When it comes to the truth about radiation and health effects, there are no experts who are honest - not in government, not in science, not anywhere. Yet, people would rather listen to liars than challenge their assumptions about the sources of the so-called truth and disregard the purveyors of actual truth on this topic: the non-creditialed self-taught. - Andrew Kishner, May 18, 2013
A key hindrance to the success of organizations laboring to prevent new victims of 'abuse' is often the failure of people to identify themselves as abusees. Over the past 67 years, our beloved republics have created nuclear victims of us all through, primarily, nuclear weapons production and testing pollution. Yet we don't identify ourselves as 'nuclear victims' because as a society we have no recollection or means of analyzing our past experiences for instances of abuse; these nuclear experiences in our culture are not incorporated into our national consciousness and are summarily rejected in discourse on serious topics ranging from public health to human rights. In our dysfunctional way of coping, we ignore the scars created by government-sponsored nuclear abuse, and instead focus on would-be nuclear 'timebombs' and threats, organizing around physical manifestations of these things (like nuclear arms, or reactors, or waste dumps).
Nuclearcrimes.org is dedicated to bringing to light the abusiveness of an utterly unbelievable 'conspiracy of silence' between government and science which incapacitates our ability to identify ourselves as nuclear abusees.
Statement by the founder: About NuclearCrimes.org
My name is Andrew Kishner and in a nutshell I'm a thirtysomething American 'armchair warrior'-turned-activist. The transition happened in Kanab, Utah, in April 2006 when I first learned on the evening news about the controversy surrounding 'Divine Strake,' which was to be an unusually large conventional bomb explosion on the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site. Like most people who did not grow up in the American West, I had no clue about this place, the Nevada Test Site. I quickly realized that learning about it was no easy task. But time was of the essence: in a matter of weeks the Pentagon-sponsored 700-ton chemical explosive experiment they were calling 'Divine Strake' and planning for June 2, 2006, would be spewing radioactive soils from the test site into a mushroom cloud that would float downwind to Kanab and her neighbors in Utah. Fear was in the air. Many people had questions. And many questions had no answers.
Although reluctant to share my views at first, I eventually decided to place all of my research on these issues (Nevada Test Site, bunker busters, past contamination, etc..) on www.StopDivineStrake.com. In addition to 'webmastering' the only internet site dedicated to the topic of Divine Strake, I worked alongside grassroots groups and nonprofits in the Stop Divine Strake Coalition. In the end, thanks to the efforts of many, especially the citizens of Utah and veteran Salt Lake City television anchor Terry Wood, that frightful saga in American history came to a somewhat pleasant ending: the Pentagon appeased Utah's voluminous public outcry against Divine Strake in a February 2007 press release that nearly everyone took to mean 'They cancelled Divine Strake.' I felt, however, that the Pentagon's cryptic press release in 2007 kept the door open for them to conduct Divine Strake (albeit a smaller test) outside of public view and knowledge (learn more about baby Divine Strakes planned for the test site here). I also felt that the downwind public wasn't "in the clear" from other fallout-related issues.
I was thoroughly hooked and in 2007 I set up a website at the at-the-time-non-awkward domain name Idealist.ws to initially host my investigative reporting on a DOE radiation monitoring coverup during a 2007 Utah wildfire and also to address the 1996 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Nevada Test Site, which is a NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) document that is the best place to focus efforts on nipping future Divine Strakes in the bud. Years and about two dozen research 'investigations' later, in the summer of 2011, Idealist.ws became NuclearCrimes.org but the transition was marked by more than just a name change...and in January 2012, I began the slow process of turning the site into a book (free, online)!
The reader might be curious to learn why, after Divine Strake was cancelled, I was so gung-ho in circa 2007 to jump into a large and continuing web-based research project.
Sure, a huge part of my motivation in the post-Divine Strake era was to do follow-through to make sure DTRA wasn't going to sneak a baby Strake in sometime, somewhere. But it was also something else. Divine Strake opened a Pandora's Box of questions to someone like me who never heard of a 'downwinder' before and thought U.S. nuclear testing occurred only in New Mexico. I was unsatisfied with the answers I was finding to questions that casually popped into my head as I lounged around outside on lazy, sunny days in my red-color canyon landscape under crisp blue Utah skies. Were the crusty, tan soils in Southern Utah still harboring radio-toxins from old nuclear testing fallout? Was even the air safe? Were the occasional east-moving dust storms that overwhelmed Kanab or the huge smoky plumes emanating from wildfires that flickered like embers in the distance on the forested Kaibab Plateau containing old fallout dust?
As someone who doesn't like to have his curiosity in things dimmed simply because the answers are out of reach, I wasn't content to remain in Utah without at least trying to delve deeper into these enigmatic questions.
This 'launch' into a research project came easy to me because of my career at the time. Several months - as it would turn out - before 9/11, during *the* crisis moment of the 'what color is my parachute' phase, the temp agency called me up and offered me an opening that was altogether different than the data entry or very-light accounting jobs I was accustomed to. It was as a 'prospect researcher.'
A prospect researcher is a back-office data-hound who 100% relies on publicly-available information to aid those sharp-looking and smooth-talking fundraisers at major and some minor nonprofit institutions that approach donors with a solicitation (also called an 'ask') for an amount of money much larger than you or I would ordinarily send in the mail to a local charity. Prospect researchers are tasked ultimately with determining that 'ask' amount.
I spent a number of years in the fundraising departments of liberal colleges in Massachusetts before going into freelancing, and the training and experience I gained over all of those years was incredibly helpful to me as an activist.
Here's some of the lessons one learns as a prospect researcher. One, never give up until you find what you are looking for - unless your boss, or your freelance budget, disallows, or you are convinced that you can't find what you're looking for. Two, researching requires taking breaks, sometimes long ones, to let your subconscious piece facts and ideas together. Three, a good researcher is one who knows their reference sources, knows how to easily use and access them, and knows which are the best and latest ones. Four, and perhaps most important, researching a human being, especially one who is adept at wealth-protection practices, requires engaging your intuition. A researcher can't truly succeed in most projects if he or she allows facts to dictate the journey. The reason why is that someone or something that's hiding the truth about their wealth (or misdeeds) 'wins' when people only believe what is 'seeable' or 'learnable.' Sometimes you have to use your gut and follow a hunch in order to find that gem of a clue that wasn't supposed to be found which reveals the pure, unaltered image of what you're looking for.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that after Divine Strake was cancelled I wanted to watchdog DTRA, answer some disturbing questions, but mostly I had a bad feeling. I had a bad feeling that my government, which had released documents in late 2006 contradicting their convincing statements made months prior about the safety of Divine Strake, perhaps wasn't being honest about a whole lot of things and here I was in Utah, living in the atomic reality of other potentially huge, life-threatening lies.
There's more to the story. It involves relatives, the reason why my partner-in-crime and I ultimately left Utah, and also one of those 'be careful what you wish for' dreams that directly impacted my decision to drop out of freelancing and devote myself to research-based activism. I'll tell the full scoop one day, I guess.
I'll finish with this. If you want something hard enough, you have to give up something. One of the lessons I learned from doing a whole lot of researching people in my fundraising career is to not put anything about yourself on the web. I was committed to that practice until I realized that my anonymous web-based activism during Divine Strake was problematic. I needed to start putting my name on stuff and that idea completely drove me crazy. But I did it. I sacrificed my desire for anonymity - and many other precious things - during this journey. It was also heartbreaking to find out - when I realized the nature and enormity of the problem that I was trying to resolve - that my sacrifices alone will never be enough to see progress. Many, many other people will need to make sacrifices - and ideally working in harmony - before we start seeing true and lasting change. This website is intended as a resource for concerned persons and activists to facilitate the growth of this much-needed movement.
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