Gulf War Syndrome
Dr. Asaf Durakovic a professor of radiology and nuclear medicine at Georgetown University, said 1997 US Veteran's Administration asked him to lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human body. He added "uranium does cause cancer, uranium does cause mutation and uranium does kill. ... We are doing disservice to ourselves, disservice to the truth, disservice to God and to all the generations who follow." (8 ).
a dangerous combination
400,000 troops were given pyridostigmine bromide as protection against a gas attack. This drug is known to cause nerve damage when it is used with "Deet" or "Permethrin" both had been used during the Gulf War. The troops who were ordered to take it were not told about the dangers(9 ).
A US Senate committee said in 1994 "testing of the drugs was so limited that it did not justify dispensing the medications to so many people without informing them of the potential risks." But troops who were given an anti Anthrax vaccine were warned against having children "for three or four years."(10 ).
A 1991 UN report said troops were exposed to chemical weapons agents (during there destruction) at Khamisiyah Iraq. It was unclear over the level of exposure troops had to these agents. Because a computer virus destroyed key records. Interestingly enough the "virus" only destroyed records that were made during the week of the weapons destruction(11 ).
Other information (Combat dairies and other classified documents) on the destruction of chemical weapons at Kamisiyah more than three quarters of the chemical weapons logs kept during the gulf war turned up missing. A researcher of gulf war syndrome told the US Senate, "the emphasis on Kamisiyah is just the Pentagon's way of denying the scope of the problem ... Soldiers are ill because of widespread allied attacks on Iraq's chemical weapons factories and storage sites during the 39 day air war that began January 16, 1991."(12 ).