11 Nov 2013
- By Junhan B. Todiño - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
“SAVE Pagan Island” advocate Jerome Aldan is hoping that the upcoming public hearing for the Marianas Islands Training and Testing draft environmental-impact statement and overseas impact statement will encourage more participation among the people.
He said more people should express concern about “the ill effects of expanded militarization in the Marianas.”
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas public affairs officer William Austin said the open house public meetings on Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota will be held Nov. 12-15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The venue on Saipan is the multi-purpose center on Nov. 13; the Tinian High School cafeteria, Nov. 14; and Sinapalo Elementary School cafeteria on Rota, Nov. 15.
Aldan reiterated his groups opposition to the U.S. military plan to expand its training activities in the Northern Islands, adding that the claims his group are making are “factual and not based on imagination.”
According to Aldan, the military is “adept in making things appear submissive through its hodgepodge style of press releases, scoping, public hearings and deadlines to meet for comments.”
The military, he added, will then decide on a record of decision :with little fanfare but much hocus-pocus taking place behind the scenes.”
Aldan said “this works most of the time until people realize what is going on — as Lincoln said, fool me once but not again.”
The meetings were previously scheduled for Oct. 7 to 10 but were cancelled due to the federal government shutdown.
Regarding the CNMI leaders’ reaction to the military plan, Aldan said: “The problem with leaders coming out publicly against the military plans is that they are way too late and their voice is inconsequential as a result, because they missed the train when it left the station.”