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Depleted Uranium
How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers & Civilians with DU Weapons

Second Edition

Selections compiled and edited by the Depleted Uranium Education Project
International Action Center
New York City

In May, 1997, the International Action Center published a book of essays and lectures on depleted uranium: the contamination of the planet by the United States military. In addition to exposing the deadly duplicity of the Department of Defense, the book documents the genocide of Native Americans and Iraqis by military radiation, the connection between depleted uranium and Gulf War Syndrome, the underestimated dangers from low-level radiation, the legal ramifications of DU Production and Use, and the growing movement against DU.

The Table of Contents is provided below. Some of the articles and lectures are found in their entirety on this website. Others are excerpted. 

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What Government Documents Admit and What the Government is Telling Us

Preface (full text)


Biographies of the Authors (full text)

Section I: Introduction and Call to Action Against DU

1. The Struggle for an Independent Inquiry (full text)
By Sara Flounders, Organizer--International Action Center

2. Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons (excerpt)
By Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark

3. A New Kind of Nuclear War (excerpt)
By Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility

4. International Appeal to Ban DU (full text)

Section II: How DU Weapons Harmed Gulf War Veterans

5. Collateral Damage: How U.S. Troops Were Exposed (excerpt)
By Dan Fahey, Gulf War Syndrome activist researching DU use in the Gulf region

6. Living With Gulf War Syndrome (excerpt)
By Carole Picou, Veteran of Medical Unit on the Iraqi Front

7. Another Human Experiment (exerpt)
By Dolores Lymburner, National Organizer of the Depleted Uranium Citizens' Network

Section III: The Politics of War and the Pentagon's Coverup

8. A Tale of Two Syndromes: Vietnam and Gulf War (excerpt)
By John Catalinotto, former organizer, American Servicemen's Union

9. Military and Media Collaborate in Coverup of DU (excerpt)
By Lenora Foerstal, N. American Coordinator, Women for Mutual Security; editor, Creating Surplus Population: the Effect of Military and Corporate Policies on Indigenous Peoples

10. Burying the Past, Protecting DU Weapons for Future Wars (excerpt)
By Tod Ensign, attorney; Director, Citizen Soldier

11. 'National Security' Kept Atomic Veteran's Suffering a Secret (excerpt)
By Pat Broudy, Legislative Director, National Associaion of Atomic Veterans and National Associaiton of Atomic Survivors

12. A Bizarre Recycling Program--the Arrogance of Power (excerpt)
By Alice Slater, President, Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

Section IV: Indigenous Peoples Victimized by Military Radiation

13. Uranium Development on Indian Land (excerpt)
By Manuel Pino
, Environmental Activist

14. Uranium, the Pentagon and the Navajo people (excerpt)
By Anna Rondon, Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum

15. Nuclear Testing, Government Secrecy and the Marshall Islanders (excerpt)
By Glen Alcalay, anthropologist; National Committee for Radiation Victims

16. Declaration of the Indigenous Anti-Nuclear Summit (excerpt)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 5-8, 1996

Section V: What Risks from Low-Level Radiation?

17. Depleted Uranium: Huge Quantities of Dangerous Waste (excerpt)
By Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY

18. Nuclear Testing, Power Plants and a Breast Cancer Epidemic (excerpt)
By Dr. Jay M. Gould, author, The Enemy Within

19.Nine-Legged Frogs, Gulf War Syndrome, and Chernobyl Studies (excerpt)
By Dr. Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, Founding Member/President, International Institute of Concern for Public Health; Editor in Chief, International Perspectives in Public Health.

20. DU Spread and Contamination of Gulf War Veterans and Others (excerpt)
By Leonard A. Dietz, physicist, charter member, American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Section VI: Environmental Cost of Gulf War to Iraquis and Others

21. Gravesites: Environmental Ruin in Iraq (excerpt)
By Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz
, anthropologist; journalist, WBAI-NY

22. DU Shells Make the Desert Glow (excerpt)
By Dr. Eric Hoskins
, Medical Coordinator, Harvard Study Team's surveys of health and welfare in postwar Iraq

23. How DU Shell Residues Poison Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia (excerpt)
By Prof. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Guenther,
Founder/President, Austrian Yellow Cross International

24. Note From Permanent Mission of Iraq to UN Center for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, May 21, 1996 (full text)

25. U.S. First to Target Nuclear Reactor (excerpt)
By Suzy T. Kane,Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; author, The Hidden History of the Persian Gulf War

Section VII: Can a Legal Battle be Waged to Ban DU?

26. The Role of Physicians in the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (excerpt)
By Dr. Victor Sidel, Co-president, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; co-editor, War and Public Health

27. UN Subcommission on Human Rights Votes Ban on DU (excerpt)
By Philippa Winkler, attorney; Project Director, Hidden Casualties, The Environmental, Health and Political Consequences of the Persian Gulf War

28. Depleted Uranium and International Law (excerpt)
By Alyn Ware
, Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy


Appendix I: Government Documents on DU

Appendix II: Ordnance Containing DU

Appendix III: Locations Involving DU Research, Testing and Storage

Appendix IV: Report from LAKA Foundation, Netherlands

Appendix V: DU Around the World

Appendix VI: International Action Center (full text)

Appendix VII: Organizations and Resources (full text)


Opinions expressed by contributors of this book represent their personal views and are not necessarily those of the organizations involved.

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