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    (while CNN wails away over 12 dead miners 24/7 for weeks on end, regardless of the fact 5000 people are killed in chinas mines annually, other important stories are swept under the carpet. behold the latest demonstration of the media and it's power to direct and manipulate the masses into complete submission and ignorance. your government will on one hand tell you that for your own good and to save lives they will disarm you while on the other hand send you off to a war where your chances of becoming a casuality approach 60%, closer to 100% if you factor in mental trauma. )

    Heads roll at Veterans Administration
    Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed

    by Bob Nichols

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    Considering the tons of depleted uranium used by the U.S., the Iraq war can truly be called a nuclear war.

    Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.

    Writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, “The real reason for Mr. Principi’s departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.”

    Bernklau continued, “This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed.”

    He added, “Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ‘Disabled Vets’ means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.

    “The VA Secretary (Principi) was aware of this fact as far back as 2000,” wrote Bernklau. “He, and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret’s report, (it) ... is far too big to hide or to cover up!”

    “Terry Jamison, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, at the VA Central Office, recently reported that ‘Gulf Era Veterans’ now on medical disability, since 1991, number 518,739 Veterans,” said Berklau.

    “The long-term effects have revealed that DU (uranium oxide) is a virtual death sentence,” stated Berklau. “Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist, who retired from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, and was also involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in the soldiers (from the 2003 Iraq War) as ‘spectacular … and a matter of concern!’”

    When asked if the main purpose of using DU was for “destroying things and killing people,” Fulk was more specific: “I would say it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people!”

    Principi could not be reached for comment prior to deadline.


    1. Depleted uranium: “Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets: A death sentence here and abroad” by Leuren Moret, http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/Depl...um081804.shtml.

    2. Veterans for Constitutional Law, 112 Jefferson Ave., Port Jefferson NY 11777, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director, (516) 474-4261, fax 516-474-1968.

    3. Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter. Email Gary Kohls, gkohls@cpinternet.com, with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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    I saw a special about DU on 60 minutes in the years following GW1. They were walking around Iraqi battlegrounds with a geiger counter, measuring blown out trucks and tanks and the thingk was going bonkers.

    For those of you who don't know how DU munitions work, basically it's an armour piercing round made from dupleted uranium (uranium that's already been spent in a nuclear reactor). The round gets sharper as it's exposed to puncturing a metal surface. The more surface it punctures, the sharper it gets. I saw footage of a DU round going completely through the engine compartment of an Abrahm's tank.

    The problem is that a spent DU round is extremely toxic with radioactivity and irradiates the wreckage of whatever it destroyed and the surrounding environment.

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    Military applications

    Incendiary projectile munitions
    Depleted uranium is very dense; at 19050 kg/m³, it is 70% denser than lead. Thus a given weight of it has a smaller diameter than an equivalent lead projectile, with less aerodynamic drag and deeper penetration due to a higher pressure at point of impact. DU projectile ordinance is often incendiary because of its pyrophoric property. DU munitions, in the form of ordnance, tank, and naval artillery rounds, are deployed by the armed forces of the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, France, China, Russia, Pakistan, and others. DU munitions are manufactured in 18 countries.

    Most military use of depleted uranium has been as 30 mm and smaller ordnance, primarily the 30 mm PGU-14/B amour-piercing incendiary round from AH-64 Apache helicopters and the GAU-8 Avenger cannon of the A-10 Thunderbolt II[5] by the U.S. Army and Air Force. 25 mm DU rounds have been used in the M242 gun mounted on the U.S. Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle and LAV-AT. The U.S. Marine Corps uses DU in the 25 mm PGU-20 round fired by the GAU-12 Equalizer cannon of the AV-8B Harrier, and also in the 20 mm M197 gun mounted on AH-1 helicopter gunships.

    Another use of DU is for kinetic energy penetrators for the anti-tank role. Kinetic energy penetrator rounds consist of a long, relatively thin flechette surrounded by a discarding sabot. Two materials lend themselves to flechette construction: tungsten and depleted uranium, the latter in designated alloys known as staballoys. The US Army uses DU in an alloy with around 3.5% titanium. Staballoys, along with lower raw material costs, have the advantage of being easy to melt and cast into shape; a difficult and expensive process for tungsten. Depleted uranium is favoured for flechette because it is self-sharpening and pyrophoric. On impact with a hard target, such as an armoured vehicle, the nose of the flechette rod fractures in such a way that it remains sharp. The impact and subsequent release of heat energy causes it to disintegrate to dust and combust when it reaches air because it is pyrophoric (compare to ferrocerium). After a disintigrated DU penetrator reaches the interior of an armored vehicle, it explodes, often igniting ammunition and fuel, burning the crew, and causing the vehicle to explode. DU is used by the U.S. Army in 120 mm or 105 mm calibre by the M1 Abrams and M60A3 tanks. The Russian military has used DU munitions in tank main gun ammunition since the late 1970s, mostly for the 115 mm guns in the T-62 tank and the 125 mm guns in the T-64, T-72, T-80, and T-90 tanks.

    DU was used during the mid-1990s in the U.S. to make 9mm and similar caliber armor piercing bullets, grenades, cluster bombs, and mines, but those applications have been discontinued, according to Alliant Techsystems. Whether or not other nations still make such use of DU is difficult to determine.

    The US Navy used DU in its 20 mm Phalanx CIWS guns, but switched in the late 1990s to armor-piercing tungsten for this application, because of the fire risk associated with stray pyrophoric rounds.

    The DU content in various munitions is 180 g in 20 mm projectiles, 200 g in 25 mm ones, 280g in 30 mm, 3.5 kg in 105 mm, and 4.5 kg in 120 mm penetrators. It is used in the form of Staballoy, alloyed with small proportion of other metals.

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    thanks for taking notice to this post gents, i appreciate that people at least have some interest.

    only time will tell what the numbers are from gw2. chances are they will be much higher than 325,000. my guess is closer to a minimum of 500,000 if and when it's all is said and done. who says there's no such thing as expensive oil...

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard University budget expert Linda Bilmes have calculated the cost to Americans of Bush's Iraq war to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion. This figure is five to 10 times higher than the $200 billion Bush's economic adviser Larry Lindsey estimated

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    good post read it from top to bottom, long but well worth it. Interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by radmtnbkr
    (while CNN wails away over 12 dead miners 24/7 for weeks on end, regardless of the fact 5000 people are killed in chinas mines annually, other important stories are swept under the carpet. behold the latest demonstration of the media and it's power to direct and manipulate the masses into complete submission and ignorance.
    That alone speeks for its self.

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