- The American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA) now
calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In response
to questioning by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, (D-WV), Rumsfeld denied any knowledge
that the United States had shipped biological weapons to Iraq during the
1980's. Rumsfeld was addressing the Armed Services Committee last week,
when he stated that he "had no knowledge of any such shipments and
doubted that they ever occurred. "
- There is no disputing the evidence that the U.S. provided
bacteria and viruses as evidenced by Senate Report 103-900, "United
States Dual-Use Exports To Iraq And Their Impact On the Health of The Persian
Gulf War Veterans," dated May 25,1994, chaired by Sen. Donald Riegle
(D-MI) of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. This Senate
report was available to all senators and listed among other items, Bacillus
Anthracis, (anthrax) Clostridium botulinum, and West Nile Fever Virus as
pathogens that were shipped to Iraq in the 1980's with the full knowledge
of the Department of Commerce and the CDC.
- There is no question that the Secretary of Defense must
be informed and up to date with information about a potential military
enemy and his military capabilities. Mr. Rumsfeld's statements demonstrate
that this is clearly not the case.
- If our Secretary of Defense is unaware of the sales of
biological materials to a country with which we are about to go to war,
or if he is in denial over the fact that these sales occurred, the AGWVA
believes that he represents a clear and present danger to the lives of
our military, our country, and the American people, and should be considered
a very serious threat to the national security. It is for this reason that
the AGWVA calls for his resignation and removal from office.
- American Gulf War Veterans Association
- Joyce Riley vonKleist, RN, BSN spokesperson
- P.O. Box 85, Versailles, Missouri 65084
- (573) 378-6049 voice, (573) 378-5998 fax