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U.S. ARMY has used Depleted Uranium
in IRAQ for 12 yrs
Dr. Helen Caldicott says Iraqui babies are being born with no brains, spina bifida! THE USE OF THIS FOUL SUBSTANCE will one day be told in history books, to accuse all of us of being willing followers of Nazis!
WAKE UP AMERICA.
1. Pre-Desert Storm Reports from Dr. Caldicott:
DEPLETED URANIUM, D.U. lasts four hundred million years. IT SATURATES IRAQ now! "Aerosol DU exposures to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant with potential radiological and toxicological effects." "Under combat conditions, the most exposed individuals are probably the ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following the exchange of armor-piercing munitions, either on foot or motorized transports."
"We are simply highlighting the potential for levels of [DU] exposure to military personnel during combat that would be unacceptable during peacetime operations."
"Following combats however, the condition of the baffiefteld, and the long-term health risks to natives and combat veterans may become issues in the acceptitbility of the continued use of DU kinetic energy penetrators for military applications."
Depleted uranium is a "low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and] chemical toxicity causing kidney damage."
"Short term effects of high doses can result in death, while long terrn effects of low doses have been implicated in cancer."
"Personnel in or near (less than approximately
50 meters) an armored vehicle at the time these vehicles were struck by
depleted uranium munitions could receive significant internal DU exposures
(i.e. those in excess of allowable standards)."
(Statement of Col. Eric Daxon, Radiation Protection Staff Officer. US Army Medical Command
"Our conclusions regarding the health and environmental acceptability of DU penetratois assume both controlled use and the presence of excellent health physics management practices. Combat conditions will lead to the uncontrolled release of DU. Individuals consulted have generally responded to this issue by saying it is irrelevant, or insignificant compared to the other risks of combat. However, environmental issues will arise if DU is used in combat."
II. Post-Desert Storm Reports:
"There has been and continues to be a concern regarding the impact of DU on the environment. Therefore, if no one makes a case for the effectiveness of DU on the battlefield, DU rounds may become politically unacceptable and thus, be deleted from the arsenal ... I believe we should keep this sensitive issue at mind when after action reports are written."(Lt. Col. M.V. Ziehmn. Los Alamos
"When DU is indicted as a causative agent for
Desert Storm illness, the Army must have sufficient data to separate fiction
from reality. Without forethought and data, the financial implications
of long-term disability payments and health-care costs would be excessive."
(Lt. Army Environmental Policy Institute"U.S. service personnel also could have been exposed to DU if they inhaled or ingested DU dust particles during incidental contact with vehicles destroyed by DU munitions, or if they lived or worked in areas contaminated with DU dust from accidental munitions fires. Thus, unnecessary exposure of many individuals could have occurred.'' GULF WAR DISEASE IS endemic! What do you mean, could have?
"Army officials believe that DU protective methods can be ignored during battle and other life threatening situations because DU-related health risks are greatly outweighed by the risks of combat." (US General Accounting Office, Operation Desert Storm:
"Soldiers may be incidentally exposed to DU from dust and smoke on the battlefield. The Army Surgeon General has determined that it is unlikely that these soldiers will receive a significant internal DU exposure. Medical follow-up is not warranted for soldiers who experience incidental exposure from dust or smoke."
"Since DU weapons are openly available on the world arms market, DU weapons will be used in future conflicts ... The number of DU patients on future battlefields probably will be significantly higher because other countries will use systems containing DU."
"DU is a low-level radioactive waste, and, therefore, must be disposed in a licensed repository.''"No international law, treaty, regulation, or custom requires the United States to remediate Persian Gulf War battlefields.''"Depleted uranium is more of a problem than we thought when it was developed. But it was developed according to standards and was thought through very carefully. It turned out, perhaps, to be wrong." (Brent Scowcroft. former National Security Advisor to President Bush. THE USE OF THIS FOUL SUBSTANCE will one day be told to accuse all of us of being willing followers of Nazis! WAKE UP AMERICA.
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ON THIS URANIUM MATTER.
Perpetual Death From America
Afghan-American Freelance Academic
a Human Shield
by KEN O'KEEFE
Gulf War I Veteran!!
Live from Baghdad
Sunday 16 February
Finally, after a long delay in Rome and a few passport
hiccups in Turkey, I
arrived in Baghdad yesterday on a flight from Jordan. It's been a long and
winding road, but we human shields who started out from London on 25 January
are all in Baghdad now and doing what we set out to do.
Not all of us made it, of course. Some had to go
home. Others plan to go
back soon, for good reasons of their own. And, as many British newspapers
gleefully reported, there were disagreements and difficulties along the way.
One of the three double-deckers we left London in--mine--broke down in Italy
and we were stuck there for some time. I was thrown out of Turkey when the
authorities refused to recognise my "Citizen of the World" passport. For
everyone, the journey was long, cold, exhausting and not much fun. But now
we are here, in Baghdad. And, as I had hoped and expected, that has put
everything in perspective. The in-fighting and the politics has diminished
and now we're focusing on what we're here for.
The only thing that still upsets me about the politics
and the conflicts
that broke out on the way here is the amount of energy it drained away,
energy that would have been better used for more important things. I did the
best I could to try to avoid it, but what can you say? As for the press
focusing on the negative--well, that's their job, to downplay the power
people have to effect a better world. Trust the experts, trust the
politicians, that's their message. To me, that's all good. Keep writing that
rubbish, I say, because our power is growing.
Tuesday 18 February
I'm staying in a double room at the two-star Hotel
Andalus in the middle of
Baghdad. By Western standards it's below par--the carpets are really
dirty--but as far as I'm concerned it's pretty comfortable, especially after
sleeping on the floor of a freezing bus. The Iraqi government has supplied
us all with accommodation at one of three city-centre hotels: even though
some people had brought tents, the government wouldn't allow us to use them.
It costs those of us who are paying our way about $30 a night, an expense
none of us wanted to incur; we didn't come to Iraq to stay in hotels.
More human shields are arriving every day. People
are coming who never even
contacted our office in London: they have just driven or flown into Jordan
and then made their way across the desert to Baghdad. I don't know how many
we are now, but it's certainly in the hundreds; there's no way of working
out a more concrete number, because part of the strength of this movement is
that it's not centralised--you don't have to go through a central office to
join in. So there are people here I've never spoken to and who have never
formally contacted us; I keep running into them on the street.
And they come from everywhere. A group of Slovenians
has just arrived and a
few days ago I met a delegation from South Africa. The group of human
shields includes Spaniards, Turks and Italians, as well as Brits and
Americans. There's even a group of American Baptists who call themselves the
Voices in the Wilderness.
I'm glad that southern people from oppressed places
such as Turkey are
joining the movement because these are the people that I relate to best.
After leaving the US Marines in 1992, I lived in Hawaii where I became an
environmental activist. The Hawaiian people are thoroughly oppressed, but
they became my true family; I relate to them far better than to wealthy,
Thursday 20 February
I get up at about 8am every morning, but after
that, every day is different.
There could be a press conference, interviews, or meetings with other
protesters; I've even spent one afternoon playing football against some
locals. In the evenings there are either more meetings or we try to go out
and have some fun: we go out to juice bars, have dinner, or play soccer. But
we don't have complete freedom of movement, of course.
We've been making our plans for the next few days.
The idea is to spread out
across the country, deploying human shields at power and electricity plants
around Baghdad, with big banners pointing upwards. to the sky. I'm thinking
of sending the GPS co-ordinates to Bush so he knows exactly where we are.
There's been talk in Western newspapers that the
US intends to defeat Iraq
while leaving the infrastructure intact. But I fought with the US Marines in
the first Gulf War and I know one or two things about war. Every soldier
knows that if your water is running and your electricity is functioning and
you are well-armed, you are going to be much more willing to fight than if
you don't have those things. Any soldier knows that in order to win, and win
fast, you need to demoralise and crush the civilian population.
So I don't believe for a second this idea that
the US military will leave
the electricity and the water intact. What are they going to do, send in
50,000-100,000 ground troops into a city where everybody's armed and there's
a sizeable military force? That would be the military disaster of all
disasters, and could destroy America.
No, the Americans and the British know how to fight
this war. People who
understand even the basics of war know that they've got to do basically what
they did the first time. The Americans know that the chaos and mayhem that
follow when the civilian population has been crushed and demoralised will
make their job much easier. The difference is that, this time, groups of 15
or 20 white, Western humans shields will be out there across Iraq, deployed
at the electricity plants and the water treatment facilities, making it much
more difficult for the US to attack.
Friday 21 February
We've just had a load more TJP ("Truth, Justice,
Peace") T-shirts printed up
out here for the shields to wear. They have the words "human shield" on them
in English and Arabic, and also a quote form Gandhi: "Peace will not come
out of a clash of arms, but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations
in the face of odds." We get a good reaction when we wear them: the city,
though not as bad as many people would envisage, is pretty downtrodden, but
the people are wonderful. They greet us with smiles and genuine
appreciation, and I definitely believe they know why we're here. There are
lots of cars on the streets--many American cars, strangely enough--and they
honk their horns all the time. But I can't be sure whether they're doing
that for us or not. As for the Iraqi authorities, well, most of the human
shields have had minimal contact with them, although us organisers have had
some dealings with them. They are quite relaxed and friendly towards us, and
seem very happy to have us here.
Our power is growing: more people are coming--by
Sunday there will be 130 of
us. The fact that the US administration and the British are talking about
human shields--the Foreign Office gave out a warning the other day saying
there is a chance that people will be used as human shields--you can see
they're worried. They are frightened.
I conceived the idea of human shields because the
British Government does
not make decisions according to the wishes of the voters but at the bidding
of those who are pulling the politicians' strings. And they are threatening
to lead us directly into the Third World War and that's why it's so
important that we act now to stop this insanity. I came to these views
through years of independent study, Noam Chomsky being a pretty important
influence. And it became obvious to me that the United States is anything
but a friend of freedom and democracy. I don't have any doubt whatsoever
that if people knew the truth, especially the American people, they'd be
sick to their stomachs. Being an activist by nature I've simply applied that
knowledge in the direction that I have and in what I'm doing today.
Sunday 23 February
The atmosphere amongst the human shields is generally
very positive, but
there are some conflicts, and I haven't decided yet at which installations
in or around Baghdad we will take up positions. In fact, I'm not sure which
one I'm going to.
So that's one of the things we will be doing in
the days ahead. Another
priority for me is to go to Basra and document some of the direct impact of
depleted uranium on the communities living there.
During the first Gulf War depleted uranium was
standard issue for tank
rounds. But it's nuclear waste. From the standpoint of both the military and
the nuclear industry, it's a happy solution to a big problem: there's really
no way to dispose of depleted uranium that isn't going to be hazardous, so
to use it for tank rounds is a brilliant get-out for then. But the genetic
damage to communities living in areas where those rounds exploded has been
devastating. One of the things we want to do urgently is to hold a press
conference in Baghdad on this issue, with some doctors or scientists who can
answer some of the technical questions. Ideally, it would be great if we
could get some non-Iraqi sources to show their evidence as well, because
there is a lot of credible literature about the effects of depleted uranium.
But in the circumstances, I don't know if such experts will be available.
Beyond those goals, my main mission is to try to
make the West understand
that the Iraqi people are people, just people. I want to share that with my
countrymen. I would like to start a book on that subject on our website,
writing about 100 Iraqi people who are just like you and me. It would show
the world that these are people who have their own desires, their favourite
foods, their goals in life and so on. I'd ask them, how do you feel about
George Bush? How do you feel about the American people? Anything to humanise
the Iraqis. Ideally, it would encourage more people to come here as human
shields, or, if war does break out, to come to help the Iraqi people recover
when it's over.
Monday 24 February
People ask us how long we can hold out. Won't we
run out of money? Well,
it's cheap here. Food is really cheap. I'm a vegetarian, and I'm eating
humus, pitta bread, salad, potatoes. I'm committed; I'm not leaving here
until there's nothing more I can do. And even then I might stay. People are
wonderful here. And though it would be a frightening place for me with a
puppet gov- ernment put in by the US, I think it would be very useful to
document what really happens if they get their puppets in here.
Another thing I'm asked is whether I'm frightened
of being killed. Of
course, there's a possibility that I could be arrested, prosecuted for high
treason, made an example of. That would be fine with me. I can see that day
might come. Some of the best and greatest people our world has ever known
have been imprisoned for their beliefs. I think going to prison is almost an
inevitability for somebody who's really serious about effecting a better
world and fighting for justice and freedom. So if I go, I will be a bona
fide political prisoner, that's for sure.
People will continue to mock and vilify the human
shields, the way the press
has been doing since we set out. It's true we were not well organised:
ideally, the whole thing would have been planned long in advance. But that
wasn't the way it happened: it spontaneously came together in a big rush. So
of course it is messy. But that's not important. It's not like a military
operation, a surgical strike, a human smart bomb. What I've been talking
about is a mass migration, persuading thousands of people to come here.
The buses were only the start of it, a good way
to publicise what we were
doing. After that it obviously makes more sense for people to fly in. And
that's what they are doing now. We are using the fact that for America and
the West, a white, Western life is worth hundreds of times more than a
brown, Middle-Eastern life. And if there are hundreds, even thousands, of us
spread across Iraq, it will simply be impossible for this war to start.
Ken O'Keefe is a former Marine and veteran of the first Gulf War.
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