“The only way people won’t panic is if they receive open and truthful communication” from authorities, [Mary Dickson of Downwinders United] said. “Otherwise, it’s easy to expect the worst.”
Downwinders know quite a lot about governments lying to them. In the 1950’s, the federal government deliberately did open air nuclear tests in Nevada when the wind was blowing into Utah, then lied about it for decades.
Tests were deliberately scheduled when the wind was blowing into Utah and away from Vegas and southern California and those residents were contemptibly described in a top secret memo as a “low use segment of the population.”
TEPCO director weeps after disclosing truth about Fukushima disaster. They have lied for days about what was happening.
There is no way Obama can truthfully say no harmful radiation will reach the US because we don’t yet know how bad things will get at Fukushima.
Our governments are more concerned with PR spin and protecting corporate interests than in serving the public and being honest. The first thing they can do is be honest (assuming they still know how.)