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Originally posted by Zaphod58
why don't more A-10 crew chiefs have cancer? The shells in the cannon use DU tips. ...
Q&A: Depleted uranium weapons
Ray Bristow was tested - in Canada - for DU. He is open-minded about the role of DU in his condition. But he says: "I remained in Saudi Arabia throughout the war. I never once went into Iraq or Kuwait, where these munitions were used. But the tests showed, in layman's terms, that I have been exposed to over 100 times an individual's safe annual exposure to depleted uranium."
Doug Rokke, a former US army colonel who served in Vietnam, was sent to the Gulf in 1991 to advise on cleaning up radioactive debris.
He says almost every member of the team of 30 experts he took with him is now seriously ill, and three have died of lung cancer.
Others say they have children born with defects.
The following information from the military "Special Assistant on Deployment Health" paints a quite different picture. Unless Rokke can come up with the names of most of the 30 who he alleges have died, I will have to believe the government information, rather than Rokke's claim. Rokke seems to have exaggerated both his role and the number of people who have died since the cleanup. Here is the email from the official government source:
>>>>We can offer some accurate information to correct the record. Rokke is a private citizen and does not represent the Department of Defense. Following the ground war, Rokke was attached for duty to assist technical experts in the recovery and decontamination of radioactive material and equipment. The team of approximately 10 people was led, not by Rokke, but by a civilian from the Army Munitions and Chemical Command (AMCCOM). Rokke's primary role was to facilitate the recovery operations by ensuring the team had the proper support. Over the past years, Doug Rokke has reported varying numbers of ill or dead members of "his team." These claims have been researched and are unsubstantiated.
In 1998, our office compiled a list of 29 names of people Rokke reported to be on "his team." Staff members were able to interview 22 of them. Approximately 15 of the 29 people Doug Rokke had identified as being on "his team" actually worked on DU-contaminated vehicles. Two of the 29 had died, however, in interviews with the others, neither of these two veterans was named as having worked with depleted uranium. While we respect Rokke's right to express his opinions, the fact that he presents himself as an expert, does not make it so. His role in the Gulf War and at the Chemical School, as well as the specifics of his educational background, do not qualify him as a depleted uranium expert. These areas fall well outside of his area of expertise and responsibility.
Dr. Rokke’s doctorate is not in physics.
He briefly was an assistant professor of environmental science at Jacksonville State University, Alabama, but never gained tenure.
“He said DU caused many of the more than 206,000 cases of Gulf War Syndrome reported by veterans of the Gulf War…” He has no proof of this statement because no proof exists despite the efforts of many researchers, both inside and outside the Department of Defense, who continue to look for such proof, not only for depleted uranium, but also for many other substances.
Dr. Rokke has “rapidly developed cataracts and kidney problems…” DU is incapable of causing cataracts. Uranium is capable of causing kidney problems, but this effect has a threshold and is a chemical, not radiation effect. I suggest that the amount, if any, of DU in Dr. Rokke’s body is nowhere near this threshold and challenge him to prove otherwise. Medical literature refutes the implication that DU caused these alleged ailments.
One wonders how U.S. troops feel about the potential exposure to DU.” I hope that our soldiers are not apprehensive because of the misinformation spread by Dr. Rokke and others of his persuasion. They have enough real dangers to worry about. I do know that many Gulf War veterans talked about how they felt when U.S. DU munitions defeated enemy armor at great distance and when U.S. DU armor deflected enemy munitions. They felt good.
DU munitions and armor are not hazardous to our soldiers. They protect our soldiers and win our battles.
Originally posted by Souljah
Yep - I am sure that Depleted Uranium is COMPLETLY HARMLESS and that we have to Trust the Military what they say, for they have NEVER ever Lied to us in the Past and I am sure that they would not lie to use this time regarding the Depleted Uranium.
Yep, there is NO HARM from Depleted Uranium.
Typical answers from typical people on the whole, I have heard them a million times and think them as bull. None the less DU is a problem caused DIRECTLY by the US invasions, no one else. The deformities ALL coincide with the effects on troops who used DU and therefor the link is made showing that is DU that is causing these problems. No point in fighting gunho bushers when they will never change people, and the same goes to the gung ho bushers who fight people who do not support him. No point in it at all.