US Poisons the World

I happen to know that the report mentioned in the article here was to be released at a press conference on the steps of the CDC on March 1. It appears that government spin doctors have launched a preemptive strike:

RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the ‘shock and awe’? bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report.

Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.

Government officials, however, say the sharp rise in uranium detected by radiation monitors in Berkshire was a coincidence and probably came from local sources.

Really? That’s unlikely unless one of the UK’s nuclear power plants has suffered a Chernobyl-style meltdown that was never revealed to the public.

The results from testing stations at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston and four other stations within a 10-mile radius were obtained by Chris Busby, of Liverpool University’s department of human anatomy and cell biology. Each detector recorded a significant rise in uranium levels during the Gulf war bombing campaign in March 2003. The reading from a park in Reading was high enough for the Environment Agency to be alerted.

Busby, who has advised the government on radiation and is a founder of Green Audit, the environmental consultancy, believes “uranium aerosols” from Iraq were widely dispersed in the atmosphere and blown across Europe.
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Busby’s report shows that within nine days of the start of the Iraq war on March 19, 2003, higher levels of uranium were picked up on five sites in Berkshire. On two occasions, levels exceeded the threshold at which the Environment Agency must be informed, though within safety limits. The report says weather conditions over the war period showed a consistent flow of air from Iraq northwards.

This means that the radiation and nano-particulates were blown across all of Europe.

Given that prevailing winds usually blow from west to east, one wonders how much of Russia, China, India, Korea, Japan, and ultimately, the U.S. have been tainted with this stuff?

Here’s the PDF file of Busby’s report. It’s unsettling, to say the least. Once this gets out, the world is going to be pretty upset with the U.S. and U.K. Rightly so.

The use of depleted uranium munitions amounts to thousands of “dirty” radiological bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Serbia over the last 15 years. There will be a reckoning.

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