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WIPP Testimony
Testimony at DOE Hearings re: WIPP - January 6, 1997

      My name is Harry Willson. I am a writer and publisher, a husband, father, grandfather, and a human being in black.
      The purpose of WIPP is to provide justification for continuing the nuclear arms industry, in spite of the embarrassing lack of an enemy worthy of that much hate and destructive fury. The War Departments of the government are trying to reassure the sovereign citizens that the manufacture, transport, storage and upgrading of nuclear weapons is a safe process, because we will now have this supposedly safe place to put the nuclear waste produced by that process. The fact that it is not safe, and cannot be made safe with current technology, does not deter those who make good salaries working with nuclear weapons.
      If I believed in God I would warn you of his wrath. Watching a child die of leukemia, while key men in the same village made good money inventing new and improved nuclear bombs, contributed much to my loss of faith, so I must now couch my warning in other terms. Nature, which your scientists and engineers pretend to understand and manipulate and conquer, is no respecter of persons. Nature cannot be effectively lied to, or lied about. In the old days I simply would have said, God is not stupid.
      A prayer from the old days, by G.K.Chesterton, will be worth sharing, nevertheless.
       O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry.
       Our earthly rulers falter; our people drift and die.
       The walls of gold entomb us; the swords of scorn divide.
       Take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.
       From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen,
       From all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men,
       From sale and profanation of honor and the sword,
       From sleep and from damnation, deliver us, Good Lord!
      You are ready to unleash poison and blast upon people, and you don't even know who, but as a matter of fact you are already unleashing it, upon your own people, upon us, upon our children, our grandchildren, our posterity, every man, woman and child.
      And the sovereign people are as guilty as you, because we have allowed it, and are allowing it. Your PR efforts have had marvelous success. Where are the parents of the children with leukemia? Where are the parents of the children who do not yet have leukemia? Why are oncologists so much more interested in cures than in prevention? We who see the truth and protest what you are doing are a tiny voice crying in the wilderness, but we will not shut up, and lying about safety will not make what is unsafe safe, no matter who does the lying.
      When the King of Brobdignag finally comprehended what Gulliver was telling him about humans and our wars and government disinformation and secrecy and deception, the giant king stated: I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth!
      Fear, anger and disappointment can make thoughtful and sensitive people testy and emotional. I admit that I get emotional about this. I have put dark humor and philosophical observations about the questionable possibility of there being intelligent life on earth in my book, VERMIN AND OTHER SURVIVAL STORIES: HUMANITY AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. The critics object because the alarm call is shrill and strident, and they fail utterly to take notice of what it says. One thinks it has to do with Chernobyl, but it doesn't. It has to do with New Mexico, and what you are doing here. I have a copy for you. I fear if it is simply added to the record of these proceedings, it will still not be read with comprehension, but I offer it nevertheless. If the sovereign people ever find it, it may do harm to the cause of deception and disinformation.

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