By Jim Meyers | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 01:25 PM
Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn’t buying Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s claims that the U.S.-Mexico border is safer.
So Arpaio has announced the launch of one of the largest crime suppression sweeps in Arizona’s history, “Operation Desert Sky,” targeting drug-smugglers using desert corridors in his county.
The sweep will include the use of 30 aircraft patrolling for at least 30 days, armed posse members, drug-sniffing dogs, and SWAT teams equipped with M-16s.
“I don’t go along with the theory that the border is more secure than ever before,” said Arpaio, whose Maricopa County includes the Phoenix area, refuting claims by federal officials that crime along the Mexican border has dropped.
His assertion is backed by the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian who told Newsmax that Napolitano’s statements are “political spin,” and her defense of administration policies along the border is becoming “something of a laughing stock.”
Under Arpaio’s plan, airborne spotters will report suspicious activity to deputies on the ground.
“Given the level of danger posed by the smugglers, deputies and qualified armed posse volunteers including the SWAT team will be equipped to respond on the ground with M-16s and other firearms including the Sheriff’s 50-caliber machine gun,” Arpaio, who has been called “America’s toughest sheriff,” said in a statement.
The operation follows the recent arrests of 207 illegal immigrants in the county and the seizure of some 36,000 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines in the past year.
Newsmax | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 06:47 AM
TOKYO – Japan said it would upgrade its safety standards for nuclear power plants on Wednesday, its first acknowledgement that norms were insufficient when a tsunami wrecked one of its facilities, triggering the world’s worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
The announcement came as the government conceded that there was no end in sight to the crisis and a spike in radioactive iodine levels in seawater added to evidence of reactor leakages around the complex and beyond.
Plutonium finds in soil at the plant this week had already have raised public alarm over the accident, which has overshadowed the humanitarian calamity triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left 27,500 people dead or missing and hundreds of thousands homeless.
“We are not in a situation where we can say we will have this under control by a certain period,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news briefing.
March 30th, 2011
To fully understand the destructive power of a substance, sometimes a strong visual is the best way to proceed. A spill of a highly abrasive chemical, Hydrofluorosilicic acid, at a water facility in Illinois literally burned through the concrete. Interesting fact: this chemical is directly added to drinking water as fluoride. Another interesting fact: adding fluoride to drinking water is totally and completely unnecessary. Why is it there? To prevent “tooth decay” (it was however proven ineffective by numerous studies, mainly because the fluoride in water is ingested and not directly applied on teeth). What about brain decay? Fluoride actually accelerates it. Well, that’s what the dumbing-down of society is all about.
By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.
MONTGOMERY | Trace amounts of radiation from the ongoing Japanese nuclear plant crisis have shown up in Alabama, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
Radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was damaged during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, have been detected in air filters at monitoring sites in Alabama and eight other states and Pacific islands.
“This is slightly above (normal) background … and far below health concerns,” EPA spokeswoman Davina Marraccini said in a telephone interview.
The EPA said that detailed filter analyses from 12 RadNet air monitor locations, including one in Montgomery, produced trace amounts of “radioactive isotopes consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident.”
The 12 monitoring sites are in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Washington state, Guam, Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands.
“Some of the filter results show levels slightly higher than those found by EPA monitors last week and a Department of Energy monitor the week before,” the EPA said.