ずくなしの冷や水

2019年06月26日

木々と知り合う ヤマボウシ

空き地で育ったヤマボウシの花。とても美しい。アメリカハナミズキは、桜に続いて咲くから人気があるが、花の大きさからしてもこちらの方が美しいと思う。2010/6/12撮影。



ただ、栄養分のある水はけの良い場所でないと大きくは育たないのだそうだ。下の2枚は、青葉の森公園で2010/5/22撮影。





次は2011/5/4、青葉の森公園で。ここにはヤマボウシの木が多いが、花は小さく、白くない。





The bright berries of the Japanese dogwood (Cornus kousa)とあります。ヤマボウシですね。


次もヤマボウシでしょうか。


次も見事。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:16| Comment(0) | 木々と知り合う

Report: Egypt Threatened Morsi Before His Death

Report: Egypt Threatened Morsi Before His Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohammad Morsi was threatened by Egyptian officials days before he died, according to a report.

Morsi was pressured to surrender his legitimacy as the elected president of Egypt and bow down to the regime of Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, but he rejected, Middle East Eye (MEE) claimed.

Morsi was told to disband the Muslim Brotherhood or "face the consequences", the MEE said in the report.

He refused to talk about closing down the Muslim Brotherhood, stating that he "is not the leader of the movement".

Morsi dismissed the threat and he was dead after a couple of days.

Morsi has been in prison undergoing multiple trials ever since the military ousted him in July 2013 and launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The session was part of a retrial, being held inside Cairo's Tura Prison, on charges of espionage with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The Muslim Brotherhood has accused Egyptian authorities of being responsible for Morsi's "deliberate slow death".

The Egyptian authorities "put him in solitary confinement... they withheld medication and gave him disgusting food... they did not give him the most basic human rights", the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party announced in a statement published on its website.

Senior Muslim Brotherhood official Amr Darrag called for an international expert team to examine Morsi's body.

Amnesty International also called for a fair, transparent and comprehensive Egyptian investigation into Morsi's death.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling Morsi a "martyr", extended condolences to his family and the Egyptian people.

"Unfortunately, the incident took place in the court room. I first of all I wish God's mercy for our martyred brother Morsi," he said.

"The West has always been silent in the face of these executions by el-Sissi. The EU member states forbidding execution unfortunately accepted an invitation by this murderer Sissi to attend a meeting in Egypt," he added, criticizing the EU for being "hypocrites" and calling Sissi a "tyrant" who took power in a "coup" and trampled on democracy.




posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:47| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Iran’s Uranium Stockpile to Exceed N. Deal Cap on Thursday

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tomorrow, on Thursday, Europe will miss the deadline set by Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi who had said last Monday that Tehran’s uranium production would have surpassed 300 kilograms by June 27.

Last Monday, Kamalvandi said that Iran had already quadrupled its capacity of uranium production, warning that the country will breach the limit of 300 kilograms set in the landmark nuclear deal of 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by ten days.

He warned then that if the Europeans fail to meet Iran’s demands, Tehran will even further speed up its operations for enriching uranium.

“For Europeans, there is still time, but if they are asking for more time, it means that whether they are incompetent or they are unwilling to deliver on their commitments,” underlined the second man in command in the AEOI.

“When the two objectives are accomplished based on the first step defined in the announcement of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), the second step (i.e. enriching uranium above 3.7 percent level of purity) will take nothing more than 2 to 3 days,” he underlined.

“If it is important for European countries to save the JCPOA, they have to make their efforts because the moves undertaken by the Islamic Republic are completely within the framework of the JCPOA,” Kamalvandi stressed.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, after its one-year strategic patience in the face of the violation of its JCPOA rights, the US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and sanctions against selling its enriched uranium and heavy water, undertook these two measures and gave this 60-day grace to other signatory states which will be snapped back if Iran’s JCPOA rights are observed, otherwise Tehran will announce its second round of measures at the end of the 60-day ultimatum,” he warned.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani wrote in a memo for FNA on Tuesday that his country will further modify its nuclear deal undertakings on July 7 given the European states' inaction to save the internationally-endorsed agreement and the United States' increasing sanctions.

"Based on a decision by the SNSC, the second step to modify Iran's nuclear deal undertakings will seriously start within the framework of paragraphs 26 and 36 of the nuclear deal," he highlighted.

He affirmed that the new steps will make the countries which had mistaken Iran's patience with weakness and inaction aware that "Iran's reaction to the deceptive political attempts to restrict the inalienable rights of the Iranian people is no different from its response to the US drone's violation of its aerial borders".

Shamkhani blasted Europe for not paying any price to save the nuclear deal and its pleasure with the US pressures against Iran, and said the recent statement by the three European states and US President Donald Trump's game of sanctions are the two sides of the same coin, whose incentives are being displayed more than ever after a year of useless talks with Europe.

His comments came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the European countries’ procrastination in operationalizing the long-promised INSTEX, the bloc’s financial mechanism to bypass the US unilateral sanctions against Tehran, showed that they had neither the power nor the will to abide by their commitments under the nuclear deal.

Speaking in Tehran on Monday, Zarif said that the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchange (INSTEX) was a preliminary step of the European members of the nuclear deal to partially deliver on their commitments.

He added that even if the mechanism was fully put into practice it would not mean that the European Union and its members had completely met their undertakings stipulated in the Iran deal of 2015, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or what they promised Tehran to do and compensate for after the unilateral withdrawal of Washington from the agreement.

The extended delay to implement the INSTEX shows that Europeans are neither capable nor willing to undertake any measure, the Iranian top diplomat reiterated, adding, “Accordingly, we will keep doing what we announced to do under the article 36 of the JCPOA. However, whenever Europeans believed that they have to pay the price for preserving their security and take a move, we will snap back, as we have already announced.”

The Iranian diplomatic chief went on saying that currently Europeans have enough reasons to take action and admit that they will face consequences of not honoring their commitments if they don’t abide by their undertakings.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi warned the European states party to the nuclear deal that his country will not be satisfied with a credit line of no use, urging the remaining signatories to the agreement to either deliver on their promises or expect lesser commitments from Tehran.

“We have explicitly articulated what we expect [from the nuclear agreement] as our rights and dividends,” Mousavi said, when asked by reporters if Tehran will put the second step into practice should Europeans execute the first financial transaction through the EU-proposed INSTEX before the 60-day grace given to the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal is due.

The diplomat underlined that his country is calling for a proportionate balance between its undertakings under the nuclear deal of 2015, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and what it receives in return in terms of benefits, dividends and rights.

He added that if the INSTEX and its transactions are a faux thing of no practical use, surely Iran will remain discontent and dissatisfied.

“Iran must retain its oil revenues as much as it used to earn before the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the agreement, and it again depends if Iran’s expectations are met with the total sum of money they have allocated for delivering on their promises and honoring the deal,” Mousavi highlighted.

“So long as practical steps with tangible outputs are not undertaken to meet the rightful demands of Iran which are legally justified under the JCPOA, we will keep scaling down our commitments,” the Iranian diplomat reiterated, warning, “We will undertake the second step within the next couple of days if they fail to take any action.”

On Friday, Zarif said that his country is fully prepared to take the next step to further lower its compliance with the nuclear deal on July 7, 60 days after the country demanded Europeans to deliver on their promises, to let Tehran benefit from the dividends stipulated in the agreement.

After his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Isfahan, Zarif announced that Iran is to start the second stage of reducing its commitments to the nuclear deal with world powers as of July 7.

“The second round of Iran’s measures, about which a letter was sent to member countries and Mrs. Mogherini, will be commenced by two weeks,” Zarif told reporters.

Underlining that Iran’s two-month-ultimatum to Europe is going to be expired, he said that "we will announce our next step to Mrs. Mogherini and other JCPOA members via a letter."

Iranian officials had earlier warned that the European Union’s failure in providing the needed ground for Tehran to enjoy the economic benefits of the nuclear deal would exhaust the country's patience.

Last Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Secretary General of European External Action Service Helga Schmid, in a meeting in Tehran studied the latest developments under the nuclear deal and in connection with Iran's 60-day deadline.

Araqchi warned Schmid that Tehran's 60-day deadline will not be extended at all, adding, "Iran will adopt the next measures or the second step unless its demands will be met by them (the Europeans)."

Following the US' withdrawal, the foreign ministers of the remaining signatories to the JCPOA agreed to establish and launch the European channel for transactions with Iran, called INSTEX. The mechanism is yet to become operational.

In the previous weeks, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo met with Iranian officials and conferred on the JCPOA, as well as Iran-US tension.

On the first anniversary of the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear pact, on May 08, the SNSC announced that the country modified two of its undertakings under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in return for the US abrogation of the deal and other signatories’ inability to make up for the losses under the agreement, warning that modifications would continue if the world powers failed to take action in line with their promises. The declared modification will take place on July 7 in practice when Iran's uranium and heavy water stockpiles at home cross the borderline specified in the JCPOA.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Russia, Many States Stand by Iran in Case of US Assault

RT2019/6/25
Official: Russia, Many States Stand by Iran in Case of US Assault
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran can count on Russia and several other countries to be on Tehran's side if the United States opens war on the Islamic Republic, a top Russian foreign ministry official stressed on Wednesday.

“Iran will never be alone if, God forbid, the US ever takes absolutely crazy and irresponsible actions against it,” special envoy Zamir Kabulov said, adding, “Not only Russia, but many countries sympathize with Iran.”

Denouncing new US sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei as “absolutely insulting”, the high-ranking diplomat stated that chances for a diplomatic resolution to tensions between Washington and Tehran are sharply reduced.

“There is a very narrow window left because this is an absolutely insulting step for intergovernmental relations. But hope dies last,” Kabulov told reporters on Wednesday in Moscow.

The latest conflict between the US and Iran started after an intruding American spy drone was shot down in Iranian sky on Thursday. The Islamic Republic stated it will complain to the UN Security Council as the United States has violated its territory. The United States sanctioned a host of Iranian officials, including the Iran's leader, his office and a number of senior leaders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), instructing that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif be sanctioned soon.

Tensions around Iran have been rising since Trump torpedoed the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed sweeping sanctions targeting large swathes of Iran’s economy. Recently, Washington raised the stakes in the standoff, sending additional military assets – including a carrier strike group, a bomber task force, and Patriot missiles – to countries bordering Iran.



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

差分ベータ線測定器を作ってみようか

管理人の手元には、INSPECTORクラスの性能とされる個人用測定器が2台ある。1台は自費でもう1台は読者の寄付を得て購入したものだ。

古い1台は感度が下がっているようなのだが、直置きで測定したらそれほど違わなかった。

この2台の測定器を、1台はベータ線を遮断するようにして同時に使用して測定したら差分でベータ線量が推定できそうだ。

測定値をスマホで記録する。スマホも2台ある。ベータ線量が多いところでないと差が大きくないから不確かさ(今は誤差と言わないそうだ、真の正しい値がわかっていて測定値がそれから乖離している場合には真値からの乖離を誤差と言っておかしくないが、ほとんどの場合は真値がわからない)が大きく、使えないかもしれないが、地面に近い地上高を連続測定すれば差は出るはず。

アルミかプラスティックの厚い板でできたケースを探せばよい。ホームセンターにあるだろうか。

読者からアルミの弁当は使えないかとの助言をいただきました。今、アルミの弁当なんか売っています? 昔使われていた分厚いアルミのものが欲しいですが。探してみます。

ホームセンターをのぞいたらアルミの弁当箱ありますね。薄くて軽いから遮蔽力は低い。2個重ねてそれを90kgプレスで押したらパカッと二重重ねになる? ただ1個3千円もする高級品。厚いプラスチックを仕入れるか、それとも手元のアクリル板で我慢するか。

壁の穴に通したケーブルを取り外して回収。
一応2セット動くことを確認。あとは箱を用意してテストするだけ。

2セットを天秤棒の両端にぶら下げて歩く。キンギョーエ、キンギョーじゃないし、行き交う人がよけてくれるだろうか。

カートに入れてゴロゴロ運ぶのが地上高の調整もやりやすいのだが、振動が多くて故障の原因になる。測定器をウエストポーチに並べて括り付け、スマホはリュックに入れる。これかな。左右につけると差が大きくなりそう。

面倒だな。やはりカートにするか。クッション多めに入れて。





ともに1分値。古いMAZURはやはり感度が落ちているようだ。補正係数を決めなくては。


意外と差は少ない。ガンマ線に関してはGC10のほうの感度が高い? パンケーキ型は、横方向からのガンマ線が入りにくいからか?

そうだとすると、INSPECTORでも同じことが起きているはず。地面直置きて差が出なかったのは、そのせいかもしれない。

よしこれで新しい機械を遮蔽して古い機械でガンマ線だけ(のつもりの)空間線量率を測ればよい。次は遮蔽物だが、カートを使うなら大きい容器でもかまわないことになる。二重三重作戦か。

今週末にはテストに持ち込めそうだ。

6/21、厚さ3mmのアルミ板を買って10m×15cmに切り、2枚重ねた。これでベータ線は遮断できるはず。面取りしたり接着剤で張り合わせるのが面倒なので周りをガムテープで縁取りして2枚重ねとした。

準備完了。

買い物用のマイバッグを二つ用意し、一つに測定器、もう一つにタブレットパソコンを入れて持ち歩くことにした。測定器の地上高は20cmになる。

2019/6/22、実地テスト。帰宅してデータをチェックしましたが、有意な差が見られません。今日は途中で雨に降られましたので、線量率攪乱要因が生じたとしても、ちょっと残念な結果でした。

実質地上高30cmでは差が出ない? それにコードの接続が不良で途中のデータがすっぽり抜けてしまいました。

底面に測定器、その上にタブレットを置けるようなしっかりした置台を探さないといけません。そしてメッシュの手提げに入れて運ぶ。

測定器とタブレットスマホの時間もしっかりと合わせないといけないし、なかなか難しいです。アルミの板2枚6mmで遮蔽しても、あまり遮蔽になっていない?

雨の中歩いた時のデータが残っていました。時間を合わせて二つのデータを並べると、次のグラフになりました。どっちがベータ線カットなのかわかりません。雨で道路が濡れるにしたがって線量率が下がっているようにも見えます。


地上高30cmで内側に防水コーティングのあるマイバッグ使用ではベータ線が届かないか遮蔽されてしまうようです。

RADEXなどでベータ線測定をしている方の測定結果に疑問がありましたが、通常のガンマ線の変動の中に埋もれてしまいます。よほどベータ線の強いところでないと。

アルミ板の遮蔽が不十分なことも考えられますので、線量率の高い壁に密着させて測ってみました。129cpm

アルミ板遮蔽で60cpm

並べて100cpmと44cpm。大体半分になっていますね。50cpmで約0.15μSv/hです。


ついでにレンガを測ったら。遮蔽なし。何々! ウランレンガが使われている?




線量率が相対的に低くてガンマ線による線量率変動が大きいところでは差分によるベータ線量を把握するのは難しいかもしれません。

実地調査の時の機械の持ち運びが面倒だったので、キッチン用の小物入れを買ってきて測定器2台をタンデムに並べて台ごと持ち運ぶことにしました。白く見える板がアルミ板です。


1回目測定、5分経過後平均、遮蔽なし102cpm(アラーム鳴動)、アルミ晩遮蔽あり40cpm。


2回目場所を逆にして。遮蔽なし96cpm(アラーム鳴動)、遮蔽あり38cpm。アルファ、ベータを遮断すると込々の約半分ですね。これまでの現地調査の結果とも整合します。


特定の場所を測るにはこれを持ち運んで測りたい場所に置けばOKです。測定時間は10分、20分とか選べます。

金属製の台の上に置いたので、測定器裏側の雲母の部分に触ってしまう恐れが解消しました。

一方ある地域の中を連続的に測定したいときは、アンドロイドスマホをつないて毎分のcpmを記録しあとで分析します。この台を持ち運ぶ袋の内側にポケットを作るか、何かビニールの袋に入れて内側に垂らす方法がよさそうです。

固定式で測る場合は、測定器のボタン操作だけですのでそんなに難しくない。でも、移動式でスマホで記録を取るのはよほどこういう機械の扱いに慣れた人でないと難しいかもしれません。この種の機械の扱いに慣れた人は、余計な操作をせず、決められた最小限のことしかしないのです。職業生活の中でそういうものだということを体得しています。

いじって壊すのは、自分で自分は素人ではないと自負している人です。

でも、上の画像の測定器2台セットで再調達価額約16万円、タブロイドスマホ2台を加えると総額約20万円になります。借りたいという人なぞいませんよね。

機械を大きな袋に入れて、自宅の周りを測ってみました。綿の袋です。地上高20cm、最初の10分間の平均。遮蔽なし42cpm、遮蔽あり33cpm


2回目、遮蔽なし47cpm、遮蔽あり31cpm。


遮蔽なしの測定器の検出部の部分の布に穴をあけたほうが良いですね。地上高20cmですからアルファ線は届いていません。差はベータ線ですが、直置きの場合よりも大幅に少ないです。ベータ線のエネルギーが低い?
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:05| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Trump & Bolton’s Iran policy is confusing, dangerous & achieves NOTHING

RTには英国人、あるいは英語を母国語とするいわゆるネイティブの論説が載ります。ギャロウェイの論説は歴史的事実や現在進行中の世界の出来事を数多く簡単な言葉で引き合いに出しますので口語的表現が多くても難しい。そして次のIgor Ogorodnevの論説もやはり出てくる単語が難しい。RTの英語版の記事はネイティブが書いているものだけではありませんので、全般的にはやさしいと思います。でも私が読んでいる英語版のニュースサイトで最もやさしい英語が使われているのはイランのFARSNEWSです。RTが報道した内容もFARSNEWSが報じる段階でリライトする場合もありそのような記事は要点がまとめられていて英語もやさしく大変わかりやすいです。インドやアジア発、それから中東発の記事は、使われる単語が少し違うんですよね。とても面白いです。調べるのが面倒だけど。

RT2019/6/25
Goad, threaten, backtrack: Trump & Bolton’s Iran policy is confusing, dangerous & achieves NOTHING
Washington’s fuzzy and high-drama “maximum pressure” approach to Iran has no realistic endgame – but is good for making the world a more unstable place for both America’s adversaries and allies.

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s Tuesday claim that US diplomats are “surging” across the Middle East in search of a “path to peace” only to encounter “deafening silence” from Tehran might have ordinarily seemed merely mendacious.

But considering the extraordinarily rich array of pronouncements and actions from the White House in the past week, most are no longer sure if Bolton is playing the diplomat, gaslighting us or actually believes his words. If – surely, like many of the world’s foreign ministers – you are struggling to keep up, here is the timeline since Thursday, when Iran admitted shooting down an American drone:

Thursday: Donald Trump calls Iran’s actions a “big mistake” and hints that a military response is possible.

Friday: Trump says that he cancelled a “pretty heavy” air strike 10 minutes before the start to spare 150 Iranian lives, but insists the US military is “ready to go.”

Sunday: Trump says Iran faces “obliteration like you’ve never seen before” if it doesn’t restrict its nuclear program, while Bolton warns not to “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness.”

Monday: Trump signs off on “strong sanctions” against Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Tuesday: Bolton says Washington “has held the door open for real negotiations” with Iran over its nuclear program, and that it now must “walk through that open door.”
Madness or method?

Plenty of outside observers claim these zigzags and mixed signals represent a chaotic administration where Trump is being pulled aside in turn by the hawks and doves on top of his own ever-changing mind, or that perhaps Bolton, who has spent the past several days in Israel, has gone rogue.

But through the noise, the signatures of both men can be clearly deciphered. From his days at corporate negotiating tables, and throughout his presidency, Trump has endorsed strategic ambiguity. His “You’ll find out!” to reporters who asked him last week about the imminent strike was the kind of kindergarten fog-of-war that he has customarily tried to summon over American foreign policy.

Meanwhile Bolton, who has called for strikes and regime change in Iran at least since 2007, and has likely dreamt of this since the Islamic Revolution, has been one of the key proponents of maximum pressure. That is making Iran’s life hell through economic sanctions, diplomatic ostracism, military threats, and other measures short of war, such as cyber attacks, to force it to the negotiating table. So, when he says that he is ready to talk, he probably is – to a demoralized and scared adversary and on America’s terms.
Poking Iran

So, there is an American policy – but is it a good one?

The economic devastation wrought on Iran by cancelling Obama-era sanctions relief has been surprisingly effective – at making ordinary Iranians poorer. The economy is expected to shrink six percent this year, inflation is in double figures, and oil production at a historic low.

But what it hasn’t brought is regime change to Iran, which has hunkered down and now resents America with a new vigor, nor has it induced its leaders to new compromises. Tehran has said that the latest sanctions have “closed the path of diplomacy.”


Iran continues to work towards exceeding the uranium stockpile limit, set by the 2015 international nuclear deal, this week.

But perhaps this is what Bolton wants too. By tightening the vice around the Islamic Republic, perhaps US hawks are hoping for an escalation that will usher in the sweet, sweet sound of American and Israeli bombs dropping on Iranian soil.

Maybe we are currently in stage two of the plan, when Iran is meant to be lashing out: here come the tanker incident earlier this month, which the US made every effort to pin on Tehran with limited success, and the drone takedown. These incidents are not yet casus belli, but for Bolton, who played a key role in creating THAT dossier prior to the Iraq war in 2003, the next one could be.
Strategy-free zone grows

But what then?

The hawks must realize that there is no appetite among the American public to endorse another full-scale conflict worth trillions and with thousands of dead, and Congress will never vote it through either.

Meanwhile, Trump’s own common-sense instincts are for supporting US allies in the region, but keeping America itself out of long-term military adventures. Every time an opportunity has come to use firepower, the sitting US president has chosen to deploy rhetoric and the most token show of force possible. And he will definitely not want a new war 18 months before an election.

Iran is cognizant of all this, so for all the ideas of a credible threat that Bolton theoretically summons with his mere existence, they know that Washington will not dare fight them.

So, instead of a resolution – violent or diplomatic – the US seems to be orchestrating a flaring of tensions that merely entrenches each side as enemies, and makes the cost of compromise higher for each actor.

Even to those who see the US national interest in the same narrow way as Bolton and Pompeo, these two are hardly executing some kind of masterplan. What are they trying to achieve? In fact, insofar as Bolton is concerned, has he ever actually managed to successfully resolve a single foreign policy scenario to America’s favour – from Iraq to Venezuela to now Iran?

One anonymous “former senior official” recently called US treatment of Iran a “strategy-free zone” in which Washington has isolated itself, not its adversary.

Most galling of all for the present administration, the concept of a “strategy-free zone” was popularized by erstwhile Trump defense secretary Jim Mattis when describing Barack Obama’s policies in the Middle East (might he have been the source for that new quote himself?). The very ones Trump never tires of condemning.

That administration failed because it was concerned with being seen to do the right thing, without actually doing anything effective. This one is just as ineffectual, but all the noise and fireworks are waking up the neighbors and could leave someone short of an eye.

By Igor Ogorodnev

Igor Ogorodnev is a Russian-British journalist, who has worked at RT since 2007 as a correspondent, editor and writer.
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Ex-Secret Service Agent: "People Need to Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"

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realclearpolitics On Date June 28, 2016
Ex-Secret Service Agent: "People Need to Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"
Posted By Ian Schwartz

Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne, author of the new book Crisis of Character, which examines Hillary Clinton's conduct under his watch, appeared on Monday's broadcast of FOX News Channel's Hannity. Byrne talked Hillary Clinton's temperament, her "terrified staff," Bill Clinton carrying on affairs, drug use in the White House and more with host Sean Hannity.

Byrne said Clinton was feared by her staff and was notorious for her yelling. Byrne told Hannity that she has "blown up" at him and other Secret Service agents.

"She gets angry at things that are policy issues that, you know, take time to fix, and she's got this attitude where she wants things fixed right now, immediately. She screams and yells at people," Byrne said in an interview aired Monday night.

"There’s many examples that I site in my book where she blows up at people," Byrne said. "Like I’ve said, she has blown up at me before, and agents, and her staff. At one time, I saw her staff so afraid to tell her about a mistake that was made. They weren’t upset about the waste of the mistake, ordering the wrong invitations, they were terrified that someone was going to have to tell Hillary Clinton that there was a mistake made."

Byrne says Clinton's behavior during his tenure in the Secret Service proved to him that she does not have the temperament for the Oval office.

BYRNE: I feel so strongly that people need to know the real Hillary Clinton and how dangerous she is in her behavior. She is not a leader. She is not a leader.

SEAN: She does not have the temperament?

BYRNE: She doesn’t have the temperament. She didn’t have the temperament to handle the social office when she was First Lady, she does not have the temperament.

SEAN: She’s dishonest.

BYRNE: She’s dishonest, she habitually lies, anybody that can separate themselves from their politics and review her behavior over the past 15 years…

SEAN: You’re going to be accused of being political.

BYRNE: Absolutely I’m sure I will be, I have already and it’s not.

SEAN: And what’s your answer?

Byrne: It’s got nothing to do as politics.



Byrne talked wrote about then-President Bill Clinton's behavior, accusing him of carrying on multiple affairs and gave his perspective on the Monica Lewinsky affair and the scandal as it was happening. Byrne talked about several different affairs and how the Secret Service was expected to clean up after him.

HANNITY: How many women do you know, for sure, that he had affairs with in the Oval Office?

BYRNE: In the White House complex? I’d say easily three, maybe four, that I know of.

HANNITY: And you could see Monica Lewinsky from a mile away?

BYRNE: Sure. Sure.

HANNITY: You knew she wanted to be near him.

BYRNE: She was certainly manipulated some of the staff, other officers, myself to find out where he was−

HANNITY: She wasn’t manipulating if you saw through it.

BYRNE: Yeah, I agree. But I saw through it right away, but she was trying to place herself in his path, as he would move throughout the complex.



Byrne talks drug use in the White House:

HANNITY: Before I get into all the issues involving Bill and Hillary and what she knew and didn't know and covering up and lying and you being put in the middle of all this. People use drugs the at the White House?

BYRNE: There were some issues. One of the ones I comment in my book, and I'm very careful not to tell too much about it because I don't want -- hopefully this person got on with their lives and lived a healthy life. But there was one particular staff member that they had come in in the morning, and they'd be so beat up and exhausted looking, worn out, exhausted to the point where they couldn't be seen saying good morning. And they'd go in their office and go the bathroom and come out of the bathroom completely elevated and happy and smiling.

HANNITY: It was obvious you thought coke was being used?

BYRNE: I did. And later on, I was told that this particular person actually, they did something similar to an intervention and got her help and got her to a clinic, and I never did see her again. But I understand she did all right.
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