Depleted Uranium - Far Worse Than 9/11
Depleted Uranium Dust - Public Health Disaster For The People Of
Iraq and Afghanistan
By Douglas Westerman
-- - In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles
escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany,
N.Y.,which was manufacturing DU weapons for the U.S military.
The particles traveled 26 miles and were discovered in a
laboratory filter by Dr. Leonard Dietz, a nuclear physicist.
This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for
releasing morethan 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere
every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties
costing over 100 million dollars.
Imagine a far worse scenario. Terrorists acquire a million
pounds of the deadly dust and scatter it in populated areas
throughout the U.S. Hundreds of children report symptoms. Many
acquire cancer and leukemia, suffering an early and painful
death. Huge increases in severe birth defects are reported.
Oncologists are overwhelmed. Soccer fields, sand lots and parks,
traditional play areas for kids, are no longer safe. People lose
their most basic freedom, the ability to go outside and safely
breathe. Sounds worse than 9/11? Welcome to Iraq and
Dr. Jawad Al-Ali (55), director of the Oncology Center at the
largest hospital in Basra, Iraq stated, at a recent ( 2003)
conference in Japan:
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