Both the great Truths and the great Falsehoods of the twentieth century lie hidden in the arcane, widely inaccessible, and seemingly mundane domain of the radiation sciences

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Background Reading: 3

What follows is an excerpt from my book A Primer in the Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science ( The thesis of this book is that the science of radiation effects has been corrupted by a political agenda to minimize the perception of the hazard to public health which follows the release of radioactive material into the environment. Starting with the next posting, the case against the Cult of Nuclearists for the crime of fraud will be laid out before the reader. Today's blog will introduce the perpetrators of the crime.

The Cult of Nuclearists

Mischief is afoot in the science of radiation effects. An epic deception has been created to deflect criticism from those who scatter radioactive material over the Earth. This deception, created to fulfill a political agenda, has corrupted the understanding of what constitutes a safe level of exposure to radioactive atoms drawn into the human body from nuclear pollution. As a consequence, the health of vulnerable populations around the globe is being eroded.

Who would possibly commit such a crime? How could it be accomplished? What would be the payoff?

In setting out to write a book about fraudulent science, an obvious first step would be to reveal who perpetrated the fraud. In this case of widespread, institutionalized corruption, unmasking the collaborators is not feasible. No whistleblower has stepped forward. No misplaced memoirs have been discovered, stuffed between the pages of a discarded book. No posthumous confession has yet been bequeathed to posterity. Nevertheless, those who committed the offense are not as invisible as they believe. Revelation comes from an unexpected quarter.

Inevitably, people make a mistake who attempt to redirect, or misdirect, understanding of physical law and the phenomena of nature. Their hubris blinds them to their ultimate undoing, that in time, nature itself will reveal their intrigue. New technology, novel experimentation, a reinterpretation of existing evidence and the like will eventually conspire to highlight any disparity between objective truth and political propaganda. And this is what has occurred.

The thesis of this book is straightforward: those who have monkeyed with science have left their signature in their works. Their corrupted science testifies against them. By their deeds, you will know them...

Over the course of the last half century, practically every effort by the public to prove injury from nuclear pollution has failed. The government and the nuclear industry has weathered each storm of protest and litigation, and in the process has mollified all opposition. They have succeeded by appealing to protesters’ naive faith that all proclamations made in the name of science are unblemished and objective. Their invincible strategy was based on beguiling the better judgment of all challengers with this seemingly irrefutable refrain: “The public has no need for concern. According to currently accepted international standards of radiation safety and risk assessment, the radiation released was in levels too low to create any adverse effects to health.”

Behind this incantation dwells a coterie of individuals who derive power and profit from nuclear/radiological weapons and technologies that spew radioactivity into the environment. Throughout this work, this group will be designated by the term “Cult of Nuclearists.” The use of such an oblique reference to point to the covert power structure of the United States is by no means original. For instance, in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson offered the following observation in his book The New Freedom: A Call For the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People:

We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world — no government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.

Wilson also provided this observation:

Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

President John F. Kennedy shone a light on the hidden power structure of the nation when he condemned secret societies and the threat they posed to free institutions. Addressing the American Newspaper Publishers Association in New York on April 27, 1961, Kennedy had this to say:

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

Today no war has been declared — and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion. Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Perhaps, most famously, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned citizens of “unwarranted influence” and “misplaced power” by the “military-industrial complex” in his televised farewell address to the nation on January 17, 1961:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

It is interesting to note that the speech as originally written used the term military-industrial-congressional complex, but Eisenhower dropped the reference to Congress at the last minute. By implicating Congress, he was pointing to the reigning corruption of the legislative process: the lobbying, the enactment of laws and the appropriation of funds for the enrichment of private corporations, and the revolving door through which businessmen achieve public office, create laws and policies beneficial to their industries before returning to the private sector. By this process, government is transformed into the servant of private interests.

The Cult of Nuclearists is comprised of people of a common mentality. They embrace nuclear and radiological weapons as a reasonable element of warcraft and statecraft and are responsible for maintaining these weapons in our midst. They have never made a serious effort to forge an international consensus to banish nuclear weapons. They venerate the power they wield, the threat they project, the advantage they possess over the less powerful. They have created a world that 99.999% of humanity abhor. Worldwide, this group of people is relatively small, perhaps numbering in the tens of thousands, and yet they manage to hold six and a half billion people hostage to their agenda. Due to their small number, it is befitting to characterize their behavior as cultish. The Cult of Nuclearists is ideologically committed to perpetuating their instruments of devastation. They harbor a mentality in which the threat of mass destruction serves a useful purpose. They champion the credo that nuclear weapons maintain national security and international stability and that an enduring peace is achievable through deterrence strategy and the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction. Perhaps, most importantly, they capitalize on the menace of nuclear weapons to achieve, in peacetime, political objectives.