(Rachel Blevins) As the United States continues to increase the budget of the largest military in the world, Americans are paying a price that is far greater than their tax dollars—a recent study found that the Pentagon has contaminated more than 40,000 sites across the United States, exposing hundreds of thousands of Americans to dangerous chemicals.
Source – The Free Thought Project
by Rachel Blevins, January 1st, 2018
An investigation conducted by ProPublica and Vox revealed that by testing and disposing of deadly chemical weapons in the United States, the Pentagon has “poisoned drinking water supplies, rendered millions of acres of land unsafe or unusable, and jeopardized the health of often unwitting Americans.”
The latest installment in the investigation looks at the Research Development Explosive (RDX), which was created by the U.S. in the early 1940s. In addition to being considered a critical component in defeating Germany in World War II, the white crystalline powder was then used to fuel carpet bombing in Korea and Vietnam.
“The Americans called the new formula RDX, and it transformed weapons overnight. RDX enabled the bazooka—the world’s first hand-held anti-tank rocket launcher—to pierce armor. RDX was packed into 10,000-pound underwater bombs dropped by British airplanes to blow up German river dams and disrupt the country’s hydropower in the critical Dambuster campaign. It was even surreptitiously soaked into firewood that would later explode in the furnaces of German locomotives.”
At the time, more than 40 million pounds of RDX was produced each month at an industrial plant in rural Tennessee. The deadly, explosive powder was spread into the soil and later found in the area’s drinking water aquifers. The study noted that while RDX was designated as “a possible human carcinogen” in 1990, the Pentagon has continued to manufacture it and to test-fire the weapons it is made with on U.S. soil.
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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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