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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Pressed to Improve Depleted Uranium Testing

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Earlier this month, a New York Daily News special investigation by Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez found the first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict. At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers was questioned by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) about depleted uranium testing policies .

Senior Bush administration officials came under harsh questioning Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The hearing was among a host of question-and-answer face-offs Congress scheduled for administration officials amid increased anxiety on Capitol Hill about the course of the Iraq invasion and occupation.

Among those to appear before the committee were Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, one of the key architects of the invasion of Iraq, and General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

At the hearing, Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton of New York pressed Myers about the issue of depleted uranium. She cited the Daily News investigation Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez conducted earlier this month. She spoke about testing in the U.S. compared to that in Japan and Germany and asked Myers about what actions he would take regarding the issue depleted uranium contamination.

  • Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), questions Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers at the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 20, 2004.

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