Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BETRAYAL Synopsis / Book Review - Salem-News.Com

BETRAYAL Synopsis / Book Review - Salem-News.Com

(SALT LAKE CITY) - "BETRAYAL" reports with precise, well-researched and written evidence of the denial of responsibility and cover-up of environmental contamination of Marines, civilians, their families and the public, at both El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, CA and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.
This is personal to me because I was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune 1973-76, as was my WWII Marine father Walter C. Davis Jr. in 1943. My spouse Sandra and I lived at 2695 Bougainville, in the Tarawa Terrace on base housing area. My first son Caleb was conceived and born there June 16, 1975.
He now suffers from a sub-arachnoid hemorrage (caused when a brain aunyerism ruptures). My second son Jabin, was conceived there 3 months prior to our leaving the Marine Corps. Born in Provo, Utah December 5, 1976, Jabin was born with a ventricular septal (heart) defect. Their mother continues to suffer a host of health problems.

Jerry Ensminger

Jerry Ensminger's MSGT USMC (ret.) daughter Janey (also lived in Tarawa Terrace) died at age 9 with a Acute Lymphosytic Leukemia. Jerry's realization that Janey's death was caused by contaminated base drinking water led him on a 14 year journey of activism, lobbying and challenging government agencies to take responsibility. In 2012, President Obama signed in to law HR 1627, providing VA health care for CLNC veterans and their families. This effort was made into an "Emmy" nominated documentary film titled,"Semper Fi, Always Faithful." No such legislation covers El Toro Marine veterans and their families.
CLNC Marine veterans continue to have their claims for compensation rejected at an 84% rate. 82 that were stationed at CLNC have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Aaron M Davis

I highly endorse Bob and Tim's recommendation for the VA to adopt a Science Advisory Board with backgrounds in science to objectively evaluate toxic exposures on all 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund Cleanup list.
BTW, "BETRAYAL" provides convincing evidence that the government not only covered up contamination on military bases, but the murder of Marine Colonel James Sabow and other Marines tied to the use of El Toro's assets in the 1980's and 1990's to import South American cocaine into the the U.S. and export weapons to the Contra Rebels of Nicaragua.
Review written by Aaron M Davis, Co-founder of VFP 118 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a former Marine and Army Officer.
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Friday, December 27, 2013

NATIONAL Okinawa governor approves landfill to relocate U.S. base

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Aerial photograph of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture in 1977. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Friday approved landfill work to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma base within his prefecture, reversing his previous policy of trying to move the base out of Okinawa, a senior prefectural official said.
The decision marks a major breakthrough in the stalled relocation of the base, after years of political maneuvering amid stiff local opposition to a 1996 agreement between Japan and the United States.
The central government has called on Okinawa to accept the construction of a replacement facility in an offshore area in Nago, a plan mapped out in 2006, to move the air station from a densely populated area in Ginowan.
The central government had been seeking the governor’s approval before the mayoral election in Nago in January.
In a meeting with Nakaima on Wednesday in Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a set of measures to reduce the base-hosting burden on Okinawa and provide financial support to stimulate its economy.
The Futenma relocation is an emotionally charged issue in Okinawa, where anti-base sentiment runs deep amid safety concerns about U.S. military operations.
In 2009, Yukio Hatoyama, the first prime minister after the Democratic Party of Japan took power, raised local hopes by pledging that the base would be moved out of the prefecture “at least.” But he later backed off and decided on a deal with the United States that was almost identical to the 2006 bilateral agreement.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thanksgiving in Vallejo During WWII

In November 1942 Vallejoans celebrated their first Thanksgiving since the start of World War Two. Thousands of defense workers labored round-the-clock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard to support the war effort. The Vallejo Times-Herald of November 26, 1942 described the holiday:
Vallejo, U.S. Observe War Thanksgiving

“Today Vallejo joins with Americans around the world in celebrating their first wartime Thanksgiving in a quarter century, starting the day with prayer service, and climaxing it with the traditional turkey dinner. In many homes, soldiers and sailors have been invited around the family board as guests.

“President Roosevelt will lead the Nation’s prayer services in a White House broadcast carried over the major networks at 8:00 a.m. (PWT). With him will be members of the Cabinet, Justices of the Supreme Court, and heads of the Armed Forces. The President will read his Thanksgiving Day proclamation and songs will follow in the first such Thanksgiving ceremony at the White House.

“While services are held by the Ministerial Union and by other churches, thousands of Mare Island workmen in machine and ordnance shops will be ‘passing the ammunition’ literally, with work as usual. But somewhere during their day, civilians and service men will stop for their roast turkey, and to reflect a moment on the fact that now, both at home and in war news abroad, America really has something to be thankful for.

“American forces on the far flung battle lines may have to take their holiday dinner in emergency rations, but those in the Vallejo and Solano County area will “shoot the works.” Here is an exact U.S. Army menu released yesterday:

“Fruit salad, stuffed celery, sweet mixed pickles, olives, roast turkey, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, buttered corn, creamed peas, creamed carrots, hot rolls, assorted bread, apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, assorted candies, coffee, milk, hot chocolate, cigars, cigarettes.

“Aboard ships, as far as could be learned, there will also be turkey and trimmings, in a menu much like the Army’s.

“However, in the [Mare Island] Navy Yard’s three large and two small cafeterias, there will be no turkey.

“It would take too long to serve,” was the reason given by F.L. Bonn, general manager of the cafeterias. “We feed more than 23,000 persons, and we could never accommodate this number by our closing hour of 5:15 if we had turkey. However, we’re having the same substantial servings of roast beef, pork and cutlets as they get every day.”

“Ninety inmates of the Solano County hospital at Fairfield will also sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, cranberries, mince and pumpkin pie, celery, cauliflower, and other trimmings.

“The “super” dinner and that period of time devoted to church services will be the only evidence of a break in schedule for either the soldiers, sailors or the workers on the American production front.

“Secretaries of the War and Navy Departments have ordered personnel of their departments to observe the day by working as usual. War Production Chief Donald M. nelson called upon those engaged in tasks vital to the victory effort to remain at their jobs.

Serving Thanksgiving dinner at Mare Island during WWII
“The American housewife, who for the first time in three years could invite relatives from a neighboring state without wondering whether or not they had already celebrated the holiday, found that her 1942 dinner was costing her more than at any time since 1919.

“The Office of Price Administrationsaid the average cost was offset by the higher average family earnings.”

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USS Jason Dunham XO, CMC Relieved of Duty

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English: Emblem of the USS Jason Dunham DDG-109 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 relieved the USS Jason Dunham's (DDG 109) executive officer and command master chief of their duties Dec. 20 as a result of their inappropriate responses to reports of hazing conduct, including failure to inform the commanding officer regarding the alleged hazing.

Capt. John Wade, commander, Destroyer Squadron 28, found Cmdr. Kenneth Rice, USS Jason Dunham's executive officer, and Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Vandergrifft, Dunham's command master chief, guilty at separate non-judicial punishment proceedings. Non-judicial punishment proceedings were initiated following a command investigation that was completed on Nov. 18.

A command investigation was initiated as the result of a hazing incident Oct. 15. The incident involved a chief petty officer who directed 19 enlisted female Sailors to remove human waste out of two nonworking toilets without sufficient proper personal protective equipment. The chief petty officer then led a group of 13 of the 19 female Sailors down the pier to dispose of the material in portable toilets.

The investigation found that Cmdr. Michael Meredith, USS Jason Dunham's commanding officer, was initially unaware of the incident but took appropriate action after being informed Oct. 21. Other crew members assigned to USS Jason Dunham, who were involved in this incident, were also found in violation of UCMJ articles at non-judicial punishment or administratively sanctioned.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham is home-ported at Naval Station Norfolk. She was commissioned Nov. 13, 2010, and completed her maiden deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility Apr. 5, 2013.

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German WWI U-Boat UB-122 on the Mudflats of the River Medway

uboatkentThere was a recent story in the press about  the wreckage of a German World War I submarine beached of mudflats on the banks of the River Medway in Hoo, Kent.   The sub is, believed to be the UB-122,  one of the roughly 100 German submarines turned over to Britain at the end of the war.  The sub has been on the mudflats since 1921, but is in a remote area and is intermittently visible, depending on the tides and the action of storms.  As reported in the Daily Mail:
Yesterday marine archaeologist Mark Dunkley, the maritime designation adviser for English Heritage, said:  ‘Records show that the diesel engines were cut out of UB-122 and reused in a cement works at Halling in Kent – the U-boat’s power plants thus serviced Britain’s post-war industrial development.
‘What we still don’t know is exactly why or how UB-122 ended where it is. It’s likely it was being taken up the Medway estuary to be broken up for scrap. Perhaps in a storm it parted from its tow, the cable snapped, and the prevailing winds blew it to Hoo.
‘As to why it was left there, we can only speculate. It could have been too much of an effort to get to it, or perhaps it was a problem of navigation in how to get to it.
‘Its interest is that it is the only known complete U-boat that can be seen in British tidal waters.’
The reappearance of the UB-122, I found myself wondering how many how many derelict or abandoned submarines might still be hanging around.  Apparently there are quite a few, from a wrecked Japanese Type A midget submarine ashore on Kiska Island, in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to the remains of two XT-Craft midget submarines in Aberlady Bay, Scotland, UK, to an assortment of abandoned Soviet submarines.  For a  better list be sure to check out There’s nothing sadder than the wreck of a once-great submarine.
Thanks to Alaric Bond for contributing to this post.
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Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima

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When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts.
But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging.
“I get so angry. They said as long as the plume was avoided we would be fine."
- Navy sailor Jamie Plym
They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In a lawsuit filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the U.S. Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship's water system.
“At our level, we weren’t told anything,” Plym told FoxNews.com. “We were told everything was OK.”
Now, Plym, Enis and dozens of others wonder if their service to their country and to Japan has left them doomed.
“I get so angry," Plym said. "They said as long as the plume was avoided we would be fine. But we knew then that something was going to happen. Common sense tells you that the wind would blow it everywhere. You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to figure that out.”
San Francisco Attorney Charles Bonner,who is representing allegedly cancer-stricken sailors, initially filed a federal suit in the Southern District of California more than a year ago on behalf of a dozen sailors. The lawsuit was initially dismissed, when the court ruled that any ruling would hinge on interpreting communication between the Japanese and U.S. governments, which could violate the separation of powers. But Bonner is amending the suit to add new allegations that would fall under the court's jurisdiction. And the number of plaintives has more than quadrupled as more service members come forward with radiation-related illnesses, he said.
“They went in to help with rescue efforts," said Bonner, who plans to refile the suit on Jan. 6. "They did not go in prepared to deal with radiation containment.”
The plaintiffs don't blame the U.S. Navy, which they believe acted in good faith, Bonner said. It was the plant's operators who sat on the meltdown information during the crucial hours following the March 11, 2011 disaster, he said.
“TEPCO pursued a policy which caused rescuers, including the plaintiffs, to rush into an unsafe area which was too close to the [Fukushima nuclear power plant] that had been damaged,” Bonner charged in an April filing now being updated to add more plaintiffs. “Relying upon the misrepresentation regarding health and safety made by TEPCO, upon information and belief, the U.S. Navy was lulled into a false sense of security.
“The officers and crew of the U.S.S. Reagan (CVN-76) and other vessels believed that it was safe to operate within the waters adjacent to the FNPP, without doing the kinds of research and testing that would have verified the problems known to the defendant TEPCO at the time.”
Nathan Piekutoski, 22, who served aboard the USS Essex, which was in the same deployment as the Reagan, said sailors had no choice but to trust what they were told.
“They did say it was safe at the time,” Piekutoski said. “We had to take their word for it.”
Piekutowski says he suffered from leukemia and, while he is currently in remission, Doctors have told him that he may need a bone marrow transplant.
“Within a few months I started getting all these weird symptoms," he recalled of the months following the disaster response. "Night sweats. Not sleeping. I started losing a lot of weight.
“It’s one of those things," he added. "You’re angry that it happens but we had to go. It was our duty. I joined the military to help people in need.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Defense declined to comment on the pending lawsuit, but told FoxNews.com the Pentagon has been monitoring and collecting data on radiation exposure in the region.
TEPCO officials did not respond to requests for comment. But a recent admission before members of the Japanese press on Dec. 12 during a meeting at the Tokyo Press Club, former Prime Minister Naoto Jan said the first meltdown occurred five hours after the tsunami, not the next day as reported at the time.
Bonner alleges that the statement means that the Japanese government knew radiation was being leaked and did not inform the U.S. Navy.
“They knew there was an active meltdown and they deliberately hid it from the public as well as the Navy,” Bonner said. “Those sailors went in there totally unaware and they were contaminated as a result.”
Plym says she is prepared to have her symptoms question in court, should the case go to trial. But with so many U.S. sailors coming forward, she believes justice will prevail.
“People will say that out lawsuit is fake and that we are doing this for money, but it’s really about getting the correct information out there,” Plym said.
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