Wednesday, November 02, 2005

US Military Dumped 75 Years Worth of Poison in Ocean

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Pentagon documents show that they dumped much of the toxic gases and fluids inside 55 gallon drums into the oceans all over the planet. This has killed a lot of ocean dwelling creatures and the poisons returned to us with a vengence via eating seafood contaminated by these toxins.

From USA Today:
The Army secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the ocean, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets — either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels, according to an investigation by The (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press.

"We do not claim to know where they all are," said William Brankowitz, a deputy project manager in the Army Chemical Materials Agency and a leading authority on the Army's chemical weapons dumping. "We don't want to be cavalier at all and say this stuff was exposed to water and is OK. It can last for a very, very long time."

The weapons of mass destruction may still be deadly, and were dumped along with more than 500 tons of radioactive waste from World War II until 1970, after which Congress and international treaty banned the practice.
Just like the above ground nuclear bomb tests which have poisoned the entire planet and which is partially responsible for the skyrocketing cancer rates that plague us today, this poison is long living, releases slowly as the forces of nature corrode the containers and hard to stop. It enters the entire food chain from the bottom dwellers to the great whales. This summer, the Gulf of Mexico witnessed giant die-offs of nearly all marine life. Ditto many other places such as the Delta in northern California where the smelt catch collapsed nearly totally.

The harvesting of the seas coupled with the poisoning of the seas equals the death of a huge sector of the planetary eco-system and adding global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer, the devastation is very great now and growing.

When the military shoveled all this poison created to murder conscripted soldiers and civilians trapped in cities during wars or peasants who stubbornly refuse to surrender, is dumped into the sea, it didn't disappear. The childish idea that poisoning the world's well wouldn't matter still astonishes me. Since the earliest days of human habitation, nay, when the earliers animal herder tribes moved across the great plains of Asia, the worry about poisoning wells has been a top fear, a fear so great, every time a plague hits or the water goes bad, raging mobs would massacre whoever was a convienent scapegoat as the poor Jews of Medivael Europe endured again and again.

So the excuse, "We couldn't imagine (fill in the obvious blanks here) would happen" is a blatant lie. As a child, I could figure this out. Pour a few drops of toxins in a fish tank and watch them die! Just as we happily flushed our toilets into the rivers and seas, I would ask, "Would you want to drink your own piss?" Today, our piss, even after "purification" is still so toxic, it is destroying water lifeforms at a ferocious rate. Viagra and birth control methods top the list of human generated piss toxins disrupting the sex lives of marine animals all the way up to whales.

All our medicines that pass through the spleen end up in the water and humans are taking so many medicines and are in such great numbers now, this is a tidalwave of toxins that also are changing viruses that fish have to endure.

Just like the Pentagon refusing to record where they dumped their toxins, our entire planetery culture stubbornly refuses to track its toxic wastes, incurious about the effects of all of this. We better wake up for if our entire sea/fresh water life ecosystem collapses, the collapse of all other life forms isn't too far off, too. The fossil record makes this very clear.

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