- Nevada officials concerned about recent nuclear tests
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
Subject: IMPORTANT! Slowly setting the stage for US Tests!
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "I don't think there is any need whatsoever to proceed with underground testing at this stage, although I think it is important we set an example for the rest of the world by testing the safety and reliability of our weaponry."
"At this stage" is probably the only factual statement made by those officials quoted in this article, and thank you Mark and Mary for pinning them all down to do it! The rest of the official's quotes in this article is, pardon my un-PC choice of words, pure BS!
Please do not forget for a single moment that one of the promises -- "safeguards" -- both Bush and Clinton made and the Congress wrote into the moratorium legislation, insisted when they stopped full-scale nuclear testing that the U.S. DOE/NV was "To retain a capacity to immediately resume testing at the Nevada Test Site should the President determine it to be in the national interests and so informs the Congress"!
This malarkey about two years at least, or 18 months if absolutely necessary, or war having to be declared first, is just that, pure malarkey!
Another "safeguard" is that if other nations continue to conduct nuclear tests, the United States shall be free to resume nuclear testing of its own!
The actions and statements of Nevada's Congressional Delegation and good old "Derek Scammell, spokesman for the Department of Energy" are nothing more than a trial balloon, and the best name for this here balloon is, "Not at this stage".
The U.S. can resume underground nuclear testing at any time the President so orders, and the capacity to do so immediately is U.S. law!!! That is the problem and the danger with this current crisis. It offers a wonderful excuse, that sooner or later will be utilized!
--Which has been done explicitly as of June 8th: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1998/Jun-06-Sat-1998/news/7631174.html "Senate OKs funds for subcritical tests" --ratitor
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