Fact Plus Fact Equals Conspiracy Theory
I'm a Japanese American that needs the help of glasses
to see clearly, so by virtue of stereotypes I have the credentials
to put two and two together, but I am not a professional mathematician
so I will just throw out some facts and let you make your own calculations.
This month, for the first installment of your conspiracy theory
challenge, what better way to begin than with Bush trying to keep
a secret about pollution?
Big flashing lights should be set off whenever Bush
issues a gag order, but the gag order on the EPA regarding lettuce
fell unnoticed under most people's radars earlier this year. Often
important overlooked news items get a second glance when media watchdog
organizations like Project Censored publish their most censored
stories of the year. I felt like this one was going make the list
for sure, but it fell through the cracks.
I recommend the website of the Environmental
Working Group and google searches for the words "perchlorate"
order" for more information. Also helpful is Dr. Helen
Caldicott's book The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military-Industrial
Complex. And remember, it might take a rocket scientist to create
this problem, but it doesn't take one to develop a conspiracy theory
Given: The Colorado River and over 500 drinking water
sources in 20 states are contaminated with perchlorate.
Given: Perchlorate is a rocket and missile fuel component.
Given: Much of the national lettuce crop is grown
in Southern California and Arizona with water contaminated with
Given: Perchlorate affects the thyroid gland's ability
to produce essential hormones and can cause fatal anemia in adults.
Given: Thyroid hormone level disruption causes lowered
IQ, mental retardation, loss of hearing and speech, and motor skill
Given: Pregnant women exposed to perchlorate put
their fetus at risk of thyroid hormone level disruption.
Given: Pregnant women drink water.
Given: George W. Bush issued a gag order on the Environmental
Protection Agency in April 2003 from publicly discussing its findings
on perchlorate content in the nation's winter lettuce crop.
Given: Independent studies have found high levels
of perchlorate in the nation's lettuce supply.
Given: Pregnant women sometimes eat salads.
Given: The Pentagon and defense contractors face
potentially billions of dollars in cleanup liability for perchlorate
Given: You can't raise taxes while you are trying
to be re-elected (or re-assigned).
Given: The Pentagon and defense contractors argue
that perchlorate is safe at levels 200 times higher than what the
EPA says is safe.
Given: A cruise missile costs one million dollars.
Given: The Department of Defense refused to fund
approximately $215,000 needed to collect vegetable samples.
Given: George W. Bush wants to develop "mini-nukes."
Given: 32 former executives, consultants or major
shareholders of weapons manufacturers have been appointed to important
positions in the Bush Administration.
Given: 8 of them have ties to Lockheed Martin.
Given: Most Americans have never heard of the word
Given: Most Americans do not know that they are poisoning
themselves with a byproduct of Cold War era weapons development.
Problem: Why the gag order?
12 December 2003