Depleted uranium is WMD
Creek Enquirer" -- -- My grandfather, U.S. Army Col. Edwin Joseph McAllister, was
born in Battle Creek in 1895. He does not know that his first
grandchild is an international expert on depleted uranium. I have
worked in two U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, and in 1991 I
became a whistleblower at the Livermore lab. Depleted uranium is
very, very, very nasty stuff:
Depleted uranium (DU) weaponry meets the definition of weapon
of mass destruction in two out of three categories under U.S.
Federal Code Title 50 Chapter 40 Section 2302.
- DU weaponry violates all international treaties and
agreements, Hague and Geneva war conventions, the 1925 Geneva
gas protocol, U.S. laws and U.S. military law.
- Since 1991, the U.S. has released the radioactive atomicity
equivalent of at least 400,000 Nagasaki bombs into the global
atmosphere. That is 10 times the amount released during
atmospheric testing which was the equivalent of 40,000
Hiroshima bombs. The U.S. has permanently contaminated the
global atmosphere with radioactive pollution having a
half-life of 2.5 billion years.
- The U.S. has illegally conducted four nuclear wars in
Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and twice in Iraq since 1991, calling
DU "conventional" weapons when in fact they are
- DU on the battlefield has three effects on living systems:
it is a heavy metal "chemical" poison, a
"radioactive" poison and has a
"particulate" effect due to the very tiny size of
the particles that are 0.1 microns and smaller.
- The blueprint for DU weaponry is a 1943 Manhattan Project
memo to Gen. L. Groves that recommended development of
radioactive materials as poison gas weapons - dirty bombs,
dirty missiles and dirty bullets.
- DU weapons are very effective kinetic energy penetrators,
but even more effective bioweapons since uranium has a strong
chemical affinity for phosphate structures concentrated in
- DU is the Trojan Horse of nuclear war - it keeps giving and
keeps killing. There is no way to clean it up, and no way to
turn it off because it continues to decay into other
radioactive isotopes in over 20 steps.
- Terry Jemison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
stated in August 2004 that over 518,000 Gulf-era veterans
(14-year period) are now on medical disability, and that 7,039
were wounded on the battlefield in that same period. Over
500,000 U.S. veterans are homeless.
- In some studies of soldiers who had normal babies before the
war, 67 percent of the post-war babies are born with severe
birth defects - missing brains, eyes, organs, legs and arms,
and blood diseases.
- In southern Iraq, scientists are reporting five times higher
levels of gamma radiation in the air, which increases the
radioactive body burden daily of inhabitants. In fact, Iraq,
Yugoslavia and Afghanistan are uninhabitable.
- Cancer starts with one alpha particle under the right
conditions. One gram of DU is the size of a period in this
sentence and releases 12,000 alpha particles per second.
Before my grandfather died, he told me that his generation
had made a mess of this planet. I wonder what he would say to
me now I would tell him to see "Beyond Treason" (www.beyondtreason.com),
a new documentary about the history of treason by the U.S.
government against our own troops: Atomic veterans, MK-Ultra,
Agent Orange and DU. After Vietnam, Henry Kissinger said,
"Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as
pawns in foreign policy. . ." (from Chapter 5 in the
"Final Days" by Woodward and Bernstein).
Leuren Moret is an international radiation specialist,
with a B.S. degree in geology from University of California at
Davis, a M.A. degree in Near Eastern studies from University
of California at Berkeley and has done post-graduate work in
the geosciences at UC-Davis. She is environmental commissioner
for the City of Berkeley, Calif.
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