Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Other Radiation Sources
16 Sept. 2007
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We are well aware that the radiation fall-out map, “Under the Cloud: Decades of Nuclear Testing,” has demonstrated the effects of 1200 nuclear weapon tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site; and the US Government admitted in Nov. 2002, that every living person in the US between 1958-63 was exposed to this fall out – resulting in cancer, gene mutation, heart disease, autism, diabetes, Parkinsons, ALS, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome , hypothyroidism in newborns, obesity and learning disabilities. One out of twelve children in the
High breast cancer rates have been collocated in the proximity of nuclear power plants in the west and more so in the east coast areas of the
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
Speaking of leukemia hitting close to home, this week in the news we heard of two
Some might say that two guys dying from leukemia in
Additionally, at Kelly Air Force Base, DU was used routinely as a counterweight in aircraft, in the manufacture of anti-tank ammunition, and as a shielding material. At the location now called the Lackland Air Force Base, five radioactive waste sites have been identified and many items on the base that emit radiation - from electron tubes to Depleted Uranium used as ballast on aircraft are present. 4, 5
Not surprisingly, an analysis of the health of residents living in the
The thing most Americans probably do not know about these radioactively contaminated military and weapons facilities all over the country is that the material used in “testing”, explosions, and incineration of what is deceptively called “Depleted” Uranium (called this since some of the Uranium-235 has been removed from natural Uranium in order to use the U-235 in bombs) stays around forever – or, if not forever, then at least pretty darn close.
In fact, the half-life of “Depleted” Uranium is a whopping 4.5 Billion years. On top of that, the quantity of a radioactive element diminishes by a factor of one thousand (1,000) during the span of ten (10) half-lives. Essentially, 4.5 Billion years times 10 - or 45 Billion years - is the amount of time it will take for almost all of the Uranium-238 in the “Depleted Uranium” to complete its decay chain into non-radioactive Lead-206.
In other words, the ceramic Uranium oxides caused by open-air firing, blasting, and burning of DU at military and nuclear weapons “laboratory” facilities today will continue to pollute America’s air, water, and soil - required components necessary to sustain the life of our descendents - for many Billions (with a “B”) of years. (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.)