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Many shocking reports now indicate that we have been fools thinking that what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan is happening only to the local populations over there. Few of us are even aware that the United States military has been using depleted uranium (DU) in its armaments and that tons of the stuff have been spilled all over the landscape in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Meaning the all powerful anti-human forces that be in the United States and England have found a way to go nuclear right under our very noses and the effects of that have already been spread around the globe, especially in the northern hemisphere.
The term “depleted” seems to give the impression that DU is
uranium that does not contain radioactivity any more, which is
not the case. DU ammunition can cause serious radioactive
contamination and is no less atrocious than nuclear weapons.
- Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki
“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 the US military law. 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” wrote Leuren Moret who has worked at two US nuclear weapons laboratories as a geoscientist.
What we are seeing in reality is an end to the reason of law and order. When presidents of constitutional democracies and the ruling elite behind him take it upon themselves to so blatantly, abandon the law we have both the seeds of anarchy and the deep roots of fascism combining to shape the world’s future in the most nasty of ways possible.
Depleted uranium weaponry meets the definition
of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).
It should come as no surprise that the federal government is breaking international laws against the use of such weapons. The culture of the United States government is deeply imbedded with the death and poisoning of its own citizens through vaccines, fluoridated drinking water, dangerous drugs and medical treatments backed with the full authority of the FDA and CDC. As well as poisoning of the food supply with the likes of aspartame and MSG, massive use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, genetically altered foods, and massive use of food preservatives, now the list includes the use of depleted uranium in armaments whose radioactive pollution will go on for a few billion years.
What you are about to read is a nightmare unmatched in the annals of human history outdistancing perhaps even the rising tide of mercury and the thousands of other toxic chemicals flooding the environment. We now stand threatened from both chemical and nuclear poisons with devastating consequences to public health. Through it all public health officials can only find the time to masturbate with viruses, closing down their consciousness to anything but their pet obsessions with things that often cannot even be proven to exist.
Depleted Uranium armaments are “the
perfect weapon for killing lots of people!”
- Dr. Marion Fulk
Nuclear physical chemist, retired, Lawrence Livermore
Nuclear Weapons Lab and Manhattan Project
Uranium weapons have been increasingly employed in battle action since their first use by the US and UK forces in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Since then they have been used in the Balkans in the late 1990s, then Kosovo in 2000, in Afghanistan starting in 2002 and continuing into the present, and then in the 2nd Gulf War (GW2) in March and April 2003. The Army began arming tank, artillery and machine gun shells with depleted uranium in the 1980s. The term “depleted” is a misnomer since DU contains about 60% of the radioactivity found in natural uranium.
Pentagon has estimated that 320 tons of depleted uranium was fired by US and UK units in the first Gulf War. Some experts put the numbers as high as 800 tons. U.S. and British warplanes dropped about 31,000 DU shells of various calibers on Kosovo and Serbia during the 1999 bombing campaign. Approximately 2000 tons or more were detonated in the second gulf war.
350 tons of uranium is equal to about a kilogram of plutonium.
- Dr. Chris Busby
Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki
According to Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki “DU dust-like particles can enter human bodies, and once taken into the body, they will become tens of millions times more hazardous. Newly released data indicate that low-level radiation is more likely to cause biochemical abnormalities than intensive high-level radiation. It is wrong to make light of the hazard of low-level radiation.” DU is a little different then other forms of radioactive material. It only emits alpha and beta radiation. A piece of paper will stop it. So the military feels comfortable lying about its danger. However, when it is in the lungs or elsewhere in the body, it is in contact with living tissue, bombarding that tissue with low level radiation for the rest of your life. That radiation will lead to cancers, genetic damage, a list of chronic diseases and eventual death.
When uranium burns into particles, it will enter human bodies
ingested with drinking water and food, or inhaled with air. In this case,
the whole radiation and chemical toxicity will be released in the body.
- Professor Katsuma Yagasaki
Yagasaki continues saying, “One alpha particle passes hundred thousand atoms before it stops, blowing out hundred thousand electrons constituting a molecule. The destruction (ionization) of molecules will damage DNA, or will induce mutation in the cellular structure itself. There will be a great possibility of only one depleted uranium particle causing cancers and organ disorder. With the half-life of DU being 4.5 billion years, there will be almost no change in the rate of alpha emission 10,000 or 100,000 years later. This means once DU is inside the body, one will remain exposed to radiation as long as he/she lives unless it is discharged, while the environment continues to be polluted forever.”
In Afghanistan, where 800 to 1000 tons of depleted uranium
was estimated to have been used in 2001, even uneducated
Afghanis understand the impact these weapons have
had on their children and on future generations.
Dr Chris Busby
“The military know perfectly well that DU has all these effects, but they want to use it because it wins them the battles. It has actually destroyed tank warfare. Tanks are of no use any more, because they can come down with an A10 with a Gatling gun, fire these cheap bits of nuclear waste, and just wipe them out,” said Dr Chris Busby, Secretary at the European Committee on Radiation Risk and an international expert on low-level radiation.
The United States has fought four nuclear wars, and just this year has science started to show the fallout from these wars showing up far from the battlefields. The Sunday Times Online, on February 19, 2006, reported on a shocking scientific study authored by British scientists Dr. Chris Busby and Saoirse Morgan. Below is a graph from that study showing measurements of uranium taken over England, information that had to be pried with legal crowbars to be released. Notice the strong spike in radiation thousands of miles away at exactly the time of the second gulf war.
After the “Shock and Awe” campaign in Iraq in 2003, very fine particles of depleted uranium were captured with larger sand and dust particles in filters in Britain. These particles traveled in 7-9 days from Iraqi battlefields as far as 2400 miles away. The radiation measured in the atmosphere quadrupled within a few weeks after the beginning of the 2003 campaign, and at one of the 5 monitoring locations, the levels twice required an official alert to the British Environment Agency.
Within nine days of the start of the Iraq war on March 19, 2003,
higher levels of uranium were picked up on five sites in Berkshire.
- London Times
This is such earth shattering information that many officials in England were immediately forced to move into denial mode. The Ministry of Defense refused to acknowledge the possibility of any connection between the use of atomic weaponry in Iraq and these readings in England saying the uranium was of a “natural origin” and there was no evidence that depleted uranium had reached Britain from Iraq. Perhaps there was a volcano eruption that went unnoticed or a flyby UFO with a radioactive tail; when it comes to the military any excuse but the truth will do.
According to Dr. Chris Busby and Dr. Saoirse Morgan, who forced the British government to release the above information published in January of this year. “On the basis of the mean increase in uranium in air of about 500nBq/m3 we use respiration data on standard man to calculate that each person in the area inhaled some 23 million uranium particles of diameter 0.25 microns. As far as we know, this is the first evidence that uranium aerosols from battle use have been shown to travel so far.” In their earth shaking report they make it clear that the “evidence from the present analysis is implicit in the results; i.e. the increases found clearly demonstrate that the uranium particles are capable of long distance travel.”
Busby and Morgan continue saying, “Despite many pieces of evidence that the uranium aerosols are long lived in the environment and are able to travel considerable distances, this is the first evidence as far as we know, that they are able to travel thousands of miles. The distance traveled from Baghdad to Reading following the wind patterns implicit in the pressure systems at the time is about 2500 miles. Although this transport may be hard to believe at first, the regular desert sand events which occur in the UK should teach us that the planet is not such a large place, and that with regard to certain long lived atmospheric pollutants, no man is an island.”
 In 1991 she became a whistleblower at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, and since then has worked as an independent citizen scientist and radiation specialist in communities around the world, and contributed to the UN subcommission investigating depleted uranium. She is on the organizing committee of the World Committee on Radiation Risk (WCRR), an organization of independent radiation specialists including members of the radiation committee in the EU Parliament – European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR). She is an Environmental Commissioner for the City of Berkeley. Her investigation of depleted uranium particle size formed under high temperature conditions on the battlefield is a critical depleted uranium issue. The production of particles in very high concentrations and numbers results in the permanent suspension of depleted uranium particulate matter in the atmosphere. This has been ignored, but is a major contributor to adverse health effects caused by DU exposure. [see Letter to Congressman McDermott - http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2003/Leuren-Moret-Gen-Groves21feb03.htm].
 The Petkau effect: discovered by Abram Petkau at the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment, Manitoba, Canada in 1972 Dr. Petkau discovered that at 26 rads per minute (fast-dose rate) it required a total dose of 3,500 rads to destroy a cell membrane. However, at 0.001 rad per minute (slow dose rate), it required only 0.7 rad to destroy the cell membrane. The mechanism at the slow-dose rate is the production of free radicals of oxygen (O2 with a negative electrical charge) by the ionizing effect of the radiation. The sparsely distributed free radicals generated at the slow-dose rate have a better probability of reaching and reacting with the cell wall than do the densely crowded free radicals produced by fast-dose rates.
 Uranium burns intensely when heated in the air, and it spontaneously ignites when it becomes dust. This is why DU shells, hitting the target, burn in intense fire upon impact and by the heat created. As long as they stay “outside the body even after becoming particles,” they are not very hazardous. Although the whole alpha rays disintegrate into a size that can effectively be emitted out of the particles, the detected radiation dosage will be far less than the actual dosage, because alpha particles are blocked by environmental substances. Even when emitted over the human body, alpha rays will not go through the skin, slightly affecting the internal organs. In the case of DU existing outside the human body, the exposed dose measured per weight will be low. The nature of slow decay and this is why such DU is considered to be “low-level radioactive,” with its danger often underestimated. This holds true only for the case of DU remaining outside bodies, and it in no way represents the actual danger DU can pose to human bodies.
 “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)
 An international expert on low level radiation, Busby serves as an official advisor on several British government committees, and co-authored an independent report on low level radiation with 45 scientists, the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), for the European Parliament. He was able to get Aldermaston air monitoring data from Halliburton /AWE by filing a Freedom of Information request using a new British law which became effective January 1, 2005; but the data for 2003 was missing. He obtained the 2003 data from the Defence Procurement Agency.
 Thus it is clear that just under half the total mass of the uranium oxide consists of particles smaller than the wavelength of visible light, particles whose behaviour may be taken to approximate to that of a gas. Therefore the dispersion of such material may be expected to be similar to the dispersion of radioactive gases from nuclear accidents like the Chernobyl accident. It is merely a question of examining airflow patterns to see if air from Iraq could have reached the UK and Europe. And research showed that meteorological conditions at the time of the initial bombing were anomalous, and such that there was probably airflow from Iraq to Europe.