STOP CASSINI Newsletter #185 -- September 8th, 1999

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This next item on the Russian military was just forwarded to me by my friend Larry Klaes, who has provided me with countless "hot items" many times before. This should scare everyone just as it does James Oberg, a science/technical writer specializing in Russian space issues, whose articles have appeared in numerous magazines and who is an on-screen reporter for ABC news.

I just called the U.N. to get the correct numbers for contacting them. The fax number for the United Nations is (212) 371-4360 but they tell me the line is very slow. They do not have an email address for Secretary General Kofi Annan, but his office number is (212) 963-5012. Obviously, the Secretary's secretary there can't handle very many phone calls and it's unlikely that you will be able to speak directly to Mr. Annan. Besides, today they rightfully expect you would be calling about East Timor, where a tragedy is occurring as I write this, which America could probably stop with a single suggestion that we would not provide aid to the Indonesia government if the assault by their forces and paramilitary troops against the people of East Timor does not end IMMEDIATELY. Today, not tomorrow.

Here is the postal address of Kofi Annan:

His Excellence Kofi Annan
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

United States residents can contact their mission to the U.N. via email or fax:
(212) 415-4443

Here is the email address for the Russian Consulate in New York:
"NYC Russian Consulate"

Here is an email address which I understand is actually for the President of Indonesia, who needs to hear from everyone TODAY:
"Yusuf Habibie, President of Indonesia"

All the missions can also be addressed by postal service at the U.N. building.

Regarding the item shown below, it's clear that Russia needs America's help! And America needs to honestly face the risks all these things mean to everyone -- we can be knocked back to the 14th Century in a matter of minutes by a Y2K-related "incident" -- namely, a nuclear Electro-Magnetic Pulse high above the U.S.A. (or anywhere) which would knock out the phones, computers, computer-controlled pumps, electrical motors, all hospital equipment, and everything else with silicon circuitry -- one blast can and will do ALL THAT to an entire country if it is at high altitude. A low one will obviously destroy a city, but that's not the worst of it, even if it's a city the size of NYC which it destroys. Such a tragedy is beyond words to contemplate, yet it can happen at the push of a button.

Ever notice how there are no nuclear power plants around Washington DC? That's probably because of the danger -- dangers the Government is WELL AWARE OF but WON'T TELL YOU! Nuclear power plants which have been blown up by nuclear weapons are absolutely the single most devastating nightmare on this planet today -- except for the aforementioned EMP, which would cause ALL NUCLEAR PLANTS within a thousand mile radius of the blast (or more) to melt down!

So read this next item and weep further, because many of you may think you are doing all you can -- but you have to do even more. We are too few and the stakes are too high.


Russell Hoffman
Carlsbad, California

The above letter is based on conversations with Dr. John W. Gofman (who isolated the first working quantities of plutonium), the late Dr. Karl Z. Morgan (who was known as the "father of health physics"), Dr. Ernest Sternglass (who has done statistical studies about LLR), Dr. Jay Gould (ditto), Dr. Horst Poehler, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Ross Wilcock and dozens of activists, as well as many others on both sides of the nuclear debates, including ex military nuke expert Jack Shannon (responsible for the design of the D2G Navy reactor, the most widely used reactor in the U. S. navy), award-winning investigative reporter Karl Grossman, ecologist and human rights advocate Pamela Blockey-O'Brien, and many others to whom I am grateful for their help. Also, I've read a few dozen books on the various subjects. And scads of government documents purporting to explain how something so dangerous can be safe. Professionally, my pump training software is used throughout the pump industry and even in some nuclear power plants around the world to train their staff about mechanical pumps. Any errors herein are regrettably my own, but I believe it would take a preponderance of errors to invalidate my basic position on these issues.

Russell D. Hoffman, Carlsbad, California, Peace Activist, Environmentalist, High Tech Guru:

Hoffman's Y2K Preparedness Information:

Learn about The Effects of Nuclear War here:


Date: Wed, 08 Sep 1999 14:21:33 -0400
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
From: Larry Klaes
Subject: Reuters: Russia skips Y2K step on military systems -U.S.

Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 14:24:14 -0400 (EDT)
Reply-To: fpspace@SOLAR.RTD.UTK.EDU
Sender: fpspace@SOLAR.RTD.UTK.EDU
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Reuters: Russia skips Y2K step on military systems -U.S.
X-Comment: Friends and Partners in Space

JimO: Gosh, I hope they're doing a better job of preparing the Service Module. Just imagine: when they don't have enough money or time, they just skip testing and push ahead. What a country!!

Russia skips Y2K step on military systems -U.S.
12:56EDT 09-08-99
By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Russia is skipping a basic step in readying its most important military computers for the 2000 technology challenge, including some that track sensitive nuclear stockpiles, the military arm of the U.S. embassy in Moscow has reported.

At issue are the most thorough possible checks for Y2K errors, glitches that threaten to boggle some computers and automated systems when 1999 turns into 2000 in 114 days.

``Due to time constraints, MOD (the Ministry of Defence) is bypassing the system certification process and moving directly to operationally based testing,'' the U.S. Defence Attache's Office said in a cable to Washington made available this week.

The memo did not spell out the Y2K compliance process cut out by cash-strapped Moscow. But it said the shortcut applied to 100 systems designated ``mission critical'' out of the 1,000 said to be in use by the Defence Ministry.

The Y2K problem stems from an old programming practice of using two digits to represent years, like 99 for 1999. Unless fixed in time, computers may read 00 as 1900 instead of 2000. That could cause system shutdowns or corrupt vital data.

Russian and U.S. defence officials resumed contacts on Y2K issues in Moscow in August. Russia froze dialogue in March after U.S.-led NATO began bombing in Serbia, a Russian ally.

During talks in Moscow Aug. 25 and 26, U.S. and Russian technical experts discussed ``measures to be taken by MOD in ensuring security and accountability of the MOD nuclear warheads during the Y2K transition period,'' the U.S. memo said.

Separately, both sides reached ``general consensus'' on Russian participation in a joint monitoring post being set up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to prevent any missile misunderstandings during the date change.

The intent was to have Defence Secretary William Cohen and his Russian counterpart, Igor Sergeyev, sign a formal agreement on the Y2K Centre for Strategic Stability during their scheduled talks in Moscow next Monday, the memo said.

It said the Russian defence ministry, in a ``Y2K vulnerability analysis,'' had identified issues requiring attention before the 2000 calendar rollover takes place as well as in the longer term.

The Defence Ministry has begun to set up Y2K ``monitoring and control centers'' at its nuclear storage sites, the Defence Attache's Office said in the memo, first reported by Federal Computer Week, a trade publication.

The Pentagon declined comment on Russia's Y2K shortcut but experts inside and outside the U.S. government voiced qualms at any corner-cutting on sensitive military systems.

``Such shortcuts are not ideal,'' said Bruce McConnell, director of the International Y2K Centre, a clearinghouse backed by the United Nations and funded by the World Bank. But ``with a short window like this you may not have many options.''

A spokeswoman for the special U.S. Senate panel on the 2000 technology problem, Unice Lieverman, said, ``It's cause for concern.'' But she added, ``We're glad to know that the Defence Department is going to work with them on this.''

The memo said the Russians had asked for U.S. help to equip the new Y2K-related nuclear storage monitoring stations. The Russian wish list included ``computers, copiers, fax and communication equipment, portable power generators, emergency response vehicles, utility repair vehicles, warhead handling and transport vehicles and environmental monitoring equipment.''

The United States has become increasingly concerned about Russia's ability to keep track of its deadliest weapons since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

``Rogue states and terrorist groups can now seek to buy or steal what they previously had to produce on their own,'' according to Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican who has led efforts to curb the spread of Soviet-era nuclear, chemical and biological arms.


United States Government official contact points:

NASA needs to be told in no uncertain terms NEVER to launch nuclear rockets of any type ever again!

To learn about the absurd excuses NASA used to launch Cassini and its 72.3 pounds of plutonium in 1997, ask them for the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassini mission, and all subsequent documentation. At the same time, be sure to ask them for ANY and ALL documentation available on future uses of plutonium in space, including MILITARY, CIVILIAN, or "OTHER" (just in case they make a new category somehow!). To get this information, contact:

Cassini Public Information
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
(818) 354-5011 or
(818) 354-6478

Here's NASA's "comments" email address:

Daniel Goldin is the head of NASA. Here's his email address:

Here's the NASA URL to find additional addresses to submit written questions to:


Be sure to "cc" the president and VP and your senators and congresspeople, too.

President Bill Clinton
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20500; Ph. (202) 456-1111, Fax (202) 456-2461;
e-mail --

Vice President Albert Gore
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,
N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20500;Ph. (202) 456-1414, Fax (202)
456-2461; e-mail --

Secretary William Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon
Washington D.C. 20301

Secretary Bill Richardson
Department of Energy (DoE)
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20585
fax: 202-586-4403

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