by Bob Nichols
Project Censored Award Winner
Oklahoma City – Twenty three or more of the bomb makers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, called simply “The Plant” locally, have caught “acute hemolytic anemia.” [ see the McAlester News Capital-Democrat news stories ]
All the sickened production employees worked on the 2000 Pound Penetrator Bomb (“Bunker Busters”) line. [ link ]
It is also possible that they have radiation poisoning from handling, ingesting, swallowing, breathing, and being exposed to Uranium oxide, uranium, and other forms of the deadly metal in the air. There are 22,000,000 pounds of uranium stored on base according to the Plant’s NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission license. [ link ]
It is possible the production employees have contacted acute hemolytic anemia from the powerful bunker busting bombs.
In 60 years of making thousands or even millions of bombs at McAlester, though, this is the first time people have caught acute hemolytic anemia on the job, according to Mark Hughes, spokesman for the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
Many experts who prefer to remain anonymous, believe it is also possible the sometimes fatal disease is radiation induced acute hemolytic anemia. Radiation from the millions of pounds of uranium on the base for weapons production. If so, straightforward US Army orders command medical care for all affected citizens of McAlester and for environmental cleanup.
Below is a list of some of the Pentagon’s uranium munitions that are assembled or disassembled at the rural McAlester, Oklahoma Bomb Plant. The US Military is using uranium munitions in Iraq distributed as radioactive and poisonous uranium bullets, shells, bombs, and missiles. The US has acknowledged ever this since the 1991 Persian Gulf War when 320 to 375 tons of uranium were used as weapons.
The uranium munitions explode and burn with an astonishing ferocity when anything is hit. Uranium aerosols, gas, and dust have made large portions of Iraq uninhabitable.
The use of radioactive and poisonous uranium as a weapon is commonly acknowledged as a war crime. In this case, that would be President George Bush and the Bush Administration in the United States. The Nuremburg War Crimes Trials of Nazi Germany apply.
Almost all Americans know what uranium is and know it is used to make nuclear weapons. Now the it is used for bullets, shells, and bombs, too. Karen Parker, noted humanatarian and war crimes lawyer says “In any case, the four point legal test is completely intelligible to everyone. It is:”
“1. You can’t make it [uranium dust] stop moving in dust, wind, etc.
2. You can’t make it [uranium] stop being radioactive when the “war” is over. It keeps right on ticking.
3. Making children sick three years after the war is over is not an acceptable military operation — children are not the enemy and when the war is over, the weapons have to stop. Having soldiers get sick after the war is over and all “bad stuff” is supposed to stop is not OK.
4. Radioactive materials pollute.”
The McAAP spokesman had not provided requested information by press time.
McAlester’s sick workers have more than TNT to worry about.
U.S Ordnance That Contain Uranium
DODIC Munition Nomenclature
A675 CARTRIDGE, 20 MM LINKED, DS, MK 159-1,
A676 CARTRIDGE, 20 MM LINKED, DS, MK 149-2
A986 CARTRIDGE, 25 MM APFSDS-T, M919
A983 CARTRIDGE, 25 MM API, PGU-20/U
B103 CARTRIDGE, 30 MM API-T/HEI, PGU-14/B & PGU-13/B
C523 CARTRIDGE, 105 MM APFSDS-T M774, W/M13 TRACER
C524 CARTRIDGE, 105 MM APFSDS-T, M833
C543 CARTRIDGE, 105 MM APFSDS-T, M900
C786 CARTRIDGE, 120 MM APFSDS-T, M829
C380 CARTRIDGE, 120 MM APFSDS-T, M829A1
D501 PROJECTILE, 155 MM APERS, M692, W/O FZ, W/M67 APERS MINES ADAM-L,
D502 PROJECTILE, 155 MM APERS, M692, W/O FZ, W/M67 APERS MINES ADAM-L,
K152 MINE, AP, PDM M86