re: DU


Much of the information is extracted from National Security Archives and US Government Documents. Depleted Uranium armourments were sold by Defense Contractors to the Pentagon during the Bush, Sr. era, even though documentation by US scientists leading as far back as 1943 warned of the hazards of it's use.
DU weapons were first deployed in Desert Storm on January 17, 1991 - which was authorized by Security Council Resolution 678 and President Bush, Sr. International Law restricts the use of DU munitions as in violation of the Geneva convention. Done a lot of digging on the subject over the past 10 years, and if you want sources, do your own research. The statistics quoted are at the low end of the range of completed studies, with the exception of the 65% effected GI's who were exposed rate which was a quote from Major Doug Rokke; who was in charge of DU 'damage control' for the US Army; and independent studies of Veterans refused treatment for leukemias and other radiation related symptoms.
Proponents - the current US Government. Opponents - the World in general, including Germany, France, Australia, Canada - and now the British, who were swept along by admonishments by the US that DU was safe and assisted in dumping tons of this crap on civilian populations. And I think we are all aware how the the British tend to kowtow to the US - at least intitally.
The Pentagon has refused to acknowledge the hazards of DU, and continues to whitewash the growing body of evidence and scientific community opposition.
And isn't it odd how even Aljazeera was suddenly stripped of all DU related information subsequent to US control. This current clan is the clumsiest bunch of wanna-be propagandists I've ever seen.
Leading Scientists in Opposition include:
Dr. Chris Busby, British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talks of the best-kept secret of this war: the fact that by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq, Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world.
Leuren Moret, former Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab scientist, now working with a group of independent scientists called the Radiation and Public Health Project http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2003/Leuren-Moret-Gen-Groves21feb03.htm
Eric Wright, Professor of Experimental Haematology at Dundee University Gen. L.R. Groves, in 1943, on a blueprint for DU. Piotr Bein, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Karen Parker, J.D., Diplome (Strasbourg) World Uranium Weapons Conference 2003, Hamburg Germany. Major Doug Rokke, who was in charge of DU 'damage control' for the US Army.
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