Soldier stacking depleted uranium bullets

Sol­dier stack­ing deplet­ed ura­ni­um bullets

Major Doug Rokke inter­viewed by Den­nis Bernstein

While ECOTECTURE most­ly reports on top­ics to do with improv­ing the envi­ron­ment by design­ing bet­ter human sys­tems, leav­ing envi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion to oth­ers, we occa­sion­al­ly come across a con­ser­va­tion top­ic that is under report­ed and far too sig­nif­i­cant to be ignored. We felt com­pelled to present this radio inter­view on the use of deplet­ed ura­ni­um (DU) muni­tions in Iraq and else­where to our read­ers. After all, it is hard to cre­ate a sus­tain­able envi­ron­ment in a radioac­tive waste zone.

The inter­view with DU expert US Army Major Doug Rokke was con­duct­ed by Den­nis Bern­stein, the pro­duc­er of the pro­gram Flash Points on KPFA (Paci­fi­ca) radio in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, and broad­cast on April 17, 2003. I heard it while dri­ving my car, and was so upset that I had to pull over. I had heard of DU muni­tions, of course, but I thought they were used occa­sion­al­ly to attack tanks and had no idea of how wide­spread, dead­ly and per­ma­nent their dam­age was. ECOTECTURE obtained the tapes of the inter­view and repub­lish­es it with Mr. Bern­stein’s permission.

Depleted uranium bullets

Deplet­ed ura­ni­um bullets

In a fol­low up inter­view to be pub­lished soon in ECOTECTURE, Major Rokke told Bern­stein, “I do believe you’re the first sta­tion to break this extreme­ly world-crit­i­cal sto­ry.” ECOTECTURE is the first Jour­nal to pub­lish it, but we hope it will not be the last. We encour­age our read­ers to copy and dis­sem­i­nate this mate­r­i­al for any non-com­mer­cial use that will help expose the health effects of DU before any more peo­ple are exposed to it.

Accord­ing to Rokke, “…ura­ni­um muni­tions have been fired exten­sive­ly, not only in Iraq, Sau­di Ara­bia and Kuwait, but they were fired exten­sive­ly through­out the Balka­ns, first in ’94, ’95 and ’96, and then again in 1999. They were fired exten­sive­ly in Vieques, Puer­to Rico, which is Amer­i­can ter­ri­to­ry which is Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, and also in Oki­nawa in Japan and Terashima Island, and many oth­er places. What we can state and what we do know is that the delib­er­ate and will­ful denial of med­ical care has been ongo­ing. In a report issued by the Depart­ment of Defense by indi­vid­u­als that I know and I’ve report­ed direct­ly to just sev­er­al weeks ago, they stat­ed they’ve giv­en med­ical care to 90 indi­vid­u­als that were exposed to ura­ni­um con­t­a­m­i­na­tion dur­ing the Gulf War I. I’m one of those. I’m sick. And they haven’t done any­thing for me nor many of the oth­ers. I want to repeat, I had over 120 known friend­ly-fire casu­al­ties that sur­vived DU impact. I had anoth­er sev­er­al, 250–350 indi­vid­u­als with known expo­sures to ura­ni­um muni­tions. In a direc­tive, in a report that was giv­en to the Pres­i­den­tial Over­sight Board in 1998, the Depart­ment of Defense for­mal­ly acknowl­edged that there were 424 indi­vid­u­als absolute known ura­ni­um expo­sures and that at that at time they had only noti­fied 120. As of sev­er­al weeks ago, they’re acknowl­edg­ing med­ical care for only 90 indi­vid­u­als, and they’re not even accom­plish­ing that.”

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To real­ly under­stand the impor­tance and dan­gers of this DEPLETED URANIUM i have includ­ed the fol­low­ing links for you to read and tru­ly under­stand the full scope of this arti­cle. We as a soci­ety need to under­stand what the use of this Deplet­ed Ura­ni­um means to “The human race”.

Puer­to Rico deserve jus­tice from the U.S. Government.