Dr. Rokke continued, "They [the U.S. military] 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 to all exposed individuals." (See Note 1 below.)
"They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive contamination of
equipment as required by Army regulations." (See Note 2.)
"Specifically, they are required (see Note 3) to accomplish four
1) Military personnel must '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
4) 'All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be
surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released.'
"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 and research facility radioactive
materials have resulted in unacceptable exposures."
Dr. Rokke added, "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
"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," exclaimed Dr. Rokke, "that 14 years after I was asked
to clean up the initial DU mess from Gulf War I and almost 10 years
since I finished the depleted uranium project, United States Department
of Defense officials and many others still attempt to justify uranium
munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements.
"But beyond the ignored mandatory actions, 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 (see Note 5) that was issued to ensure continued use
of uranium munitions cannot be justified.
"In conclusion," Dr. Rokke urged, "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," Dr. Rokke
A little old lady in tennis shoes
Leuren Moret is a world famous scientist and radiation specialist who
formerly worked at the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, where she
became a whistleblower in 1991. She has spoken out about the danger of
uranium munitions to humanity in more than 42 countries.
Moret has appeared in four documentaries about uranium munitions
(depleted uranium). "Beyond Treason" debuted in August 2005 and won the
Grand Festival Award at the Berkeley Film Festival. The newest film, "Blowin'
in the Wind," was nominated during its debut the first week of November
in Australia for an Academy Award.
Moret was an expert witness at the International Criminal Tribunal
for Afghanistan and serves as an adviser and expert witness in court
cases regarding radiation exposure. Her statement, made Oct. 24, about
the dead tanks in Kansas follows:
"Sally Devlin, a little old lady in tennis shoes, went to a public
meeting several years ago, held by the Air Force in Pahrump, Nevada. Two
officers told the citizens of the town that the Air Force would be
moving 80 old target practice tanks and tons of old depleted uranium
munitions through their town.
"The radioactive bullets had been picked up off the Nellis gunnery
ranges by order of the state of Nevada and were being transported to the
Nevada Test Site [a nuclear weapons test site] to be buried as
"When Mrs. Devlin politely asked them how they would prevent the
residents of the town from being contaminated by the radioactive dust on
the tanks and bullets, the officers said, 'We're wrapping them in Saran
Wrap.' She told them that would be unacceptable and stopped the Air
Force dead in their tracks," Moret concluded.
Whether it is Saran Wrap in Nevada or nothing at all in Kansas, the
Pentagon just doesn't get it when it comes to uranium radiation
dispersing weapons. It is way past time to take all their nuclear
weapons and uranium munitions away from them and send them home to get
real jobs. They are clearly incapable of protecting this country from
all dangers, including those created by our own U.S. military.
The U.S. military shows so little regard for Americans in Kansas, one
wonders what on earth they have done to Iraq. The U.S. military has
distributed an estimated 8 million pounds of weaponized ceramic uranium
oxide gas, aerosols and dust on a practically defenseless little country
of 26 million people (see Note 6), according to an estimate by former
U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
What is this lethal radioactive weapon supposed to do? Why was it
used? Ceramic uranium oxide gas is a genocidal weapon, for God's sake.
It persists in the environment forever. In Leuren Moret's pithy words,
"The Iraqis are uranium meat."
The politicians, Pentagon staff, generals, commanding officers and
others responsible for this war crime must be arrested, tried, convicted
and appropriately punished for their crimes against humanity.
There is another explanation
Another explanation is that the U.S. Army and other branches of the
military are far from stupid. They are, in fact, the most lethal and
carefully planned military in the history of the world. The extensive
use of weaponized uranium oxide gas, aerosols and dust is not an
accident or an oversight. They did it on purpose.
If this is true, they purposely used a genocidal weapon over at least
a 15-year period. No, this is not a callous mistake of empire; it is a
calculated act of genocide to weaken the oil- and gas-rich countries of
Central Asia, including Iraq. Take your choice: they are either stupid
or genocidal monsters.
A British group has estimated the weaponized ceramic uranium oxide
will account for an additional 25 million cancers in Iraq in the next
several years. There are only 26 million Iraqis to start with, minus the
nearly 1.7 million killed by war or sanctions since 1991, plus some live
A National Academy of Sciences report released June 30, 2005, finds
that there is no safe level of radiation. The committee dismissed the
idea that any radiation could be harmless or beneficial.
The radioactive tanks in Kansas and Iraq are the same. They are
placed there at great expense by the senior American political and
military leadership, with premeditated malice. The bottom line purpose
of a 140,000-pound radioactive tank is to kill people.
Uranium munitions a war crime
Dennis Kyne, noted speaker and writer, is a former drill instructor
(DI) and a 15-year veteran of the Army as well as a Gulf War vet (see
Kyne makes a point of how "hot" or radioactive the tanks in Kansas would
be if they were hit by "friendly fire" to get beat up so much. They
could be contaminated with as much as 30,000 times background radiation.
That is what uranium munitions do to a tank, bunker or building.
Karen Parker, a prominent U.S. international human rights lawyer,
says there are four rules derived from humanitarian laws and conventions
1. Weapons may only be used against legal enemy military targets and
must not have an adverse effect elsewhere (the territorial rule).
2. Weapons can only be used for the duration of an armed conflict and
must not be used or continue to act afterwards (the temporal rule).
3. Weapons may not be unduly inhumane (the "humaneness" rule). The
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 speak of "unnecessary suffering" and
"superfluous injury" in this regard
4. Weapons may not have an unduly negative effect on the natural
environment (the "environmental" rule).
"DU weaponry fails all four tests," Parker states. "First, DU cannot
be limited to legal military targets. Second, it cannot be 'turned off'
when the war is over but keeps killing.
"Third, DU can kill through painful conditions such as cancers and
organ damage and can also cause birth defects, such as facial
deformities and missing limbs. Lastly, DU cannot be used without unduly
damaging the natural environment.
"In my view, use of DU weaponry violates the grave breach provisions
of the Geneva Conventions," Parker concluded, "and so its use
constitutes a war crime, or crime against humanity."
1. "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,
4/29/04, and section 2-5 of AR 700-48 .
2. 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,
3. Section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation 700-48 dated Sept.
16, 2002, specifies these requirements.
4. IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48. Maximum exposure
limits are specified in Appendix F.
6. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark's estimate,
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