The U.S. military has placed a notice that it is in the market for almost $400,000 of potassium iodide pills. Potassium iodide (KI) is a way to keep radiation from lodging in your thyroid. This is from the Centers for Disease Control.
What is KI?
Potassium iodide (also called KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine. Stable iodine is an important chemical needed by the body to make thyroid hormones. Most of the stable iodine in our bodies comes from the food we eat. KI is stable iodine in a medicine form.
What does KI do?
If radioactive iodine is released into the air after a radiological or nuclear event it can be breathed into the lungs. In most cases, once radioactive iodine has entered the body, the thyroid gland quickly absorbs it. After it has been absorbed into the thyroid gland, radioactive iodine can then cause thyroid gland injury. Because KI acts to block radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland, it can help protect this gland from injury.
Why is the military in the market for this much? Did it run out? How?
The explanation could be that this is for our troops in Japan. Fukushima would then be a lot more dangerous than what the Japanese government has said. But the Centers for Disease Control specifically say this:
At this time, CDC does not recommend that people in the United States take Potassium Iodide (KI) or iodine supplements in response to the nuclear power plant explosions in Japan.
So, what is going on?
The number of pills ordered would protect 75,000 troops for two weeks. This is a short-term operation.
There are lots of rumors. An attack on Iran’s nuclear facility. A meltdown of Fukushima’s reactor 4. Rumors are what happens when the military stays dumb, as in silent.
Indisputable fact: It’s not cheap to operate an empire. Expenses add up. What’s another $392,000?
Maybe a couple of colonels sat down and said: “Let’s have a little fun with the conspiracy theory folks.” If so, it worked.
I still want to know what the official justification is.