20 November 2007

Leuren Moret, Depleted Uranium Contamination


Leuren Moret
Depleted Uranium ContaminationLauren Moret
(Running time = 54 mins)

After working for 5 years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and 2 years at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, Leuren Moret left Livermore and now dedicates her life to revealing and understanding the actual health effects of radiation exposure.

Leuren contributed to a scientific report on depleted uranium to advise the United Nations' subcommission investigating the illegality of depleted uranium munitions. She has also worked extensively with indigenous people contaminated by radiation from the nuclear weapons program, communities in the US and other countries exposed to radiation from related activities, and communities impacted by radiation from nuclear power plants.

Currently Leuren is helping educate the governments and peoples of the world regarding the dangers of depleted uranium being used in the occupation of Iraq, and the very real possibility that this us is in fact a war crime. With graphic photographs and scientific facts, Leuren drives home the terrible effects of this kind of nuclear war in her presentations.

Leuren also testified in June of 2003 in Japan as an expert on depleted uranium at a public hearing for the international war crimes tribunal, trying President Bush for war crimes in Afghanistan. She is active in a tribunal trying him for war crimes in the U.S. military action in Iraq.

In an article about Depleted Uranium dust Laruen writes, "Exposure pathways for depleted uranium can be through the skin, by inhalation, and ingestion. Nano-particles have high mobility and can easily enter the body. Inhalation of nano-particles of depleted uranium is the most hazardous exposure, because the particles pass through the lung-blood barrier directly into the blood."

"When inhaled through the nose, nano-particles can cross the olfactory bulb directly into the brain through the blood brain barrier, where they migrate all through the brain," she wrote. "Many Gulf era soldiers exposed to depleted uranium have been diagnosed with brain tumors, brain damage and impaired thought processes. Uranium can interfere with the mitochondria, which provide energy for the nerve processes, and transmittal of the nerve signal across synapses in the brain.

Read these article links for more information:

Depleted Uranium Contaminates Europe

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