Victims of depleted uranium poisoning have filed suit against the government for inadequately warning them of the inherent dangers involved in using their ordnance.
Projectiles made from the dense radioactive metals vaporize when penetrating their target. Tank armor forged from it suffers a similar process when pierced.
The radioactive dust can even penetrate protective clothing including gas masks, causing serious illness and possible death. Pregnant women exposed to the toxin have been giving birth to grossly deformed babies.
"We were never told how dangerous this stuff is," said a private who wished to remain anonymous.
"It was only after stumbling upon a US Army training video online and other news sources that I learned the potential hazards of depleted uranium," he said.
"And now the military doesn't want us to access sites like YouTube where we can learn about this stuff?"
The military insists that with proper precautions depleted uranium is harmless.
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