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How 6,700 Tons of Radioactive Sand From Kuwait Ended Up in Idaho - >800 'Environmental Disaster' Bases Round Globe


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Pentagon, radioactive, sand, US military, depleted uranium, munitions, Kuwait, First Gulf War, health, safety, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Depart of Health, Donald Rumsfeld, hazardous materials, storage, waste disposal sites, American Ecology )

LucyKalei
- 3951 days ago - alternet.org
Sand contaminated with depleted uranium when US military vehicles/munitions caught fire at base during 1st Gulf War was being repatriated. Hazardous materials storage lucrative growing business, esp since Rumsfeld's "frontier stockades" or "lily pads"...



   

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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 3:13 am
No, this is the right one ! Are comments posted on one showing up on the other ! What a mess !
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 7:45 am
Noted, thanks Jill
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 9:31 am
Noted, thanks Jill.

Iím not all that surprised that the US military would keep secrets from us about contaminated sand and other contaminant entering into the states from military bases that arenít even on the list.

It has only been recently that the Military Government admitted that Agent Orange a defoliant used during the Vietnam War was dangerous. Prior to their admission they had claimed it was safe to humans which proved to be wrong, and many former Vietnam Veterans have died from being exposed to Agent Orange. Agent Orange was manufactured by the Monsanto Corporation, and claimed the chemical was safe to humans, which we now know is false.

Depleted uranium on the other hand we know full well that it is responsible for thousands of deaths if not in the 100s of thousands of deaths in Iraq from depleted uranium. The government continues to lie to us, for they donít want to be sued, nor do they want to pay benefits to the surviving families for the loss of their loved ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are many items left over from the first Gulf War that we still donít know about as yet, but as time goes onward, one day we will. But the question is: will it be too late?
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 9:52 am
In addition the alleged WMD that was not ever found in Iraq, and used as an excuse to attack Saddam Hussein. Whom George W Bush had lied to Congress in order to get them to sign off on the war in Iraq. Bush knew full well that during the invasion of the Kurds that the US supplied Sarin and Mustard gas to Saddam Hussein to be used against the Kurds. Whether or not he used these gases on his own people has not ever been proved to my knowledge. The only reason Bush wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein was to get control over their oil fields. His shock and awe bombings backfired on Bush for he did not expect the Iraqis to fight back. Why he not ever gave this a thought is beyond me, and I canít read the idiots mind. But what I did not like was his jokes about where the WMD were. ďThere not over here. I donít see them over there, theyíre not under the table.Ē His jokes may have been laughed about by his thugs in suits, and his reprehensible RepubliCons, and those who supported the idiot, but those of us who could think for ourselves always knew that Bush/Cheney/Rice/ Powell/ Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Baker/Rove, and others are dangerous people. And they still are today. Hell bent on World Domination through a false plan of liberating the Iraqis, and forming fake democracies throughout the Middle East. Israelís puppet PM Olmert is under investigation for war crimes, and itís only a matter of time that he will be convicted and sentenced. Israel loves the death penalty.

In addition it was not that much of a secret that Bush goaded Israel into attacking Lebanon and Palestine. We should support Israel only if they need support, and not goad them into doing anything they would not otherwise do without being pushed by the Bush administration. Hopefully when Bush/Cheney leave office the 111th Congress will file the articles of impeachment against them. There is no statute of limitations on impeachment. What impeachment will do after they leave office; is to prevent them for ever holding public office again. And they will not be able to collect their pensions that they are currently entitled to now. They will not be compensated for their disservice to our county, and thatís a good thing.
 

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 12:36 pm
Ah, Jill,

Even though it's not good news, and I'm not surprised with any details fleshing out the BIG PICTURE I already see, I thank you.

Know why ? Because you simply can't discuss this sort of thing with MOST people. They don't want to know, and they certainly don't want to think that the U.S. is the arrogant, Imperialist power it is. This is how the short-sighted, mean-spirited people who make these decisions on behalf of the U.S. Goverment get away with these things.

Let's note also: uranium dumped in indigenous people's land - typical in the pattern.

What I want to know is where the hell they think THEY'RE going to able to live after irradiating the planet. Oh, yes ! I remember ! Maybe in those underground facilities those "conspiracy theorists" claim they have ready for the chosen few and their loyal servants. Or perhaps they actually believe their own bullshit, that the scientific findings are wrong and uranium isn't really THAT bad.

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday September 20, 2008, 1:18 pm

If you want to see some of the possible effects of uranium poisoning on people, take a look at the LA Times four-part report, with a picture gallery for each section, on the Navajo, "Blighted Homeland." I have a link to it on my page. Tragic, tragic.

And then, you can also google 'depleted uranium' for pictures and see some of the most frightening things that can go wrong in a human being.
 

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Sunday September 21, 2008, 9:02 pm
Noted, thanks Jill
Iím not all that surprised that the US military would keep secrets from us
Even though it's not good news, and I'm not surprised with any details was giving out at all..
 

Morwen Madrigal (2)
Sunday September 21, 2008, 9:05 pm
As a former Nuclear Engineer with the Navy, and a Grad from the Idaho facility, I can tell you this stiff has happened with regularity. Goddess knows what exactly has been deposited in the INEL since my days there in the late '70s.

Maybe someone should look at what's going on at the Hanford, WA site. I'm out of the loop for much of this info. (Banned actually)
 

Kate S (114)
Monday September 22, 2008, 2:20 pm
These people don't think about anything except power and lining their own pockets. The party of 'family values' intends to do their best to leave a contaminated world for their children's children, as long as it's not immediately in their back yard. This is just like McCain being a proponent of nuclear energy, but not wanting nuclear waste to be transported into or through Arizona. They always think someone else should pay for the mess their profit-taking left behind.
 
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