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Depleted Uranium: Formidable Weapon (02:05)


Depleted uranium made its appearance on the battlefields of the first Gulf War. The U.S. military has regarded depleted uranium munitions as a "magic weapon." Congressman Jim McDermott addresses the issues surrounding this heavy metal. While at an Independence Day parade in Washington, D.C., a journalist recalls what he observed in Iraq during the war.

Depleted Uranium in Iraq (03:09)

The trail of depleted uranium begins in Iraq. Viewers are taken to Basra. A taxi driver who fought against Americans in Kuwait explains how the war ended. Americans fired thousands of rounds--containing at least 350 tons--of depleted uranium. Fifty-thousand tons of depleted uranium is produced each year.

Basra Hospital: Cancer Rates (06:00)

A doctor in Basra reports that he sees an increase in cancer cases since the use of depleted uranium. In 1996, American military were warned of the dangers of depleted uranium. The Environmental Minister says that the depleted used against them by the U.S. will affect generations to come.

Environmental Contamination (04:14)

During the invasion of Kuwait, Paris was a faithful ally of the U.S. We learn from a French scientist that depleted uranium, in the form of fine dust, is an alpha radiation, the kind that does the most internal damage. Children and women are often around this dust that is still present in the burned out tanks and in shrapnel.

Bombings in Serbia (04:41)

Depleted uranium was used in other parts of Europe. We learn about U.S. bombings in Serbia. We follow the journalist to bombed-out factories in Sarajevo. Many people migrated to Bratunac and soon showed symptoms of cancer. We visit a cemetery where a mother talks about her son who died of leukemia.

Contaminated Ground (04:54)

Residents of Hadzici faced massive contamination from depleted uranium. A man who returned to Hadzici and rebuilt his house on contaminated ground describes his health condition. The American correspondent follows his research on depleted uranium to Rome. Italian television reveals the health issues linked to the toxin.

NATO Bombing Raids (02:21)

French President Amato is appalled by the health hazards of depleted uranium dust. He demands an explanation from NATO for using the substance in its bombing raids. A French general who fought in Kosovo believes his colon cancer is a direct result of coming in contact with depleted uranium projectiles.

Generational Health Hazards (01:53)

The Italian Defense Minister is concerned about depleted uranium because it cannot be controlled; therefore, its effects could continue to affect the population for generations to come. The Atlantic Alliance is slow to admit the use of depleted uranium weapons in the Balkans.

French Military Denies Culpability (03:56)

When the tissue of a deceased young man's lymph glands is analyzed, many particles that should not be found inside tissue is discovered. A distraught father continues his research to hold someone accountable. The French military refuses to acknowledge a link between depleted uranium and cancer. They claim it does no harm to the environment.

War in Iraq (03:03)

We meet the co-president of the American Green Party, who explains that France and Great Britain refuse to support bans of certain weapons. In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq and began a bombing regimen. Congressman Jim McDermott predicted that President Bush was determined to have war in Iraq.

Bombing of Fallujah (02:41)

When insurgencies arise in Fallujah, America launched an all-out attack on the city, determined to destroy it. The city is bombarded with white phosphorus and depleted uranium. We visit a hospital where tragic deformities appear in babies. An independent lab finds uranium, mercury, and other heavy metals in hair samples from children and adults.

Baghdad (01:06)

An Imam is outspoken about the deformities in children and other health hazards caused by depleted uranium. He believes it is an attack on his people's genetic integrity. He wonders why the countries that poisoned Iraq do not help them get rid of the toxins.

Pentagon in Denial (03:32)

A journalist bombards the Pentagon with requests for on-camera interviews with authorities. They refuse to cooperate, but they do send an email denying any connection between depleted uranium and health hazards. Congressman Jim McDermott says the military is not good about cleaning up after itself. The process of cleaning up would cost millions of dollars.

Stockpiled Depleted Uranium (02:17)

The U.S. stocks over 700,000 tons of depleted uranium. A former senior policy adviser in the Department of Energy makes alarmist predictions about the future of depleted uranium. Burned out tanks along the sides of roads in Iraq are sometimes taken away by American or British military personnel. Where are they taken?

Contaminated and Buried (04:15)

An Iraqi general reveals that contaminated scrap metal that is picked up by American and British military is buried in the desert--often right over valuable water tables. The Green Party president decries the lack of transparency in military operations and in particular the depleted uranium question.

Credits: An Investigation into Depleted Uranium (00:44)

Credits: An Investigation into Depleted Uranium

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For 20 years, scientists, doctors, and activists—including some veterans—have denounced the use of depleted uranium in military and civilian technology, citing a wide range of negative health consequences. And yet more than 50 countries now possess weapons and other industrial applications based on DU, with arms industry lobbyists and nuclear authorities continuing to downplay the risks. This film visits combat zones in Iraq and the Balkans as it compares and contrasts the arguments of those who defend and attack the technology. Presented with archival documents, expert interviews, and testimony from those who have witnessed DU hazards firsthand, viewers are introduced to vital background information as well as a clear analysis of the conflicting viewpoints at the heart of the debate. (52 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL52385

ISBN: 978-1-61753-555-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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