DU – The truth is emerging


Richard Moore

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Deadly Legacy,

IN THE APRIL 4 ISSUE OF AFP, we reported on charges aired
recently in a psychiatric newsletter that Anthony Principi,
the head of the Veterans Affairs, quietly stepped down over
the growing scandal involving the highly toxic weapons
component known as depleted uranium (DU).

According to Arthur Bernklau, executive director of Veterans
for Constitutional Law, "This malady (from uranium munitions),
that thousands of our military have suffered and died from,
has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness,
eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being

Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf
War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there
were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding
number of - disabled vets’ means that a decade later, 56
percent of those soldiers who served have some form of
permanent medical problems."

As we have editorialized before, the continued use of DU is a
war crime because the substance kills indiscriminately on and
around battlefields. The fact is, the U.S. military has been
well aware that DU is highly toxic when it is vaporized on the
battlefield but has sought to hide this major fact. Study
after study has shown a link between an assortment of strange
illnesses and grotesque birth defects and the military’s use
of DU.

No one knows for sure just how many tons of DU our government
has deposited around the world on helpless civilians and on
soldiers—including our own—during George Bush’s wanton war

Some say the figure is 200 tons, others claim tens of
thousands. The exact number is not important; what is
important is the criminal deceit that the military, under
orders of the White House, has practiced.

Anywhere DU has been employed—including firing ranges across
the United States and war zones around the world—the ground
and water will be contaminated for centuries. Not exactly a
pretty legacy for American "democracy" to leave for posterity.

It is time for Congress or responsible parties in the
administration to ban the use of DU for they are as complicit
in this crime as is our boy president.

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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 5:59 AM
Subject: Depleted Uranium - Suppressed Reports and Veterans'
Suffering Given Little Coverage

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Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's depleted
uranium project -- a former professor of environmental science
at Jacksonville University and onetime US army colonel who was
tasked by the US department of defence with the post-first
Gulf war depleted uranium desert clean-up -- said use of DU
was a 'war crime'.
  -- Sunday Herald (Australia's leading newspaper), 3/30/03
April 5, 2005
Dear friends,

Depleted uranium is a major issue which has received little
media coverage in spite of its extensive use in the Gulf War
and the two recent wars. The military and other government
officials claim it is not harmful except at very close range,
while other experts testify that depleted uranium is
responsible for a wide range of problems, including the
ravaging Gulf War Syndrome experienced by so many Gulf War

Scientific studies on the subject have been repressed. Key
witness testimony by hundreds of victims has been ignored or
inadequately explained away. Below are excerpts from several
articles dealing with depleted uranium on the websites of top
media outlets with links to the original articles. Why are the
facts on this important matter being suppressed? Why are our
governments not addressing the cause of suffering of these
many recent war veterans?

To understand the reasoning for the suppression, I highly
recommend our summary of highly decorated US General Smedley
Butler's book War is a Racket at
http://www.WantToKnow.info/warisaracket. General Butler gives
an insiders perspective on how powerful economic forces
promote war for reasons of profit while ignoring the very
serious consequences to the many military and civilian lives
affected. Let us all do what we can to call for the prominent
publication of the scientific studies on depleted uranium
which have been suppressed. Please help to spread the word on
this important topic by forwarding this information to your
friends and colleagues. Together, we can make a difference.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the <http://www.wanttoknow.info/aboutus>
WantToKnow.info Team

US forces' use of depleted uranium weapons is 'illegal'
Sunday Herald (Australia's leading newspaper) March 30, 2003

BRITISH and American coalition forces are using depleted
uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately
flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the
munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction. DU
contaminates land, causes ill-health and cancers among the
soldiers using the weapons, the armies they target and
civilians, leading to birth defects in children.

Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's depleted
uranium project -- a former professor of environmental science
at Jacksonville University and onetime US army colonel who was
tasked by the US department of defence with the post-first
Gulf war depleted uranium desert clean-up -- said use of DU
was a 'war crime'. A study of Gulf war veterans showed that
67% had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood
infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers.

Silver Bullet: Depleted Uranium
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Canada's ABC)

A year after war's end, [Gulf War Vet Jerry] Wheat got
startling evidence from his father -- a technician at the
famous Los Alamos Nuclear Research Centre, who just out of
curiosity tested the shrapnel that came from his son's body
and gear. The shrapnel was radioactive. Today, eight years
after the Gulf War, that shrapnel still lights up a Geiger
counter. He also keeps other pieces.

Jerry's great fear is that whatever he brought back with him
from the Gulf is now afflicting his family. His older son Joe
was hospitalized with breathing problems the day after Wheat
dragged his contaminated gear into the house. Derrick, his
youngest son, who was born after the war, suffers strange
blisters on his hands. His wife suffered a miscarriage. Jerry
himself recently had a tumour removed from his shoulder. He
now worries continually about cancer. Jerry says the military
has never shown any interest in his shrapnel. The military
said Jerry's health problems are due to post traumatic stress.

WHO - suppressed’ scientific study into
depleted uranium cancer fears in Iraq
Sunday Herald, Feb. 22, 2004

An expert report warning that the long-term health of Iraq’s
civilian population would be endangered by British and US
depleted uranium (DU) weapons has been kept secret. The study
by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children
and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust
containing DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. But
it was blocked from publication by the World Health
Organisation (WHO), which employed the main author, Dr Keith
Baverstock, as a senior radiation advisor. He alleges that it
was deliberately suppressed, though this is denied by WHO.

Baverstock also believes that if the study had been published
when it was completed in 2001, there would have been more
pressure on the US and UK to limit their use of DU weapons in
last year’s war, and to clean up afterwards. Hundreds of
thousands of DU shells were fired by coalition tanks and
planes during the conflict, and there has been no
comprehensive decontamination. Experts from the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) have so far not been allowed into
Iraq to assess the pollution.

For more information, The Christian Science Monitor has a
compilation of 16 articles exposing the dangers of depleted
uranium at http://www.csmonitor.com/atcsmonitor/specials/uranium/

BBC also has a webpage listing 10 of their articles both pro
and con regarding depleted uranium at 

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