Air Force Col: Bush, Cheney,
US Air Force Col Robert Bowman: I want to start with
a scary thought: Can you imagine what would have
happened if George W. Bush had been President during the
Cuban missile Crisis
You know our freedoms are not under attack from the
remnants of Saddam Husseins Bathist Party. Theyre
under attack by the likes of John Ashcroft. Theyre
trampled by Donald Rumsfeld, theyre disdained by Dick
Cheney, and theyre not even understood by George W.
Col Bowmans speech
Col Bowmans speech
Depleted Uranium Weapons Kill Us All
Du Exhibit draws hundreds in
Washington, DC on September 24, 2005
The exhibit drew hundreds - educating
activists on the illegal and inhumane use of uranium weapons by the US in Iraq
and elsewhere. The exhibit was a national collaboration of Traprock Peace
Center, DC Antiwar Network,
Carlisle Peace College
(PA), and Blomington Peace
Action Coalition (IN),
Veterans for Peace
Media Campaign (NY State - they don't have a website yet so
we've linked to a great program they organized). Please
advise of additions to this list.
"The Doctor, the
Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children"
If this chemical warfare keeps up will we
have people like this movie?
This maybe a Sci/Fi, but so was the movie 1984
The Backstory - The mutants have a story.
Yes, they're people too, you see. Their families were the residents of the area
back when the U.S. was doing nuclear tests in the desert, and they refused to
leave their homes. That's why they're attacking ... for revenge.
Military fears public reaction
Protection test at Nevada Nuclear Test Site
Slow Burn - How America Nukes Its Own Troops
What 'Support Our Troops' Really Means
By Amy Worthington
The Idaho Observer
On March 30, an AP photo featured an American pro-war activist holding a sign:
"Nuke the evil scum, it worked in 1945!" That's exactly what George Bush has
done. America's mega-billion dollar war in Iraq has been indeed a NUCLEAR WAR.
Bush-Cheney have delivered upon 17 million Iraqis tons of depleted uranium (DU)
weapons, a "liberation" gift that will keep on giving. Depleted uranium is a
component of toxic nuclear waste, usually stored at secure sites. Handlers need
radiation protection gear.
Over a decade ago, war-makers decided to incorporate this lethal waste into much
of the Pentagon's weaponry. Navy ships carrying Phalanx rapid fire guns are
capable of firing thousands of DU rounds per minute.1 Tomahawk missiles launched
from U.S. ships and subs are DU-tipped.2 The M1 Abrams tanks are armored with
DU.3 These and British Challenger II tanks are tightly packed with DU shells,
which continually irradiate troops in or near them.4 The A-10 "tank buster"
aircraft fires DU shells at machines and people on the battlefield.5
DU munitions are classified by a United Nations resolution as illegal weapons of
mass destruction. Their use breaches all international laws, treaties and
conventions forbidding poisoned weapons calculated to cause unnecessary
Ironically, support for our troops will extend well beyond the war in Iraq.
Americans will be supporting Gulf War II veterans for years as they slowly and
painfully succumb to radiation poisoning. U.S and British troops deployed to the
area are the walking dead. Humans and animals, friends and foes in the fallout
zone are destined to a long downhill spiral of chronic illness and disability.
Kidney dysfunction, lung damage, bloody stools, extreme fatigue, joint pain,
unsteady gait, memory loss and rashes and, ultimately, cancer and premature
death await those exposed to DU.
Award-winning journalist Will Thomas wrote: "As the last Gulf conflict so
savagely demonstrated, GI immune systems reeling from multiple doses of
experimental vaccines offer little defense against further exposure to chemical
weapons, industrial toxins, stress, caffeine, insect repellent and radiation
leftover from the last war. This is a war even the victors will lose."6
When a DU shell is fired, it ignites upon impact. Uranium, plus traces of
plutonium and americium, vaporize into tiny, ceramic particles of radioactive
dust. Once inhaled, uranium oxides lodge in the body and emit radiation
indefinitely. A single particle of DU lodged in a lymph node can devastate the
entire immune system according to British radiation expert Roger Coghill.7
The Royal Society of England published data showing that battlefield soldiers
who inhale or swallow high levels of DU can suffer kidney failure within days.8
Any soldier now in Iraq who has not inhaled lethal radioactive dust is not
breathing. In the first two weeks of combat, 700 Tomahawks, at a cost of $1.3
million each, blasted Iraqi real estate into radioactive mushroom clouds.9
Millions of DU tank rounds liter the terrain. Cleanup is impossible because
there is no place on the planet to put so much contaminated debris.
Bush Sr.'s Gulf War I was also a nuclear war. 320 tons of depleted uranium were
used against Iraq in 1991.10 A 1998 report by the U.S. Agency for Toxic
Substances confirms that inhaling DU causes symptoms identical to those claimed
by many sick vets with Gulf War Syndrome.11 The Gulf War Veterans Association
reports that at least 300,000 Gulf War I vets have now developed incapacitating
illnesses.12 To date, 209,000 vets have filed claims for disability benefits
based on service-connected injuries and illnesses from combat in that war.13
Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a professor of nuclear medicine at Georgetown University, is
a former army medical expert. He told nuclear scientists in Paris last year that
tens of thousands of sick British and American soldiers are now dying from
radiation they encountered during Gulf War I. He found that 62 percent of sick
vets tested have uranium isotopes in their organs, bones, brains and urine.14
Laboratories in Switzerland and Finland corroborated his findings.
In other studies, some sick vets were found to be expressing uranium in even
their semen. Their sexual partners often complained of a burning sensation
during intercourse, followed by their own debilitating illnesses.15
Nothing compares to the astronomical cancer rates and birth defects suffered by
the Iraqi people who have endured vicious nuclear chastisement for years.16 U.S.
air attacks against Iraq since 1993 have undoubtedly employed nuclear munitions.
Pictures of grotesquely deformed Iraqi infants born since 1991 are
overwhelming.17 Like those born to Gulf War I vets, many babies born to troops
now in Iraq will also be afflicted with hideous deformities, neurological damage
and/or blood and respiratory disorders.18
As an Army health physicist, Dr. Doug Rokke was dispatched to the Middle East to
salvage DU-contaminated tanks after Gulf War I. His Geiger counters revealed
that the war zones of Iraq and Kuwait were contaminated with up to 300 millirems
an hour in beta and gamma radiation plus thousands to millions of counts per
minute in alpha radiation. Rokke recently told the media: "The whole area is
still trashed. It is hotter than heck over there still. This stuff doesn't go
DU remains "hot" for 4.5 billion years. Radiation expert Dr. Helen Caldicott
confirms that the dust-laden winds of DU-contaminated war zones "will remain
effectively radioactive for the rest of time."20 The murderous dust storms which
ensnared coalition troops during the first few days of the current invasion are
sure to have significant health consequences.
Rokke and his clean-up team were issued only flimsy dust masks for their
dangerous work. Of the 100 people on Rokke's decontamination team, 30 have
already "dropped dead." Rokke himself is ill with radiation damage to lungs and
kidneys. He has brain lesions, skin pustules, chronic fatigue, continual
wheezing and painful fibromyalgia. Rokke warns that anyone exposed to DU should
have adequate respiratory protection and special coveralls to protect their
clothing because, he says, you can't get uranium particles off your clothing.
The U.S. military insists that DU on the battlefield is not a problem. Colonel
James Naughton of the U.S. Army Material Command recently told the BBC that
complaints about DU "had no medical basis."21 The military's own documents belie
this. A 1993 Pentagon document warned that "when soldiers inhale or ingest DU
dust they incur a potential increase in cancer risk."22 A U.S. Army training
manual requires anyone who comes within 25 meters of DU-contaminated equipment
to wear respiratory and skin protection.23 The U.S. Army Environmental Policy
Institute admitted: "If DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate
significant medical consequences."24 The Institute also stated that, if the
troops were to realize what they had been exposed to, "the financial
implications of long-term disability payments and healthcare costs would be
excessive."25 For pragmatic reasons, DOD chooses to lie and deny.
Dr. Rokke confirms that the Pentagon lies about DU dangers and is criminally
negligent for neglecting medical attention needed by DU-contaminated vets. He
predicts that the numbers of American troops to be sickened by DU from Gulf War
II will be staggering.26 As they gradually sicken and suffer a slow burn to
their graves, the Pentagon will, as it did after Gulf War I, deny that their
misery and death is a result of their tour in Iraq.
Dr. Rokke's candor has cost him his career. Likewise, Dr. Durakovic's radiation
studies on Gulf War I vets were not popular with U.S. officials. Dr. Durakovic
was reportedly told his life was in danger if he continued his research. He left
the U.S. to continue his research abroad.27
Naive young coalition soldiers now in Iraq are likely unaware of how deadly
their battlefield environment is. Gulf War I troops were kept in ignorance.
Soldiers handled DU fragments and some wore these lethal nuggets around their
necks. A DU projectile emits more radiation in five hours than allowed in an
entire year under civilian radiation exposure standards. "We didn't know any
better," Kris Kornkven told Nation magazine. "We didn't find out until long
after we were home that there even was such a thing as DU."28
George Bush's ongoing war in Afghanistan is also a nuclear war. Shortly after
9-11, the U.S. announced it would stockpile tactical nuclear weapons including
small neutron bombs, nuclear mines and shells suited to commando warfare in
Afghanistan.29 In late September, 2001, Bush and Russian president Vladimir
Putin agreed that the U.S. would use tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan
while Putin would employ nuclear weapons against the Chechnyans.30
Describing the Pentagon's B-61-11 burrowing nuke bomb, George Smith writes in
the Village Voice: "Built ram tough with a heavy metal casing for smashing
through the earth and concrete, the B-61 explodes with the force of an estimated
340,000 tons of TNT. It is lots of bang for the buck, literally two apocalypse
bombs in one, a boosted plutonium firecracker called the primary and a heavy
hydrogen secondary for that good old-fashioned H-bomb fireball."31
Drought-stricken Afghanistan's underground water supply is now contaminated by
these nuclear weapons.32 Experts with the Uranium Medical Research Center report
that urine samples of Afghanis show the highest level of uranium ever recorded
in a civilian population. Afghani soldiers and civilians are reported to have
died after suffering intractable vomiting, severe respiratory problems, internal
bleeding and other symptoms consistent with radiation poisoning. Dead birds
still perched in trees are found partially melted with blood oozing from their
Afghanistan's new president, Hamid Karzai, is a puppet installed by Washington.
Under the protection of American soldiers, Karzai's regime is setting a new
record for opium production. Both UN and U.S. reports confirm that the huge
Afghani opium harvest of 2002 makes Afghanistan the world's leading opium
producer.34 Thanks to nuclear weapons, Afghanistan is now safe for the
Bush-Cheney narcotics industry.35 ABC News asserts that keeping the "peace" in
Afghanistan will require decades of allied occupation.36 For years to come,
"peacekeepers" will be eating, drinking and breathing the "hot" carcinogenic
pollution they have helped the Pentagon inflict upon that nation for organized
As governor of Arkansas during the Iran-Contra era, Bill Clinton laundered
$multi-millions in cocaine profits for then vice-president George Bush Sr.37 As
a partner in the Bush family's notorious crime machine, President Clinton
committed U.S. troops to NATO's campaign in the Balkans, a prime heroin
production and trans-shipment area. DOD's campaign to control and reorganize the
drug trade there for the Bush mafia was yet another nuclear project.
For years, the U.S. and NATO fired DU missiles, bullets and shells across the
Balkans, nuking the peoples of Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. As DU munitions were
slammed into chemical plants, the environment became hideously toxic, also
endangering the peoples of Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Austria and
Hungary. By 1999, UN investigators reported that an estimated 12 tons of DU had
caused irreparable damage to the Yugoslavian environment, with agriculture,
livestock and air water, and public health all profoundly damaged.38
Scientists confirm that citizens of the Balkans are excreting uranium in their
urine.39 In 2001, a Yugoslavian pathologist reported that hundreds of Bosnians
have died of cancer from NATO's DU bombardment.40 Many NATO peacekeepers in the
Balkans now suffer ill health. Their leukemias, cancers and other maladies are
dubbed the "Balkans Syndrome." Richard Coghill predicts that DU weapons used in
Balkans campaign will result in at least 10,000 cases of fatal cancer.41
U.S. citizens at home are also paying a heavy price for criminal militarism gone
mad. DOD is a pollution monster. The General Accounting Office (GAO) found 9,181
dangerous military sites in USA that will require $billions to rehabilitate. The
GAO reports that DOD has been both slothful and deceitful in its clean-up
obligations.42 The Pentagon is now pressing Congress to exempt it from all
environmental laws so that it may pollute and poison free from liability.43
The Navy uses prime fishing grounds off the coast of Washington state to test
fire DU ammunition. In January, Washington State Rep. Jim McDermott chastised
the Navy: "On one hand you have required soldiers to have DU safety training and
to wear protective gear when handling DU...and submarines must stay clear of
DU-contaminated waters. These policies indicate there is cause for concern....On
the other hand the Department of Defense has repeatedly denied that DU poses any
danger whatsoever. There has been no remorse about leaving tons of DU equipment
in the soil in foreign countries, and there appears to be no remorse about
leaving it in the waters of your own country."44
DU has been used in military practice maneuvers in Indiana, Florida, New Mexico,
Massachusetts, Maryland and Puerto Rico. After the Navy tested DU weaponry on
the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, one third of the island's population
developed serious illness. Many people show high levels of uranium in their
bodies. Hundreds have filed a class action suit against the Navy for $100
million, claiming DU contamination has caused widespread cancers.45
The Navy's Fallon Naval Air Station near Fallon, Nevada, is a quagmire of 26
toxic waste sites. It is also a target practice zone for DU bombs and missiles.
Area residents report bizarre illnesses, including 17 children who have
contracted leukemia within five years. A survey of groundwater in the Fallon
area showed nearly half of area wells are contaminated with radioactive
The materials for DU weaponry have been processed mainly at three nuclear plants
in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, where workers handling uranium contaminated
with plutonium have suffered for decades with cancers and debilitating maladies
similar to Gulf War Syndrome.47
Emboldened by power-grabbing successes made possible by his administration's
devious 9-11 project, President Bush asserts that the U.S. has the right to
attack any nation it deems a potential threat. He told West Point in 2002, "If
we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long."48 Thus,
it is certain that Bush-Cheney future pre-emptive nuclear wars are lined up like
idling jetson a runway. Both Cheney's Halliburton Corp. and the Bush family's
Carlyle Group are profiteers in U.S. defense contracts, so endless war is just
The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon will create special nuclear
weapons for use on North Korea's underground nuclear facilities.50 Next August,
U.S. war makers will meet to consolidate plans for a new generation of "mini,"
"micro" and "tiny" nuclear bombs and bunker busters. These will be added to the
U.S. arsenal perhaps for use against non-nuclear third-world nations such as
Iran, Syria, Lebanon.51
The solution? Americans must stop electing ruthless criminals to rule this
nation. We must convince fellow citizens that villains like Saddam Hussein are
made in the U.S. as rationale for endless corporate war profits. Saddam was
placed in power by the CIA.52 For years U.S. government agencies, under auspices
of George Bush Sr., supplied him with chemical and biological weapons.53 Our
national nuclear laboratories, along with Unisys, Dupont and Hewlett-Packard,
sold Saddam materials for his nuclear program.54 Dick Cheney was CEO of
Halliburton in the late 90s when its subsidiaries signed $73 million in new
contracts to further supply Saddam.55 The wicked villain of Iraq was nurtured
for decades as a cash-cow by U.S. military-industrial piranhas.
If America truly supports its troops, it must stop sending them into nuclear
holocaust for the enrichment of thugs. Time is running out. If the DU-maniacs at
the Pentagon and their coven of nuclear arms peddlers are not harnessed, America
will have no able-bodied fighting forces left. All people of the earth will
become grossly ill, hideously deformed and short- lived. We must succeed in the
critical imperative to face reality and act decisively. Should we fail, there
will be no place to hide from Bush-Cheney's merciless nuclear orgies yet to come
or from the inevitable nuclear retaliation these orgies will surely breed.
1."DOD Launches Depleted Uranium Training," Linda Kozaryn, American Forces Press
2."Nukes of the Gulf War,"John Shirley, Zess@aol.com. See this article in
archives at www.gulfwarvets.com .
3. BBC News, "US To Use Depleted Uranium," March 18, 2003; U.S. General
Accounting Office, Operation Desert Storm: "Early Performance Assessment of
Bradley and Abrams," 1-2-92.
4."Nukes of the Gulf War," op. cit.
6. "Invading Hiroshima," William Thomas, 2-4-2003,
7. "US Shells Leave Lethal Legacy," Toronto Star, July 31, 1999; also "Radiation
Tests for Peacekeepers in the Balkans Exposed to Depleted Uranium,"
8. "Depleted Uranium May Stop Kidneys In Days," Rob Edwards, New Scientist.com,
3-12-02; also "Uranium Weapons Too Hot to Handle," Rob Edwards, New
9. "Navy Seeks Cash for More Tomahawks," David Rennie in Washington, Telegraph
Group Limited, 1-4-03, news.telegraph.co.uk .
10. "Going Nuclear in Iraq--DU Cancers Mount Daily," Ramzi Kysia,
11."Depleted Uranium Symptoms Match US Report As Fears Spread," Peter Beaumont,
The Observer (UK) 1-14-01,
12. "Gulf War Illnesses Affect 300,000 Vets," Ellen Tomson, Pioneer Press,
www.pioneerplanet.com . See also
American Gulf War Veterans Association at
13. "2 of Every 5 Gulf War Vets Are On Disability: 209,000 Make VA Claims,"
World Net Daily, 1-28-03, WorldNetDaily.com.
14. "Research on Sick Gulf Vets Revisited, "New York Times, 1-29-01; "Tests Show
Gulf War Victims Have Uranium Poisoning," Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin
Meissonnier, The Sunday Times (UK) 9-3-02.
15. "Catastrophe: Ill Gulf Vets Contaminated Partners With DU," The Halifax
Herald Limited, Clare Mellor, 2-09-01. This article is available in archives at
16. "Iraqi Cancer, Birth Defects Blamed on US Depleted Uranium," Seattle Post-
Intelligencer, 11-12-02; "US Depleted Uranium Yields Chamber of Horrors in
Southern Iraq, Andy Kershaw, The Independent (London) 12-4-01.
17. "The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Gulf War Region with
Special References to Iraq," Ross Mirkarimi, The Arms Control Research Centre,
May 1992. See also Gulf War Syndrome Birth Defects in Iraq at
18. "The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm, Has Our Country Abandoned Them?," Life
Magazine, November 1995; "Birth Defects Killing Gulf War Babies," Los Angeles
Times, 11-14-94; "Depleted Uranium, The Lingering Poison," Alex Kirby, BBC News
19. "Depleted Uranium, A Killer Disaster," Travis Dunn, Disaster News.net,
20. San Francisco Chronicle, 10-10-02.
21. "US To Use Depleted Uranium," BBC News, 3-18-03.
22. "Depleted Uranium Symptoms Match US Report As Fears Spread," Peter Beaumont,
The Observer (UK) 1-14-01.
23. "Iraqi Cancer, Birth Defects Blamed on US Depleted Uranium," Seattle Post-
24. "US To Use Depleted Uranium," BBC News, 3-18-03.
25. US Army Environmental Policy Institute: Health and Environmental
Consequences of Depleted Uranium in the U.S. Army, Technical Report, June 1995.
26. "Pentagon Depleted Uranium No Health Risk," Dr. Doug Rokke, 3-15-03; also
"The Terrible, Tragic Toll of Depleted Uranium," Address by Dr. Rokke before
congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.,12-30-02; also "Gulf War Casualties,"
Dr. Doug Rokke, www.traprockpeace.org
27."Tests Show Gulf War Victims Have Uranium Poisoning," Sunday Times (UK),
Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin Meissonnier, 9-3-00.
28. "The Pentagon's Radioactive Bullet: An Investigative Report," Bill Mesler,
The Nation, 5-28-99, see
29. "Tactical Nukes Deployed In Afghanistan," World Net Daily, 10-7-01. 30.
31. "The B-61 Bomb,The Burrowing Nuke" George Smith,VillageVoice.com 12-29-02.;
also "Bunker-busting US Tactical Nuclear Bombs, Nowhere to Hide," Kennedy Grey,
32."Perpetual Death From America," Mohammed Daud Miraki, Afghan-American
Interviews, 2-24-03; also "Dying of Thirst," Fred Pearce, New Scientist,
34. "Afghanistan Displaces Myanmar as Top Heroin Producer," Agence France-Presse,
3-01-03. This article is at www.copvcia.com
.;also "Opium Trade Flourishing In the `New Afghanistan,'" Reuters, 3-3-03.
35. "The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire," Michael C. Ruppert, Nexus Magazine,
February-March 2000; The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug
Trade, Alfred W. McCoy, Lawrence Hill & Co., revised edition due May 2003;
Drugging of America, Rodney Stich, Diablo Western Press, 1999; "Blood for Oil,
Drugs for Arms," Bob Djurdjevic, Truth In Media, April 2000,
www.truthinmedia.org . 36. ABC News,
February 27, 2003.
37. Compromised, Clinton Bush and the CIA, Terry Reed and John Cummings, S.P.I.
Books, 1994; The Clinton Chronicles and The Mena Cover-up, Citizens for Honest
Government, 1996; "The Crimes of Mena, Grey Money," Ozark Gazette, 1995 (see
38. "Damage to Yugoslav Environment is Immense, Says a UN Report," Bob
Djurdjevic, 7-4-99, truthinmedia.org. This report was submitted to the UN
Security Council on June 9, 1999; also, "New Depleted Uranium Study Shows Clear
Damage," BBC News,8-28-99; also "NATO Issued Warning About Toxic Ammo,"
Associated Press, 01-08-01.
39. CounterPunch.org, 12-28-01.
40. "Hundreds Died of Cancer After DU Bombing--Doctor," Reuters, 1-13-01.
41."Depleted Uranium Threatens Balkan Cancer Epidemic," BBC News, 7-30-99.
42. "Many Defense Sites Still Hazardous," Associated Press, 9-24-02; also Old US
Weapons Called Hidden Danger, Los Angeles Times, 11-25-02.
43. "Pentagon Seeks Freedom to Pollute Land, Air and Sea," Andrew Gumbel in
L.A., 3-13-03, Independent Digital (UK) Ltd.
44. "Radioactive DU Ammo Is Tested in Fish Areas," Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
1-11-03; Letter from Rep. McDermott to Department of the Navy: see "Navy Fired
DU Rounds Into Waters Off Coast of Washington," 1-20-03, rense.com.
45."Cancer Rates Soar From US Military Use of DU On `Enchanted Island,'"
www.telegraph.co.uk, 2-5-01; also
"Navy Shells With Depleted Uranium Fired in Puerto Rico," Fox News Online,
46. "The Fallon, NV Cancer Cluster And a US Navy Bombing," Jeffrey St. Clair,
47. "DU Shells Are Made of A Potentially Lethal Cocktail of Nuclear Waste,"
www.sunday-times.co.uk , 1-22-01.
48. "Preventative War Sets Perilous Precedent," Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers,
49. PIGS at the Trough, Arriana Huffington, Random House, 2003 (New York Times
best seller.); also "The Best Enemies Money Can Buy, >From Hitler to Saddam
Hussein to Osama bin Laden Insider Connections and the Bush Family's Partnership
With Killers of Americans;" Mike Ruppert, From the Wilderness,10-10-01; also
"Bush Sr.'s Carlyle Group Gets Fat on War and Conflict," Jamie Doward, The
Observer (UK), 3-25-03; also "Halliburton Wins Contract for Iraq Oil
Firefighting, Reuters, 3-7-03; also "Cashing In-Fortunes in Profits Await Bush
Circle After Iraq War, Andrew Gumbel, The Independent (London) 9-15-02; also
"War Could Be Big Business for Halliburton," Reuters, 3-23-03.
50. "Pentagon Seeks a Nuclear Digger," Washington Post, March 10, 2003.
51. "Remember: Bush Planed Iraq War Before Taking Office," Neil Mackay, The
Sunday Herald (UK) 3-27-03; also "US Mini-Nukes Alarm Scientists," The Guardian
(UK) 4-18-01; also "US Nuclear First-Strike Plan--It Keeps Getting Scarier,
Jeffrey Steinberg, Executive Intelligence Review, 2-24-03.
52. Wall Street Journal, 8-16-90: The CIA supported the Baath Party and
installed Hussein as Iraqi dictator in 1968.
53. "United States Dual-Use Exports to Iraq and Their Impact on the Health of
Persian Gulf War Veterans," Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban
Affairs, 1992, 1994; "U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup," Washington Post,
54. "US Government, 24 US Corps Illegally Helped Iraq Build Its WMD," Hugh
Williamson in Berlin, Financial Times, 12-19-02; "Full List of US Weapons
Suppliers To Iraq," Anu de Monterice,
firstname.lastname@example.org , 12-19-02.
55. Huffington, op. cit.
Amy Worthington is a reporter for The Idaho Observer
7/18/2006 3:30:00 PM
Depleted uranium at JPG on meeting agenda for
Courier Staff Writer
Depleted uranium can cause genetic mutations by attaching itself to the DNA in
cells, which can lead to diseases such as cancer, an Arizona biochemist reported
in a study published in May. Her study is of interest locally to Save the Valley
because of the tons of depleted uranium the Army left behind at Jefferson
Proving Ground after 10 years of testing munitions containing it.
Weve been saying that for years, said Richard Hill, president of Save the
Valley and co-chairman of the JPG Restoration Advisory Board, which for years
devoted most of its quarterly meetings to discussing depleted uranium and what
the Army is going to do about it.
The study findings probably are something concerned residents will want to bring
up tonight when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel has a listening
session in Madison. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison-Jefferson County
The session was contemplated long before the new study was published. The
commission, which is made up of three administrative judges, will be in the area
for a prehearing conference to set the final details for a public hearing on the
Armys proposal for how to proceed with decommissioning JPG. Save the Valley has
been granted status to participate in the public hearing, whose date and
location have not been set.
The listening session is for anyone who is not a participant but who has
concerns about depleted uranium at JPG, Hill said.
The biochemist who published the study has said in interviews that she doesnt
want the public to panic over the study findings.
Nonetheless, Save the Valleys experts are taking a close look at the study,
which was published in two scientific journals, Hill said.
Depleted uranium is what is left over after uranium is processed for such uses
as nuclear power plants. Uranium is found naturally in soil, and large deposits
of it are mined for commercial use. Depleted uranium is more concentrated but
less radioactive than what is taken out, Hill said.
Depleted uranium is a heavy metal and is toxic as well as radioactive. Health
problems caused by depleted uranium have long been the topics of study, but the
new study is the first to say that regardless of DUs toxicity or radioactivity,
it can cause serious health problems such as cancer by altering the DNA.
Depleted uranium stopped being a topic at the JPG Restoration Advisory Board
meetings when Hill and the other co-chairman, Paul Cloud, agreed that depleted
uranium had never been intended to be a topic of discussion by restoration
advisory boards. The government set up local advisory boards when it embarked on
massive military base closures. Cloud is a civilian who is the Armys
environmental coordinator for Jefferson Proving Ground.
Another new study might pertain to Jefferson Proving Ground as well. It
concludes that fires in forests where depleted uranium is present can cause the
DU to be carried in the air. The study was done in another state after a
The study concluded, however, that only small amounts of depleted uranium are
dispersed by fires.
The study said the dispersal of DU can happen whether a fire is a wildfire or a
controlled-burn conducted for forest management. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service conducts controlled burns each spring at JPG.
Save the Valley wants the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require the
Army to include air tests as part of its data-gathering that will go into
whatever plan is eventually approved for decommissioning JPG. The Army had to
have a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to possess radioactive material at
JPG, which was a munitions testing site. For the last 10 years JPG was in
operation, from 1984 to 1994, munitions containing DU were tested there. As a
heavy metal, depleted uranium is more dense than lead, and so it has both
offensive and defensive uses for the U.S. military. Cladding a missile with DU
can enable it to bore right through an enemys tanks and reinforced bunkers. Put
on the outside of our own tanks can make them impenetrable by enemy weapons.
There have been concern, however, around the world about depleted uranium and
the health of soldiers and civilians exposed to DU in reinforced tanks that get
hit by enemy fire or exposed to the depleted uranium left behind.
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Huntington wants depleted uranium testing
Courier Staff Writer
Five years of collecting data on depleted uranium would not be nearly long
enough before the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission decides whether to allow
the Army to decommission Jefferson Proving Ground, Mayor Al Huntington said in a
letter Tuesday to the federal agency.
Protection against airborne and surface water migration of potential hazardous
chemicals must be assured by expanding the testing period to a minimum of 25
years and expanding the JPG DU testing area with more monitoring wells to the
west and southwest, Huntington wrote. This concern for human safety is
supported by a study at Northern Arizona University which finds that depleted
uranium can cause genetic mutations.
His letter was read by city official Betsey Vonderheide at a listening session
conducted in Madison by a three-member panel of the Atomic Safety and Licensing
Board, which is part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The three-member panel was in Madison primarily for a conference today with
attorneys from the NRC staff, the Army and Save the Valley environmental
organization to talk about issues Save the Valley has raised in challenging the
Armys request to be given five years to collect data before it seeks
decommissioning of JPG. Munitions containing depleted uranium were tested at JPG
between 1984 and 1994.
The conference today was at City Hall and was open to the public to observe but
The panel will be back in Madison for a public hearing on whichever issues are
approved for consideration. The date has not been set.
Eighteen people attended the half-hour listening session at the
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. At least half of them are involved in
the issue, representing Save the Valley, the Army, the NRC staff and the
contractors who work for the Army doing monitoring and studies.
The Army had to have an NRC license in order to use depleted uranium at the
testing site. Depleted uranium is left over after uranium is processed such as
for nuclear power plant fuel. Depleted uranium is radioactive and toxic, and the
study Huntington referred to said that DU also can alter DNA.
Only two other people spoke at the listening session. They were Joel Wientke,
representing the Hoosier Environmental Council, and Joe Robb, refuge manager at
the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Wientke said there are a lot of
unanswered questions about the Armys plans at JPG. Robb said it is good a lot
of information is being gathered, because the more data there is, the better
decisions can be made.
Huntingtons letter also said the Army must guarantee sufficient appropriations
to fund all aspects of the DU liability.
Otherwise, he wrote, problems will become the financial burden of the federal
Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the
Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The listening session was more informal than the NRC panel is accustomed to.
Chairman Alan Rosenthal said he and panel members Paul Abramson and Richard F.
Cole were in shirtsleeves in deference to the extreme heat. Ordinarily, he said,
they wear suits usually dark suits, he added with a laugh and ties.
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