Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I'm not going to New York
We ARE planning to go to our grand-son's graduation in New York State. We WERE planning to see New York City, which is about 100 miles from the town where our grandchildren live.
First, this email arrives this morning from a VERY credible source:
Tom is a cameraman/journalist for a TV station in West Palm Beach, FL.
I was working with a reporter yesterday who mentioned that he has a friend who is a Hematologist and a guy considered to be one of the top people in his field. This doctor basically told that he had to report to Washington, D.C. immediately, to help with his expertise in case of a nuke attack on a U.S. city.
I have no idea whether this is to prepare for something that may happen, or something that the government knows about, but isn't telling anyone. We're not doing a story on it because the reporter isn't telling anyone and this is supposed to be secret. Nobody swore me to secrecy.
Anyway, I gave those on my email list the inside scoop on the Anthrax attack in Boca Raton, Fl. several years ago and all of the terrorist stuff going on in the Palm Beach County and Ft. Lauderdale areas. I was at Mohammad Atta's apartment the day after 9/11 (head terrorist) and I was at the home of the first Anthrax attack victim and shot an interview with the doctor who diagnosed him the day it was announced. This is your latest scoop. Pretty wild. See, sometimes being on my email list pays off.
Then, I go looking at news. I find:
'Confidential' U.S. nuke info posted on Web
By Sara A. Carter (Contact) and Eli Lake (Contact) | Tuesday, June 2, 2009
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) mistakenly published on the Internet Tuesday a detailed 268-page dossier disclosing the addresses and specifications of hundreds of U.S. nuclear weapons-related facilities -- including reactors.
The document is a draft declaration of facilities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, required under agreements the United States signed in 2004. It is considered highly sensitive though technically not classified.
"It's a mistake and it should not have been released, especially not with 'safeguards/confidential' still written on it," said David Albright, a former nuclear inspector and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington think tank. But he added, "It's probably more embarrassing than dangerous." Many of the sites disclosed are civilian labs related to related to weapons research and reactors that produce fissile material. The locations of missile silos were not disclosed.
That said, Mr. Albright added, "If we had published it, all hell would break loose."
The pages of the document, which are marked "highly confidential, safeguards sensitive," appeared on the GPO Web site. An accompanying letter from President Obama dated May 5 said the United States "regards this information as 'sensitive but unclassified.'" The document was sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
A anti-government secrecy expert, Steven Aftergood, praised the decision to publish the dossier. "It is significant on a few different levels," said Mr. Aftergood, who runs the project on government secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists.
"It is a rather comprehensive selection of data on hundreds of U.S. nuclear sites and activities in a single document. It is important as a reference document. It is important as an indication of U.S. engagement in the arms control process."
The United States ratified the additional protocol agreement in 2004 with certain conditions.
Then, sifting through more news I find:
Air France received bomb threat days before 447 crash
Air France received a bomb threat for a previous flight from South America to Paris just days before Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Air France flight 447 disappeared over the Atlantic on Monday en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 people on board are presumed to have been killed.
This report comes from ABC News:
Also today, ABC News has confirmed that Air France received a bomb threat over the phone concerning a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Paris days before Air France flight 447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean Sunday night.
Authorities at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport delayed the May 27 flight before takeoff and conducted a 90-minute search of the threatened aircraft. Passengers were not evacuated during the search, which yielded no explosive material. After the inspection, authorities allowed the plane to take off for Paris.
Four days later, flight 447 departed from Rio de Janeiro. There was no known threat against the missing flight.
It's difficult to know how often airlines receive bomb threats, said Emily McGee, spokeswoman for the Flight Safety Foundation.
"I think that they happen periodically," she said. "Here' were not putting a whole lot of stock in it (the bomb threat) in the discussions internally."
As far as theories of what happened to flight 447, investigators had immediately dismissed terrorism on Monday but have since backtracked.
"First thing Monday morning, they were saying it was definitely not terrorism," McGee said. "They seem to be pulling back from that. It would strike me that they are keeping all the options on the table."
Also on the table: Blaming weather and blaming the computer.
InformationWeek editor at large Paul McDougall explores computer failure: "In the the Air France disaster, there's a particularly urgent need for government authorities to eye the aircraft's on-board computer system as a possible culprit."
He explains the purpose of the Air Data Inertial Reference Unit, or ADIRU, which sends data about the plane to the autopilot.
"Never has 'garbage in-garbage out' carried such dire consequences," McDougall writes. "And the fact is, wonky ADIRUs have been identified as the culprits in several recent near-catastrophes. Last year, for instance, authorities blamed the ADIRU after a Qantas Airbus 330 started porpoising wildly while at cruising altitude. There were 51 passenger injuries, ranging from broken bones to spinal damage."
On the weather front, Bloomberg News is reporting that "updrafts and lightning" may have helped "knock the airliner from the sky."
Posted by Andrea James at June 3, 2009 10:19 a.m.
SO, folks, all this news, plus the demonstrated incompetence of the Obama Regime led me to decide:
I AM NOT GOING TO NEW YORK CITY