What is Happening in America?

Are we headed back to the Middle Ages?

Depleted-Uranium (DU)

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

 

“DU is Harmful”

 

 

3 Nov. 2007

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

International Condemnation. 1

DU Weapons Against U.S. Law. 3

International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan. 4

Kuala Lumpur War Crime Commission. 8

Afghani Reactions 8

Indian Reactions 9

Prior Warnings of DU’s Health Impacts 9

Warning to Politicians 10

Extent of U.S. Knowledge of DU Dangers 12

Media Coverage of DU Dangers is Rising. 13

Quotes 15

 

 

International Condemnation

 

The primary victims of DU weapons are children, making their use a "war crime against children." (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.)

 

The special investigator of the UN Sub-Committee on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has declared DU munitions illegal under existing humanitarian law. DU weapons also produce a toxic metal fume that violates the Geneva Protocol on the Use of Gas in War, which the US signed in 1975. (Craig Etcheson, Ph.D., Center for Non-Violent Alternatives, Fort Ashby, W.Va., “Depleted Uranium: Pernicious Killer Keeps on Killing,” t r u t h o u t, 19 February 2007.)

 

That’s why the United Nations Sub Commission on Human Rights had ruled that uranium munitions were an illegal weapon… because they’re indiscriminate, they can’t be cleaned up, and they last for eternity. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

The United Nations Sub Commission on Human Rights, because of the fact that uranium contamination makes food and water unusable, has a permanent effect, and can’t be cleaned up and effects not only combatants, but non-combatants – it’s been ruled an illegal weapon – it was years ago. That’s common sense. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

We have enough evidence to suggest with considerable certainty that DU munitions break the four basic laws and customs that govern modern weapons use: that the weapon is confined to the battlefield, that it does not kill after a battle is over, that it doesn't cause inhumane suffering, and that it doesn't have a negative effect on the natural environment. We certainly have enough evidence to stop using these weapons until further research by independent scientists has been done.(Craig Etcheson, Ph.D., Center for Non-Violent Alternatives, Fort Ashby, W.Va., “Depleted Uranium: Pernicious Killer Keeps on Killing,” t r u t h o u t, 19 February 2007.)

 

Four reasons why using depleted uranium weapons violates the UN Convention on Human Rights:

 

LEGALITY TEST FOR WEAPONS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

TEMPORAL TEST – Weapons must not continue to act after the battle is over.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL TEST – Weapons must not be unduly harmful to the environment.

 

TERRITORIAL TEST – Weapons must not act off of the battlefield.

 

HUMANENESS TEST – Weapons must not kill or wound inhumanly.

 

International Human Rights and humanitarian lawyer, Karen Parker, determined that depleted uranium weaponry fails the four tests for legal weapons under international law, and that it is also illegal under the definition of a ‘poison’ weapon. Through Karen Parker’s continued efforts, a sub-commission of the UN Human Rights Commission determined in 1996 that depleted uranium is a weapon of mass destruction that should not be used:

 

RESOLUTION 1996/16 ON STOPPING THE USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM – DU

 

The military use of DU violates current international humanitarian law, including the principle that there is no unlimited right to choose the means and methods of warfare (Art. 22 Hague Convention VI (HCIV); Art. 35 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva (GP1); the ban on causing unnecessary suffering and superfluous injury (Art. 23 §le HCIV; Art. 35 §2 GP1), indiscriminate warfare (Art. 51 §4c and 5b GP1) as well as the use of poison or poisoned weapons.

 

The deployment and use of DU violate the principles of international environmental and human rights protection. They contradict the right to life established by the Resolution 1996/16 of the UN Subcommittee on Human Rights. (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.)

 

Weapons of mass destruction cause sudden death or destruction in target areas, some with long term or widespread effects. Weapons of indiscriminate effect cause widespread or long lasting contamination liable to cause injury, chronic illness, slow death or severe birth defects. Both are outlawed in the 1st Protocol of the Geneva Conventions. (Dai Williams, “Depleted Uranium weapons in 2001-2002. Occupational, public and environmental health issues: Mystery Metal Nightmare in Afghanistan?” Eos life~work resource centre, 13 October 2002, downloaded from http://www.eoslifework.co.uk/du2012.htm, 25 Aug. 2007.)

 

We all know that the United States falsely accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction in 2003. In fact, the United States invaded Iraq and used weapons of mass destruction against the Iraqis. (Leuren Moret in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

DU Weapons Against U.S. Law

 

Depleted uranium weaponry meets the definition of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) in two out of three categories under US Code TITLE 50, …

TITLE 50 > CHAPTER 40 > § 2302.

 

§ 2302. Definitions

 

Release date: 2005-03-17

 

In this chapter:

 

(1) The term “weapon of mass destruction” means any weapon or device that is intended, or has the capability, to cause death or serious bodily injury to a significant number of people through the release, dissemination, or impact of—

(A) toxic or poisonous chemicals or their precursors;

(B) a disease organism; or

(C) radiation or radioactivity.

 

(2) The term “independent states of the former Soviet Union” has the meaning given that term in section 5801 of title 22.

 

(3) The term “highly enriched uranium” means uranium enriched to 20 percent or more in the isotope U–235. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the Middle East,” Mindfully.org, 26 Feb. 2006, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2006/DU-Europe-Moret26feb06.htm, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

After action mandates have also been violated such as US Army Regulation AR 700-48 and TB 9-1300-278 which requires treatment of radiation poisoning for all casualties, including enemy soldiers and civilians, and remediation. (Leuren Moret, “The Queen’s Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the Middle East,” Mindfully.org, 26 Feb. 2006, downloaded from http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2006/DU-Europe-Moret26feb06.htm, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan

 

Unbeknownst to most U.S. citizens and unreported in the U.S. media was the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan held at Tokyo, Japan, December 15th of 2002. Those meetings lasted for over a year. The initial complaint presented for the tribunal charges George Bush with thirty-one counts of war crimes, violations of the Geneva Conventions, and other crimes against peace in the war on Afghanistan. In addition to the original thirty-one war crimes charges against George Bush, the judges and tribunal recommended two additional charges… Number One: Bush knowingly used depleted uranium on the battlefield against his own troops, and Number Two: that it was in fact a crime against the environment. (Video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg referring to the charge of waging a war of aggression, highlighted the gravity of this offense in the following words:

 

To initiate a war of aggression …….is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes, in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.(Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

13. Use of genocidal and omnicidal radioactive Depleted Uranium weapons in Afghanistan, a war crime,genocide, and omnicide

 

The evidence presented before the Tribunal, which has shocked the conscience of the judges of this Tribunal, is the thoroughly researched evidence on the genocidal and omnicidal nature of Depleted Uranium weapons used in Afghanistan by United States military forces, with the Defendant as their Commander-in-Chief by Leuren Moret, President, Scientists For Indigenous People, City of Berkely Environmental Commissioner; Professor Katsuma Yagasaki of the Faculty of Science of the Ryukyus University, Okinawa; and of Major Doug Rokke, Professor of Physics and Geosciences of Jacksonville State University, former Director of DU weapons project of the US army from 1994- 1995 in charge of the cleaning up of DU in Iraq, himself affected by DU .

 

These three witnesses made available to this Tribunal, details of their investigations, scientific documents, memorandum from the US army sources and the Manhattan project; statistical studies of people of Iraq, children and others exposed to DU ordnance after the first Gulf War, including from the Gulf War Veterans Association, on the nature of this weapon; which prove beyond doubt that the Defendant as Commander-in-Chief of US forces used DU weapons in Afghanistan,in the manner that Zyklon-B was used across Europe; as a weapon of mass murder in Afghanistan calculated to destroy of all living species exposed . (Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

17.Verdict :

 

I find the Defendant, George Walker Bush, President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces guilty –

 

1. Under Article 2 of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan and under International Criminal Law,for waging a war of aggression against Afghanistan and the Afghan people;

 

2.Under Article 3, Part I, clause (a), (b), (c), (d), (f), (g) and Article 3, Part II, clause (a), (b), (c)(d), (e), (f), (h), (i), (k), (l), (n), (o), (p), (q) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, under International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law, in respect of War Crimes committed against the people of Afghanistan by the use of weapons prohibited by the laws of warfare causing death and destruction to the Afghan people; maiming men, women and children;

 

3.Under Article 4, clause (a), (b), (d), (e), (f), (h) and (i) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal and International Humanitarian Law, for Crimes Against Humanity committed against the people of Afghanistan; resulting in inhumane acts affecting large sections of the population cause by the military invasion, bombing, and lack of humanitarian relief;

 

4. Under Article 3, Part I, clause (a), (b), (c), (f), (g) and Article 3, Part II clause (f), (k), (p), and (q) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, under International Criminal Law and the Hague Convention and Geneva Convention (III) of 1949 in respect of the torture and killings of Talban and other prisoners of war who had surrendered and their torture and inhumane conditions of detention and deportation of innocent civilians;

 

 In respect of the transport of prisoners in sealed Containers and their death due to suffocation and filing of rifle shots at the Container for creating holes for ventilation with the prisoners inside; and for conditions at Sheberghan prison; the Defendant is entitled to benefit of doubt at this trial however the issues are left open for trial, before any other court /Tribunal; as the evidence before the Tribunal is not conclusive on the involvement of United States forces;

 

5. Under Article 3, Part I (c) and (g); Article 3 Part 2 (a), (b), (c), (d) (e) (h) (i) (l) and Article 4 (b), (l) of (n), (p), (q) of the ICTA in respect of the serious humanitarian situation resulting from the refugee exodus in Afghanistan due to the bombing of civilian population and civilian infrastructure in a country already affected by serious famine resulting in mass exodus of people and death from bombing, hunger,displacement, disease; and absence of humanitarian relief;

 

6. Under Article 3, Part II, clause (o), (p) and under Article 4 clause (a), (b) and (l) of the statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, and under International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law; in respect of the DU weapons used on the people of Afghanistan to exterminate the population; and for the crime of “Omnicide “the extermination of life, contamination of air, water and food resources; and the irreversible alteration of the genetic code of all living organisms including plant life; as a direct consequence of the use of radioactive munitions in Afghanistan; affecting countries in the entire region;

 

7. Under Article 3, Part II,clause(o) (p) and under Article 4(a) and (i) of the Statute of the International Tribunal for Afghanistan, under International Criminal Law, for exposing soldiers and other personnel of the United States,UK and other soldiers of coalition forces to radioactive contamination by the use of DU weapons, hazarding their lives, their physiology, and that of their future progeny by irreversible alteration of the genetic code,

 

18. Direction :

 

1.The Defendant is a convicted war criminal consequently unfit to hold public office; citizens, soldiers and all civil personnel of the United States would be constitutionally and otherwise, justified in withdrawing all co-operation from the Defendant and his government; and in declining to obey illegal orders of the Defendant and his administration; including military orders threatening other nations or the people of the United States on the basis of the Nuremberg Principle, that illegal orders of Superior must not be obeyed.

 

19. Recommendations :

 

A. Immediate cessation of the use of Depleted Uranium Munitions-Moratorium on production, stockpiling and manufacture.

 

It has been conclusively proved that DU Weapons are Radioactive, Omnicidal nuclear weapons (the by product of the uranium enrichment process of manufacture of nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel), used as weapons of "silent genocide " in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans and destructive of all life on earth; irreversibly altering the genetic code of all exposed.The manufacture, stockpiling and use of such weapons is strictly prohibited by existing Conventions of International Humanitarian Law and must cease immediately. Corporations producing these weapons, heads of State, heads and personnel of Defense departments, military officers and others involved in decisions for its use, are liable to be criminally prosecuted before the International Criminal Court, or within national legal systems, and/or face suits for compensation.

 

B. Payment of Reparations to the people of Afghanistan

 

The people of Afghanistan individually and collectively are entitled to reparations for the war of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the use of DU weapons; in keeping with International historical and legal precedent of the payment of compensation Lockerbie victims; the compensation paid to the Jewish people and the government of Israel, after the holocaust, by the German Government and Corporations;the compensation paid to Japanese citizens wrongfully interred during the Second World War and in accordance with the legal principles of the Theo Boven Report, adopted by the UN Committee in April 2000, "On the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law”. Reparations to be paid by Unocal company and Centgas consortium, the Defendant, the Government of the United States, UK, NATO countries, Pakistan, and other countries who offered bases or logistic facilities . The valuation of reparation to be based on the Lockerbie Award paid by Libya and to the to the victims of the French Airlines crash also paid by Libya, even though Libya did not accept guilt .The life of an Afghan man, woman and child is not less than the worth of a life of a citizen of the United States, of Europe or Israel as the planet earth is the common home of all races. Afghanistan must be reconstructed. (Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

Kuala Lumpur War Crime Commission

 

Feb 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- The Kuala Lumpur War Crime Commission chaired by former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad heard nine charges against US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the sufferings of the people in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.

 

The charges against the US and its allies were presented by the legal counsel on behalf of the war crime victims, Matthias Chang, before Dr Mahathir and the other five commission members at the final day of the three-day war crimes conference organised by the Perdana Global Peace Conference.

 

Chang said Bush, Blair and Howard, through a deliberate plan of deception, falsehood, forgery and outright lies, misled their respective Congress and Parliament to wage war against Iraq which was a "crime against peace." …

 

The three leaders were also charged with allowing the use of weapons of mass destruction that inflicted indiscriminate death and suffering against civilian targets such as the cluster bomb, napalm bomb, phosporous bomb and depleted uranium ammunition, said Chang. …

 

Through the aforesaid conduct, Chang said the three had destroyed the environment of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. …

 

The last charge spelled out that Bush, Blair and Howard systematically controlled and manipulated, directed and misinformed the mass media so as to incite war to achieve their military objectives in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. …

The commission would investigate complaints of war crimes and thereafter to submit and report to the tribunal that would be set up, which are still at the pro tem stage. (“Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission hears nine charges against Bush, Blair, Howard,” Global Research, 10 Feb. 2007.

 

Afghani Reactions

 

After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death. When I saw my deformed grandson, I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good, different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape. (Jooma Khan of Laghman province, March 2003)  (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.)

 

The Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC), Washington DC, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (1991) - Steve Fetter and Frank Von Hippel have reported on extensive research by ‘Field’ teams of the UMRC in Afghanistan. Testimonies of fathers and mothers are horrifying – “ What else do the Americans want ? They killed us , they turned our new-borns into horrific deformations, and they turned our farm lands into grave-yards, and destroyed our homes. On top of all this their planes fly over and spray us with bullets. We have nothing to

lose. We will fight them the same way we fought the previous invaders…” (Sayed Gharib at Tora Bora). (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.)

 

Indian Reactions

 

For us in Eurasia, Pakistan and India we have a new health epidemic to drain our scarce resources. (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.)

 

Prior Warnings of DU’s Health Impacts

 

A 1990 report on the effects of DU, from the U.S. Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command, was clear: "[L]ong term effects of low doses [of DU] have been implicated in cancer ... There is no dose so low that the probability of effect is zero." (Minnie Bruce Pratt, “Depleted Uranium: Pentagon Poison,” 30 May 2004, downloaded from http://www.xs4all.nl/~stgvisie/VISIE/PentagonPoison.html#Iran, 16 Sept. 2007.)

 

We got direct memorandums from the Department of the Army and other Department of Defense officials specifically telling us that not only are depleted uranium munitions a health threat – they were a serious health threat – contamination.

 

We got direct warnings – the famed Los Alamos Memorandum – to make sure and write a report so that uranium munitions can always be used because there’s a direct concern about the health and environmental effects… we had the warnings… we also had the responsibility to put together all the decontamination guidelines and also what’s called the Combat Life Saver Program. So myself and my team wrote that which has now been adopted by the Army and is used everyday by the Army. (Dr. Doug Rokke, U.S. Army Health Physicist and Nuclear Medicine Sciences Officer in Power Hour, Beyond Treason, video, 2005.)

 

In December of 1992 the director of the United States Army Environmental Policy Institute was ordered to figure out ways to reduce the toxicity of uranium munitions by Assistant Secretary of the Army Walker. In 1995 the director of AEPI told the Secretary of the Army – we can’t reduce the toxicity – it’s not possible. The United States Army Common Task Training states very specifically – uranium contamination will make food and water unusable… and yet we use it in combat… all over the place. That’s why the United Nations Sub Commission on Human Rights had ruled that uranium munitions were an illegal weapon… because they’re indiscriminate, they can’t be cleaned up, and they last for eternity. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

Despite this huge cover-up, every now and then one agency or another under the Master’s domain apparently doesn’t get some DoD memo or another and “slips”… letting the cat out of the proverbial bag. This is evident as the Federal Aviation Administration of the Department of Transportation explains in its December 20, 1984 advisory circular, “The main hazard associated with depleted uranium is the harmful effect the material could have if it enters the body. If particles are inhaled or digested, the[y] can be chemically toxic and cause significant and long lasting irradiation of internal tissue.” (8)  (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.)

 

Endnotes

 

(8) Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, “Avoiding or Minimizing Encounters of Aircraft Equipped With Depleted Uranium Balance Weights During Accident Investigations, “ Advisory Circular 20-123, December 20, 1984.

 

Warning to Politicians

 

There has been very little media coverage and no public debate about the new generation of hard target guided weapons used in the Afghan war. Over 2,000 were used. If the secret metal they use is Uranium then 1000+ tons of fine oxide dust will have contaminated many areas. Thousands of Afghans, and many expatriates, may have been exposed to moderate or severe levels of uranium contamination with grave implications for their long term health, similar to those in Iraq since the Gulf War.

 

Hundreds or thousands of civilians in Afghanistan may already have died from acute Uranium exposure, their symptoms compounded by, or misdiagnosed as, common causes of death during the Afghan winter e.g. pneumonia, acute gastric infections and malnutrition. There are very few independent laboratory facilities for medical or environmental analysis of Uranium contamination in the world and none in Afghanistan.

 

International proliferation of known and suspected Uranium weapons - to over 20 countries since 1991 - is a major arms control problem. The 5 action points identified above indicate the complexity and scale of responding to Uranium weapons contamination and the public health disasters they may cause. These effects can be seen already in Iraq and for Gulf War veterans since 1991. They represent a grave risk not yet assessed in Afghanistan.

 

To launch another military campaign in Iraq on the scale of the Afghan war - with the same suspected armada of Uranium weapons - and without attempting to evaluate their health and environmental impacts in Afghanistan and on allied troops and expatriates seems irresponsible beyond belief, verging on genocide.

 

Until these questions are raised in the national and international media, most politicians will be unaware of the hazards and scale of problems of Uranium contamination that may now exist in Afghanistan and parts of the Balkans caused by allied bombs and missiles.

 

If politicians and governments have been deceived about these hazards they may inadvertently support US action in Iraq with the same Uranium weapon systems - a grim responsibility.

 

The military are employed to conduct wars effectively by any means authorised by their governments. The legal, moral and ethical consequences of war are the ultimate responsibility of governments, not the military. If the perceived threat from Iraq is considered serious enough to justify using weapons of indiscriminate effect - nuclear, chemical or radiological - this should be a decision for parliaments and the UN General Assembly, not the Pentagon or heads of state that rely totally on military briefings.

 

In the absence of public questions and debate about Uranium weapons, political representatives have had to rely on cumulative pro-Uranium propaganda since 1991. This includes statements from government, military and commercial sources (arms and nuclear industry) and several compromised scientific reports, even by UN agencies, that have relied on government or military funding and co-operation. (Dai Williams, Hazards of Uranium Weapons in the Proposed War on Iraq, 22 Sept. 2002.)

 

Extent of U.S. Knowledge of DU Dangers

 

One of the things that we’re starting to see – we saw the respiratory problems right off the bat. That was predicted by the Grove’s Memorandum, totally confirmed by own physicians, and totally documented in my V.A. medical records. Then we saw the rashes, but what we’re having is the particulate irritation damage, we have the chemical toxicity damage, and then we have the radiological damage which is the result of the cancers and the tumors… all of the birth defects, the absolutely confirmed chromosomal aberrations from the ionizing radiation damage to the cells and tissues… neurological problems, rashes, cataracts, kidney problems… your life is messed up.

 

As it said in the Grove’s Memorandum – it’s going to cause all these health problems and there is no medical care and treatment. You can’t reverse radiation exposure damage to the body. (Dr. Doug Rokke in video Beyond Treason, produced by the Power Hour, 2005.)

 

The US was well aware of the potential effects on civilians and military personnel of the chemical toxicity and radiological properties of DU ammunition long before the Gulf war began, as the following excerpts of a US Army document categorically state:

 

"Aerosol DU (Depleted Uranium) exposures to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant with potential radiological and toxicological effects. [...] Under combat conditions, the most exposed individuals are probably ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following the exchange of armour-piercing munitions. [...] We are simply highlighting the potential for levels of DU exposure to military personnel during combat that would be unacceptable during peacetime operations. [...DU is..]... a low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and] chemical toxicity causing kidney damage. [...] Short term effects of high doses can result in death, while long term effects of low doses have been linked to cancer. [...] Our conclusion regarding the health and environmental acceptability of DU penetrators assume both controlled use and the presence of excellent health physics management practices. Combat conditions will lead to the uncontrolled release of DU. [...] The conditions of the battlefield, and the long term health risks to natives and combat veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU kinetic penetrators for military applications."

 

- Excerpts from the July 1990 Science and Applications International Corporation report: ' Kinetic Energy Penetrator Environment and Health Considerations', as included in Appenix D - US Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command report: 'Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990' 

 

The US was also well aware of the long-term dangers of DU contamination, and played it down, as the following memo and document make clear:

 

"There has been and continues to be a concern regarding the impact of DU on the environment. Therefore, if no-one makes a case for the effectiveness of DU on the battlefield, DU rounds may become politically unacceptable and thus be deleted from the arsenal. I believe we should keep this sensitive issue in mind when action reports are written."

 

- Lt. Col. M.V. Ziehmn, Los Alamos National Laboratory memorandum, March 1st 1991

 

Media Coverage of DU Dangers is Rising

 

News stories claiming negative signs of depleted uranium’s impact, including death and birth defects, are surfacing from Australia to England to the Far East. The controversy rages within government bodies and underlies the theme of TV shows like a recent episode of the medical series "House." (Audrey Parente, “Update: Soldier Health Scare Back in News,” Longview, Texas, Journal-News, 15 April 2007.)

 

As Teresa Stover has stated, “The news media has … evolved into an entity that tends to function as a public relations agency for wealthy and powerful multinational corporations, members of Congress, the current Presidential Administration including the administrations that preceded it. The news media is being utilized as a political tool of suppression and propaganda by those in power, and propaganda is psychological in nature. Full of half-truths and utter misinformation, it’s an arrogant and very commercial strategy.”

 

Stover also tell us, “Manipulators rarely advise you to seek new and diverse information or to ‘learn and research for yourself’, it tends to be safer for exploitative and irresponsible leaders to keep their citizens in the dark; in their view less independent thought is better. Independent thought leads to an inquiring mind, a mindset that eventually leads to the questioning of authority figures, and that is the one thing that inadequate leaders do not want.” 11 (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.)

 

Endnotes

 

(11) Teresa Stover Quotes,” ThinkExist.com, downloaded from http://thinkexist.com/quotes/teresa_stover/, 16 Sept. 2007

 

A British biologist, Roger Coghill, says he expects the depleted uranium (DU) weapons used by US aircraft over Kosovo will cause more than 10,000 fatal cancer cases.

 

Mr Coghill, who runs his own research laboratory in south Wales, was speaking at a London conference called to discuss the use by American and British forces of DU in Iraq in the 1991 Gulf war.  

 

 

Safety controversy

 

Both the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence insist that it poses no significant danger. But Mr Coghill says that, while DU in its inert form is safe enough, when it strikes a target it does become a real danger.

 

"In an impact DU catches fire, and much of the round is turned into burning dust. The particles are extremely small, they can travel up to 300 kilometres. They are also beta-emitters, which are dangerous if inhaled."

 

The particles can then lodge in the lungs, resisting the body's attempts to flush them out, and can wreak havoc with the immune system. They can migrate to any tissue, though they often make for the kidneys.

 

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 Chernobyl in 1986. "But that was in the form of caesium on the ground. This is free-floating particulate matter."

Delayed effect

 

Mr Coghill says the maximum effect will be reached about six months after the war, and he thinks the first cancers - probably leukaemias - will start to show up about a year after that.

 

"Throughout the Balkan region, I calculate that there will be an extra 10,150 deaths from cancer because of the use of DU. That will include local people, K-FOR personnel, aid workers, everyone."

 

He accepts that doubts remain over the effects of DU, and says it is vital to listen to critics who suggest that the higher cancer rates seen in parts of Iraq may have been caused by chemical weapons instead.

 

However, Mr Coghill notes that Bosnia, where DU weapons were used in 1995, was not attacked with chemical munitions, unlike Iraq. (Alex Kirby, “Depleted uranium 'threatens Balkan cancer epidemic,'” BBC News, 30 July 1999, downloaded from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/science/nature/408122.stm, 3 Nov. 2007.)

 

An adviser to the Gulf Veterans' Association, Professor Malcolm Hooper of Sunderland University, says nobody has looked coherently at what British veterans are reporting.

 

"We've got people saying: 'I've got kidney problems, problems with urination'. We don't know the cause. Some have got enlarged livers.

 

"But a big study of US veterans has found very severe damage to the nervous system. The level of cancers is about 2.4 times higher.

 

"And there've been massive birth defects in some cases. In one unit, 67% of children born to US Gulf veterans had severe illnesses or birth defects." (Alex Kirby, “Depleted Uranium: the Lingering Poison,” BBC News, 7 June 1999, downloaded from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/362484.stm, 3 Nov. 2007.)

 

Quotes

 

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the [Patriot] act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!” (Doug Thompson, “The Rant: Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s Just a Goddamned piece of paper,” Capitol Hill Blue, 5 Dec. 2005.)

 

Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. (Henry Kissinger quoted in 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.)

 

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. (Franklin Delano Roosevelt quoted in 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.)

 

Every gun that is made , every warship launched , every rocket fired signifies in the final sense , a theft from those who hunger and are not fed ; those who are cold and not clothed .This World in Arms is not spending money alone .It is spending the sweat of its labourers , the genius of its Scientists , the hopes of its children. . (General Dwight D. Eisenhower cited by Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.

 

If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others, which we would not be willing to have invoked against us. (Chief Counsel for the government of the United States of America at the Nuremberg Trials, Mr. Justice Robert H. Jackson quoted in Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

All civilized states have a very real interest in the punishment of war crimes. … An offense against the laws of war, as a violation of the laws of nations, is a matter of general interest and concern. (Professor Willaird B. Cowles, “Universality of Jurisdiction over War Crimes,” California Law Review, Vol. 33 (1945), at p.177, quoted in Judgement of Professor Ms Niloufer Bhagwat J, International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan at Tokyo, 13 March 2004, downloaded from http://www.traprockpeace.org/tokyo_trial_13march04.doc, 30 Aug. 2007.)

 

It’s common sense that when you kill an innocent person, it’s going to piss off their relatives. I don’t know why George Bush hasn’t learned that from me. (Cindy Sheehan quoted in Kathyn Stone, “Now the U.S. Military is Assassinating Iraqi Peace Workers,” 9 July 2007, downloaded from http://www.kathystone.squarespace.com, 27 Aug. 2007.)

 

The only people in the history of the world to engage in Nuclear Wars are Americans, citizens of the United States. Allegedly, the Germans and Japanese of WWII also wanted to engage in nuclear wars, except the American Military beat them to the draw, so to speak. (Bob Nichols, “There are No Words. Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs,” Dissident Voice, 27 March 2004, revised 12 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar04/Nichols0327.htm, 8 September 2007.)

 

Every year about this time the Southern winds leave a fine desert sand on the windshields of cars parked outside in Africa then Continental Europe and Britain. Soon this sand dust will carry a surprise. Thanks to the Americans. Thanks to us. We did this to the world. And, we wonder why they hate and despise us so. (Bob Nichols, “There are No Words. Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs,” Dissident Voice, 27 March 2004, revised 12 July 2004, downloaded from http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar04/Nichols0327.htm, 8 September 2007.)


We must not ask – but rather *demand* - that Congress immediately stop all funding for Uranium weapons of war and the so-called “testing” of Uranium-238 at numerous national weapons laboratories and military sites here at home.

Never before in the history of humankind has it been more important for ordinary citizens to both “become the media” and also take bold action based on what our conscience dictates is absolutely the “right thing” to do.

This senseless slaughter of our troops, their families, and innocent civilians both inside the United States and overseas will only stop the very day that enough of us are outraged sufficiently and speak up in our loudest voices with bold conviction. (Cathy Garger, “Depleted Uranium and Leukemia – At Home and Abroad,” Independent Media Center, 3 Aug. 2007, downloaded from http://www.indymedia.org/en/2007/08/890329.shtml  5 Sept. 2007

 

There is no justification for our military killing us to protect us. (Lucinda  Marshall, “Military Pollution: The Quintessential Universal Soldier”, CommonDreams.org, Sunday, March 27, 2005, downloaded from http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0327-21.htm, 16 Sept. 2007.)

 

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