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Archive for May 16th, 2010

Two weeks ago (May 1, 2010) in the diary entry “Russians Report North Korean Mini-Sub Torpedoes Gulf Rig,” The Millstone Diaries posted the story “North Korea sabotage Gulf oil rig, and did Obama cover it up?” In the story, Anthony G. Martin discussed the media blackout over North Korea’s torpedoing of the giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform and Brother O’s “impossible dilemma” to either allow the continuation of the catastrophic oil leak to continue for months or to stop it by the only known and proven means possible, the detonation of a thermonuclear device.

According to the story “US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig,” posted in The European Union Times online newspaper, the most viable weapon for the “nuclear option” is the B83 (Mk-83) strategic thermonuclear bomb because it has a Low Kiloton Range to 1,200 Kilotons and the ability to be deployed and detonated by a remote controlled mini-sub.

Now the London Telegraph reports that Bother O has sent a five-man team of nuclear physicists to stop the flow of oil that Brother O and Coast Guard commandant, Thad Allen, say “has the potential to be catastrophic” and devastate the Gulf Coast, its economy and its people.

The Telegraph report makes the stories of a White House ordered media blackout and cover-up appear more plausible.

Keep in mind:

When the oil rig exploded, Brother O ordered military SWAT teams into the Gulf. Why send SWAT teams unless it’s to protect other oil rigs from further attacks?

Over six weeks ago, Brother O ordered an ‘Immediate Stand-down’ after North Korea sunk a South Korean warship killing 46 sailors. Neither the US nor South Korea have retaliated for the deadly attack described by a senior North Korean party leader as “gratifying revenge” on South Korea.

The giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform is owned by the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean, but it was built and financed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.

The North Korean cargo vessel Dai Hong Dan left Cuba’s Port of Havana April 18 for Venezuela’s Puerto Cabello and was reportedly within 130 miles of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. From that distance, the vessel could have launched an SSC Sang-o Class Mini Submarine with its operational range of 200 miles staffed with 17th Sniper Corps suicide human torpedoes.

It’s possible the rig was hit with two incendiary torpedoes on April 20 causing a massive explosion and the death of 11 workers, and then less than 48 hours later, the mini-sub exploded itself directly beneath the rig, sinking the rig, taking out the wellhead and the blowout preventer valve to stop the flow of oil in an emergency, and leaving a crater in the sea floor gushing oil and gas.

On a final note:

Japanese military sources report that North Korea is preparing for new launches of its “Rodong” missile that experts think is capable of carrying an atomic electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device, which if detonated high in the atmosphere could effectively destroy America’s economy for years or even decades.

“There are powers in the universe inscrutable and profound. Fear cannot save us. Rage cannot help us. We must see the stranger in a new light …”

I.M. Kane


 

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil leak

By James Quinn

The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the “catastrophic” flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant’s inability to control the situation.

The five-man team – which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s – is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama’s Energy Secretary.

He has charged the men with finding solutions to stop the flow of oil.

He also denounced the attempts by executives from BP, Transocean and Haliburtion to blame each other during this week’s congressional hearings into the rig disaster. “I will not tolerate more finger pointing or irresponsibility.” Mr Obama said.

The five scientists visited BP’s main crisis centre in Houston earlier this week, along with Mr Chu, and are to continue to work with the company’s scientists and external advisers to reach an answer.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Hayward [Tony Hayward, CEO of BP] said the five-hour meeting involved a “very deep dive” into the situation at hand, with “lots of nuclear physicists and all sorts of people coming up with some quite good ideas actually.”

Pressed further about the meeting, he said they had “come up with one good idea” but declined to elaborate.

The five include 82-year-old Richard Garwin, who designed the first hydrogen bomb, and Tom Hunter, head of the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Labs.

In addition, Mr Chu has already despatched Marcia McNutt, the head of the US Geological Service, to the oil company.

Mr Hayward is understood to be feeling the weight of increased pressure from Washington, following Mr Chu and Interior Secterary Ken Salazar’s visit earlier this week and a series of testy Congressional hearings.

In an [sic] memo to BP staff, Mr Hayward wrote that reports of the hearings had made for “difficult viewing or reading”.

He has told a number of his senior team they must stay with him in Houston until the problem is resolved, and was seen in Louisiana meeting with Robert Dudley, executive vice-president of BP’s operations in the Americas.

President Obama accused BP and its contractors of “falling over each other to point the finger of blame at someone else,” while adding “the potential devastation to the Gulf Coast, its economy and its people require us to continue our relentless efforts to stop the leak.”

Thad Allen, a Coast Guard commandant, said that the slick “has the potential to be catastrophic.”

BP was last night trying to position a “top hat” containment device – intended to slow the flow of oil – while still working on its final “top-kill” solution which involves filling the well with old golf balls and pieces of car tyre, followed by mud and then cement, in an attempt to absorb and then stop the flow.

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