The anti-ballistic missile interceptor system called THAAD is one of the many snake heads of the Pentagon that claims it is designed to protect us under its umbrella. Be wary because its dark shadow is not the cooling shade of the sacred 9-headed Cobra that kindly sheltered the Buddha.
The snake head called THAAD has two poisonous fangs. These are
First, the deceptive Pentagon claim that a “kinetic” missile tip can make a direct on hit an incoming ballistic missile. In the science of ballistics, this is like swinging a baseball bat against a bullet. It might be possible inside the strike zone at home plate, but don’t try it in the outfield. What I mean is that shooting an ICBC from Vandenberg onto Kwajalein island is pitching over home plate, with all factors under control. Try doing it, say, anywhere over French Polynesia and the batting average will drop to triple zero and it will be a strike out for Tahiti.
The so-called missile defense cannot save Japan or South Korea from multiple warheads that can detach in less than a minute from launch. This is called the rising munitions design concept, which is highly effective in the mid-range target zone. The Pentagon knows all about it, so they are lying to us.
Second, THAAD accuracy depends on over-the-horizon detection technology called “X-band radar”, whose actual purpose goes far beyond a missile-defense role. It’s there to support offensive warfare against the Russian Far East and China with long-distance surveillance and electronic warfare..
The role of X-band was stated by Colonel Stephen Town, former chief of the Army Air and Missile Defense Division in Japan. “This is a surveillance, detection and early warning system to provide information to the Japan Defense Agency and to the U.S. government.”
That honest admission was made back in 2006, when the second X-band radar unit ever installed was displayed to American military personnel at Misawa Air Base before its deployment to the Japan Air-Self Defense Force (ASDF) base at Shariki, Tsugaru Prefecture in the far northwest of Honshu, where it is aimed at the warplanes and missiles of the Russian Pacific Fleet in Vladivostok and the East Military Command.
Since then another set X-band unit has reportedly been set up at the Japan’s Maritime SDF base at Maizuru on the East Sea/Japan Sea.
The THAAD unit in South Korea further expands this radar network, much closer to the Shenyang military district and Beijing Capital defense zones, and extending as far as the Western Command in Lanzhou and into Russian Eastern Military District region north of Mongolia.
An Offensive Weapons System
To understand the role of X-band radar, there are a few basics. With a wavelength of only 3 centimeters, bordering the microwave range, it can detect small differences on the surfaces of flying objects. Its precision can be greatly enhanced by using two THAAD units, hundreds of kilometers apart, to triangulate on the target area. Wave interference then allows for detection at a millimeter level. Thus, a pair of X-band units should be able to tell the difference between a civilian jetliner and a military plane of similar size.
A knock against THAAD for defensive purposes is the narrowness of the X-band beam, whereas early-warning systems require broad scanning of the entire horizon. This is especially true in an era of mobile launchers on land, sea and air when incoming missiles appear from any point on the compass.
Therefore X-band is actually for offensive purposes. if you’re planning to shoot down a presidential aircraft such as Vladimir Putin’s Ilyushin-96-300PU Voronezh. After downing the jet with a space-based laser gun or a SAM armed with a mini-nuke, the Russian nuclear defense will be temporarily paralyzed for a crucial several minutes, enabling the US strategic command to launch nuclear first-strikes against military bases and command-and-control centers across Russia.
However X-band radar is essential for near-future wars planned by the Pentagon. A targeting team of 100 contractors and military specialists are assigned to each THAAD unit to track and reinterpret radar data into visual images, which is transmitted to cockpit displays for pilots in attack planes to identify threats, including SAMs, interceptors and air-to-air rockets, along with targeting enemy warplanes. After a pilot fires off a shot, the ground crew takes over to pin the rocket to target.
Fine-detailed radar imagery is especially important for invasion tasks, such as protecting carrier-launched V-22 Ospreys transporting Marines and US Special Forces commandos into battlefronts outside the range of Predator drones, for instance, into the Ring Roads of Beijing. X-band is precise enough to spot shoulder-fired rockets and approaching helicopter gunships, for shoot-down by US attack planes without the confusion that results in friendly fire. X-band radar also deprives Russian and Chinese pilots of the element of surprise, a key part of Soviet air-combat doctrine, for example, when high-altitude “hawk” patrol above the radar ceiling of attack jets swoops down on unsuspecting American jets.
Tactical advantages aside, there are strategic risks when South Korean radar personnel put their military into a direct role as combatants on the side of American forces. The logical solution for Chinese and Russian forces is, of course, is a punishing ground counterattack to eliminate THAAD on and the rest of the American military forces with it.
Anyone who thinks American troopers down at the McDonald’s canteen are going to beat the Russian Army and the PLA is taking way too many mind-bending drugs. The PLA and Russian Army are a different quantity than ISIS or Taliban, which the Americans are yet not close to defeating. The outcome for South Korea and Japan would be another occupation.
There is a wide variance in reports on the actual pulse output emitted by the THAAD X-band, from a ridiculously low 3 watts up to 110 kW, meaning nobody outside Lockheed-Martin knows for sure. It would at the higher end of the scale if we are to believe the army colonel at Misawa: “When the radar is turned on, you would not want to stand here.”
The radar signal is powerful enough to knock out electronics, as happened when I crossed the beam in the Puget Sound region near Seattle. The radio in the truck was knocked out for 20 minutes and even my ProTrek watch stopped for a five minutes. This possibly provides some insight into the frequency of Russian air crashes in or near the Middle East, given the fact that Turkey fields a THAAD air-defense system.
As to the health risk of electromagnetic pulse out, anyone living in the vicinity of the beam could well be exposed to a high risk of cancer and perhaps heart failure or brain disorders. So I would advise Koreans to distribute surveys to local residents and, if an abnormal pattern of serious health issues arises, to file in court for damages against the Defense Department and Lotte. Isn’t Lotte actually a Japanese company?
THAAD and Nuclear Deception
Contrary to claims, the missile-defense system is not here to reduce the nuclear threat from North Korea but, to the contrary, for the goal of US sales of weapons-grade plutonium and nuclear warhead technology to South Korea..
The vast stockpile of war-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium in the USA is a two-edged sword for Washington. Its stockpile 60 tons of weapons plutonium (beyond its military needs) plus double that amount in near-to-wargrade Pu will cost many billions of dollars for long-term storage and poses the risk of accidents like the fire inside the WIPP burial site in Carlsbad, New Mexico, especially given the fact that the USA does not have a permanent repository.
Remember the Pu storage agreement with Russia has collapsed. The Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have therefore been quietly pushing to sell its “treasure” of weapons-grade plutonium to so-called allies, especially Japan and South Korea, along reselling back to Ukraine. The costs of storing the plutonium for the next 70,000 years will be pushed onto the Asians rather than paid for by Americans.
Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula? Six-party talks? We are being lied to. The White House under Bush, Obama and now Trump has been pursuing exactly the opposite strategy of transforming both Korean states and Japan into the most heavily nuclear-armed theater in the world.
USA Promoting Proliferation
THAAD is here to frustrate the DPRK into expanding its comparatively small nuclear-deterrence capability, which in turn is being used to convince the Republic of Korea into purchasing massive amounts of weapons-grade plutonium from the USA and establish MOX reactors along with fuel-enrichment and plutonium extraction facilities, as Japan has done under Shinzo Abe.
This transfer of nuclear materials to Japan began at the Camp David summit in April 2007 of George W. Bush and Shinzo Abe, who agreed on nuclear cooperation in the so-called “changing security situation in East Asia”. Never mind that Abe’s belligerence over the Tokdo/Tokishima and Diaoyu/Senkuku disputes is what changed the regional security situation.
Over the summer of 2008, warheads were secretly sent from PANTEX, the Department of Energy (DOE) disassembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, to Israel and Japan, destined for Fukushima. The plutonium was for use in MOX (mixed oxide) fuel rods used in Fukushima 1 Reactor 3 built Toshiba-Westinghouse by and planned for with the conversion of Reactor 4 by GE-Hitachi.
What Bush and Obama did was encourage Japan to refresh decayed US warheads in MOX (mixed-oxide fuel) inside Fukushima reactor 3. The MOX fuel contains only 7 percent Pu at the center of a fuel assembly, and neutrons released by uranium would build up the nucleus of plutonium to reach the Pu-239 level. Then the enriched fuel would be gassified (turned into a plasma) at a secret processing facility to extracted the plutonium for Japanese-manufactured warheads.
In the past it was extremely difficult and costly to extract plutonium from spent fuel. About a decade ago, GE-Hitachi (GEH) developed a new type of rapid plutonium extraction technology called GLE (Global Laser Enrichment), which uses a laser beam set at a certain frequency to excite the specific nuclear isotopes in a plasma flow. An electromagnet set at that frequency (think here of a tuning fork) will then divert the desired protons. So in one pass one can remove, say, Pu-239, and in another pass extract the Pu-235. So, abracadabra, you have what it takes for a hydrogen bomb.
When Tokyo and Seoul become nuclear states, Washington will blame them for abandoning the 6-party talks. We are facing a diabolical monster.
Japan’s Secret Nuclear-Weapons Program at Fukushima
As you recall on March 14, 2011, Reactor 3 exploded, releasing tons of war-grade Plutonium into the atmosphere and much of that was deliberately dumped int the Pacific Ocean.
Since April 2011, I have conducted 12 research trips into the Fukushima Nuclear Zone, some by bicycle to avoid arrest by the secret nuclear security force. I have detected three nuclear-weapons sites on those trips, two of them related to war-grade plutonium extraction.
UN Treaty for a Nuclear Ban
The US drive to spread nuclear weapons to its vassal states has so alarmed Western European and Latin American nations that these non-nuclear countries have taken the long-overdue step of introducing a Treaty banning nuclear weapons to the UN. Under the auspices of UNODA, the UN Organization for disarmament Affairs, the treaty process began in March this year and talks on a draft treaty will begin soon, on June 17. The treaty will be signed July 7.
Washington is furious about this proposed treaty, which challenges the nuclear arsenals of the Big 5 Security Council Powers. At the opening in March, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley led a walkout of 35 member-nations.
These misguided countries include: Japan, which has a special role in this scandal in gross contempt of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima / France and UK, Security Council members and NATO heavyweights / Israel, of course, the “Mini-Me” of the USA Doctor Evil / 30 Eastern European and Balkans nations, still subject to massive brainwashing / And SOUTH KOREA under the deposed Park government
Other countries have abstained but at least have not opposed the treaty, including
China, Russia, North Korea, Iran.
Therefore as the last chance for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and Japan, we must appeal to the Government of South Korea to break with this suicide pact of mass murder with the pro-nuclear minority. Only South Korea can act as the voice for the overwhelming majority of people in East Asia – Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolians and Russians, along with all the ethnic minorities.
In contrast with a world dying of radioactivity, as is happening in Japan and North America now after Fukushima, we must remember our moral and ethical responsibility, as Christians put it, to protect the Peaceable Kingdom of all creatures small and large, and the Buddhist equivalent in the slogan, The Liberation of All Living Beings.
There are flaws in the treaty of not calling for an end to the Big Five MONOPOLY in the Security Council, not establishing a genuine regulatory agency as opposed to the IAEA, which is a lobby for the nuclear industry, not linking so-called civilian nuclear energy to the subtext of nuclear weapons potential. We should raise those objections during and after the treaty negotiations. Despite these issues, the ethical position must be demonstrated this month and on July 7, with South Korea as the ONLY member in the 6-party talks to support denuclearization.
Therefore, on behalf of a still voiceless public, let me appeal to President Moon Jae-In to take a courageous and principled stand for peace and for life, and reject global annihilation and genocide under the nuclear regime, and join the UN Treaty talks toward a nuclear-weapons ban. For the future of our children and grandchildren, we stand with you, President Moon. We must protect life on Earth.
Yoichi Shimatsu, Senior Advisor and Contributing Editor for The 4th Media, who was former editor with The Japan Time group in Tokyo, is a globally-recognized Japanese-American investigative reporter, science journalist and environmental researcher, who has conducted field research inside the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone since April 2011, and has led initiatives to halt the Southeast avian influenza outbreak and environmental projects in Thailand and the far western end of the Gobi Desert.
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