Compensate all nuclear victims. An American victim speaks

The following is a contribution from a US reader in response to the original post at https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/president-obama-and-both-houses-of-congress-compensate-the-cold-war-warriors-and-cleanup-workers/

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TERRY R SCHEIDT Says: 
January 12, 2013 at 5:26 am | Reply edit
Aloha,
I was/am a victim of nuclear radiation exposure at at ON-SITE
nuclear test location on called Johnston Island in 1962 Like you
I have been appealing to our Congressional delegation to amend
the EEOICPA to be inclusive of all victims. As of today 2013
EEOICPA denies all except DOE/AEC employees and RECA
denies medical and less than half compensation of that of
DOE/AEC employees, WHY. 
Did you know our current President actually sat on committee
as a Senator in 1990 which is when EEOICPA was passed. I
remind him each year only to land on deaf ears, “HE DOES NO T
HAVE OUR BACKS” it is a lie. 
There are those in our Congress/Senate that know the whole
story and each year push amendment legislation but each year
it fails. TO WHAT END ARE THEY ACHIEVING? I believe only
to solicit votes, they really don’t care. I am from Hawaii and
all four delegates are DEMOCRATIC and each year they are
reminded of this failure. What did they do? They passed
legislation to compensate, NON-AMERICAN FILIPINO WAR
VETERANS and ignored loyal American Nuclear Workers.
I recommended they discontinue the RECA ACT and incorporate
all victims under the EEOICPA since it is funded. This would
release millions of dollars from RECA to be applied to compensate
under EEOICPA. I was denied soley because I did not work for
DOE/AEC, I worked for DOD. 
I think you heard the phrase, WORKES DIE WAITING which is the
aim of our government so they no longer have to provide
assistance to it’s victims. 
Aloha, I know what is going on and will keep reminding OBAMA.”

thank for contributing your important thoughts and experiences Terry.

A lady sometime ago informed me of the plight of the cleanup workers employed by GE engaged in the SL 1 cleanup. Ignored until they died, as the lady’s father did.

There is so much suffering. I am in Australia – which follows the US in these and other issues. Victims are denied here and lawyers are now saying here they cannot challenge on behalf of victims. Part of the reason for that is the false claim of health benefits of radiation as promoted by DOE and nuclear industry.

Where justice is denied democracy has failed. The agenda as I see it is in part to normalise nuclear pollution in aid of cheaper safety standards for nuclear industry.

I understand that loyal nuclear veterans and victims may or may not be anti nuke. That is not the issue for me. It is justice in the instance where exposure to harmful agents such as radiation has caused injury, illnesses and shortened life.

The fewer acknowledged nuclear victims there officially is, the easier it is for the nuclear elite to continue with their expansion plans.

Clinton’s ACHRE committee and it’s Final Report has been forgotten by the public and nuclear authorities have had since 1999 a structured program to under cut its findings.

It is hard to fight an endless fight especially when one is a victim from an decades old event. Illness and time takes it toll and I thank you Terry for keeping up your attempt to have your voice heard and to change things in order to achieve justice.

And thank you for reading my blog and contributing to it. I wish you well and hope for your eventual success.

Backgrounder:
http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://rmit.nautilus.org/forum-reports/JohnstonAtollarticle.doc&sa=U&ei=N2PxULHIA8nImQXYioB4&ved=0CBYQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNEHcz7hRLZlzy5M786cyNuZ8BC7eg

http://www.hmm-364.org/1962/dominic.html
“Bluegill Prime, the second attempt to launch the payload which failed on 3 June was scheduled for 23:15 (local) on 25 July. It too was a genuine disaster. The THOR missile was carrying one pod, two re-entry vehicles (all heavily instrumented) and the warhead. The missile engine malfunctioned immediately after ignition, and the range safety officer fired the destruct system while the missile was still on the launch pad. Dale K. Olson aboard the U.S.S. John S. McCain, DL-3 remembers the night, “I got a real sick feeling knowing that there was a fully active A-bomb on the rocket. It gave a new meaning to ‘Put your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye.’ I monitored the count down and opened the outside hatch (against orders – but what the hell, if it blew who would know) when we heard the abort code. Hell of a fire ball!” The Johnston Island launch complex was demolished. This proved the wisdom of evacuating all non-essential personnel from the island. According to the Los Angeles Times, “There was no release of radiation and no personnel were injured.” True the warhead did not detonate but when the rocket was destroyed, the warhead was also destroyed and plutonium was scattered all over Johnston Island. There was speculation that the tests would be canceled. In any event the USS Princeton would not be required in the area until the island was cleaned up and another launch pad built so she departed for San Diego with an interim stop in Hawaii.”

One of several contamination events on the island.

Justice for all.

Had a Soviet weapon caused the contamination which resulted in the illness and suffering written of here, the USA would hold those who cleaned up the mess as heros.

As it is, the US authorities deny victims jsticue. And the extent that this denial amounts to an official lie, democracy has failed and in effect the enemy has won. It is a tragic thing when someone serves and suffers for their country only to have their own authorities act worse than the adversary being contested at the time. (At least that was the primary reason for the nuclear weapons tests at the time – to protect democracy, So much for that when loyal citizens are ignored by those who asked them to serve and face danger in the first place.)

It is the same around the world, and today it is my view that nuclear authorities, both civil and military, seek to hide victims by official denial. In order to pretend a dangerous technology is safe when it is not.

It is not my wish to put my words into Terry’s mouth, but that is how I feel about it. It is the same in Australia with our nuclear veterans and civilian, especially Aboriginal, victims.

Had the USSR done the dirty deeds, the victims would be held as heroes. Because our own government did these things, the victims are suppressed and denied.

And that informs my views on all things nuclear. No radio-chemist can come up with a counter argument for such official blindness, failure of duty and lack of care for its loyal citizens. The radiological truth is buried under a blizzard of paperwork as individual seek fulfilment of their rights which are thwarted by the special status given by authorities to nuclear technology. A special status it does not deserve and which renders it, in my opinion, a threat to democracy rather than a protector of it.

So far no official act has changed my views on this. In the US context (and I am in Australia) it seems President Reagan was the one who acted with the most compassion, incomplete as it was. The promise of Clinton’s ACHRE investigation has failed and its lesson remain unlearned by the public and repudiated by nuclear authorities.

It seems to me.

3 Responses to “Compensate all nuclear victims. An American victim speaks”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Yes the Government knows how to “twist” words to make themselves seem guilt-free when in reality they should be jailed…

  2. Cameron Says:

    Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?

    Thanks,

    Cameron

    • nuclearhistory Says:

      Cameron, to start with keep it public. If we both want we can go private after I get the gist of your question.

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