This is a great information piece about Depleted Uranium (DU), put out 5 years ago by Aaron Hawkins of StormCloudsGathering, although I missed it at the time. It is a shame that Hawkins’ great work has been all but derailed by Google-YouTube’s change in Terms of Service, which forced this father of two to find other work.
Depleted Uranium is the extremely toxic nuclear waste from nuclear power plants that has a half-life of 4.4 billion years. It was initially developed for use in weapons by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, of which George H W Bush and many familiar NeoCons from his and his son’s Administrations have been on the Board of Directors. DU weapons were first used in the 1991 Gulf War and shortly afterwards, in Serbia and Kosovo. It’s been used in every major armed conflict ever since.
The purported benefits of DU in bullets and armor are that alloyed with steel, it becomes remarkably dense, making it ideal for piercing conventional armor. What’s not discussed by its proponents is that DU also wreaks radiological disaster in the areas where it is used – and actually throughout the planet, as the nanoparticulate dust becomes aerosolized and blown to the four corners of the Earth. The massively increased incidence of birth defects seen in Iraq, especially in places like Fallujah, which saw heavy use of DU weapons has been attributed to the use of DU weapons. The developing immune systems of the children from worn-torn regions where these weapons have been used have been extremely compromised.
The US used 640,000 pounds of DU ammunition just in the first gulf war. US soldiers came back from Desert Storm with “Gulf War Syndrome”, which has never been properly explained or addressed by the Veterans Administration. However, large amounts of hot particles from DU have consistently been found in the bodies of US Veterans and is thought to be a large component of the Syndrome. In the 2003 invasion, an estimated 4,000,000 pounds of DU were used (!)
According to this scientific monograph by several physicians published in the journal, Toxicology Letters, “Radioactive uranium that is inhaled by soldiers on the battlefield and by workers in factories may bypass the brain’s protective barrier by following nerves from the nose directly to the brain.
“Nerves can act as a unique conduit, carrying inhaled uranium from the nose directly to the brain, finds a study with rats. Once in the brain, the uranium may affect task and decision-related types of thinking.
“This study provides yet another example of how some substances can use the olfactory system – bypassing the brain’s protective blood barrier – to go directly to the brain…
“Battlefield exposure can occur through wounds – such as with some US military personnel who were injured during the Gulf War. These exposures can be higher than with civilians who work with the element. A study of Gulf War veterans who have uranium shrapnel in their bodies showed that they perform more poorly on general brain cognitive tests of performance efficiency and accuracy.”