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Cancers Today From Radiation Releases by US Gov’t in 1950’s?

The following is a partial repost of an article to be found in Robert Parry’s Consortiumnews.com web site.  This is an excellent site to read investigative jouralism.  The article was written by John LaForge who works for Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog group in Wisconsin.  He also edits its Quarterly newsletter, and is syndicated through PeaceVoice.

Reaping the Seeds of Nuke Tests

March 28, 2013

The warnings about fallout from nuclear tests six decades ago often noted that cancers from the radiation would probably not begin appearing in large numbers for many years. But that time is now – and medical experts are wondering whether the surge in some cancers is a result, writes John LaForge.

By John LaForge

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, the Atomic Energy Commission doused the entire United States with thyroid cancer-causing iodine-131 — and 300 other radioisotopes — by exploding atomic and hydrogen bombs above ground. To protect the dirty, secretive, militarized bomb-building industry, the government chose to warn the photographic film industry about the radioactive fallout patterns, but not the general public.

In 1951, the Eastman Kodak Company had threatened a federal lawsuit over the nuclear fallout that was fogging its bulk film shipments. Film was not packed in bubble wrap then, but in corn stalks that were sometimes being fallout-contaminated.

During nuclear bomb drills in the 1950s, school children were ordered to hide under their desks.

By agreeing to warn Kodak, etc., the AEC and the bomb program avoided the public uproar — and the bomb testing program’s possible cancellation — that a lawsuit would have precipitated. The settlement kept the deadliness of the fallout hidden from farmers and the public, even though the government well knew that fallout endangered all the people it was supposed to be defending.

This staggering revelation was heralded on Sept. 30, 1997, in the New York Times headline, “U.S. Warned Film Plants, Not Public, About Nuclear Fallout.” The article began, “[W]hile the Government reassured the public that there was no health threat from atmospheric nuclear tests…” The fallout’s radioactive iodine-131 delivered thyroid doses to virtually all 160 million people in the U.S. at the time.  Continue reading here: http://consortiumnews.com/2013/03/28/reaping-the-seeds-of-nuke-tests/

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3 Comments

  1. avwalters says:

    Actually, I’m not surprised.

  2. avwalters says:

    On second thought, perhaps this is the Social Security Solution–planned oh so many decades ago, to erupt into trouble just as the boomers retire. Creepy thought, eh? The ugly stuff of science fiction. (can’t help it, I write fiction, yet, I watch the news and sometimes you just couldn’t make this shit up.)

  3. Nancy says:

    I’M ONE OF THOSE BOOMER KIDS! I’m and ten year survivor of Papilary Metastatic Thyroid Cancer, and have suspected that this was the cause for awhile, since my Drs were confused as to where it came from.

    It took this long for me to find this type of information,and I’m angry that our government knowingly poisoned millions of people and hid it.

    Ironically I131 is used to kill this Cancer, I was given 175 Mlc’s s of this to kill remaining tissue and had RAI for five years every year…plus two other rounds…

    What was allowed was sinful!

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