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The Fukushima Coverup: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”

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We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”

-Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project which created the first atomic devices. [1]

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The harnessing of the power of the atom was one of the signature technological achievements of the twentieth century.

The awesome possibilities of nuclear energy presented humanity with an opportunity to mature beyond the need for endless war and conquest with ever more potent weapons, or to destroy itself in a blaze of neutronic hubris.

An opportunity to evolve or perish.

One thousand days now separate us from the earthquake and tsunami that wrought what former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnold Gundersen called `the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.` [2] It would appear that our species has not only failed to vanquish the nuclear dragon, or tame it. Our civilization seems to remain wholly subservient to it, surrendering to its promise of military mastery and industrial supremacy in the here and now at the cost of toxic waste that will survive far beyond the extinction of our species.

The guests on this week`s Global Research News Hour speak of cover-up. Yoichi Shimatsu spoke to the Global Research News Hour about the misleading statements coming from the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) about the explosions from March of 2011, the radiative effects, and the secretive role of Fukushima as a storage site for Plutonium and nuclear weapons.

Hatrick Penry goes even further. Penry utilizes documents disclosed from unimpeachable documentary sources, attained through Freeedom of Information requests, to show that much more radiation was released into the atmosphere than is generally recognized.

Moreover, the exercise of removing spent fuel rods from a waste pool at Fukushima`s Unit 4 would seem to be a fabrication.   

Mainstream media and government officials have apparently done a better job containing the truth of the Fukushima disaster, than they have the radio-active debris the catastrophe has generated.

THe Fukushima cover-up is about more than mendacious and criminal behaviour on the part of corporate and government officials. It shines a spotlight on the power and clout of the trans-national nuclear industry, and how they co-opt not only media, but whole sectors of economic and military endeavour.

Yoichi Shimatsu is a veteran investigator and former editor of the Japan Times Weekly. He has travelled to the fukushima exclusion Zone on several occasions since the accident.

Hatrick Penry is otherwise known as Tony Muga. He uncovered documents revealed through Freedom of Information requests with which he essentially discredits current and ongoing claims about the state of the facility. His site is http://hatrickpenry.wordpress.com

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10 Comments on "The Fukushima Coverup: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”"

  1. Arthur on Sun, 8th Dec 2013 9:51 pm 

    It is incredible that this drama is hardly in the news. Mandela apparently is more important.

  2. SilentRunning on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 12:04 am 

    Clearly the NRC got bum information about the fuel pool #4 collapsing in 2011. Had that occurred, they would not now be removing intact fuel rods from the very same pool. Nor would reporters from the BBC be reporting from there as the fuel rod removal is proceeding.

    I think the Fukushima hysteria hypesters don’t have a coherent narrative about what is going on. They’ve told us that Fuel pool #4 collapsed and caught fire, but then warn us that the fuel removal efforts will cause the very same pool to collapse and catch fire. Which is it?

  3. Ghung on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 2:43 am 

    Thanks SR. If you could point me to the Fukushima hysteria hypesters’ web site or some central repository of hypster info, I would appreciate it.

  4. SilentRunning on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 2:59 am 

    Gung wrote:
    >Thanks SR. If you could point me to the Fukushima hysteria hypesters’ web site or some central repository of hypster info, I would appreciate it.

    You really need look no farther than peakoil.com, the Fukushima stories.

    I’ve lost count of how many times stories of a lethal radioactive wave of material is coming to irradiate us to death. It always seems to be just around the corner. Yet, if I ask WHERE this immense blob of radiation is, I get crickets.

    This latest story is VERY confusing. For months I have read that the attempt to remove the fuel rods from pool #4 will cause a structural collapse, runaway chain reaction, meltdown, etc.

    NOW this latest story says that pool #4 ALREADY had a structural collapse, meltdown, etc **IN** 2011.

    So which is it Fukushima fear mongers? Did the pool collapse in 2011 – or is it about to collapse any day now?

    At least get your hysterical rants semi-coherent.

  5. george on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 11:41 am 

    another wise comment from a probable GE and Westinghouse stockholder

  6. Kenz300 on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 2:56 pm 

    The government of Japan and TEPCO have finally asked the world for help……..

    Maybe now they will be more open and honest about what is happening at the Fukishima power plant.

    You would think most neighboring countries would want access to better information and should be setting up their own monitoring sites and studies.

    The sooner independent experts come in the better.

    Independent media also needs greater access to the site and surrounding areas.

  7. chilyb on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 4:45 pm 

    Silent Running:

    I think there would be less anti-nuclear hysteria if there was more transparency about what is going on and what, specifically, is going to be done to resolve it. For example, why did the Japanese government choose to not reveal the triplet meltdown to the public for three months? Based on their track record, can we put trust in any of the official numbers? Finally, how do they plan to resolve cleaning up the site – where and what is the plan?

  8. Bob Inget on Mon, 9th Dec 2013 7:30 pm 

    During and after Macondo splurge, we said
    THAT was ‘the world’s worst industrial disaster. As it will take almost as long for the GOM to recover as Fukushima,
    several hundred years, maybe we should withhold scoring at least until Florida,
    NYC, Boston and Bangladesh are fully submerged.

  9. SilentRunning on Tue, 10th Dec 2013 12:07 am 

    george wrote:
    >another wise comment from a probable GE and Westinghouse stockholder

    I just checked, and GE *IS* in the S&P500 index – and I do have a *small* 401K fund in it. However, even if GE stock were to drop to zero, it’s not like I would lose much.

    No – it is easier to question my motives than to answer MY question: DID the Fuel Pool #4 collapse in 2011 – or is it about to collapse now? I am genuinely confused!

  10. SilentRunning on Tue, 10th Dec 2013 1:15 am 

    chillyb wrote:
    I think there would be less anti-nuclear hysteria if there was more transparency about what is going on and what, specifically, is going to be done to resolve it.

    The thing is: We don’t need to get *hysterical* about the Fukushima disaster. It genuinely is a catastrophe that shows just how expensive and ecologically damaging a nuclear disaster can be. Telling people in the USA that they are going to die horribly from radiation poisoning is counter-productive, because when they DONT die from it, they will begin to doubt that there is anything to the anti-nuclear argument.

    >For example, why did the Japanese government choose to not reveal the triplet meltdown to the public for three months?

    Exactly – that is the type of point that needs to be made. Nuclear power has to have such big investments that there is TOO MUCH on the line – governments will lie about it rather than tell the simple truth: Fukushima will take decades, cost tens of billions to contain, and will result in a thousands of square miles that will be uninhabitable for decades – if not longer. The fishing industry in Western Japan is going to suffer for a LONG time. Etc, etc, etc…

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