less likely it was that these deviations would be present… Obviously, this is an important area of further research and could have a significant impact on our reaction to patients who have been exposed to radiation…

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009: Diseases of Sense Organs — Throughout the more contaminated territories [around Chernobyl,] hearing abnormalities occur with greater frequency… Between 46 and 69% of surveyed liquidators had some hearing disorder.

Watch: St. Louis Children’s Hospital  on radiation-induced hearing loss

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  • Nick

    Okay, some folks exposed to radiation go bonkers.

    BUT is it necessarily a good thing that they get prescribed mental illness "type" meds?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/antidepressants-and-other-psychiatric-drugs-do-more-harm-than-good-says-expert-10247352.html

    Kind bizarre to think through our modern medicine's approach to ANYTHING radiation related.

    How often had we heard "it's the stress that's killing them" in Rad zones????

    I say we are witnessing a very real down-turn in human mental health; not just in Japan, but globally.

    In a sense, this may be Fukushima' most horrific legacy, the corruption of our synaptic selves.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      +311+311+311 !!! Nick, I wish I knew how to edit video & photographic evidence to you or any of our 'newser friends who would view it with compassion and focus on the markers & what can be interpreted by what's shown, but ENEnews has become a place where good,caring people abound & dominate the group predominantly made up of wise decent folks and unfortunately a place where sick, twisted porn-hound, hacker-troll, nuke-puke pigs come to feed off of the pain those of us who feel & SEE the world & OUR world crumble & fester with cancer. Some might even find it humorous if a video intended for the medical professionals who prescribed the dozens of psych,neurological,asthma,cancer,pain,etc.,etc. medications that has brought my spouse down so hard & nearer the day (or night)she may die right next to me if I dare to sleep soundly without one eye open??!!No way I can set out footage of her weird seizure convulsions accompanied by convulsions & total confusion & speech difficulty that mimics or may well be series of strokes except for the [sometimes violent]confusion/disorientation and full incontinence & lack of bowel control…I USED to not even hesitate to set out ANYTHING that served as an example,at least IMO,of the obvious impacts of 311,including secondary issues that stems from the exposure to 311 radiation & cancers,etc. that follow[ed. Now that I've come to realize that our situation actually provides the nuke-set perverse pleasure,there's no way I'd go that route..

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        please don't mind me folks, my better half has taken a turn for the worse and if i haven't already had a breakdown,then i'm about as close to it as i hope i ever get! my wifes mind is wasting away as fast as her body and i've ben having to take measures to prevent the onset of bed sores for at least a month now and i have to dig her wheelchair with the O2 bottle holder attachment & constantly lug it around and just pray that my legs & ticker can do all of what needs to be done….damn, i think shes seizing again

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

          I'm rally sorry, Johnny. You and your wife are in my prayers.

        • Johnny; Do you know about hospice care?

        • hadia hadia

          very sorry to hear abt your family´s health situation. I am new in this blog and I can assure you that medical circumstances have changed in a very weird way also in Germany and Europe. People just havent realized yet what the real dangers are.
          Sorry, I didnt get the background why your wife got so sick. Are you living in USA. Hope my English knowledge will lead me right here.

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          "please don't mind me folks, my better half has taken a turn for the worse and if i haven't already had a breakdown,then i'm about as close to it as i hope i ever get."

          In my case, ditto, but my better half is not a wife. It is the half of me that once had respect for the human race — and for myself. I would like to believe that things will get better. I would like to be the kind of person that would encourage and offer hope to others. I would like to be a better person, and exemplify the high ideal. I would like to say I have faith. I seem to be disillusioned of the external and internal — 99 percent of both. All I see (99 percent)is a train wreck. And the 1 percent who have all the wealth and power – are so self absorbed, no better than "porn hounds," for they, through self satisfaction, drive women and men to such things from desperation, lack of leadership, and also, self satisfaction. As if looking upon others from a lofty perch, the mighty of the world gaze up, from the pit. All have fallen short of the Grace and Glory of God. Can I say that?

          Appreciate what you have as bad as it seems, you have found a mate, and you stay devoted. May God bless you.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTQVnXmAT7s

  • Nick

    My father was a psychiatric social worker for his entire career. I grew up discussing human behavior around the dinner table.

    He was always considered a very patient man in an insane world; and much of his career predated the new generation of psych meds.

    I do not consider my GMI predictions to be so far fetched that there isn't some semblance of truth in what I spout.

    In a sense, my own knowledge of biological processes makes me exponentially more scared of Fukushima than, say the average Joe or Jane.

    Rest assured, there WILL be additional health hazards as we go forward, probably more bizarre than even I can imagine.

    (Shudder…..hairs standing on end)

    Time to remove nuclear madness from the face of the earth, before we all descend into a death spiral of increasing insanity. (Man, I hope it ain't too late already)

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Fukushima refugee goes to doctor, complaining that radiation has caused some sort of anomaly in her lower extremities. She was diagnosed as having a stress related disorder. She is attempting to cope (VIDEO)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80A6nc-mW5A

    "In some serious cases, we… referred the patients to psychiatric care or prescribed psychosomatic medicine. Some patients refused our advice… or to admit that they had a mental problem."

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It's more than fuzzy thinking.

    Brain infarction= stroke

    Cerebral infarction

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_infarction

  • bo bo

    'Sh*t, he's dead.' Dr. Yamashita offically declares TEPCO worker's death.

    Fukushima painter Akira Tsuboi ( his paintings are from real lufe observations )

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9tkHi3CcAA3J6c.jpg

    • bowling

      bo you can test for iodine or radioactive iodine with a very sensitive starch solution. you have an inspector. aurely your family has gc. there are 30 dollar gamma meters for iphones and samsungs now. i jus t make my.own gcs analog. i have a medcom an old eberline too. there is an old MIT article about I131 continueing from the melted fuel going critical. there is so much disinfo and coverup.going i donot even know if u can get accurate i131 in tokyo sewer info. i scoured inet.

  • The 'flu bug' that hit Europe this winter and into the Spring was one of the worst ever. I'm usually not effected by these sort of bugs, but this year's one has laid me low. Nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, lack of appetite; and I suddenly thought: what the feck, we're all suffering from radiation sickness.

    It just keeps on getting madder and madder and madder.

  • GOM GOM

    05/12/15
    Speaking on the Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, (radio interview) Helen Caldicott said there is a "CRACK INSIDE THE NUCLEAR REACTOR" at Columbia Generating Station in Washington. ? On the grounds of Hanford.? They keep refueling despite the danger.

    Also, there is a crack in Wanapum dam just upstream from it.

    • bowling

      washington is a strange state gom. its kinda run by corporations. mayor of seattle is pronuke because of bill gates. i think they would just let a catastrophe occur in washington state and not say anything as wntf implies about tennessee. I think helen is kinda sad. I wrote her an email about my opinion of buesseler. did not hear anything back. glad u r doing well.

      • GOM GOM

        Thanks.
        Sometimes I start freaking out and get a little crazy. .need breaks from the whole 'teotwawki' mantra. Had a dream govt agents were trying to sell me a euthanasia kit. Yeah, I need a break.

        • bowling

          yeah i know how it goes. i know the government is very sick. i just stay away from govt. corporations buying a lot of stuff as much as possible. cliff high from half past human says the government is so broke and uncaring that there isnt as much to worry about as people think. i know govt involved in 911 almost everyone doe now. i dont know why they call it a consp. theory. its commonly accepted now. same for crooked bankers. i guess the media just wants to.keep crud goin.

      • Seraphine Seraphine

        Hi bowling–& everyone! long time no post–
        I *will* repeat some of what I've posted here before, I'm sure, but that can't be helped. My memory's shot atm.
        I apparently have a low seizure threshold. Some of my gray matter's still on the inside of my R temporal lobe, having never migrated to the exterior; this is possibly to blame. Since March 13th of 2011, however, my seizures have been far more frequent (>1 in a 2 year period was bizarre before) and not the same: I can't always ID triggers. Good old epilepsy? Possibly.
        I had a(nother) bad seizure on this March 22 & lost most of my memory of 2015…docs couldn't do anything for me but sedate me–I was still totally incoherent when I left!–so no result but yet another ER bill. Meh. Then last week, on what I'm pretty sure was the 14th, I apparently had another: I slept all day & most of next (seizures always exhaust my brain) & could tell upon waking that my head was not right. I have bad bruises, confusion, missing memory, extra dizziness, & most of all, this feeling like all my neurons were firing at once–like all my memories, ALL OF THEM, are occurring to me at once. Lots of things I'd forgotten for years, mixed with everyday boring stuff. Still kind of happening.
        I also feel like a stand-in, an understudy, for someone else's life. Like all sensations and sounds are novel. Like I'm a personality that was dormant before.
        I'm rambling & likely sound nuts, but I honestly do believe this is related to…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    With solar power getting so cheap, maybe nuke plants could output their energy straight to giant high-intensity lights which power solar cells. It's a hell of a way to boil water.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh, hurrah..
    They can study the migration of salmon by studying the strontium in their ears.
    Gee ..now however did strontium get in their ears?

    Exact map of salmon journeys drawn from strontium in their ears
    May 15 2015

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27541-exact-map-of-salmon-journeys-drawn-from-strontium-in-their-ears.html#.VVe-_XkcE5s

    So does strontium collect in the bones of the ear in Humans?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT. Our friends ..bacteria.

    Strange findings: Bacteria recreating medications … in sewer systems
    May 19 2015

    "When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs — the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and antibiotic ofloxacin — came out at higher concentrations than they went in. The study suggests the microbes that clean our water may also piece some pharmaceuticals back together. …Microbes seem to be making pharmaceuticals out of what used to be pharmaceuticals,” said lead author Benjamin Blair, who spearheaded the work as a PhD. student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Blair is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Denver"

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/bigscience/2015/05/19/strange-findings-bacteria-recreating-medications-in-sewer-systems/#20882103=0&22730101=0

  • rogerthat

    http://www.naturalnews.com/049778_Fukushima_nuclear_meltdown_radioactive_waste.html

    Area around Fukushima is now a radioactive wasteland that will be uninhabitable for decades

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

    (NaturalNews) A foreign correspondent whose career consists of traveling to dangerous regions around the world has called the area around Fukushima, Japan, one of the most hopeless places he has ever visited, likening it to a "post apocalyptic ghost town."

    "I have seen abandoned villages before; most times there is a sense of finality to them," writes Arglit Boonyai, host of the weekly Channel NewsAsia show Danger Zone. "It is as though the town's time is up and the people have moved on. Fukushima is nothing like that. It's like time just stopped."

    Danger Zone is a show about Boonyai's visits to some of the world's most dangerous places in order to try to understand of how ordinary people cope with living there. …

    While filming the show, Boonyai and his crew visited the town of Tomioka, which was littered with signs of how abruptly the town had been abandoned, such as wedding albums and children's toys scattered everywhere.

    "If the tsunami had not destroyed most of the shops and houses in the area, there would be no explanation as to why the people there ever left," he writes, "or why nature had slowly begun reclaiming the land covering collapsed buildings and the local train station." …

    • rogerthat

      While some areas around Fukushima felt like ghost towns, others bustled with activity. The Japanese government has set a goal of completely cleaning up the radioactive waste from the disaster, even though radioactive material has infiltrated everything from the soil under people's feet to the dust in the air they breathe.

      "Workers work tirelessly to remove [radioactive fallout] inch by inch, mostly with the help of machines, but in some cases I witnessed clean-up crews scrubbing the side of buildings with steel tooth brushes," Boonyai writes.

      He notes that many locals have joined the effort as volunteers, particularly elderly residents who believe they are too old to worry about health effects from radiation.

      "Lack of hope"

      "But despite this shared sense of duty and extraordinary effort to return Fukushima to normal, I fear that here, more than anywhere else, has a distinct lack of hope," Boonyai writes.

      "Refugees living in temporary housing do not expect to return to their homes. Scientists and radiation specialists do not expect the land to be free from danger any time soon."

      Based on his visit to the region, Boonyai agrees with the assessment that the region will remain largely uninhabitable for decades.

      The problems become more severe as one gets closer to the plant itself. In July 2014, Kyoto University assistant professor Hiroaki Koide described the area directly around the plant as a radioactive swamp. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power…

      • rogerthat

        Company (TEPCO) has been stockpiling radioactive water on the site — water used to cool the reactors and groundwater leaking into the failed reactors both become radioactive and build up rapidly — but numerous leaks have rendered the entire area highly dangerous.

        Meanwhile, TEPCO has pushed back the timeline to begin decommissioning the crippled reactors themselves to 2025 due to technical difficulties. The company claims the project will be finished by 2051, but the head of the plant has publicly disputed this claim.

        He says the technology does not yet exist to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, and it might not exist for centuries.

        (Natural News Science)

        Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/049778_Fukushima_nuclear_meltdown_radioactive_waste.html#ixzz3ag1xyZ8A

  • rogerthat

    http://nuclear-news.net/2015/05/19/ministry-plans-to-end-tepco-compensation-to-55000-fukushima-evacuees-in-2018/

    The government will instruct Tokyo Electric Power Co. to terminate compensation payments to 54,800 evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2018, regardless of radiation levels in their hometowns, sources said.

    The new compensation plan of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is based on the assumption that decontamination work will lower radiation levels and enable the government to lift evacuation orders in those areas, the sources said May 18.

    Currently, the homes of about 80,000 evacuees are located in three zones designated by the government in terms of severity of radiation contamination.

    Around 31,800 evacuees’ homes are in “zones being prepared for the lifting of evacuation order,” while 23,000 people have fled their homes in what are now “no-residence zones.”

    TEPCO currently pays each of these 54,800 evacuees 100,000 yen(about $834) in compensation a month.

    The new plan will affect evacuees from these two zones.

    The remaining 24,400 people have homes located in“difficult-to-return zones,” where there are no prospects of lifting the evacuation orders. TEPCO has paid a total of 14.5 million yen to each of these evacuees.

    The government’s current guidelines on compensation stipulate that payments should end one year after evacuation orders are lifted.

    Under the new plan, …

    • rogerthat

      the government and ruling parties assume that the evacuation period for people in the first two zones will end “six years after the March 2011 nuclear accident.” That assumption is based on another assumption that decontamination work will be completed by March 2017 and evacuation orders can be called off by that time.

      As a result, compensation payments for people from the two zones will end in March 2018. Each of the evacuees will have received atotal of 8.4 million yen during the seven years since the accident started at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

      The current compensation system allows evacuees to receive additional compensation payments if their evacuation periods are extended. Some critics say evacuees are hoping for a continuation of evacuation orders so that they can receive more money.

      But the new plan will terminate compensation payments for the two zones in 2018 without exception. If the evacuation order is lifted five years after the nuclear accident, the evacuees from the area can still receive compensation for two more years, even though they are qualified for only one additional year under the current system.

      Adoption of the new plan will make it easier for the government to work out support measures for people who return to their hometowns in the two zones, the sources said.

      “The lifting of evacuation orders will proceed,” a government official said. “We will be able to …

  • rogerthat

    http://theconversation.com/accidents-waste-and-weapons-nuclear-power-isnt-worth-the-risks-41522

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    From our start in 2011 we’ve had Australian Government support. That has ended.
    As a not-for-profit service with the aim to better inform the community, we now turn to you.
    Please make a tax deductible donation to secure The Conversation.
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    19 May 2015
    Accidents, waste and weapons: nuclear power isn’t worth the risks

    AUTHOR
    Mark Diesendorf
    Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW at UNSW Australia
    DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
    Mark Diesendorf receives research funding from the CRC on Low Carbon Living.

    This article is part of The Conversation’s worldwide series on the Future of Nuclear. You can read the rest of the series here, and a counterpoint to the views expressed in this article here.

    The case for expanding nuclear energy is based on myths about its status, greenhouse gas emissions, proliferation, accidents, wastes and economics. Let’s take each in turn. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/letters/letter-nuclear-power-not-all-that-clean-1.10447661

    Letter: Nuclear power not all that clean
    May 18, 2015

    This letter is in response to the letter from the executive director of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance ["Three steps to better air quality," May 8].

    I agree with the first two steps. Increased use of alternatively powered vehicles would reduce emissions of dangerous greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Also, accelerating the removal of heating oil from buildings would reduce mishaps during disposal that lead to contamination of groundwater.

    However, I disagree that we should continue to build nuclear power plants. Although nuclear power is very clean during use, typically only emitting water vapor or hot steam into the atmosphere, I would not call it clean energy.

    There are many steps before and after the actual use of uranium-235 in the nuclear power plant. The mining, milling and enrichment of uranium use immense amounts of fossil fuel. The fabrication of uranium-235 into pellets and powder for use in the nuclear reactors uses large amounts of energy.

    These steps should not be glanced over. Massive amounts of greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere to make, manage and maintain "clean" nuclear power plants.

    Christopher Woods, Rockville Centre

  • rogerthat

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/05/19/debate-returns.html

    Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again

  • rogerthat

    sick society:

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-nun-walks-free-the-governments-sabotage-case-dismissed

    MAY 18, 2015
    A Nun Walks Free: The Government’s Sabotage Case Dismissed
    BY ERIC SCHLOSSER

    Civil disobedience, not sabotage: Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli during their 2013 trial in Knoxville.

    On May 16th, three Christian pacifists—Gregory Boertje-Obed, a sixty-year-old housepainter; Michael Walli, a Vietnam veteran in his early sixties; and Sister Megan Rice, an eighty-five-year-old nun who belongs to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus—were suddenly and unexpectedly released from federal prison. They are members of the Plowshares movement, which is devoted to abolishing nuclear weapons and seeking world peace.

    As I recounted in an article in the magazine, during the summer of 2012 they broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 is a nuclear-weapons plant, often referred to as the Fort Knox of Uranium.

    After cutting through four fences with bolt cutters, evading sophisticated intruder alarms, and eluding armed guards authorized to use lethal force, the three activists reached the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility—a fortified building that contains about nine hundred thousand pounds of weapons-grade uranium.

    Instead of trying to steal some of the uranium to make a bomb, as terrorists might, they threw blood on the …

    • rogerthat

      building and spray-painted antiwar slogans on its walls.

      For this nonviolent act of civil disobedience, they were sent to prison for destroying government property and committing sabotage. The legal decisions that freed them last week were as unprecedented and surprising as the break-in that put them behind bars.

      The fact that three people without commando training—let alone a nun, in her eighties, with a minor heart ailment—could get so close to the nation’s largest stockpile of weapons-grade uranium caused the Department of Energy a great deal of embarrassment.

      Although members of Congress thanked Sister Megan for helping to expose major security problems at Y-12, the Justice Department charged her, Walli, and Boertje-Obed with crimes that could bring prison sentences of as long as thirty-five years.

      After being found guilty by a jury, in May, 2013, Sister Megan was sentenced to three years in prison; Walli and Boertje-Obed to five. Their defense team decided not to appeal the convictions for destroying government property. The three not only admitted to cutting fences, spraying graffiti on the building, and throwing blood, they were proud of it. And they were willing to spend years in prison on behalf of their beliefs.

      The sabotage charge, however, seemed unreasonable. Enacted during the First World War, the Sabotage Act ostensibly aims to prevent enemies of the United States from damaging factories, weapons, and equipment essential to the war effort. …

      • rogerthat

        But the statute’s definition of sabotage is so broad—the “intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of the United States”—that the law has often been used to incarcerate people who protest against the nation’s defense policies with civil disobedience.

        During the nineteen-eighties, one anti-nuclear activist was convicted of sabotage after breaking into a Minuteman missile site, and given a prison sentence of eighteen years.

        Walli, Boertje-Obed, and Sister Megan believed that nuclear weapons, not the protest against them, posed the real threat to America’s national security. …

        • rogerthat

          William P. Quigley, a professor of law at Loyola University, in New Orleans, consulted with two young attorneys, Judy Kwan and Marc R. Shapiro, on the appeal of the sabotage convictions.

          Quigley had been defending peace activists since the late nineteen-eighties, but Kwan and Shapiro were relative newcomers to the field. Employed by the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, they spent thousands of hours on the Y-12 case, pro bono, leaving behind the world of patent, copyright, and securities law to immerse themselves in the minutiae of nuclear-weapon production, Catholic pacifism, and the legal theory behind the Sabotage Act.

          Jeffrey E. Theodore, an assistant U.S. Attorney, had managed to persuade a jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, that the three Plowshares activists had meant to harm—and indeed, had harmed—the national defense. After the break-in, Y-12 had been shut down for two weeks, delaying a shipment of uranium. Fences there had to be repaired; the security had to be upgraded; guards were diverted from their usual tasks; and the whole thing had harmed the reputation of the United States.

          In March, during arguments before a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Theodore implied that seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons might even be a form of sabotage. “These are people who have a desire, intent, to disarm, and they are taking action in furtherance of that goal,” he said. …

          • rogerthat

            Shapiro countered that the sabotage charges were an example of government overreach, and he cited another recent case in which a woman who attempted to poison her husband’s mistress was convicted, under an anti-terrorist statute, of using a chemical weapon.

            On May 8th, the court of appeals panel issued a two-to-one decision in the Y-12 case.

            The judge who wrote the opinion was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush; the judge who concurred with it was appointed by President Obama.

            They threw out the sabotage convictions, and their view of the government’s arguments was scathing.

            “The defendants’ actions in this case had zero effect, at the time of their actions or anytime afterwards, on the nation’s ability to wage war or defend against attack,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote. He criticized the government’s “vague platitudes” and the notion that Y-12’s guards were in any way diverted from their usual jobs: “responding to intrusions is what guards do.”

            The court vacated the defendants’ prison sentences and sent the case back to the original trial judge for resentencing.

            The ruling and its tone surprised Quigley. This was the first time in thirty years that the sabotage conviction of an anti-nuclear protester had been overturned.

            He thought the decision conveyed a radical message for the federal judiciary: “Peaceful protest isn’t sabotage.”

            And the appeals court noted that the defendants had already served more time in prison than…

            • rogerthat

              warranted by their conviction for destroying government property.

              The defense team requested that all three be released while awaiting an appearance before the original trial judge.

              Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore offered no objection—another surprise. And, in a highly unusual move, on a Friday evening the court of appeals ordered that three be freed immediately.

              Sister Megan left the Brooklyn Detention Center the next day. Walli walked out of a medium-security prison in Pennsylvania. And Boertje-Obed was led from his cell at Leavenworth Penitentiary, in Kansas, and put on a bus to meet with a probation officer in Tennessee.

              The government has until May 22nd to challenge the appeals court decision. It is now seeking a thirty-day extension of that deadline. The original trial judge has scheduled a resentencing hearing for mid-July.

              In the meantime, the peace activists, no longer convicted saboteurs, can enjoy freedom after two years behind bars.

              They are still obligated to pay the government a fine of $52,953 for the break-in at Y-12. But they took vows of poverty decades ago, don’t have bank accounts, and have neither the means nor the intention of paying it.

              Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified the university where William P. Quigley is a professor, and misidentified the President who appointed the concurring judge in the Y-12 case.

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    http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150519/NEWS02/705199915/1003

    Vermont Yankee emergency planning zone closer to being eliminated
    By Susan Smallheer
    Staff Writer | May 19, 2015

    BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

    In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected the Shumlin administration’s appeal of an earlier decision which granted Entergy’s request for an exemption from federal requirements and to drop emergency planning outside of its plant gates.

    “The NRC has never promulgated comprehensive regulations governing the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors,” the ASLB decision noted. “Nor do NRC emergency planning regulations distinguish between the risks at operating reactors and those associated with reactors that have been permanently shut down and defueled,” it added.

    “Absent such regulatory distinctions, the NRC has historically granted regulatory exemptions for permanently decommissioned reactors,” it concluded.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission had granted Entergy the required exemptions March 2. …

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