[Marxism] NY National Guard troops return home poisoned with U-235, U-234, U-236
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Sun Apr 4 08:51:14 MDT 2004
Anyone interested in this topic should get to know the work of Dr. Asaf
Duracovic, featured below.
Depleted uranium exposure and toxicity in Iraq, starting with the
effects upon Iraqi children after 1991, MUST be thoroughly studied and
Poisoned? Shocking report reveals local troops may be victims of
America's high-tech weapons
Special investigation By JUAN GONZALEZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, April 3rd, 2004
Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving in
Iraq are contaminated with radiation likely caused by dust from
depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops, a Daily News
investigation has found.
They are among several members of the same company, the 442nd Military
Police, who say they have been battling persistent physical ailments
that began last summer in the Iraqi town of Samawah.
"I got sick instantly in June," said Staff Sgt. Ray Ramos, a Brooklyn
housing cop. "My health kept going downhill with daily headaches,
constant numbness in my hands and rashes on my stomach."
A nuclear medicine expert who examined and tested nine soldiers from
the company says that four "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust
from exploded American shells manufactured with depleted uranium.
Laboratory tests conducted at the request of The News revealed traces
of two manmade forms of uranium in urine samples from four of the
If so, the men - Sgt. Hector Vega, Sgt. Ray Ramos, Sgt. Agustin Matos
and Cpl. Anthony Yonnone - are the first confirmed cases of inhaled
depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict.
The 442nd, made up for the most part of New York cops, firefighters and
correction officers, is based in Orangeburg, Rockland County.
Dispatched to Iraq last Easter, the unit's members have been providing
guard duty for convoys, running jails and training Iraqi police. The
entire company is due to return home later this month.
"These are amazing results, especially since these soldiers were
military police not exposed to the heat of battle," said Dr. Asaf
Duracovic, who examined the G.I.s and performed the testing that was
funded by The News.
As part of the investigation by the Daily News, Dr. Asaf Duracovic, a
nuclear medicine expert who has conducted extensive research on
depleted uranium, examined the nine soldiers from the 442nd Military
Police in late December and collected urine specimens from each.
Another member of his team, Prof. Axel Gerdes, a geologist at Goethe
University in Frankfurt who specializes in analyzing uranium isotopes,
performed repeated tests on the samples over a week-long period. He
used a state-of-the art procedure called multiple collector inductively
coupled plasma-mass spectrometry.
Only about 100 laboratories worldwide have the same capability to
identify and measure various uranium isotopes in minute quantities,
Gerdes concluded that four of the men had depleted uranium in their
bodies. Depleted uranium, which does not occur in nature, is created as
a waste product of uranium enrichment when some of the highly
radioactive isotopes in natural uranium, U-235 and U-234, are
Several of the men, according to Duracovic, also had minute traces of
another uranium isotope, U-236, that is produced only in a nuclear
"These men were almost certainly exposed to radioactive weapons on the
battlefield," Duracovic said.
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