- A medical assessment of 1,000 veterans
of the 1991 war by Britain's Ministry of Defence concluded that the ailments
of the men are real but they are not a unique illness.
- "We found no evidence of a single
illness, psychological or physical, to explain the pattern of symptoms
that we have seen," Dr Bill Coker and his colleagues at the Ministry
of Defense said in a report published THE WHITE HOUSE
- Office of the Press Secretary
- January 29, 1999
- For Immediate Release
- TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO
THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
- REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF
- Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
- Consistent with section 6001(a) of the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (the "Act"), as
amended, 42 U.S.C. 6961(a), notification is hereby given that on September
25, 1998, I issued Presidential Determination No. 98-36 (copy attached)
and thereby exercised the authority to grant certain exemptions under section
6001(a) of the Act.
- Presidential Determination No. 98-36
exempted the United States Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake,
Nevada, from any Federal, State, interstate, or local hazardous or solid
waste laws that might require the disclosure of classified information
concerning that operating location to unauthorized persons. Information
concerning activities at the operating location near Groom Lake has been
properly determined to be classified, and its disclosure would be harmful
to national security. Continued protection of this information is, therefore,
in the paramount interest of the United States.
- The determination was not intended to
imply that in the absence of a Presidential exemption, RCRA or any other
provision of law permits or requires the disclosure of classified information
to unauthorized persons. The determination also was not intended to limit
the applicability or enforcement of any requirement of law applicable to
the Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake except those provisions,
if any, that would require the disclosure of classified information.
- WILLIAM J. CLINTON
- THE WHITE HOUSE
- Office of the Press Secretary
- The 'government' still continues to use
the ambiguous (and meaningless) phrase "operating location near Groom
Lake". It is a base and not just a location. It is not "near"
Groom Lake. The base is right there at Groom Lake!! Why can't they come
out and say that the base is right there at Groom Lake!! Even though the
term AREA 51 signifies the geographical jurisdiction of the Department
of Energy (DOE) and not the Air Force, the fact of the matter is that the
Air Force controls the operations at the site. So, why not come out clean
and name the base Groom Lake/Area 51 facility!!
- We urge all concerned citizens, once
again, to attend the upcoming People's Rally at AREA 51 this June 6, 1999.
- For more details, please go to:
- GroomWatch: Home Page for Norio Hayakawa
- God bless you all!
- -from Norio Hayakawa
in the British Medical Journal.
- About 50,000 British soldiers served
in the war that ousted Iraqi troops from Kuwait. The veterans' complaints
ranged from sleep disturbances and skin problems to stomach aches and respiratory
- The most common problems were headaches,
fatigue, muscle and joint aches and cognitive problems.
- Veterans' groups blame the mysterious
illness on exposure to organophosphate pesticides or the cocktail of drug
service personnel were given to protect them from possible chemical and
- Nearly 60 percent of the veterans who
were assessed in the study had more than one diagnosed illness, and 39
percent had at least one ailment that doctors could not pinpoint.
- "Although post-traumatic stress
disorder in these veterans could often be ascribed to Gulf War service,
it was usually impossible to determine the link between other reported
conditions and Gulf War service," the doctors added.
- The latest research is consistent with
a study published earlier this month which concluded the Gulf War Syndrome
does not appear to exist.
- "Although a growing consensus is
emerging from the clinical and epidemiologcal evidence that there is no
Gulf War syndrome, a rare medical condition in a small subgroup of Gulf
War veterans cannot be excluded conclusively," Frances Murphy of the
Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington said in a commentary in the
- British Armed Forces Minister Doug Henderson
welcomed the new research saying it will be useful to veterans and the
medical and scientific communities.
- "The MOD will continue its policy
of vigorously addressing the health concerns of Gulf veterans," he
said in a statement.