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by x Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at 1:05 PM

Feds surveyed NYC for radiation, found tainted park, Embassy

WASHINGTON -- Anti-terrorism officials conducted a helicopter survey of
New York City's radiation sources in preparation for a so-called "dirty
bomb" attack - and discovered a Staten Island park with dangerously high
levels of radium, a new report found.

Federal authorities found 80 unexpected "hot spots" around New York
City, according to the Government Accountability Office, the
investigative arm of Congress.

The GAO report released Thursday details a previously undisclosed aerial
anti-terrorism program in New York City, one which may be extended to
other cities worried about the possible release of radioactive material
by terrorists.

The report does not identify which city park had the contaminated soil,
but NYPD officials said it was in Gateway National Park in Staten
Island. The site was closed, and New York has requested federal money to
do a citywide aerial survey every year to update the information.

By creating a map of the city's radiation sources, city officials hope
to be able to respond more quickly in the event of a dirty bomb attack,
know exactly which streets are contaminated and get civilians away.

New York is the first and only U.S. city to conduct a complete aerial
radiological survey, having paid the U.S. Department of Energy $800,000
for the 2005 study.

The helicopters picked up sources of low-level radiation from expected
places, like granite statues and medical isotopes at hospitals, but it
also found dozens of other sources of unexpected radioactivity, the GAO
report found.

"NYPD officials indicated that the survey was tremendously valuable
because it identified more than 80 locations with radiological sources
that required further investigation to determine their risk," the report

At the Staten Island park, sensors detected large quantities of radium
in the soil. Long-term exposure to radium increases the risk of
developing lymphoma, bone cancer and leukemia.

National Park Service spokesman Brian Feeney said the area is a one-acre
piece of the 570-acre Great Kills Park, which is part of the larger
Gateway park.

Feeney said experts assured them after the August 2005 study that the
area posed no public health risk, and said visitors do not go into that
area anyway because of dense vegetation. He did not know if any warnings
had been placed around the site.

The radiation apparently comes from "some piece of industrial equipment,
pieces of old rusty metal. Whatever this equipment used to do, it picked
up radioactivity," he said.

"We keep people out of that area. It's a non-accessible area of the
park, no one can get in there," said Feeney. "There's no health hazard
now, there was never a health hazard to the public."

He said the agency has applied to the Department of Energy for funding
to further survey the site.

Staten Island's congressman, Rep. Vito Fossella, said the contamination
was a surprise to him and residents near the park, and he demanded more

"It is essential for the government to act immediately to fully
understand the extent of the contamination," said Fossella, who was
trying to arrange a meeting Friday with federal and city officials to
discuss further testing and possible removal of the contaminated soil.

One alleged radiation hot spot on Manhattan's east side has the
potential for becoming a political hot spot: A strong radiation spike
from the area of the Israeli Embassy. Officials would not comment on why
they thought that particular area allegedly showed such a stunning peak
in radiation.

The aerial survey is designed to help local officials react more quickly
in the event of terrorists detonating a "dirty bomb" that releases
radioactive material into the air. With the survey, police may be able
to pinpoint the exact source of radiation by comparing new readings to
their pre-existing "radiation map" of the area.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the department wanted a record of the
city's naturally occurring and other "radiological signatures" to
compare with periodic readings it does to detect for dirty bombs or
other nuclear devices.

"It gives us a baseline so we can pick up any anomalies," he said.

New York City is the only major city to conduct a full-scale Aerial
Background Radiation Survey to identify "hot spots," though such work
has been done in the nation's capitol, according to the report.

The GAO found neither the Department of Energy nor the Department of
Homeland Security believe they are required to conduct such radiation
mapping, though the investigators said there were "significant benefits"
to surveys in other urban areas.

Homeland Security officials agreed that they should study the cost and
effectiveness of expanded radiation mapping in additional cities.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called the report further proof the
federal government is not doing enough to help cities guard against

The hot spot mapping initiative "should also be shared with cities
across the country, not mothballed because the Homeland Security
Department doesn't want to put up the money," Schumer said.

The GAO report also found the Department of Energy may need to beef up
security at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Andrews Air Force Base
in Maryland because those sites hold key national assets for responding
to a radiological or nuclear attack.

Specialized quick-response teams and equipment are concentrated at those
two sites, and a successful attack against either could leave one
section of the country with limited capacity to respond to a subsequent
strike with radioactive weapons, the GAO said.

The agency's associate administrator, Michael C. Kane, was adamant the
sites are safe.

"We categorically reject the contention that physical security at two of
our facilities may not be sufficient for protecting against terrorist
attacks," Kane wrote.>>

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by jj Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006 at 4:18 PM

"One alleged radiation hot spot on Manhattan's east side has the
potential for becoming a political hot spot: A strong radiation spike
from the area of the Israeli Embassy. Officials would not comment on why
they thought that particular area allegedly showed such a stunning peak
in radiation. "

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by FumbDuck Sunday, Feb. 04, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Has Israel... I mean has Al Qaeda (nudge nudge wink wink) smuggled a nuclear weapon into the US?

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by Jonas Sunday, Feb. 04, 2007 at 11:42 PM

I can't see a mentioning of the Israeli Embassy?

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by Me Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Israeli embassy Alledged hot spot ???????

Either it is or it isn't ? After all the "alledged israeli spies" that were caught and then "sent back to isreal" I demand that this is investigated immediately, like today. After a "muslim terrorist" sets off a dirty bomb we will look at this in hind sight and say "gee maybe we should've checked this out, nah "our friends" would never so something like this, after all they have nothing to gain from it, ha. If I was living in N.Y. I would be knocking on their door this morning.

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by Me Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Israeli embassy Alledged hot spot ???????

Either it is or it isn't ? After all the "alledged israeli spies" that were caught and then "sent back to isreal" I demand that this is investigated immediately, like today. After a "muslim terrorist" sets off a dirty bomb we will look at this in hind sight and say "gee maybe we should've checked this out, nah "our friends" would never so something like this, after all they have nothing to gain from it, ha. If I was living in N.Y. I would be knocking on their door this morning.

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This is the blackmail nuke
by Frank J Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 6:10 AM

These Israeli nukes are threats to the US if Bush leaves Iraq. Not only has Bush elevated Iraq and Afghanistan, he placed Israeli interest ahead of US interest by proxy (possibly due to Israel threatening nukes on Iran and US, if we condemn them). Only Israel benefits from these endless Middle East wars. Iraq is the beginning. As we commit war-crimes in Baghdad, the US gov't commits treason at home by opening mail, eliminating habeas corpus, using the judiciary to steal private lands, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, conducting warrantless wiretaps and engaging in illegal wars on behalf of AIPAC. Soon, another US false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier by Mossad) and the US will invade Iran, (on behalf of Israel). Then we'll invade Syria, then Saudi Arabia, then Lebanon (again) then .... OR else Mossad will set off a nuke in NY.
Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't demands and censors the title):
America Deceived (book)

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Time to move the nuke back to the synagouge
by Martin Frobisher Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 6:16 AM

I thought that THIS aricle was sheer paranoia: But now I'm starting to be a believer...

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New York is the most jewish city in the world
by Ken Inigin Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 8:37 AM

New York is the most...
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It makes little sense that Israel would set off a nuke in New York city, the most Jewish city in the world. That is unless you subscribe to the theory that zionists have always used jews as pawns and ultimately want to see the complete elimination of the Jewish people. Some say that the zionists refused to rescue the Jews in WWII so that they would make conditions in Europe so bad that it would make Palestine look good in comparison.
I only know that the zionist state has a genocide going against the Palestinian people and it needs to stop.

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by Bison Boy Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 9:04 AM

I'd like to see the source of this (presumably reposted) article. Anyone have a link to the original?

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Source found?
by Bison Boy Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 9:54 AM

I've googled a bit for the sources of this article. I found some interesting things.

The GAO report in question was issued on September 21, several weeks before the Indymedia article. Within two days of the original GAO report, a local Congressman posted an article which claimed, among other things, that the "[...] area initially flagged by the inspection, amounting to a 1-foot-square patch of dirt, emitted about one millirem of radioactivity per hour." Not exactly a high hazard. Plus, the seemed to be quite clear that the list of actual radiation sites was likely to remain unreleased to even the congressman. (I sure haven't found it.) So where did the allegation involving a location near the Israeli embassy originate?

Googling for "alleged radiation hot spot on Manhattan's east side" gives only one other result, which is an October 10 article at which on casual inspection seems to be a verbatim source for the CIMC article. This page includes a (dead) source link to This in turn seems to be a reference to Hal Turner, who has an interesting and very up-to-date wikipedia entry. Apparently he's a white supremacist. An amusing (alleged) quote from his website is listed here:
If they do, it will rightly mean the total destruction of the Catholic Church. Non-Whites can never be Pope because they are not of God's Chosen; Jews have been trying to steal the title of "God's Chosen" for centuries, but those of us who understand the Bible know that only whites constitute God's Chosen. It says so in the Bible, Book of Genesis</blockquote>

I wonder if he might have an axe to grind in regards to Israel? :-)

So anyway, I couldn't find any other mentions of the Israeli embassy allegation. It looks like this article is based on a mostly legitimate story, into which Hal Turner (or some source upstream from him) has inserted a bit of clever propaganda. Not quite clever enough, IMHO, because the inserted paragraph regarding the embassy breaks the writing style of the rest of the article. It's a good effort, but not good enough.

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by PISSEDOFFPATRIOT Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Since we have not been driven to attack Iran yet the Zionists are preparing the next false flag attack with a 'dirty bomb' that has been touted as the 'next terrorist attack' for a while in order to scare us all into total submission. Mossad KNEW about 9/11 in advance, even filmed it happening; they KNEW about the London bombings in advance and I bet there will be the telltale signs of Zionist foreknowledge with the next attack. By that I mean follow the Israelis and the money. The thing is since we supplied Israel with nuclear material and 'helped' them with their program they have to be sure to get material that will be traced back to Iran so the blame can be pointed there.

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by Kimmer Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 12:30 PM

for another zionist false flag attack.
Most people won't be so gullible
the second time around.

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Great Kills Contamination
by John McCarthy Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 12:51 PM 310 397 1143

Perhaps a boy scout is old enough to get a merit badge for solving this not so difficult problem of contamination at Great Kills Park.
The Park was chosen for the temporary storage of the steel from the WTC buildings collapsed on 911.
There is great potential that the WTC buildings were collapsed with nuclear and non-nuclear demolitions.
The only way to determine the validity of such a potential is to gather the necessary equipment and have an independent survey of the area in question.
Reluctance on the part of any official for such testing will also be telling!

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Dirty bombs are not a threat
by rfugger Monday, Feb. 05, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Not mentioned in the article is the fact that the small amount of radiation a dirty bomb would create is hardly a threat to human health:

"A test explosion and subsequent calculations done by the United States Department of Energy found that assuming nothing is done to clean up the affected area and everyone stays in the affected area for one year, the radiation exposure would be "fairly high", but not fatal."

As such, evacuation plans in case of a dirty bomb attack are misguided at best.

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aerial surveillance
by Liz Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2007 at 1:39 AM 8037901302 Columbia SC

In Columbia SC we have aerial surveillance that has been going on for almost two years. It would be sad to know we have been flown over and flown over but not searched for radiation. It would be sad to know they fly aircraft to monitor our behavior or intimidate us but not really establish hot spots or potential problems. There are days when I am buzzed by aircraft every 10 minutes. They fly at less than 100 feet in downtown Columbia SC- the capital of the state. Many of these aircraft are without numbers and letters and the FAA states they do not know who it is, and the local airfield cannot contact these small planes the government sends up to fly around our city all day every day. How much does it cost and who is paying and what are they doing up there. According to your article, they are not monitoring radiation, why not?

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LInks Required!
by BlueBerry Pick'n Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2007 at 6:24 AM Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You know, a link to the GAO, or an off-gov't copy of the report, would be very helpful & increase credibility... because its a horrifying thought... just sickening... There is a good reason religion & politics should be kept separate... because Israel, Zionism, Jewish religion & spirituality are all SEPARATE concepts & entities. Many people will be confused by this, as some of the previous comments suggest. Its heartbreaking that this could be deeply misunderstood by the Public as the information only TRICKLES into the miasma of hatred that permeates 'International' current events... Spread Love... ... but wear the Glove! BlueBerry Pick'n can be found @ ThisCanadian "Silent Freedom is Freedom Silenced"

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Oh For Lans Sakes
by CanuckCookie Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Here is the part your looking for BlueBerryPick'n.
"First, NYPD officials said that in the course of conducting the survey, they identified over 80 locations with unexplained radiological sources. Teams of NYPD officers accompanied by DOE scientists and technicians investigated each of these hot spots and determined whether they posed a danger to the public. While most of these were medical isotopes located at medical facilities and hospitals, according to NYPD officials, awareness of these locations will allow them to distinguish false alarms from real radiological threats and locate a radiological device more quickly. Second, NYPD officers are now trained in investigating hot spots and they have real-life experience in locating radiological sources. Third, NYPD officials now have a baseline radiological survey of the city to assist with cleanup efforts in the event of a radiological release."

From the report here:

Not a word about Israel Embassy as you can see. Although this statement is interesting from a different link:

"The Hill, an area of the Fresh Kills landfill connected to the recovery effort, is soon to shut down. The operation, "created in the genius of desperation, has sorted through 1.6 million tons of material removed from the World Trade Center disaster site. That work has uncovered more than 4,100 body parts, helping to identify more than 150 victims. Now, there are only 25,000 tons to be carted to the landfill from Lower Manhattan, a small fraction of what was. In the next few weeks their mission will be completed, their future certain only to the extent that it will be nothing like what they have just gone through." (New York Times)"

Sheesh people!

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Oops Forgot
by CanuckCookie Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Sorry I didn't qualify why I thought the above statement was interesting. Because it also states in the GAO Report:

"One of the over 80 locations with a radiological signature was a local park that was once the site of an industrial plant. According to NYPD officials, the survey disclosed that the soil there was contaminated by large quantities of radium.9 Brush fires in the area posed an imminent threat to public health because traditional fire mitigation tactics of pushing flammable debris into the middle of the park could release radiological contamination into the air. Investigating locations with unexplained radiological sources identified by the aerial background radiation survey alerted NYPD officials to this threat, and they were able to prevent public exposure to the material."

The Park - see above.

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Nukes of Hazzard
by Jeh Thursday, Feb. 08, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Wait, are we sure Israel even has nuclear material.

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by Rasputin Thursday, Feb. 08, 2007 at 4:16 PM

yes, we know Isreil has fissile matierial. This doesnt mean what is there is fissile.

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How to verify
by Cole Dane Friday, Feb. 09, 2007 at 1:14 PM

Is there anyway we can verify this story, any one we can write or call? Was Indymedia the first to break this story?

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by FumbDuck Friday, Feb. 09, 2007 at 7:43 PM

Calling Bush an Asshole is wrong.
An Asshole serves a useful purpose.

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Publish the map
by Rev Pope Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at 10:24 AM

If a dirty bomb attack happens, be sure to re-survey that radiation spike. It may suddenly be gone.

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it endangers so much more
by fever Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Wouldn't it be something if the klan or Arean Nations were to raid the embassie and got thier hands on a nuke?

What? If the Zionists detonated the nuke, the klan / AN would loose a few dozen men, but what they call Jew York City would be gone, the American economy would no longer be able to aid Zionist offenses, and noone would know that it was the klan / AN that attacked the embassie or that the embassie was even attacked. All that would be known is that the nuke explosion had its ground zero at the embassie.

Or even a palestinian group. They would have even less to loose, and so much more to gain.

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Another forgery, indymedia style
by Tia Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 at 10:44 AM

This article made it into all the mainstream news sources except for one paragraph that was added at a later date. Its long since been discredited.
Any guess as to the paragraph that was recently inserted?
To their credit, this has been deleted by most of the IMC's that originally published it. Cleveland- its your turn!

One clue of the forged nature of this paragraph is the lack of compliance to standard rules of grammar:

"One alleged radiation hot spot on Manhattan's east side has the potential for becoming a political hot spot: A strong radiation spike from the area of the Israeli Embassy. Officials would not comment on why
they thought that particular area allegedly showed such a stunning peak in radiation"

Here's a mainstream media version of the same story:

Whats missing, children?

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The True Enemy Within
by laobao Friday, Apr. 13, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Research "The Samson Option" and you will know why Israel is the greatest threat on the planet.

Hot spot at the Israeli embassy and the zionist Main Stream Media does a complete stand down.

We got to take away their licenses and deport them to the country of the other passport they carry.

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Thats because...fake article
by Thats because...fake article Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Thats because a fake paragraph re: the Israeli Embassy was inserted into an actual article. Check the source. Typical anti-zionist fraud. It happens all the time.

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Its a truth optional world for some
by Tia Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2007 at 10:29 PM

"Typical anti-zionist fraud. It happens all the time."

Unfortunately, that is true.
There are assorted quotes that circulate around the IMC's- they are supposed to reveal the racist nature of Israel- trouble is, they are all fake.

It pays to check.

This Einstein "quote" has been making the rounds.

"Anti-Semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in the non-Jew by the Jewish group. The Jewish group has thrived on oppression and on the antagonism it has forever met in the world... the root cause is their
use of enemies they create in order to keep solidarity..."

Its no surprise that this end up on places like "", rense, etc.

What Einstein really said was "The formation of groups has an invigorating effect in all spheres of human striving, perhaps mostly due to the struggle between the convictions and aims represented by different groups. The Jews
too form such a group with a definite character of its own, and anti-semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in the non-Jews by the Jewish group "

He goes on to say what unites the Jewish people:

"The bond that unites the Jews for thousands of years and unites them today is, above all, the democractic ideal of social justice, coupled with the
idea of mutual aid and tolerance among all men. ..."

You aren't going to find that on whitespeech, or stormfront.

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