Dumping nuclear waste on defenseless Russians

Diet Simon / MONITOR 21.11.2010 11:50

The German government is ridding itself of highly dangerous nuclear waste by dumping it on rural people in Russia who can’t defend themselves. They’ve already suffered terribly in Mayak, said to be the most radioactively contaminated place on the globe. See  http://archive.greenpeace.org/mayak/mayakstory/index.html
Now, hoping it will be out-of-sight-out-of-mind, German provincial and national authorities plan to send nearly 1,000 spent fuel rods there, probably next month. One of Germany’s leading political television magazines, Monitor, recently showed the horrific lives nuclear waste has caused people in the area. If you understand German, you may want to watch at  http://www.wdr.de/tv/monitor/sendungen/2010/1118/atom.php5 .


Presenter Sonia Seymour Mikich: The CASTOR protests of Gorleben ( http://indymedia.org.au/2010/11/11/50000-opposed-german-nuke-waste-transportation) have shown yet again how nuclear waste has entrapped us. There’s no final repository anywhere. There are no disposal suggestions that would be suitable for a million years – that’s how long the fuel rods radiate. And yet the power station running times are blithely extended and the radioactive waste keeps growing. So the federal environment ministry and the state of Saxony have come up with a great idea: we’ll export the problem. 951 highly radioactive fuel rods from a research reactor in Dresden are to be taken to Russia. Then we’d be finally rid of them, 4,000 kilometres away, in Mayak.

Reporter: There are few good stories in this place. The grass, the water, everything is radioactive. And he says....
Man living in Mayak: (Pointing to a streamside meadow) That is the most contaminated spot in our village. Women used to herd geese here and sit on the ground. They were exposed to the radiation the whole day. They’re all dead now.
Reporter: 30 kilometres upstream stands Russia’s oldest nuclear factory, Mayak. An appalling accident there in the 50s released massive amounts of radioactivity. Accidents keep happening in Mayak, the most recent three years ago. Mayak means irradiated milk, and a river 1,000 times as radioactive as normal. Genetic defects in people 25 times and cancer incidence four times the Russian average. Recycling with ancient technology, producing even more radiation. This, of all places, is to receive 951 radioactive fuel rods from Germany. That puzzles even Russian government advisors.
Vladimir Kustnetzov, former chief inspector of the Russian Nuclear Inspectorate:

Kustnetzov: The facility urgently needs to be modernised. It needs personnel and investments. Incidents are registered in Mayak every year in which radioactivity is released into the environment.

Reporter: The rods were supplied to communist East Germany by the Soviet Union in the 1950s and were used in a research reactor. Now the Saxony government wants to take the rods from the interim storage in Ahaus 4,000 kilometres to Russia. And why Mayak? The state invokes an old agreement between Russia and the USA, under which nuclear material goes back to where it came from. But this bilateral contract is not legally binding on Saxony, the Saxons admit. In response to our question, the Saxon science ministry told us matter-of-factly, “Of course cost issues come into the matter.”

Wolfgang Renneberg, former head of the reactor safety department of the federal environment ministry: “ Such a state authority can’t justify such transportation simply by arguing it’s cheaper to export this material to Russia. That is inadmissible in a law-governed state and is simply totally intolerable.

Reporter: Less cost in Germany, more radiation in Mayak.
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, Alliance 90/The Greens Grünen, spokesperson for atomic policy: Everything around there is contaminated and we worsen that when we send fuel rods there and don’t know what’s going to be done with them, we’ll worsen the situation for the people living there.

Reporter (in clinic): The cancer clinic for the inhabitants of the region. Through the years the hospital has collected the data of 30,000 local people, the doctor says. The data show, she says, that the cancer incidence and the radiation dose are connected. Next door men wait to be examined.

Patient: They keep us here like experimental rabbits. Atomic physicists get a memorial, our kind only crosses for our graves. Burials every day. Five to six cemeteries, all full.

Reporter: And what does the German federal government say about the transportation? We’re with environment minister Röttgen, responsible for all questions of atomic safety. From the beginning, he backed the decision to take the spent fuel to Mayak. He wrote to the Member of Parliament Kotting-Uhl in October: The federal government welcomes the repatriation. In Mayak “considerable efforts have been made to improve safety”, he says.
Improved safety? The former chief inspector of the Russian nuclear inspectorate knows the installation exactly. Has safety improved?

Vladimir Kustnetzov: No, of course not. How can one talk about solved problems when waste is drained into the open effluent drainage system? Nothing has changed. Nor has anything new been built, to do that would need colossal investment.

Reporter: So, is that admissible? German nuclear law states unmistakeably that “radioactive residual materials are used without causing damage or have to be disposed of as radioactive waste in an orderly manner”.

Prof. Alexander Rossnagel, nuclear law specialist at Kassel University: Without causing damage means that neither the population in the surroundings nor the environment are allowed to be damaged.

Renneberg: These materials are not allowed to stay abroad.

Reporter: Why?

Renneberg: Because at the moment no orderly disposal, no final storage, no secure final storage abroad can be referenced. And because that is so, the material has to come back to Germany.

Reporter: And if it doesn’t?

Renneberg: Well, if it doesn’t then we’ve rid ourselves with a very cheap trick of radioactive materials in a way violating nuclear law.

Reporter: Does environment minister Röttgen intend to break the law he’s in charge of? Earlier this week his ministry wrote to us: “The radioactive waste resulting from reprocessing will stay in the Russian Federation and will be stored there permanently.”
But nowhere in Russia is a final repository for highly radioactive waste. The minister won’t give us an interview on these contradictions.
Germany is exporting its disposal problems to a place where there will be no resistance. They’re poor there and have no lobby.

(Reporter asking woman) Have you had explained to you what foodstuffs are most dangerous?

Woman farmer: They tell us everything has to be brought in from outside. But how am I supposed to live without my garden? What am I supposed to buy here from 80 euros a month? We all eat our own things.
Reporter (as woman milks a cow): And do you drink your milk often?

Farmer: How can I not drink my own milk?

Reporter: Survival at the most polluted place on the globe.

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Dumb as a rock, for sure.

Anyone who regards the US as a trustworthy partner or views US elections as democratic, has their head in the sand.

I'm particularly confused by the part about Germans regarding the US primaries as democratic. The '08 primaries were when the superdelegates stepped in and overrode the delegates chosen by the voters.

I wonder how much attitudes have changed since that 2008 cable.

got one.....

	We view the surprise nomination of
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as Secretary General as a clever move,
particularly in view of the CSU's claim of being more than just a
regional Bavarian party. Zu Guttenberg is a foreign policy expert,
a transatlanticist and a close and well-known friend to the United
States and Mission Germany.

Yup, that looks like a US agent.

A friend to the US and Mission Germany? Is Mission Germany the US operation to control German elections?

da Man is on a mission

no doubt. Don't even need to leave home, Base, numero Uno.

Bagdhad is Base numero Dos.

Heavy dose.

Got one 4 sho.

outed his ass.

There's a real problem with rebranding.

Somehow Nazi fascism managed to rebrand itself as American democracy.

Yes, the US bombed Germany, but not the factories that the US had built for Hitler, and not in any way that might have impeded the concentration camps.

Yes, the US put some Nazis on (show) trial in Nuremberg, but not the thousands of more important ones it smuggled into the US and put in charge of US policy.

In fact, if not for fear of the Russians winning, the US might not have invervened in Germany at all, in my opinion. I could be wrong, but that's how I see it.

We were at war with Japan because the Japanese aren't white, Christian, or Aryan, but we weren't really at war with Germany.

And after the success in keeping the Russians from winning, the first thing we did was rebuild Germany with the Marshall Plan.

Meanwhile all the big corporations that got rich from slave labor were allowed to continue to flourish without any penalties.

I think the German people got hoodwinked. Maybe not as badly as the Americans did, but pretty badly.

I used to think that the US was democratic and anti-fascist when I was younger. Turned out to be lies, but a lot of people still believe those lies.


and another one, almost like the other one

this time from Munich

Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MUNICH355 2008-10-31 14:02 2010-11-28 18:06 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Consulate Munich
DE RUEHMZ #0355 3051435
P 311435Z OCT 08


E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (SBU) Newly-elected Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer
(Christian Social Union - CSU) elevated youthful, female, and fresh
faces in the presentation of his surprising cabinet choices on
October 30. In a canny move, he also chose 36-year-old Bundestag
member Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as CSU Secretary General. This
makes zu Guttenberg effectively the spokesman, television
personality, and advisor to the CSU leadership. He is also a Berlin
player, serving as the CSU's main foreign policy expert and member
of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee. (Note: While zu
Guttenberg likely will choose to retain his Bundestag seat, his
office at CSU headquarters in Munich told us said it is not clear
whether he will remain on the Foreign Affairs Committee or switch to
a committee oriented toward domestic affairs. End note.)
Seehofer's choice underlines the CSU's claim to be more than just a
regional party, particularly in view of the 2009 European Parliament
and federal elections. The group (para 4 below) needs to appeal to
skeptical citizenry if the CSU hopes to do better in European and
Bundestag elections in 2009.

2. (SBU) Complicating Seehofer's and the new cabinet's task is the
new presence of three members of the coalition member Free
Democratic Party (FDP) (one is a State Secretary), who will make
their own attempts to strike a favorable profile. In all, Seehofer
replaced sixteen of the eighteen cabinet positions with eight
newcomers. He could be accused of ageism since he dismissed all CSU
cabinet members over 60 years old, thus drastically reducing the
government's age average below 50. Five cabinet members are women.
Notably, the Landtag also elected its first female President, the
64-year-old Barbara Stamm.

3. (SBU) The new Bavarian cabinet will consist of the following
members, all CSU unless otherwise noted as FDP:

-Minister President: Horst Seehofer, 59, Upper Bavaria, elected on
October 27 (new);
-Minister of Economics and Deputy Minister President: Martin Zeil
(FDP), 52, Upper Bavaria (new);
--MOE State Secretary: Katja Hessel (FDP), 36, Middle Franconia
-Minister of Interior: Joachim Herrmann, 52, Middle Franconia (the
-MOI State Secretary: Bernd Weiss, 40, Lower Franconia (new);
-Minister for Labor and Social Affairs: Christine Haderthauer, 47,
Upper Bavaria (new, formerly General Secretary of the CSU);
--State Secretary: Markus Sackmann, 47, Upper Palatinate (new);
-Minister at the Bavarian State Chancery: Siegfried Schneider, 52,
Upper Bavaria (new);
-Minister for European and Federal Affairs: Emilia Mueller, 56,
Upper Palatinate (new);
-Minister of Finance: Georg Fahrenschon, 40, Upper Bavaria (new);
--MOF State Secretary: Franz Josef Pschierer, 52, Suabia (new);
-Minister of Environment: Markus Soeder, 41, Middle Franconia
--MOEnv State Secretary: Melanie Huml, 33, Upper Franconia (new);
-Minister of Agriculture: Helmut Brunner, 54, Lower Bavaria (new);

-Minister of Justice: Dr. Beate Merk, 51, Suabia;
-Minister of Science: Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch (FDP), 62, Upper Bavaria
-Minister of Culture and Education: Ludwig Spaenle, 47, Upper
--MOC&Ed State Secretary: Dr. Marcel Huber, 50, Upper Bavaria

(NOTE: Diplopedia has biographies on German political figures at:
xxxxx and then search for Germany

4. (SBU) Comment: Seehofer's cabinet is mainly remarkable for its
youthful representation. We view the surprise nomination of
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as Secretary General as a clever move,
particularly in view of the CSU's claim of being more than just a
regional Bavarian party. Zu Guttenberg is a foreign policy expert,
a transatlanticist and a close and well-known friend to the United
States and Mission Germany.

5. (U) Consulate General Munich coordinated this report with
Embassy Berlin.

6. (U) Track Munich reporting at at


Just for the hell of it

one grab while the site is still up.........


Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08BERLIN531 2008-04-25 09:09 2010-11-28 18:06 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Berlin
DE RUEHRL #0531/01 1160925
O 250925Z APR 08
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BERLIN 000531 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/25/2018 
     B. 07 BERLIN 0674 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission John Koenig for Reasons 1.4 (b) 
and (d) 
1. (C)  The German Grand Coalition will increasingly face 
tensions created by the need for the lead candidates to 
position themselves for the 2009 national electoral campaign. 
 Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter 
Steinmeier both remain highly popular.  Merkel, however, 
faces political risks if the economy turns for the worse.  In 
the second half of this year, as the Social Democratic Party 
(SPD) moves closer to a decision about its chancellor 
candidate, potential candidate Steinmeier will likely face 
scrutiny and criticism from his own party's left-wing.  It is 
too early to predict the likely coalition outcome in 2009 -- 
although Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Christian 
Social Union (CSU) are likely to come out ahead, they may not 
have a better coalition option than continuing the current 
Grand Coalition with the SPD.  U.S. foreign policy is not 
likely to play a central role in the campaign leading up to 
Germany's national elections in fall 2009.  Improved 
U.S.-German relations under Merkel and German fascination 
with the vibrant democratic process in the U.S. primary 
elections have played significant roles in improving German 
attitudes towards the U.S., thereby dampening the likelihood 
that the SPD will use anti-American rhetoric to rally voters 
as former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder did in 2002.  End 
Merkel's Possible Archilles Heel: The Economy 
2. (U) Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) remains highly popular 
among Germans, who view her as an effective leader with a 
strong international stature.  Her approval rating is 71 
percent.  In large part due to Merkel's popularity, the CDU 
has held a commanding 8- to 14-point lead over the SPD in 
polls over the last year. 
3. (C) Although Merkel's high popularity is expected to 
continue, she faces diffuse risks on economic issues.  CDU 
parliamentarians suggest that an economic downturn would be 
the principal threat to Merkel's high popularity  Economic 
forecasts currently favor Merkel, with projections of 1.6 to 
1.8 percent growth for this year (though slightly lower for 
2009), but with no real evidence of recession despite the 
global slowdown. 
4. (C) Among CDU leaders there is a sense that the CDU may 
have peaked (perhaps too early) and that caution is the 
watchword.  Merkel, who campaigned in 2005 on a program of 
economic liberalization and watched a commanding lead in the 
polls nearly vanish during the campaign, appears to be moving 
toward the political center in an attempt to expand her base 
and consolidate centrist support that the SPD is losing 
because of its leftward shift.  She is demonstrating 
ever-greater focus on domestic policy and espousing popular 
middle class enticements such as pension increases, a longer 
duration of unemployment benefits for older workers, and 
enhancement of nursing care insurance.  While many consider 
this move to be politically smart, some on the CDU's 
right-wing have criticized the Chancellor for abandoning core 
CDU values. 
--------------------------------------------- ----- 
Steinmeier Could Get Roughed Up by SPD's Left Wing 
--------------------------------------------- ----- 
5. (C) Social Democrats have speculated in recent months that 
SPD Chairman Kurt Beck will eventually defer to the much more 
popular Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the 
party's eventual chancellor candidate (ref A).  SPD insiders 
consider this a 50-50 proposition.  Kurt Beck's recent 
victory in guiding competing factions of the SPD to agreement 
on privatization of the railway monopoly Deutsche Bahn may 
help shore up his position (septel).  It is uncertain whether 
Steinmeier would choose to accept the SPD nomination at a 
time when the SPD is hovering in the mid 20's in the polls 
and its electoral prospects seem poor.  Note: In any case, 
Steinmeier will run for political office, a federal 
parliament seat from Brandenburg City, for the first time in 
2009.  End note. 
6. (C) Steinmeier would face some detractors in his own 
BERLIN 00000531  002 OF 002 
party.  Deputy SPD Chair Andrea Nahles, the leading left-wing 
critic of Steinmeier's centrist approach, told Political M/C 
that she was unhappy that "the U.S. knows more about 
Steinmeier than I do," referring to Steinmeier's role as 
Chancellery Chief of Staff and Intelligence Coordinator under 
Gerhard Schroeder.  Nahles suggested strongly that the left 
wing of the SPD could portray Steinmeier as too close to the 
U.S. on intelligence-related issues, especially his role in 
the Murat Kurnaz affair (ref B), thereby damaging his 
7. (C) Nahles admitted, however, that the SPD likely would do 
better at the polls with Steinmeier as chancellor candidate 
(between 30 and 35 percent of the vote).  This would mean 
more SPD parliamentarians holding onto their seats -- a 
consideration that could have an effect on the SPD's choice. 
Nahles added that Steinmeier "has little experience in 
managing the party, but he's a fast learner." 
Grand Coalition Fated to Continue? 
8. (C) Deputy CDU national chairman and Lower Saxony 
Minister-President Christian Wulff (CDU) told the DCM that 
another grand coalition is the most likely outcome in 2009 if 
the political landscape does not change significantly in the 
coming months.  The SPD's Nahles agrees.  While Merkel and 
the CDU still prefer to govern with the Free Democrats (FDP), 
the numbers may not suffice for a majority.  Although 
experiments such as the CDU-Greens coalition in Hamburg are 
enticing, replicating them at the national level remains 
9. (C) Comment:  The CDU's fear of opening up its flanks to 
SPD attacks -- and the SPD's self-obsession during a period 
of turmoil in the party -- reveal a degree of caution on 
policy issues that is remarkable even by German standards. 
This is reflected in German caution on foreign policy issues 
of interest to us such as Afghanistan and Iran.  A particular 
USG concern is whether the SPD or others will try to employ 
anti-American rhetoric to curry voter support, much as former 
chancellor Gerhard Schroeder did in 2002.  Even SPD 
left-wingers like Nahles tell us, however, that foreign 
policy is not as great a consideration for German voters as 
it was around the time of the Iraq war, and therefore will 
not likely be a decisive factor in next year's national 
elections.  It is also important to note that German 
attitudes towards the U.S. have improved over the past year 
due to our improved bilateral relations and German 
fascination with democracy on display in the U.S. primary 
elections.  The current improvement is evidenced by a recent 
Harris poll which showed a dramatic 21 percentage-point 
increase in the number of Germans who regard the U.S. as a 
trustworthy partner.  Also, the German federal election 
campaign will occur during what is expected here to be an 
extended popular "honeymoon" for the new U.S. administration. 
 Consequently, German politicians might perceive less 
political advantage in a critical stance toward the U.S.  End 

How America Views the Germans


With the US history of interfering in elections all over the world, there's probably been a lot of covert US influence on German elections also.


Based on the Cable Views from Munich.....

i.e., the ones I read before the site went down today, well, to say the least, I was shocked.

I was shocked at how minutely intricate the reports were. The USA of course has had loads of time, decades to infiltrate German politics. I had always expected this would be the case but not to this degree, not this deep. Of course we don't have proof that any one particular German politician is working for the US State Dpt. or even the CIA or any of the other 50 or 60 or even 70 some such agencies unknown to us common Volk but we can be certain this is the case in at least one case, more likely a handful.

Moles dig deep.

It should be an easy task to identify the moles. Once the site is back up, all we have to do is to look more closely at the reports from Munich and Berlin.

But how would the US State Dpt. most effectively work at influencing elections in Germany other than having their very own candidates?

Propaganda plays a major role of course, in Germany and all over the world. In other words, the press in Germany would have to be equally as important, would also be subject to widespread infiltration.

We can also look into who in Germany is pushing for on-line and e-voting.

In the end, Das Volk is as dumb as a goddamn rock. It's the silent minority that keeps the place tidy.

For the longest time, Germans looked up to the USA as a role model. Yours truly has always condemned this as a grave mistake, even before I knew it really was. 

But let's face it, once an undesirable gains too much popularity, pop goes the weasel. Germany is home base numero uno outside CONUS. The place must be literally crawling with spooks in suits.

This makes me want to cry.

How sad that the governments of developed countries care only about money and not about human lives.

But that's what development is all about, turning a living planet, and living creatures, into a dead planet where nothing can live.

All so that a few very rich people can have their yachts and private jets and expensive cars, and big mansions, and a huge staff of servants to cook them the best food and see to their every need.

But if those rich people don't get what they want, they won't give money to the big political parties, and it takes a lot of money to keep the Greens and the leftist parties, some of whom actually care about life and the planet we live on, from being able to bring about change.

In the U.S., the big multinational corporations, under the direction of the wealthy elite who own the controlling shares, now spend billions of dollars getting out the vote even in mid-term elections.

Watch the little animated video that Naomi Klein tweeted:


How do they get away with that? Governments "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed." People who vote give them that power. Why do people vote to turn over the national treasury to officials they can't hold accountable? Because the big corporations spend billions of dollars telling people that their vote is precious even though it might not even be counted, that their vote is a voice in government, which it certainly is not, that if they don't vote they can't complain, which is absurd as the right to gripe is an inalienable right and existed long before governments did, that if they don't vote the bad guys will win even though there aren't any good guys on the ballot and if there was they'd be assassinated, and that if they don't vote they're "doing nothing," although anyone with half a brain can see that doing nothing is a lot smarter than delegating your power to people who don't give a damn about you.

Wouldn't governments do the same things if nobody voted? Sure, but they would have no legitimacy, no consent of the governed.

How much power do German citizens really have? Yes, your votes are counted and ours aren't, but you still end up with a government that has no common sense and doesn't really give a damn if it kills innocent people for profit. Of course Merkel and Rottgen will irradiate the German people as readily as they irradiate Russians, if it is convenient. And use the full might of the German government to suppress any protests. If Russia balks, the radioactive waste will go to Gorleben, even if Merkel or some new Green Party or Die Linke Party head of government has to hire tens or even hundreds of thousands of extra police to make sure the rabble don't get in the way of the nuclear profiteers. What else could they do? The wastes have to go somewhere, and there is nowhere safe that they can go. Imagine that you're the new head of the German government, rossi. What do you do with the nuclear wastes? Yes, you can stop producing them, but what do you do with the stuff that's already there?

You have to do something with it, and no matter what you do, it will endanger somebody. You can't just let the stuff sit for a million years until it is no longer dangerous.

Many times in life we get a second chance. We fuck up, we try again. Sometimes we get a third, fouth, or fifth chance. But there are some things where you don't get a second chance if you fuck up. If you fuck up and kill a few billion people, you can always repopulate and try again. But if you fuck up and spread radioactivity all over the planet, there's no way to clean it up, no way to make it safe, no way to go back and undo it.

How much power do German citizens really have?

None whatsoever. It's a police state. As I've hinted on in other postings over the past few days, Germany is currently working on transforming the Army from an old style cold war tag along weekend bunch of warriors incapable of defending the country.... to a professional military made up of mostly civilian components that will eventually (sooner than later) be seen on the streets within the countries boundaries (currently unconstitutional) : Jackboots in Blue.

Das Volk? Asleep at the wheel, pacified and preoccupied with ones self.

Although we live in a police state, it's not Texas or Arizona. I do see a difference. It's hard to describe without going into detail. That leaves room for me to elaborate on the subject in the near future. My only fear is that no one will be interested. Germany is so far away and so small. Who cares? Let me begin the ending of that misconception with this statement: Germany is the power house of the European Union, financially and otherwise. You talk about Germany today, you're talking about Europe. Talk about Europe and you're talking parallels and in some cases, alternatives. Besides, we have history and projections. In other words, the USA is not the world's belly button. Each minute portion of the puzzle is important and should be of interest for each of us.


I am hearing ya

The people in power eat their own tails and everyone else's. 


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