Is this DU that is burning so brightly?
It is extremely important to understand that United States Department of
Defense officials have for years attempted to ensure that they are never
held accountable for the adverse health and environmental effects that
have occurred as result of the manufacturing, testing, and deliberate
use of uranium munitions through simply ignoring regulations and orders
that have mandated that prompt and effective medical care be given to al
DU casualties and that thorough environmental remediation of all
depleted uranium and other low level radioactive materials be completed.
Consequently any of us who have attempted to ensure compliance have
become persona non grata and subject to continuous personal and
professional attacks. The initial directive to lie in reports and
provide active support or proponency was and still is the infamous March
1991 Los Alamos directive written by LTC Michael Ziehmn that I received
as I / we planned and implemented the clean up of the Gulf War 1
depleted uranium mess resulting from numerous friendly fire and
Reference for Los Alamos memo:
Recently United States Department of Defense personnel once more made
the claim that none of us who were exposed to uranium contamination via
either inhalation, ingestion, absorption, or shrapnel are sick as a
consequence of our confirmed exposures. And although they continue to
make this claim our medical records verify that we are and they are
Medical care for all casualties and thorough environmental remediation
are required to specific standards by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48, U.S.
Army Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, and numerous medical care orders
with the most recent order signed and issued by LTG (Dr.) Ronald Peake,
M.D., Surgeon of the United States Army dated April 29, 2004.
It is obvious that the recent intimidation efforts by telephone message
directed towards Dr. Marion Fulk, one our nation's foremost experts, is
just one more example of the lingering pattern designed to ensure that
United States Department of Defense officials and their Commander in
Chief President George W. Bush, President George H. Bush, and President
Bill Clinton are not held accountable for the use of illegal uranium
weapons that are by operation "weapons of mass destruction" or simply
"America's own dirty gas bomb"! However, we must not forget
England's use of uranium weapons and thus Prime Minister Tony Blair also
must be accountable.
Pentagon officials have acknowledged the adverse health and
environmental effects during internal briefings and documents but
publicly they continue to disregard the predicted and observed adverse
effects while thousands of exposed individuals (including military
personnel and especially non-combatants) are denied the United States'
own mandated prompt and effective medical care.
Our nations leaders may continue their efforts of intimidation to
silence those of us who care and who demand full compliance with United
States Department of Defense's own orders and regulations requiring
mandatory medical care and environmental remediation but I WILL NEVER
STOP MY EFFORTS TO FINISH MY ASSIGNED TASK AS AN UNITED STATES. ARMY
MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS OFFICER. I ask all who care to join me in this
daunting challenge. I believe that President Bush needs to be asked as
election day draws near why he as Commander in Chief of the United
States Department of Defense allows this travesty and crime against
humanity to continue?
Dr. Doug Rokke Ph.D.
Major (retired) United States Army Reserve
former Gulf War 1 DU team health physicist and medic
former United Sates Army Depleted uranium project Director confirmed DU
The ignored solution still is:
Depleted Uranium Situation Requires Action
By President Bush and Prime Minister Blair
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
July 12, 2004
While U.S. and British military personnel continue using uranium
munitions- America's and England's own "dirty bombs" U.S. Army, U.S.
Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Defense officials continue
their unrelenting personal attacks against me, a lawyer who serves as a
Nations Special Rapporteur, physicians who are conducting research and
providing medical care, nurses, political leaders, and others who have
spoke out regarding the documented adverse health and environmental
effects of depleted uranium munitions. They want to disrupt our efforts
to ensure compliance with mandated medical care and environmental
remediation requirements because they want to be always able to use
effective depleted uranium munitions during combat. These same officials
still continue to deny that there are any adverse effects to avoid
liability for the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic
material - depleted uranium. They arrogantly refuse to comply with their
own regulations and directives. They willfully ignore existing U.S.
Department of Defense (DOD) directives that require prompt and effective
medical care Be provided to "all" exposed individuals [Medical
Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon,
10/14/93 and Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted
Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004)].
They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as
required by Army Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment
Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities"
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002)
and U.S. Army Technical \ Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: "Guidelines For Safe
Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving
Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium"
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996).
Army Regulation-AR 700-48 requires that:
(1) "Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label
all RCE" (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be
implemented as soon as possible."
(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of
through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or
(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed,
packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical
Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48" (Note: Maximum exposure limits are
specified in Appendix F).
The past and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive
components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and
releases of industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials
have resulted in unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must
be completed as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should
include releases of all radioactive materials resulting from military
operations. The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of
uranium weapons contamination is not limited to combat zones but
includes facilities and sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or
tested including Vieques, Puerto Rico, Colonie, New York, and Jefferson
Proving Grounds, Indiana. Therefore medical care must be provided by the
United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals
affected by the manufacturing, testing, or use of uranium munitions.
Thorough environmental remediation also must be completed without
In conclusion: The President of the United States- George W. Bush
and The Prime Minister of Great Britain-Tony Blair must acknowledge and
accept responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium munitions-
their own "dirty bombs"- resulting in adverse health and environmental
effects. President Bush and Prime Minister Blair also should order:
1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,
3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand
compliance with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,
4. and ban the future use of depleted uranium munitions.