This is the best article on DU that I have found yet, by the world's expert
on the subject, former Livermore scientist.
Dirty Bombs, Dirty Missiles, Dirty Bullets
A death sentence here and abroad
LEUREN MORET / San Francisco Bay View 18aug04
At an April press conference, a group of New York Army National Guard vets
raised their hands when asked if they have health problems. The soldiers,
all from the 442nd Military Police Company, are complaining of headaches and
fatigue after what they think is exposure to depleted uranium during their
recent tour in Iraq.
“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign
policy.” - Henry Kissinger, quoted in “Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United
States Betrayed Its Own POW’s in Vietnam”
Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions
and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most
devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four
nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange,
meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast
regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently
contaminated with radiation.
And what about our soldiers? 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.
This week the American Free Press dropped a “dirty bomb” on the Pentagon by
reporting 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. Vaccines are
not known to cause cancer. One of the first published researchers on Gulf
War Syndrome, who also served in 1991 in Iraq, Dr. Andras Korényi-Both, is
in agreement with Barbara Goodno from the Department of Defense’s Deployment
Health Support Directorate, that in this war soldiers were not exposed to
chemicals, pesticides, bioagents or other suspect causes this time to
confuse the issue.
This powerful new evidence is blowing holes in the cover-up perpetrated by
the Pentagon and three presidential administrations ever since DU was first
used in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War. Fourteen years after the introduction
of DU on the battlefield in 1991, the long-term effects have revealed that
DU is a death sentence and very nasty stuff.
Scientists studying the biological effects of uranium in the 1960s reported
that it targets the DNA. Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist retired
from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab and formerly involved with the
Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in soldiers
from the 2003 war as “spectacular … and a matter of concern.”
This evidence shows that of the three effects which 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 which 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 was more
specific: “I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of
Soldiers developing malignancies so quickly since 2003 can be expected to
develop multiple cancers from independent causes. This phenomenon has been
reported by doctors in hospitals treating civilians following NATO bombing
with DU in Yugoslavia in 1998-1999 and the U.S. military invasion of Iraq
using DU for the first time in 1991. Medical experts report that this
phenomenon of multiple malignancies from unrelated causes has been unknown
until now and is a new syndrome associated with internal DU exposure.
Just 467 U.S. personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in
1990-1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are
dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This
astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of
those soldiers who served now have medical problems.
The number of disabled vets reported up to 2000 has been increasing by
43,000 every year. Brad Flohr of the Department of Veterans Affairs told
American Free Press that he believes there are more disabled vets now than
even after World War II.
They brought it home
Not only were soldiers exposed to DU on and off the battlefields, but they
brought it home. DU in the semen of soldiers internally contaminated their
wives, partners and girlfriends. Tragically, some women in their 20s and 30s
who were sexual partners of exposed soldiers developed endometriosis and
were forced to have hysterectomies because of health problems.
In a group of 251 soldiers from a study group in Mississippi who had all had
normal babies before the Gulf War, 67 percent of their post-war babies were
born with severe birth defects. They were born with missing legs, arms,
organs or eyes or had immune system and blood diseases. In some veterans’
families now, the only normal or healthy members of the family are the
children born before the war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that they do not keep records
of birth defects occurring in families of veterans.
How did they hide it?
Before a new weapons system can be used, it must be fully tested. The
blueprint for depleted uranium weapons is a 1943 declassified document from
the Manhattan Project.
Harvard President and physicist James B. Conant, who developed poison gas in
World War I, was brought into the Manhattan Project by the father of
presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry’s father served at a high level in
the Manhattan Project and was a CIA agent.
Conant was chair of the S-1 Poison Gas Committee, which recommended
developing poison gas weapons from the radioactive trash of the atomic bomb
project in World War II. At that time, it was known that radioactive
materials dispersed in bombs from the air, from land vehicles or on the
battlefield produced very fine radioactive dust which would penetrate all
protective clothing, any gas mask or filter or the skin. By contaminating
the lungs and blood, it could kill or cause illness very quickly.
They also recommended it as a permanent terrain contaminant, which could be
used to destroy populations by contaminating water supplies and agricultural
land with the radioactive dust.
The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968, and DU
weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S. supervision in
the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs.
The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS Bigelow out of
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons have been sold by the
U.S. to 29 countries.
Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from 1974-1999
at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and at civilian labs
under contract. Today 42 states are contaminated with DU from manufacture,
testing and deployment.
Women living around these facilities have reported increases in
endometriosis, birth defects in babies, leukemia in children and cancers and
other diseases in adults. Thousands of tons of DU weapons tested for decades
by the Navy on four bombing and gunnery ranges around Fallon, Nevada, is no
doubt the cause of the fastest growing leukemia cluster in the U.S. over the
past decade. The military denies that DU is the cause.
The medical profession has been active in the cover-up - just as they were
in hiding the effects from the American public - of low level radiation from
atmospheric testing and nuclear power plants. A medical doctor in Northern
California reported being trained by the Pentagon with other doctors, months
before the 2003 war started, to diagnose and treat soldiers returning from
the 2003 war for mental problems only.
Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating returning
soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked about the
soldiers or their medical problems. They were also threatened with jail.
Reporters have also been prevented access to more than 14,000 medically
evacuated soldiers flown nightly since the 2003 war in C-150s from Germany
who are brought to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, D.C.
Dr. Robert Gould, former president of the Bay Area chapter of Physicians for
Social Responsibility (PSR), has contacted three medical doctors since
February 2004, after I had been invited to speak about DU. Dr. Katharine
Thomasson, president of the Oregon chapter of the PSR, informed me that Dr.
Gould had contacted her and tried to convince her to cancel her invitation
for me to speak about DU at Portland State University on April 12. Although
I was able to do a presentation, Dr. Thomasson told me I could only talk
about DU in Oregon “and nothing overseas … nothing political.”
Dr. Gould also contacted and discouraged Dr. Ross Wilcox in Toronto, Canada,
from inviting me to speak to Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), the
Canadian equivalent of PSR, several months later. When that didn’t work, he
contacted Dr. Allan Connoly, the Canadian national president of PGS, who was
able to cancel my invitation and nearly succeeded in preventing Dr. Wilcox,
his own member, from showing photos and presenting details on civilians
suffering from DU exposure and cancer provided to him by doctors in southern
Dr. Janette Sherman, a former and long-standing member of PSR, reported that
she finally quit some time after being invited to lunch by a new PSR
executive administrator. After the woman had pumped Dr. Sherman for
information all through lunch about her position on key issues, the woman
informed Dr. Sherman that her last job had been with the CIA.
How was the truth about DU hidden from military personnel serving in
successive DU wars? Before his tragic death, Sen. Paul Wellstone informed
Joyce Riley, R.N., B.S.N., executive director of the American Gulf War
Veterans Association, that 95 percent of Gulf War veterans had been recycled
out of the military by 1995. Any of those continuing in military service
were isolated from each other, preventing critical information being
transferred to new troops. The “next DU war” had already been planned, and
those planning it wanted “no skunk at the garden party.”
The US has a dirty (DU) little (CIA) secret
A new book just published at the American Free Press by Michael Collins
Piper, “The High Priests of War: The Secret History of How America’s
Neo-Conservative Trotskyites Came to Power and Orchestrated the War Against
Iraq as the First Step in Their Drive for Global Empire,” details the early
plans for a war against the Arab world by Henry Kissinger and the neo-cons
in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That just happens to coincide with
getting the DU “show on the road” and the oil crisis in the Middle East,
which caused concern not only to President Nixon. The British had been
plotting and scheming for control of the oil in Iraq for decades since first
using poison gas on the Iraqis and Kurds in 1912.
The book details the creation of the neo-cons by their “godfather” and
Trotsky lover Irving Kristol, who pushed for a “war against terrorism” long
before 9/11 and was lavishly funded for years by the CIA. His son, William
Kristol, is one of the most influential men in the United States.
Both are public relations men for the Israeli lobby’s neo-conservative
network, with strong ties to Rupert Murdoch. Kissinger also has ties to this
network and the Carlyle Group, who, one could say, have facilitated these
omnicidal wars beginning from the time former President Bush took office. It
would be easy to say that we are recycling World Wars I and II, with the
When I asked Vietnam Special Ops Green Beret Capt. John McCarthy, who could
have devised this omnicidal plan to use DU to destroy the genetic code and
genetic future of large populations of Arabs and Moslems in the Middle East
and Central Asia - just coincidentally the areas where most of the world’s
oil deposits are located - he replied: “It has all the handprints of Henry
In Zbigniew Brzezinski’s book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its
Geostrategic Imperatives, the map of the Eurasian chessboard includes four
regions strategic to U.S. foreign policy. The “South” region corresponds
precisely to the regions now contaminated permanently with radiation from
U.S. bombs, missiles and bullets made with thousands of tons of DU.
A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800 tons of DU is
the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The U.S. has used more DU
since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Four
nuclear wars indeed, and 10 times the amount of radiation released into the
atmosphere from atmospheric testing!
No wonder our soldiers, their families and the people of the Middle East,
Yugoslavia and Central Asia are sick. But as Henry Kissinger said after
Vietnam when our soldiers came home ill from Agent Orange, “Military men are
just dumb stupid animals to be used for foreign policy.”
Unfortunately, more and more of those soldiers are men and women with brown
skin. And unfortunately, the DU radioactive dust will be carried around the
world and deposited in our environments just as the “smog of war” from the
1991 Gulf War was found in deposits in South America, the Himalayas and
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 aren’t telling us? I know that depleted uranium is a death
sentence … for all of us. We will all die in silent ways.
To learn more
Sources used in this story that readers are encouraged to consult:
American Free Press four-part series on DU by Christopher Bollyn.
Part I: “Depleted Uranium: U.S. Commits War Crime Against Iraq,
Part II: “Cancer Epidemic Caused by U.S. WMD: MD Says Depleted Uranium
Definitively Linked,” www.americanfreepress.net/html/cancer_epidemic_.html
August 2004 World Affairs Journal. Leuren Moret: “Depleted Uranium: The
Trojan Horse of Nuclear War”
August 2004 Coastal Post Online. Carol Sterrit: “Marin Depleted Uranium
Resolution Heats Up – GI’s Will Come Home To A Slow Death,”
World Depleted Uranium Weapons Conference, Hamburg, Germany, October 16-19,
International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan. Written opinion of Judge
“Discounted Casualties: The Human Cost of Nuclear War” by Akira Tashiro,
foreword by Leuren Moret, www.chugoku-np.co.jp/abom/uran/index_e.html
Leuren Moret is a geoscientist who has worked around the world on radiation
issues, educating citizens, the media, members of parliaments and Congress
and other officials. She became a whistleblower in 1991 at the Livermore
Nuclear Weapons Lab after experiencing major science fraud on the Yucca
Mountain Project. An environmental commissioner in the City of Berkeley, she
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