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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.

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From Doug Rokke:

Bio/Chem Attack Protection Questioned
Feb. 14, 2003

Twelve years after chemical and biological weapons were discovered in IraqÍs arsenal during the Gulf War, U.S. forces massing for a possible attack on Iraq are still not properly prepared to encounter such weapons.

Politicians, current and former military members and even CongressÍs own General Accounting Office tell Mike Wallace that American soldiers do not have enough training or equipment needed to survive a chemical or biological attack. WallaceÍs report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., ET/PT.

Troops in the field are so frustrated by the lack of preparedness that they have twisted the acronym NBC, for nuclear, biological chemical warfare. ñTruth to tell, the troopers call it, ïNobody Cares:Í NBC,î says retired Col. David Hackworth, an advocate of soldierÍs rights. ñWhat theyÍve been saying to me is that they donÍt trust their gear. They donÍt think it will work in a desert environment where itÍs burning hot. A soldier without confidence is in trouble,î Hackworth says.

Until recently, NBC training was not even a factor measured in assessing the readiness of military units. Retired Capt. Eric Taylor, who studied the matter for a Cato Institute report, says commanders never thought they would face NBC. ñAn annoyance, as a waste of time, as a joke,î is how Taylor says commanders viewed NBC. ñI understand we are now dispatching specialized teams to do crash training, almost on-the-job training. You donÍt do on-the-job training with these things. These things will kill you,î Taylor says.

Some of the protection available could get a soldier killed. If initial waves of troops run out of new gear, they would have to resort to older protective suits, up to 250,000 of which have potentially fatal defects and are still unaccounted for. There have also been errors made, such as gas masks issued with training filters instead of the real thing and shortages of protective suits.

The PentagonÍs head of chemical and biological preparedness acknowledges there have been problems, but says theyÍre being addressed, especially warning troops about the 250,000 defective suits and trying to locate them. Otherwise, training is being done and soldiers are ready, says Dr. Anna Johnson-Winegar. ñWe have world-class equipment. WeÍve made this a priority. Our young men and womenƒare trained. They know what to do,î she tells Wallace.

The GAO would not allow its NBC investigator, Raymond Decker, to be interviewed for this report, but he told Congress that despite a recent push to prioritize NBC training, itÍs still not enough in the face of such awesome weapons.

Says Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), chairman of the House National Security Subcommittee, ñWeÍve had 12 years now to deal with it. We havenÍt. WeÍre still hearing from people out in the field that theyÍre not getting this equipment yet and theyÍre not training in it,î he says.

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