US Congress to Hold Gulf War Hearing in London
Shaun Rusling of the National Gulf Veterans & Families Association
has been invited to speak at an unprecedented hearing in London
as CADU News goes to press. The US Congress has moved its hearing
on Gulf War syndrome to Westminster to take evidence from British
The congressional subcommittee on national security, veterans
affairs, and international relations is to hold an all day hearing
in parliament as part of a renewed investigation into undiagnosed
illnesses which have affected many thousands of gulf veterans.
It is said to be the first time a congressional committee has
held a hearing in the UK parliament, and comes at a time when
Bush has just given the CIA carte blanche to kill Saddam Hussein,
in preparation for another assault on Iraq. Veterans hope that
the hearing will put pressure on the Ministry of Defence to recognise
the suffering of gulf vets, especially in view of the potential
that British soldiers may once again be part of forces attacking
Iraq. The MoD has commissioned research which will be reported
on next year.
There will be two sessions in the hearings to discuss medical
findings about the use of multiple vaccines, exposure to depleted
uranium and organophosphates in pesticides, and epidemiological
studies on gulf war illness. The hearing will be followed by an
address to 150 peers and MPs by Ross Perot, former presidential
candidate who has financed US gulf veterans medical treatment.
The hearing was organised by Lord Morris of Manchester, who said
that the committee was a “terrier for the truth”.