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11,000 US soldiers dead from DEPLETED URANIUM poisoning
Bob Nichols,
February 2005

11,000 US soldiers dead from DU poisoning

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

Bob Nichols Project Censored Award Winner 2/2/05 S.F. Bay View

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 administra11,ooo US soldiers dead from
DU.ems tion 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,

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

3. Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter. Email Gary Kohls,, with Subscribe" in the subject line.

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