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The Free Individual is greater than the State

Bill Of Rights freedom

by Jon Rappoport
September 20, 2017
In a sane society, the Bill of Rights would be studied in great detail, in every school and college.
The historical incursions on, and the crimes against, the Bill of Rights would be laid bare and excoriated.
“Grand juries” of students would be formed to investigate, in detail, these incursions and crimes, and wherever possible track them to their sources.
Reading the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, it is plain that the natural rights of the individual are confirmed—and also, the attempt to exercise any sort of excessive power over the individual is shackled.
Why?
Because the Founders saw the handwriting on the wall, engraved for centuries in totalitarian regimes and theocracies.
Here are the basics of the Bill of Rights:
Freedom of speech, religion, and the press.
The right to bear arms.
Housing of soldiers: “No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
Protection of rights to life, liberty, and property.
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.”
Excessive bails, fines, and punishments are forbidden.
“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
What do these 10 Amendments say about the individual? They say he is of greater importance than the State.
They say the purpose of basic law is protection of the freedom of the individual.
They say that, no matter how many scurrilous critics and logic-choppers may come along and parse the Bill of Rights to their advantage and against the individual, these critics should be cast aside, at the very least.
They say that there is something potentially glorious in the individual.
They say today’s collectivists are deluded, and in many cases are consciously attempting to hijack the basic notion of freedom—and substitute instead, a plethora of free goods and services derived from the State, which collects overbearing taxes and invents money out of thin air, for the purpose of creating unfree and dependent individuals.
Most importantly, in today’s society, these 10 Amendments stand on their own, as robust and profound Ideas, no matter who first conceived them, no matter what those men’s motives may or may not have been at the time of conception.
The ideas are alive. Now.
Centers of education may promote the decimation of the Bill of Rights, may attack the primary sources, may try to wage war against these ideas, but their assault is transparent to those who can see and think.
Those little would-be dictators of the mind are themselves already slaves. And so they want to make other slaves.
Europe, whose great thinkers invented the cradle of liberty, is falling under the sway of collectivist vultures. As a group, those gnawing birds of prey are centered in the European Union, the “share and care” face of fascism.
During decades of unearthing what corrupt European and American fascists have been trying to achieve, I have seen individuals rise up from the swamp of sticky economic, political, and spiritual collectivism and reassert and regain their natural freedom.
It’s a sight to behold.
It embodies a dawn that reawakens the mind and spirit.
It’s a call to all of life.
It reestablishes the great adventure of living and making a future of one’s own choosing.
The education system blacks that out. Major media do, too.
The whole idea of public education, at the beginning, in America, was to educate children about what it meant to be a free and responsible citizen in the new Republic.
That mission was abandoned.
In the early 20th century, powerful foundations (Carnegie, at the forefront) completely derailed education by removing significant study of the founding documents of the nation. This was no accident. It was an effort to control society, to make it over in the image of worker-drones fitting into slots, for “the greatest good of the greatest number.”
From its inception, the Carnegie Foundation was consciously focused on the most effective way to control a population. Its first choice was war. In its absence, the number two method, it decided, was education.
The individual, nevertheless, still possesses his natural freedoms. These freedoms are prior to any laws enacted to confirm them.
But the individual has to find/assert those freedoms within himself, on his own.
His future rises and falls on that profound effort, which begins with recognizing he is separate from any and all forms of the collectivist “equality” glob…
William James, American philosopher (1902): “Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. ‘I am no such thing,’ it would say; ‘I am myself, myself alone’.”

The Free Individual is greater than the State

You Can’t Handle the Truth! by G Squared

JFK truthNext month (October 2017) the final JFK Report is to be realeased.
It was determined last year that the herds will be given something extra; but will never be told the truth.

I will detail in upcoming articles how  JFK was murdered. For now, this will set the stage…

 

 

‘You can’t handle the truth.’ And of course, you’re not even entitled to it. Think of it as The People of America, extended to be all in The American Zone of Influence, are one large Retard in a Dementia Care Unit.

The Retard is employed in permitted commercial activity. They are an unseen Slave Labour. They have no freedoms, own nothing (it’s all a big legal construct, feel good, lie), know nothing, and only comprehend what they are told. It’s all an illusion.

The Retard is Protected (psychologically believed) to an extent. That does not include when used for experimentation, or thrown as cannon fodder.

They work, consume basic essentials to sustain their ‘useful life’, and waste all they can on things, as the stuff of a useless existence. The measure of believed success.

Slaves damaging other lives in their classes and below. Slaves to their self-concocted social induced Debt, and its not understood Inflationary debasement of the medium of exchange that drives them.

A fictitious, debt-laden, leveraged, fractional, and manipulated, baseless Currency. The ‘True Economic Value’, not the fictional ‘Accounting Value’. Exchangeable for three cents in 2017, as against one hundred cents in 1917.

A Retard requiring lies on lies, disinformation on misinfirnation, and a belief system so fictionally constructed that it bears no relevance to any Truth or Reality.

America and its Sucklings ; where all the Non- included wish they were, and ‘Terrorism’ is the expression of Displeasure of all those Peoples not included in The Great American Dream.

G Squared

NZ Pipeline Leak Crisis: “You reap What You Sow”

by Martin Harris

New Zealand readers can’t help but have seen and heard the MSM reporting on the Marsden Refinery pipeline leak that has brought Auckland to it’s knees. “Thousands of flights cancelled” as jet fuel supply runs dry. “it could take up to 2 weeks to fix”, which means this will likely impact on the pumps shortly.

The mainstream news is, quite rightly, highlighting the weakness exposed in the single pipeline that supplies Auckland.

“A fuel pipeline that supplies Auckland has been damaged and it has already disrupted travel for thousands of people. Here’s what we know so far.

WHAT HAPPENED?

A 168 kilometre-long pipeline supplying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from the Marsden Point refinery in Northland to tanks in Wiri, Auckland, has been out of action since Thursday. It’s believed to have been hit by a digger being used to extract swamp kauri near Ruakaka.

Marsden Point refinery, Ruakaka, Whangarei. The pipeline that supplies fuel to Auckland from the refinery has been cut ...

STUFF

Marsden Point refinery, Ruakaka, Whangarei. The pipeline that supplies fuel to Auckland from the refinery has been cut after being damaged by a digger.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/96941232/A-cut-pipeline-is-causing-a-jet-fuel-shortage-at-Auckland-Airport-Heres-what-we-know-so-far

Two things they SHOULD be reporting on but aren’t:

Firstly, the ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT caused by spillage from the damaged pipeline,

and secondly, THE CAUSE of the damage. Initially, the reports said that an excavator extracting Swamp Kauri was responsible, but this aspect of the story quickly died before the spotlight could focus on this issue. (NOTE MENTION OF THIS IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE) this aspect has been subsequently downplayed.

These are both important environmental aspects of the story that are being swept under the carpet, and I think a clue as to “why?” lies with the Swamp Kauri issue. For those readers who may not know, Kauri is an endangered native tree. Thousands of them, however, lie buried and preserved in North Island swamps, apparently the victim of some ancient natural catastrophe. This is a finite resource and is supposedly managed and protected by law, to be used with care by local artisans to create uniquely New Zealand high-value products. Yet it is in fact being pillaged by overseas interests. The locals are being paid good money to do the hard work, so they keep their mouths shut and take the dollars with apparently little thought for the long term effects of corporate greed.

“Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett accepts that a mistake by a digger driver which caused widespread disruption to the nation’s aviation industry is “embarrassing”.

Energy Minister Judith Collins estimates the incident could cause “millions and millions of dollars” to the Auckland economy.

On Thursday, it was revealed that a digger once struck a key fuel pipe near Marsden Point, which by Sunday had caused a major leak that starved Auckland Airport of its main jet fuel supply.”

Well Collins should indeed be embarrassed, as SHE IS AT THE CENTRE OF THE SWAMP KAURI CONTROVERSY:

“In Parliament, Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis, asked the Government if ministers were “aware of reports that local wood manufacturers have been refused the opportunity to buy swamp kauri from Kauri Ruakaka mill, which was formerly called Oravida, and is allegedly involved in exporting raw swamp kauri?”

One of the directors of Oravida is National MP Judith Collins’ husband, David Wong-Tung.

Under further questioning in the House, Minister Nick Smith replied, “I thought the member (Kelvin Davis) was above getting involved in this kind of murk”.

Winston Peters then asked Dr Smith,: “Is he denying what is well known in Northland because people who are high up in Oravida are major donors to the National Party?”

Dr Smith replied that the law had been changed under Labour in 2004″

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/national-party-donors-allegedly-involved-in-illegal-kauri-exports-6350968

“Northland conservationists say the logs are being illegally exported under the guise of carvings and the Government is doing nothing about it.The Far North Protection Society said that, despite their complaints, its members were still seeing massive logs dug from ancient wetlands, heading south on trucks to be sold overseas.”

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/276363/minister-defends-trade-in-kauri-swamp-logs

 

I guess my point here, is that the NZ Government is now seeing the repercussions of it’s own greed and putting personal business interests ahead of the long term welfare of the country and it’s natural resources:

You reap what you sow!

SEE ALSO:

NZ Pipeline Crisis Update: The Evidence Mounts

 

How a convicted pedophile brought down Iceland’s government

Iceland peaodophile

The Washington Post
Amanda Erickson

In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was imprisoned for raping his stepdaughter nearly every day for 12 years, starting when she was just 5. Thirteen years later, his crime has helped bring down Iceland’s government.
The story involves Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his father, Benedikt Sveinsson.
Here’s what happened: Several months ago, Sveinsson drafted a letter of recommendation for Hauksson, arguing he should have his “honor restored.” In Iceland, convicts can have certain civil rights returned by submitting letters of recommendation showing good character. Hauksson and another convicted pedophile, Robert Downey (formerly named Robert Arni Hreidarsson), received full pardons over the summer.
Those decisions “rattled Icelandic society,” according to Iceland Magazine. As a reporter explains: “public and media have spent much of summer discussing the two cases and the horrifying world of violence and abuse they revealed.”
Soon after, one of Downey’s victims launched a campaign urging the government to release the letters of support for Downey and Hauksson. But the Justice Ministry refused to respond to questions on the subject.
This week, a parliamentary committee ruled that the administration was violating freedom of information laws by keeping the names a secret. So the letters were released to the news media. Even more damning: On Thursday, Iceland’s justice minister, Sigridur Andersen, told television news reporters he had informed the prime minister of his father’s involvement back in June. She said she told no one else.

That disclosure, which smacked of a coverup, sent shock waves through Iceland’s political class and threatened the fragile three-party coalition that put Benediktsson in power last year.
To secure a majority, his Independence Party joined forces with the centrists and the Bright Future coalition, squeaking in with a razor-thin majority of 32 out of 63 seats. On Friday, Bright Future voted unanimously to leave the government. The letter “was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” a Bright Future insider told Reuters. “This is not in our spirit, and everybody agreed this was the end of it. It came as a complete surprise. It was something we couldn’t have continued with, this is something completely opposed to our principles. The corruption and dishonesty are just incredible.”
Bright Future’s decision left Benediktsson without a majority. He called his behavior a “serious breach of trust” and dissolved his government. “We have lost the majority, and I don’t see anything that indicates we can regain that,” he told reporters. He has called for speedy elections, aiming for November.
This isn’t Benediktsson’s first controversy. He and his father both appeared in the Panama Papers, connected to offshore tax havens and a controversial sale of state assets.
In a statement, Benediktsson’s father apologized for signing the letter of support for his old friend. “I have never considered the restored honor as anything except a legal procedure making it possible for convicted criminals to regain some civil rights,” Sveinsson said, according to the BBC. “I did not think of it as something that would justify Hjalti’s position toward his victim. I told Hjalti to face his action and to repent.”
Hauksson’s victim called the situation surreal. In interviews with Icelandic media, she said Hauksson has continued to harass her, even approaching her 6-year-old daughter while she was on a field trip. Hauksson was working as a bus driver at the time.

SOURCE:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Why Do Scientists Want to PREVENT Oldest Pyramid Chamber Excavation?

 

SpaceX beats hurricane with smooth launch of military’s X-37B spaceplane

What is the XB37 Drone Shuttle doing up there? In the face of secrecy, one can only speculate…

But please feel free to share your speculations!

 

 

.Succeeding on a one-shot launch attempt before Hurricane Irma shuts down the Cape Canaveral spaceport, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered into orbit Thursday with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane, a reusable robotic mini-shuttle that could stay aloft for years with clandestine on-board experiments…..

…..Following guidelines set by the Air Force, SpaceX ended live commentary on the progress of the second stage’s flight less than three minutes after liftoff. Video coverage of the booster’s plunge back to Earth continued, and three of the first stage’s Merlin 1D powerplants restarted high over the Atlantic Ocean for “boost-back” and “entry” burns to steer the rocket back toward land…..

….Built by Boeing’s Phantom Works division and managed by the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office, each spaceship has a wingspan of nearly 15 feet (4.5 meters) and a length of more than 29 feet (8.9 meters). The ship’s wings fit snugly inside the 17-foot-diameter (5-meter) payload shrouds on the Falcon 9 and Atlas 5 rockets.
The X-37B, also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, weighs about 11,000 pounds (5 metric tons) and has typically orbited Earth at altitudes between 200 and 250 miles (320 to 400 kilometers).
No details about the X-37B’s altitude or orbital parameters were released for this mission, but safety notices published for pilots and mariners ahead of the launch suggested the rocket would place the miniature windowless space shuttle into an orbit tilted between roughly 40 and 65 degrees to the equator.
The Air Force announced before the launch that the fifth X-37B flight, known as OTV-5, would go into a higher-inclination orbit than earlier X-37B flights. The four X-37B missions to date flew in orbits tilted between 38 and 43.5 degrees to the equator, but the this one will reach higher latitudes on each lap around Earth.
Military officials said launching the OTV-5 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket adds to the program’s flexibility, demonstrating the X-37B can fly on two different types of boosters.
Several firsts are planned for the OTV-5 mission.
“The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B’s performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads,” the Air Force said in a press release. “This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies.
Military officials have lauded the X-37B’s ability to return experimental hardware back to Earth for inspection and reuse. The Air Force did not disclose whether the secondary payloads riding with the X-37B will deploy from the Falcon 9 rocket itself or from the spaceplane’s cargo bay.
“Building upon the fourth mission and previous collaboration with experiment partners, this mission will host the Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader payload to test experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipe technologies in the long duration space environment,” the statement said.
The thermal spreader experiment will test three oscillating heat pipes. The new heat pipe technology is lighter and less expensive than components used on most satellites to keep internal avionics temperatures within safe margins.
“The three primary science objectives are to measure the initial on-orbit thermal performance, to measure long duration thermal performance, and to assess any lifetime degradation,” the Air Force Research Laboratory said in a fact sheet…..

…The rest of the flight plan remains secret, along with the mission’s planned duration.

Read The Full Article:

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/09/07/spacex-beats-hurricane-with-smooth-launch-of-militarys-x-37b-spaceplane/

Alleged Hidden Chambers In the Great Pyramid…Again!

The mystery of alleged secret chambers within the Great Pyramid keeps coming back, but will anything ever actually be revealed? I’m beginning to wonder!

 

 

THE Great Pyramid of Giza could be about to give up a secret it has been hiding for more than 4,000 years.

Experts think they’re on the verge of solving a mystery hidden deep inside this awe-inspiring wonder of the ancient world, reports The Sun.

Scientists say there is hidden “recess” lurking within the Great Pyramid — and they could be about to pinpoint exactly where it is.

Also known as the Khufu Pyramid, this gigantic structure was completed in around 2560BC and stood about 146 metres high — making it the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.

Now a team working on a project dubbed ScanPyramids is to use two techniques- infra-red thermography and myography — in an attempt to uncover the whereabouts and contents of this hidden chamber.

The Great Pyramid of Giza could contain two previously unknown ‘cavities’, after scientists discovered some groundbreaking anomalies.

The Great Pyramid of Giza could contain two previously unknown ‘cavities’, after scientists discovered some groundbreaking anomalies.

Thermography is a scanning technique that detects the heat given off by objects, while myography picks up particles called “muons” that are produced when cosmic rays smash into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Myography was used to find hidden tunnels inside the Bent Pyramid, which was given its name due to the wonky shape of its structure.

“All the devices we put in place are designed to find where the cavity is located. We know there is one, but we’re trying to find out where,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the HIP Institute, which is heading the ScanPyramids project.

In the 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars — who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology — experts have used science to unlock the secrets of the country’s ancient treasures.

ScanPyramids is one of the most ambitious projects used in Egyptology to demystify the Khufu Pyramid near Cairo, the only surviving monument from the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

Last October, the team announced that the massive pyramid may contain undiscovered recesses.

“All the devices we put in place are designed to find where the cavity is located. We know there is one, but we’re trying to find out where,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the HIP Institute heading the ScanPyramids project.

READ MORE:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-great-pyramid-of-giza-is-hiding-mysterious-chambers-that-could-be-about-to-reveal-their-secrets/news-story/ba28e717d3018b8bd23efa38232ada2d

100,000 Pages of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades — Until Now

https://theintercept.com/staff/sharon-lerner/

For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others.
As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers. Together, the library contains more than 200,000 pages of information and “lays out a 40-year history of deceit and collusion involving the chemical industry and the regulatory agencies that were supposed to be protecting human health and the environment,” said Peter von Stackelberg, a journalist who along with the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project helped put the collection online.
Van Strum didn’t set out to be the repository for the people’s pushback against the chemical industry. She moved to a house in the Siuslaw National Forest in 1974 to live a simple life. But soon after she arrived, she realized the Forest Service was spraying her area with an herbicide called 2,4,5-T — on one occasion, directly dousing her four children with it as they fished by the river.
The chemical was one of two active ingredients in Agent Orange, which the U.S. military had stopped using in Vietnam after public outcry about the fact that it caused cancer, birth defects, and serious harms to people, animals, and the environment. But in the U.S., the Forest Service continued to use both 2,4,5-T and the other herbicide in Agent Orange, 2,4-D, to kill weeds. (Timber was — and in some places still is — harvested from the national forest and sold.) Between 1972 and 1977, the Forest Service sprayed 20,000 pounds of 2,4,5-T in the 1,600-square-mile area that included Van Strum’s house and the nearby town of Alsea.

A view of the Five Rivers valley in rural Oregon looking southwest from Carol Van Strum’s front door.
Photo: Risa Scott/RF Scott Imagery
As in Vietnam, the chemicals hurt people and animals in Oregon, as well as the plants that were their target. Immediately after they were sprayed, Van Strum’s children developed nosebleeds, bloody diarrhea, and headaches, and many of their neighbors fell sick, too. Several women who lived in the area had miscarriages shortly after incidents of spraying. Locals described finding animals that had died or had bizarre deformities — ducks with backward-facing feet, birds with misshapen beaks, and blinded elk; cats and dogs that had been exposed began bleeding from their eyes and ears. At a community meeting, residents decided to write to the Forest Service detailing the effects of the spraying they had witnessed.
“We thought that if they knew what had happened to us, they wouldn’t do it anymore,” Van Strum said recently, before erupting into one of the many bursts of laughter that punctuate her conversation. We were sitting not far from the river where her children played more than 40 years ago, and her property remained much as it was back when the Forest Service first sprayed them with the herbicide. A mountain covered with alder and maple trees rose up across from her home, just as it did then, and the same monkey puzzle tree that was there when she moved in still shaded her dirt driveway.
But Van Strum, now 76, is much changed from the young woman who politely asked that the federal agency stop spraying many years ago. After the Forest Service refused their request to stop using the herbicides, she and her neighbors filed a suit that led to a temporary ban on 2,4,5-T in their area in 1977 and, ultimately, to a total stop to the use of the chemical in 1983.
For Van Strum, the suit was also the beginning of lifetime of battling the chemical industry. The lawyer who had taken their case offered a reduced fee in exchange for Van Strum’s unpaid research assistance. And she found she had a knack for poring over and parsing documents and keeping track of huge volumes of information. Van Strum provided guidance to others filing suit over spraying in national forests and helped filed another case that pointed out that the EPA’s registration of 2,4-D and other pesticides was based on fraudulent data from a company called Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories. That case led to a decision, in 1983, to stop all aerial herbicide spraying by the Forest Service.
“We didn’t think of ourselves as environmentalists, that wasn’t even a word back then,” Van Strum said. “We just didn’t want to be poisoned.”
Still, Van Strum soon found herself helping with a string of suits filed by people who had been hurt by pesticides and other chemicals. “People would call up and say, ‘Do you have such and such?’ And I’d go clawing through my boxes,” said Van Strum, who often wound up acquiring new documents through these requests — and storing those, too, in her barn.

Chemical Papers

Some of the more than 100,000 pages of discovery material related to the chemical industry that were stored in Carol Van Strum’s barn in rural Oregon.
Photo: Risa Scott/RF Scott Imagery
Along the way, she amassed disturbing evidence about the dangers of industrial chemicals — and the practices of the companies that make them. Two documents, for instance, detailed experiments that Dow contracted a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist to conduct on prisoners in the 1960s to show the effects of TCDD, a particularly toxic contaminant found in 2,4,5-T. Another document, from 1985, showed that Monsanto had sold a chemical that was tainted with TCDD to the makers of Lysol, who, apparently unaware of its toxicity, used it as an ingredient in their disinfectant spray for 23 years. Yet another, from 1990, detailed the EPA policy of allowing the use of hazardous waste as inert ingredients in pesticides and other products under certain circumstances.
There were limits to what Van Strum could prove through her persistent data collection. The EPA had undertaken a study of the relationship between herbicide exposure and miscarriages and had taken tissue samples from water, animals, a miscarried fetus, and a baby born without a brain in the area. The EPA never released the full results of the “Alsea study,” as it was called, and insisted it had lost many of them. But a lab chemist provided Van Strum with what he said was the analysis of the test results he had been hired to do for the EPA, which showed the samples from water, various animals, and “products of conception” were significantly contaminated with TCDD.
When confronted, the EPA claimed there had been a mix-up and that the samples were from another area. Van Strum filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the results and, for years, battled in court to get to the bottom of what happened. Though the EPA provided more than 34,000 pages in response to her request (which Van Strum carefully numbered and stored in her barn), the agency never released all the results of the study or fully explained what had happened to them or where the contaminated samples had been taken. And eventually, Van Strum gave up. The EPA declined to comment for this story.

chemical poison papers

Carol Van Strum prepares to work on her property with her dogs Maybe and Mike at her side in May 2017.
Photo: Risa Scott/RF Scott Imagery
She had to make peace with not fully understanding a personal tragedy, too. In 1977, her house burned to the ground and her four children died in the fire. Firefighters who came to the scene said the fact that the whole house had burned so quickly pointed to the possibility of arson. But an investigation of the causes of the fire was never completed.
Van Strum suspected some of her opponents might have set the fire. It was a time of intense conflict between local activists and employees of timber companies, chemical manufacturers, and government agencies over the spraying of herbicides. A group of angry residents in the area near Van Strum’s home had destroyed a Forest Service helicopter that had been used for spraying. And, on one occasion, Van Strum had come home to find some of the defenders of the herbicides she was attacking in court on her property.
“I’ve accepted that I’ll never really know” what happened, said Van Strum, who never rebuilt her house and now lives in an outbuilding next to the cleared site where it once stood.
But her commitment to the battle against toxic chemicals survived the ordeal. “If it was intentional, it was the worst thing that ever happened to me,” she said. “After that, there was nothing that could make me stop.”
Still, after all these years, Van Strum felt it was time to pass on her collection of documents, some of which pertain to battles that are still being waged, so “others can take up the fight.” And the seeds of many of the fights over chemicals going on today can be tied to the documents that sat in her barn. The Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories scandal is central in litigation over the carcinogenicity of Monsanto’s Roundup, for instance. And 2,4-D, the other active ingredient in Agent Orange, is still in use.
Meanwhile, private timber companies continue to use both 2,4-D and Roundup widely, though not in the national forest. Van Strum has been part of an effort to ban aerial pesticide spraying in the county, and is speaking on behalf of the local ecosystem in a related lawsuit.
“I get to play the Lorax,” Van Strum said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Source

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/chemical-industry-herbicide-poison-papers/