Indian Point is NOT radiologically ready for the Sixth Seal

image-546With Indian Point, are you radiologically ready?

By Thomas Slater Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

August 23rd, 2018 | News, News and Features

Just as there are plans in place for dealing with natural emergencies such as tropical and winter storms, readiness plans are developed for man-made emergencies, which includes radiological hazards.

Nuclear power plants operate in most states in the country and produce about 20 percent of the nation’s power.

Nearly three million people live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of an operating nuclear power plant, including West Point, which is situated between 7-to-9 miles from the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan of Westchester County.

Although the construction and operation of nuclear power plants are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, incidents at these plants are possible—and planned for.

If an accident at IPEC were to result in the potential or actual release of radiation, warning sirens in the area would be activated. Commercial and West Point media sources would broadcast Emergency Alert System  messages to advise you on protective measures.

Depending upon the scope and scale of the emergency, protective actions may include “shelter-in-place” or “evacuation” advisories. As radioactive materials rapidly decay and dissipate with distance, the most likely scenario for West Point personnel would be to take shelter rather than trying to evacuate.

If you are instructed to shelter-in-place, the following steps will keep you and your family safe during the emergency.

• Shelter. Go inside your home or the nearest building; choose an inside room with as few windows or doors as possible.

• Shut. Shut and lock all windows and doors to create a better seal; turn off heating or cooling ventilation systems. If at home, make sure the fireplace damper and all ventilation fans are closed.

• Listen. Local officials are your best source of information. If in an office, monitor your computer, television and phones; if at home, listen to your radio or television until you are told it is safe to leave the shelter or to evacuate.

For more details, consult the Orange County Indian Point Emergency Guide, available at, or call the West Point Emergency Manager at 845-938-7092.

Readiness, through education and preparation, is the best defense. Are you radiological ready?

Saudi Arabia Goes Nuclear

Mohammed bin Salman Launches First Saudi Nuclear Plant Project as Sanctions Bite on Rival Iran

By David Brennan On 11/6/18 at 6:10 AM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has launched the country’s first nuclear power plant project as the kingdom looks to diversify away from its traditional reliance on oil and compete with archrival Iran.

Even as President Donald Trump’s administration was reimposing economic sanctions on Iran for its nuclear research program, Salman was announcing the start of a new era for Saudi Arabia at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in the capital city of Riyadh.

The crown prince launched seven new strategic projects related to renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and the aircraft industry, Reuters reported. The initiatives are part of the country’s bid to transition away from its traditionally oil-focused economy.

The nuclear plant is the first of 16 planned by the Saudis over the next two decades, at a cost of $80 billion. The kingdom’s plans have been precipitated by its ongoing regional struggle for influence with Iran, which already has a nuclear energy program.

Saudi Arabia’s bid to establish an atomic energy industry will be assisted with U.S. investment and advice, though the Trump administration has said it will keep tight control on any efforts to weaponize the research, according to Reuters.

Few details about the plant have been released, Radio Free Europe said, but it is likely to be used for research, development and education purposes rather than to produce electrical power. The project will be geared toward civilian and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia’s nuclear pivot has raised concerns that a nuclear arms race could develop in the Middle East. In March, Salman publicly warned that Riyadh would work to develop atomic weapons if Iran does the same, according to CNBC.

Though Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran, leaders in Tehran are still hopeful the agreement can survive his presidency.

The other signatories to the deal—China, Russia, the European Union, France, Germany and the U.K.—still back the accord, raising hopes that the restraints it placed on Iranian nuclear research can be maintained.

But the White House believes its punitive sanctions can bring Tehran back to the negotiating table to agree to a deal more beneficial to the U.S. Trump wants a new agreement to include restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and its influence in regional conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq—concessions Tehran has rejected.

If this fails, reports suggest Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton believe sanctions combined with existing anti-government sentiment could even prompt regime change, according to The Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia has been involved in nuclear research in other countries in the past. It has been suggested that the country’s role in helping Pakistan join the nuclear club was agreed to on the basis that the Saudis could buy ready-made bombs from Islamabad if the regional situation deteriorates, according to the BBC. Both countries have denied these suggestions.

Other security sources and reporters have even claimed—without concrete evidence—that Israel is selling nuclear information to the Saudis to ensure that Iran does not become the only other regional power with the bomb, according to the Middle East Monitor.

The ruling Saudi royal family is facing widespread criticism over the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The suspected involvement of the crown prince and the upper echelons of the Saudi government has led some U.S. lawmakers to recommend that America should step back from the close relationship that has developed between Washington and Riyadh.

Iran Horn Continues Nuclear Testing (Daniel 8:4)

Parchin, IranIran’s Nuclear Testing at Parchin Facility Confirmed

Are we six months away from a nuclear Iran?

An October 23 report from the Institute for Science and International Security confirms extensive nuclear testing at Parchin—an Iranian military facility near Tehran. These operations are in direct violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (jcpoa) nuclear agreement Iran implemented on Jan. 16, 2016, along with six other nations. Activities at Parchin were intentionally hidden from international inspections.

Later that day, a think tank concluded that Iran was closer to developing the nuclear bomb than previously thought. The Jerusalem Post wrote:

There are unending debates about whether the Islamic Republic is currently around 12 months or closer to six months from being able to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to do so.

Iran has already overcome some of the obstacles to building a bomb which experts thought it had not yet overcome, based on the new report. This would shorten the countdown number.

If these reports are true, how close did Iran get, and how much closer is it now? The answer to each of these questions could be the difference between the life and death of millions of people.

In 2015, the International Atomic Energy Agency (iaea) published its Final Assessment regarding Iran’s nuclear program, detailing its conclusions about the Parchin military complex. The iaea received satellite imagery of the Parchin complex in 2000, which indicated a large cylinder “designed to contain the effects of detonating up to 70 kilograms of high explosives.” When asked about this subject in 2011, “Iran did not provide any clarification.” Notice how Iran acted following this accusation, as reported by the iaea:

Since the Agency’s first request to Iran for access to the particular location of interest to it at the Parchin site in February 2012, extensive activities have taken place at this location. These activities, observed through commercial satellite imagery, appeared to show, inter alia, shrouding of the main building, the removal/replacement or refurbishment of its external wall structures, removal and replacement of part of the roof, and large amounts of liquid run-off emanating from the building. Commercial satellite imagery also showed that five other buildings or structures at the location were demolished in this period and that significant ground scraping and landscaping were undertaken over an extensive area at and around the location. …

These activities were complete on 20 September 2015.

A satellite photo taken on Aug. 15, 2012, shows a tarp over two of the buildings as they undergo refurbishment. It also shows the destruction of another building whose purpose remains unknown.

After three years of extensive work, Iran finally allowed the iaea on the facility to take ground samples—after ground scraping work had been done. They were allowed to observe the main building in question. “[T]hey did not observe a chamber or any associated equipment inside the building”; however, they did observe “recent signs of internal refurbishment, a floor with an unusual cross-section and a ventilation system which appeared incomplete.” According to the report, these ground samples came back as a negative. Or so it was made out to be. Some traces of uranium were found. The iaea concluded the extensive activities undertaken by Iran during those three years “seriously undermined the Agency’s ability to conduct effective verification.”

The newly published report by Institute for Science and International Security is very condemning. The documents and photos used in October’s report were seized in February during Israel’s raid of Iran’s nuclear program. The Institute for Science and International Security report stated that the new information “necessitates calling for more action by the iaea and the Joint Commission,” which administers the jcpoa.

Notice what the Institute for Science and International Security report in October told us about the ground sampling conducted in 2015: “The iaea detected some uranium particles in samples taken (where the sampling was actually conducted by Iranian technicians outside of normal iaea environmental sampling protocols). Subsequent iaea reports do not indicate that ….” This condemning information was actually hid from the public! It was not in the iaea’s final assessment.

It states that the facility began operation early in 2003. One document describes the contamination level caused by the “raw material” (probably uranium).

The report also reveals that Iran was developing a specialized neutron initiator to start the chain reaction needed in a nuclear explosion. In testing, these explosions were made using uranium and deuterium. The Institute for Science and International Security report said, “The uranium serves as the carrying material for the deuterium. Such neutron sources are used to trigger a nuclear weapon made from weapon-grade uranium. They have a long life, meaning they do not need to be replenished like several other types of neutron initiators used in nuclear weapons.”

Despite its constant denials, Iran is actively seeking to develop the nuclear bomb. In doing so, it is and has been breaking the jcpoa. The international community needs to wake up to this fact—especially if analysts are beginning to speculate whether Iran could complete this project in as little as six months.

The Trumpet has been following this trend for years. Last year we wrote, “Back then [in 2015], the iaea essentially accused Iran of lying. But after the Obama administration passed the jcpoa, the iaea has not asked to inspect the Parchin site.” This begs the question, is Iran using the Parchin site now? Or have operations been moved to another facility? Either way, Iran may be closer to obtaining the nuclear bomb than we realize.

Trumpet correspondent Christopher Eames wrote in “U.S. Certifies Iranian Compliance on Nuke Deal”: “Nuclear warfare is nothing to be permissive or lukewarm about. Our actions and ambivalence have made nuclear war inevitable. And Iran will only be the spark that ignites the inferno. This Iran nuclear deal—no matter the level of ‘compliance’—is leading to catastrophe.”

Iran is an extremely radical nation controlled by a radical branch of Islam. Editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes about this extremism in his booklet The King of the South (request your free copy here). The booklet identifies Iran as the “king of the south” described in the Bible (Daniel 11:40). It also describes Iran’s strategy to use radical Islamist extremism to do its dirty work, while also acting as a distraction to keep attention off the Iranian regime. In the booklet, Mr. Flurry writes:

Jan. 16, 2016, marked the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. and the European Union lifted sanctions on Iran, released over $100 billion in frozen assets, and welcomed Iran into a whole rush of economic deals. And they received nothing in return.

Iran changed nothing in its policies of aggression, subversion and sponsoring terrorism. It didn’t even say it would reform in any of these areas! Without giving in on anything, Iran was given all it needed in order to greatly accelerate its race toward getting the nuclear bomb.

This deal did not make the world safer—it was a disaster for the world!

The Bible prophesied of this nuclear disaster. It even says that this destruction is coming upon the modern descendants of ancient Israel, which include the United States and Britain. The book of Isaiah says their cities will be “wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate” (Isaiah 6:11). America and Britain’s failure to deal with Iran has caused the Islamic nation’s nuclear ambitions to get out of hand, and soon they will both see the consequences. But, before mankind utterly destroys itself in nuclear fallout, the Messiah will return to stop this devastation.

Hosea 6:1 says, “Come, and let us return unto the Eternal: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” After all of this devastation, mankind will finally turn to the Messiah, and He will heal the land of its nuclear fallout and usher in an era of peace and prosperity like this world has never seen before.

Imminent War Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

hqdefaultIs another war in Gaza imminent?

Tell us what you think

Since the Great March of Return began earlier this year, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the land they were expelled from more than 70 years ago.

According to health officials in Gaza, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and 18,000 wounded since these latest rallies began.

Recently, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza and three Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli air raid. Is another full-scale Israeli attack on the strip inevitable?

Donald MacIntyre, former Jerusalem correspondent for The Independent and author of the book, Gaza: Preparing for Dawn, describes it as “a very fragile and dangerous situation”.

MacIntyre adds the most positive thing is that “neither Hamas nor Israel really wants a war right now, if it can be avoided.”

Najla Shawa is a Palestinian humanitarian aid worker based in Gaza.

When asked what priorities are for people in Gaza, Shawa says they fear continued denial of their rights.

“I think … what now people are really … fearing is another political solution that can completely ignore the rights, again, of the people, more than before, more than … previous peace agreements.”

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Source: Al Jazeera

Russia Tries to Educate the Donald

Russia has urged the United States to issue a joint statement expressing that both parties recognize how a nuclear exchange between them would end in mutually ensured destruction.

During an interview released Thursday by French publications Le Figaro, Paris Match and the French-language affiliate of Russia’s state-run RT channel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he was concerned about what he felt was a lower threshold for the use of weapons of mass destruction under President Donald Trump’s latest nuclear doctrine. Recalling the two countries’ Cold War history, the diplomat hoped the current administration in Washington would offer a similar vow of restraint.

“The Americans and we have made two fundamental statements since the Soviet era to the effect nobody can win a nuclear war and, for that reason, it cannot happen,” Lavrov said, according to Russia’s state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

“It might be a good idea to reaffirm this postulate in the current context,” he added.

An unarmed U.S. Air Force Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, at 1:23 a.m. PDT on May 14. The Minuteman is the land-based component of the U.S. nuclear triad. Airman Aubree Milks/U.S Air Force/Department of Defense

Shortly after Trump assumed office early last year, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin both appeared to express a desire to expand their nuclear arsenals, reversing a decades-long trend of denuclearization between their countries. Though Trump entered the White House showing deep admiration for his Russian counterpart, the U.S. leader soon inherited a sharp uptick in tensions that began between the two powers under his predecessor. In the months following Trump’s swearing-in, the U.S. continued to sanction Russia due to accusations it interfered in the 2016 election and pursued other malign activities abroad.

A month after Trump was sworn in, he told Reuters that the U.S. has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity” and was “going to be at the top of the pack” under his administration. Last October, NBC reported that Trump had petitioned the military to increase its nuclear weapons by up to eight times, citing two officials said to be present at a Pentagon meeting that July.

The Trump administration released its debut nuclear doctrine earlier this year with certain sections referring to low-yield nuclear weapons, something that experts have warned could make powers more willing to resort to a nuclear option. General John Hyten, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, said in March that such low-yield devices would serve as “a deterrence weapon to respond to the threat that Russia, in particular, is portraying.”

According to Tass, Lavrov said Thursday that “low-yield nuclear warheads are being made with the obvious intention to use them as a possible means of warfare, which would conceptually undermine all existing agreements stipulating that it is a weapon of mutual deterrence and by no means a weapon of conducting war. In the meantime, this is precisely the role of low yield warheads that was described in the new nuclear doctrine.”

RussiaNuclearForcesTest The Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces carry out drills in the country’s northeast, on October 11. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to modernize and enhance his country’s nuclear arsenal. Russian Ministry of Defense

Russia is believed to have the world’s largest nuclear weapons stockpile while the U.S. comes in close second, and both powers have continued to reduce their arsenals. At the same time, Putin has set out to improve his country’s nuclear triad—the deployment of nuclear weapons on land, at sea and by aircraft—an unveiled an ambitious array of new, nuclear-capable weapons in March. He has accused the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Asia of trying to disarm Russia’s capabilities with a global missile shield.

Last week, Putin ordered strategic nuclear drills comprising air, land and sea at the Kura, Chizha, Pemboi and Terekta test sites. On the same day that Lavrov’s interview was released, Putin discussed the prospect of nuclear war at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow.

“The aggressor must know that retribution is inevitable, that it will be destroyed. We are victims of aggression, as martyrs, we will go to heaven,” Putin told the crowd. “And they will just die.”