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Bin Laden Killing-Not An Assassination-US Attorney General.Then, What?

In Pakistan, terrorism, US on May 12, 2011 at 19:02

‘An assassination is “to murder (a usually prominent person) by a sudden and/or secret attack, often for political reasons.” An additional definition is “the act of deliberately killing someone especially a public figure, usually for hire or for political reasons.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination

This is exactly what US has done.

US has been very dignified about “Osama’s Killing’ till now.

‘Kill or Capture Mission’ is all right when you are at war.

No doubt ,the world is at war with Osama bin Laden.

But Pakistan is not US territory nor Pakistan an US Vassal( at least officially)

You are not at war with Pakistan, but are “Strategic partners in fighting terrorism”

‘He is an enemy Commander

Very true.

Equally true is that he was not in enemy’s soil.

Nobody disagrees with the US action.

The justification is in bad taste and could have been avoided.

 It is better to keep your  mouth shut and make the other wonder whether you  are a fool than to open your mouth and confirm that you are one.

Story:

LONDON: The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “not an assassination”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday after the al Qaeda leader’s sons denounced the operation.

Holder told the BBC the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan on May 2 was a “kill or capture mission” and that his surrender would have been accepted if offered, but that the safety of US Navy commandos was paramount.

“What happened to bin Laden was not an assassination,” Holder said.

“I think the action that we took against him can be seen as an act of national self-defence. You have to remember it is lawful to target an enemy commander,” he said.

The top US legal official said there was no indication that bin Laden was going to surrender and it was believed he could be wearing a suicide vest.

“It was a kill or capture mission. If there was a possibility of a feasible surrender that would have occurred, but their protection, that is the protection of the force that went into the compound, was uppermost in their minds,” said Holder.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/12/bin-laden-raid-not-an-assassination-us-attorney-general.html

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Israel has established itself as something of a market leader on this score, as seen by the way Mossad dealt with Hamas commander Mahmoud al Mabhouh last year. The incident was taken so seriously in London that then foreign secretary summoned the Israeli ambassador to the Foreign Office for a bollocking.

It’s not that David Miliband had much of a problem with Israel bumping off dodgy Palestinians or anything. But travelling on false UK passports was judged a step too far.

It’s always impossible to provide proof on such matters, but it remains a reasonable surmise that the Russian government had a hand in poisoning Alexander Litvinenko with polonium-210. There is ample evidence that Syria did for Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri.

The British state has had a hand in ‘targeted killings’ – to use the accepted euphemism – in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Former MI5 officer David Shayler claims British involvement in a plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi, for instance.

Those who disapprove of such practices have no alternative but to disapprove of their latest instantiation. It’s not that I shed any tears for OBL; while the world is obviously a better place without him, the reality remains that there will be plenty of others ready to step into his shoes.

But target killings breach the principle of respect for human life. Whatever the hypothetical moral case for them in urgent situations, where there are no other means to avoid given imminent harm, the criteria do not appear to have been met on this occasion. What the US did was wrong, and thus worthy of censure.

http://www.davidosler.com/2011/05/bin-laden-the-ethics-of-state-sponsored-assassinations/

Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detector Map

In internet, natural disasters, Science on March 18, 2011 at 11:08

Readings are in uR/hr for Cs137/Co60
Only detectors with readings in the last 24 hours are displayed

Click Link Below to operate the Geiger Counter.

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html

Note that these are generally run by individuals, and not all readings may be accurate. Do not panic because you see a high reading. Someone could be getting invalid readings.
Treat this for information purposes only, do not make safety decisions based upon it.

Today is: 2011-03-18, and the time is 05:16:12 UTC.
This page will automatically refresh every 15 minutes.

Are your friends panicked by media coverage of the event? Share this page so they can see things are normal.

Typical background radiation levels for most of the USA are in the 5 to 28 uR/hr range. Readings can be higher for brief periods of time due to normal variations in radiation levels. They can also be consistently higher for areas at high elevations, or with larger natural deposits of uranium, thorium, radon, etc.

The readings on this page were obtained using one of the Black Cat Systems radiation detectors:

The detector is connected to an ordinary computer (Windows or Macintosh) running a copy of the Rad software and connected to the internet (dialup, cable modem, dsl, etc). Rad automatically sends the current radiation reading to the web server that hosts this site, which generates the map showing the readings for all radiation monitoring stations. Rad is included free with any of our radiation detectors.

Users of our detectors are welcome to add their site to the map. Contact us at info (at) blackcatsystems (dot) com for details on how.

A geiger counter lets you check the environment and items for radioactivity. You can use to check for the presence of radon on your house or basement, or even use it to go prospecting for uranium or other radioactive minerals. The GM-10 and other members of the geiger counter family can detect radioisotopes such as Polonium 210 which was used to poison Alexander Litvinenko.

A geiger counter works by detecting the ionization produced by a radioactive particle. Each time a particle of radiation is detected, the counter records this event. The number of events recorded over a period of time indicates the amount of radiation present. Often this is done over one minute intervals, resulting in the familiar “counts per minute” or CPM. The higher the CPM, the higher the radiation levels. You can read a more in depth description of how geiger counters work.

Radiation decay is a random event. That means that if the average reading is say 16 CPM, it will not remain a steady 16, but will bounce up and down. This is normal. The standard deviation is the square root of the average value, and the typical maximum range is plus or minus 3 standard deviations.

So, using the above example, the square root of 16 is 4, so the standard deviation is 4. 3 times 4 is 12. So we would expect the readings to be 16 +/- 12, or range from 4 to 28. That is to say, even if the radiation levels are a “constant” 16, the apparent readings of the geiger counter will range between 4 and 28. So if you suddenly see the reading jump from 16 to 25, that does necessarily not mean that the radiation level has increased.

There is a writeup about Counting Statistics available.

Radioactivity is the emission of energy from the nucleus of certain nuclides or elements. Some naturally occuring radioactive elements include uranium and thorium and radon. A small amount of naturally occuring potassium is even radioactive.

There are three types of radioactive emissions:

  • Alpha – the least penetrating form of radiation, can be stopped with a piece of paper or a few inches of air. Alpha rays are the nucleus of a helium atom, and are produced by certain radiactive materials such as thorium and uranium.
  • Beta rays are more penetrating than alpha rays, and can be stopped by a few millimeters of aluminum or other metals. They are very fast moving electrons.
  • Gamma rays are the most penetrating form of radiation. Depending on their energy, they can travel through up to several inches of steel, and hundreds of feet of air. They are usually produced in conjunction with either alpha or beta rays.

You may be interested in Information on Radiation Units and Background Radiation Levels

We also have an interesting page about Radioactive Products and Other Sources Of

Radiation

 

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