Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, June 15, 2007

64 million lbs of nerve and mustard agents dumped in the sea

Guess we've found those WMD's after all. Our own military dumped them in the ocean, off our own coastline.

Yes -- our very own military secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea. This should outdo even Exxon's outrageous messes.

So yet another ticking time bomb, this one in our ocean. It is no wonder so many of us are sick. My appetite for fish just plummeted.

Honestly... some days I can't believe humanity is still here at all. We are apparently epically stupid as a species. I know of no other creature that deliberately destroys its own environment, water and food source. No animal would be that stupid. We have the capacity to think, to reason, to create music, art, love, cry... and this is what we do with our promise?

It will be our greed that does us in. Greed, power, laziness and just plain stupidity.

From Deep Sea News:

It is no secret that the U.S. military has used the ocean as trashcan for munitions in the past. Peter discussed at the Old DSN how federal lawmakers were pressing the US Army to reveal everything it knows about a massive international program to dump chemical weapons off homeland and foreign shores. "The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels." Brian pointed me to the Daily Press's in depth coverage of this whole issue. Registration is free and only takes a minute or two and is extremely worthwhile. Included at the site are maps of disposal sites (downloadable as pdfs), stories, descriptions of items dumped including nerve and musturd gas, and rather depressing pictures some are below the fold (all from Daily Press).

Hundreds of dolphins washed ashore in Virginia and New Jersey shorelines in 1987 with burns similar to mustard gas exposure. One marine-mammal specialist suspects Army-dumped chemical weapons killed them.

I'll spare us all the photo of the burned dolphin.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sea dumped munitions are a gobal concern, from leads to mercurys, including 3000 site off eastern Canada. For more information go to www.seadumpedmunitions.com or contact tplong@eastlink.ca

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