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DU: The Ticking Nuke in Bush's White House War Room


By Dave Lindorff

Quietly, and under the radar for now, a movement is growing across the country that could blow up White House war planning and finish off the U.S. adventure in Iraq.

That movement is state-by-state legislation to provide for testing of returning National Guard troops for signs of contamination by depleted uranium.

Kicked off in Connecticut by a feisty Democratic state representative from New Haven named Pat Dillon, a woman who was trained in epidemiology at Yale—her bill passed the state legislature in July unanimously, and goes into effect this October, about the time many Connecticut Guard troops will finally be coming home from Iraq—the measure has copycats hard at work in some 14-20 other states. Louisiana has already passed a similar law.

The military has been insisting that the 3000 tons of DU munitions it has blown up in Iraq in this war so far (and the 1000 tons more it has exploded and fired off in Afghanistan) are safe for troops and for civilians, though there is no real data to prove this because the Pentagon has vigorously resisted testing returning troops (only 270 so far) and the State Department and Pentagon have barred UN or other outside testers from looking into DU contamination in Iraq.

Meanwhile, an early small test sample of nine returned NY State National Guard soldiers, financed by the NY Daily News, found four, or nearly half the sample, to be DU contaminated.

If even a much smaller proportion than 44% of the tens of thousands of U.S. Guard troops who get tested in Connecticut, Louisiana and other states prove to be contaminated with uranium from U.S. weapons, more states are bound to establish similar testing laws. Beyond that, reservists and active duty troops and veterans, all already anxious about the issue, are certain to start demanding tests.

Meanwhile, if DU tests start showing serious contamination of U.S. troops, how are Iraqis going to react?

Unlike in the first Gulf War, when all 300 tons of DU used was fired off in the Kuwaiti and Iraqi desert, this time nearly 10 times as much DU has largely been exploded and burned in urban fighting, putting the dust right in the path of millions of civilians.

This bomb is ticking…

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Thank you Ms. Diilon. From the beginning, I've thought that DU was the worst atrocity of all in this horrible episode of American history. Half of all the troops that fought in Gulf War I are now chronically ill and birth defects have shot through the ceiling. Anyone not informed about DU should see "Beyond Treason", availabloe at:

http://www.beyondtreason.com/

Pat Dillion your a true American,
Thank you for fighting for the American people and against America's Hitler!

Now this will cause many deformed babies,courtesy of GWB.
And what will Bush advice the soldiers that are wanting to start a family!

K

We must stay the course in Iraq.

Although I haven't yet said exactly what that course is, let me first thank all you lemmings who repeat
all my talking points without even thinking about them. The course was originally "preemptive strike"
to take out a "grave and gathering danger". When that line lost credibility, it was WMDs. That tale
didn't last much longer, so we morphed it into "regime change" and "spreading democracy throughout the
Middle East". I amazed that so many have followed it this far. I must have misunderestimated everyone's
gullibility.

Let me come clean with you, and tell you the real course we're on. It has several
important components. The first and most obvious is oil. We'll be divvying up the oil fields for
well-connected corporations. That's why it was critical for the details of Penis Cheney's Energy
Task Force to remain secret -- they included our plans to snatch Iraq's oil.

The second component is money and profiteering. You see, we knew that Congress would roll over and
approve whatever funds we requested for the war effort. And that money goes to Halliburton, Bechtel,
Lockheed-Martin, companies that comprise the Carlisle group, and so on. These companies have nice fat
profit margins, and take a guess whose political campaigns they sponsor.

Furthermore, it's darn near impossible to audit a war. So if money is secretly reallocated from the
war in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq, what difference does it really make? And although the Coalition
Provisional Authority can't account for several billion dollars, rest assured, that money is in safe
hands. And going towards important projects, like "Operation Bribe the Mainstream Media", to legal
defense funds for Rove, DeLay, Diebold and other vote-suppressors. And there's still some left for
false flag operations ... oops, I've said too much already.

The last component is permanent military bases in Iraq. That's a tricky situation. We have to be "guests"
of the local government, which is automatic when it's the CPA. But it would never work if the Iraqis had
a truly independent government. So we need to set up and prop up a puppet regime. We can't defeat the
insurgency outright, because then our troops wouldn't be needed to provide security. So we've got to
keep the insurgency alive, while making a token effort to put it down. The show in Abu Graibh was part
of this, to inflame the insurgents!

To those of you who think we shouldn't have military bases in Iraq, and that trying to throw our
influence around in the Middle East is a mistake -- well you're wrong. You may think it was a mistake to
support Saddam's regime in the 80's, and the same with bin Laden and the mujahdeen. But you're wrong.
We used them, and now we took them out. So it cost several hundred billion dollars. Look at the profits
Halliburton put up! That's capitalism at its finest!

To those who want us to bring the troops home, I offer a compromise: we'll bring some of them home.
In HRPs, that is. You see, my children and relatives aren't over there putting their lives on the line.
If you're not in the super-wealthy class, then you exist only to support our luxurious lifestyle.
So there!

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get going. There's trouble brewing in Iran and I've got to go stoke
that fire!

GWB

We must stay the course in Iraq.

Although I haven't yet said exactly what that course is, let me first thank all you lemmings who repeat
all my talking points without even thinking about them. The course was originally "preemptive strike"
to take out a "grave and gathering danger". When that line lost credibility, it was WMDs. That tale
didn't last much longer, so we morphed it into "regime change" and "spreading democracy throughout the
Middle East". I amazed that so many have followed it this far. I must have misunderestimated everyone's
gullibility.

Let me come clean with you, and tell you the real course we're on. It has several
important components. The first and most obvious is oil. We'll be divvying up the oil fields for
well-connected corporations. That's why it was critical for the details of Penis Cheney's Energy
Task Force to remain secret -- they included our plans to snatch Iraq's oil.

The second component is money and profiteering. You see, we knew that Congress would roll over and
approve whatever funds we requested for the war effort. And that money goes to Halliburton, Bechtel,
Lockheed-Martin, companies that comprise the Carlisle group, and so on. These companies have nice fat
profit margins, and take a guess whose political campaigns they sponsor.

Furthermore, it's darn near impossible to audit a war. So if money is secretly reallocated from the
war in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq, what difference does it really make? And although the Coalition
Provisional Authority can't account for several billion dollars, rest assured, that money is in safe
hands. And going towards important projects, like "Operation Bribe the Mainstream Media", to legal
defense funds for Rove, DeLay, Diebold and other vote-suppressors. And there's still some left for
false flag operations ... oops, I've said too much already.

The last component is permanent military bases in Iraq. That's a tricky situation. We have to be "guests"
of the local government, which is automatic when it's the CPA. But it would never work if the Iraqis had
a truly independent government. So we need to set up and prop up a puppet regime. We can't defeat the
insurgency outright, because then our troops wouldn't be needed to provide security. So we've got to
keep the insurgency alive, while making a token effort to put it down. The show in Abu Graibh was part
of this, to inflame the insurgents!

To those of you who think we shouldn't have military bases in Iraq, and that trying to throw our
influence around in the Middle East is a mistake -- well you're wrong. You may think it was a mistake to
support Saddam's regime in the 80's, and the same with bin Laden and the mujahdeen. But you're wrong.
We used them, and now we took them out. So it cost several hundred billion dollars. Look at the profits
Halliburton put up! That's capitalism at its finest!

To those who want us to bring the troops home, I offer a compromise: we'll bring some of them home.
In HRPs, that is. You see, my children and relatives aren't over there putting their lives on the line.
If you're not in the super-wealthy class, then you exist only to support our luxurious lifestyle.
So there!

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get going. There's trouble brewing in Iran and I've got to go stoke
that fire!

GWB

We must stay the course in Iraq.

Although I haven't yet said exactly what that course is, let me first thank all you lemmings who repeat
all my talking points without even thinking about them. The course was originally "preemptive strike"
to take out a "grave and gathering danger". When that line lost credibility, it was WMDs. That tale
didn't last much longer, so we morphed it into "regime change" and "spreading democracy throughout the
Middle East". I amazed that so many have followed it this far. I must have misunderestimated everyone's
gullibility.

Let me come clean with you, and tell you the real course we're on. It has several
important components. The first and most obvious is oil. We'll be divvying up the oil fields for
well-connected corporations. That's why it was critical for the details of Penis Cheney's Energy
Task Force to remain secret -- they included our plans to snatch Iraq's oil.

The second component is money and profiteering. You see, we knew that Congress would roll over and
approve whatever funds we requested for the war effort. And that money goes to Halliburton, Bechtel,
Lockheed-Martin, companies that comprise the Carlisle group, and so on. These companies have nice fat
profit margins, and take a guess whose political campaigns they sponsor.

Furthermore, it's darn near impossible to audit a war. So if money is secretly reallocated from the
war in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq, what difference does it really make? And although the Coalition
Provisional Authority can't account for several billion dollars, rest assured, that money is in safe
hands. And going towards important projects, like "Operation Bribe the Mainstream Media", to legal
defense funds for Rove, DeLay, Diebold and other vote-suppressors. And there's still some left for
false flag operations ... oops, I've said too much already.

The last component is permanent military bases in Iraq. That's a tricky situation. We have to be "guests"
of the local government, which is automatic when it's the CPA. But it would never work if the Iraqis had
a truly independent government. So we need to set up and prop up a puppet regime. We can't defeat the
insurgency outright, because then our troops wouldn't be needed to provide security. So we've got to
keep the insurgency alive, while making a token effort to put it down. The show in Abu Graibh was part
of this, to inflame the insurgents!

To those of you who think we shouldn't have military bases in Iraq, and that trying to throw our
influence around in the Middle East is a mistake -- well you're wrong. You may think it was a mistake to
support Saddam's regime in the 80's, and the same with bin Laden and the mujahdeen. But you're wrong.
We used them, and now we took them out. So it cost several hundred billion dollars. Look at the profits
Halliburton put up! That's capitalism at its finest!

To those who want us to bring the troops home, I offer a compromise: we'll bring some of them home.
In HRPs, that is. You see, my children and relatives aren't over there putting their lives on the line.
If you're not in the super-wealthy class, then you exist only to support our luxurious lifestyle.
So there!

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get going. There's trouble brewing in Iran and I've got to go stoke
that fire!

GWB

Mr. Lindorff is correct DU is a ticking time bomb. Consequently please help us to ensure that DOD and VA (including NATO and England) officials comply with their own requirments Consequently------

Depleted Uranium Situation Requires Action
By President Bush and Prime Minister Blair
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
April 19, 2005

While U.S. and British military personnel continue using uranium munitions-
America's and England's own "dirty bombs" U.S. Army, U.S. Department
of Energy, and U.S. Department of Defense officials continue to deny that there are any adverse health and environmental effects as a consequence of the manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions to avoid liability for the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic material - depleted uranium. They arrogantly refuse to comply with their own regulations, orders, and directives that require United States Department of Defense officials to provide prompt and effective medical care "all" exposed individuals [Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004), and section 2-5 of AR 70-48]. They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by Army Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: "Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996).

Specifically section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated September 16, 2002 requires that:
(1) “Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all RCE" (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented as soon as possible."
(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment" and
(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48" (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).

The past and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and releases of industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should include releases of all radioactive materials resulting from military operations. The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of uranium weapons
contamination is not limited to combat zones but includes facilities and sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques, Puerto Rico, Colonie, New York, and Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana. Therefore medical care must be provided by the United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals affected by the manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough environmental remediation also must be completed without further delay. I am amazed that fourteen years after was asked to clean up the initial DU mess from Gulf War 1 and almost ten years since I finished the depleted uranium project that United States Department of Defense officials and mauy others still attempt to justify uranium munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements. But beyond the ignored mandatory actions that the willful dispersal of tons of solid radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions just does not even pass the common sense test. Finally continued compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos Memorandum (http://www.tv.cbc.ca/national/pgminfo/du/doc1.html) that was issued to ensure continued use of uranium munitions can not be justified.

In conclusion: the President of the United States- George W. Bush and
The Prime Minister of Great Britain-Tony Blair must acknowledge and accept
responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium munitions- their own
"dirty bombs"- resulting in adverse health and environmental effects.
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair also should order:
1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,
3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,
4. and ban the future use of depleted uranium munitions.

References- these references are copies the actual regulations and orders and other pertinent official documents:

http://www.traprockpeace.org/twomemos.html

http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html

http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html

Congress should do its duty and refuse to fund undeclared wars started by Presidents when they now know the war was started on lies. Take away the money. And, do not get duped into attacking Iran, like you did with Iraq.

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