Depleted uranium Like you Steve, I have been an instrument of our secret government and I can't talk about

most of the specifics. I have been exposed to DU in the field. I have been exposed to many exotic metals such as beryllium, selenium, mercury and I did receive a 89 millirim dose of radiation in a 20 minute period. So far I don't seem to have had any adverse reaction to any of it, though who knows what may show up down the road. (side note, I am a certified radiation worker) Here is some facts about DU. Depleted uranium (DU) is uranium primarily composed of the isotope uranium-238 (U-238). Natural uranium is about 99.27 percent U-238, 0.72 percent U-235, and 0.0055 percent U-234. Because U-235 is used for fission in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons, natural uranium is enriched in U-235 by separating the isotopes by mass. The byproduct of enrichment, called depleted uranium or DU, contains less than one third as much U-235 and U-234 as natural uranium, making it less radioactive due to the longer 4.5 billion year half-life of U-238. The external radiation dose from DU is about 60 percent of that from the same mass of natural uranium. Another less common source of DU is reprocessed spent nuclear reactor fuel, which can be distinguished from DU produced as a byproduct of uranium enrichment by the presence of U-236. produced in reactors. In the past, DU has been called Q-metal, depletalloy, and D-38, but those names are no longer used. DU is used for its very high density of 19.1 g/cm3. Civilian uses include counterweights in aircraft, radiation shielding in medical radiation therapy and industrial radiography equipment, and containers used to transport radioactive materials. Military uses include defensive armor plate and armor-piercing projectiles. Depleted uranium munitions are controversial because of numerous unanswered questions about the long-term health effects. DU is less toxic than other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury, and is only very weakly radioactive because of its long half life. While any radiation exposure has risks, no conclusive epidemiological data have correlated DU exposure to specific human health effects such as cancer. However, the UK government has attributed birth defect claims from a 1991 Gulf War combat veteran to DU poisoning, and studies using cultured cells and laboratory rodents continue to suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive, and neurological effects from chronic exposure. Until such issues are resolved with further research, the use of DU by the military will continue to be controversial.

Health considerations
DU is considered both a toxic and radioactive hazard that requires long term storage as low level nuclear waste.[citation needed] Its use in incindiary ammunition is controversial because of potential adverse health effects and its release into the environment. Besides its residual radioactivity, U-238 is a heavy metal whose compounds are known from laboratory studies to be toxic to mammals.

Metallic uranium is prone to corrosion and small pieces are pyrophoric in air. When depleted uranium munitions penetrate armor or burn, it creates depleted uranium oxides dust that can be inhaled or contaminate wounds. Additionally, fragments of munitions or armor can also become embedded in the body.

Chemical toxicity
The chemical toxicity of depleted uranium is about a million times greater in vivo than its radiological hazard. Health effects of DU are determined by factors such as the extent of exposure and whether it was internal or external. Three main pathways exist by which internalization of uranium may occur: inhalation, ingestion, and embedded fragments or shrapnel contamination. Properties such as phase (e.g. particulate or gaseous), oxidation state (e.g. metallic or ceramic), and the solubility of uranium and its compounds influence their absorption, distribution, translocation, elimination and the resulting toxicity. For example, metallic uranium is relatively non-toxic compared to hexavalent uranium(VI) uranyl compounds such as uranium trioxide. Uranium is pyrophoric when finely divided. It will corrode under the influence of air and water producing insoluble uranium(IV) and soluble uranium (VI) salts. Soluble uranium salts are toxic. Uranium accumulates in several organs, such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys. The World Health Organization has established a daily "tolerated intake" of soluble uranium salts for the general public of 0.5 µg/kg body weight, or 35 µg for a 70 kg adult. While epidemiological studies on laboratory animals point to it as being an immunotoxin, teratogen neurotoxic, with carcinogenic and leukemogenic potential, there has been no definite link between possible health effects in laboratory animals and humans. A 2005 report by epidemiologists concluded: "the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU." Early studies of depleted uranium aerosol exposure assumed that uranium combustion product particles would quickly settle out of the air and thus could not affect populations more than a few kilometers from target areas, and that such particles, if inhaled, would remain undissolved in the lung for a great length of time and thus could be detected in urine.Burning uranium droplets violently produce a gaseous vapor comprising about half of the uranium in their original mass.Uranyl ion contamination in uranium oxides has been detected in the residue of DU munitions fires.

Radiological hazards
External exposure to radiation from depleted uranium is less of a concern because the alpha particle emitted by its isotopes travel only a few centimeters in air or can be stopped by a sheet of paper. Also, the uranium-235 that remains in depleted uranium emits only a small amount of low-energy gamma radiation. According to the World Health Organization, a radiation dose from it would be about 60 percent from purified natural uranium with the same mass. Approximately 90 micrograms of natural uranium, on average, exist in the human body as a result of normal intakes of water, food and air. The majority of this is found in the skeleton, with the rest in various organs and tissues. The radiological dangers of pure depleted uranium are lower (60 percent) than those of naturally-occurring uranium due to the removal of the more radioactive isotopes, as well

as due to its long half-life (4.46 billion years). Depleted uranium differs from natural uranium in its isotopic composition, but its biochemistry is for the most part the same. For further details see actinides in the environment

et's make sure we stay on the same wave length here ... almost everyone in the developed nations has limited exposure to "Depleted Uranium". radiation, and all The exotic metals you listed below. These materials occur both naturally in our bodies and are absorbed from our food and water supplies ... plus, the exposure we get from numerous other external sources. Most people are unaware, that every time they fly, they are sitting on a shit-pile of "DU" ... however, in that state,

It seems to be relatively safe unless there is prolonged exposure or the plane crashes ... We also have truckers and other DOT workers hauling this crap around on a regular basis (unknowingly) all over the country ... with research pointing to any exposure Over 100 hours per year will lead to major health problems. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Twisted-Humor/message/104253 The BIG problems occur when this "DU" is somehow exploded and catches fire and becomes pyrophonic ... now it is a totally different ball game my friend. Much of this is covered in the parts of the article you did Not post below. The few paragraphs you copy/pasted below is just the general BS that the DoD post on the public side of their website. If you read all the material that you did not copy/paste ... i think you will have to agree that this problem far exceeds the serious level. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium For instance ... in your personal (1st) paragraph below... you stated you have not had any ill effects so far ???? I recall you mentioning numerous times in the past about having chronic pain, fatigue and memory loss ... those are the very same symptoms that over 250,000 of our Gulf One Vets are reporting ... not to mention all the Birth Defects of their newborns. All of this is now proved to be caused by "DU" exploded Munitions where the pyrophonic dust gets into wounds, The lungs and other bodily organs from the water, food Supplies and mixed in the sand of those good ole popular Sand Storms etc. Here's a great video from Dr: Rosalie Bertel ... DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgQ79-oDX2o

TERRY !!! LIES / OPINIONS / ANTI-AMERICAN ???
Are you saying that your very own Department of Defense (DOD) - "US Army Training Video on Depleted Uranium" is a lie, opinion &/or anti-American?!? Granted, it has been sitting on the shelf and NOT being shown to its intended troops, and if i were you, i'd be marching to the officer in charge of chemical warfare protection of my Battalion or Division and inquire why. Are you saying that these {*once) Doctors with the DoD presenting their FACTS in the following videos are also lies, opinions &/or anti-American ?!? * i say once, because many of our top research scientist and career officers of the military have resigned their governmental post due to the cover-ups &/or delays in getting vital information out when needed. This includes many other sectors of our government (not just military). DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY: Sr Rosalie Bertell, PhD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgQ79-oDX2o "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (1-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvCmthsTEGA "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (2-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrnKM_2anFo "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (3-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_7p1dMC1n8 Have you taken the time to do your own Research on this material ?!? I know that in the past here, you have ALWAYS pointed to Snopes (or some other source) when proving wrong the post of any other members ....

WHY NOT HERE & NOW?!?

==> JAFA IS A GLOBAL CITIZEN OF THE COSMOS. JAFA IS NOT AN ANTI-AMERICAN NOR DID JAFA LIE. THEREFORE, HEALING VIBES WILL CONTINUE TO GO OUT... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Twisted-Humor/message/100416 Terry, knowing of your intelligence and clever ability to search out the facts ... i truly believe you know i'm right in this matter and are probably cheering me on silently ... trust me ... i do understand my friend ... that due to jeopardizing your own military career ... that you can not take an active roll in this issue ... maybe later, when we discuss our food supply, health issues etc. Just know, that while you are fighting for those unable to fight for themselves ... i'm on this side fighting for you, ALL (not just American) troops, civilians and the future generations of our children's children, other life forms and our fragile planetary ecosystem. i've always been one to stand up and fight my own battles .... as an entrepreneur most of my adult life ... my fight was always for my immediate family and pets ... now that they are all gone ... i have adopted a new family ... a global family that includes ALL. I assure you Terry ... this is not a lie ... i spent most of the 70's as a Fortran IV programmer with the MI / NSA / UN through the US Army in a highly classified environment. I personally had access to an unbelievable global data base that went far beyond my need to know. *clears-throat* You and i both know, that i am not allowed to disclose any of that information ... UNLESS it later becomes declassified and allowed to enter the public domain. With that said, and now that the internet is also public ... i personally continue to search for some of this info in an effort to help enlighten ALL of my fellow misfits of the Human Race. This goes far beyond the stars & stripes my friend ... and

in NO WAY is it anti-American. To the contrary, it is quite the opposite. It is my wish to better organize this type of info and do my part to empower the masses to help get this out to their loved ones. I'm hopeful that this action will help PROTECT the Health & well Being of our troops, civilians and their future generations. It is time for us as Global Citizens (the masses, the misfits) to take our stand for the Human & Planetary Rights of ALL life and our delicate ecosystem as a whole. Our first step in this process ... must be in the education And inspiration of the masses... please review the following video clips (w/additional info) ... Clip from "Beyond Treason" movie AND the US ARMY TRAINING VIDEO on Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness... ~~~~ Depleted Uranium - US is using Weapons of Mass Destruction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRV2ULJ33dw
This is a clip from "Beyond Treason. http://www.beyondtreason.com/ is the United States knowingly using a dangerous battlefield weapon banned by the United Nations because of its long-term effects on the local inhabitants and the environment? Explore the illegal worldwide sale and use of one of the deadliest weapons ever invented. Did the US really use 1000 tons of depleted uranium in Afghanistan? Did the US really use depleted uranium in former Yugoslavia? Did the US really use 340 tons of depleted uranium in the first Gulf War, and over 2000 tons in the current Iraq War, even though this weapon is banned by the United Nations?

Beyond the disclosure of black-ops projects spanning the past 6 decades, Beyond Treason also addresses the complex subject of Gulf War Illness. It includes interviews with experts, both civilian and military, who say that the government is hiding the truth from the public and they can prove it. Featuring Dr. Doug Rokke, Director of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project and Leuren Moret, Geological Scientist and International Radiation Expert WHAT CAUSES GULF WAR ILLNESS? Some believe these illnesses are caused by exposure to depleted uranium munitions used on the battlefield. Others believe chemical and biological exposures are the prime suspect. While yet an even larger group argue that experimental vaccines given to our troops, without their knowledge or consent, may have lead to the demise of many of these soldiers. Is it a combination of overlapping exposures? A growing number of scientists and respected experts in their fields have been coming forward to share their research and first-hand knowledge of official betrayal. As ailing Gulf War Heroes from all 27 coalition countries slowly die of "unknown causes," they wait for answers from their respective governments... but no satisfying or even credible answers have come forth from the military establishment. Records that span over a decade point to negligence and even culpability on the part of the U.S. Department of Defense and their "disposable army" mentality. The VA has determined that 250,000 troops are now permanently disabled, 15,000 troops are dead and over 425,000 are ill and slowly dying from what the Department of Defense still calls a "mystery disease." How many more will have to die before action is taken?

~~~~~ Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness - US Army Training Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U93PBZIyqBs
From Information Clearinghouse: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3581.htm The training materials were intended to instruct servicemen and women about the use and hazards of depleted uranium munitions. In addition, the training regimen included instructions for soldiers who repair and recover vehicles contaminated by depleted uranium. Throughout 1996, these videos sat on a shelf, while U.S. soldiers continued to use and work with depleted uranium munitions. In June 1997, Bernard Rostker, The Department of Defense (DoD) principle spokesperson for their investigation of Gulf War hazardous exposures, stated that the depleted uranium safety training program would begin to be shared by a limited number of servicemen and women in July 1997. STILL TODAY the vast majority of servicemen and women in the U.S. military, and likely in the armed forces of other countries which are developing or have obtained depleted uranium munitions, are unaware of the use and dangers of depleted uranium munitions, or of the protective clothing and procedures which can minimize or prevent serious short-term exposures. My wish of Healing Vibes still continues, and if this means you must leave us ... Good-Bye & Thank You for your membership and past support. OUR HEALING VIBES ARE GOING OUT TO ALL TROOPS, THEIR FUTURE CHILDREN, ALL THE WORLD'S CIVILIANS (INCLUDING THEIR FUTURE CHILDREN) THAT ARE LOCATED IN THE AREAS WHICH ARE INFECTED BY OUR GOVERNMENTS USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM ... ... "DU" has a half-life of 4.5 BILLION YEARS !!!

YO MISFITS - This has really hit me hard ... War is one thing and i believe in supporting our troops ... but one third are needlessly coming home permanently disabled and 67% of their children are being born with birth defects! THE FOLLOWING INFO IS FACT ~ PLEASE REVIEW & TELL OTHERS

i need to take a good long break on this one ... and think this out ... here's some more detail on this war crime from the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, the Highway of Death ...

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/95178_du12.shtml

Re: SWF ~ The U.S. Has Been Conducting Nuclear War !!!

THIS IS TOTALLY FUCKED UP AND MUST STOP NOW !!! US Forces' Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons is 'Illegal'
DU has been blamed for the effects of Gulf war syndrome -- typified by chronic muscle and joint pain, fatigue and memory loss -- among 200,000 US soldiers after the

1991 conflict. The Pentagon has admitted that 320 metric tons of DU were left on the battlefield after the first Gulf war, although Russian military experts say 1000 metric tons is a more accurate figure. A study of Gulf war veterans showed that 67% had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers. Read the whole article here: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0330-02.htm If "DU" vaporizes metals ... now i wonder ... Could this shit have been used on 911 ?!? DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY: Sr Rosalie Bertell, PhD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgQ79-oDX2o "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (1-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvCmthsTEGA "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (2-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrnKM_2anFo "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon" (3-3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_7p1dMC1n8

http://yahoomisfits.com/05/21/Nuclear_Doomed_Child.jpg

WARNING ~ DO NOT WATCH THIS ON A FULL STOMACH !!! Has The U.S. Been Conducting Nuclear War ?!? (SWF@944KB) (turn up sound & allow to load - press F11 for full screen)

http://just4million.com/swf/Depleted_Uranium.swf
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