Gander and the Murder of LAPD Bomb Squad Officers

Two LAPD bomb squad officers killed in a booby-trapped pipe bomb. Their deaths are linked to the deliberate destruction of Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered flight, that killed hundreds of Americans in Gander, Newfoundland.  An innocent man is convicted of their murder, sentenced to prison and commits suicide in 2009. 

(LOS ANGELES) – The deaths of two LAPD bomb squad detectives in February 1986 is linked to the destruction of Arrow Air 1285, a military charter flight, that crashed in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 Americans on December 12, 1985.

LAPD Bomb Squad Sergeant Arleigh McCree, age 46, and Officer Ronald Ball, age 43, his partner, were killed on February 8, 1986, when they were attempting to defuse a pipe bomb in the garage of Donald Lee Morse, a Black American Hollywood make-up artist.

The sophisticated pipe bomb, composed of a master and slave components, exploded in Morse’s garage. The officers were called to Morse’s home after a tip that Morse was involved in the shooting of Howard Smit, the Business Agent of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Union Local No. 706, on February 4, 1986.

Morse a member of the union was fingered by John Inzerella, the President of Local 706 in a shooting incident.  Betsy Holt, a secretary and witness to the shooting, described the “assailant as a Latino who fired four or five shots from a pistol and then fled in a VW bug occupied by another person.”  Morse owned a .357 Magnum but he was a Black man with short hair and drove a Ford Van.  Despite these differences, a search warrant was issued for the weapon in the shooting, and Morse’s property was searched. The weapon was not found during the search.  LAPD officers conducting the search discovered two pipe bombs in Morse’s garage and called the LAPD Bomb Squad to the scene.

While examining the pipe bombs, “the officers determined they were booby trapped” and moved others away from the scene. As McCree attempted to defuse the master bomb, it detonated, killing him instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital several hours later.

There’s an argument that Morse was the ‘sacrificial lamb’ in the murder of the two LA Bomb Squad officers. The master bomb exploded when McCree attempted to use his wire cutters to cut one of the wires from the pipe bomb to a 9-volt battery.  McCree had used the wire cutter many times in the past.  McCree was a world-class bomb disposal expert, and his death at the hands of an alleged amateur bomb maker is highly questionable.

Donald Lee Morse with no military background in bomb disposal or making was a bona-fide bragger with a hot temper. Morse was convicted of the murder of the two LAPD officers, appealed the conviction; his sentence was reduced from life without the possibility of parole to 33 years to life for each death to be served consecutively, not concurrently.  He would have to serve a minimum of 66 years in prison. In effect, this was a death sentence.  Although parole was possible, Morse refused to admit that he made the bomb and given his skills, he didn’t have the technical capability to make the slave and master pipe bombs without killing himself in the process.

In the worst-case scenario, the bobby-trapped pipe bomb was set-up by government covert operatives to kill Arleigh McCree to prevent him from blowing-the-whistle on the deliberate destruction of Arrow Air 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland, and the deaths of hundreds of Americans, including 248 troopers from the 101st Airborne who were returning from a six-month tour as peacekeeping forces in the Sinai.

 

THE GANDER CRASH

Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered DC-8-63CF, carrying 101st Airborne troops returning from a peacekeeping mission with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai to Fort Campbell, KY, crashed and burned in Gander, Newfoundland on December 12, 1985. There were no survivors.  In a 5 to 4 split decision, the Canadian Air Safety Board (CASB) ruled icing and a stall caused the crash. In a minority report, the four professionals on the CASB concluded that the evidence supported a fire and explosion on the DC-8 as the probable cause.  The US agreed with the official icing hypothesis.

Les Filotas, PhD aeronautical engineer and member of the CASB, wrote a best-selling book about the deceit and dissent in the investigation of the crash; Joel Bainerman, Canadian-Israeli journalist, wrote about the cover-up of the Gander crash and its links to Iran-Contra; Don Devereux, journalist, wrote the crash was caused by a rouge CIA team and the deaths of two LAPD bomb squad officers linked to the crash; Charles Byers, manufacture of an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA, told about an aborted covert mission with a nuclear backpack and the deliberate destruction of Arrow Air 1285.  The loss of 248 military personnel on Arrow Air 1285 exceeded the 241 Marines killed in the terrorist attack in Lebanon on October 23, 1983.

Filotas confirmed that his notes showed a telephone call from Charlie Greenwell, Canadian TV reporter, on March 23, 1992: “Arleigh McCree was killed in Feb 86 while defusing a bomb.  According to CJOH-TV reporter, car rental receipts with his signature prove that McCree was in Gander in Jan. 1986 So the inference is that Canadian authorities asked him to investigate.”  A follow-up call to Greenwell in early 2017 was not helpful.  He had no memory of his call to Filotas and stated that he was in Ottawa at the time, far from Gander. Despite his denial, the possible connection of the RCMP as the source of the rental car report tip to Greenwell is not farfetched.  McCree conducted a workshop for the RCMP in June 1985.  The RCMP would have searched the airport grounds, looking for anything that could have been connected to a bomb on the aircraft. Did they find something that couldn’t be explained and contacted McCree to fly to Gander to investigate?

In the US, a retired LAPD Detective Captain wrote that the deaths of two LAPD officer (no doubt that he meant McCree and Ball) were connected to the Gander crash:

Retired LAPD Detective Captain posted comments on a Canadian website on February 11, 2017 (www.planecrashgirl.ca) stating that the death of two LAPD officers “involves the Gander crash directly”:

Robert Michael

 

Posted February 11, 2017 at 03:59

Greetings-

I am a retired Detective Captain from the Los Angeles Police Department. That is a long way from Gander, Egypt, Iraq, and Iran. I have investigated, reviewed and overseen investigations of thousands of violent crimes. I am very familiar with the propensity of governments to protect themselves and fight for the greater good. All government actions should stand an inquiry.

One important reminder is that all investigations have errors and I mean all. Those who pick errors miss the essence of facts. Many people died in the U.S. Two were my fellow officers and we believe their death involves the Gander crash directly [my emphasis].

There is not room to list all the information available but it is abundant relating to the Arrow Air 1285 Gander crash.

You are right to look at matters that differ from OFFICIAL declarations.

If you are still interested in truth you need not be an aircraft expert of any type. Google the following for a start:

 

 

Arrow Air 1285 Gander crash;

 

Arleigh McCree

 

 

Here is a link for consideration.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cia-linked-la-bomb-squad-murders-robert-o-dowd-1

Attempts to reach Michaels for an interview were not successful.

Don Devereux, Tempe, AZ, is a retired investigative reporter and long-time member of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) whose investigative work for the print media earned him two Pulitzer nominations. Devereux investigated the Arrow Air 1285 crash for several years for both the print media and TV series like “Investigative Reports” and “Unsolved Mysteries.” Devereux has followed the Arrow Air 1285 crash for over 30 years.

In a telephone call, Devereux told me that McCree could have caught a military fight from Norfolk to the Argentia Naval Air Station, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.  He based this on information from a retired Navy officer who said there were daily flights between Norfolk and Argentia, but the airfield was closed in 1973.  Devereux thought that it remained open until 1994.  Only the naval base remained opened until 1994.  Devereux said there were military bases on Newfoundland where McCree could have landed and then been picked-up by the RCMP.  There’s no question that McCree flew commercial from LA to Norfolk.  If the RCMP wanted McCree to look at evidence in their possession, then it would make sense for them to fly him from LA to Gander, a faster route then going through Norfolk subject to vagaries of military transport with no direct flights into Gander.

An alternative explanation provided by Devereux was the CIA invited a group of non-government experts to their facility in North Carolina to view physical evidence collected on the backside of the Gander airport. The RCMP may have wanted to release the physical evidence but photographs wouldn’t have been a problem.

Devereux told me that the CIA’s Site 38 is in North Carolina, a short distance from Norfolk.  Devereux reasoned that the that the ‘good guys’ in the CIA wanted to bring in McCree and other outsiders to look over the evidence collected on the backside of Gander.  These outside experts could have flown into Norfolk and then been transported to North Carolina.

The use of the CIA site in North Carolina appears to be the most logical reason for McCree flying into Norfolk:  The US government had evidence (maybe limited to photographs) at Gander, had no clue what it was, and invited several non-government bomb disposal experts to the secured CIA facility in North Carolina to review the evidence.

McCree may have made a connection while viewing the evidence in North Carolina or even Gander.  Stopping off in Phoenix on the return trip to LA, McCree made a connection to something he saw in Byers’ museum and then confirmed it with Byers.  Once Byers told him that the CIA was the only customer, he knew that he found the answer and reported it in a written report to the CIA. McCree never suspected that the US government blew-up the aircraft but could have reasoned that Byers’ deadly incendiary material found its way into the international arms market and into the hands of terrorists.

INCENDIARY DEVICE SOLD TO CIA

Support for the use of an incendiary device and an explosion on Arrow Air 1285 comes from a conversation in January 1986 between McCree and Charles “Chuck” Byers, President of Accuracy Systems Ordinance Corporation, Phoenix.  Both men were friends, had common interests in munitions and guns and knew each other for several years.

Devereux reported a discussion between Byers and McCree in January 1986. In a series of interviews with Byers in 2016, we confirmed the connection that McCree made to the Arrow Air 1285 crash.

On the shelves in a company office, Byers had arranged a display of the various specialized products being manufactured and marketed, mostly going to defense, intelligence, and law enforcement customers.

While walking past the display, McCree suddenly stopped and reached out to pick up one object.

Obviously startled by what he held in his hands, he exclaimed, “This is what brought down a plane we’re investigating!”

The object in question was a transparent plastic packet with three sealed pockets.

Two of the pockets contained chemical compounds—one white, one black—which when combined became highly volatile, and the third pocket included a folded aluminum foil cup in which to mix them.

Once combined, the chemicals could be ignited by a simple burning fuse, by a trigger, or even by remote control.

The device had various names in the trade; a “flash” compound, an “incendiary trigger,” a fire starter.”

Detonated in association with such inflammatory materials as napalm, it very quickly could produce one hell of a conflagration, easily sufficient to bring down an aircraft.

McCree asked Byers who had been buying the device.

Byers answered that he only had one customer for it, indicating that the single purchaser was, in fact, the Central Intelligence Agency.

McCree told Byers that he was going to be writing a report about his discovery at Byers’ place and that someone would be getting back to him about it.

The discussion was witnessed by Todd Cremeans, an employee of Accuracy Systems.

THE PIPE BOMBS

The description of the two pipe bombs in the California Court of Appeal’s People v. Morse (1992) supports that William Lee Morse couldn’t have made these bombs and would likely have killed himself in attempting to make them:

About an hour after the explosion Detective Weller, second in command to the deceased, Officer McCree, arrived at the scene and took charge of the investigation. Noticing Officer Ball’s camera among the garage rubble, he had the film flown to Parker Center, developed, and the prints returned to him. Based upon these photographs and the evidence recovered at the scene, Detective Weller made replica bombs.

Detective Weller described the bombs as follows: the master bomb was 12 inches long and the secondary, or slave bomb, 9 inches long. Inside of each were four 12-gauge Remington Peters number six-shot cartridges, taped together. Pyrodex, a low-grade explosive, filled the pipe cavity. A small light bulb filament was inserted in the pyrodex. A wire from the bulb fed through a drilled hole and connected to two 9-volt batteries taped to the outside of the master bomb. The pipes were capped at each end. A wood block affixed to the master bomb had the triggering mechanism, a folded piece of metal and a soldered wire. Wire connected the triggering mechanism to the batteries. A safety device consisting of a piece of rubber tubing covered part of the triggering mechanism. Black nylon fishing line was tied to the triggering device. Bungee cords were wrapped around each bomb.

The bungee cords were designed to attach the bombs to a car or some other object. When the car moved the nylon fishing line would become taut, [2 Cal. App. 4th 635] bend the piece of metal, cause contact with the soldered wire, switch the batteries on, emit current to the light bulb filament, heating it, and the heat would ignite the pyrodex causing detonation. The linked bombs would both explode. If one bomb failed, the other would still explode.

Detective Weller testified that the bombs had a single function: to kill people. Unlike time or command bombs these relied upon the movement of human victims to detonate them. Unlike some explosives, these bombs were designed to fragment and explode shrapnel.

The investigation showed the following: a roll of nylon fishing line found in appellant’s garage matched that used on the bomb’s triggering mechanism; inside appellant’s van were two 9-volt batteries and a bungee cord, both similar to those used on the bombs; in appellant’s kitchen, on a closed cabinet shelf, concealed in a sealed three-pound coffee can was a container of Pyrodex; the explosive material in the bombs was pyrodex; a bomb-making book, “The Anarchist Cookbook” was found in appellant’s den; fibers removed from the exploded bomb tape matched the gold carpet in appellant’s house; both the slave and master pipes had been threaded by a Tred-o-Matic machine whose four-jaw vise had left tool marks on both pipes; that Tred-o-Matic machine was about two blocks from appellant’s house in a Snyder-Diamond hardware store; the metal plate portion of the bomb triggering device had tool marks which matched pliers found in appellant’s garage; appellant’s fingerprints, and only his, were found on the three-pound coffee can, the pyrodex container, the garage cabinet, and on cans in that cabinet; his fingerprints were found on the cover of “The Anarchist Cookbook” (as were his brother’s) and on pages 113-114, beginning the chapter entitled “Explosives and Booby Traps.”

Information from a bomb disposal expert supports that it’s possible to booby trap a circuit so that if a wire is cut to a pipe bomb, the device will explode: “The most straight forward type of circuit that cannot simply be interrupted at any point in the circuit is called a collapsing circuit. There are several ways to build a collapsing circuit, including using relays, semi-conductors, and various other electrical engineering techniques. I won’t explain this further. Suffice to say it’s possible to booby trap a circuit so that if a wire is cut, the device will function.”

You don’t have to understand the physics on how this can be done, but the motive to murder Arleigh McCree is clear.  McCree made the connection of the destruction of Arrow Air 1285 to an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA.  He reported his finding to the government without realizing that he was now a threat to those who perpetuated the death of hundreds of Americans in Gander. Were the pipe bombs constructed with a collapsing circuit so that the second McCree cut the wire, the master bomb exploded and the detonation had nothing to do with McCree’s wire cutters?  McCree could have had the pipe bombs removed from the garage and safely detonated but chose not to. Did someone instruct him to not destroy the pipe bomb, but determine how it was made and report his findings?

From Detective Weller’s description of the pipe bombs, it’s reasonable to conclude that Morse didn’t make the master and slave bombs.  He didn’t have the requisite bomb-making experience without killing himself in the process and, if a collapsing circuit triggered the detonation and there’s reason to think that this and not McCree’s wire cutters (no doubt used by him in the past) triggered the detonation, then William Lee Morse didn’t make these pipe bombs but someone with extensive EOD experience did.

The California Appeals Court reported that Morse told the Superior Court he let a man and woman use his garage.  The woman was never identified by Morse.  Years after his conviction for the murder of two LAPD Bomb Squad officers, Morse told Sydney Sherman, that he was befriended by a man who was said he was a demolition expert at the studio and moonlighted from his job on the LAPD Bomb Squad.  He used his father’s name to hide his identity since the LAPD didn’t allow him to moonlight for the studio.  During a visit to Morse’s home, his friend asked him if he could use the workbench in the garage to build a “device he needed for the studio.” It was nothing but a pack of lies.  Morse who was in prison for life had no reason to lie about his ‘friend’ but was gullible and believed the moonlighting story.

Morse was on trial for murdering two cops. It would be logically for Morse to tell his defense attorney about the demolition expert who was moonlighting from the LAPD Bomb Squad and asked to use his garage to build a “device.”

Years later Morse told Sid Sherman, a friend and a retired Hollywood film executive, that he identified the man as Ron Ball while doodling on a photo of Ball, putting facial hair on his face. But, there’s a major discrepancy in Morse’s story.

LAPD Bomb Squad officers are prohibited from growing a beard. If this ‘friend’ told Morse that he was moonlighting from his full-time job as an LAPD Bomb Squad officer, then this was nothing more than a cover story to gain access to Morse’s garage. Morse swallowed the lie ‘hook, line and sinker.’

Morse was desperate to identify his friend.  He had been in prison for years with little contact to the outside world.  He was wrong about Ron Ball. Ball knew it was a felony to construct a pipe bomb and there’s no way that he would risk his job and possible imprisonment to make a pipe bomb. The California Court of Appeal opinions in

People v. Morse (1992) stated after disassembling the slave bomb, it was Officer Ball who “took a small portion of the powder that had been removed from the one dismantled pipe bomb, went outside, put the powder in a large flower pot, and put a match to it. It burned rapidly.” So, Ron Ball knew they were dealing with a live explosive pipe bomb, a bomb he never saw before arriving at the North Hollywood garage.

Morse told this story to Sherman; he knew that he was in prison for life, maybe even paranoid about searching for clues for the person who told him that he was moonlighting from the LAPD Bomb Squad and just wanted to use his garage for a studio project.

What should have been obvious to Morse’s jury was that he didn’t have the technical ability to construct the two pipe bombs described by the LAPD in court testimony and build a collapsing circuit to fool a demolition expert like McCree who has used his uncoated wire cutters many times in the past without incident. Morse died in prison in 2009 so there’s no way to ask him any follow-up questions.

Sherman wrote that the trial judge did not allow the jury to hear evidence that the LAPD, who had a search warrant for a pistol and ski mask used by the assailant in the non-fatal shooting of Howard Smit, had a tip that a bomb was in Morse’s garage.”  The weapon used to shoot the union business manager, the VW used as the escape vehicle, and the person who called the LAPD with a tip about the bomb were never found.

Arleigh McCree knew what caused the Arrow Air 1285 crash and after he filed his report with the government, he was targeted for murder, but the killer couldn’t place a bomb under his car or kill him with a gunshot since that would have triggered a crime scene investigation and possibly led to Charles Byers, who sold the incendiary device to the CIA. No, the preferred way for the murder of McCree was in the line of duty.

Arleigh McCree was not Ron Ball’s designated partner.  Another bomb squad detective switched his duty assignment with McCree.  Was this a set-up?  There was no reason for the LAPD to question this arrangement since from their investigation, the guilty party was William Lee Morse, the owner of the property.  LAPD had no information on McCree’s connection to the crash of Arrow Air 1285 and a copy of his report to the CIA, or least, there’s no public admission of McCree’s work for the CIA.  McCree did keep a copy of his report but the government was very quick to remove it.

CIA AT MCCREE’S HOME

Devereux followed-up with an interview with Mrs. Edie McCree, the wife of Arleigh McCree, who said “their home in [the] San Fernando Valley was placed under LAPD guard on the day her husband died. The security was necessary because her husband was thought to have a copy of a top-secret report in his possession and authorities wanted to be sure that it didn’t get lost or misplaced in the confusion.”

On the day of the funeral and before McCree was buried, four men showed up to retrieve a classified document.  Mrs. McCree told Devereux that “two were ex-military officers…both with apparent links to the CIA, as she recalled.”  The third man was an LAPD representative and the fourth man a locksmith.  She was excluded from the room while the search went on for several hours.  Mrs. McCree said they left without telling her what they found.

In my telephone interview with Devereux in July 2016, he said that that McCree and his partner could have used a robot to remove the pipe bomb and destroy it without exposing themselves to harm.  Devereux thought that the CIA may have asked McCree to not destroy the pipe bomb found in a garage in North Hollywood but to disarm it and report his findings.

The quick response of the CIA in retrieving documents and/or computer disk from McCree’s home lends support to the agency’s interest in obtaining a classified document in his possession.  There is no authority for anyone to keep a classified document in their residence.  McCree knew the rules on safeguarding and handling classified documents.  Unknown to McCree, the report filed with the government more likely than not was classified.

Would McCree have blown-the-whistle on the CIA’s involvement in the crash of Arrow Air 1285?  Those involved in this illegal action had to consider the risk of exposure.

After visiting Byers’ plant in January 1986, McCree filed a report with the CIA that identified the incendiary device sold to the CIA that caused the fire and explosion on Arrow Air 1285.  McCree and Ron Ball are killed in early February 1986. The LAPD assigns a police officer to guard McCree’s home.  Was that unusual?  Probably not.  A senior officer is killed by a pipe bomb.  Was there intent to kill him and his family? Just to make sure, LAPD assigns a police officer to stand guard outside the home.  But, the CIA’s search of McCree’s home was not routine and lends support that McCree worked for the CIA, probably on special assignments like investigating the crash of Arrow Air 1285. Was it just a coincidence that a McCree, a witness to the CIA’s involvement in the Arrow Air 1285 crash, was killed and now was no longer a threat to blow-the-whistle? If so, then it was a very fortunate coincidence for the government.

CIA DOES NOT RESPOND TO FOIA

I submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for all records relating to Arleigh McCree for the years 1984 through 1986 on August 19, 2016.  The CIA acknowledged receipt the FOIA media request (FOIA F-2016-02460) by letter, dated October 6, 2016. Mr. Michael Lavergne, Information and Privacy Coordinator, Central Intelligence Agency stated that “our officers will review your request and will advise you should they encounter any problems or if they cannot begin the search without additional information.”

CIA guidelines provide that the agency takes exemptions under FOIA to protect sources and methods and national security information, and that the CIA will “neither confirm or deny the existence of records on CIA operational activities and confidential or covert relationships.”

I can only assume that the failure to respond to the FOIA concerns a national security matter.

Robert J. O’Dowd

Salem-News.com (Salem, OR)

726 Chatham Road

Somerdale, NJ 08083-2441

 

 

March 25, 2017

RE:  F-2016-02460 and CIA letter of October 3, 2016

 

 

Mr. Michael Lavergne

Information and Privacy Coordinator

Central Intelligence Agency

Washington, DC 20505

 

 

Dear Mr. Lavergne:

It has been over six months since you informed me of the receipt of my August 19, 2016 FOIA request for all documents relating to Mr. Arleigh McCree, former Chief, LAPD Bomb Squad, for the years 1984, 1985 and 1986.

In your October 3, 2016 letter, you stated that “our officers will review your request and will advise you should they encounter any problems or if they cannot begin the search without additional information.”  I have not heard from any CIA officials in the interim period.

CIA guidelines provide that the agency takes exemptions under FOIA to protect sources and methods and national security information, and that the CIA will “neither confirm or deny the existence of records on CIA operational activities and confidential or covert relationships.”

Arleigh McCree’s death in November 1986 and his visit and discussion with Charles Byers, President of Accuracy Systems Ordinance Corporation, New River, AZ, raised questions about the CIA’s possible involvement in the crash of Arrow Air 1285, a chartered military DC-8CF, involving the deaths of 248 Airborne troops and 8 crew members in Gander, Newfoundland, on December 12, 1985.

When questioned by McCree about the incendiary device on display at the plant, Byers told him that the incendiary devices manufactured by his company were sold exclusively to the CIA.  According to Byers, McCree told him the incendiary device was involved in a recent aircraft crash.  No mention was made of Arrow Air 1285, but McCree told Byers that he would be interviewed by federal agents.  This discussion in Byers’ plant took place several weeks before McCree and Ron Ball, his LAPD bomb squad partner, were killed in a bobby-trapped pipe bomb in North Hollywood, CA.

After McCree’s funeral, his widow was visited by four men who requested access to her husband’s files to search for a classified document, according to Don Devereux, retired investigative reporter.  The search was conducted without a search warrant with the door closed and locked, preventing Mrs. McCree’s to observe the search activity.  These men left with whatever document they were looking for.  There is no authorization for anyone to keep classified material in their home.  Was the document retrieved from Mrs. McCree’s home a copy of the report filed by McCree on the Arrow Air 1285 cash?  If so, McCree’s report linking an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA may have been the motive for his death.

Absent a response to my FOIA, I can only assume that the failure to respond concerns a national security matter, involving Mr. McCree.

 

Sincerely

ROBERT J. O’DOWD

 

Encl

cc: CIA Office of Inspector General

Don Devereux followed-up with one man who confirmed the search for a top-secret document but declined to say whether they found it or the topic but did say that it had nothing to do with Gander; a Phoenix private investigator and friend of Devereux, followed up with second man who said they were looking for dangerous munitions.  Apparently, they hadn’t gotten their stories straight. Devereux was suspicious that they were looking for McCree’s Gander Report.

BOOBY-TRAPPED PIPE BOMB OR FAULTY WIRE CUTTERS?

The evidence from the California Court of Appeals in People V. Morse (1992) supported that the pipe bombs were not booby-trapped but the explosion was caused by an accidental electronic contact from wire cutters from McCree’s tool kit. Following McCree’s and Ball’s deaths, the LAPD authorized the purchase of “nine bomb squad tool kits” so that items could be electronically coated to prevent accidental electronic discharge in the future. However, an EOD expert advised that “it’s possible to booby trap a circuit so that if a wire is cut, the device will function. This is a much rarer type of device, but one that EOD tech’s still train to handle.”

Howard Smit (1911-2009), the Business Agent of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Union Local No. 706, was shot and wounded by a .38 caliber pistol on February 4, 1986.  Betsy Holt, a witness, described the shooter as a Latino with long hair sticking out of a ski mask who fled the scene in a VW bug.

Donald Lee Morse, age 39, a Black man, and film and television makeup artist, denied knowing the explosives were in the home.  Morse was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Arleigh McCree, age 46, and Officer Ron Ball, age 43. Based on an Appeals Court ruling in 1992, the conviction was reduced to 2nd degree murder.  After the Appeals Court decision, Morse died in prison in 2009.

Were McCree and Ball killed by a sophisticated pipe bomb planted in Morse’s garage intended to kill McCree? Getting access to Morse’s garage, home and vehicle would not be a difficult for covert operatives. Morse’s attorney had no idea that McCree filed a report with the government on finding the incendiary device that destroyed Arrow Air 1285.  Charles Byers confirmed that he never called Morse’s attorney to tell him about his conversation with McCree. Byers never connected the dots.

The stakes were very high.  If McCree blew-the-whistle by publicly connecting Byers’ incendiary device to Arrow Air 1285, it could have literally brought down the Reagan and Bush administration.

In a memo from Don Devereux, dated September 2, 2016, entitled “Gander Crash Addenda,” Devereux agreed that Morse may have constructed some basis type pipe bombs but didn’t have the technical capability to construct the sophisticated pipe bombs found in Morse’s garage; Morse bragged about his capability to make pipe bombs, and this information could have been obtained by LA area intelligence operatives, which could have led “someone with very high-level explosive expertise finding the relatively primitive bomb material in Morse’s garage, and adding a fatal booby-trap to one of them.  The speed of the recovery of classified material from McCree’s residence after his sudden and his unexpected death suggests “arrangements already in progress.”

McCree’s report could have marshalled covert intelligence resources necessary to set-up Morse, a Black man with a penchant for bragging about his bomb-making capability, and killed the very man who could have connected the CIA to Arrow Air 1285. Absent a death bed confession by a covert operative, there’s no way to prove it.

The evidence from the California Court of Appeals in People V. Morse (1992) supports that the pipe bombs’ explosion was caused by an accidental electronic contact from wire cutters from McCree’s tool kit. Following McCree’s and Ball’s deaths, the LAPD authorized the purchase of “nine bomb squad tool kits” so that items were electronically coated to prevent accidental electronic discharge in the future.

Donald Lee Morse denied knowing the explosives were in his garage.  Morse was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Arleigh McCree and Officer Ron Ball. Based on an Appeals Court ruling in 1992, the conviction was reduced to 2nd degree murder.

Sid Sherman, a Hollywood film executive and friend of Donald Lee Morse, wrote a 23-page self-published pamphlet about Morse, entitled “Sirlord”, the nom de plume used by Morse.  Morse told Sherman that he let someone named Tim use his garage: “Tim was a demolition expert at the studio who I knew was moonlighting from his job at the LAPD Bomb Squad.  I found out he used his father’s name, Tim, to hide his identity because his department frowned upon their personnel moonlighting. He had come to my house to teach me what someone who was shot in the face would look like.  While visiting, he asked if he could use my workbench to build a device he needed for the studio.”

The shooting of Howard Smit on February 4, 1986, and a tip led LAPD officers

with a search warrant for the pistol to Morse’s home on February 8th.  Betsy Holt witnessed the shooting and said that the assailant was Latino with long hair who wore a ski mask and drove away in a VW bug.  Morse was a Black man with short hair who drove a Ford Van and owned a .357 Magnum, not a .38 caliber pistol, the weapon used to shoot Smit.  The police never found the .38 pistol and the VW bug, but did find a pipe bomb in Morse’s garage. Morse was arrested and subsequently tried and convicted for murder of the two LAPD Bomb Squad officers. The LAPD traced the pipe bombs to a nearby hardware where they were cut and threaded.  No one at the store recognized Morse’s photo (Sherman, “Sirlord”).

Morse told Sherman that he was doodling on a picture of Ron Ball in the newspaper and “when he put facial hair on his picture I stared in disbelief at the image on the paper.  I saw a man who had befriended me at work whom I knew as “Tim.” Morse went on to explain “that must have been the reason they were so casual about defusing the thing…Ron had built it.  But, the question is who booby-trapped it, and put it in my garage?  And Why?”

The California Appeals Court opinion said that Morse told the Superior Court that he let a man and woman use his garage. Who were these people?  Morse had to know their names.  There is no mentioning of Tim, the LAPD Bomb Squad detective moonlighting for the Hollywood studio in the Appeals Court discussion of the facts.  Why wouldn’t Morse tell this story to his defense attorney?  He’s on trial for murdering two police officers.  He’s not going to cover-up for a moonlighting cop, if his life is on the line.

It makes no sense for Ron Ball to build a sophisticated pipe bomb in Morse’s garage, Ron Ball would have known that building a pipe bomb was a felony and he would have no reason to risk his job and criminal charges.

It’s within reason for Ball to have used Morse’s garage to work on a studio project.  Unknown to Ball and McCree, CIA operatives could have planted a bobby-trapped bomb pipe bomb in Morse’s garage with the intend of killing McCree before he became suspicious and blew-the-whistle on the deliberate destruction of Arrow Air 1285, and the possible connection to the CIA.

Getting access to Morse’s garage, home and vehicle would not be a problem for covert operatives. Morse’s attorney had no idea that McCree called the government to report he found the device that destroyed Arrow Air 1285.  Byers confirmed that he never called Morse’s attorney to tell him about his conversation with McCree in January 1986. He never connected the dots.  The stakes were very high.  If McCree blew-the-whistle by publicly connecting Byers’ incendiary device to Arrow Air 1285, it could have literally brought down the Reagan and Bush administration.

A jury convicted Morse of two counts of first degree murder, one count of reckless or malicious possession of a destructive device, and found true both alleged special circumstances: multiple murder and murder by destructive device. Morse was sentenced to state prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Did Donald Lee Morse’s blabbering about bomb making and toying with the idea of making a bomb have unknowingly set himself up as a patsy, which led to the deaths of officers McCree and Ball and his conviction of the murders of these two officers?

 

THE PIPE BOMBS

The California Court of Appeals’ opinion in People vs. Morse (1992) reported that:

The investigation showed the following: a roll of nylon fishing line found in appellant’s garage matched that used on the bomb’s triggering mechanism; inside appellant’s van were two 9-volt batteries and a bungee cord, both similar to those used on the bombs; in appellant’s kitchen, on a closed cabinet shelf, concealed in a sealed three-pound coffee can was a container of Pyrodex; the explosive material in the bombs was pyrodex; a bomb-making book, “The Anarchist Cookbook” was found in appellant’s den; fibers removed from the exploded bomb tape matched the gold carpet in appellant’s house; both the slave and master pipes had been threaded by a Tred-o-Matic machine whose four-jaw vise had left tool marks on both pipes; that Tred-o-Matic machine was about two blocks from appellant’s house in a Snyder-Diamond hardware store; the metal plate portion of the bomb triggering device had tool marks which matched pliers found in appellant’s garage; appellant’s fingerprints, and only his, were found on the three-pound coffee can, the pyrodex container, the garage cabinet, and on cans in that cabinet; his fingerprints were found on the cover of “The Anarchist Cookbook” (as were his brother’s) and on pages 113-114, beginning the chapter entitled “Explosives and Booby Traps.”

McCree’s report to the government on the link of the incendiary devices manufactured by Charles Byers could have marshalled covert operatives to set-up Morse, a Black man with a penchant for bragging about his bomb-making capability, and killed the very man who could have connected the CIA to Arrow Air 1285. Absent a death bed confession by a covert operative, there’s no way to prove it.

In a memo from Don Devereux, dated September 2, 2016, entitled “Gander Crash Addenda,” Devereux agreed that Morse may have constructed some basis type pipe bombs but didn’t have the technical capability to construct the sophisticated pipe bombs found in Morse’s garage; Morse bragged about his capability to make pipe bombs, and this information could have been obtained by CIA intelligence operatives, which could have led “someone with very high-level explosive expertise finding the relatively primitive bomb material in Morse’s garage, and adding a fatal booby-trap to one of them.  The speed of the recovery of classified material from McCree’s residence after his sudden and his unexpected death suggests “arrangements already in progress.”

Information from a bomb disposal expert supports that it’s possible to booby trap a circuit so that if a wire is cut to a pipe bomb, the device will explode: “The most straight forward type of circuit that cannot simply be interrupted at any point in the circuit is called a collapsing circuit. There are several ways to build a collapsing circuit, including using relays, semi-conductors, and various other electrical engineering techniques. I won’t explain this further. Suffice to say it’s possible to booby trap a circuit so that if a wire is cut, the device will function.”

The motive to murder Arleigh McCree is easier to understand.  McCree made the connection of the destruction of Arrow Air 1285 to an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA.  He reported his finding to the government without realizing that he was now a threat to those who perpetuated the death of hundreds of Americans in Gander.  If the pipe bombs were constructed with a collapsing circuit, the second McCree cut the wire, the master bomb exploded and the detonation had nothing to do with McCree’s wire cutters.

McCree was a world-class EOD expert.  He could have had the pipe bombs removed from the garage and safely detonated but chose not to. From Detective Weller’s description of the pipe bombs, it’s reasonable to conclude that Morse didn’t make the master and slave bombs.  He didn’t have the requisite bomb-making experience to construct these bombs without killing himself in the process and, if a collapsing circuit triggered the detonation and it’s possible that this and not McCree’s wire cutters (no doubt used by him in the past) triggered the detonation, then William Lee Morse didn’t make these pipe bombs but someone with extensive EOD experience did.

Were McCree and Ron Ball murdered by a collapsing circuit to keep McCree from blowing-the-whistle on AR 1285?

McCree and Ball saw what appeared to be a single circuit hook-up from Detective Weller’s description. It’s reasonable to conclude that they never considered that an EOD expert had booby-trapped the pipe bomb circuit.  The California Appeals Court reported that Morse told the Superior Court he let a man and woman used his garage. There’s no mention of Tim, the, alleged LAPD Bomb Squad detective moonlighting for the Hollywood studio, in the Appeals Court discussion of the facts.

Why wouldn’t Morse tell his defense attorney about Tim, his friend, who worked for the studio?  He’s on trial for murdering two cops. It would be logically for Morse to tell his defense attorney about Tim who worked for the studio and asked to use his garage.  A follow-up by the defense attorney may have identified ‘Tim.’

Sid Sherman wrote that Ron Ball used his father’s name in moonlighting for the studio. There’s no reference in Sherman’s story confirming this allegation.  The California birth certificate for Ron Ball only shows his mother’s name. Efforts to identify Ron Ball’s father were unsuccessful.  The studio’s tax documents are no longer available. It’s conceivable that the father and son worked out an arrangement with the son paying the taxes and receiving payment for the work. But, this is nothing more than unsupported speculation. The only way that Morse’s story makes sense is that Ron Ball moonlighted for the studio under a false name, used his garage to construct studio-safe demolition materials, CIA operatives became aware of Ball’s moonlighting activities and bobby-trapped a pipe bomb without his knowledge.  That’s just too much to believe.

Morse was gullible in allowing someone who said he worked for the studio as a ‘moonlighting bomb squad detective’ to use his garage.  It cost him his life. The take-away for any police officer working for the CIA is to make sure your supervisor knows of your work and multiple copies of reports are kept in secured locations in case of your untimely death.

 

Robert O’Dowd, Environmental and Military Reporter

Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the East Coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the federal government, half of that time with the Defense Logistics Agency. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. He survived three cancers and multiple other medical conditions linked to toxic radiation and chemical exposures in the Marines. He is a graduate of Temple University.  O’Dowd authored TREACHERY: Murder, Cocaine, and the Lucifer Directive and A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines and Government Lies.  Both books are available from Amazon.

 

Major Air Disaster Linked to the CIA and the Deaths of Hundreds of 101st Airborne Troops

(GANDER, NF) – A US government covert mission to use a nuclear backpack to blowup an Iraqi nuclear facility in 1985 led to the death of hundreds of 101st Airborne troops returning from a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai when the aircraft was deliberately destroyed in Gander with the loss of 248 Army personnel and 8 crew members on take-off from Gander on December 12, 1985. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the crash but neither Canada or the US pursued a sabotage investigation. Instead, the Canadian Air Safety Board (CASB) in a 5 to 4 split decision found that icing on the DC-8CF’s wing surfaces caused the crash. The four professionals (all pilots and several aeronautical engineers) in a minority report wrote the crash was not caused by icing but probably by fire and explosion on the airborne aircraft.

The Arrow DC-8CF fully loaded with 45,000 liters of jet fuel took off from Gander and seem to have difficulty gaining altitude, according to witnesses. Witnesses on the highway saw a “bright glow emanating from the aircraft before it struck terrain just short of Gander Lake and crashed…3,000 feet from the end of the runway.” [1] Several witnesses reported the plane on fire as it took off from Gander.

The unexplained loss in speed before the aircraft impacted the trees and ground could have been caused by an explosion. “At 95 seconds after takeoff it was traveling at 140 knots, and two seconds later, only 30 knots. The crash did not impact with the trees until 105 seconds” (Joel Bainerman, The Crimes of a President, 1992).

Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered flight from Cairo to Fort Campbell, KY, was the worst air crash in Canadian history. The RCMP didn’t conduct a sabotage investigation. US Major General John Crosby, who arrived at Gander the same day as the crash, pushed for a burial of aircraft debris to keep it from souvenir hunters. General Crosby had no authority to order anyone at Gander to do anything. He later denied it but Gene Wheaton, a retired US Army criminal investigator, confirmed the order with Canadians at Gander.

Under international law, Canada was responsible for investigating the cause of the crash. Despite available hangar space at Gander, no attempt was made to reconstruct aircraft debris in contrast to the reconstruction of Pam Am 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 and other major aircraft disasters.

The evidence supports that the crash was not accidental but caused by an incendiary device linked to Iran/Contra and a failed covert mission. The professionals on the CASB reported “massive destruction of the aircraft suggests unsurvivable decelerative forces.” Autopsy reports showed carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide (a product of combustion of plastics) in the blood of victims, supporting a fire in the airborne aircraft. Eye witnesses Cecil Mackie, Gerald MacWhirter, Leonard Loughren, Judith Parsons, and Gander Airport Manager John Pitman saw fire on the airborne aircraft. Irving Pinkel, consulting engineer and private insurance investigator, reported evidence of a foot-long elliptical hole “with a pronounced outward pucker” in the fuselage, supporting an on-board explosion. Clarence Bowering, the official weather observer at Gander, reported to the CASB that there was no significant precipitation when the aircraft was on the ground (Les Filotas, Improbable Cause). The ground staff at Gander reported no ice on the wings and Paul Garrett and Ray Folley, the aircraft refuelers at Gander, reported no ice on the wings (Joel Bainerman, The Crimes of a President).

Public disclosure of an aborted covert mission and CIA involvement would have been breaking news and resulted in calls for the impeachments of Vice President George H. W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan.

There are several scenarios of the cause of the crash: (1) the aircraft crash was caused by wing icing, mechanical failure, and human error; (2) terrorists planted a bomb in the aircraft at the Cairo Airport where there was no check of the cargo by US Army personnel; and (3) CIA rouge operatives planted incendiary chemicals and napalm in soda cans at Gander and remotely blew-up the aircraft on take-off to prevent a Special Operations team on the aircraft from blowing-the-whistle on an aborted a mission to detonate a nuclear backpack at an Iraqi nuclear facility. The National Security Council, the CIA and Ollie North’s Enterprise are linked to this tragedy.[2]

Caskets containing the bodies from Arrow Air 1285, Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The icing and mechanical cause of the crash was dismissed by the professionals on the Canadian Air Safety Board who concluded that the evidence showed an on-board fire and a massive loss of power. The fire was caused by explosive or incendiary device. Who planted the explosive or incendiary device?

An Islamic Jihad terrorist group claimed responsibility for the explosion, which was summarily dismissed by the White House the same day of the crash without any follow-up FBI investigation of terrorist involvement; the FBI report on the crash had hundreds of pages redacted for national security reasons.

As bizarre as it sounds, the aircraft was blown up to prevent a Delta Force team, who boarded the aircraft at the last minute, from blowing the whistle on an aborted suicide mission to use a nuclear backpack to blow up an Iraqi nuclear facility, according to a report from Charles Beyers and confirmed by a journalist with military contacts.

Gene Wheaton had evidence that there were two nuclear backpacks and likely TWO anti-tank missiles and HAWK anti-aircraft missiles in the belly of the DC-8.

The Arrow Air Flight 1285 had 3 legs: 1. Cairo to Cologne, changed crews and refueled, 2. Cologne to Gander, refueled and 3. Gander to Fort Campbell.[3]

US ARMY ORDERED WRECKAGE BULLDOZED
The aircraft fully loaded with jet fuel burned for hours after the crash. What was not consumed by the fire, the US Army bulldozed. At the scene, US Army Major John Crosby ordered the debris buried. Why would the US Army order the bulldozing of aircraft wreckage on Canadian soil is an unanswered question? Crosby disputed the bulldozing order but Gene Wheaton, a skilled criminal investigator, interviewed personnel on site and had a copy of the hand-written note from a Canadian supporting the order.

There were two empty hangars on the airfield that could have pieced the remaining wreckage together, which is the normal practice followed to determine the cause of a major air disasters. From what little wreckage remained, there are blast holes inside to the outside, which supports proof of explosion in the aircraft. Nothing in any official Canadian report or US report would indicate that explosives were involved in the crash of Arrow Air 1285 except for the minority report from the professionals on the CASB.

Why would the US government send a US Army Major General with no background in air crash investigations to Gander? MG Crosby had been the Commanding General of Fort Sill, OK, before his selection in June 1985 for a third star and a new assignment in Washington. Fort Sill is the home of US artillerymen but that’s a long way from aircraft and aircraft crash investigations.
Arrow Air was one of Ollie North’s favorite airlines and carried munitions for the Contras in the bellies of their aircraft, which was a violation of federal law to carry any explosives in passenger aircraft. It’s within reason to believe that MG Crosby’s primary mission was to destroy debris that could be identified as TOWs and other munitions destined for the Nicaraguan Contras taken from the US cache in the Sinai. Public disclosure of the use of Arrow Air to fly munitions for the Contras could have led to impeachment of President Reagan.

GENE WHEATON
Gene Wheaton became involved in the Gander crash at the request of families of troopers killed. In an interview with “Declassified” on Public Radio uplinked to Public Radio Satellite System on 8/22/2001, Wheaton said that he had evidence that there were two nuclear backpacks aboard the plane, one had not been destroyed in the crash; Gander firefighters became “permanently disabled from blood, liver, and kidney diseases” linked to radiation exposure. [4]

Wheaton said that, “They [the families of dead servicemen] hired Dr. Cyril Wecht, a world-famous pathologist to analyze the pathology reports on the bodies…. somewhere up to 75 to 100 of the passengers on the airplane had inhaled lethal doses of carbon monoxide and HCN, hydrogen cyanide…you cannot get that into your system unless it’s inhaled in your lungs…meaning that those troops breathed those poison gases while the plane was in the air, while they were still alive.”

According to Wheaton, there was opportunity to plant a bomb at Cairo and the plane flew out without clearing US customs available from the US Army team who were prevented from getting ramp passes to observe the loading of the aircraft by the peacekeeping forces on the aircraft. No doubt the nuclear backpacks would have caused some concern on both the part of customs and the Arrow Air 1285 pilot. Easy answer: don’t give ramp passes to the US Army team responsible for ‘clearing customs’. The nuclear backpacks give support that a Special Operation team was on the aircraft as alleged by Charles Byers (see below).[5]

This and other evidence support a pre-crash explosion, according to Wheaton. This includes sworn statements taken by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stating that Arrow Air 1285 was on fire as it lifted on the runway and that “it exploded in the air”.[6]

Wheaton obtained a copy of the roster of the troops aboard the aircraft. It included a nonexistent Company “E.” All the men in Company E, except one, had the same military occupational specialty, which was TOW operators. TOWs were sold to Iran as part of an operation run by Lt. Colonel Oliver North, the White House staffer who was the point man for the Iran/Contra.
The Iranians knew they were paying too much for the weapons but they were at war with Iraq and needed the weapons. Under these circumstances, it’s unlikely that the Iranians would plant a bomb on the flight that could cut off weapon sales with the US.

Wheaton claimed that ‘the Enterprise’ operated by Ollie North diverted weapons from US military stockpiles; the inventory procedures in the Sinai peacekeeping force were weak and allowed TOWs and other weapons to be taken from stock and sold to the Iranians. Arrow Air pilots told Wheaton that they illegally few weapons in the bellies of aircraft all over the world in DC-8s. While that may be factual, it still doesn’t answer why TOWs may have been in the belly of Arrow Air 1285 on a flight back to the states, unless the TOWs were rejected by the Iranians as defective or intended for use by the Contra forces in Nicaraguan.

The men assigned to the nonexistent Company E may have been part of a contingent of Special Operations personnel who boarded the aircraft in Cairo at the last minute who aborted a mission to destroy an Iraqi nuclear weapons facility with a nuclear backpack. In fact, that’s the explanation provided by the manufacture of incendiary devices sold exclusively to the CIA and confirmed by Don Devereux, who worked for TV series “Investigative Reports” and “Unsolved Mysteries” and for the print media, earning two Pulitzer nominations. Devereux reported that a CIA team was at Gander and remotely detonated soda cans filled with incendiary devices and napalm on the aircraft’s take-off.

AIRCRAFT DESTROYED BY CIA?
Charles Byers, president of Accuracy Systems Ordinance Corporation, New River, AZ, in a letter to the US House Intelligence Oversight Committee alleged that the CIA planted a device to blow up the Arrow flight at the Gander airfield. The device was manufactured by Byers’ company and sold exclusively to the CIA.

Special Operations personnel boarded the flight in Cairo with two nuclear backpacks, according to Byers.

Byers alleged that the Special Operations personnel aborted a suicide mission to blow up an Iraqi nuclear weapons development facility to make it seem like an Iraqi nuclear accident. This mission “seems to have been under the direction of Lt. Colonel Oliver North.” It may have been aborted when the Special Operations personnel realized they had no chance to outrun the blast from the nuclear explosion.[7]

Did these men abort the mission on their own authority and now were expendable? A nuclear backpack to blow-up the Iraqi nuclear facility would not only destroy the facility but kill many others and cause an international uproar.

Byers said that orders were given by the US Government to destroy the plane before it reached the United States. “A bomb was planted during a stop at Gander and remotely detonated shortly after the landing gear retracted upon takeoff…” Who gave the order to kill?

Byers’ letter, dated February 14, 1998, to Congressman Porter Goss, Chairman, Chairman, House Intelligence Oversight Committee said the CIA planted the explosive device at Gander to murder everyone on the aircraft. The motive was to prevent a group of Special Operations personnel [9] from returning to the US and blowing the whistle on the aborted suicide mission to destroy an Iraqi nuclear weapons development facility to make it seem like an Iraqi nuclear accident. Byers’s letter stated that the Special Operations Force was under orders from NSC staffer Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North.

Byers had no idea that Congressman Goss had been a CIA Director and a CIA operative. It’s not inconceivable that Goss passed Byers’ letter to the CIA. Subsequently, a bomb was mailed to Byers and opened by his plant manager who was killed. Byers was charged with running an unsafe workplace. That was only the beginning of Byers’ troubles. He was later accused of a bogus assassination plot to kill the Philippines’ president. Following that failed effort, Byers bit on the bait by a Navy contracting officer to send the unexpended funds under a Defense Department contract to another individual instead of to the US Treasury. Byers, who never received any compensation for this ‘favor,’ was convicted of procurement fraud and spent 20 months in a federal prison.

DEATH OF LAPD BOMB SQUAD HEAD
Sergeant Arleigh McCree, the head of the LAPD bomb squad and a friend of Byers, visited him in his Phoenix plant. Byers had samples of his special ordinance devices on display. After McCree “saw these items, he excitedly proclaimed that it was the device that blew up the plane [this was about three weeks after the Arrow Air 1285 crash]. McCree told Byers that he would have to “get federal clearance to discuss this in more detail with me.”

McCree and Ron Ball, his LAPD Bomb Squad partner were killed in a bobby-trapped pipe bomb four weeks later. Byers said that he started to ask questions and this led to “difficulties with federal agencies.” Following this, a bomb was mailed to Byers but opened by his plant manage who was killed in the explosion. The ‘kicker’ is that Byers said his company manufactured and sold the explosive device identified by McCree exclusively to the CIA.[10]

The professionals on the CASB concluded that an on-board explosive or incendiary device caused the Arrow Air 1285 crash. Terrorists claimed responsibility for the crash. The US quickly dismissed the terrorist’s claim without any follow-up by the FBI. The FBI report on the crash contained hundreds of redacted pages, which is a strong clue that the politically correct term “national security interests” was in play. Arrow Air was a charter airline that the NSC used to run guns to the Contras and used to ship TWOs and HAWKs to the Iranians in the Iran/Contra guns-for-hostages scandal. A few weeks before the crash, the Iranians complained loudly about being over-charged for defective HAWK missiles. The security at the Cairo airport was inadequate and could have allowed the planting of an explosive or incendiary device on the aircraft in retaliation for the defective HAWKs.

The forensic evidence supports inhaled lethal doses of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) into the lungs of passengers. No one survived the impact of the crash landing so a fire on board the aircraft while it was in flight is the only reasonable explanation for the lethal doses of poisonous gases inhaled into the lungs. If terrorists were involved, then there’s no reason not to allow the FBI to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the terrorists so that the US could take punitive action.

The White House dismissed allegations of terrorists the same day of the crash. This brings more support to Charles Beyer’s allegation of CIA involvement and the deliberate destruction of the aircraft and the murder of 248 101st Airborne troopers and 8 crew members. The remains of a Special Operations nuclear backpack were reported by Gene Wheaton who interviewed Captain Tom Badcock who was the Gander Air Force Base’s nuclear officer. Badcock confirmed to Wheaton that he was called to the crash scene and found portions of one of the nuclear backpacks that had not been destroyed.

JOINT US/ISRAELI MISSION

Don Devereux, Tempe, AZ, a retired investigative journalist with military contacts, provided information on the Arrow Air 1285 crash to me. He said that this was a joint Delta force/Israeli mission to blow up an Iraqi nuclear facility and blame it on the Iraqis. The mission was scrubbed. Casualties occurred with as many as three Delta force members killed. There was not a firefight with the Iraqis.

This was a CIA inspired operation in conjunction with Israeli intelligence. The investigative journalist said that an Explosive Ordinance Team (EOD) team from Andrews AFB flew to Gander the same day as the crash and were told to use their nuclear protection gear. The EOD team found a CIA team on the ground when they arrived at Gander. The CIA team had to be have been on the ground when the crash occurred and may have been the ones who set off the incendiary device on Arrow Air 1285, Canadian firemen not warned of the radiation exposure from the nuclear backpacks became sick from radiation exposure.

Who fired the first shots is unknown. Israelis? Delta Force? Accidental discharge? What is known is that there was a dispute within the CIA over those who supported the mission and those opposed to it. Whether the Army scrubbed the mission or the CIA did is unknown.

However, there was real anger among the Delta force and a high probability that they would go public when they got back to US. Family phone calls were made among some member of the US force that their lives were at risk and a number suspected that they could not get back to the US alive.

This was an extraordinary mission that went bad and if made public would have had severe political repercussion for the Army, the CIA and the White House. The Delta Force of 20 or so team members flew on the same aircraft with 101st Airborne troopers on their way home from a Sinai peacekeeping mission; their present on the aircraft unknowingly placed the entire aircraft in jeopardy.

If the Delta team leadership had reasons to believe that their lives were at risk, they could have taken the extraordinary step of going back on commercial air, splitting the team up and taking different flights out of Egypt, going public with US news bureaus while in Egypt, leaving the nuclear backpacks with the Sinai force in Egypt for transport later and shipped the three dead bodies back to the US on another charter flight. These steps would have been a career ending option but if the perceived risk of retaliation was high, then extraordinary steps outside of the chain of command were necessary. In all fairness, hindsight is always 20/20 and disobeying orders to return on Arrow Air 1285 had consequences, too.
The US government failed the Special Operations team by sending them on a mission impossible. The team had the legal right to disobey an illegal order to use a nuclear backpack without Presidential authorization under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). There’s no question that if actions were taken by the team to deviate from orders to return on Arrow Air 1285, they could have expected senior Army officers to threaten them with court martial. As it turned out, the suspicions of some that their lives and the lives of the other 101st Airborne troopers on Arrow Air Flight 1285 were at risk turned out to be real.

Arrow Air 1285 is the proverbial can of worms for both Canada and the US. An August 2016 letter from this reporter and Robert Romaine, retired Orange County, CA, homicide detective and US Marine Corps Sergeant Major, supporting the need for a sabotage investigation by Canadian authorities to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Traudeau was forwarded to Ralph Goodale, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on April 19, 2017, for his information and consideration. Will Canada pursue an independent criminal investigation of the crash, even if the evidence supports that crash and the deaths of 256 Americans was caused by US covert operatives?

Notes:
[1] “Gander: The Untold Story,” Sandford.org: http://www.sandford.org/gandercrash/investigations/majority_report/html/_1-1.shtml.
[2] “Gander, Newfoundland, Crash Remains a Mystery to Canadians and American Public,” House of Representatives, July 20, 1989, The Congressional Record, page H4025, stated that, “Four of nine members of the Board [Canadian Air Safety Board] released a dissenting opinion from which I [Mr. Tallon from South Carolina] will quote: “…We cannot agree–indeed, we categorically disagree—with the majority findings…The evidence shows that the Arrow Air DC-8 suffered an on-board fire and a massive loss of power before it crashed…The fire may have been associated with an in-flight detonation from an explosive or incendiary force.”
[3] Ibid.
[4] Declassified, “Transcript of Gander Crash Program,” http://www.publicrecordmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/documentaries/GC_2001_pd.pdf.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Charles Byers, former Army veteran, wrote Representative Portor Goss on February 14, 1998,” …Their mission [Delta Force] included surreptitiously transporting and detonating a small, man-portable nuclear backpack bomb at an Iraqi nuclear weapons development facility to make it seem like an Iraqi nuclear accident. This mission seems to have been under the direction of Lt. Col. Oliver North who frequently utilized Arrow Air to smuggle arms and other contraband in conjunction with the Iran/Contra operation. The soldiers were not told that they would not have the chance to outrun the blast that would destroy them. Thank God it is the duty of every soldier to disobey an unlawful order or the world would have seen its third intentional tactical nuclear detonation and the mass destruction of innocent civilians by a nuclear bomb…”.
[8] Byers confirmed in a telephone interview that Delta force soldiers boarded the plane at Cairo. They were murdered by the government because of the risk of their disclosure of the aborted suicide mission and the negative political impact of this disclosure.
[9] Interview with Charles Byers.
[10] Joe Vialls “The Canadian Connection to Lockerbie & Pan Am 103,” Wikispooks: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:The_Canadian_Connection_To_Lockerbie_%26_Pan_Am_103

 

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The Honourable Ralph Goodale

Minister of Pubic Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Dear Mr. Goodale:

The purpose of this email is to follow-up on the status of a letter of April 19, 2017, sent by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to you for your information and consideration (attached). 

I’m interested in knowing whether a decision was made to have the RCMP conduct a sabotage investigation of the crash, and whether the RCMP has any record of Arleigh McCree’s, head of the LAPD bomb squad, presence in Gander in January 1986.

I’ve been unable to confirm McCree’s visit to Gander prior to his death in February 1986.   McCree, as an internationally renown bomb disposal expert, had conducted a worship in Canada in 1985 so it’s within reason for the RCMP to reach out to him for his expertise.

A news story on the crash is attached.  It’s possible that the RCMP may know about the events described in this article. 

All of the information reported in this article came from individuals in the US and from others who wrote about the crash (e.g., Les Filotas, Gene Wheaton, Joel Bainerman).

Charles Byers, the owner of a munitions plant in Arizona in 1985 and friend of Arleigh McCree, the former head of the LAPD bomb squad, alleged that the aircraft was blown-up to prevent the leaking of information about an aborted mission to deploy a nuclear backpack in Iraq as a quid pro quo for the Israelis’ assistance in furnishing weapons to the Iranians.

Gene Wheaton, retired US Army criminal investigator, was hired by the families of service members killed in the crash.  Wheaton who died on December 31, 2015, believed that terrorists were responsible for the fire and explosion on the airborne DC 8-63CF.  Joel Bainerman, a Canadian-Israeli  journalist, wrote about the cover-up of the Gander crash in The Crimes of a President: New Revelations on Conspiracy & Cover-Up in the Bush & Reagan Administration. 

Donald Devereux, retired print and TV journalist, confirmed Byers’ story with both Israeli and US military contacts. Devereux has followed this story for 30 years.

Les Filotas, well-known Canadian expert on Arrow Air 1285 with a PhD in aeronautical engineering, told me that Charlie Greenwell, former Ottawa TV news personality, told him that Arleigh McCree, the head of the LAPD bomb squad, went to Gander in January 1986.  Filotas kept contemporeous notes of his discussion with Greenwell.  In my follow-up telephone call several weeks ago, Greenwell denied any knowledge of McCree’s presence in Gander. 

No response was made to my FOIA request to the CIA for records on Arleigh McCree for the years 1984-1986.  In accordance with US government policy, the CIA does not have to respond to FOIA requests when covert activities are involved. 

According to Charles Byers, McCree filed a report on the Gander crash with a US government agency.  Within a month, McCree and Ron Ball, his partner, were killed in a bobby-trapped pipe bomb in a North Hollywood garage.  The owner of the property was a Hollywood make-up artist and, at best, an alleged amateur bomb enthusiast.  He was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison and died there. 

The description of the slave and master pipe bombs that killed McCree and Ball were devices that had to be made by an explosive expert. 

Arrow Air 1285 is an incident that requires the expertise of RCMP professional investigators to determine who planted the incendiary devices and their motive.

I hope that his information is of some help to you.

Best,

Robert J. O’Dowd 

609-774-7551

856-701-4112

MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN EPA’S SUPERFUND ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – TOXIC POISONING

Veterans are kept in the dark about toxic exposures. The VA and Veteran Service Organizations failed to share critical health information. Congressional Veterans Committees negligent in their oversight responsibility.

(SOMERDALE, NJ) – Veterans should be aware of the military installations listed by EPA as among the most toxic environmental sites in the US. The information on the health effects of toxic exposure can save their lives.

Neither the VA or Veterans Service Organization like the American Legion, VFS, the DAV, and many others post this critical health information on their websites. This omission supports that the Congressional Affairs Committees are negligent in their oversight responsibilities.

The unacceptable consequences are that thousands of veterans and their health care providers are unaware of the toxic chemical exposures.

There are 130 military installations in EPA’s Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS) that EPA identifies as the most ACTIVE toxic and hazardous sites in the country.

Think of Love Canal and the Times Beach environmental nightmares and you’re in the right ballpark. But, in these disasters, the residents at least knew what they were exposed to and the health effects. For the most part, veterans don’t have a clue of what caused their cancers and other serious health conditions.

With the internet and state-of-the art websites, there’s no excuse for not providing this life-saving information to veterans.

EPA defines Contaminants of Concern or COCs as the chemical substances found at the site determined to pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. This information for 130 toxic military installations is available on the internet at https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/Cursites/srchsites.cfm.

The VA and the Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) have not posted the critical EPA SIMS information on their websites. Congress can require the VA to correct this situation overnight. Members who pay dues to their VSOs can demand the same from their organizations.

The failure to post the EPA SIMS data links is a major disservice to those who served their country honorably, were exposed to toxic chemicals and have no clue that their medical conditions are linked to military service.

This information is available to veterans via the internet at Search Superfund Site Information at https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/Cursites/srchsites.cfm.

Was this negligence or a conspiracy to lower the number of disability compensation claims and government outlays?

Veterans need to know that even if they served at one of these military installations (the exception is Camp Lejeune) and have medical conditions linked by EPA to toxic exposures, the VA will deny a disability compensation claim without a medical nexus opinion that states their medical condition is “at least as likely as not” due to military service.

It’s inexcusable for the VA and the VSOs not to share this critical health information on their websites. The one thing that is certain is that this is a disservice to those who served honorably.

Ask your Congressman why the Congressional Affairs Committees (responsible for VA oversight) do not demand that the VA (and VSOs who receive veterans’ membership dues) establish links to EPA’s SEMS database for following military installations:

Military Installations on EPA’s Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS)

US Air Force

Air Force Plant No.4 (General Dynamics) Fort Worth TX Air Force Plant 85 Columbus OH Air Force Plant PJKS Littleton CO American Lake Gardens/McChord AFB Tacoma WA Andersen Air Force Base Yigo GU Andrews Air Force Base Andrews Air Force Base MD Arnold Engineering Development Center (USAF) Tullahoma/Manchester TN Brandywine DRMO Brandywine MD Castle Air Force Base (6 Areas) Merced CA Chanute Air Force Base Rantoul IL Dover Air Force Base Dover DE Edwards Air Force Base Edwards AFB CA Eielson Air Force Base Fairbanks AK Ellsworth Air Force Base Ellsworth AFB SD Elmendorf Air Force Base Anchorage AK F.E. Warren Air Force Base Cheyenne WY Fairchild Air Force Base (4 Waste Areas) Spokane WA George Air Force Base Victorville CA Griffiss Air Force Base (11 Areas) Rome NY Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base Bedford MA Hill Air Force Base Hill AFB UT Homestead Air Force Base Homestead Air Force Base FL Loring Air Force Base Limestone ME Luke Air Force Base Glendale AZ March Air Force Base Riverside CA Mather Air Force Base (AC&W Disposal Site) Mather CA McChord Air Force Base (Wash Rack/Treatment Area) Tacoma WA McClellan Air Force Base (Ground Water Contamination) McClellan AFB CA McGuire Air Force Base No.1 Wrightstown NJ Mountain Home Air Force Base Mountain Home ID Norton Air Force Base (Lndfll No.2) San Bernardino CA Pease Air Force Base Portsmouth/Newington NH Plattsburgh Air Force Base Plattsburgh NY Rickenbacker Air National Guard (USAF) Lockbourne OH Robins Air Force Base (Landfill No.4/Sludge Lagoon) Houston County GA Tinker Air Force Base (Soldier Creek/Building 3001) Oklahoma City OK Travis Air Force Base Travis AFB CA Twin Cities Air Force Reserve Base (Small Arms Range Landfill) Minneapolis MN Tyndall Air Force Base Panama City FL Williams Air Force Base Chandler AZ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Dayton OH Wurtsmith Air Force Base Oscoda MI

US Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area) Edgewood MD Aberdeen Proving Ground (Michaelsville Landfill) Aberdeen MD Alabama Army Ammunition Plant Childersburg AL Anniston Army Depot (Southeast Industrial Area) Anniston AL Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant Hall County NE Fort Devens Fort Devens MA Fort Devens-Sudbury Training Annex Sudbury MA Fort Dix (Landfill Site) Pemberton Township NJ Fort Eustis (US Army) Newport News VA Fort George G. Meade Odenton MD Fort Lewis (Landfill No. 5) Tacoma WA Fort Lewis Logistics Center Tillicum WA Fort Ord Marina CA Fort Richardson (USARMY) Anchorage AK Fort Riley Junction City KS Fort Wainwright Fort Wainwright AK Iowa Army Ammunition Plant Middletown IA Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Load-Assembly-Packing Area) Joliet IL Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Manufacturing Area) Joliet IL Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (Northwest Lagoon) Independence MO Letterkenny Army Depot (PDO Area) Franklin County PA Letterkenny Army Depot (SE Area) Chambersburg PA Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant Texarkana TX Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant Karnack TX Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant Doyline LA Materials Technology Laboratory (USARMY) Watertown MA Milan Army Ammunition Plant Milan TN Natick Laboratory Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center Natick MA New Brighton/Arden Hills/TCAAP (USARMY) New Brighton MN Picatinny Arsenal (USARMY) Rockaway Township NJ Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant Riverbank CA Rocky Mountain Arsenal (USARMY) Adams County CO Sacramento Army Depot Sacramento CA Savanna Army Depot Activity Savanna IL Schofield Barracks (USARMY) Schofield HI Seneca Army Depot Romulus NY Sharpe Army Depot Lathrop CA Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant Desoto KS Tobyhanna Army Depot Tobyhanna PA Tooele Army Depot (North Area) Tooele UT Tracy Defense Depot (USARMY) Tracy CA Umatilla Army Depot (Lagoons) Hermiston OR US Army/NASA Redstone Arsenal Huntsville AL Weldon Spring Former Army Ordnance Works St. Charles County MO West Virginia Ordnance (USARMY) Point Pleasant WV

US Coast Guard

Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard Baltimore MD

US Navy

Adak Naval Air Station Adak AK Alameda Naval Air Station Alameda CA Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (USNAVY) Mineral County WV Bangor Naval Submarine Base Silverdale WA Bangor Ordnance Disposal (USNAVY) Bremerton WA Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow CA Brunswick Naval Air Station Brunswick ME Camp Lejeune Military Res. (USNAVY) Onslow County NC Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton CA Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station Havelock NC Concord Naval Weapons Station Concord CA Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center North Kingstown RI El Toro Marine Corps Air Station El Toro CA Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head MD Jackson Park Housing Complex (USNAVY) Kitsap County WA Jacksonville Naval Air Station Jacksonville FL Marine Corps Combat Development Command Quantico VA Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany GA Moffett Naval Air Station Moffett Field CA Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas) Warminster Township PA Naval Air Engineering Center Lakehurst NJ Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Ault Field) Whidbey Island WA Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Seaplane Base) Whidbey Island WA Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Virginia Beach VA Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific Wahiawa HI Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant Fridley MN Naval Security Group Activity Sabana Seca PR Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Dahlgren VA Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (4 Waste Areas) Keyport WA Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant Bedford MA Naval Weapons Station – Yorktown Yorktown VA Naval Weapons Station Earle (Site A) Colts Neck NJ Navy Ships Parts Control Center Mechanicsburg PA New London Submarine Base New London CT Newport Naval Education & Training Center Newport RI Norfolk Naval Base (Sewells Point Naval Complex) Norfolk VA Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth VA NWS Yorktown – Cheatham Annex Yorktown VA Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island SC Patuxent River Naval Air Station Patuxent River MD Pearl Harbor Naval Complex Pearl Harbor HI Pensacola Naval Air Station Pensacola FL Port Hadlock Detachment (USNAVY) Indian Island WA Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex Bremerton WA South Weymouth Naval Air Station Weymouth MA St. Juliens Creek Annex (US Navy) Chesapeake VA Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex San Francisco CA USN Air Station Cecil Field Jacksonville FL Washington Navy Yard Washington DC Whiting Field Naval Air Station Milton FL Willow Grove Naval Air and Air Reserve Station Horsham PA Yuma Marine Corps Air Station Yuma AZ

130 Military Installations in EPA’s Superfund Enterprise Management System – Toxic Poisoning

I’m undergoing diagnostic tests at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Spinal Center and will miss this month’s meeting.

DAV members should be aware of the military installations that are listed by EPA as among the most toxic environmental sites in the US.

There are 130 military installations in EPA’s Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS) (see attached file) that EPA identifies as the most ACTIVE toxic and hazardous sites in the country. This information is available to Veterans and others via the internet at Search Superfund Site Information at https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/Cursites/srchsites.cfm.

EPA defines “COCs [as] the chemical substances found at the site determined [to] pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.”

 

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With the exception of Camp Lejeune, no veteran has been informed by the government of the contaminants they may have been exposed to and their health effects. The VA and the VSOs have not published this information on their websites. I believe that this is a major disservice to those who served their country honorably, were exposed to toxic chemicals and have no clue that their medical conditions are linked to military service.

I can understand the government’s reluctance to advertise this information to Veterans but there is no excuse for the VSOs not to publish it.

DAV members need to know that even if they served at one of these military installations (the exception is Camp Lejeune) and have medical conditions linked by EPA to toxic exposures, the VA will deny a disability compensation claim without a medical nexus opinion that states their medical condition is “at least as likely as not” due to military service.

For information of the health effects of toxins and toxic exposures, see Health Hazards of Chemicals on Military Bases at: http://www.sciencecorps.org/Veteranshealth/.

Best ,

Bob O’Dowd
609-774-7551

Robert O’Dowd, Environmental and Military Reporter

Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government, half of that time with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. He went on to graduate from Temple University. Robert O’Dowd and Tim King co-authored BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up. This book stands with the best works of New Journalism. It tells the story of the thousands of Veterans and their families, once stationed at these hazardous military installations, who have continued to be ignored by the U.S. government by denial of the effects of exposure to environmental hazards, including the highest incidence of occurrence of male breast cancer in any other demographic in the U.S. Legislation to provide health care and compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans and their dependents was introduced during the 111th Congress.

Read more: A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of US Marines and Government Lies

Guns and Cocaine and the Murders of U.S. Military

Marine Colonel and U.S. Airborne Troops Murdered to Keep the Lid on Illegal Covert Operations

(SOMERDALE, NJ) – Congress needs to conduct an investigation into the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and 101st Airborne troops on Arrow Air 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, and the deaths of 256 Americans. The common thread between Colonel Sabow’s violent death and those on Arrow Air 1285 is Iran/Contra. The forensic evidence supports the murder of Colonel Sabow and the sabotage of Arrow Air 1285.

Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at El Toro was murdered to prevent him from blowing-the-whistle on the illegal cocaine trafficking. The influx of cocaine on CIA proprietary C-130 aircraft into El Toro, March AFB, Homestead AFB and other locations in the U.S. generated billions of dollars for covert operations. The government ruled Colonel Sabow’s death a suicide but Bryan Burnett, court-certified forensic scientist, discovered a fraudulent autopsy photo intended to mask the depressed skull fracture on the right side of Colonel Sabow’s head, which would automatically rule out suicide by a shotgun. Burnett reconstructed the crime scene used to stage the suicide with an intraoral shotgun blast. The motive for murder was to prevent the colonel from blowing-the-whistle on an illegal guns-for-drugs covert operation. Other El Toro Marines who knew about the operation met violent deaths.

The UK Journal of Forensic Science published three articles in January 2017 supporting Bryan Burnett’s investigation. Dr. Robert MacLachlan, board-certified neurologist, described the initial assault from a blow to the back causing a large depressed skull fracture. A fatal brainstem injury followed. Because the colonel had already expired when an assailant shot him intraorally with the 12-gauge shotgun, and was without circulation, only a small amount of blood was part of the gunshot blowback. There was no suicide note, the shotgun was wiped clean of fingerprints, and three intruders with government IDs cleaned-up the crime scene. Burnett, Dr. MacLachlan, and Dr. David Sabow, board-certified neurologist were major contributors to TREACHERY: Murder, Cocaine, and the Lucifer Directive, an investigative report authored by me and published on Amazon in August 2016.

Incendiary devices in soda cans caused a fire and explosion on Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered DC-8, carrying two hundred and forty-eight 101st Airborne troops returning from a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai. The DC-8 caught fire and exploded one minute after take-off from Gander, Newfoundland. There were no survivors. The Canadian and U.S. governments denied terrorist involvement while the aircraft still burned on the ground. There was no sabotage investigation. The Canadian Air Safety Board (CASB) in a 5 to 4 split decision claimed icing caused the crash; the four minority members included pilots and aeronautical engineers. Les Filotas, a Ph.D. aeronautical engineer and member of the CASB, wrote Improbable Cause: Deceit and dissent in the investigation of Canada’s worst air disaster. His conclusion was that the crash was caused by a fire and explosion while the aircraft was airborne. A terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the crash but the incendiary device that caused the fire was sold exclusively to the CIA by an Arizona company. There are serious allegations of a nuclear backpack on Arrow Air 1285 and an aborted covert mission to blow-up an Iraqi nuclear research facility. The motive for the deliberate destruction of the aircraft was the threat of the covert mission survivors blowing-the-whistle on the illegal covert operation to use a nuclear weapon in the Iraq.

There is no statute of limitations on murder. TREACHERY is an investigative report of government murder, gun running, cocaine trafficking and corruption that documents the inherent evil of using illegal covert operations to conduct the business of government. Some might argue that these activities were not illegal but they would have a hard time in the court of public opinion convincing citizens who expect their government to obey the rule of law and prosecute those who do not. The guns-for-drugs flights involved the transfer of weapons on CIA proprietary aircraft to Central America in exchange for cocaine flown into Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, and other secured locations. The drug pipeline from Central America fueled the crack cocaine epidemic, resulting in the deaths, addictions and imprisonment of thousands of Americans. No sabotage investigation was conducted on Arrow Air 1285, the aircraft debris were buried, no attempt was made to reconstruct the aircraft at Gander, the FBI file on Arrow Air 1285 was redacted and requests for a clear file by Congress were denied.

Email to Congressman Donald Norcross, New Jersey 1st Congressional District

Congress needs to conduct an investigation into the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and 101st Airborne troops on Arrow Air 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, and the deaths of 256 Americans.

Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at El Toro was murdered to prevent him from blowing-the-whistle on the illegal cocaine trafficking. The influx of cocaine on CIA proprietary C-130 aircraft into El Toro, March AFB, Homestead AFB and other locations in the U.S. generated billions of dollars for covert operations. The government ruled Colonel Sabow’s death a suicide but Bryan Burnett, court-certified forensic scientist, discovered a fraudulent autopsy photo intended to mask the depressed skull fracture on the right side of Colonel Sabow’s head, which would automatically rule out suicide by a shotgun. Burnett reconstructed the crime scene used to stage the suicide with an intraoral shotgun blast. The motive for murder was to prevent the colonel from blowing-the-whistle on an illegal guns-for-drugs covert operation. Other El Toro Marines who knew about the operation met violent deaths.

The UK Journal of Forensic Science published three articles in January 2017 supporting Bryan Burnett’s investigation. Dr. Robert MacLachlan, board-certified neurologist, described the initial assault from a blow to the back causing a large depressed skull fracture. A fatal brainstem injury followed. Because the colonel had already expired when an assailant shot him intraorally with the 12-gauge shotgun, and was without circulation, only a small amount of blood was part of the gunshot blowback. There was no suicide note, the shotgun was wiped clean of fingerprints, and three intruders with government IDs cleaned-up the crime scene. Burnett, Dr. MacLachlan, and Dr. David Sabow, board-certified neurologist were major contributors to TREACHERY: Murder, Cocaine, and the Lucifer Directive, an investigative report authored by me and published on Amazon in August 2016.

Incendiary devices in soda cans caused a fire and explosion on Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered DC-8, carrying two hundred and forty-eight 101st Airborne troops returning from a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai. The DC-8 caught fire and exploded one minute after take-off from Gander, Newfoundland. There were no survivors. The Canadian and U.S. governments denied terrorist involvement while the aircraft still burned on the ground. There was no sabotage investigation. The Canadian Air Safety Board (CASB) in a 5 to 4 split decision claimed icing caused the crash; the four minority members included pilots and aeronautical engineers. Les Filotas, a Ph.D. aeronautical engineer and member of the CASB, wrote Improbable Cause: Deceit and dissent in the investigation of Canada’s worst air disaster. His conclusion was that the crash was caused by a fire and explosion while the aircraft was airborne. A terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the crash but the incendiary device that caused the fire was sold exclusively to the CIA by an Arizona company. There are serious allegations of a nuclear backpack on Arrow Air 1285 and an aborted covert mission to blow-up an Iraqi nuclear research facility. The motive for the deliberate destruction of the aircraft was the threat of the covert mission survivors blowing-the-whistle on the illegal covert operation to use a nuclear weapon in the Iraq.

There is no statute of limitations on murder. TREACHERY is an investigative report of government murder, gun running, cocaine trafficking and corruption that documents the inherent evil of using illegal covert operations to conduct the business of government. Some might argue that these activities were not illegal but they would have a hard time in the court of public opinion convincing citizens who expect their government to obey the rule of law and prosecute those who do not. The guns-for-drugs flights involved the transfer of weapons on CIA proprietary aircraft to Central America in exchange for cocaine flown into Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, and other secured locations. The drug pipeline from Central America fueled the crack cocaine epidemic, resulting in the deaths, addictions and imprisonment of thousands of Americans. No sabotage investigation was conducted on Arrow Air 1285, the aircraft debris were buried, no attempt was made to reconstruct the aircraft at Gander, the FBI file on Arrow Air 1285 was redacted and requests for a clear file by Congress were denied. Iran-Contra is the common thread between Colonel Sabow’s violent death and those on Arrow Air 1285.

MORE: MURDER OF COLONEL JAMES SABOW

National Security Blanket Hides Murders of US Military Personnel

National Security Blanket Hides Murders of US Military Personnel

Marine veteran provides information to President Trump and Congress on the murders of El Toro Marines and hundreds of 101st Airborne troops.

El Toro MCAS

(SALEM, Ore.) – President Donald Trump has the authority to lift the veil of National Security, covering the murders of military personnel and protecting those responsible from prosecution.

Information obtained from reliable sources was provided in February 2017 to both President Trump and Congress, supporting the need for investigations into the murders of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow (and other Marines) at MCAS El Toro, CA, and 256 Americans burned to death on Arrow Air 1285.

An unbiased criminal investigation could result in the indictments and convictions of very powerful people who were responsible for murders, narcotrafficking, perjury and misprision of felonies (the concealment of felonies and failure to report it to the prosecuting authorities by persons who have not committed it).

As a financial manager with DLA, I spent considerable time in the Washington, DC, area over my last 15 years of government service. While with a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter visiting Washington, DC, on February 28, 2017, I literally ran all over the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Bldgs., providing information on these murders.

I introduced myself as a reporter for Salem-News.com, giving a short 4-5-minute briefing on TREACHERY, the story of murder, narcotrafficking and an aborted covert mission in the Middle East; and left a copy of supporting data with Congressional staffers. An identical package was Fedexed earlier to President Trump.

Figure 1: Colonel Sabow’s crime scene. The patio chair was not on the body when his wife discovered him dead in their backyard. The shotgun had no fingerprints on it. The intraoral shotgun blast resulted in very little blood and evidence that the colonel was already dead from the violent blow to the back of his head when the assassins discharged the 12-gauge shotgun into his mouth.

This sordid story involves the cold-blooded murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow in his quarters at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, in January 1991 and horrific deaths of 256 Americans on Arrow Air 1285, a military chartered flight with CIA links to Iran/Contra in Gander, Newfoundland, in December 1985.

COLONEL SABOW’S MURDER AT EL TORO

Colonel Sabow’s death was ruled a suicide by the government. However, the forensic evidence published by the UK’s Journal of Forensic Research and peer reviewed by other scientists in January 2017 supports murder, conspiracy to commit murder, crime scene tampering by federal agents, a doctored autopsy photo of Colonel Sabow submitted by Defense Department to a federal district court and the Congress, the crime scene tampering and years of cover-up by the Navy, the Marine Corps and high level Defense Department officials.

The motive was to kill the colonel was to keep him from blowing-the-whistle on the government’s lucrative covert guns-for-drugs operation. Billions were made from the sales of cocaine transported on CIA proprietary C-130s into El Toro, March AFB, Homestead AFB, Mena, AZ, and other secured locations in the US. This covert operation involved guns-for-cocaine. The guns were shipped on CIA proprietary aircraft to Central America in exchange for cocaine flown into the US.

Gene Wheaton, a career military investigator, was involved in both investigations after he retired from the Army. Wheaton’s investigation supported homicide in both cases. Wheaton found evidence Colonel Sabow was murdered to prevent him from blowing-the-whistle on the narcotrafficking of cocaine in El Toro.

Colonel Sabow was relieved of his duties for alleged misuse of government aircraft in a failed attempt to get him to plead guilty and retire from the Corps. It didn’t work.

The colonel was authorized to fly as a trainee with another command pilot, flying executive aircraft on the weekends. His travel orders and supporting documents were in order.

While at El Toro in January 1991, the Marine Corps Inspector General had access to his flight logs, travel orders, and supporting documentation, which could have easily dismissed any allegation of misuse of government aircraft by the colonel. Instead, the Corps relieved him of his duties, pending a full investigation. This was nothing more than a charade to get the colonel to accept Article 15 charges of misuse of government aircraft he was not certified to fly. No formal charges were filed; he was murdered within a few days.

ARROW AIR 1285

The crash of Arrow Air 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland, on December 12, 1985 killed hundreds of 101st Airborne troops on their way home from a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai. The Canadians were responsible for the investigation of crash and called it an accident due to icing.

The problem is there are eye witnesses who saw the aircraft on fire at take-off. There was no evidence of icing but evidence of incendiary devices and napalm in soda cans detonated on take-off, causing a fire and explosion on the airborne DC-8CF.

There are CIA links to these murders and a Reagan and Bush administrations that was open to dealing with drug cartels and making money off the sales of weapons to both Iraqis and Iranians.

Thousands of TWOs and other lethal weapons were taken from NATO stocks, flown by Arrow Air and other CIA proprietary airlines into the Middle East as reported by Joel Bainerman, an Israeli investigative reporter. The moneys from these sales were used to fund covert operations.

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Figure 2: Bodies of troops and aircrew lie in a make-shift morgue at Gander.

Figure 3: Hole in aircraft with metal bent outward supporting an internal explosion.

 

The deaths of Marine and Army personnel on active duty is normally assigned to the NCIS and the Army equivalent organization but these deaths had major political impacts and any prior investigations (e.g., Colonel Sabow at El Toro and the Army deaths in Canada) were seriously compromised.

The Army deaths (248 101st Airborne troops on Arrow Air 1285) were classified as accidental based on the Canadian Air Safety Board (CASB) report of icining in a 5 to 4 split decision (the 4 dissenters were all professional pilots, 3 were aeronautical engineers).

The professionals found forensic evidence of fire and explosion on the airborne DC-8CF. A Canadian Air Force nuclear officer at the scene reported a nuclear device (possibly a nuclear backpack, which was in the US military’s inventory) on fire at the crash site.

This may have been connected to the alleged covert mission to destroy an Iraqi nuclear research facility with a nuclear backpack, then blame the Iraqis for the explosion and use covert operatives to rescue hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The allegation is the mission was aborted with deaths of US personnel (six sealed wooden boxes the size of coffins were loaded on the aircraft in Cairo). The DC-8CF had seats for 269 passengers so there was room for 21 more passengers not reported on the official manifest. A telephone call with a stewardess who worked for Arrow Air and had detailed knowledge about this flight confirmed that the flight was full with no empty seats. The problem for the government is that the DC-8CF had only two seat configurations, 200 seats or 269 seats. So, if the aircraft was full, then there were 269 passengers, not 248 reported by the government.

One allegation is that Special Forces involved in the ill-conceived covert mission that caused the deaths of unit members were a threat to blow-the-whistle on the planned use of a nuclear weapon in the Middle East. The ‘easy solution’ was to destroy the aircraft before it landed at Fort Campbell, KY. Wheaton’s investigation of Arrow Air 1285 resulted in a massive amount of evidence, including eye witnesses accounts, laboratory reports and documents establishing that the DC-8CF suffered an onboard fire and explosion before impact and did not crash “as reported by the official Canadian report.”

These operations were under the control and direction of a unit of the National Security Council called OSG-TIWG (Operations Sub-Group-Terrorist Incident Working Group), which was co-chaired by LTC Oliver North and Associate FBI Director Oliver “Buck” Revell.

There were no sabotage investigations by the FBI or the RCMP. There was no effort to reconstruct the aircraft.

The same day as the crash, the U.S. Army was present at Gander. The focus of the U.S. Army was to remove the bodies to mortuary at Dover AFB and bury the debris as quickly as possible. Two LAPD bomb squad officers’ deaths are connected to AR 1285, too.

LAPD BOMB SQUAD OFFICERS KILLED

Arleigh McCree, the head of LADPD bomb squad, told Charles “Chuck” Byers, President of Accuracy Systems Ordinance Corporation, Phoenix, that his incendiary device was linked to an aircraft crash, and he would be interviewed by federal agents.

Both men were friends, had common interests in munitions, guns and knew each other for several years.

Don Devereux, a long-time member of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) whose investigative work for the print media earned him two Pulitzer nominations, investigated the Arrow Air 1285 crash for several years for both the print media and TV series like “Investigative Reports” and “Unsolved Mysteries”.

Devereux reported a discussion between Byers and Arleigh McCree in January 1986:

On the shelves in a company office, Byers had arranged a display of the various specialized products being manufactured and marketed, mostly going to defense, intelligence, and law enforcement customers.

While walking past the display, McCree suddenly stopped and reached out to pick up one object.

Obviously startled by what he held in his hands, he exclaimed, “This is what brought down a plane we’re investigating!”

The object in question was a transparent plastic packet with three sealed pockets. Two of the pockets contained chemical compounds—one white, one black—which when combined became highly volatile, and the third pocket included a folded aluminum foil cup in which to mix them.

Once combined, the chemicals could be ignited by a simple burning fuse, by a trigger, or even by remote control.

The device had various names in the trade; a “flash” compound, an “incendiary trigger,” a “fire starter”.

Detonated in association with such inflammatory materials as napalm, it very quickly could produce one hell of a conflagration, easily sufficient to bring down an aircraft.

McCree asked Byers who had been buying the device. Byers said that he only had one customer for it–the CIA. McCree told Byers that he was going to be writing a report about his discovery and that someone would be getting back to him about it.

McCree and Ron Ball, his partner, were killed in a bobby-trapped bomb pipe several weeks later.

No federal agents interviewed Byers who pushed for an investigation of his friend’s death with various federal agencies.

Subsequently, a bomb in a package addressed to Byers killed his plant manager. The government shut down his business, and found ‘evidence’ of procurement fraud when he mailed a check to another contractor from unexpended funds on a government contract.

The funds should have been returned to the Treasury but Byers said he never received a dime from the contractor and was only following the directions of a federal contracting officer.

He was sentenced to 20 months in a federal prison in Virginia. Now, officially a convicted felon, Byers complaints about McCree’s death could be dismissed as the rantings of a convict.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS NEEDED

These cases require thorough investigations by the US Attorney General. If approached with an unbiased attitude, I believe there will be strong evidence of homicide and government misconduct, which could result in indictments of multiple individuals.

These are cold case investigations, but the Jan 2017 forensic reports of Bryan Burnett, published in a UK forensic journal with peer review, provide a solid foundation for the cold-blooded murder of Colonel Sabow and the cover-up by DOD, including a fraudulent autopsy photograph submitted to a District Court and the US Congress.

Gene Wheaton’s work and Dr. Les Filotas’ book on AR 1285, Improbable Cause, a 500-page definitive work, and his participation as a member of the CASB supports the deliberate destruction of the DC-8CF aircraft and the violent deaths of 256 Americans, including eight crew members.

The National Security mantel covers both cases, but that can be lifted by the President. There is no statute of limitations on murder, and those involved have no place to hide.

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Robert O’Dowd, Environmental and Military Reporter

Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government, half of that time with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. He went on to graduate from Temple University. Robert O’Dowd and Tim King co-authored BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up. This book stands with the best works of New Journalism. It tells the story of the thousands of Veterans and their families, once stationed at these hazardous military installations, who have continued to be ignored by the U.S. government by denial of the effects of exposure to environmental hazards, including the highest incidence of occurrence of male breast cancer in any other demographic in the U.S. Legislation to provide health care and compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans and their dependents was introduced during the 111th Congress.

Murder of Colonel James Sabow

Robert J. O’Dowd
rodowd@live.com

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

February 20, 2017

Dear President Trump:

The purpose of this letter is to request your assistance in ordering the Justice Department to initiate a criminal investigation into the death of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, crime scene tampering and staging of his ‘suicide’ by Naval Criminal Investigative (NIS) agents, conspiracy to commit murder by senior Marine Corps leaders and DOD officials, and the sabotage of Arrow Air 1285 by a rogue CIA team in Gander, Newfoundland, which resulted in the deaths of 256 Americans.

 

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION EL TORO

The cocaine pipeline from Central America fueled the crack cocaine epidemic, resulting in the deaths, addictions and imprisonment of thousands of Americans. Billions of dollars were made from cocaine trafficking, funding covert operations without the need for Congressional oversight and lining the pockets of those in the know and on the take. Those who were a threat to blow-the-whistle were murdered. At El Toro, Marine Colonel James E. Sabow was murdered to prevent him from blowing-the-whistle on cocaine trafficking into the base. Bryan Burnett, forensic scientist, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, and Dr. Robert MacLachlan, neurologist, Rapid City, SD, reported a depressed right occipital skull fracture on the back of Colonel Sabow’s head that was shown to have occurred prior to the intraoral shotgun discharge. The Colonel received a powerful blow by a club to the back of his head before the intraoral shotgun blast. Burnett examined the gunshot residue (GSR) and back spatter residue (BSR) by scanning electron microscopy – elemental analysis, the bloodstains on and around the body, the staging of the body and reconstruction of the death scene. Burnett used CSI techniques to reconstruct the crime scene and demonstrated that the intraoral shotgun blast was used to fake a false suicide scenario. Dr. Robert MacLachlan reported the initial assault on Colonel Sabow was a blow to the back of his head causing a large depressed skull fracture. After being struck, he was rendered unconscious and he fell to the ground on his right side. A fatal brainstem injury followed. The injury caused central neurogenic hyperventilation and because he was lying on his right side, he aspirated one-half liter of blood into his right lung. Death soon followed. Because the Colonel had already expired when an assailant shot him intraorally with the 12-gauge shotgun, there was no blood circulation, and only a small amount of blood was part of the gunshot blowback.

The forensic and pathological evidence on the death of Colonel James E. Sabow on January 22, 1991, support homicide and conspiracy to commit murder by the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) and senior Marine Corps officers. Colonel Sabow’s death was staged as a suicide by the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) with the knowledge of senior Marine Corps and Defense Department officials. The motive for the murder was to prevent Colonel Sabow from blowing-the-whistle on the use of El Toro to support the CIA proprietary C-130s flying cocaine into the base for distribution in Southern California.

Other professionals who can support the homicide and the conspiracy to commit murder of Colonel Sabow include: Dr. David Sabow, board-certified neurologist, Rapid City, SC; Mr. Daniel P. Sheehan, attorney, Santa Cruz, CA; Mr. W. Scott Goldie, film writer and documentary film editor and producer, Hollywood, CA; Mr. Michael Jacobs, attorney and former supervising attorney, Orange County Homicide Unit, Anaheim, CA; and Mr. Robert Romaine, retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major and retired Orange County Homicide Detective, Costa Mesa, CA.

Other El Toro Marines met violent deaths, including Colonel Gerald Agenbroad who was found hanged in El Toro’s Bachelor Officers Quarters on February 24, l995, five days after “60 Minutes” did a story on illegal Lockheed C-130 acquisitions. His death was determined to be a suicide by the NIS. Arriving home from church services on Christmas Day, l994, Staff Sergeant Tom Wade, who had been the ‘computer guru’ at El Toro in 1991 until promoted and transferred to Blount Island, FL, was dragged from his car as his four-year old daughter watched in the back seat, then shot in the head, execution style. Marines cordoned off Wade’s civilian apartment, not allowing the local police to investigate on the grounds of “national security.” Wade’s death remains a cold case today.

COCAINE

The crack cocaine epidemic hit the black community especially hard, not just in California but across the country. Crack cocaine babies, emergency care admissions, addictions to crack cocaine, and imprisonment of young black men are some of the effects of this government run operation. While the statute of limitations has run out on cocaine trafficking, there is no statute of limitations on murder. A DEA agent following the money trail of cocaine trafficking was murdered, too. Enrique Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent and former Marine, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico in February 1985. The official Mexican and US government version is that Rafael Caro Quintero, a Mexican drug cartel leader, was responsible for the torture and death of Kiki Camarena. Quintero was convicted of Kiki’s murder but freed from a Mexican prison in August 2013 after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence. Fifteen months later, the court reversed its ruling. Quintero’s whereabouts are unknown. The Borderland Beat reported that, “Three former U.S. federal agents decided to end a 28-year silence and simultaneously entrusted this journal and the U.S. Fox news services with an information “bomb”: Enrique Kiki Camarena was not murdered by Rafael Caro Quintero — the capo that served a sentence for that crime — but by an agent of the CIA. The reason: the DEA agent discovered that his own government was collaborating with the Mexican narco in his illegal business.” Retired DEA agents can attest to the use of El Toro, March AFB, Homestead AFB and other military and non-military facilities to run cocaine into the country, and the murder of Kiki Camarena. In interviews with Proceso, Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez, former DEA agent, and former DEA agent Celerino “Cele” Castillo reported they had evidence that the U.S. government itself ordered the murder of Kiki Camarena. In addition, they pointed to a Cuban character, Felix Ismael Rodriguez, as the murderer. Rodriquez, who managed the guns-for-drugs covert operation in El Salvador for the National Security Council, was a long-time CIA operative and associate of Lt. Colonel Ollie North and Donald P Gregg, National Security Advisor for Vice President George H. W. Bush.

GUNS AND COCAINE

Lockheed C-130s and P-3s from the Air Force boneyard in Phoenix, AZ, were obtained by CIA proprietary contractors for the illegal guns-for-drugs covert operation. Mr. Gene Wheaton, retired Army Warrant Officer and criminal investigator, provided the tail numbers of 62 military aircraft used in this illegal covert operation to Ms. Janet Napolitano, then US Attorney for the District of Arizona and later the US Attorney General and Ms. Claire K. Lefkowitz, the Assistant United States Attorney on May 1, 1997. Mr. Wheaton was told by Ms. Lefkowitz, that she and federal investigators had any plans to meet with him. The payload of an Air Force C-130E is 42,000 pounds. Mr. Robert Tosh Plumlee, long-time CIA pilot, reported that he flew thousands of pounds of cocaine for CIA proprietary airlines on C-130 aircraft into El Toro and Homestead AFB. The street value of this cocaine was in the billions of dollars. Mr. Plumlee reported that about 50 pilots were involved in this covert operation. These aircraft had to have transponder codes issued by the US government to cross the Mexican border into the US. The use of US military bases to transport cocaine into this country was never discussed during the Iran/Contra hearings or by Lawrence Walsh, the Iran/Contra Special Prosecutor.

ARROW AIR 1285 AND A NUCLEAR BACKPACK

At Gander, Newfoundland, Arrow Air 1285 was deliberately destroyed by rouge intelligence operatives on December 12, 1985, to prevent Special Operations troops on the aircraft from blowing-the-whistle on an illegal covert mission to use a nuclear backpack to destroy an Iraqi Nuclear Weapons Research Facility. Mr. Donald Devereux, long-time print and TV journalist, Tempe, AZ and Mr. Charles Byers, former owner of Accuracy Systems Ordinance Corporation, Phoenix, AZ, provided information that incendiary devices and napalm chemicals planted in soda cans were used to remotely destroy the DC-8-63 aircraft in Gander on take-off. Mr. Byers’ company sold the incendiary devices exclusively to the CIA. The Canadian government under international law was responsible for determining the cause of the crash. The Canadian Air Safety Board in a 5 to 4 split decision decided that icing was the cause of the crash. The facts support that icing was not involved. The four professionals on the CASB agreed that fire and explosion were the probable cause of the crash. Mr. Devereux and Mr. Byers attributed the crash to CIA rouge intelligence operatives. The Army disputed any sabotage involved in the crash without any terrorist or criminal investigation by the FBI. These are serious charges. I am bringing them to your attention because of your reputation as a strong supporter of justice and defender of the weak. The dead Americans who were killed on Arrow Air 1285 can’t speak for themselves.

TREACHERY: Murder, Cocaine, and the Lucifer Directive

I am enclosing a synopsis of TREACHERY: Murder, Cocaine, and the Lucifer Directive, an investigative report of government murder, gun running, cocaine trafficking and corruption authored by me and published on Amazon in August 2016 that documents the inherent evil of using illegal covert operations to conduct the business of government, three articles authored by Mr. Bryan Burnett, peer-reviewed by other forensic scientists and published by the UK’s Journal of Forensic Research, other relevant documentation, supporting these horrific crimes. If you have any questions, please have your representative contact me at 609-774-7551 [C] or email me at rodowd@live.com.

Respectively,

ROBERT J. O’DOWD
Encls

Colonel James Sabow – Pathological and Physiological Principles of Instantaneous vs. Sudden Death

Colonel James Sabow: Pathological and Physiological Principles of Instantaneous Death: How It Can Help Distinguish Suicide from Homicide

The body of a Marine Corps officer was discovered lying on a 12 gauge shotgun in the backyard of his home. Naval Investigative Service personnel identified an intraoral wound and immediately informed the base commander and the victim’s family that the death was a suicide. The following day an autopsy was performed and death certificate issued, designating death as suicide. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: to distinguish the difference between instantaneous and sudden death and its application in distinguishing homicide from suicide and, secondly, to propose that the death certificate in any unwitnessed traumatic death should be considered a preliminary document until there is comprehensive evaluation of all evidence. The correct conclusion of death in this case requires understanding of physiologic principles which determine when death is instantaneous as opposed to sudden. If the initial trauma to the officer was the shotgun wound, then death had to have been instantaneous. However, autopsy results, skull x-rays and crime scene evidence demonstrate that death was sudden but not instantaneous. The initial trauma was a fatal blow to the back of the head causing a depressed skull fracture behind the right ear. Therefore, the manner of death was homicide not suicide.

TREACHERY’s Illegal Covert Operations included Gun Running, Cocaine Trafficking, Murder

Under the Reagan/Bush Administrations, gun running, cocaine trafficking, and murder conducted through the use of illegal covert operations was the way the business of government was conducted. There’s no question that George H. W. Bush was the ‘kingpin of cocaine trafficking’ and those who were a threat to blow-the-whistle were silenced.

The list of unauthorized and illegal covert operations includes:

  1. Weapons sold to the Iranians in the 1980s at a mark-up over costs to support the overthrow of the Nicaraguan government;
  2. Cocaine trafficking into the US, fueling the crack cocaine epidemic and generating billions for covert operations;
  3. Military aircraft illegally obtained from the Air Force’s boneyard in Arizona for gun running and drug smuggling;
  4. Arrow Air 1285, a chartered military aircraft blown-up in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 Americans to prevent the leaking to the media of an aborted covert mission to destroy an Iraqi nuclear weapons research facility with a nuclear backpack. Arrow Air was used in gun running to the Contras (Gene Wheaton);
  5. The murder of Colonel James E. Sabow at MCAS El Toro (officially a suicide) and violent deaths of other El Toro Marines to prevent them from blowing-the-whistle on the illegal guns-for-drugs trafficking at El Toro.
  6. An intelligence related assassination cell concealed within the Pentagon/DOD which murders NOT enemy agents but rather loyal US Government officers who threaten to expose illegal covert operations (Gene Wheaton).
  7. An LAPD Bomb Squad officer who connected the dots to an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA was killed with his partner when attempting to defuse a sophisticated booby-trapped pipe bombs. A Black Hollywood make-up artist was convicted of the murders. CIA operatives retrieved a classified report from the home of one of the officers following his death (Charles Byers and Don Devereux).
  8. A retired military criminal investigator reported the military aircraft swap scam to Janet Napolitano, then the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, involving the transfer of 62 military aircraft previously stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to 33 individuals and companies involved in smuggling weapons and narcotics and was told that the government had no plans to meet with him (Gene Wheaton).
  9. Enrique Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent and former Marine, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico in February 1985. Kiki was following the money trail of cocaine trafficking. Rafael Caro Quintero was charged and convicted of the murder but DEA officials point to CIA involvement.
  10. Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez, former DEA agent and Kiki’s supervisor, and Tosh Plumlee, former CIA pilot, claimed evidence that the U.S. government ordered the murder of Kiki Camarena in 1985. In addition, they point to a Cuban character, Felix Ismael Rodriquez as involved in the murder. Rodriquez denied any connection to the murder.
  11. Rodriquez maintained close connections with Donald Gregg, his CIA supervisor in Vietnam, who served as national security adviser to Vice President George Bush from 1982 to 1989. In 1985 and 1986, Rodriquez was working for the NSC, running the Contra re-supply operation out of Ilopango Air Base in El Salvador.
  12. Celerino Castillo, Vietnam Army veteran and DEA agent, named George H. W. Bush as the “kingpin” for the narcotrafficking of cocaine into the US. Castillo wrote that the Boland Amendments curtailed funding to the Contras and Vice President Bush entered into an agreement with the Columbian drugs cartels, exchanging guns for drugs.
  13. LTC Oliver North or his attorney censored 1,269 pages of the notebooks before turning them over to Congress (John Kerry’s staff ) for review in December 1987. Congress granted North immunity but he still objected to handing over the full notebooks. Kerry’s Subcommittee concluded that the deletions in the notebooks made it difficult to determine the full extent of “narcotics trafficking.”
  14. Despite the deletions and refusals to hand over all the notebooks in the possession of LTC Olliver North (then a former NSC employee whose classification clearance had been terminated), the White House’s position was that the notebooks were “federal property and subject to classification at the highest level.” Some of the entries in North’s notebooks found by Senator John Kerry’s Subcommittee related to narcotic trafficking.

Christmas Eve Gifts

There’s no question that President George H. W. Bush had the right to grant pardons as described in the Constitution. However, the timing of President Bush’s pardon of former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger before his trial precluded any possible trial of Bush who was a subject of investigation by Lawrence Walsh, the Iran/Contra Special Prosecutor, and in that sense it was an early Christmas gift to himself and six Iran/Contra top level officials. On December 24, 1992, President Bush issued pardons to Weinberger, Robert C. McFarlane, former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, former CIA Central American Task Force Chief Alan D. Fiers, Jr., former CIA Deputy Director for Operations Clair E. George, and former CIA Counter-Terrorism Chief Duane R. Clarridge.
Bob O’Dowd

A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of US Marines and Government Lies – Robert O’Dowd

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A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals is the story of the exposure of U.S. Marines at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and Camp Lejeune, NC, to organic solvents, benzene, and other carcinogens ingested in their drinking water and through dermal contact and inhalation while working with toxic chemicals without protective clothing and face masks. Thousands of veterans and their families were once stationed at El Toro, an EPA Superfund site and the premier Marine Corps jet fighter base until it closed in July 1999. At Camp Lejeune, another EPA Superfund site, the base wells were contaminated with organic solvents from 1953 to 1987 with an estimated one million people exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene and other toxic chemicals. Legislation to provide health care for Camp Lejeune, an active military installation, was passed in the 112th Congress. In September 2016, Lejeune veterans were eligible for presumptive VA disability compensation for 8 of the 15 health conditions that the VA agreed were linked to toxic chemicals in the base’s wells. There is no presumptive health care and disability for El Toro Marines. El Toro veterans have to fight for health care and disability one veteran at a time. A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals documents the denial of responsibility and the cover-up by Marine Corps leadership of environmental contamination from veterans, their dependents, and the public at El Toro: no usage records on TCE and other organic solvents; El Toro’s denial of ownership for 16 years of a major TCE plume spreading for miles into Orange County until a lawsuit forced the government to accept responsibility; loss of all of the original well construction drawings (permanent records) and over 40 years of water distribution engineering drawings; no records on the dates the base wells were abandoned; engineering drawings showing the base wells part of the water distribution system after the purchase of a small quantity of softened municipal water; unexplained cut-off of pumping records when the base wells were clearly shown as not abandoned in an El Toro engineering drawings from 1975; a radiation contaminated hangar shuttered and sealed in 2016, years after the Navy reported the hangar free of radiation. The Radium 226 paint had entered the sewer lines under the hangar, delaying the release of the hangar from its restricted use category. At El Toro, 55-gallon drums of TCE waste were buried on the base to hid them from the Marine Corps Inspector General after their use was not authorized; the entire set of water distribution engineering drawings redrawn in 1986, the year after TCE was found in agricultural wells on and off the base and during the period when ten Camp Lejeune’s wells were found contaminated with TCE and abandoned; an El Toro Marine dead from Agent Orange exposure who never served in Vietnam; the dead Marine transported empty 55-gallon drums to the base’s landfills; other Marines reported use of Agent Orange to spray the fence line to kill vegetation growth. Over 900 acres of the former base transferred to the FBI. The transfer was initially made by the Navy to the FAA who passed ownership to the FBI. Southern Californians appear content to accept the government’s spin that “all is well; no need to worry.”

UPDATE

A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of US Marines and Government Lies

Hi Jennifer,

I just published A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals on Amazon. The above link is to a Salem-News article on the story of U.S. Marines at El Toro and Camp Lejeune who were exposed to organic solvents, benzene, and other carcinogens through ingestion in the drinking water, and through dermal contact and inhalation while working with toxic chemicals without protective clothing and face masks.

In the court of public opinion, the Navy’s position on El Toro base wells would be unsupportable. The Navy maintains that El Toro’s base wells were abandoned with the early purchase of municipal water in 1951. The facts don’t support this argument. Six wells were in the footprint of the TCE plume spreading off base into Orange County. TCE over the wells averaged greater than 500 ug/L. The early purchase of softened municipal water from the Metropolitan Water District was insufficient to meet the demands for water for both El Toro and Santa Ana. At the time, the wells were less than 10 years old and good producers. There is a heavy concentration of TDS in the SGU at El Toro (>1,000 mg/L) and this would have caused service disruptions from the effects of salts on pumps and water lines. Hence, the reasons to purchase a small quantity of softened water from MWD in 1951 was most likely than not done to reduce the levels of TDS in the water distribution system. The Navy and EPA would have you believe that the wells were like other Orange County wells, drawing water from the Principal Aquifer with depths of 400 to 600 feet bgs. But, the very first Navy well destruction report in 1998 showed that the well screens were opened in the contaminated SGU. The wells were all constructed in early WW II. He same construction technique was likely used for all the wells. That is, the driller cut vertical slots by torch in the well casing to use as well screens. This was an old technique and used extensively at the time (the early 1940s). Without the well construction drawings, the only way to determine the locations of the critical well screen intervals was to inspect each well before sealing them in concrete. Instead, the Navy looked the other way and destroyed the remaining wells without knowing the locations of the wells screen intervals. Like dead men who tell no tales, they are all sealed in concrete.

You’re familiar with the use of Radium 226 in Hangar 296 and the expensive cost of remediation. What is unknown is the cost to the men who worked in the contaminated work space. I’m one of them. Three cancers and a forced retirement because of ill health, and the continual fight to maintain my health while consuming too many meds is part of the cost. Others have not been so lucky. The Marine who had the top bunk (we slept on duty watch in the Radium contaminated work space) died of glioblastoma 15 years ago. When near death, he had to write important things down because of the cancer and its effects on the brain. You don’t forget these things.

As you know, DTSC list dioxin (as 2,3,7,8-TCDD TEQ) as a potential contaminant of concern for El Toro. In our brief telephone discussion the other week, you didn’t know where dioxin was found on the base. Some guesses are soil and water samples taken from the crash crew burn pits and base landfills. However, it’s within reasons that El Toro used Agent Orange to control vegetation in areas on the base that were part of a wild fire zone. The base’s panhandle comes immediately to mind; the ammo bunkers were located in this area and that last thing that El Toro needed was a wildfire in that area. The explosions would have been heard in San Diego! Of course, the Navy and EPA will deny that AO was ever used at El Toro but my sense is the probability is very high that it was used in the 1960s. Do you have any records of soil samples in El Toro’s panhandle showing dioxin? I know that 900 acres in this area were turned over (with a few exceptions) to the FBI, contrary to a 1996 agreement between the feds and local and state governments that guaranteed a wild life corridor be maintained in the panhandle. If the FBI fences off this area, then the wild life corridor is gone forever. But, if Agent Orange was used in this area to control vegetation, it will eventually work its way into the aquifer and into Orange County’s principal aquifer. We have reports from Marines that AO was used by them along the fence line, too. My sense is that much more was used in the wild fire zone in the panhandle, but I doubt that the FBI would be willing to allow the state to take soil samples now.

ATSDR’s position is that El Toro is an indeterminate health risk due to the lack of on-station data. I can’t fault ATSDR since they have no subpoena power and DOD funds their public health assessments. Those who worked with TCE/PCE/TCA/fuels without protective clothing and face masks know the health consequences of exposure to these carcinogens. For many of them it’s too late.

Camp Lejeune is another story. Marine veterans with the help of the North Carolina Congressional delegation were able to obtain VA health care for 15 medical conditions and presumptive disability compensation for 8 medical conditions. An estimated one million people were exposed to Lejeune’s contaminated wells.

At El Toro, the Navy’s official position is that the base well were abandoned decades ago, but the dates the wells were abandoned are unknown, the original well construction drawings missing, over 40 years of water distribution engineering drawings missing and the year after OCWD (1985) found TCE in agricultural wells off and on the base, the entire set of water distribution drawings were redrawn with only one well in the set (Irwin Well No. 55). This and the original 1942 drawings are the only complete sets of water distribution drawings for El Toro.

Tim King, another El Toro Marine and the founder of SN, and I continue to receive many emails from El Toro Marines with cancers (e.g., bladder, prostate, kidney, breast cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, breast cancer, etc.). We do our best to help. The government ignored our requests for assistance, closed the base, and moved the air wing to Miramar. El Toro Marines are left on their own to fight the battle for VA health care and disability compensation. Most will lose the fight. But, they will not quit without a fight, even those who are on their dying beds. That’s the way we were trained.

For El Toro Marines ‘Semper Fi’ looks like a one-way street. We gave our all and the Marine Corps leadership looked the other way. I guess that “responsible for environmental contamination and injuries and deaths to Marines” doesn’t look good on officers’ OERs.

You indicated that Navy (no doubt at the state’s insistence) will run the video camera and detection equipment in the sewer line under Hangar 296 out to the old waste water treatment plant. Excellent idea. Ra 226 has long half-life and if there’s any of it in the sewer line, I will be there for a long time. The costs of this work is not inexpensive and should be borne by the Navy, not the state.

Without getting too involved in the EPA/Navy bureaucracy, I think that the exclusion of Marine veterans as stakeholders from participating in RAB meetings was unfortunate. We lived and worked on the base and are in a better position to discuss the use of chemicals than the local population. That may be part of the reasoning to exclude us from membership as ‘stakeholders.’

Sorry for this lengthy email. It’s too late for the Marines who were exposed to contaminants at El Toro. There’s no magic pill for toxic exposure.

I enjoyed talking to you the other week and hope to hear from you again. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call me.

Best,

Bob O’Dowd.
609-774-7551

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