1)Urgent: ask for DU bill hearing; 2) Army made video warning about dangers of depleted uranium but never showed it to troops

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From: Jim Albertini <ja@interpac.net>
Date: Feb 10, 2007 11:56 AM
Subject: Fw: 1)Urgent: ask for DU bill hearing; 2) Army made video warning about dangers of depleted uranium but never showed it to troops
To: Jim Albertini <jva1238@yahoo.com>

Please respond to this request.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box AB
`Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@interpac.net
www.malu-aina.org
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Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2007 9:54 AM
Subject: 1)Urgent: ask for DU bill hearing; 2) Army made video warning about dangers of depleted uranium but never showed it to troops

1) Please urge Big Island state Rep. Cindy Evans (Chair of Public Safety and Military Affairs)  to hold a hearing on HB1046 (revised) and/or HB1575 (original) by this coming Friday's deadline, Feb. 16,  to get our National Guard tested for DU exposure and to clean up DU in Hawaii's environment.  This is urgently needed, even if you already have asked once!  repevans@capitol.hawaii.gov
 
You could also cut and paste into the cc line the following members of her committee and the Health committee to which the bills were jointly referred.  repevans@capitol.hawaii.gov; rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov; repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov; repsouki@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptakumi@capitol.hawaii.gov; repnakasone@capitol.hawaii.gov; replee@capitol.hawaii.gov; repsonson@capitol.hawaii.gov; repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov; repnishimoto@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptakamine@capitol.hawaii.gov; repfinnegan@capitol.hawaii.gov; reppine@capitol.hawaii.gov; repgreen@capitol.hawaii.gov; repbelatti@capitol.hawaii.gov; repmizuno@capitol.hawaii.gov; repbertram@capitol.hawaii.gov; repcabanilla@capitol.hawaii.gov; reprhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov; repshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptakai@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptokioka@capitol.hawaii.gov; repawana@capitol.hawaii.gov; repward@capitol.hawaii.gov ; repcarroll@capitol.hawaii.gov
 
2)  Interesting -- another version pf  "Don't ask, don't tell"? 
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Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 7:10 PM
Subject: Fw: Army made video warning about dangers of depleted uranium but never showed it to troops

FYI related to DU Bills
Army made video warning about dangers of depleted uranium but never showed it to troops

David Edwards
Published: Tuesday February 6, 2007

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/CNN_Agent_Orange_tame_compared_to_0206.html

A special investigation on the effects of depleted uranium reveals the Army made a tape warning of the effects of depleted uranium which was never shown to troops despite the fact the Pentagon knew the agent to be potentially deadly, CNN reports Tuesday.

Depleted uranium -- or DU -- was used in the Gulf War as a projectile that could penetrate tank armor. A group of soldiers are suing the US government because they are sick from exposure; despite the unshown video, the Army denies that depleted uranium represents a serious health risk.

CNN reporter Greg Hunter explains. The soldiers "report similar ailments. Painful urination, headaches and joint pain. They say Army doctors blame their symptoms on post traumatic stress. We showed them a tape the Army made in 1995, a tape the Army never distributed. It warned of potential D.U. hazards. The army's expert on D.U. training concedes some information contained on the tape is true. For instance, radioactive particles can be harmful."

A doctor who once investigated DU for the Army now believes that the health risks are serious.

"In the 1990s this doctor studied D.U. health effects for the U.S. military," Hunter says. "Now a private researcher, he says his own test of these veterans showed abnormally high levels of D.U.in their urine and that those levels pose a serious health threat."

"One doctor... calls it, quote, 'a radiological sewer,'" Hunter adds. "The Army adamantly denies that." 
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