Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Native Americans Want 'Bunker Buster' Test Stopped
by Haider Rizvi
Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 by OneWorld.net
UNITED NATIONS - Native Americans want U.S. authorities to cancel plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives on what they say is tribal land in Nevada.
The planned explosion, scheduled for June 2 some 90 miles from Las Vegas, is aimed at aiding U.S. efforts to develop ''bunker buster'' weapons capable of penetrating solid rock. Officials have suggested the test would constitute the largest non-nuclear, open-air blast in the test site's history.
Federal officials have described such efforts as essential to the administration of President George W. Bush's self-styled ''war on terror'' but to leaders of the Shoshone, also known as the Newe people, the planned detonation is just the latest in a decades-long history of experiments at the Nevada Test Site to shake the earth and raise a dust cloud.
The test has been named ''Divine Strake,'' adding to the outrage felt by many Native Americans, who say the test site sits on sacred land.
''It's a mystery why they call it 'divine','' said Carrie Dann, a grandmother and executive director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project. ''Isn't 'divine' used for your deity, God, your sacredness? Why don't they call it 'Hell Strake?'''
''When you are working testing weaponry of destruction of life, you should not associate it with 'divine','' Dann added. ''We want this insanity to stop. No more bombs and no more testing.''
(Bold emphasis above is mine.)
Fair to say "war on terror", in this case, especially given recent developments, means possible strikes against bunkered underground Iranian nuclear sites.
Previous farmrunoff posts about Divine Strake tests here:
Commenters here earlier also remarked on the use of "divine" in the name. I'd thought perhaps that since these detonation tests are for the purpose of understanding the effectiveness of earth penetration weapons the use of the word divine, in this case, might be understood to mean to divine, as in finding or locating something. As one might use a diving rod to locate water underground. But I dunno really. Just a thought.
For more on DIVINE STRAKE and DIVINE WARHAWK, DIVINE HELCAT, and DIVINE HATES go here:
Global Security.org - DIVINE STRAKE is one of several "DIVINE" efforts under the Hard and Deeply Buried Target Defeat (HDBTD) program. DIVINE WARHAWK consists of deep underground operational tunnel facility defeat demonstrations using advanced weapons at the White Sands Missile Range. DIVINE HELCAT was a 2004 reconstitution exercise to determine reconstitution time for the C3I tunnel facility at Nevada Test Site (NTS). Also in 2004 planning began for DIVINE HATES, which is a WMD production and storage tunnel complex functional defeat effort.
How about DIVINE BIG TIME? A Dick Cheney undislosed underground location storage tunnel complex functional defeat effort. That one might come in handy in the near future. Bury the bloodless bugger in his own hidey hole. A little "self-styled" - "war on Big Time terror" - contingency planning here mind you. Hee hee. Just sayin'. Gulp.