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‘Poison DUst’ issued as DVD

Published Feb 2, 2006 9:58 PM

A documentary video that opened many eyes to the criminal use by the Pentagon of depleted uranium (DU) in modern weapons has just been reissued as a DVD. “Poison DUst” has been made into an 84-minute DVD by Lightyear Entertainment. It also includes a short piece on DU issues in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and an article by Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center. It is now available in stores and through leftbooks.com.

Filmmaker Sue Harris interviewed U.S. soldiers returned from Iraq, where they had been exposed to the radioactive dust created when shells coated with DU are fired. Many suffer mysterious ailments and have children with birth defects. The Pentagon uses DU to coat projectiles and even vehicles because it is extremely hard—and it is cheap, the unwanted byproduct of nuclear energy and weapons programs.

The film points out that one-third of the U.S. soldiers who participated in Desert Storm, the first war against Iraq, have disabilities today. The Iraqi people have even more to worry about. They live in an environment that will be poisoned by DU for hundreds of thousands of years.

The film includes interviews with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez, noted physicist Dr. Michio Kaku and many others.

—Deirdre Griswold