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09 January 2003

The White Christmas is a symbol of more than we can assemble,
it is the heart that hurts when that is broken.
Jesus the man, Christ his symbol, came with love but became an idol.
With joy he gave, he spoke, a truth to live, more than just hope;
but, as Centuries went by, man manipulated truth into lies,
stating that heaven or hell awaits those who do or do not realize;
yet death is just an opening door to allow us to go on
with the thoughts we lived with and for..

Jonathan Mark

1) Afghanistan: The Nuclear Nightmare Starts
2) The Consequences Of An Iraqi Misadventure
3) Chem-trails and Kyoto
4) NASA: Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing Before End of Century
5) Comment on NASA's Nuke-Mars Mission

Editor's Notes:

In light of the information in previous issues on DU, Major Doug Rokke, the cover-up, the intent to use depleted uranium in nuclear strikes on Iraq, the first two items are troubling. Please check homepage for listings on CAMPAIGNS * ACTIONS & EVENTS to help stop the madness from harming innocent life. As crazy as things are, then, item 3, ChemTrails and its relationship with Kyoto is not quite so far-fetched.. Symbolic of the ring in the Tolken's classic, is the development and use of nuclear power. This power has driven intelligent men to absolute insanity. Item 4 is a follow-up on the NASA study showing that the rate of sea ice melt could make it disappear before the end of this Century. Item 5 contains information for your chance to comment on NASA's nuke-Mars mission.

Please note that in Flyby News' January 4th issue, item 3 on Evolutionary Politics, a quote that was attributed to Congressman Kucinich, which was originally published in the Nov/Dec 2002 issue of Timeline, should have been attributed to Dr. Bela Banathy, the author of the book, Guided Evolution of Society.

Regarding the Flyby News issue, 20 December 2002, in editor's notes on my Ralph Nader and the Right Wing Conspiracy speculations, Carol Wolman on the GlobeNet list serve, replied:

"It was clear to us in the Mendocino Peace Action Group that the overriding issue of the 2000 election was missile defense, star wars and the ABM treaty. We begged Nader repeatedly to take a stand on this and make it a focus of his campaign. We wrote, phoned, met him in person. We asked his friend Helen Caldicott to intervene. When questioned directly, he had the right position, but he refused to initiate any discussion in this area. It baffled us, since his whole message is anti-corporate, and clearly the aerospace industry has been calling the shots here. Your speculations certainly raise the red flag. Peace, Carol Wolman"

The Flyby News Kucinich page is updated, including a link for a new list serve:
Dennis J. Kucinich for US President in 2004!

1) Afghanistan: The Nuclear Nightmare Starts

Coastal Post Online
January, 2003
Afghanistan: The Nuclear Nightmare Starts
By Davey Garland

[Davey Garland is a coordinator of the British-based Pandora DU Research Project.
Source; Green Left Weekly, Issue of December 2002. ]

When questions were asked in the British parliament a year ago about whether depleted uranium (DU) weapons had been used in the military strikes on Afghanistan, "It is not being used at present" was defense minister Geoff Hoon's reply.

A few days earlier, Hoon had been similarly vague on the issue, assuring us that: "No British forces currently engaged in operations around Afghanistan are armed with depleted uranium ammunition. However, we do not rule out the use of depleted uranium
ammunition in Afghanistan, should its penetrative capability be judged necessary in the future."

The defense minister played his cards close to his chest, no doubt having been informed that DU or other uranium weapons were being used by the United States (and no doubt British) forces to penetrate the caverns of Tora Bora and other targets (including civilian ones), especially in the vicinity of Kabul.

The refusal of the Ministry of Defense to fully admit that dangerous uranium weapons may have been used in Afghanistan and the conflicts in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosova), when evidence shows the contrary, illustrates just how sensitive the government is to the possibility that its use, or its collusion in the use, of weapons of mass destruction may be discovered.

This is not just because thousands of innocent civilians will suffer due to radiological (and heavy metal) poisoning, but also because the government is prepared to send British troops and aid workers, possibly for a long occupation of the war zones, ill-equipped and vulnerable to contamination.

When the Afghan crisis began, many of us believed that a great amount of DU/dirty uranium would be used to achieve the US-British campaign objectives, both to penetrate the opposition's hideouts in rocky terrain and to test new weapons systems (dirty uranium or dirty DU contains radioactive contaminants, such as plutonium isotopes, derived from spent fuel from power reactors). The amount used in Afghanistan might have exceeded the several hundred ton's of DU/dirty uranium used in the 1990-91 Gulf War and the Balkans conflicts.

Startling report

A startling new report based on research in Afghanistan indicates that our worst fears have been realized. The study, produced by the Uranium Medical Research Centre (UMRC), points to the likelihood of large numbers of the population being exposed to uranium dust and debris.

Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a professor of nuclear medicine and radiology and a former science adviser to the US military, who set-up the independent UMRC, has been testing US, British, and Canadian troops and civilians for DU and uranium poisoning over the past few years. His findings confirm significant amounts in the subjects' urine as much as nine years after exposure.

Two scientific study teams were sent to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the conflict in 2001-02. The first arrived in June 2002, concentrating on the Jalalabad region. The second arrived four months later, broadening the study to include the capital Kabul, which has a population of nearly 3.5 million people. The city itself contains the highest recorded number of fixed targets during Operation Enduring Freedom. For the study's purposes, the vicinity of three major bomb sites were examined.

It was predicted that signatures of depleted or enriched uranium would be found in the urine and soil samples taken during the research. The team was unprepared for the shock of its findings, which indicated in both Jalalabad and Kabul, DU was possibly causing the high levels of illness but also high concentrations of non-depleted uranium. Tests taken from a number of Jalalabad subjects showed concentrations 400% to 2000% above that for normal populations, amounts which have not been recorded in civilian studies before..

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2) The Consequences Of An Iraqi Misadventure

Coastal Post Online
The Consequences Of An Iraqi Misadventure
Remarks by Dr. Paul Atwood
January, 2003

Remarks by Dr. Paul Atwood at a meeting of CPPAX in Boston (Citizens for

Participation in Political Action), December 7, 2002.

I fear that we are embarking upon another deadly misadventure in which desires and fantasies on the part of a small number of administration advisers about private gains are overriding rational judgments about costs and long-term consequences.

I find it very instructive, and something the media largely ignore, that such opposition as does exist within the administration to invading and occupying Iraq comes from those members who actually served in uniform in Vietnam. Though his opposition is muted now, Colin Powell originally demurred.

Undersecretary of State Richard Armitage served two tours in Vietnam and is on record as strenuously opposing war with Iraq, and former national Security Adviser Gen. Brent Scowcroft has said that such a war would unleash "Armageddon" in the Middle East. Numerous high ranking general staff officers are also on record in opposition to war.

Almost all of those in the Bush Administration who do favor war are men who also favored war with Vietnam but who found it expedient to find ways not to have to bear any burden or make any sacrifice themselves. Vice-President Cheney has infamously said that he "had more important Priorities" than serving in uniform. He and Paul Wolfowitz and others were perfectly happy to have other less fortunate young men, and some women, do the dirty work of killing and of sacrificing their lives for the cause. And now they are willing to do so once again.

Cheney claims that Saddam is a threat to world peace yet as Secretary of Defense in 1991 he played a central role in enabling Saddam to remain in power and in the process betray the Kurds and Shiites of Iraq, that is, those who have been his primary victims all along.

In the very week before the resolution vote the Central Intelligence Agency issued a report declaring that Saddam Hussein was highly unlikely to use any weapon of mass destruction that he MAY possess UNLESS he was attacked first. It is now established that the question of Iraq was relatively low on President Bush's list of concerns even after September 11. Numerous intelligence assessments have reiterated that Iraq played no role in 9-11, and that there is no direct evidence that Saddam Hussein has provided any assistance to Islamic terrorists. This makes sense since he trusts no one outside of a small select circle, and the Islamists see him as an apostate.

So the impetus for "regime change" has come from a very different direction. The administration of George I said that Saddam was allowed to remain in place because the United Nations had provided no mandate for toppling the regime. Only Iraq's expulsion from Kuwait had been mandated..

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For information to see or show a powerful video presentation by former UN weapons inspector,
"Scott Ritter: The Case Against US War on Iraq",83775,

3) Chem-trails and Kyoto

Via list serve
Subject: [WarOnFreedom] Why the USA won't sign the Kyoto Protocol

Wayne Hall

Like many, if not all, I suppose, residents of Athens Greece I have in the last months at all times throughout the day (and also at night) noticed aircraft flying at high altitudes and discharging something which is denser and more long-lasting than the familiar condensation trails left behind by commercial passenger jets. The difference is easily perceptible by comparing these trails to what you see coming out of planes taking off or landing at the local airport.

You can also see what part of the plane these denser emissions are coming from by visiting
and scrolling to the bottom.

I have noticed these emissions, and these trails, over central Athens, the northern and southern suburbs, Mount Pendeli and the Saronic Gulf. I would be very interested to find out in how many other parts of Greece they are being observed. The trails these planes leave behind often remain visible for a long time. They gradually disperse and become clouds which again do not look like the natural cumulus clouds we see at lower altitudes in the sky. Often on clear days a few hours of the these planes flying backwards and forwards is enough to spoil the whole appearance of the sky. Sometimes, too, they can suddenly give off increased amounts of emission, forming very dense white clouds with "tails" underneath. On 24th December 2002 at around two in the afternoon I saw a huge cloud of this kind over the town of Aigina. It was unlike anything I have ever seen before in my life, and it got me wondering what we would be breathing when the contents of that cloud got down to ground level.

By chance last summer I discovered that these emissions in the United States are popularly called "Chemtrails" and that anyone interested can learn quite a lot by just typing the word into a relevant Internet search engine such as Google.

One particularly good source of information is

There is now a discussion on the aerosol spraying over Athens at:

One of the first things I discovered is that the aircraft involved in this activity include military KC-135 and KC-10s. They are planes used as tankers by the United States Air Force. There have also been certain unmarked white jets participating in aerosol operations, and in fact I saw such an anonymous white plane flying at a low altitude over Pendeli on Saturday 22nd December 2002 at a time when spraying was in progress. It was not itself discharging white plumes and was possibly coming in to land. This information on plane types is from the writer Toni Thayer and dates from 2001. At that time no governmental agency of any country would confirm that spraying activity was occurring. In mid- 2002 the countries in which eyewitnesses had reported seeing this type of aerosol spraying included the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Croatia, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Haiti. As of late 2002 it is clear that the spraying is now also taking place in Greece.

What is its purpose?

A book written by the investigative journalist Will Thomas called "Probing the Chemtrail Conundrum" puts forward three theories, only one of which: the least macabre, I will mention. It is indeed possible that more than one purpose is being served and more than one substance sprayed. According to the first of Will Thomas's theories, the spraying is part of a strategy for countering the destructive effects of global warming. Of the scientists carrying out computer simulations of the effects of aerosol spraying as a possible means of slowing global warming.

Ken Caldeira of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shares the view of the ecological movement that curtailing of greenhouse gas emissions, as set out (very conservatively) in the Kyoto Protocol, would be "the most prudent and least risky option for mitigating global warming". But the approach that seems to have prevailed has been that recommended by Edward Teller, "father of the H-bomb" (and of the Star Wars "missile defence" programme) in a 1997 paper entitled Global Warming and the Ice Ages: Prospects for Physics-based Modulation of Global Change. What Teller has advocated is a programme for spraying minute aluminium particles all over the planet so as to deflect the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays but still allow the Earth's heat to rise through them. Teller's report emphasizes the negative economic implications of imposing limitations such as the Kyoto Protocol on fossil-fired energy production and notes how much cheaper it would be to lace the skies with light-scattering particles.

Teller has powerful supporters for this view. In 1994, apparently in the context of lobbying by petroleum companies for "solutions" to global warming that would allow continued burning of fossil fuels, a patent was issued to the Hughes Aircraft Company for "Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming". The patent describes how tiny particles of aluminium oxide and other reflective particles could be added to the fuel of jet airliners and emitted from the jet exhaust. One does not need to be a medical expert to imagine the likely effects on human health of such a programme of emissions. In a 50 square mile area around Espanola, Ontario, where months of stratospheric seeding took place in 1998, residents experienced high rates of severe headaches, chronic joint pain, dizziness, sudden extreme fatigue, acute asthma attacks, fever-less "flu-like" symptoms and loss of short term memory. Lab analyses of Espanola rainwater found reflective quartz particles and levels of aluminium five times higher than the maximum permissible levels under Ontario's Health and Safety Standards.

Will Thomas's second theory, which as stated I don't propose to go into here, has to do with reasons for spraying the even more toxic heavy metal barium over large areas of the earth's surface. The effects of stratospheric seeding have now become very visible in the skies of the United States and, increasingly, outside the United States but, given the media blackout on "Chemtrails"-related information (apart from on Internet), the American public has not yet begun to react..

..Just as a matter of interest, Ken Caldeira has warned that apart from producing adverse health effects in humans, stratospheric aerosol seeding could have an unknown devastating effect on the climate. Enhanced stratospheric cooling could accelerate the destruction of stratospheric ozone, which protects the earth from solar and cosmic radiation. The placing of aerosols in the atmosphere could also lead to reverse results of the earth being subjected to extremely rapid heating, potentially causing a run-away greenhouse effect.

It is still not too late for us to make a start:we in Greece can start by asking our government what purpose is being served by these increasingly frequent high altitude flights of jet planes over our heads with very dense and long lasting vapour trails. Better some questions now than mass hysteria in the future.

Aigina, 26th December, 2002

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4) NASA: Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing Before End of Century
Arctic to lose all summer ice by 2100
10:02 04 December 02
Fred Pearce

The Arctic Ocean will be completely devoid of summer ice before the 21st century has ended, a NASA study predicts.

The new work shows that the permanent ice cap over the ocean - the cover that survives through the warm summer months - is disappearing far faster than previously thought.

Between 1978 and 2000, 1.2 million square kilometres of apparently permanent ice melted away. That is an area five times the size of Britain and represents a loss of nine per cent per decade.

"At this rate, permanent ice will have disappeared before the end of this century," says NASA ice physicist Josefino Comiso.

Trebling up

Past satellite studies of ice cover have looked at the average ice cover for individual months during the year. They found an average retreat of around three per cent a decade.

But the minimum ice cover, which represents the ice that lasts through the summer, occurs at different times in different regions of the ocean. So to get a clearer estimate of the amount of ice that survives, Comiso reanalysed the data.

He measured the minimum extent of sea ice in each region - and that revealed the much higher rate of loss. The trend is continuing. This past summer, "we had the least amount of permanent ice cover ever observed," says Comiso.

"If the permanent ice cover disappears, the entire Arctic ocean climate and ecology would become very different," says Comiso, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. It will give an extra kick to global warming and polar bears, which live by hunting on the sea ice, will have nowhere to go.

Point of no return

The ice loss coincides with a summer warming trend of 1.2 C a decade in the air above the ice. The biggest disappearance of ice so far has been over the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, north of Canada and Alaska. This is also where air temperatures have warmed most.

Comiso agrees that some of the ice retreat could be due to short-term fluctuations in climate or ocean currents. But he warns that the rate at which ice disappears is likely to accelerate in future.

As the ice disappears, it will speed up the warming of Arctic waters. This is because ice reflects most of the Sun's rays back into space, while the dark-blue oceans absorb much more heat.

Warmer water will delay autumn freezing, leading to a thinner ice cover in the winter and spring. In turn this will make the sea ice more vulnerable to melting the next summer. This positive feedback is propelling the Arctic ice to a point of no return beyond which, says Comiso, the melting will be become "irreversible".

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Journal reference: Geophysical Research Letters (DOI: 10.1029/2002GL015650)
Article originally posted 10:02 04 December 02 by the New Scientist

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For Flyby New's updated page on the mounting evidence of Global Warming, see:,10278,

5) Comment on NASA's Nuke-Mars Missions

NASA is now holding a public comment period until January 15 on their plans to launch two Mars Exploration Rovers from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The nuclear launches are planned for May and June of 2003. The Global Network will hold a major protest at the space center on Saturday, May 3 (10am - 1pm) in response. In the meantime please send your comments opposing the launches to NASA at the address below. Please help us spread word about these nuclear launches.

Send a protest message to NASA during their public comment period which runs until January 15, 2003. (You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to comment.)

David Lavery
Office of Space Science
Code SM
Washington DC 20546

Following is an open letter by Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

January 8, 2002

David Lavery
Office of Space Science
Code SM
Washington DC 20546

Dear Mr. Lavery:

This letter is to express our deep opposition to the planned launch of NASA's Mars rover missions from Florida in May and June of 2003.

We would very much appreciate hearing from you immediately about the amount (pounds/ounces) of plutonium-238, cobalt-57, and curium-244 to be used in each mission.

Our obvious concern begins with the processing of plutonium at DoE laboratories across the country. During 1994-96 there were 244 cases of worker contamination reported at Los Alamos labs while the RTG's for the Cassini mission were being fabricated. We know that NASA intends to expand production of space nuclear power in the coming years and that increased contamination of workers and communities will be the result.

In the event of a launch accident with either Mars rover mission, the NASA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) states that it is "likely" that some radioactive materials would be released into the environment. The same EIS shows a map of Florida with a 60 mile radius of "affected" areas.

Sooner or later, as NASA expands the number of plutonium launches from the space center, there will be an accident. One thing we know is that accidents do happen, often due to human failure. Mix plutonium into the equation and we face disaster.

Recent statements by the new director of NASA reveal the growing control of the space program by the Pentagon. We clearly see a link between NASA's "Nuclear Systems Initiative" and the long held desire of the military to power weapons in space with nuclear reactors. NASA and the DoE are serving as the Trojan horse, expanding research and development of space nuclear power that will eventually be used for war in the heavens.

NASA is now in violation of its founding charter which called for the peaceful exploration of space. Now matter how much NASA denies this reality, the public is becoming painfully aware of this fact. Support for NASA is declining, in fact support for the Mars missions is dropping.

People would rather see their hard earned tax dollars used for health care, social security, child care and environmental clean-up here on our mother Earth. While the Mars Society cynically says that the "Earth is a dying planet and that we must terra form Mars and move civilization there," most people would prefer to make life here on this planet livable.

When citizens learn that NASA now is preparing, and in fact expanding, the use of nuclear power in space they become even more firm in their opposition to the space program. Those who work at NASA, and truly believe in peaceful and environmentally sound exploration, should stand up and resist the ruination of their beloved space program.

We know that there are people inside NASA who have done dramatic research on non-nuclear alternatives for space exploration but they have been pushed aside by the growing control of the nuclear advocates, many of them who come with a military objective. If you have doubts about the potential of solar alternatives just check with the European Space Agency and their Rosetta mission that will use solar to travel into deep space.

We can assure you that our organization, now in our 11th year, is working vigorously to create a global constituency that is opposed to the nuclearization and weaponization of space. NASA's decision to continue down this dangerous path of promoting nuclear launches only makes our efforts to focus public attention on your agency easier.

In peace,

Bruce K. Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 90083
Gainesville, FL. 32607
(352) 337-9274

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