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Depleted Uranium - An American War Crime That Has No End

EuroYank

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June 14, 2006



The Most Ignored & Covered Up
by Mass Media News Story ...

Hundreds of Thousands of American Troops
Contaminated, dying, and disabled from Depleted
Uranium by American Arms.




The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States, defying all international treaties, will slowly annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and yet this country continues to do so with full knowledge of its destructive potential.

Since 1991, the United States has staged four wars using depleted uranium weaponry, illegal under all international treaties, conventions and agreements, as well as under US military law.


Depleted Uranium Videos are
extremely scarce
here are a few
See the Videos ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Contaminated with Depleted Uranium
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Problem
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Secrecy
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Study

Military Secrecy

The vast majority of servicemen and women in the U.S. military, and likely in the armed forces of other countries which are developing or have obtained depleted uranium munitions, are unaware of the use and dangers of depleted uranium munitions, or of the protective clothing and procedures which can minimize or prevent serious short-term exposures.

The following military DU training videos sat on shelves seldom shown ....
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Standard DU Army Training Video

The continued use of this illegal radioactive weaponry, which has already contaminated vast regions with low level radiation and will contaminate other parts of the world over time, is indeed a world affair and an international issue.



Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium:The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War

The last Iraq war was about Iraq possessing illegal weapons of mass destruction - yet we are using weapons of mass destruction ourselves.


Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*US forces use of depleted uranium weapons is illegal

In June 2003, the World Health Organization announced in a press release that global cancer rates will increase 50 percent by 2020. What else do they know that they arenít telling us?

Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Ammunition:Nuclear Waste as a Weapon


Children of the Gulf War Photo Exhibit
Warning - Extreme Graphic Violence
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Save the War Children
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Children of the Gulf War


Read On ...
From Gulf War I, fully 75% of our fighting men who were on the ground are now dead, dying, or sick from Depleted Uranium.

There are reports that the Pentagon is preventing American soldiers from writing home to complain about the variety of illness afflicting them because of the deadly combination of Depleted Uranium and Toxic Vaccinations.



The Pentagon is said to be threatening to muster out soldiers who complain, thus cutting off their medical care after they get out. However, when these men do return home and they are very ill from D.U. contamination, the Pentagon is refusing toImage Hosting by PicsPlace.to*admit that these men are sick with D.U.! A special report published by eminent scientistImage Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the Gulf War Syndromehas fed aImage Hosting by PicsPlace.to*growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.

The Veterans Administration acknowledged a third of all living Gulf War veterans, 181,996 were collecting Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*service-related disability pensions. Now the same thing is happening to veterans of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."



Civilian populations in Afghanistan and Iraq and occupying troops have beenImage Hosting by PicsPlace.to*contaminated with astounding levels of radioactive depleted and non-depleted uranium as a result of post-9/11 United Statesí use of tons of uranium munitions. Researchers say surrounding countries are bound to feel the effects as well.



The Pentagon used its radioactive arsenal mainly in the
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*urban centers, rather than in desert battlefields as in 1991. Many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people and U.S. soldiers, along with British, Polish, Japanese and Dutch soldiers sent to join the occupation, will suffer the consequences. The real extent of injuries, chronic illness, long-term disabilities and genetic birth defects won't be apparent for five to 10 years.



Cancer, respiratory diseases and horrible birth defects have been widespread in Iraq even after Gulf War I and are bound to increase. While officially, only 467 soldiers were wounded during the first Gulf War, according to Terry Jemison at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), of the more than 592,560 discharged personnel who served there, at least 179,310 - one third - are receiving disability compensation and over 24,760 additional cases were pending as of September 2004.

Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Uranium Munitions Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

This number of disabled veterans is shockingly high. Most are in their mid-thirties and should be in the prime of health. Before sending troops to the Gulf region, the military had already sifted out those with disabilities or chronic health problems from asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, cancers and birth defects.



In 2003 scientists from the Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) studied urine samples of Afghan civilians and found that 100% of the samples taken had levels of non-depleted uranium (NDU) 400% to 2000% higher than normal levels. The UMRC research team studied six sites, two in Kabul and others in the Jalalabad area. The civilians were tested four months after the attacks in Afghanistan by the United States and its allies.

Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*NDU is more radioactive than depleted uranium (DU), which itself is charged with causing many cancers and severe birth defects in the Iraqi population, especially children over the past ten years. Four million pounds of radioactive uranium was dropped on Iraq in 2003 alone. Uranium dust will be in the bodies of our returning armed forces.



Conducted at the request of The News, as the U.S. government considers the cost of $1,000 per affected soldier prohibitive, the test found that four of the nine men were contaminated with high levels of DU, likely caused by inhaling dust from depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops.

Most American weapons (missiles, smart bombs, dumb bombs, bullets, tank shells, cruise missiles, etc.) contain high amounts of radioactive uranium. Depleted or non-depleted, these types of weapons, on detonation, release a radioactive dust which, when inhaled, goes into the body and stays there. It has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.

Basically, itís a permanently available contaminant, distributed in the environment, where dust storms or any water nearby can disperse it. Once ingested, it releases subatomic particles that slice through DNA.



UMRCís Field Team found several hundred Afghan civilians with acute symptoms of radiation poisoning along with chronic symptoms of internal uranium contamination, including congenital problems in newborns. Local civilians reported large, dense dust clouds and smoke plumes rising from the point of impact, an acrid smell, followed by burning of the nasal passages, throat and upper respiratory tract.

Subjects in all locations presented identical symptom profiles and chronologies. The victims reported symptoms including pain in the cervical column, upper shoulders and basal area of the skull, lower back/kidney pain, joint and muscle weakness, sleeping difficulties, headaches, memory problems and disorientation.



At the Uranium Weapons Conference held October 2003 in Hamburg, Germany, independent scientists from around the world testified to a huge increase in birth deformities and cancers wherever NDU and DU had been used. Professor Katsuma Yagasaki, a scientist at the Ryukyus University, Okinawa calculated that the 800 tons of DU used in Afghanistan is the radioactive equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The amount of DU used in Iraq is equivalent to 250,000 Nagasaki bombs.

At the Uranium Weapons Conference, a demonstration by British-trained oncologist Dr. Jawad Al-Ali showed photographs of the kinds of birth deformities and tumors he had observed at the Saddam Teaching Hospital in Basra just before the 2003 war. Cancer rates had increased dramatically over the previous fifteen years.



In 1989 there were 11 abnormalities per 100,000 births; in 2001 there were 116 per 100,000óan increase of over a thousand percent. In 1989 34 people died of cancer; in 2001 there were 603 cancer deaths. The 2003 war has increased these figures exponentially.

At a meeting of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan held December 2003 in Tokyo, the U.S. was indicted for multiple war crimes in Afghanistan, among them the use of DU.



Leuren Moret, President of Scientists for Indigenous People and Environmental Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, testified that because radioactive contaminants from uranium weapons travel through air, water, and food sources, the effects of U.S. deployment in Afghanistan will be felt in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China and India. Countries affected by the use of uranium weapons in Iraq include Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, and Iran.

Veterans groups blame depleted uranium contamination as a factor in Gulf War syndrome, the term for a host of ailments that afflicted thousands of vets from that war.



"Anybody, civilian or soldier, who breathes these particles has a permanent dose, and it's not going to decrease very much over time," said Dietz, who retired in 1983 after 33 years as nuclear physicist. "In the long run ... veterans exposed to ceramic uranium oxide have a major problem."

Shocking report reveals local troops to be victims of America's high-tech weapons
Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Troops victims of America's high-tech weapons

Depleted uranium, which does not occur in nature, is created as a waste product of uranium enrichment when some of the highly radioactive isotopes in natural uranium, U-235 and U-234, are extracted.



In the Gulf War, Army brass did not warn soldiers about any risks from exploding DU shells. An unknown number of G.I.s were exposed by shrapnel, inhalation or handling battlefield debris.

"A large number of American soldiers [in Iraq] may have had significant exposure to uranium oxide dust," ... "And the health impact is worrisome for the future."

When DU shells explode, they permanently contaminate their target and the area immediately around it with low-level radioactivity.

Birth defects may stem from his father's Gulf War service. But like many other families, American Vets face official stonewalling--and a frightening future.


Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*US Veterans Face Frightening Future


The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States, defying all international treaties, will slowly annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and yet this country continues to do so with full knowledge of its destructive potential.

Read more ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Deadly Illegal American Uranium Weapons

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More Bombs Dropped On Iraq
than were used in WW II



At least 300 million grams of depleted uranium were deposited on central and southern Iraq during the Gulf War and subsequent bombings, over 100 million times the 0.023 gram maximum exposure dose permitted for workers in nuclear industry. Depleted uranium, because of its unique ratio of U-235 to U-238, can be readily identified and has been found in the urine of exposed individuals as long as 10 years after exposure.

During the brief Gulf War, thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq, more than were used throughout World War II. By systematic intent, all electric power generating facilities, water treatment and pumping plants, sewage treatment facilities, and communication centers were bombed.


References ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Is The Pentagon Giving Our Soldiers Cancer?
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Damage in Iraq during the Gulf War
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*U.S. Stocking Uranium-Rich Bombs?

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Resources ...
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium Watch
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*The Doctor,Depleted Uranium, the Dying Children
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Depleted Uranium and Other Uranium Weapons
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*War Crimes -- Committed
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Women for a Better World
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Peace Aware
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*US use of DU in Iraq war causes cancer
Image Hosting by PicsPlace.to*Concerns over military use of Depleted Uranium growing


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