Poison DUst - the Pentagon's illegal weapons
Poison DUst http://poisondust.org/ A NEW LOOK AT
U.S. RADIOACTIVE WEAPONS
Join us in a campaign to expose and stop the use of these illegal
On November 1, the BBC reported that the U.S. and British governments have
continued to use radioactive and chemically toxic Depleted Uranium weapons in
Iraq, disregarding warnings that these weapons pose a cancer risk and are
linked to numerous other health issues.
According to the article, a report by a senior UN scientist said research
showing how depleted uranium could cause cancer and other health problems was
suppressed in a recent World Health Organization report:
But Dr Keith Baverstock, who worked on the project, ...described a process
known as genotoxicity, which begins when depleted uranium dust is inhaled.
"The particles that dissolve pose a risk - part radioactive - and part
from the chemical toxicity in the lung," he said. Later, he said, the
material enters the body and the blood stream, potentially affecting bone
marrow, the lymphatic system and the kidneys. The research was not included in
the WHO report, and Dr Baverstock believes it was blocked.
During the current Iraq War the U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons increased
from 375 tons used in 1991 to 2200 tons. Geiger counter readings at sites in
downtown Baghdad record radiation levels 1,000 and 2,000 times higher than
background radiation. The Pentagon has bombed, occupied, tortured and
contaminated Iraq. Millions of Iraqis are affected. Over one million U.S.
soldiers have rotated into Iraq. Today, half of the 697,000 U.S. Gulf War
troops from the 1991 war have reported serious medical problems and a
significant increase in birth defects among their newborn children.
The effects on the Iraqi population are far greater. Many other countries
and U.S. communities near DU weapons plants, testing facilities, bases and
arsenals have also been exposed to this radioactive material which has a
half-life of 4.4 billions years.
From: The Queens Tribune, 4/21/2005:
Queens veterans of the War in Iraq share military stories, pay tribute to
their fallen comrades and talk to each other about their experiences -- and one
element keeps ringing true to many of the soldiers. Depleted uranium.
On Tuesday night, in the basement of All Saint's Episcopal Church in
Sunnyside, there was a screening of Poison DUst, a documentary that chronicles
the United States government's use of depleted Uranium. ...
The movie makes a convincing case for its argument that depleted uranium is
being used rampantly in Iraq, among other places, and that wherever it is used
it causes terrible health problems. The audience was clearly disturbed by the
"Isn't there some crime being committed?" Bill Hagel, who
attended, asked in the question and answer session that followed.
"Shouldn't someone be in jail?"
You thought they came home safely from the war. They
Poison DUst tells the story of three young men from New York who could not
get answers for their mysterious ailments after their National Guard unit's
2003 tour of duty in Iraq. A mother reveals her fears about the extent of her
child's birth defects and the growing disability of her young husband -- a
Filmmaker Sue Harris skillfully weaves, through interviews, their journey
from personal trauma, to 'positive' test results for uranium poisoning,
to learning the truth about radioactive Depleted Uranium weapons. Their
frustrations in dealing with the Veterans Administration's silence becomes
outrage as they realize that thousands of other GI's have the same
Veterans, anti-war organizers, environmentalists and health care providers
will find this wake-up call to today's GIs invaluable.
Today more than 1/3 of all 1991 Gulf war vets are on VA Disability Benefits.
Meanwhile U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons has increased six-fold from 1991
to Gulf War II!
Scientists expose the Pentagon Cover-Up!
http://PoisonDUst.org includes a
powerful indictment of past U.S. use of radioactive weapons....
The U.S. military now admits that it deliberately radiated its own soldiers,
known as the "Atomic Veterans," during the Cold War. This documentary
exposes U.S. use of radioactive weapons on peoples in not only Iraq, but the
Marshall Islands; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Meihyang-Ri, South Korea; and
Poison DUst mixes interviews with soldiers with experts such as Dr. Helen
Caldicott, Dr. Michio Kaku, and Dr. Rosalie Bertell explaining how DU
contamination spreads and how residue from exploded DU shells radiates
A growing global resistance is expressed by former Attorney General Ramsey
Clark, scientists and activists from Vieques, Puerto Rico, by New York Daily
News reporter Juan Gonzalez, Sara Flounders of the International Action
Center's DU Education Project and Major Doug Rokke - the former U.S. Army
DU Project head.
http://PoisonDUst.orgis an important
educational tool in building the movement to stop this horror.
Help us get the word out--this important film is already being shown in
schools, churches, community centers, and in a Coffee House set up for GIs
outside of Fort Drum.
Join the campaign to stop the use of these illegal weapons.
How you can help:
Order the video from http://poisondust.org - arrange showings in your
Donate - You can make a difference! Funds are urgently needed to publicize
and distribute Poison DUst. Send donations to the Depleted Uranium Education
Project; 55W. 17 St., Rm. 5C, New York, NY 10011. Or donate on-line:
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