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  • Robert Walsh
    Remember the famous statements: No new taxes and If Saddam uses chemical or biological weapons we will nuke him GHWB Robert P. Walsh 142 West Van Buren
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 15, 2001
      Remember the famous statements:

      " No new taxes"

      and

      " If Saddam uses chemical or biological weapons we will nuke him"

      GHWB
      Robert P. Walsh
      142 West Van Buren Street
      Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3003

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      This is no great mystery, it is a ongoing national tragedy...

      Magazine: Time, June 6, 1994
      Section: CHRONICLES; INFORMED SOURCES

      GULF WAR SYNDROME: MADE IN THE U.S.A.?

      WASHINGTON -- New evidence presented by the Senate Banking, Housing and
      Urban Affairs Committee at a hearing last week shows the U.S. government
      approved the sale to Iraq of biological agents that could have caused the
      mysterious GULF WAR SYNDROME that has afflicted thousands of U.S. troops.
      Buried within a 151-page report released at the hearing was the committee's
      first-time identification of 73 government-approved shipments of biological
      agents to Iraq from two U.S. companies during the five years that preceded
      the war. The report also states: ``Some of the symptoms experienced by
      veterans suffering from Persian Gulf
      Syndrome are consistent with biological-agent use.''

      Copyright of Time is the property of Time Inc.
      Source: Time, 6/6/94, Vol. 143 Issue 23, p13, 1/9p, 2c.
      Item Number: 9405317863

      None of the info above or below did not make the editions in full truth to
      the Gulf War Review or the IOM's Gulf War and Health, Volume 1:

      Note 1: Clinical Infectious Diseases. Copyright by the University of Chicago
      Press, 1995. Reference: Clin Infect Dis 1995;20:1497-1504.
      The Impact of Infectious Diseases on the Health of U.S. Troops Deployed to
      the Persian Gulf During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm

      Dr Kenneth Hyams this year, got an additional $750,000 to complete this
      study
      of 40,000 deployed Marines.... Did they they tell you about the 1 Marine out
      of 670,000 Troops deployed during Desert Storm was infected with WEST NILE
      Fever?.....

      In addition to sandfly fever, Desert Shield/Storm troops were evaluated for
      other acute arthropod-borne viral diseases, including dengue, Sindbis, West
      Nile fever, Rift Valley fever, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever [47,48].
      Only one patient with West Nile fever, who presented with a 4-day
      self-limited course of high fever and arthralgias was identified [47].

      What about Dr Pam Asa's research into the M-59 found in the Anthrax Vaccine?
      Note 2: SQUALENE CONFIRMED IN ANTHRAX VACCINE AFTER NUMEROUS PENTAGON
      DENIALS

      Representative Jack Metcalf of the State of Washington revealed in a report
      Thursday that the FDA found squalene in the anthrax vaccine being forced
      upon
      the U.S. military on pain of court martial and/or dishonorable discharge.

      The FDA confirmed the presence of squalene in the anthrax vaccine by using a
      more sensitive test than one used by the Pentagon. Squalene is NOT an
      FDA-approved substance and its consequences on health are unknown. As a
      vaccine booster ingredient, it is thought to increase immunity, but its use
      has been denied time and again by the Pentagon. Congressman Metcalf again
      called on the Pentagon to immediately HALT the anthrax vaccine program until
      the squalene source is identified and its health consequences studied.

      Excerpt: (Canadian Soldier Refuses Anthrax Vaccine In Kuwait By William
      Thomas
      From Charles Petras 4-1-98) The revelation on squalene more clearly
      establishes that the Pentagon may be conducting "medical experiments" on
      service members. Other Congressional hearings have already established that
      the Pentagon conducted de facto experiments because it avoided
      organization-level FDA review before changing the way the vaccine is used
      and
      administered.

      "We found soldiers who never left the United States but who got shots who
      are
      sick, and they have squalene in their systems," reported an independent
      scientist hired by New York's Insight magazine. "The sicker an individual,
      the higher the level of antibodies for this [squalene] stuff."

      Pamela Asa, a Tennessee immunologist who first suggested the adjuvent angle
      to Gulf War Illness investigators in 1995, says that autoimmune disorders
      from squalene vary from person to person. "But it's still the same disease
      process, basically...neurological disease."

      But the anthrax vaccines administered to U.S. and Canadian soldiers during
      the Gulf War were most likely also contaminated by a sexually-transmissible
      bug called mycoplasma Fermentans.

      Once injected into the bloodstream, this microscopic bacteria can cause
      heart
      problems, organ failure and crippling symptoms resembling rheumatoid
      arthritis.

      In sworn Congressional testimony, leading Gulf War Illness researchers Gath
      and Nancy Nicholson stated that, "With reports of anthrax detected at KKMC
      in
      Saudi Arabia and other exposures possibly by residue of bombings, anthrax in
      the sand, or anthrax in SCUD missiles with airburst CBW warheads, it would
      appear that the anthrax vaccines worked."

      Unfortunately, the impecably-credentialled microbiologists added, "there is
      no known vaccine against the m. Fermentans that is present in anthrax
      preparations."

      The Nicholsons testified that because so many sick veterans had been
      vaccinated but never sent to the Gulf, the mycoplasma Fermentans they were
      seeing in nearly half of their Gulf War patients must have been injected
      into
      their veins through contaminated anthrax vaccines.

      It would not have been the first time. In the spring of 1976, thousands of
      U.S. Marines and Air Force personnel were injected with experimental
      mycoplasma vaccines. Many became sick with autoimmune disorders resembling
      chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis. At least one volunteer later
      tested positive for both mycoplasma Fermentans and anthrax.

      Note3: Some troops also were given packets of the drug PB to be used in case
      of a chemical attack. If taken in advance, PB can blunt the effects of
      exposure to some chemical warfare agents. During the war, an estimated
      250,000 troops took the drug.

      Note 4: This the real results not listed in the Gulf War Review:
      The following speech was delivered in the Rayburn House Office Building on
      March 18, 1998, on the tenth anniversary of Saddam's gas attack on the
      Kurdish city of Halabja.

      Dr. Christine Gosden, head of the Genetics Department at Liverpool
      University
      in England, spoke of the nerve damage, brain damage, untreatable skin
      diseases and infertility problems that have become the lot of the surviving
      Kurds.

      Note 5: Saddam did NOT use the nerve agent SOMAN, but instead used TABUN,
      SARIN and VX, as I said above. This is noteworthy because it shows that
      Hussein's experts were also well aware that pyridostigmine bromide (PB) --
      one of the chief treatments against nerve agent -- is relatively ineffective
      against TABUN, SARIN and VX, but highly effective against SOMAN, the only
      agent he DID NOT use.

      Note6: What is the real death toll, 39,000+ and what about the after affects
      of T-2 Mycotoxins, Anthrax and other deadly biological weapons?

      A "LIVING HELL"
      In 1995 the Veteran's Administration raised the official U.S. Gulf War death
      toll from 148 to 6,525 dead. The Gulf War Veterans Association puts the
      actual toll at twice this number - or higher.

      114 of 152 returning Seabees interviewed by the New York Times are sick with
      a debilitating illness military doctors still insist is "in their heads."
      (Making Gulf War Illness the first contagious imaginary illness.)

      Among hardest-hit units, three out of four spouses suffer from the same
      debilitating symptoms. More than half of their children enter the world with
      birth defects or auto-immune problems. Akron, Ohio pediatrician Dr. Francis
      J. Waickman reports a 30% rate of abnormalities among Gulf vets’ children -
      about 10 times the expected incidence.

      For many - a living hell. Dr, Claudia Miller tells same committee of
      chemical
      intolerances: “What the veterans tell me is that they get confused, go off
      the road, mistake the accelerator for the brake, and have trouble judging
      stopping distances when they are exposed to gasoline, diesel exhaust, or
      freshly tarred roads

      Note7: IRAQ’S PLAGUES
      Typhoid, brucellosis, hepatitis, gastroenteritis, meningitis, hepatitis,
      cholera - and now childhood leukemia, cancers, “bizarre” birth defects - and
      now a new “mystery virus” are endemic throughout Iraq. The French parliament
      now says many babies born in Iraq are “not identifiably human.”
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      Gulf War Illnesses Still A Mystery
      http://www.dav.org/magazine/2000-6/Gulf_War_Illness1557.html

      A review of scientific literature to date has concluded that there is not
      enough evidence to link long-term health problems with exposures to certain
      drugs, chemicals, and vaccines known to be present during the Gulf War,
      according to the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine
      (IOM).

      "The findings of this report should not be the end of efforts to discover
      why
      thousands of Persian Gulf War veterans are sick and disabled," said DAV
      Washington Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman. "The research
      into these illnesses needs to be expanded to consider the full range of
      toxic
      exposures during the Gulf War."

      The IOM review committee report on all published research looked at Gulf War
      exposures to only four of the 33 chemical or biological agents: the nerve
      gas
      sarin; pyridostigmine bromide (PB), the drug used to blunt the effects of
      Iraqi chemical attacks; depleted uranium; and vaccines used to prevent
      anthrax and botulism.

      Reviewers looked at 10,000 abstracts of articles and read in full 1,000
      studies published in the available scientific literature. Most of these
      studies involved exposures in occupational settings, terrorist attacks, and
      clinical trials. Only a small number studied veterans who may have been
      exposed to these agents while serving in the Gulf War theater.

      The IOM review has been criticized because it did not take into
      consideration
      the other 29 known substances, studies of which are still ongoing. The
      committee also did not analyze how being exposed to a mix of any of these 33
      agents might affect health.

      Because little information exists on actual exposure levelsa critical factor
      when assessing health effectsthe committee emphasized that it could not draw
      specific conclusions about the health problems of Gulf War veterans. At
      most,
      it found limited evidence from three studies that might suggest a link
      between long-term health effects and exposure to the nerve agent sarin at
      levels great enough to cause an immediate, intense reaction. But alternative
      explanations for this link could not be ruled out, and none of these three
      studies involved Gulf War veterans. On the other hand, the committee found
      limited, suggestive evidence of no link between exposure to uranium and
      kidney disease orat low exposure levelslung cancer.

      "We'd like to give veterans and their families definitive answers, but the
      evidence simply is not strong enough," said committee chair Dr. Harold C.
      Sox, Jr. "Without data on the levels of exposure in the Persian Gulf
      theater,
      answers will remain elusive."

      Gulf War veterans who have experienced chronic health problems following
      their service are asking whether exposure to various chemical or biological
      agents might be responsible. Thousands of troops did come in contact with a
      number of agents before, during, and after the war. Because Iraq had used
      biological weapons in the past, troops were given vaccines to protect them
      in
      the event of an attack.

      More than 150,000 U.S. troops are estimated to have received vaccines to
      protect them from either anthrax or botulism. Some troops also were given
      packets of the drug PB to be used in case of a chemical attack. If taken in
      advance, PB can blunt the effects of exposure to some chemical warfare
      agents. During the war, an estimated 250,000 troops took the drug. While the
      nerve agent sarin is not believed to have been used during hostilities, some
      troops may have been exposed to low levels of it during cleanup operations
      after the war. Also, as a result of friendly fire incidents, some troops
      were
      exposed to depleted uranium.

      The VA initially requested an Institute of Medicine study of potentially
      harmful chemical, biological, or environmental agents to which Gulf War
      veterans might have been exposed. Congress subsequently mandated a similar
      study listing 33 specific agents. This report is the first of a series; the
      next committee will review the scientific literature on pesticides and
      solvents.

      There is an ongoing debate as to whether a well-defined Gulf War Syndrome
      actually exists, but most experts agree that the health of as many as 80,000
      of the 700,000 U.S. military personnel who began deploying to Saudi Arabia
      in
      late 1990 have been harmed. A variety of illnesses including nausea,
      fatigue,
      and muscle and nerve problems may have been caused by exposure to chemical
      and biological weapons, depleted uranium, experimental drugs and vaccines,
      environmental toxins, and infectious diseases.

      The IOM committee's findings are not meant to dismiss the existence of Gulf
      War Syndrome, Dr. Sox insisted. "My personal opinion is yes, there are Gulf
      War-related illnesses, just as there are combat-related illnesses not found
      in textbooks related to all the other wars. There is one exposure that we do
      need to address and that is the careful investigation of the effect of
      combat
      stress on illness," he said.

      "It is clear that more research is needed to find conclusive answers, and
      the
      DAV will continue its efforts to obtain the fullest possible information on
      the possible causes of illnesses among Gulf War veterans," Mr. Gorman said.

      Veterans of the Gulf War who feel their health was harmed by service in
      Southwest Asia should call their nearest DAV National Service Office.

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      Attached is Several refferences (original 343 reviews) of the 10,000
      published scientific studies:

      This just part of the 343 per review papapers on the topic called GW
      Illnesses...Mikey

      Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses
      Final Report

      REFERENCES

      Note 1: Below excerpt from the VA Chief does not mention the 190 plus
      research projects nor does say out right about Project Badger Experimental
      (Biochemical) protection program.... Call your Congress Person and Senators
      to Cosponsor H.R. 612 and S. 409 and get a copy of the Jan. 2001 report on
      the 192 Government Funded Research Projects and Get your copy of the May 25,
      1994, Riegle Report.... Time to force the VA to see things in a different
      lite and not by NAS Doctors.... Mikey

      Note 2:
      168. Myers, R.C., Director, Michigan Biologic Products Institute, Lansing,
      MI, "Mycoplasma in Anthrax Vaccine," correspondence to A. Johnson-Winegar,
      U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, May 1996.

      202. Pittman, P.R., "Anthrax and Botulinum Vaccines: Antibody Prevalence
      and
      Immune Response to a Booster Dose in Military Personnel Initially Vaccinated
      During Desert Shield/Desert Storm: Preliminary Report," in review for
      submission to U.S Food and Drug Administration to supplement BB-IND3723,
      March 1995.

      303. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commission, "Fact
      Sheet: Potential Mycoplasma Contamination and Anthrax and Botulinum Toxoid
      Vaccines," correspondence to Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War
      Veterans' Illnesses, September 1996.

      Note 4: Hyams Just got an additional $750,000 to complete his GW Study on
      those 40,000 marines....
      91. Hyams, K.C., Wignall, F.S., and Roswell, R., "War Syndromes and Their
      Evaluation: From the U.S. Civil War to the Persian Gulf War," Annals of
      Internal Medicine 125(5):398-405, 1996.

      90. Hyams, K.C., Hanson, K., Wignall, F.S., et al., "The Impact of
      Infectious Diseases on the Health of U.S. Troops Deployed to the Persian
      Gulf
      During Desert Shield and Desert Storm," Clinical Infectious Diseases
      20:1497-1504, 1995.

      187. Oldfield, E.C., Wallace, M.R., Hyams, K.C., et al., "Endemic
      Infectious
      Diseases of the Middle East," Reviews of Infectious Diseases 13(Suppl.
      3):S199-S217, 1991.

      343. Writer, J.V., Defraites, R.F., and Brundage, J.F., "Comparative
      Mortality among U.S. Military Personnel in the Persian Gulf Region and
      Worldwide During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm," Journal of the
      American Medical Association 275(2):118-121, 1996.


      VA Denies Presumptive Service Connection for Gulf War Illnesses
      http://www.dav.org/magazine/2001-2/va_denies_presum1679.html

      The VA has decided against granting presumptive service-connection for a
      variety of illnesses that affect more than 120,000 Gulf War veterans. The VA
      cites as justification an Institute of Medicine Study (IOM) study that
      failed
      to find a link between health problems experienced by veterans and their
      service in the Persian Gulf.

      The VA decision means that Gulf War veterans must continue to prove their
      health problems occurred during or are related to their military service in
      the Persian Gulf.

      "This is not the decision that the DAV feels is needed," said DAV Washington
      Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman. "To assume that 120,000 of
      the 700,000 veterans of the Persian Gulf War are suffering from completely
      unrelated illnesses flies in the face of logic."

      Scores of studies have been conducted on a variety of possible causes for
      Gulf War illness, including exposure to chemical and biological warfare
      agents, depleted uranium, oil well fires, and chemical agent-resistant
      paint.

      The IOM study, released in September 2000, reviewed more than 10,000
      published scientific studies related to four potential causes of Gulf War
      illness--depleted uranium, sarin (a nerve gas), vaccines, and pyridostigmine
      bromide (a medication to protect troops from nerve gas). It found a link
      between some medical problems and sarin, but VA said there's no evidence
      that
      U.S. troops were exposed to high levels of sarin.
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      THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
      Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine
      National Academy of Sciences
      National Academy of Engineering
      Institute of Medicine
      National Research Council

      January 3, 2001
      Dear Colleague:

      Enclosed is a copy of the newly released Gulf War and Health, Volume 1.
      Depleted Uranium, Pyridostigmine Bromide, Sarin, Vaccines. As you know, the
      book was publicly released on September 7 in a prepublication version,
      however, we have just received the final copy of the book.

      We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
      this
      important work. This volume and subsequent volumes will provide the
      scientific foundation for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as they
      begin to develop a compensation program for veterans of the Gulf War
      conflict.

      While this endeavor will not answer the questions surrounding Gulf War
      illnesses in veterans, it will enable the VA to base their compensation
      program on a strong science base. The Institute of Medicine is committed to
      this project, and will begin reviewing the literature on pesticides and
      solvents used during the Gulf War. It is anticipated that the results of
      that
      review will be completed in August 2002.

      If you need additional copies of the book, please contact our assistant,
      Karen Autrey, at kautrey@... or 202/334-3164.

      Sincerely,
      Cathy Liverman



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