January 22, 2006
San Francisco Bay View
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used
as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger, quoted in "Kiss the
Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW’s in Vietnam"
Vietnam was a chemical war for oil [
Herbert Hoover, later to become President of the United States did a
study that showed that one of the world's largest oil fields ran along
the coast of the South China Sea right off French Indo-China, now known
as Vietnam. - Denny, Ludwell, We Fight of Oil, Alfred A. Knopf, New
York, 1928.], permanently contaminating large regions and
countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most
devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged
four 'nuclear' wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent
Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass
Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been
permanently contaminated with radiation.
And what about our soldiers? Terry Jemison of the
Department of Veterans Affairs reported this week to the American Free
Press that "Gulf-era veterans" now on medical disability since 1991
number 518,739, with only 7,035 reported wounded in Iraq in that same
This week the American Free Press dropped a "dirty bomb" on the
Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit
in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies. That means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months.
Since these soldiers were exposed to vaccines and depleted uranium (DU)
only, this is strong evidence for researchers and scientists working on
this issue, that DU is the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome.
Vaccines are not known to cause cancer. One of the first published
researchers on Gulf War Syndrome, who also served in 1991 in Iraq, Dr.
Andras Koraenyi-Both, is in agreement with Barbara Goodno from the
Department of Defense’s Deployment Health Support Directorate, that in
this war soldiers were not exposed to chemicals, pesticides, bioagents
or other suspect causes this time to confuse the issue.
This powerful new evidence is blowing holes in the cover-up
perpetrated by the Pentagon and three presidential administrations ever
since DU was first used in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War. Fourteen years
after the introduction of DU on the battlefield in 1991, the long-term
effects have revealed that DU is a death sentence and very nasty stuff.
Just how many soldiers and civilian are exposed? Here is an analogous situation that might give you an idea.
Recently completed laboratory analyses show two members of
Uranium Medical Research Centre’s (UMRC) field investigation team are
contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU). The two field staff, one from
Canada and the other, Beirut, toured Iraq for thirteen days in October
2003; five months after the cessation of Operation Iraqi Freedom’s
aerial bombing and ground force campaign. Using mass spectrometry,
UMRC’s partner laboratory in Germany measured DU in both team members’
The UMRC team surveyed US and British controlled combat areas
and bomb-sites in southern Iraq, including Baghdad, An Nasiriyah, As
Suweiriah and Al Basra (details can be found at UMRC.net, Abu Khasib to
Al Ah’qaf: Field Investigation Report). The conditions responsible for
the team’s DU contamination are considered to be inhalation of
resuspended ultra-fine soil and dust particles saturated with uranium
and airborne uranium oxides and metallic particulate. Uranium was used
in anti-tank penetrators, suppression ordnance and bunker-defeat
warheads deployed during the 26 days of Operation Iraqi Freedom by both
US and UK forces. The contamination of UMRC’s team members occurring
over a two-week period, many months after the main conflict, represents
a risk to civilians, non-governmental organisations’ staff, Coalition
armed forces and foreign contractors and diplomatic staff.
It would appear virtually everyone who regularly passes through a
contaminated area will be exposed. The more one passes through, the
more serious the exposure.
How bad is the exposure? Here is where the information gets muddy.
Virtually every source with culpability or funding from a culpable
sourse, like the US Government, denies there to be any issue. WHO
receives much of its funding from the US. It's likely that money is
contingent on it's work. Their view
is that damage from exposure to DU is rare and requires incredibly high
concentrations in the blood. If that's true, why would the Manhattan
Project consider DU as a WMD?
San Francisco Bay View
The blueprint for depleted uranium weapons is a 1943
declassified document from the Manhattan Project. Harvard President and
physicist James B. Conant, who developed poison gas in World War I, was
brought into the Manhattan Project by the father of presidential
candidate John Kerry. Kerry’s father served at a high level in the
Manhattan Project and was a CIA agent.
Conant was chair of the S-1 Poison Gas Committee, which
recommended developing poison gas weapons from the radioactive trash of
the atomic bomb project in World War II. At that time, it was known
that radioactive materials dispersed in bombs from the air, from land
vehicles or on the battlefield produced very fine radioactive dust
which would penetrate all protective clothing, any gas mask or filter
or the skin. By contaminating the lungs and blood, it could kill or
cause illness very quickly.
They also recommended it as a permanent terrain contaminant, which
could be used to destroy populations by contaminating water supplies
and agricultural land with the radioactive dust.
The Defense Department is well aware of the toxic effects
of DU. In an official presentation by U.S. Army Reserve Col. J. Edgar
Wakayama at Fort Belvoir, Va. on Aug. 20, 2002, the dangers of exposure
to DU were clearly spelled out:
- "Inhalation exposure has a major effect on the lungs and thoracic
lymph nodes," Wakayama read from a slide. "The alpha particle taken
inside the body in large doses is hazardous, producing cell damage and
cancer. Lung cancer is well documented," he noted.
- "Urine samples containing uranium are mutagenic [capable of
producing mutation]" and "the cultured human stem bone cell line with
DU also transformed the cells to become carcinogenic," Wakayama read.
- DU deposited in the bone causes DNA damage because of the effects
of the alpha particles, Wakayama stressed. One gram of DU emits 12,000
high-energy alpha particles per second.
- The fourth rule for weapons, the "environmental" test, says that
weapons cannot have an unduly negative effect on the natural
- Wakayama advised, "Heavily contaminated soil should be removed if the area is to be populated with civilians."
- Wakayama described the dangers to children playing in contaminated
soil and the leaching of DU into local water and food supplies.
Why would the US use such a dangerous munition? Many authors have
speculated about deliberate genocide of the Arab and Serbian
populations. While I don't doubt some very bright neo-cons know what
they are doing, most of the Bush Administration and Republicans in
general have had a suspicion of research in contamination. They point
to the overwhelming exposures to rats as a method of research that has
little common sense value. Environmental research is perceived as
conducted by socialist tree huggers who have a vested interest in
tainting and exaggerating the research to steal from the rich and give
to the undeserving lazy poor.
I believe the anti-science attitudes of right-wing Republicans have
led by benign neglect to the greatest war crime of all time. In the
past, the US government and the VA have suppressed information that
would interfere with future recruiting and after war disability claims.
They already are doing so again. We'll have to wait and see if the
readily available sources of information on the internet will counter
such disinformation campaigns.