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Featured Documentary

Invisible War - Depleted Uranium and the politics of radiation (2000) 68 min.

Synopsis

This film by Martin Meissonnier documents the use of nuclear waste in U.S. weaponry and uses studies conducted by many experts to prove the point. During the Persian Gulf war, in Kuwait and Iraq, the U.S. used 320 tons of Depleted Uranium. Also, shells used in the 1999 Kosovo conflict were tainted with trace amounts of plutonium, neptunium and americium-byproducts of nuclear reactors that are much more radioactive than depleted uranium. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which controls DU considers its use to be "utilization of waste materials." After the Gulf War, Americans celebrated their victory over Iraq believing less than 200 U.S. soldiers had been killed in combat with almost a quarter of them, caused by "friendly fire." In fact the casualty is significantly higher.

Of the 696,778 U.S. veterans that served in the Gulf War, over 251,000 (36%) have filed medical claims for illness related to the war. Over 8,000 of them have died. The isotope U236 has been found in the organs and fluids of these former soldiers.

Damacio Lopez, director of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST), calls the figure the "largest friendly fire death toll in history." He, like the doctors and scientists and sick U.S. vets and Iraqis you will meet in the enclosed video, believe the cause of their sickness and deaths to be the use of plutonium enriched DU weaponry by the U.S. during the Gulf War.