Open letter to H.E. Catherine Ashton
Thursday 1 April 2010, by
[|H.E. Catherine Ashton,|]
[|High Representative of the European Union
for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and
Vice-President of the European Commission|]
H. E. Baroness
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,
Vice-President of the European Commission
Rue de la Loi 200
BE - 1049 Brussels
[/Thursday, 1st April 2010/]
Along with the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, you have been the target of criticism from - particularly British - nationalist politicians using the forum of the European Parliament, as embodiments and symptoms of a “democratic deficit” in the European Union. This deficit is in their view best illustrated by the fact of senior political positions in the European Union being occupied by people lacking, or arguably lacking, a popular electoral mandate.
The Capodistrias-Spinelli-Europe Initiative, the Belfort Group and the Greek Movement against Chemical Aerial Spraying would like to convey to you their view that the European Union’s “democratic deficit” has worse manifestations than this. For example, although the European Parliament has made four calls for a moratorium on the use of depleted uranium weapons, the most recent being in May 2008, when the call was supported by 94% of the parliamentarians, because European Parliament resolutions on “defense matters” are not binding, this overwhelming evidence of massive popular opposition to the military use of depleted uranium has been without resonance at the official level in the European Union.
Similarly, after the recent earthquake in Haiti, you were the target of criticism owing to your unwillingness to go there immediately, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior politicians did. You are quoted as having described such a reaction as “disaster tourism”, and as having said: “’’I am not a doctor, nor a firefighter. I had nothing to contribute on the ground other than taking up valuable space when planes were unable to land because of the state of the airfield.’’
You will doubtlessly be familiar with the allegations that the Haiti earthquake was caused deliberately. The charge has been made not only by Venezuela’s ViveTV and by Hugo Chavez, backed by other Latin American leaders, but is also in wide circulation among less well-known people. The use of “earthquake weapons” was brought to the attention of the public in the mid-1990s by 90 deputies in the Russian state Duma, who focused their criticism in particular on the United States’ HAARP installations in Alaska.
The existence of earthquake weapons has moreover been acknowledged by US official spokespersons. At a news briefing in 1997, Secretary of Defense William Cohen said: “Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.” In a book published in the 1970s, former U.S. National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski looked forward to a future in which “technology will make available to the leaders of the major nations a variety of techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised…”
If true in the case of Haiti, the earthquake warfare interpretation would help to explain the strong pressures on politicians to show humanitarian concern rather than investigate what has happened, or is happening, when such disasters occur. Pressures of this kind were also seen last year in the context of the Swine Flu vaccination campaign and appear to be intensifying and becoming more frequent.
HAARP was one of the subjects dealt with in the 1999 European Parliament report, ref.nr. A4-0005/99, “On the environment, security and foreign policy”. It is worthwhile pointing out that, unlike the United States government, the European Commission, in the person of Commissioner Wallström (3rd July 2003) is on record as acknowledging that HAARP is “a military programme”. The European Parliament has characterized HAARP as “a weapons system that disrupts the climate”, adding that “by virtue of its far-reaching impact on the environment, HAARP is a global concern, whose legal, ecological and ethical implications must be examined by an international independent body.”
Just as with depleted uranium, European Parliament resolutions on HAARP are not binding. Even the European Commission “has no competence nor indeed the expertise, to act in relation to such matters.”
Your Excellency, would you not agree that if the European Commission and the European Council (and indeed the European Parliament and constitutionally empowered civil society institutions free from pressures from the corporate or state mass media, and free from pressures from demagogic nationalist parliamentarians) had in 1999 set about acquiring the competence and the expertise to research into the real capacities and purposes of the HAARP installations, Europeans might now be in a position to know how much truth there is or is not in the allegations that “disaster capitalism” is now routinely committing atrocities in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and floods, “natural disasters” which are then smothered in layers of hypocritical mass media pseudo-humanitarianism, into which politicians and the general public are conscripted?
Would the critics who attacked you for your unwillingness to drop everything to go to Haiti and “wave the flag for Europe”, as French Europe minister Pierre Lellouche said you should have done, then not be somewhat more restrained in these criticisms?
Is the European Union’s inability to take positions on such issues as depleted uranium, HAARP, and other more deeply censored matters that are currently categorized as being “the province of conspiracy theorists”, not the most significant aspect of the European Union’s “democratic deficit”?
The Capodistrias-Spinelli-Europe initiative, the Belfort Group and the Greek Movement against Chemical Aerial Spraying would appreciate it, Your Excellency, if you could inform us of your own position on the above-mentioned thoughts and reflections.
In presenting our most respectful regards to you, Your Excellency, we remain
|Mr. Wayne HALL||Mr. Peter VEREECKE||Ms. Aliki STEFANOU|
|Capodistrias-Spinelli-Europe Initiative||Belfort-group||Greek Movement against Chemical Aerial Spraying|
|Porinou 8||Hooiwege 20||61 Esfigmenitou|
|117 42 Athens, Greece||9940 Evergem, Belgium||St. Volos, Greece|
H.E. Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council