SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 12:54AM

Opinion: Why the DU Debate Is a Capstone Matter

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 http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/world-health-organisation-and-iraqi-ministry-of-health-act4iraq-and-release-birth-defect-data
(155 UN Nations to ban DU weaopns, less than 200 Nations on planet)

http://thefallujahproject.org/home/
http://righttoheal.org/

Opinion: Why the Depleted  Uranium  Debate Is a Capstone Matter:

American use of DU is "A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time." US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die."
http://archive.truthout.org/article/depleted-uranium-horror-america

After the United States bombed Japan with the Atomic and Hydrogen bomb, it not only killed many people, it created a highly painful and torturous affect that melted off people’s skin and left behind a legacy of disrupting people’s genome, causing mutations that still occur to this day. In our classrooms across America, we point out this incident and ask our students if they believe it was justified. Even former Defense Secretary Robert McNamera said if we would have lost WWII we would have been tried as war criminals. So why aren’t we just as concerned when we hear reports that Fallujah, Iraq may exceed Hiroshima and Nagasaki birth defects and cancers? Why isn’t this headline news? Prominent author and activist Noam Chomsky has said this story should outweigh reporting on Wikileaks (another very important issue that has found many very significant things, all of course under reported).
We learn about this single event in Japan, may not even mention the remnants it has today and refuse to delve into the full-spectrum array of this issue of uranium and chemical weapons that appear to be genotoxic. Some key subjects relating to this are the following: Atomic Veterans, Plutonium Files, Agent Orange, White Phosphorus, Gulf War Syndrome, Balkans Syndrome, Burning Semen Syndrome, Radiation Poisoning of the Navajo, Project Plum Bob, exploding a nuke in our ozone, exploding nukes underground in oceans.

Combined with potential risks that are found in our foods (including GMOs, which has caused sterility in third generation hamsters) (54)(55) and toiletries and radiation from cell phones, etc. could there be a straw that breaks the camel’s back – that being our single, shared human gene pool.

[The US has exploded over 1000 nucelar bombs(51), many underground and in the ocean, together the world has exploed over 2000 nucelar bombs(52). Several nuclear satellites like SNAP-9-A have burned up in our atmosphere spreading things like plutonium over the entire globe for everyone to breathe in and pass along in their DNA. Dr. John Gofman believes many cancers today are due to this single incident(53). This delves into the weaponization of space, perhaps the second greatest threat to humanity aside from global warming (NASA says we're dead a 350 ppm carbon emissions and we just reached 400 ppm) please watch the link by source #53 ("Arsenal of Hypocrisy" by Bruce Gagnon) or check out "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space" with guest appearance by Martin Sheen.]

 “Everything today causes cancer.” This saying is precisely why you want to weed out as much as carcinogenic products in your life as you can. If you’re caring a load of bricks on your back and are afraid it may cause you to collapse, why would you be so ready to throw more on?
Below is a glimpse at the depleted uranium issue, keeping in mind USG PSYOPS, disinformation and slip ups that have caused the lose of essential documentation. (MK Ultra, during the COINTELPRO era the most egregious tactics and actions were not recorded to paper, Ollie North Trials are just some instances where documents went missing.)

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The United States military and NATO forces are currently using munitions made of a dense, brittle metal known as depleted uranium, it works incredibly well for piercing armor (18 other nations also have it in their arsenal, most were sold DU by the US)(1). It is a byproduct of natural, yet radioactive, mined uranium used for creating nuclear power and weapons. However, when used it fragments into particles the size of 0.5 microns, sometimes even smaller than 0.01 microns(2,3). The dust can spread 400 meters (over 3.5 football fields from end zone to end zone, or almost 0.5 miles) from the site immediately after an impact(1). The aerosol is so small that when inhaled it permeates through the alveoli sacs in the lungs, which then goes into the blood, bones, liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, other organs(16) and can even be found in the semen (which can burn on contact)(17). (Also, particles were found in tested rat brains)(18). The dust gets into the blood cells and is even so small that it goes into people’s DNA(3,5), most likely causing horrible cancers(5), aberrations and birth defects(6)(7’). It’s half-life is 4.5 billion years, about the age of our solar system(22). Many news organizations, as well, have reported DU use may be a suspect in the rare birth defects and cancers that seem to be coming up in areas where it’s used. Even FOX News reported an oncologist saying the types of cancers are clear indication of radiation (19). CNN has reported that, “the chief prosecutor for the International War Crimes Tribunal said NATO's use of depleted uranium could be investigated as a possible war crime.”(20). BBC reported that “Iraqi officials are anxious not to embarrass Americans over the issue” and that “Fallujah officials have warned women that they should not have children” anymore(21).

The Pentagon claims DU is virtually harmless and that it doesn’t contaminate the environment, yet the primary, soldier’s common tasks Army manual reads, “NOTE: Contamination will make food and water unsafe for consumption.”(4). Former Senator of Wisconsin, Russ Feingold, has pointed out their contradictions as well(5’). There is a book titled “Metal of Dishonor” which stemmed out of a meeting at the United Nations Church Center in New York in 1996. It was written by hundreds of people, including scientists, medical and legal experts and political analysts. On pages 205-9 there is a list of some excerpts from US government documents saying things like, “if DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate significant medical consequences” and “since DU weapons are openly available on the world arms market, DU weapons will be used in future conflicts.” They follow up with how the Pentagon, despite their findings believe it is unlikely that DU use is the cause of reported aliments by Gulf War veterans


About 115 American veterans were hit with these munitions, by friendly fire, in Operation Desert Storm/Persian Gulf War(7), where the military admits we used about 320 tons of it (8), other sources say as much as 800 tons (9). Over half of the 580,000 Gulf War veterans are now disabled—and 10,000 to 13,000 are dead (Truthout.org)(10). In Operation Enduring Freedom (initially, “Operation Infinite Justice”) there were 800 tons to perhaps even 1,400 tons used(9)(11). In Operation Iraqi Freedom (now, “Operation New Dawn”)(NOTE1) somewhere around 2,000 tons(12)(13)(14) were used, in just its early stages of the war. Not including the Balkans, six times the amount of uranium weapons have been used in these post 9/11/01 wars since the Gulf War and more so in populated areas. “This still radioactive battlefield - and the severe health problems many Iraqis and some US Gulf War veterans ascribe to it - may also be an omen of an unsettled future.” (Christian Science Monitor, 2002)(15).
"We say the war is finished, but what will the future bring?" - Iraqi doctor, Faiz Askar(22)

 

Iraqi hospital’s birth defects and cancers have increased sharply since the war. One example is the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a leading medical journal, who published a study, ‘Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009’ which says Fallujah’s increase in infant mortality, leukemia, and cancers exceeds those reported by survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There was a 38-fold increase in leukemia in Fallujah compared to a 17-fold increase in Hiroshima. The findings and ills are similar to those of radiation exposure it reports(23)(26). Also, important to note is that in “Operation Phantom Fury” (waged on Fallujah, led by the US) troops deployed white phosphorus(27). The remains of the “City of Mosques” were plowed into the river from which people drink(21).

NPR has reported that over 500 Iraqi vets are now getting sick, due to incinerators used in Afghanistan and Iraq(24). With any war comes a lot of pollution. There is a USA Today article that mentions some of the toxins in the air on the battlefield. They reported cardiovascular disease and respiratory issues are up in veterans 30% and 32%, respectively. They mention a list of metals that can be found, but they don’t mention depleted uranium in the article until a veteran brought up the issue(29). It is claimed by the Pentagon that the symptoms Gulf War veterans had could have been due to the Sarin Gas and other chemical and biological weapons that Saddam did have. However, what’s needed to be noted and often times isn’t is that US companies sold Saddam many of the agents and facilities to produce them (28). So, whether it’s Saddam’s chemicals, DU use, white phosphorus or other war time pollutants that has contributed to aliments within the Iraqi population, it has to be noted that whatever the cause is, the US is at least in part to blame. You can’t give an assassin a gun, tell him who to kill, and then not take responsibility for the action. This is in affect what the US has done when they backed Saddam Husain, who’s been evoked as a “Hitler”.

There has been 148 states that have called for transparency over depleted uranium use in a UN vote (30). There have been huge landslide votes in the UN and European Parliament (136 to 5 & 491 to 18, respectively) to stop using it (6). The UN Environmental Program identified 311 polluted sites in Iraq. Cleaning them up will take at least $40 million and several years. Nothing can start until he fighting stops (31)(32). Uranium mining in the US has affected certain Native Americans, like the Navajo, as well. In 1979 “93 million gallons of radioactive material spilled into an arroyo and from there into a river, the Rio Puerco that makes the southern boundary of Navajo…it was the largest accidental release of radioactive material in U.S. history.” The Navajo were coerced into working the mines and ended up building their homes out of radioactive material as well (33).

 

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Why isn’t this a bigger issue in our media?

Like the tobacco industry, the depleted uranium lobby, will lie and twist with all it believes it can get away with. Finally, this year, formaldehyde was added to a list of carcinogens, despite years of lobbying for its use by the chemical industry (34). It wasn’t until 1996 that the US government finally apologized to veterans who suffered from the dioxins in Agent Orange (35). It seems it’s very possibly, if not most likely, a similar trend is occurring with the depleted uranium debate. As Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi wrote in a paper found on Harvard’s webpage, "the assassination of 250 Iraqi scientists after Iraq’s invasion by occupation militias is the best way not to continue any kind of research including DU-related research in occupied Iraq" (36)(37). “She was threatened in anonymous phone calls on the eve of her testimony to congress. Subsequently, her car, which contained sensitive information on DU, was mysteriously destroyed” (25). In the documentary “Poison Dust” there is a lady who says when people try and talk about the depleted uranium subject an agent stands up and accuses you of working for Saddam. Indeed, the Pentagon claims that Saddam created the hype over DU as a propaganda campaign. Dr. Douglas Rokke claims that e-mails won’t be sent or are late pertaining to DU relating things.

Governments keep sensitive information in their place (38)(46). What people fail to realize is that our country does this too. The FBI harassed Martin Luther King, Jr. and even sent him a letter appearing to get him to commit suicide (39)(a Memphis court trial found agencies within the US government even helped to assassinate MLK)(NY Times). About 30 of what the FBI called “black messiahs” were killed by COINTELPRO operations directed against the Black Panthers in just three years(40). Over 400 American Indian Movement causualties including 64 deaths occured on Pine Ridge in a period of three years(41). Deliberately false information has been given to news organizations (42). The toppling of the Saddam statue, the military now admits was a PSYOPS (a Psychological Operation meant to look like Iraqis spontaneously rejoiced at Saddam’s ousting was a fake, directed by and paid for by a US PSYOPS division)(43). It was reported that the Lincoln group was putting out hundreds of disinformation new stories into Iraqi papers that were pro US-led invasion. Sites appearing to be official government sites in Africa were found to be run by the Pentagon(44). The DoD are not a credible source. You cannot bare your testimony on their reporting. They have a bias to do what’s good for the arms industry and on that all the laws hang. Lobbyists from the Pentagon and from different think tanks and corporations influence and probably give disinformation to corporate media directed by what’s important to Wall Street and Washington. Until the American people wake up to the irrefutable fact that we are lied to, that there is some heavy manipulating going on in our media, we won’t be able to direct from the status quo (48). Wikileaks found that in Al Jazeera, of all places, a top news director was holding meetings with the US who got him to withhold certain images(45). NATO has been “infiltrated” and perhaps “neutralized” as well, a mole was put in the office of the alliance’s secretary general (47). How much has been surveillanced, infiltrated and neutralized? “Full-spectrum dominance” of “information” is a goal of the Pentagon’s (49)(50).

"Rev. JESSE JACKSON (associate of Martin Luther King): When you have this feeling that the government really is watching you, you know, taps your telephone, maybe in your text files, it has a chilling effect. It takes away your freedom. And often for leaders, none of us are perfect, it neutralizes people." - NPR

This issue matters because what if: Imagine giving birth to a baby with cracked bleeding skin, inside out (red) eyes, and no lips. Or a baby with no head or no heart. Or a baby with one eye in the middle of it's head. Or one with it's organs on it's outside, or one that's simply a pile of carnage. You look at that while your wife gives birth. You then know this happened, with virtually zero doubt because of the US/NATO toxic invasion or some US/UN Saddam sanction.

 

PLEASE SIGN:

http://www.change.org/petitions/end-us-nato-war-crimes-and-abuses-of-power

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“This business of burning human beings with napalm [is not just].”               - Rev. & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "Because the Bible is right, you will reap what you sow." - MLK

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"So when you hear powerful, moving stories of the people who have been victimized by the nuclear fuel cycle, when you realize that we now "shoot" nuclear waste into other peoples' backyards, you realize that this story is obscene. We're talking about laying the groundwork for perhaps a war of crimes, a war crimes investigation to crimes against ordinary people. And this is a message that has to go out. And yet, where do we see the national media here? I don't see network news. I don't see Channel 2 or Channel 4 [covering this story about crimes against humanity and the movement to stop it]. I don't see the big media today. It just goes to show you that "the revolution is not going to be televised." And it just goes to show you that we have "freedom of the press" if you happen to own one.”

-Michio Kaku

 

Do we need more DU protesting? (“The average American has not heard of depleted uranium” (Project Censored)(25))
(Dr. Kaku is a physicist and is like an “Einstein”. His theory isn’t as accepted yet, but like how Einstein created the theory of relativity which demonstrated that the laws of physics on Earth and the laws of physics in outer space both operate under the same law, Kaku has come up with an equation (elaborated on String, or M, Theory) that connects the laws of the heavens and Earth to that of the sub atomic level.)
As an anchor on Fox News said to Dr. Kaku, when talking about a solar flare storm that may erupt in the near future, “coming from you, you add a lot of credibility to it.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPdqr2v1rTQ

 

 

 

 

SRCS: (Ctrl+F search)
1: http://www.cadu.org.uk/intro.htm#ref1
2: http://myweb.brooklyn.liu.edu/lawrence/duproject/du_health.pdf
3: http://www.whale.to/b/bertell.html
4: http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/du/du_refs/n21en314/99ctt_manual.htm

5’:http://www.csmonitor.com/1999/0430/p8s1.html/%28page%29/2
5: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12121782
6: http://www.unidir.org/pdf/articles/pdf-art2756.pdf

7’: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242351/

7: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11979&page=1

8: http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/medsearch/FocusAreas/depleted_uranium.shtml

9: http://home.mesastate.edu/~jerry/antiwar/du%20essay.htm

10:http://harvard.academia.edu/BarrySpector/Papers/780304/Memory_Myth_and_The_National_Mall (page 85)

NOTE1: (“Iraqi Freedom” has been proven hypocritical since the dawn of Wikileak’s release of the Frago 242 orders, which proved US troops were to ignore torture by Iraqi police forces done onto Iraqis in custody. President Bush, Jr. said the people of Iraq would no longer have to suffer under Saddam’s torturous regime, yet now the US led regime is allowed to do so. The findings of the abuse were not petty either.)
11: https://forums.yaleglobal.yale.edu/thread.jspa?threadID=1667 (a thread)

12: http://nsspi.tamu.edu/pauloscornerarticles/2010-02/iraq-to-sue-us,-britain-over-depleted-uranium-bombs

13: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2007/Minutes/House/Exhibits/sth20a04.pdf

14: http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/margins-to-centre/2005-September.txt

15: http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1220/p01s04-wome.html

16: http://www.sandia.gov/news-center/news-releases/2005/def-nonprolif-sec/snl-dusand.pdf

17:http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/vet_help/med_conf/other/med_conf_other_bernstein.jsp

18:http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/medsearch/EnvironmentalOccupationa/DepletedUranium/DoD7A.shtml
19:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,578297,00.html?sPage=fnc/health/cancer#ixzz1YkAC9ZVt

20: http://articles.cnn.com/2001-01-15/world/defence.uranium_1_uranium-weapons-deployment-of-german-peacekeepers-rudolf-scharping?_s=PM:WORLD

21: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8548961.stm

22: http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0515/p01s02-woiq.html

23: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/toxic-legacy-of-us-assault-on-fallujah-worse-than-hiroshima-2034065.html

24: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123187642

25: http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/8-us-british-forces-continue-use-of-depleted-uranium-weapons-despite-negati/

26: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/7/2828/

27: http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/2005/MAR_APR_2005/PAGE24-30.pdf (p.26)

28: http://www.progressive.org/0901/anth0498.html

29: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2011-05-11-Iraq-Afghanistan-dust-soldiers-illnesses_n.htm

30: http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/364.html

31: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2006/08/71585?currentPage=3

32: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/insideiraq/2010/01/20101371048370420.html

33: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130754093&ft=3&f=1019%2C1049

34: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/14/formaldehyde_added_to_known_carcinogens_list

35: http://www.vn-agentorange.org/vufo_on_2nd_circuit_opinion.html

36: http://www.physics.harvard​.edu/~wilson/soundscience/​Al-Azzawi.pdf
37: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-01-16-academics-assassinations_x.htm

38: http://www.allvoices.com/news/1607272/s/21495645-d-notice-slapped-on-mod-s-history-of-censorship-secrecy-and-the-media-after-spat-over-turgid-wri

39: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5161811

40: http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/coinwcar3.htm

41: “COINTELPRO 101”

42: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,947393,00.html

43: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89489923

44: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm

45:http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/21/headlines/al_jazeera_news_director_resigns_over_modifying_iraq_war_coverage

46: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug0IL7k3elQ

47: http://rt.com/news/us-nato-control-trust-mole/

48: http://freegovinfo.info/node/1812

49:http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

50: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

 http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/utah_today/nucleartestingandthedownwinders.html

 http://www.ctbto.org/index.php?id=3567

51: http://web.mit.edu/stgs/nuclearweapons.html

52: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_testing

53: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5mEUtx62N0 ("Arsenal of Hypocricy"

54:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html

55: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15718213

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This is probably why we have a lot of cases of cancers today:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_nuclear_accidents

http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/oilspill.php
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1236241

pre gulf war pentagon cited DU may cause cancers and would cause a campaing to stop using it, therefore started a public relations (i.e. propaganda) program to keep using it

pentagon lied about cancers in US vets

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The nuclear powers have conducted more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions (numbers are approximated, as some test results have been disputed):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_testing#Nuclear_testing_by_country

GMO cause third gen. hamsters to be sterlie
most corn and sugar GMO in US
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-b-stuart/depleted-uranium-from-sea_b_437346.html
Its residents changed the name of their "City of Mosques" to "the polluted city" after the United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago.

The WHO's report, out next month, is widely expected to show an increase in birth defects after the conflict. It has looked at nine "high-risk" areas in Iraq, including Fallujah and Basra.

The latest study found that in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with a birth defect between 2007 and 2010.

She added that the data was likely to be an "underestimate", as many parents who give birth to children with defects hide them from public view.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/iraq-records-huge-rise-in-birth-defects-8210444.html
“If DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate significant medical consequences. The risks associated with DU in the body are both chemical and radiological.”
--The U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute (AEPI) Health and Environmental Consequences of Depleted Uranium Use in the U.S. Army, June 1995

Metal of Dishonor
How the Pentagon Radiates soldiers and civilians with DU weapons
Including selections by:
Ashraf El-Bayoumi, Rosalie Bertell, Helen Caldicott, Ramsey Clark, Jay M. Gould, Michio Kaku, Manuel Pino


(excerpts: p. 205-208)
Appendix 1: Government Documents on DU

The following quotations from relevant U.S. government documents on depleted uranium were selected for inclusion in the book with the help of the Depleted Uranium Citizen’s Network of the Military Toxic Project. The work of the DU Network resulted in the release of the previously suppressed Army Environmental Policy Report entitled, Health and Environmental Consequences of Depleted Uranium Use in the US Army: Technical Report, June 1995. Quotations from this and other reports reflect the duplicity of government statements concerning the risks of depleted-uranium weapons use and demonstrate the need for a complete independent investigation into the consequences, both medical and environmental, of DU contamination.

The Army does not know the full extent to which its personnel were exposed to DU contamination during the Gulf War. (GAO/NSIAD-93-90, p. 3)

More than 50 current and former sites have been involved in the production, manufacture, development, testing and storage of DU for various DoD uses. (AEPI, p. 26)

DU is inherently toxic. This toxicity can be managed, but it cannot be changed. (AEPI, p.26)

Inhaled insoluble oxides stay in the lungs longer and pose a potential cancer risk due to radiation. Ingested DU dust can also pose both a radioactive and toxicity risk. … (GAO/NSIAD-93-90, pp. 17-18)

As of February 1994, contractors had produced more than 1.6 million DU penetrators for tank ammunition and more than 55 million DU penetrators for small caliber (20, 25 and 30mm) applications. More than 99 percent of the U.S. production has been for the U.S. Air Force (30mm GAU-8). (AEPI, p.26)

No international law, treaty, regulation, or custom requires the United States to remediate Persian Gulf battlefields. (AEPI, p. 154)

The number of DU patients on future battlefields probably will be significantly higher because other countries will use systems containing DU. (AEPI, p. 120)

Since DU weapons are openly available on the world arms market, DU weapons will be used in future conflicts. (AEPI, p.119)

If DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate significant medical consequences. The risks associated with DU in the body are both chemical and radiological. (AEPI, p. 101)



http://ia700302.us.archive.org/14/items/dn1997-0506/dn1997-0506-1_64kb.mp3
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/14321787/ns/us_news-military/t/armament-sickening-us-soldiers/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/06/iraq-depleted-uranium-clean-up-contamination-spreads
The People of Utah and Nevada who lived downwind from the nuclear test sites don't have too much to show from the cold war except clusters of cancer; after 87 open-air tests more fallout had settled on St. George in Utah than on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... and the hapless islanders of Micronesia who were terribly deceived about the H-test fallout; the Interior Department told the people of Bikini that they could return to their homes--provided they ate no home-grown food until the late 21st century ... and the soldiers who were forced to watch the tests too close; and the uranium miners whose lungs inhaled radon gas; and the people who lived too close to the wrong nuclear reactors, Chernobyl in slow motion; and the unknowing guinea pigs of all the radiation experiments, injected with plutonium, uranium, radium, and other nice things ... and the folks whose brains were washed with LSD, "truth-serums", and other nice things; and the people of Florida and New York and San Francisco who were secretly dusted and sprayed and chemicalized and biologicalized by the CIA and the Army, just to see what the (bad) effects would be ... and always, in each case, there were men in Washington who knew very well about the dangers of the fall-out and the radiation and the germs, but said nothing; they knew about the accidents and the leaks, but said nothing; they knew about it early on, at least as early as 1947: "It is desired that no document be released which refers to experiments with humans and might have adverse effect on public opinion or result in legal suits. Documents covering such work field should be classified secret." ... and kindly old Ike who told the Atomic Energy Commission to keep the public "confused" with its explanations about fallout that had caused cancer concern in Utah .. and those that said anything were ignored, or fired.5
It was called national security. The American republic had been replaced after World War II by a national security state, answerable to no one, an extra-constitutional government, secret from the American people, exempt from congressional oversight, above the law. p.3

Noam Chomsky has noted that the end of the cold war enabled the US government to achieve its ultimate goal--"to set the terms of discussion" for virtually any international issue, and thus become the ultimate empire.
p.383

"Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II" by William Blum (1995) Common Courage Press



Though the full report remained classified until 2001, its preface was made public a quarter century before. It contained one of the grimmest passages of the cold war:

It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever cost. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the United States is to survive, long-standing American concepts of “fair play” must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage servies and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated and more effective methods that those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy.

The report said the nation needed “an aggressive covert psychological, political and paramilitary organization more effective, more unique, and, if necessary, more ruthless than that employed by the enemy.”…It concluded: “The information we have obtained by this method of acquisition has been negligible and the cost in effort, dollars and human lives prohibitive.” p.124-5

"Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" by Time Weiner (2007) Anchor Books, a division of Random House Inc.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/18/cia-sues-ex-agent-for-books-breach-of-secrecy/?page=all
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/30/india-punjab-children-uranium-pollution
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2011-06-27-nuclear-plant-leaks_n.htm
Lieutenant Colonel Roger Helbig, USAF, Rtd (it appears) is one of a small Pentagon-inspired group devoted to denigrating and undermining the efforts of those drawing attention to the dangers of DU, which three UN Sub-Committees have designated a weapon of mass destruction.

Rokke, whose team led the (impossible) clean up in Kuwait in 1991 after the first Gulf War, was so horrified by what he found, he finally spoke out – at cost. Sick from DU poisoning himself, he has suffered ongoing ‘physical, psychological and economic threats’ from Helbig and other US government representatives since.

Iraq and the region’s cancers have become a tragedy equalling Chernobyl. Oddly, when the US/UK military allowed the looting of every Iraqi State building, all medical records of this unique war crime was destroyed.

As Professor Malcolm Hooper, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Sunderland University (UK) writes in his article ‘Most Toxic War in Western Military History’, regarding Iraq in 1991: ‘at every level, investigation into illness, birth defects, contamination has been blocked and bedevilled by ... a pervasive myopia which sees lack of evidence as proof.’

http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/269012/depleted_uranium_an_untold_story.html
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/20/ten_years_later_us_has_left
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHn3kKySuVo
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1983613,00.html
http://www.iacenter.org/depleted/duleaf.htm
http://www.ratical.org/radiation/DU/IDUST.html
148 states call for transparency over depleted uranium use in UN vote:
http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/364.html
http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/faq/faq_du.jsp
http://archive.truthout.org/article/depleted-uranium-horror-america
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HPOxG0eFE&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyE9mq-D1H0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyE9mq-D1H0
http://www.grassrootspeace.org/
http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aqQkqZKBuV4#!
Peace Activists Convicted for Protest at Tennessee Nuclear Site
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Three peace activists have been convicted for infiltrating the U.S. government’s lone site for handling and processing weapons-grade uranium last July. Calling themselves the "Transform Now Plowshares," the three cut through fences to paint slogans and throw blood on the wall of the Y12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Y12 facility processes uranium for new hydrogen bombs and makes nuclear warheads. On Wednesday, a jury found the three activists — 83-year-old nun Sister Megan Rice, Vietnam War veteran Michael Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed — guilty of damaging a so-called "national defense" site. The charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Syria-Israel-used-depleted-uranium-shells-in-Syria-strike-312189
https://www.facebook.com/DrMohammadDaudMiraki/photos_stream
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101578033791628&set=pb.219701053.-2207520000.1369360826.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/DrMohammadDaudMiraki/photos_stream
http://fair.org/press-release/depleted-coverage-of-natos-depleted-uranium-weapons/
Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal and Germany have all demanded that NATO conduct a thorough investigation into the health and environmental impacts of DU, and have expressed distrust of Pentagon and NATO reassurances (Agence France Presse, 1/8/01). Reports in the European press suggest that the situation is causing serious divisions within the alliance, with the conservative London Times asserting that the soldiers' "Deaths Threaten the Unity of Nato" (1/6/01).

The only U.S. newspaper in the Nexis media database to have run an editorial on the current controversy is the Seattle Times (1/6/01). Big picture questions about the extensive use of DU since the Gulf War, its lasting impact on civilian populations and the record of official deception around DU have been largely ignored in both print and broadcast reports.

Nor was the larger question about DU raised: Is it legal?

Among other things, the committee [Environment Committeeof the Council of Europe] cited "the use of depleted uranium inwarheads" as a violation that had "dramatically worsened" Yugoslavia'senvironment "with long-lasting effects on the health and quality of life forfuture generations." The committee further found that this damage "can bepresumed to have been deliberate."

-fair.org (link in previous post)
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/27
http://www.peoplesvideo.org/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/224042.html
http://www.presstv.com/detail/224042.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosmos_954
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/06/201365101540408281.html
http://www.scribd.com/doc/35069117/Depleted-Uranium-AC-Laboratorium-Spiez
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYDH7HQ-VkI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WLpcM6rqJEc#!

1/3 babies born
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Mb7ybvTFY
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/1984:ending-nuclear-evil
"My own country, South Africa, gave up its nuclear arsenal in the 1990’s, realizing it was better off without these weapons. Around the same time, the newly independent states of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine voluntarily relinquished their nuclear arms, and then joined the NPT. Other countries have abandoned nuclear-weapons programs, recognizing that nothing good could possibly come from them. Global stockpiles have dropped from 68,000 warheads at the height of the Cold War to 20,000 today.
--Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate
http://www.beyondnuclear.org/pamphlets/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/us/researchers-find-biological-evidence-of-gulf-war-illnesses.html?hp&_r=2&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQpI4JRnThE
http://gumc.georgetown.edu/news/stories/393500.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/depleted-uranium-far-worse-than-9-11/2374
http://www.democracynow.org/2001/11/16/are_us_weapons_releasing_depleted_uranium

This visionary report predicted the combat use ofdepleted uranium penetrators could create localized areas of contamination consisting of large amounts ofrespirable-size uranium particles. Infantry troops were expected to receive the highest exposures through inhalationof the dust, and the Army anticipated the health outcomes could include cancer and kidney problems. Though no anti-DUmovement existed at the time, the Army predicted that depleted uranium munitions might be removed from the arsenal bypolitical force once the health and environmental impacts of depleted uranium were widely known.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Our wonderful partners at The Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq ( OWFI) started collecting signatures in Iraq this week in support of the #RighttoHeal initiative, a joint effort by U.S. veterans, Iraqi organizations, and CCR demanding U.S. government accountability for the health and environmental impacts of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Part of the initiative is a demand for a thematic hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to address the need for reparations. An OWFI team of 16 women, most of whom are widows of war, collected signatures, door-to-door in Samarra city. In Baghdad, another team collected over one thousand signatures in the first three hours! Another team is about to start signature collection in Barsra.

Join this call for accountability by getting as many people as possible to sign the petition at: http://righttoheal.org/
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/depleted_uranium/index.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/1982/02/09/us/around-the-nation-us-examining-records-of-radiatio-n-exposure.html?smid=fb-share
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SDVfNMD_-6Q
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=429902187107312&set=vb.179904905440376&type=2&theater
http://rt.com/news/iraq-depleted-uranium-health-394/

14x Hiroshima
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y5oGZEEi40s#at=485
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/2013315171951838638.html

14x
http://rt.com/usa/uranium-depleted-miami-airport-595/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-W5TvnYaeN4#at=177

official won't speak
In 2002 millions of people around the world protested against the invasion of Iraq. In the UK we recently discovered just how close we were to stopping our government’s involvement. Although we did not stop the invasion we must all come back together and call for justice for the devastation the Coalition Forces left behind. Sign this petition now, let’s all #Act4Iraq '

http://www.cadu.org.uk/cadu/indices/index_120.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/408122.stm
Dear friends, last year you were kind enough to support our petition calling for the US to change its vote on a UN General Assembly resolution on depleted uranium weapons. In the end the US stuck to its guns but a record 155 countries supported the resolution.
I am now emailing you to ask for your support once again, I am supporting a Change petition started by an Iraqi paediatrician - Dr Samira Alaani. She is based at Fallujah General Hospital and has borne witness to a terrifying increase in the rates of congenital birth defects since the US military laid siege to the city.
She is petitioning the World Health Organisation to release data it is holding on the incidence rates of birth defects not only in Fallujah, but across Iraq. You can find it at:
http://www.change.org/Act4Iraq
If this data sees the light of day through independent peer review, it is very likely that more than 155 states will support future UN resolutions and more efforts will follow that will provide assistance to communities in Iraq who have to live with this blight overshadowing their lives.
Thank you
Doug Weir
ICBUW

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