Forever" - the documentary --
... exposing the ongoing impact of the use of so-called "depleted
Filmmaker Wes Rehberg and artist and social policy analyst
Eileen Rehberg have produced and filmed "Contaminated Forever," a
1-hour and 45-minute documentary to help
in the effort to expose the terrible consequences of the use of
so-called depleted uranium weapons (DU) for test purposes and in the
These weapons were used in Iraq, the Balkans, on testing
grounds throughout the United States, and possibly in Afghanistan,
Panama and Lebanon, with their poison dust afflicting soldiers and
civilians. Their nanoparticle fallout, in the earth, has a half-life of
4.5 billion years, ready to be inhaled or ingested, where, inside the
body, they pass through cell walls to begin their radioactive and toxic
a low-bandwidth version of the introductory scenes, click here . To view draft scenes
from "Contaminated Forever" while it was
in production, visit this web page,
where you may explore background information on depleted uranium
munitions as well. To view introductory scenes in high-bandwidth click
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and reflections on uranium weapons
used by the U.S. in the Balkans and Iraq and tested in the USA
Video interviews with four Vieques activists on U.S. Navy contamination
as a result of decades of military bombing practice on the Puerto Rican
to the videos is here ...
Doug Rokke's address at the
Abolish DU Conference at East Tennessee State University,
sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams and First Tennessee
Progressives -- mp4
downloadable video file,
very large (267mb) 57 minutes -- it's also available on Google video at
* * Two 15-minute video clips of my interviews with Rokke,
with background and documentation of his service as a DU munitions
expert in Iraq and elsewhere (roughly compiled mp4 video files for
research use only) ... -- Wes Rehberg
service - 2) background
-- To view a Flash video on Rokke's documentation, click here
our interviews with Doug Rokke
personal witness on
DU contamination, its
dangers, and coverup ...
CPT/FTP May 2007
Stop-DU delegation in Jonesborough, Tennessee
rough-edited clip of balloon release indicating wind
direction from Aerojet Ordnance, a depleted uranium munitions plant - mp4
rough-edited clip of second visit to Aerojet Ordnance
entryway to speak with management
lightly compiled clip of CPT/Sierra Club
Radiaton Committee press conference at Aerojet Ordnance location - mp4
roughly compiled video clips -- Wes Rehberg @2007
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Reflections from the Christian
Peacemaker Teams delegation to Jonesborough, Tennessee, as part of its
campaign to halt depleted uranium munitions (DU) use and production.
Jonesborough, TN, members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation
to halt production of uranium weapons offered reflections during the
10-day period -- between May 18 and 27, 2007 -- on what they
encountered. The focus of the campaign was U238 uranium weapons cores
produced at Aerojet Ordnance.
CPT DU Reflections: A Day of Contrasts (May 19, 2005)
Jane MacKay Wright
On day one of the Christian Peacemaker
Teams delegation, we attend a conference on depleted uranium in Johnson
City, Tennessee .
Spring green colors the eastern corner of
Tennessee, while inside we watch photos of Afghan orphans and deformed
babies. Leaves ripple in a warm breeze, while inside we learn of toxic
dust blowing across the state.
Weaponized uranium is of no harm to
anyone says the Department of Defense, but Gulf War veterans sicken and
die. The military orders preventive training and toxic cleanup, then
denies it is necessary. Patriotic Americans in Jonesborough, TN
manufacture uranium core for their army, and are exposed to radiation.
Farmers' fields become contaminated battlefields.
We think of Iraq. We see Tennessee. The
sun shines as we walk in the warm
light. A bird sings to us.
DU REFLECTION: WORKING TO TURN SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES (May 20, 2007)
Today our group
stationed itself across the road from depleted uranium producer,
AeroJet Ordnance, to protest its innocuous looking factory of death.
Determined to "turn swords into plowshares," we sported a
banner and held placards decrying the plant's odious product and urging
it to stop its production. Several cars honked their support of our
action, while others sped by. One neighbor came over to cheer on our
efforts. A toxicologist stood with us to answer our questions about DU
and its lethal effects on tens of thousands of people and its damage to
Our purpose remains to affirm life and to stop the
devastation Aerojet's business wreaks locally and abroad. We'll
continue to keep working for Aerojet's change of heart.
DU REFLECTION: HOW CAN WE SPREAD THE WORD? (May 22, 2007)
the case so clear and evident that weaponized uranium kills, deforms
and sickens so profoundly, how can we who feel this way create a deeper
public awareness of the dangers? This is a question that continues to
run through my mind as I reflect on our delegations encounters with
former workers, activists in northeast Tennessee, veterans and scholars
during our time in Jonesborough.
We've stood together before a producer of these weapons,
Aerojet Ordnance, before its fabricating plant, ordinary looking along
a rural road. Yet what leaves the plant eventually poisons the planet
as its everlastingly killing product spreads among us and other forms
of life on earth.
The word needs to be spread and the production stopped, no
doubt. What is called "DU" is really a nuclear weapon that keeps on
killing after its initial destructive foray. Absolutely terrible and
DU REFLECTIONS: THE WIND CARRIES THE MESSAGE (May 23, 2007) The
photo and flash video below tell the story -- balloons were sent aloft
for two days so
that those who find them could let local activists know to where they
traveled, and offering the thought that they were sent from Aerojet
Ordnance's location, that the winds that carried them also carry the
emanations from this weaponized uranium producer.
The photo is by Murray Lumley
REFLECTIONS: WHEN COOPERATION PREVAILS, THINGS HAPPEN (May 24, 2007)
CPT delegation on DU planned two major events on successive days this
week. The first event was a release of 200 balloons across from the
Aerojet Ordnance plant in Jonesborough in an attempt to get some idea
of how far and where possible air contamination from Aerojet
The second event was a press conference
involving local and CPT participants and, hopefully, a representative
from Aerojet. The press conference was to be followed by a release of
another 200+ balloons. These were daunting tasks for us to pull off in
a short period of time, but the delegation rose to the occasion and
pulled off both events.
The preparation for the balloon release
required stuffing a note into the balloons. The note asked the balloon
recipients to inform a local contact of the recipients' locations and
also asked the recipients to contact Aerojet. As the first
balloons soared to the skies, our spirits rose with the
On the following day, Linda Modica,
representing the Sierra Club, and Cliff Kindy of CPT met with the
press, but Aerojet continued to refuse to meet with us. Both Linda and
Cliff provided great responses to questions from a reporter from the
Johnson City Press as well as reporters from the delegation.
We used an empty chair with a nuclear warning sign to show the lack of
an Aerojet representative.
We were all elated as well as tired after
two great days of events. I am really impressed with what we
accomplished in a short period of time.
Adding to the events was a brief article
about the balloon release and then a longer article that appeared today
in the Press. The article included a great picture showing
the empty chair and the nuclear warning symbol. I think these
articles will help alert the community to the potential risks
associated with the processing of nuclear wastes into weapons.
by Murray Lumley -- Jane Wright, Cliff Kindy and
Linda Modica at press conference ...
I'm convinced DU use is treacherous
the sites listed
in our companion DU blog,
it became apparent that those engaged in warfare are using depleted
uranium munitions without regard for the everlasting toxicological and
radiological impact on the planet and its life.
For humans, the
impact is killing and crippling - read the posts there to
understand why. The arguments for the "precautionary principle"
advanced by scientists and physicians is compelling -- those who would
employ and deploy depleted uranium should take every means to
assure that its use is safe; victims and the general public shouldn't
have to bear that burden.
Unfortunately, even WHO and
the IAEA have argued that its use in munitions doesn't present the
hazards that are asserted in the posts there. To me, this is mindful
disregard, a displacement that is deadly and treacherous. War is
equally evil, but its impacts up to now haven't so deeply
threatened life on the planet.
The CPT delegation to
Jonesborough, TN, was part of a decades-old international
effort to bring this disregard and treachery into public conversation,
so that we can, since we have to, be those who espouse the
"precautionary principle" regarding DU use. Life depends on
it. Read the posts included in
the DU blog. I hope you'll join this campaign. --
here is a talk by Maj. Douglas Rokke, DU weapons
researcher and opponent, who also addressed the May 19, 2007
East Tennessee State DU Conference. The talk was given in May 2003 in
Albany, NY, sponsored by the Physicians for Social Responsibility. You
may download an mp3
audo file here of his talk. A link to a video of his
Tennessee talk is below.
** Another conferee
is Dr. Mohammed Daud Miraki (author of Afghanistan After Democracy).
To hear an address he gave to the World Uranium Conference 2003 in
Hamburg, Germany, click or
download here. This talk is also available at the Traprock
Peace Center comprehensive web site.
RESOURCES FROM VARIOUS WEB SITES
Below are web
sites dedicated to providing resources, research and forums for
understanding dangers of depleted uranium munitions:
** "Depleted Uranium
Weapons - Lessons from the 1991 Gulf War" by Dan Fahey --
International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation
- PDF file
** "Health Risks of
Depleted Uranium - An Independent Review of Scientific Literature"
by Mike Pritchard, University of Toronto - PDF
CASUALTIES" - GREAT HIROSHIMA NEWSPAPER SERIES ON DU IMPACTS WORLDWIDE
Casualties - the Human Cost of Depleted Uranium" is a comprehensive and
exhaustive journalism work by Akira Tashiro in the Hiroshima Newspaper
Chugoku Shimbun, published in 2000 yet timely -- a reproduction of the
initial page of the online series is below -- You can visit the web
site for the series by
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