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Depleted Uranium (DU) – A One Page Tutorial: Deadly, easy to understand, a risk for US soldiers and Iraqi civilians

News-U-Need-R-U Staff, February 8, 2006

White Plains, NY. DU is a radioactive, heavy metal denser than lead, which allows it to penetrate armor easily. Additionally, when DU hits a tank's metal armor, the heat of the impact can melt the armor and generate clouds of DU dust which can be inhaled or ingested by soldiers or civilians. The DU particles lodged inside bodies become a nightmare for health hazard.

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 14-year period. Also, the Free Press reported 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

This evidence shows that of the three effects that DU has on biological systems - radiation, chemical and particulate – the particulate effect from nano-size particles is the most dominant one immediately after exposure and targets the Master Code in the DNA. This is bad news, but it explains why DU causes a myriad of diseases that are difficult to define.

In simple words, DU “trashes the body.” When asked if the main purpose for using it was for destroying things and killing people, Fulk (Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist retired from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab) was more specific: “I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people.”

In early September 2003, Army National Guard Spec. Gerard Darren Matthew was sent home from Iraq, stricken by a sudden illness. One side of Matthew's face would swell up each morning. He had constant migraine headaches, blurred vision, blackouts and a burning sensation whenever he urinated. Shortly after his return, his wife became pregnant. On June 29, 2004, she gave birth to a baby girl who was missing three fingers and most of her right hand. He has seen photos of Iraqi babies born with deformities that are eerily similar.

Matthew believed that his illness and his daughter's deformity were caused by his exposure to depleted uranium (DU), a component used in tank armor and weapon shells. He asked the Army to test his urine for DU, but never got the test results. Finally Matthew sought help from the New York Daily News to arrange for independent urine testing for DU. He tested positive for depleted uranium (DU).

The U.S. Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute has found that DU produced chromosome (genetic) damage and caused delayed reproductive death (J. Inorg. Biochem. 2002, 91: 246-52 and J. Environ. Radioact. 2003, 64: 247-59). In 2002, the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights declared that DU was a weapon of mass destruction, and its use a breach of international law.

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Articles referenced: 062505Iraq Vets Speak of DU Poison, www.rocklandaction.org and
A death sentence here and abroad by Leuren Moret http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/Depleteduranium081804.shtml

 



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