For Every DU, There is a Lid
Piotr Bein, email@example.com,
mechanisms of cover-up and deception are simple. They
draw profusely on techniques described by Hitler in “Mein Kampf” and
perfected by his information minister Göbbels during Nazi rise to power and
then Nazi genocide on Slavs, Jews, Gypsies and Jehovah Witnesses.
warfare principles are laid out for information warriors in US Department of
Defence (DoD) and other military manuals. Information warfare of DoD targets foreign
nations and groups, including foreign governments. DoD actions “convey
and/or deny selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to
influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning; and to intelligence
systems and leaders at all levels.”
PsyOp are directed to “enemy, friendly and neutral audiences in order
to influence attitudes and behaviour affecting the achievement of political and
No wonder the military and media of NATO member countries act like clones of
Pentagon. Open critique comes mainly from outside the Pact, where political and
military objectives are different, but not necessarily better.
1999 texts about DU in the Persian Gulf and the Balkans, first published in the
Polish independent environmental bi-weekly “Zielone Brygady” (Green
Brigades), this author described the cover-ups that were already obvious at the
time. Looking ahead in follow up chapters about Balkan DU (www.zb.eco.pl/internet/nato/zuran1.htm,
in a Polish book about NATO famous mission in the region, the author tried to
predict what excuses NATO would come up with when pressed on the DU health risk
accurate he was, please judge for yourself. If NATO is so predictable, it does
not say much about their propaganda, which costs us a lot of tax money. The
subtitles below are translations from the author’s predictions, followed by
comments on what happened subsequently.
the amount of DU weapons used in the 1999 bombing campaign and previously in
said 10 tons in Kosovo, Yugoslavia and Russia said "more". NATO said
about 3 tons in Bosnia. Who trusts NATO anymore?
information appearing in mass media.
is too much evidence in the barrage of recent press agency dispatches. Examples:
military spokesmen appearing on TV and quoted in the press, compulsory mantra
about Pentagon stance on risk-free DU. I write more about it in the other
articles on DU-WATCH.
"Milosevic" and “his” secret manufacture, storage and use of
biological and chemical weapons.
underestimated the intelligence of Special Operations. Hungarian “intelligence
sources” said in January 2001 that Milosevic planted DU nuke and chemical
pollution while NATO was carrying out its humanitarian mission in Kosovo, and
earlier in Iraq and Bosnia.
was resurrected by the Portuguese Army Chief of Staff, General Barrento, who
accused the anti-DU journalists and the father of dead KFOR soldier, Hugo
Paulino, of being on the payroll of the pro-Milosevic forces and of betraying
old and new Yugoslav government to withhold the truth.
it be true for both old and new governments in Beograd? Patricia Axelrod's
August 1999 report indicates Milosevic government might have been covering up DU
casualties. De-contamination units operated during NATO bombing campaign both in
Kosovo and in Serbia proper. If the Yugoslav authorities knew about the DU
contamination and risk, why are there no reports about Yugoslav Army and
civilian DU casualties from Serbia outside Kosovo where the national authorities
were not impeded? The information is likely suppressed, if Vinca Nuclear
Institute’s Snezana Pavlovic appeared recently in a photo with radioactive DU
bullets and a big question, “Where are the Serbian casualties?”
the subject, change emphasis, dilute, deny.
are too many to mention. If you didn’t find any, please read my articles about
PsyOp and cover-ups of DU scams from the 1980s to date. If you have more time,
go to archives of recent DU debates on informed forums like www.stopnato.org.uk/du-watch/.
Most of the propaganda articles are featured there, along with de-bunking.
amazing are attempts to play with words. "Depleted" is used by the
propaganda to highlight "neutral" nature of toxic and radioactive DU.
Polish Newspeak artists tried to introduce the term "disarmed uranium"
for DU. But the silver metal is more than "neutral": soldiers are
safer against radiation from space in a tank made of DU than outside, on the
density of DU is exploited to assert that the dust is too heavy to go anywhere,
if someone does not believe that DU "evaporated" and
"disappeared" in the first place. When DU stays where it was
deposited, the dose is calculated over the area of the whole province, instead
of over several thousand times smaller area that was actually contaminated by
NATO. If you are still unconvinced, they tell you that DU "saves
lives" of soldiers, because it knocks out enemy armour from a
propaganda plays with general public ignorance of the complex physical and
radiological properties of DU. From just one nebulous and uniform
"depleted, spent uranium" material called U-238, DU is suddenly
revealing its highly radioactive and toxic content of uranium 234, 235, 236 and
plutonium. The military spokesmen love to talk like US Army medical expert
Colonel David Lam, who said, "Smoking two cigarettes a day or having a
series of bowel X-rays can cause more radiation exposure than an hour of
deliberate handling of a depleted uranium penetrator round." The civilians
(and soldiers) don't handle any rounds. They were often not even close to A-10
plane or DU tank, but they breathed the contaminated air or ingested a tiny DU
particle with water or food.
reports and scientific evidence, including those from previous campaigns that
1999 RAND "report" was designed to divert attention to some pills
soldiers in the Gulf War received to stay protected in combat from a nerve
chemical. UN after-war reports on war pollution in Kosovo showed everything,
except the truth. One report said there was no risk of DU in Kosovo and the
population could go on living as usual.
was rather modest about the composition of the DU metal alloy. Instead of being
as harmless as a "handful of dirt from your backyard," the DU turns
out to contain dangerously radioactive as well as toxic elements. Maybe this is
what NATO meant that the majority component of DU, uranium 238 is "not a
health concern": relatively speaking, the other components are, so U-238
risks fade by comparison. NATO told the truth, just not the whole truth.
groups were quick to jump on the bandwagon of the criminals. World Health
Organization expeditiously compared DU-like illness incidence in Kosovo before
and after NATO bombing. Statistics are incomparable, because it is a completely
different population in the province today. 300 or 400 thousand opponents of
Albanian extremism and separatism left Kosovo and many more illegally migrated
from Albania. Pre-1999 Kosovo Albanians boycotted the Yugoslav state health care
system under Milosevic, so statistics are fragmentary.
criminals are “investigating” their own crimes. After two weeks of mounting
controversy, the alliance said in mid-January 2001 that its chief medical
officers compared evidence and found no serious health risk from DU weapons. The
“evidence” includes all the DU-related cases of dead and sick soldiers that
were hidden from public scrutiny by the military. There are thousands of them in
NATO countries and much more around NATO DU battlefields, shooting ranges and
other causes, such as pre-war or general pollution.
kinds of excuses reminiscent of post-Gulf War “investigations” appeared in
statements defending DU. Chemicals in the wood that the soldiers supposedly
handled, benzene with which they allegedly clean their guns, natural asbestos
deposits and lead contamination of Kosovo so far appeared to divert attention
from DU. Admittedly, inoculations and pills did not enter the stage yet.
would undoubtedly help the propaganda, if Milosevic set Kosovo oil wells and
refineries on fire, squashed a rebellion of Kosovo Albanians with
chemical-biological weapons, or if the population and soldiers received anthrax
inoculations. Unfortunately, burning Pancevo and Novi Sad refineries could not
be invoked, because “Slobo” did not set them on fire. Even if he did, the
wind blew the smoke the other way.
Press dispatch from Kosovo on January 15th, 2001, is food for
thought. Lead dust from Trepca mines, untreated sewage, fine dust from a cement
plant, and toxic metals from neglected factories are invoked, as if to compete
for the US$1 million fund for environmental concerns in the province. The
advocacy would be honest, if the article did not appear in the middle of the DU
debate and if it did not refer to alleged increased lead levels that served to
justify a military takeover of the Trepca mines by KFOR for Mr. Soros several
step: blame general, non-DU pollution for all illness and death from DU in
Kosovo. Servile Associated Press introduced that kind of pollution to the
gullible Western reader on January 15th, 2001. Colonel David Lam from
the US Army already announced this tactics, “If there is in fact a health risk
resulting from services in the Balkans, I think we need to look at all possible
causes, such as other pollutants and hazards, and not focus only on DU.”
more to follow soon. “Other factor than DU” strategy was adopted after the
Gulf War and will most likely be pursued by Pentagon and NATO in the Balkan
least partial blame on DU used by the Yugoslav forces and by the KLA.
When would this one be coming to your TV screen and local paper?
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