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Support the Troops – Stop the Atrocities!

Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says – CNN 11/17/08

An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness. 

Gulf war veteran research lacking – Raw Story 11/14/08

Even as possibly hundreds of thousands of veterans suffer from a collection of symptoms commonly called Gulf War illness, the government has done too little to find treatments for their health problems nearly two decades after the war.

The New Gulf War Syndrome – Alternet 11/11/08

Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in danger from toxic chemicals, yet most don’t know what they’ve been exposed to or where to get help.

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World  – Rense 4/29/05

Video: Depleted Uranium – Iraq’s Nuclear Nightmare – Uruknet 10/20/08

Anti-war veterans deploy 4,171 toy soldiers at gas station – Raw Story 11/17/08

Chemicals at US Iraq burn pit site – Raw Story 11/21/08

A soldier concerned about his tour at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Balad, Iraq, this year sent Military Times a report showing high levels of particulate matter and low levels of manganese, possibly due to materials destroyed in a burn pit.

“The high risk estimate is due to the average (particulate matter) level being at a concentration the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers ‘hazardous,’ and is likely to affect the health of all troops,” wrote Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, director of health risk assessment for the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. “Manganese was also detected above its one-year military exposure guidelines.”

Raped in the Military? You’ll Have to Pay for Your Own Forensic Exam Kit – Alternet 11/11/08

Contractors Nervous About Losing Immunity in Iraq – Mother Jones 11/7/08

Military Contractors Are Here to Stay, Report Concludes – Mother Jones 11/10/08

Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says “No” to Deployment in Afghanistan – Alternet 10/23/08

How 21-year-old soldier Blake Ivey came to see war as “flat-out murder.”

Injured vets returned to combat – Raw Story 11/25/08

Definition of combat-related disabilities narrowed, costing vets benefits.

Report: Army to sink $50 million into combat training games – CNet 11/24/08

Revealed: Gulf War Syndrome is Real, Caused by Pills and Pesticides – Alternet 11/20/08

A groundbreaking study has found that pills given to U.S. and British troops to counter nerve gas is one of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome.

New friendly fire coverup: Army shreds files on dead soldiers – Salon 11/20/08

Hours after Salon revealed evidence that two Americans were killed by a U.S. tank, not enemy fire, military officials destroyed papers on the men.

Iraq veterans exposed to cancer-causing dust sue contractor – Raw Story 12/3/08

The Guardsmen charge that KBR was aware of dangerous levels of sodium dichromate on the premises, used to remove corrosion from pipes. Part of its chemical makeup is hexavalent chromium, which is known to cause lung cancer and birth defects. Sergeant First Class David Moore of Dubois, Indiana, was among those said to be affected: he died this year of chronic interstitial lung disease. His death was ruled service-related.

“It’s not right,” said Mark McManaway, 55, the main plaintiff in the suit. He has suffered rashes and nosebleeds he blames on the exposure. Their attorney, Mike Doyle, is also representing ten KBR workers in arbitration (Langford v. Halliburton, American Arbitration Association, 70-480-00649-05) who echo the charge, saying that their employer chose to cover up the exposure after neglecting to issue them the proper protective gear. Ed Blacke, who worked as a medic at Qarmat Ali, testified to a Senate panel in June that he was fired when he discovered the toxic dust and tried to warn others. “A day’s exposure could write you a death warrant,” he added. “Just one day’s exposure.” He said that the chemical contamination was an act of sabotage by the Iraqi Baath party.

“The Tell City Guardsmen were repeatedly told that there was no danger on site, even after KBR managers knew that blood testing of American civilians exposed onsite confirmed elevated chromium levels,” Doyle said in the complaint…The Guardsmen’s complaint includes a copy of an internal KBR memo, dated June 2003, in which managers discussed sodium dichromate at the plant, and a statement from the Army confirming that there was “high potential for direct exposure” to the chemical during the time the Guardsmen were stationed at the plant.

Halliburton, KBR sickened largest base in Iraq, likely others – Army Times 12/4/08

A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against contractor KBR and its former parent company, Halliburton, saying the companies exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there….Joshua Eller, who worked as a civilian computer-aided drafting technician with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, said military personnel, contractors and third-country nationals may have been sickened by contamination at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq, home to more than 30,000 service members, Defense Department civilians and contractors….

Eller filed his claim after he deployed in February 2006 for 10 months. The lawsuit claims he developed skin lesions that subsequently spread, filled with fluid and burst. He said they went away, then reappeared, followed by blisters on his feet that made it painful for him to walk. He said they healed, but continue to return every three to four months.  Then, Eller said he experienced vomiting, cramping and diarrhea, and continues to suffer severe abdominal pain.

“Plaintiff witnessed the open air burn pit in operation at Balad Air Force Base,” the lawsuit states. “On one occasion, he witnessed a wild dog running around base with a human arm in its mouth. The human arm had been dumped on the open air burn pit by KBR.”…A report from Wil Granger, KBR’s water quality manager for Iraq, states that non-potable water used for showering was not disinfected. “This caused an unknown population to be exposed to potentially harmful water for an undetermined amount of time,”…The suit notes that former KBR employees Ben Carter and Ken May testified at a congressional hearing in January 2006 that KBR used contaminated water from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Carter testified that he found the water polluted with sewage and that KBR did not chlorinate it.  The lawsuit states the swimming pools at Balad were also filled with unsafe water.

Eller also accused KBR of serving spoiled, expired and rotten food to the troops, as well as dishes that may have been contaminated with shrapnel.  “Defendants knowingly and intentionally supplied and served food that was well past its expiration date, in some cases over a year past its expiration date,” the lawsuit states. “Even when it was called to the attention of the KBR food service managers that the food was expired, KBR still served the food to U.S. forces.”  The food included chicken, beef, fish, eggs and dairy products, which caused cases of salmonella poisoning, according to the lawsuit.

“KBR prevented their employees from speaking with government auditors and hid employees from auditors by moving them from bases when an audit was scheduled,” the lawsuit states. “Any employees that spoke with auditors were sent to more dangerous locations in Iraq as punishment.”

The lawsuit also accuses KBR of shipping ice in mortuary trucks that “still had traces of body fluids and putrefied remains in them when they were loaded with ice. This ice was served to U.S. forces.”…

Eller also accuses KBR of failing to maintain a medical incinerator at Joint Base Balad, which has been confirmed by two surgeons in interviews with Military Times about the Balad burn pit. Instead, according to the lawsuit and the physicians, medical waste, such as needles, amputated body parts and bloody bandages were burned in the open-air pit.

“Wild dogs in the area raided the burn pit and carried off human remains,” the lawsuit states. “The wild dogs could be seen roaming the base with body parts in their mouths, to the great distress of the U.S. forces.”

According to military regulations, medical waste must be burned in an incinerator to prevent anyone from breathing hazardous fumes.

“On at least one occasion, defendants were attempting to improperly dispose of medical waste at an open-air burn pit by backing a truck full of medical waste up to the pit and emptying the contents onto the fire,” the lawsuit states. “The truck caught fire. Defendants’ fraudulent actions were thereby discovered by the military.”

The lawsuit also states that the contractors burned old lithium batteries in the pits, “causing noxious and unsafe blue smoke to drift over the base.”

Military Times has received more than 100 letters from troops saying they were sickened by fumes from the burn pits, which burned plastics, petroleum products, rubber, dining-facility waste and batteries.

The lawsuit asks that the plaintiffs receive monetary compensation for physical injuries, emotional distress, fear of future disease, and need for continued medical treatment and involvement, and that KBR and Halliburton be stripped of all revenue and profits earned “from their pattern of constant misconduct and callous disregard to the welfare of Americans serving and working in Iraq.” 

 

Bill Moyers Interviews former US Army Col. Andrew Bacevich – PBS 9/26/08

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life
 
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It is fairly clear that you don’t know anything about DU other than that which has been fed to you by the extreme left. Go to http://www.depletedcranium.com or to Message 88 at the Yahoo Group DUStory, which was created to expose the liars in the anti-depleted uranium crusade, at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DUStory/message/88

Comment by Roger Helbig

The blog you linked to contains some rough analysis of the DU information out there, with no data to back its’ claims, only inferences and assumptions.

The links in my post above, and in previous DU posts on this site, link to federal studies, scientific data, and subject matter experts like Helen Caldicott, Doug Rokke, and others.

It makes no difference to me, or our troops, if it’s DU or Mad Cow disease, but hundreds of thousands of US troops are suffering from chronic and often debilitating disease. We must work together to stop it.

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