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Press Release: DESERT STORM'S DEADLY WEAPON

Author: Not Specified
Publication: Not Specified
Document Dated: October 21, 1997
Date Posted: October 21, 1997


PRESS RELEASE: Gabriel Films, Producer; 457 Washington St.; NY., NY., 10013, (212)941-6200 October 17, 1997

Arts and Entertainment's Investigative Report series will be airing DESERT STORM'S DEADLY WEAPON on November 8. Check local listings for time schedule.

Carol Picou, SFC(RET), a 15 year Army veteran nurse and member of Desert Storm, takes us on her search to find answers to the strange assortment of ailments which forced her out of the Army. While the most popular theory focuses on chemical weapons, Carol's search uncovers a radioactive weapon as one possible culprit.

Despite the heavy public relations efforts promoting the so called 'smart weapons', it was Depleted Uranium (DU) Penetrators that were the 'stars' of Desert Storm. These weapons have been described by top Pentagon officials as the most significant development in battlefield weaponry since the machine gun.

The 41st Combat Support Hospital, a fast action response unit that moved at the head of the attack, served as a front line medical team during the ground war. Carol and her female colleagues were among the first women to ever serve as front line troops in the US Army.

Picou's unit witnessed first hand the full ferocity of the new DU weapons. Remembering how different it was to anything she had seen in her 15 years of service, she states; "It just wasn't normal. To me it looked like we nuked them...The bodies were as black as black can be and some of the bodies melted into the vehicles."

Until the Gulf War, Carol had been in excellent health, but today, like tens of thousands of other Desert Storm veterans, she is seriously ill with a range of debilitating sicknesses. She sought answers at all levels, but Pentagon and Government officials offered few.

Picou's husband Anthony has become a full time activist, working to educate other vets, as well as the general public. Based on various government reports that confirm DU weapons as being hazardous, Anthony asks, "If they knew of the danger of potential exposure why aren't they trying to find out what happened to those who were exposed?" Presently less than 100 Desert Storm veterans are being monitored for DU exposure.

The film takes the viewer on a journey across America to find answers to these difficult questions. In addition to the Picou's, we meet scientist, Michio Kaku, veterans Jerry Wheat and Mike Flores, former DU assessment leader, Doug Rokke, Dr. Terry Pelmar of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (A.F.R.R.I.) and Arjun Makhijani from the Energy Institute.

The search for the truth takes Carol and Anthony back to the battlefields of Iraq. They encounter complete devastation as symbolized by radioactive tank 'carcasses' left behind. More tragically are the number of children with strange deformities and illnesses, much like many of the offspring of our own Desert Storm veterans. Is it DU?

The military does not think so.

Tune in and form your own opinion. If you would like more information on DU contact MIsSION Project, Military Issues Surfacing In Our Nation, the non-profit organization founded by Carol and Anthony Picou at and find out what you can do to keep this important issue from disappearing.


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