Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
3 Nov. 2007
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Depleted uranium aerosols will permanently contaminate vast regions and slowly destroy the genetic future of populations living in those regions, where there are resources which the
When DU shells explode, they permanently contaminate their target and the area immediately around it with low-level radioactivity. (Juan Gonzalez, “Poisoned? Shocking report reveals local troops may be victims of
They last for eternity. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)
Since “Depleted” Uranium has been used inside the US - all over America - for the past six decades … it is present anywhere and everywhere the contaminated wind blows and water flows until - for all intents and purposes - eternity. (Cathy Garger, “Mistresses of High Cancer Rates Cover-Up,” Axis of Logic, 9 Sept. 2007, downloaded from http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_25217.shtml, 16 Sept. 2007.)
Uranium by the thousands of tons has been dispersed this way in
However, another type of radiological weapon, depleted uranium, has been used by the
The source says that although possible tragic results of its use have been discussed since the DU weapons were first developed, planes from the
But when it advertises its ecological advantages today,
This ignorance came into the foreground when Europe was shaken by a new ecological scandal, by the so-called "Balkan Syndrome" which refers to problems caused by the depleted uranium that, it seems, has been used all over the territory of the former Yugoslavia, primarily in Kosovo, but also in Bosnia for NATO air strikes. Although the Croatian media systematically reported about the problem of NATO soldiers ill from Balkan Syndrome from the beginning, it is almost flabbergasting that almost no one asked what it might mean for
The number of ill European soldiers who had been serving in the region of the former
First there was a new interest in an issue that dated to the first air strikes against the
Furthermore, with the outbreak of Balkan syndrome, the public became aware that depleted uranium was just one among many long-term consequences of heavy bombardment and that there was also a systematic destruction of various industrial plants and infrastructure (chemical, oil, etc.), some of them posing high risk, which means that the ecological consequences of their destruction are yet to be felt. It finally became clear that those in most danger of health risks from the war were not soldiers, but the local population
It soon became known that Croatian soldiers are experiencing high rates of leukemia and cancer and that weapons and equipment of questionable origin were used in the war, which could potentially be a new source of unpleasant consequences.
Also, the public began to ask why NATO and American troops have often been using Croatian military testing grounds for their exercises and what the consequences of this could be. The government was forced to initiate some research like measuring the level of soil contamination in areas where military exercises were held and to form special health committees that should answer questions on how prevalent Balkan Syndrome is among Croatian soldiers and civilians. (Ivica Juric, “
We’re using it indiscriminately … some say in
DUMA SAYS TRIBUNAL SHOULD PROBE NATO'S USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM SHELLS
On a vote of 235 to 0, the Duma on 25 January passed an appeal to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to launch an investigation into NATO's use of depleted uranium shells there, Interfax reported.
An article published in "Novaya gazeta" on 22 January suggested that Russian forces in
After bomb attacks in the Balkans in 1999 increased levels of airborne Uranium dust were detected in
According to a report published in
Very rare and unusual cancers and birth defects have also been reported to be increasing above normal levels prior to 1991, not only in war torn countries, but in neighbouring countries from transboundary contamination. (Leuren Moret, “Depleted Uranium: the Trojan Horse of Nuclear War,” World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, 1 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm, 26 Aug. 2007.)
As [Leuren] Moret testified [at the International Criminal Tribunal for
Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki, a Japanese physicist at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, has estimated that the atomicity equivalent of at least 400,000
It is completely mixed in the atmosphere in one year. The "smog of war" from Gulf War I was found in glaciers and ice sheets globally a year later. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the
Although restricted to battlefields in
Smoke from the oil fires was later found in deposits in South America, the Himalayas and
Fig. 3: Map of regions within a 1000 mile radius of
(Leuren Moret, “Depleted Uranium: the Trojan Horse of Nuclear War,” World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, 1 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm, 26 Aug. 2007.)
According to NATO sources (communicated to UNEP), some 112 sites in
Scientific evidence amply confirms that the DU radioactive aerosol spreads from "the point of release" over a large geographical area suggesting that large parts of the
According to World renowned radiologist Dr. Rosalie Bertell:
… This ceramic aerosol is much lighter than uranium dust. It can travel in air tens of kilometres from the point of release, or be stirred up in dust and resuspended in air with wind or human movement. … (25)
The targeted sites within Kosovo (see NATO map at http://balkans.unep.ch/du/targetmap.html) although concentrated on the South-western border are scattered throughout the province. Most of the villages and cities including Pristina, Prizren and Pec lie within less than 20 km. of the 72 DU target sites confirming that the entire province is contaminated. (Michel Chossudovsky, “Low Intensity Nuclear War,” Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, 2001, downloaded from http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/issues/kosovo/chossudovsky_lowintensity.html, 26 Aug. 2007.)
(24) According to British radiologist Roger William Coghill, quoted in Associated Press, 5 January 2000.
(25) Rosalie Bertell, Email Communication, May 1999.
Extensive carpet bombing, grid bombing, and the frequent use of missiles and depleted uranium bullets on buildings in densely populated areas has occurred in
"Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War II result in contamination of
The highest levels of depleted uranium ever measured in the atmosphere in
Out of concern for the public, the official British government air monitoring facility, known as the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), at Aldermaston, was established years ago to measure radioactive emissions from British nuclear power plants and atomic weapons facilities.
The British government facility (AWE) was taken over 3 years ago by Halliburton, which refused at first to release air monitoring data to Dr. Busby, as required by law.
An international expert on low level radiation, Busby serves as an official advisor on several British government committees, and co-authored an independent report on low level radiation with 45 scientists, the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), for the European Parliament. He was able to get Aldermaston air monitoring data from Halliburton /AWE by filing a Freedom of Information request using a new British law which became effective January 1, 2005; but the data for 2003 was missing. He obtained the 2003 data from the Defence Procurement Agency.
The fact that the air monitoring data was circulated by Halliburton/ AWE to the Defence Procurement Agency, implies that it was considered to be relevant, and that Dr. Busby was stonewalled because Halliburton/AWE clearly recognized that it was a serious enough matter to justify a government interpretation of the results, and official decisions had to be made about what the data would show and its political implications for the military. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the
These facts demonstrate why Halliburton (AWE) refused to release the 2003 data to him, and it obviously establishes that weaponized depleted uranium is an indiscriminate weapon being distributed all over the world in a very short period of time, immediately after its use. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the
Countries within a 1000 mile radius of
After forming microscopic and submicroscopic insoluble Uranium oxide particles on the battlefield, they remain suspended in air and travel around the earth as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust, contaminating the environment, indiscriminately killing, maiming and causing disease in all living things where rain, snow and moisture remove it from the atmosphere. (Leuren Moret, “Depleted Uranium: the Trojan Horse of Nuclear War,” World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, 1 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm, 26 Aug. 2007.)
Global increases since 1991 of melanoma, infant mortality, and frog die-offs can only be explained by an environmental contaminant. Alarming global increases in diabetes, with high correlation to depleted uranium wars in
Americans in 2003 reported visiting Iraqi relatives in
After returning to the
Japanese human shields and journalists who worked in
Likewise, after the US Navy, several years ago, moved depleted uranium bombing and gunnery ranges from
The documentary film BLOWIN' IN THE WIND, has an interview with a family with two normal teenage daughters, living near the bombing range where depleted uranium weaponry is now being used.
The parents showed photos of their baby born recently with severe birth defects. The baby looked like Iraqi deformed babies, and like many of the Iraqi babies, died 5 days after birth. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from
Battlefields in the
Previous studies have assumed relatively low dose sources in the immediate vicinity of armoured vehicles hit by DU penetrators. Small, medium and large warheads that may contain DU (ranging from 10 to 1500 kg of DU) imply progressively larger contamination zones. ALL these warheads have explosive ignition sources likely to shatter DU into small fragments capable of rapid ignition and much higher conversion ratios to DU oxide.
Depending on the design and size of the weapon (from cluster bomb to bunker busters) and on the nature of the target (e.g. surface, near surface or deeply buried) the size of contamination zones may vary a lot. Assumptions that most DU dust particles are heavy and deposited in the immediate target area are not consistent with recent analysis of DU oxide and ceramic aerosol particle sizes (e.g. reported by Pier Denesi, a Director of IAEA, at the Prague DU Conference in November 2001) where 60%+ may be less than 1.5 microns. (Depleted Uranium weapons in 2001-2002. Occupational, Public and Environmental Health Issues. Collected studies and public domain sources compiled by Dai Williams)
The Army says that only soldiers wounded by depleted uranium shrapnel or who are inside tanks during an explosion face measurable radiation exposure.
But as far back as 1979, Leonard Dietz, a physicist at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory upstate, discovered that DU-contaminated dust could travel for long distances.
Dietz, who pioneered the technology to isolate uranium isotopes, accidentally discovered that air filters with which he was experimenting had collected radioactive dust from a National Lead Industries Plant that was producing DU 26 miles away. His discovery led to a shutdown of the plant.
"The contamination was so heavy that they had to remove the topsoil from 52 properties around the plant," Dietz said. (Juan Gonzalez, “Poisoned? Shocking report reveals local troops may be victims of
Considering that the
[British biologist Roger Coghill:] Using calculations based on the Pentagon's statement that one in five of the rounds fired by its A-10 aircraft over Kosovo were DU munitions, Mr Coghill estimates that more than 500,000 DU rounds were fired, of which half detonated.
He says that would have resulted in the release of about one thirty-thousandth of the amount of radiation released at
Gulf War 1
Uranium munitions [were] used back in 1973 by the Israelis against the Egyptians, but during Gulf War I, Desert Shield and Desert Storm we took it to a totally new level. … Deliberately taking tons and tons… actually over 350 tons of solid radioactive material and disbursed it across
The amount of depleted uranium used in the first Gulf War in 1991 is approximately 340 tons and his was admitted by the
The allied forces fired at least 300 tonnes of DU in the 1991 Gulf war. (Alex Kirby, “Depleted Uranium still Haunts Balkans,” BBC News Online, 25 March 2003, downloaded from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2884761.stm, 29 Aug. 2007.)
In the 1991 Gulf War Allied forces admit to using 300+ tons of depleted uranium. (Dai Williams, Hazards of Uranium Weapons in the Proposed War on
The long term and far reaching effects, and dispersal of at least 340 tons of depleted uranium weapons, had a global environmental effect. (Leuren Moret, “Depleted Uranium: the Trojan Horse of Nuclear War,” World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, 1 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm, 26 Aug. 2007.)
More than 500 tons of DU munitions have been dispensed in
It is authoritatively estimated by independent scientific investigations and reports on record before this Tribunal , and the prosecution conservatively estimates, that at the very minimum 500-600 tonnes of DU ordnance were used throughout Afghanistan including at Tora Bora, Shaikoot, Paktia, Mazare-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Khost, Kundoz and Kabul around Bagram from October 2001 after the bombings commenced on 7th October 2001, whereas Dr Mohammed Daud Miraki of the Afghanistan Recovery Fund refers to not less than 1000 tonnes of Depleted and Undepleted Uranium being used .
(Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at
It’s estimated that at least one thousand tons of depleted uranium was used in
A minimum of 500 or 600 tons now litter
If only 1 in 3 of these used hard target warheads then the campaign may have dumped over 1000 tons of toxic, radioactive Uranium Oxide dust into the Afghan environment. (Dai Williams, Hazards of Uranium Weapons in the Proposed War on
Gulf War 2
Unlike in the first Gulf War, when all 300 tons of DU used were fired off in the Kuwaiti and Iraqi desert, this time nearly 10 times as much DU has largely been exploded and burned in urban fighting, putting the dust right in the path of millions of civilians. (Dave Lindorff, “DU, the Ticking Nuke in Bush’s White House War Room,” San Francisco Bay View, 25 Jan. 2006, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2006/DU-Bush-War25jan06.htm, 26 Aug. 2007.)
Approximately two thousand four hundred tons [of DU] were used in
The amount of DU used in
“The Pentagon and the United Nations estimate that the US and Britain used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of armor piercing shells made of DU during attacks in March-April 2003, far more than the 1991 Gulf War ( this does not include air dispensed DU munitions and missiles),” wrote the Post Intelligencer. (Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, “Silent WMDs – Effects of Depleted Uranium,” International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), New Delhi, 29 Feb., 1-2 March 2004, downloaded from http://traprockpeace.org/bhagwat_du_29feb04.pdf, 12 Sept. 2007.)
GREG HUNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Defense Department officials say the U.S. military used 320 tons of depleted uranium during the first Gulf war, but they were unable to tell us how much DU they have used in the current Gulf war, despite our repeated request for that information Published reports suggest the military has used between 1,100 and 2,200 tons. That's up to six times the amount of DU in Iraqi freedom than in the first Gulf war. (Transcript of CNN's "American Morning," 5 Feb. 2007, downloaded from http://home.earthlink.net/~nomoredu/cnntranscript.html, 12 Sept. 2007.)
In terms of global atmospheric pollution, we've already released the equivalent of 400,000
How many Nagasaki Bombs equal the Radiation in the 2003
How many Nagasaki Bombs equal the Radiation in the last Five American Nuclear Radiation Wars? Answer: About 400,000
Global radioactive contamination from atmospheric testing was the equivalent of 40,000
Only Foreign Soliders and Peacekeepers of Concern
Keep in mind that the heavily armed "peacekeepers" together with United Nations staff and civilian personnel of "humanitarian" organisations entered Kosovo in June 1999. The spread of radioactive dust from DU, however, started on "day one" of the 78 day bombing of
In docile complicity, a new media consensus has unfolded: the mainstream press concurs without further scrutiny that only "peace-keepers" breathe the air. "But what about everybody else?" (6) (Michel Chossudovsky, “Low Intensity Nuclear War,” Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, 2001, downloaded from http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/issues/kosovo/chossudovsky_lowintensity.html, 26 Aug. 2007.)
(6) Felicity Arbutnot, "It Turns out that Depleted Uranium is Bad for NATO" Troops, Emperors Clothes, http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/arbuth/port.htm. 11 October 2000. See also interview with F. Arbutnot.
To maintain the cover-up, NATO is now prepared to reveal a small fraction of the truth. The military
Individuals are depleted uranium casualties whether they’re civilians or combatants – doesn’t matter where they were – whether they were exposed during manufacturing processes, testing processes, or combat use. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)