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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.

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Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal


See Sunday Herald story on warning cards

British Ministry of Defence (MoD) Issues Depleted Uranium Warning Cards to Troops Deployed to Iraq

See Back of card

(Feb 24 - Soldier's commentary: "You should have had some emails with pictures etc. of the card [see above]. It was issued to troops on the eve of battle (Iraq War), but it has just come to light. It IS issued to All troops in a DU environment. Cards ARE still being carried today." Press inquiries may be directed to Susan Riordan, busters@ns.sympatico.ca) See more Commentary Below

Text of Card

DU Information Card [front]
(introduced 03.03) F Med 1018

You have been deployed to a theatre where Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions have been used.

DU is a weakly radioactive heavy metal, whch has the potential to cause ill health.

You may have been exposed to dust containing DU during your deployment.

Further Information [back]

You are eligible for a urine test to measure uranium. If you wish to know more about having this test,
you should consult your unit medical officer on return to your home base.

Your medical officer can provie information about the health effects of DU.

Information is also available on the MOD [Ministry of Defense] web site: www.uk/issues/depleted_uranium/index.htm


See also UN Observer

Commentary Received on UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) DU Warning Cards

Feb 18: By British Veteran who received the card:

MoD Accept DU has the potential to cause ill health
British Troops serving in Iraq are now being issued with an F Med 1018.
 
Why not before the Iraq war, Balkans or Gulf War?
 
Are service personnel from other nations aware that British Troops carry this warning card?
 
Are Iraqi Civilians aware of this warning card?
 
Are Civilians aware of this warning card who around the world live near test firing range's.
 
Copies of this card should be made for the Iraqi civilians to turn up at British & American Military establishments in Iraq and ask for testingas it was the US and the UK that used Uranium Munitions.
 
Please distribute the faxed, photo-copy of the card that was sent to me.
 
REMEMBER The MoD have always told Gulf War 1 Vet's DU IS SAFE another demonstration of an UNTRUTH
 
It was said that DU was experimental during Gulf War 1 - then is this another demonstration of the breaking of the Nuremberg Code by observing the health effects on the Veterans after the War?


Feb 18 Charles Jenks

A description of the MoD policy - dated January 2003 - calls for one mid-stream sample.
http://www.mod.uk/issues/depleted_uranium/du_biomonitoring.htm

Dr. Durakovic [ Uranium Medical Research Center ]has said that a 24 hour sample is necessary. So, would the test referenced on the card be 24 hour or only a spot test?

Curiously, the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board discusses in November, 2003 the need for a pilot study with both 24 hour samples and spot samples, with a comparison to determine reliability of the spot samples. (page 6-7 at http://www.duob.org.uk/minutes13.pdf - An index of the minutes is at http://www.duob.org.uk )

(I note that the card does not give the web address to the testing policy, but rather to a general pro-DU index. The index may well dissuade a soldier from going ahead with a test. One has to hunt for the policy, which would seem to be more of use to people who want to have the test.)


Feb 18: Doug Rokke

MoD is acknowledging problem... thus because they are noyifying all Brituish
troops that they elible then all individuals- Iraqis and others exposed must be offered the
test too,.and that would show compliance with pentagon October 1993 medical directive.


Feb 18 - Dr. Ross Wilcock, arwilcock@sympatico.ca - Canadian physician

You are right to point out the need for appropriate sampling. Dr Durakovic
recommends 24 hour urine collections as is customary when measuring heavy
metals.

The next theoretical point is identification of the samples with assurance
that the results on a piece of paper correspond with what was taken from the
person identified.

Then there is the competence of the laboratory to provide correct results.
In view of well known problems with lost and missing uranium specimens,
testing should be done either in, or with reference to a reliably impartial
reference laboratory.

A slip up at any point could lead to "wrong information".


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