Pohakuloa/Saddle Rd. Protest leaflet May 29, 2007



     Today, May 29, 2007 marks the opening of the new 6.5-mile section of the realigned and renamed Ala Mauna Saddle Road.  This road paves the way for expanded military occupation, desecration and contamination in Hawaii and training for occupying, desecrating, and contaminating other sovereign lands.  The result will be more spilled blood for oil in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.

      On May 24, 2007 the U.S. Congress voted another $120 billion for funding the Iraq war.   The House voted 290-142 for the war funding but Hawaii's delegates Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono voted against the war funding.  Kudos to them!  The Senate voted 80-14 for the war funding.  Shame on Hawaii's senators -- Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka! They voted for the war funds.   We no longer buy the shibai that voting for war funding is supporting the troops.  End the war and bring the troops home now.  That's the support the troops need.  The only funds that should be approved are one-way tickets home for all U.S. troops and proper medical care for vets and their families.  Such medical care should include testing and treatment for exposure to U.S. Depleted Uranium (DU radiation) weapons used in the war.  Inhaling small dust particles of DU may cause cancer, damage DNA and cause a wide range of illnesses.  Besides our debt to veterans, the U.S. will have a huge debt to pay for all the death and destruction we have caused in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the U.S. use of DU radiation weapons on civilians and contamination of the land there. 

   Dan Inouye's website says the $120 billion war-funding bill "benefits Hawaii." It includes $38 million for Hawaii in agriculture and emergency highway funds.  Do we really want Hawaii crop and highway "benefits" at the cost of the blood of U.S. GI's and Iraqi civilians that will die as a result of this criminal war funding?   The $38 million in "benefits" for Hawaii breaks down to roughly $140,000 per death of the 300 U.S. soldiers likely to be killed over the next four months of the war. The billions in the war funding will certainly benefit some of Inouye's top campaign contributors: war contractors like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics (that builds Strykers), Raytheon and Boeing Companies and General Electric, each of whom has contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the past decade to Inouye's bloody campaign war chest.  Perhaps the Ala Mauna Saddle Road name should be changed to the Dan Inouye "Blood for Oil War Highway."  It should be noted that this realigned portion of the highway goes right through critical habitat of the endangered Palila bird.  The blood of endangered species should also be added to the total cost of war.

Thanks to Inouye & Akaka -- almost 300 U.S. soldiers will likely die for $38M in Hawaii "benefits!" That's roughly $140,000 in benefits to Hawaii for every GI killed in Iraq over the next 4 months.


     The realigned Saddle Road allows for expanded live-fire training at the 134,000 - acre Pohakuloa Military Training Area (PTA).  Tens of thousands of acres at PTA are leased for 65 years from the State DLNR for a grand total of $1.00 for the 65 years.  If someone was leasing your house but trashing it, wouldn't you cancel the lease and make that person clean up?  What's up DLNR?  Cancel the PTA lease!  Make the military clean up.

     Following confirmation (forced by citizens) of extensive radiation contamination at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, the Army now says it believes that Pohakuloa has radioactive contamination as well since similar and expanded training takes place at PTA.   This admission followed a recent radioactive monitor reading of 93 counts per minute in Kona taken during live-fire Stryker training at PTA.  The 93 counts per minute are far above background readings of 5-20 counts per minute.  With every live round fired at PTA (up to 14 million live rounds annually) there is the added risk of spreading radioactive and other military toxins over residents and visitors alike on this island and beyond.

      Instead of putting more money into Stryker and other military expansion projects in Hawaii, Dan Inouye and the rest of Hawaii's congressional delegation should be pushing for military clean-up money.  Not just token amounts but $billions.  Over $400 million was spent to clean up Kaho`olawe and it's still a mess.  On Hawaii Island alone, there are 57 known present and former military sites in need of clean up. The land area totals 9 times the size of Kaho`olawe and many of these sites have been left in hazardous condition for decades.  And it's not just Hawaii's aina that needs clean up. The military admits 5 million gallons of radioactive waste dumped in Pearl Harbor; over 2,000 steel drums of radioactive solid waste dumped in the ocean off Oahu; more than 8000 tons of munitions, including blistering agents, dumped in shallow seas off O'ahu.  Hawaii Island has munitions dumped off its shores too – including off the South Kohala luxury resort coast and Hilo Bay.

     And by the way, where are all the Civil Defense and other government radiation monitors to be brought out in the aftermath of a nuclear war?  Shouldn't they be brought out NOW and citizen volunteers trained and certified to use them to monitor and document contamination taking place in our midst?


Aloha `Aina!   Free Hawaii!

End Military Occupation, Desecration, and Contamination!

End the U.S. War in Iraq Too!


Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown),

Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org


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