Wednesday, September 25, 2002

The debate about whether Flight 77 or something else hit the Pentagon takes on a new meaning if we consider the possible use of a missile containing depleted uranium. There is quite a lot of debate on the issue, but depleted uranium is probably relatively safe unless it catches fire. It has a tendency to catch fire on impact, and the burning seems to make it more effective as a piercing weapon. Depleted uranium is sometimes used in commercial aircraft (but apparently not in the Boeing 757), but is really put to extensive use in bombs and cruise missiles. When it makes contact with its target and catches fire, the uranium turns into an aerosol, which is likely to be extremely toxic if inhaled. The use of depleted uranium in Serbia, Bosnia and Iraq has probably caused increased rates of cancer and birth defects (needless to say, NATO and the U. S. government dispute this). Depleted uranium may even be the culprit behind Gulf War Syndrome. There are campaigns to ban the use of depleted uranium in bombs and missiles. One of the reasons it is so popular is that its use in weapons provides a cheap way to dispose of nuclear waste, killing, as it were, two birds with one stone. Of course, the fact that depleted uranium tends to burn on contact with its target may explain why no debris was found in the Pentagon (and the ability of DU to provide punching power through even the toughest materials may explain how the missile penetrated into the Pentagon as far as it did). The possible presence of depleted uranium aerosol raises an important safety issue, an issue ignored by those who are certain that it was Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon. Were the people who put out the fire, cleaned up the damage, and rebuilt the Pentagon properly protected? Were the people working in the Pentagon near the crash site subjected to dangerous levels of a toxic substance? Were proper protections not taken because to do so would have alerted people to the fact that DU was present, and the presence of DU would contradict the Official Story (for if DU is not present in Boeing 757's, there would be no reason for it to be in the Pentagon)? Here are some problems and questions:

  1. "Rescue workers take a breath of fresh air near an entrance to the crash site at the Pentagon"

  2. Is this enough protection?

  3. Where did the possibly contaminated building materials and refuse removed from the Pentagon go?

  4. Dust and firefighters

  5. Properly protected?

  6. No protection

  7. A rescue team

  8. From some PentaPropaganda on the renovation: "Q: How are breathing conditions down there? I see them wearing OBAs (oxygen breathing apparatus). Are they --

    Mitchell: Well, they're not wearing OBAs, they're wearing respirators. We had to, in order to go in, we had to suit up just like they did in order to go into this area. Now, once they've cleared the area and make sure all the bodies are out, they go in with a bobcat and they're moving -- removing metal and everything they can as fast as they can to get in."

People who ignore what seems to me to be very good evidence that Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon may be inadvertently allowing a cover-up of extreme health dangers to those who worked in the Pentagon, to those who put out the fires, to those who cleaned up the site, and to those who may come into contact at some future date with the debris from the site. Continued failure to come to grips with the truth may actually lead to unnecessary tragedy. Blind faith in your betters is usually a costly luxury.