Last Election Day, the voters on Maui passed a resolution to temporarily stop Monsanto and Dow from continuing their toxic GMO and pesticide experiments in the “open-air laboratory” of Maui.
Monsanto and Dow sued immediately to nullify the will of the people. Since then, the case has been hung up in the courts.
A few months ago, I exposed the fact that the federal judge handling the case, Barry Kurren, was compromised, because his wife, Faye, was involved with an environmental group that had accepted huge money from Dow.
Judge Kurren, for whatever reasons, is no longer on the case. The sitting judge now is Susan Oki Mollway.
It’s all good now, right?
Hours before a scheduled March 10 hearing, which hopefully would have made progress toward a resolution of the voters of Maui’s position (ban GMOs) vs. Monsanto and Dow’s position (let us keep poisoning the people of Maui with our experimental pesticides and experimental GMOs)…boom. Judge Mollway postponed the hearing.
No progress. No resolution. More stalling, even after the voters of Maui had made their voices heard, last Election Day, with a ballot decision to put a temporary halt to all Monsanto/Dow GMO/pesticide toxic experiments on Maui.
Justice deferred once again.
So why did Judge Mollway shock everybody and cancel the March 10 hearing?
Because, she claimed, she just became aware (really?) that there are two bills up for consideration in the Hawaii State Legislature, and these bills will have a major effect on the regulation of agriculture on Maui, once they are voted on. Therefore, why not wait until the fate of those bills is decided?
Once that happens, what the voters on Maui decided last Election Day will be superseded.
The Judge rhetorically asked, “Is there any dispute that the enactment of either of these bills would nullify the [Maui voters’] ordinance at issue in this case?”
Nullify. Who cares what the voters of Maui think? No longer an issue. Irrelevant. Throw the vote in the garbage can.
Mollway seems quite sure at least one of these Senate bills will pass.
Right, except everybody with their heads in the game (except the Judge) knows this is inaccurate. The bills she is referring to are…
Well, let me allow Hawaii State Senator Russell Ruderman, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, to explain it—as he DID in a March 9 letter to Judge Mollway:
The Honorable Susan Oki Mollway
United States District Court
300 Ala Moana Blvd C-338/Honolulu, HI 96850
Aloha Judge Mollway,
I am the State Senator from the Puna District and the Chair of the State Senate Committee on Agriculture. Please accept this letter as verification that bills SB986 Relating to Agriculture (Right to Farm; Counties) and HB849 Relating to Agriculture (Right to Farm; Counties) have both missed required hearing deadlines and are effectively ‘dead’ for this legislative session.”
What?? Even with a dose of the truth from a state senator, Judge Mollway wrongly (and conveniently) continues to assume that one or both of these bills are a slam-dunk to pass and be signed into law, and on that patently false basis she postpones the hearing and gives the very strong impression that the Maui voters’ victory is now trash, to be ignored, thrown aside, and stepped on.
Could Monsanto and Dow ask for a better judge and a better ruling?
But wait. There’s more.
It’s a decision Judge Mollway made in 2012, in the Velella Project lawsuit.
Velella was an experiment in raising 2000 fish in a cage in the ocean, and feeding the fish soy oil.
Mollway decided in favor of the feds granting an aquaculture license off-shore in Hawaii, despite protests that local authorities (regional fishery management councils) should decide whether to grant the license. And…if locals had made that decision, there was a very good chance they would have said no and canceled the whole Velella Project.
Well, the Illinois Soybean Association funded a piece of the Velella Project, and they’re sponsored by Dow, Monsanto, and BASF, all heavyweight GMO companies.
I’d say there is the strong possibility those 2000 fish in a cage were fed GMO soy. Gene drift in the ocean, anyone?
Furthermore, Velella was just one step toward a massive new aquaculture industry: growing and feeding and harvesting fish in the ocean, a new industry that would undoubtedly be backed by the biotech GMO giants.
And Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway was right there at the beginning, making sure those GMO giants (through the Illinois Soybean Association) had a hand (soy-oil) in those ocean experiments, making sure local Hawaii groups couldn’t have a voice, couldn’t stop the project.
Does that indicate where her sympathies lie? Are those sympathies behind her attempt to derail the will of the voters of Maui now?
Are there any other reporters who are ready to carry the ball and cover this scandal? Is there anyone in the anti-GMO movement, who has been backing it with cash, who is now willing to put money into a major publicity campaign, in order to expose what is happening on Maui?
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails atNoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.