STOP CASSINI Newsletter #189 -- September 21st, 1999

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To: Friends and Family, STOP CASSINI subscribers (soon to be renamed (the newsletter, not the subscribers))

From: Russell Hoffman

cc: President Clinton, others

Re: Y2K's real dangers are everyday things -- STOP CASSINI #189

Date: September 21st, 1999

Dear friends, family, and subscribers:

The attached letters were collected off the Internet a few moments ago. As you probably know, I have been trying to warn about the dangers of nuclear war for several years now, alas to no avail. But here are some voices of some authority, who are saying some of the same things, even if not as stridently.

We have just over 100 days to alert the world to the REAL danger of Y2K -- nuclear war, nuclear meltdowns, and nuclear death for the Earth. But Y2K is only the worst of days, among the every-days. A total elimination of nuclear weapons IS possible because it makes sense. They are useless, expensive, dangerous, genocidal weapons. To be the first to use them is without question genocidal, and retaliation with nuclear weapons is JUST AS GENOCIDAL, so it is NEVER an option -- simply because it will kill an unacceptable number of noncombatants including your own children! And as for nuclear power plants, a complete shutdown of all nuclear power plants in the United States IS possible because they only supply about 15% of America's electricity needs. That is NOT insurmountable. Maybe France would have a problem, with 80% of their electricity being supplied by nukes, and may God help us all if their nukes melt down come Y2K. But America could shut ours down tomorrow and we'd probably be better off for it even if it didn't avoid a meltdown (or two, or 108), because we wouldn't go out to the drive-in restaurants or watch T.V. for a while. A season of football might be cancelled -- but a player's strike can do that! Big deal! For these "amenities" we won't "play it safe"? We should prepare for the worst and pray for the best, and that means removing "the devil's hot atom" from our midst.

Nuclear power is a lost cause. The only questions left are, when is the funeral, and what are we going to do with the waste? It will not be rocketed into space. It will not be encapsulated in glass. No other scheme looks any more promising. It should be a Federal Offense to dilute nuclear waste to a lower level without a permit as Army Corps of Engineers recently did when they dismantled a plant. They mixed the high-and low-level radioactive building materials to make 18 train-carloads of "low level nuclear waste". It looks like they might be slapped on the wrist, but it should have been considered a "high crime". There is NO SUCH THING as "low level nuclear waste". That is just "high level nuclear waste" which has already been spread around somewhat. It's just as deadly, albeit at a lower RATE. But what does "RATE" mean?

There's certainly a fair chance radiation (or other manmade pollutants) killed my older brother Randy (1955-1994) and today, Raisa Gorbachev is reported to also have died of leukemia (1932-1999) so there's a fair chance these things killed her too. Those who watched Randy die (from close or from afar) know what hell Raisa must have gone through, even with the best of care -- perhaps the moreso because of it! (It may work, but it's utter torture either way.) Yet this is what awaits us all if YOU won't get involved! Don't expect anyone else to lift a finger. It's up to you and you alone to write ONE letter today. To write ONE letter tomorrow. One letter next week. Tell Clinton he has to do something honorable, even if it's for the first time in his life.

Today would be a good day to write to the pleasant dent of the Untied Snakes and tell him he better get his skids to leather. And if you can think of something better to do or a better way to say it, go ahead and try. We need all the voices we can muster. If you can't think of anything to do, call the White House, read a verse of my Y2K Demons poem, and hang up. If one person does this, they'll think the person's a nut and they won't listen. If two people do, they'll think they're in cohoots and they still won't listen. But if 50 people do it -- can you imagine, 50 people a day calling up the White House, reading a stanza of the Y2K Demons poem into their comments machine, and hanging up? They might think it's a movement and folks, that's what it is! The Y2K anti-massacre movement (with apologies to Arlo Guthrie)!

White House Phone # (202) 456-1111
White House Fax # (202) 456-2461
President Clinton’s E-Mail:
V-P Al Gore’s E-Mail:
Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

URL of my Y2k Demons poem:


Russell Hoffman
Carlsbad, California

Tired, but still going at it as if it mattered, because it does. If doing this is my life's calling, what, pray tell, is yours?


At 02:31 PM 9/17/99 +1000, FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign wrote:

Dear Lachlan,

This is a truly excellent letter, and having the AMA do it is also truly wonderful.

I'm currently trying to get both the Australian Parliament and the European Parliament to approve resolutions on de-alerting of nuclear weapons.

I'm therefore emailing your letter, along with one of my own, to both the European Parliaments Christian-Democrat, Social-democrat, green, and green-Left factions, and to the whole of the Australian Parliament. I think it should have a salutary effect.

By the way,
I wonder if there is any possibility of the AMA signing on to the 'Bill and Boris' monster sign-on letter that now has nearly 400 organisations signed on to it?

At 7:06 AM +1000 16/9/1999, Lachlan Forrow wrote:

The following letter was sent last week to President Clinton:

September 7, 1999

The Honorable William J. Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr President,

At our recent annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association House of Delegates, citing our conviction that "the threat that existent nuclear weapons represent is truly an urgent public health issue," voted to ask that you, "urgently develop policies with other countries to minimize the accidental deployment of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction."

As you know, nearly 10 years after the end of the Cold War, there remain in the arsenals of the world some 35,000 nuclear weapons. 2500 of these, on missiles in the Russian arsenal, are on hair-trigger alert. They can be fired in 15 minutes, and reach their target cities in less than 30 minutes, destroying the world as we know it. They are,arguably, the greatest threat to the health and safety of the American people existing today.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 1998 estimated that an accidental launch from a single Russian Delta IV submarine, even if it did not lead to a wider nuclear war, could kill 6,838,000 people from the direct effects of blast and firestorm, with another six to twelve million people dying from radiation sickness over the following two months. Such an accident would be a disaster without parallel in human history.

This is not simply a theoretical danger. As you are aware, on the morning of January 25, 1995, a US weather rocket launched from Norway was initially interpreted by the Russian military as a possible attack on the Russian Federation. President Yeltsin and his advisors were given minutes to decide whether to launch a retaliatory attack on the United States. We were extemely lucky that morning. We can not rely on luck to prevent a future catastrophe.

At a similar moment of great nuclear danger, just before the break up of the Soviet Union in 1989, your predecessor, President Bush, acted decisively to lessen the peril of nuclear war. He unilateraly removed a small number of tactical nuclear weapons from the US arsenal, and, when President Gorbachev reciprocated, he quickly reached an agreement with the Soviets to withdraw the vast majority of these weapons on both sides.

The present danger demands similar visionary leadership today. Your former commander of all strategic nuclear forces, General Georege Lee Butler, has called for the US and Russia to remove all of their nuclear missiles from hair-trigger alert as the single most important step to prevent an accidental nuclear war.

As physicians charged with the protection of public health, we call on you to take the lead in developing such policies to minmimize the danger of a nuclear catastrophe. Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.


E Ratcliffe Anderson, Jr., MD
Exective Vice President, CEO
American Medical Association

Lachlan Forrow, MD
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Promoting Reverence for Life in Action
since 1940 617-667-5111; 617-667-7989 (fax)

"Nuclear weapons are against international law and they have to be abolished...All negotiations regarding the abolition of nuclear weapons remain without success because no international public exists which demands this abolition."

--Dr. Albert Schweitzer



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This declaration was passed unanimously at a Y2K WASH-World Atomic Safety Holiday Citizens' Y2K-Nuclear Forum in Berlin, Germany, on 20 September 1999. The Forum was attended by representatives from NGOs in Japan, Germany, USA, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France.

It was presented to the delegates at the G8 special conference on Y2K contingency planning in Berlin today, Sept. 21st.


Berlin Declaration
International Citizens' Y2K-Nuclear Forum
Y2K WASH - World Atomic Safety Holiday
Berlin, Germany - 20 September 1999

The Occasion: The G-8 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US), recognizing their responsibility to the world community, are holding the G-8 Seminar on Contingency Planning for Y2K in Berlin on September 21 and 22, 1999. The title of this meeting indicates that the G-8 nations have accepted that Y2K compliance cannot be accomplished in time for the Year 2000 rollover, and that contingency plans are essential.

Citizens around the world are concerned that the potential effect of Y2K-related system failures on nuclear facilities poses serious threats to the world community and to the life of the planet. Therefore, we convened an International Citizens' Y2K-Nuclear Forum the day before the G-8 meeting to give voice to our concerns about this critical issue. We, the participants in this forum, recognizing that governments derive their authority from their citizens, require that the G-8 place on the meeting agenda the Y2K threats to the nuclear infrastructure. We forward the following conclusions to the G-8 representatives, and call upon them to be implemented immediately.

The Context: The nuclear age is nearly as old as the computer age. Nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, as well as nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations, rely on computers. 4,400 of the world's nuclear weapons are still held on "hair trigger alert." Early warning and communication systems are liable to be severely affected by Y2K, thereby risking a misreading of nuclear weapons data, and increasing the danger of an unauthorized or accidental use of nuclear weapons.

The world's 1000+ nuclear facilities (1) depend on electrical energy to operate. As reported by regulatory agencies and independent experts, a failure in computer or embedded microchip systems may cause a breakdown in energy transmission, with consequences that could result in a nuclear accident, or even a meltdown. (2) The generators that supply back-up power for nuclear installations depend on fuel supplies that may also be interrupted by the Y2K bug.

The Risk: No one knows what will happen on or after January 1, 2000 or beyond that date because of the Y2K problem. The potential for humanitarian and ecological disasters is self-evident. We cannot afford to take risks that could prove catastrophic and irreversible. While some contingency plans have been initiated, the public needs documented evidence that they will be safe from such potential catastrophes.

The Solution: We therefore call upon all governments, the international nuclear industry, and all citizens to support a World Atomic Safety Holiday, and to work together to implement the following steps:

1. Take all nuclear weapons off "hair trigger alert" from 1 December 1999 onwards, and remove all nuclear warheads from their delivery systems so that they cannot be launched immediately.

2. Shut down all nuclear installations by 1 December 1999, and not bring them back online after 1 January 2000, until they are tested, transparently verified for Y2K compliance, and the electrical grid stability is re-established.

3. Provide reliable and redundant back-up systems, with adequate fuel supplies for worst case scenarios, in every nuclear installation by 1 December 1999, to ensure that critical nuclear facilities are stable and under control.

4. Ensure that contingency plans are in place in every community where a nuclear facility is located. To prepare for "worst case scenarios", we call on local governments in communities with nuclear installations to set up emergency procedures that inform and protect the public, and to assess the companies operating the nuclear facilities for the costs of these precautions. These procedures should include but not be limited to:

(a) producing and distributing leaflets educating the public about the danger to the community of nuclear accidents, the long-term dangers to health of radioactive material in the environment, and recommended actions in case of meltdown or accident to minimize the danger to health.

(b) supplying iodine tablets and instructions for their use to every household, with storage in central areas for rapid distribution in emergencies.

(c) conducting evacuation exercises on a regular basis, and regularly testing emergency services, such as hospital emergency rooms and fire department procedures.

5. Institute a worldwide moratorium on transport of all nuclear materials from 1 December 1999.

6. To monitor, assess, and make recommendations about the unfolding global situation, provide for ongoing expert discussion and evaluation between G-8- appointed and independent Y2K-Nuclear Forum experts, to be disseminated through the internet and printed media.

The Opportunity: The challenge of meeting the Y2K problem offers the opportunity for all of us to face the reality of the nuclear dangers we live with every day. Y2K shows us that our control over technology is limited and accidents can happen; governments need to be mindful of the ever-present threat of nuclear accidents in the future, as long as nuclear weapons and nuclear energy continue to exist. Together in the next days and weeks, we can take steps to create a safer world, provide for our common security and minimize the risk of nuclear catastrophe.

"Probably one out of five days I wake up in a cold sweat thinking [Y2K] is much bigger than we think, and then the other four days I think maybe we really are on top of it. Everything is so interconnected, it's hard to know with any precision whether we have got it fixed."

--U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre

(1) 433 commercial nuclear power plants, 591 research reactors, all nuclear fuel facilities containing significant quantities of nuclear material, and all nuclear-powered submarines.

(2) The French Atomic Energy Commission reports that it will keep most of its nuclear facilities shut down through the Year 2000 rollover until 3 January 2000; in the U.S. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported in July 1999 that 6 of the 8 major fuel cycle facilities in the U.S. will be offline at the rollover.


Please Note: I am for shutting down the nukes permanently, but AT LEAST for "Y2K-W.A.S.H."

Many of the issues presented by Russell Hoffman in this letter are 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, etc. 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 (my press release about it was published in Nuclear News, for instance). Any errors herein are regrettably my own, but I believe it would take an extremely unlikely 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:

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** Russell D. Hoffman, Owner and Chief Programmer
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What you can do today to stop NASA's nuclear madness:

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

NASA states that they do not have the resources anymore to answer most emails they receive. Liars! They have $13 billion dollars to play with. They can answer the public's questions!

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

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

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.

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