Big Dirty Secret: Depleted Uranium Weapons
the US government used DU weapons with full knowledge of its devastating
health effects? Enlightening Quotes about DU
The following quotes
were compiled by Dan Fahey, Director of the National Gulf War Resource
exposures to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant with
potential radiological and toxicological effects" (Science and
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Kinetic EnergyPenetrator
Environment and Health Considerations, July 1990 Vol. 1, 4-5: (included
as Appendix D in US Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command report
Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990).
is a "low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer
when exposures are internal, [and] chemical toxicity causing kidney
damage."(SAIC, July 1990, Vol 1, 2-2)
effects of high doses can result in death, while long term effects
of low doses have been implicated in cancer." (SAIC, July 1990,
Vol 1, 4-12)
or near (less than approximately 50 meters) an armored vehicle at the
time these vehicles were struck by depleted uranium munitions could
receive significant internal DU exposures (i.e. those in excess of
allowable standards)." (Statement of Col. Eric Daxon, Radiation
Protection Staff Officer, US Army Medical Command, summarizing the
results of a December 1989 report from the Ballistic Research Laboratory,
Radiological Contamination From Impacted Abrams Heavy Armor. Fliszar.
et. al., Col. Daxon's statement was made in a July 19, 1996 letter
to Dan Fahey, Swords to Plowshares).
"There has been
and continues to be a concern regarding the impact of DU on the environment.
Therefore, if no one makes a case for the effectiveness of DU on the
battlefield, DU rounds may become politically unacceptable and thus,
be deleted from the arsenal....I believe we should keep this sensitive
issue at mind when reports are written." (LTC M.V.
Ziehmn, Los Alamos National Laboratory memorandum, March 1, 1991).
personnel also could have been exposed to DU if they inhaled or ingested
DU dust particles during incidental contact with vehicles destroyed
by DU munitions, or if they lived or worked in areas contaminated with
DU dust from accidental munitions fires. Thus, unnecessary exposure
of many individuals could have occured." (Presidential Advisory
Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (PAC), Final Report, December
believe that DU protective methods can be ignored during battle and
other life-threatening situations because DU-related health risks are
greatly outweighed by the risks of combat." (US General Accounting
Office, Operation Desert Storm: Army Not Adequately Prepared to Deal
With Depleted Uranium Contamination, GAO/NSAID-93-90, January 1993,
is more of a problem than we thought when it was developed. But it
was developed according to standards and was thought through very carefully.
It turned out perhaps to be wrong." (Brent Scowcroft, former National
Security Advisor to President Bush, from a British documentary titled "Riding
the Storm," which aired on ITN TV, CH. 4, in the United Kingdom
on January 3, 1996).