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    Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requires Action Monday, 31 July 2006, 1:39 pm Opinion: Dr. Doug Rokke Ph.D. Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring
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      Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requires Action

      Monday, 31 July 2006, 1:39 pm
      Opinion: Dr. Doug Rokke Ph.D.

      Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action By President
      Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Olmert

      Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD., former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
      <http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m25045&hd=0&size=1&l=e> /www.uruknet.info
      July 24, 2006

      The delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters bombs containing depleted
      uranium warheads by the United States to Israel for use against targets in
      Lebanon will result in additional radioactive and chemical toxic
      contamination with consequent adverse health and environmental effects
      throughout the middle east.

      Today, U.S., British, and now Israeli military personnel are using illegal
      uranium munitions- America's and England's own "dirty bombs" while U.S.
      Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, and British
      Ministry of Defence officials 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.

      The use of uranium weapons is absolutely unacceptable, and a crime against
      humanity. Consequently the citizens of the world and all governments must
      force cessation of uranium weapons use. I must demand that Israel now
      provide medical care to all DU casualties in Lebanon and clean up all DU

      U.S. and British officials have arrogantly refused 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. Reference: 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 U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.
      Israeli officials must not do so now.

      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 previous 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; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds,
      Indiana; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 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 fifteen years after was I asked to clean up the initial DU
      mess from Gulf War 1 and over ten years since I finished the depleted
      uranium project that United States Department of Defense officials and
      others still attempt to justify uranium munitions use while ignoring
      mandatory requirements. I am dismayed that Department of Defense and
      Department of Energy officials and representatives continue personal attacks
      aimed to silence or discredit those of us who are demanding that medical
      care be provided to all DU casualties and that environmental remediation is
      completed in compliance with U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.

      But beyond the ignored mandatory actions the willful dispersal of tons of
      solid radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium
      munitions is illegal (
      http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf) and just does
      not even pass the common sense test and according to the U.S. Department of
      Homeland Security, DHS, is a dirty bomb. DHS issued "dirty bomb" response
      guidelines, ( <http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html>
      http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html ), on January 3, 2006
      for incidents within the United States but ignore DOD use of uranium weapons
      and existing DOD regulations.

      These guidelines specifically state that: "Characteristics of RDD and IND
      Incidents: A radiological incident is defined as an event or series of
      events, deliberate or accidental, leading to the release, or potential
      release, into the environment of radioactive material in sufficient quantity
      to warrant consideration of protective actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an
      act of terror that produces a radiological incident." Thus the use of
      uranium munitions is "an act or terror" as defined by DHS. Finally continued
      compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos Memorandum 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, the Prime
      Minister of Great Britain-Tony Blair, and the Prime Minister of Israel
      Olmert 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, Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Olmert should

      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 stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium

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

      <http://cryptome.org/dhs010306.txt> http://cryptome.org/dhs010306.txt

      R. Rabin/Comité Pro Rescate y Desarrollo de Vieques

      Skype Name rrabin1

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