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"It's cheap. It's cheap and plentiful. Depleted uranium is a by-product of uranium enrichment after a certain percent," Lawrence Davidson, professor at West Chester University, told Press TV.
The US government has used depleted uranium arms on humans in its two recent wars, at least 1,000 tons in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2,400 tons in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Human rights commissions have prohibited the use of depleted uranium on humans -- including during military conflicts -- because it causes congenital deformities and cancer.
Davidson explained that the weapons have certain qualities that make Washington use them for military purposes.
Originally posted by xuenchen
According to a report from PressTV....citing Lawrence Davidson, professor at West Chester University.
The Professor says depleted uranium is cheap to produce !!
The article states that the U.S. has used the stuff in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Are these claims Genuine ??
a. DU is natural uranium left over after most of the U-235 isotope has been removed, such as
that used as fuel in nuclear power plants. DU possesses about 60 percent of the radioactivity of
natural uranium and is a radiation hazard primarily if internalized, such as in shrapnel,
contaminated wounds, and inhalation. In addition to its radioactivity, DU has some chemical
toxicity related to being a heavy metal (similar to lead).
b. Testing of DU for possible military use began in the early 1960’s and was first used by the
United States military in projectiles and armor for tanks during the Gulf War, which began in
1990, and continues to the present (see Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 101(33)). DU has
also been used in other conflicts, such as OIF and Bosnia. Service personnel who may have had
potential inhalation exposure to DU include those on, in, or near vehicles hit with "friendly fire;"
rescuers entering burning vehicles; individuals near fires involving DU munitions; individuals
salvaging damaged vehicles; and those near burning vehicles.
c. The medical effects of DU exposure are continuing to be evaluated. A group of GW
veterans with retained DU fragments, or DU-contaminated wounds, is being followed at a
special DU Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Baltimore,
MD. While no clinically significant adverse effects of DU have been evident to date in this
group, some abnormalities have been detected on specialized testing. NOTE: As of year 2003,
the Baltimore DU Follow-up Program has seen 70 veterans.
d. The Baltimore DU Follow-up Program has determined that, for GW friendly-fire victims,
a 24-hour urine determination for uranium is a more sensitive screening test for DU than wholebody
Department of Veteran Affairs - DEPLETED URANIUM CHECKLIST AND GUIDELINES YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN COMBAT OR AFTER COMBAT OR AT ANY TIME IN YOUR MILITARY CAREER
Originally posted by GonzoSinister
i can kind of understand...
although its horrible,
there piles of DU lying about right?
choices are spend a ton of cash in making it safe (which usually means burying it deep)
or making it into weapons and buring it into Veichles, bunkers, essentially anything you need really really dead...
In the current economic climate it is almost certainley the more affordable option to use it than dispose of it.