[ RadSafe ] Insult

Conklin, Al (DOH) Al.Conklin at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Mar 3 10:21:33 CST 2006

I've sat on the sidelines reading with interest and respect, Mr.
Salsman's reasoning, (though not agreeing with him) and agree that he
crossed the line before, and I naively expected an apology; but, with
this note, he has gone way too far and made it very clear that he has
contempt for the people who keep us free.  No more respect, Mr..

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From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
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Dear Colonel Battle:

Thank you for your comments:

> you, Mr. James Salsman, crossed the line of professional (or even 
> common courtesy) in calling a decorated war hero ... a "coward".

I owe no courtesy to the profession of killing humans on command, as I
am no longer any part of it.  Has professional courtesy become so
powerful that it allows gross negligence to continue unchecked?

I make no apology for asking for a review of the events leading up to
the reasoned choice of a powerful weapon without fair consideration or
disclosure of the drawbacks which were known at the time.

>... I had a (very) little to do with the Air Force choosing  a DU 
>anti-armor round for the A-10 GAU-8 gun, and I assure  you no one there

>had any inkling of possible "side effects"
> from its use!!

Where have we heard that before?  Nobody could have imagined that people
would use airplanes to attack buildings.  Nobody could have predicted
that storm strength would increase.

For goodness sake, Colonel, uranium was a known teratogen as far back as
1953, in the authoritative text on the subject.
You should know there was even earlier evidence which you probably have
made a promise not to discuss somewhere along the line.

You are telling me that the military, with their UCMJ restrictions on
free speech, should be afforded any scientific authority on these
matters?  Hogwash.

How brave do you have to be to sit in an airplane and shoot DU ordnance?
The only kind of bravery I have seen in evidence of from the military on
this issue is the kind it takes to pay journalists under the table to
print "psychological operations product."  Shame!

James Salsman

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