On May 17 2004, I did send 9 mails using the recorded delivery services of the Royal Mail. One has been sent to the House Of Commons and the other 8
to nationwide UK newspapers. Each mail contained the same 2 letters.
One of those letters was questioning the adequacy of the NBC protection available to the British troops involved in Operation Telic as a mean to
demonstrate the fact that Tony Blair had blatantly lied to the British People and Parliament about his personal belief in Iraq's ownership of the
so-called weapons of mass destruction, the level of NBC equipment available for the protection of British troops and civilian personnels deployed in
Iraq appearing to me so poor in contrast to the established lethal capability of Saddam Hussein's army as documented in "Iraq's Weapons Of Mass
Destruction - The Assessment Of The British Government" published by No 10 in 2002 which grants for example, Saddam's Army the ownership of enough
Agent VX to kill 150 million persons with several possible delivery means available such as mortars.
The other letter was questioning the Government's policies regarding the handling of the cannabis issue as a mean to demonstrate that Tony Blair is
eagerly and directly helping to finance the terrorist organisations he pretends to fight.
Out of those 9 mails, I've received 2 answers. One from the Southampton Labour MP writing on behalf of the Parliament who answers unsatisfactorily
about the NBC issue and doesn't even quote the cannabis one. The other from the Daily Mail was a generic "Sorry and thank you but we can't publish
everything we receive". 2 others addressed to The Guardian and The Times have been received but went unanswered and unpublished. The other 5,
addressed to The Independent, The Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph have never been delivered! (I've since claimed
for compensation at the post and they've quickly apologized for the inexplicable loss but did compensate me only with 12 first class stamp for each
missing recorded delivery item instead of 5 x £28 (standard declared value of item.))
After a few days, I was so upset by the non-delivery of recorded letters that I distributed in the streets of Southampton about 300 copies of them to
whoever was accepting to take them, including several members of the UK Independence Party, Conservative Party and Peace Party who happened to be out,
campaigning for the coming European Parliament elections.
I did nothing more about it since apart from a few other posts of those letters to political parties through the normal post and have received no
answers so far.
I have recently subscribed to to an Internet connection and my browsing led me to learn yesterday about the recent unnatural death in an air crash in
Devon of Dr Paul Norman, from Salisbury, the chief scientist for UK chemical and biological defence at the Defence and Science Laboratory (DSTL) at
Porton Down, the Ministry of Defence facility in Wiltshire, and described by colleagues as one of the world's leading experts on how to counter WMD
attacks and terrorism. He had worked at Porton Down for 18 years, developing protective equipment against chemical weapons.
According to their own website "DSTLís activities in Operation Telic included hot issues, especially concerning chemical, biological and radiological
matters."... "DSTL had ten people embedded in the Air HQ and several more in the Land HQ. One such expert, Hilary, was Senior Scientific Advisor to
the Command HQ in Qatar for 12 weeks. Her job, alongside Steve Bailey and Sarah Vickress, also of Porton Down, was to advise them on chemical and
biological threats. "I was working as part of the force protection area, ensuring that policy regarding NBC was carried out correctly and answering
questions on NBC from the front line... I was there to advise on Ďfalse alarmsí, when troops in theatre thought that they were being attacked by NBC
weapons, but were not."... "Following the end of major hostilities, and in response to this threat, a fully-equipped UK chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear (CBRN) field laboratory was sent to Baghdad International airport in support of coalition forces. Staffed by six specialists
from DSTL Porton Down and two from AWE (Aldermaston) the lab has the capability to conduct analysis of suspected CBRN materials."
Not much effort and means seem to have been spent towards NBC protection and detection by DSTL on the field except for TRaME. They say : "In the case
of TRaME - Tactical Radiation Monitoring Equipment Ė there was an urgent need to provide troops operating in theatre with radiation protection
instruments. The TRaME capability comprises diverse monitoring, sensor and recording hardware, together with hardware and software tools to gives
British land forces the ability to assess the risk of conducting missions in a radioactive environment. The capability alerts troops to the presence
of a radioactive hazard, provides a survey facility to define the extent and severity and analysis tools to identify the source. "
There is no mention of a similarly urgent project in the field of chemical or biological protection and monitoring besides the insignificant mobile
laboratory with a crew of 8 sent in after the end of the main hostilities.
This demonstrate that the focus and means were fully put on radioactive hazard rather than chemical or biological threat, in total antagonism with No
10's dossier assessing the certainty of the presence of massive quantities of those deadly chemical and biological agents but only of the
hypothetical presence of radioactive material.
The answer of that puzzle is simple. It is only Depleted Uranium hazards they were concerned with. A survey of "Sandy Times", the official Ministry
of Defence magazine for the British troops in the gulf, confirms it. The only mention and piece of advice to the soldiers regarding NBC hazard to be
found in it is about Depleted Uranium. They say : "Britainís Armed Forces continue to use Depleted Uranium (DU) ammunition... The types of DU
ammunition used by British forces are 120mm anti tank rounds fired by the Armyís Challenger tanks and 20mm rounds used by the Royal Navyís Phalanx
missile defence system... When a DU weapon strikes a solid object, it goes straight through it and then erupts as cloud of burning vapour. The vapour
settles as dust, this dust is radioactive and poisonous if inhaled or ingested... If you are to enter a contaminated area you should wear your issued
NBC gloves and the special issue face mask." Not a single line of advice is to be found about how to best survive in a medium sized cloud of Sarin
or Tabun gas unexpectedly delivered from a mortar round with their insufficiently efficient NBC mask and gloves and without decontamination units at
The man that would have been called to unequivocally testify if those points had been put to Parliament or printed in newspapers was Paul Norman, the
head of chemical and biological defence at DSTL. Unfortunately, he has just unexpectedly died...
Am I indirectly responsible for the death of Paul Norman, chief scientist on WMD protection at DSTL ?
Was he about to speak ?
Will the British Parliament answer my questions ?
Southampton, UK, 12 July 2004
This text and related personal documents available at :
DSTL Porton Down Website :
Ministry of Defence Website :
Iraq's Weapons of mass Destruction - The Assessment Of The British Government :
Iraq : Military Campain Objectives :
DSTL and Telic :
DSTL and Telic - TRaME :
Sandy Times No 26 :
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