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.
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Who Killed Colonel James Sabow – Trailer

One week ago, I launched a Facebook page “Who Killed Colonel James Sabow?” The page is growing rapidly. It is being followed by more than 1200 people so far – an average of more than 150 per day! Also, Thursday I posted a brief :43 second video clip for the documentary. This clip has nearly 6000 views in two days.

Point being, people are interested in this story and want to raise awareness to bring justice for CJS. You can visit the page on Facebook and monitor its progress. I urge everyone on this email chain to help spread the word about this site and share it with their friends. We need to add another zero to the number of people following this story!

Who Killed Colonel James Sabow? | Facebook

Back in October, I filed a FOIA request requesting documentation of an agreement between the DoD and the OC Sheriff Coroner’s Office to conduct autopsies of officers killed on military installations. As you know, this was a violation of a DoD Directive. My FOIA contact has been in touch with me and I hope to receive an answer before Christmas. If there is no agreement in place than I believe an argument can be made that the autopsy should be thrown out.

I will continue to update as new information comes forward. My partner and I have a meeting on Monday with a production company that is interested in the project. But as of now, we’re planning on launching a crowdfunding campaign on the anniversary of your brothers death to raise much needed funds to continue production.

Sincerely,

Scott Goldie

Amazon Reseller DailyDeal USA Overprices Consumers and Gets Away with It

Source: Salem-News

Thousand dollar paperbacks? Amazon takes no responsibility for DailyDeal USA and DailyDeal USA doesn’t answer their phone. They priced Bill O’Reilly’s book at a grand too.

 

(SALEM) – The Amazon reseller, DailyDealUSA, has the book co-authored by Robert O’Dowd and Tim King of Salem-News.com, Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up, listed for just under a thousand dollars.

 

 

We had sticker shock earlier this week when we checked the Amazon website for BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up. Tim King and I are the co-authors of the book. Amazon’s price for the soft cover $24.26; the eBook sells for $4.99. You can imagine our shock when the Amazon website showed that DailyDeal USA listed the sale price of a used book at $999.11.

DailyDeal USA does a lot of business with Amazon. The Amazon website showed 324,000 ratings for this reseller over the past year.

Sounds crazy, I know and it’s not that this is an ‘autographed book’ by two internationally known best sellers. We did find that we were in rare company.

Robert Gates and Bill O’Reilly (the Fox Bill O’Reilly) have books overpriced by the DailyDeal USA. Maybe O’Reilly’s “Factor” can get the attention of the reseller and Amazon.

Order from Amazon for only $24.95

We first thought was “Could this be a ‘dirty trick’ by the government to dissuade readers from buying BETRAYAL?” I mean nobody would willingly buy $999 for a soft cover book. Our book is good but not that good.

That was a possibility since BETRAYAL reports the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow who was killed to prevent him from blowing the whistle on gun running and cocaine trafficking in a covert operation; crime scene tampering by federal agents; a blown NCIS cold case investigation; buried 55 gallon steel drums of toxic waste on a base sold to a real estate joint venture with plan to build over 9,000 homes; a radiation contaminated hangar shuttered and sealed years after the base was close; toxic exposures and cancers of Marine veterans and their dependents at two Marine bases and government denial of any responsibility of injuries and deaths. We haven’t sold many books but we’re certain that BETRAYAL is not on the Commandant’s top ten reading list for Marines.

  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M Gates ($999.11)
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers ($999.11)
  • Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young ($999.11)
  • Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle     Walker ($999.11)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading) by Melissa Lagonegro and RH Disney ($999.11)
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell ($999.11)
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson ($999.11)
  • A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus M.D. ($999.11)
  • Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard ($999.11)

This couldn’t be a clerical error. There are just too many books overpriced by the reseller.

The DailyDeal USA has over 300,000 ratings with Amazon and complaints on the internet about overpricing. Lots of bucks passing through their hands. Some of it is ill gotten gains; in simple terms, just plain stealing.

How could this happen? A consumer in a hurry to purchase a book from Amazon thinks he sees a bargain for a book from a reseller priced at $9.99. He not wearing his glasses or is distracted by the children or whatever. He pays for the book with his credit or debit card.

When the bill comes in, he’s in shell shock, “What the hell! $999.00 for the dam book. Can’t be right.”

He calls the DailyDeal USA and reaches a voice mail; calls Amazon to complain and is told that resellers set their own prices; Amazon is not involved; can’t help you. He’s now humiliated and maybe even intimated to file a fraud complaint with the state Attorney General. DailyDeal USA pockets the extra money; Amazon gets a piece of the change. Everybody is happen but the poor sucker who’s out several hundred dollars for a pocket book that retails by Amazon for less than $30.

We contacted Amazon to complain about the DailyDeal USA. As suggested with followed-up with an Amazon Customer Service representative. There was nothing they could do. Here’s the email from Amazon:

Hello Robert,

Thank you for contacting CreateSpace with your support request.

I understand your concern about the overrated prices this specific reseller has on the Amazon.com website, unfortunately we have no control on their stock, pricing or promotional strategies. If you would to complain about this specific reseller; I would advise you to contact Amazon.com’s Customer Service and can best assist you in regards of this topic. They are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-216-1072.Or, if you would prefer to connect with Amazon’s Online Support, please visit the following link:https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html. You will be asked to sign into your Amazon.com account, but you may skip the sign-in step, if desired.

Lesson learned:  If it sounds like a bargain, double check the price.  Don’t be overcharged hundreds of dollars and find yourself out in the cold.

Check the actual Daily Deal page here

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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 was spent 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. A graduate of Temple University, Bob has been married to Grace for 31 years. He is the father of two adult children and the grandfather of two boys. Bob has a blog site on former MCAS El Toro at mwsg37.com. This subject is where Bob intersected with Salem-News.com. Bob served in the exact same Marine Aviation Squadron that Salem-News founder Tim King served in, twenty years earlier. With their combined on-site knowledge and research ability, Bob and Tim and a handful of other ex-Marines, have put the contamination of MCAS El Toro on the map. The base is highly contaminated with TCE, trichloroethelyne

You can email Bob O’Dowd, Salem-News.com Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address: consults03@comcast.net

NO DEFENSE AGAINST TOXIC EXPOSURES-Robert O’Dowd

BETRAYAL is a book about Marine veterans and their dependents who were exposed to toxic chemicals at former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. BETRAYAL will be republished in several weeks on Amazon at the lowest price permitted by Amazon. This is necessary for two reasons: First, to inform veterans about the contaminants of concern they may have been exposed to and to price Amazon resellers out of the market of ripping off veterans by selling the book at outrageous prices.

Marines at El Toro and Lejeune were men and women who served their country honorably, were unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals and developed deadly cancers and other serious diseases. I’m one of them.

It’s no secret that Marines are a band of brothers. It doesn’t matter if you were in the Corps yesterday or 50 years ago, once a Marine; always a Marine.

A skeptic might say: “Sorry to hear about your cancer, but many people get cancer that were not at these bases so what makes you think the disease was caused by something in the military?”

In fact, that is the very attitude our government has taken to deny any service connection to disease and contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and El Toro. Individuals have won VA disability and compensation claims but only after lengthy delays and payment of expensive independent medical evaluations in support of claims. Civil law cases were filed; but no win for the plaintiffs.

Both bases are among the 130 military EPA Superfund bases, the most toxic environments in the country. Think of Love Canal and Times Beach and you’ll get the general idea of how bad some of these military bases can be to your health. Millions were spent by the Navy in remediation at El Toro, sold at a public auction over 10 years ago, to a real estate joint venture. The Navy made $650 million from the sale. Not a dime went to any veteran or any effort to give them a heads-up that they may have been exposed to deadly toxic chemicals or radiation.

The evidence of contaminated drinking water at El Toro was shredded, lost, or trashed but it’s there. Like Lejeune and many other military bases constructed during WW II, El Toro’s drinking water originally came from base wells. The water under the base was free. The Navy purchased a small quantity of softened municipal water in the early 1950s. The dates the base wells were abandoned are unknown. What is known is that a major trichloroethylene (TCE) plume cut a path through the base wells with TCE levels exceeding 500 ug/L or over 100 times the EPA maximum contamination level over the base wells. Extensive corrosion was found in the wells before they were sealed and all the water supply lines to at least one dependent housing complex were corroded and had to be replaced.

Children died from leukemia at Camp Lejeune and El Toro. Leukemia has been linked to organic solvents in drinking water. Other veterans and dependents died from various cancers while Marines who served at both Lejeune and El Toro are literally walking dead men with stage 4 breast cancer, a very rare form of cancer for men.

The Navy and Marine Corps have not provided any medical monitoring for El Toro Marines, even though the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR), responsible for public health assessment of EPA Superfunds, recommended annual physicals and medical monitoring for health changes for those stationed at Camp Lejeune when the well water was contaminated with organic solvents. Camp Lejeune Marines have presumptive health care and are beginning to receive presumptive disability benefits for certain medical conditions, too. It was a bitter fight for Lejeune veterans but they fought the good fight and deserve the benefits. But, anyone who served at El Toro and other Marine Corps air stations knows that we used an enormous quantity of TCE to keep Marine aircraft serviceable.

Organic solvents like trichloroethylene or TCE were used by industry and the military for decades. TCE is an excellent degreaser and at El Toro it was common practice in Marine Wing Service Group 37 to dump 55 gallon drums of the chemical into a vat with an overhead crane, and then dip a basket of aircraft parts into the heated vat—a quick and efficient way to clean parts and pollute the soil and groundwater from TCE waste product.

Tetrachloroethylene or PCE is used in dry cleaning. At El Toro, the base dry laundry used PCE, and was in the same area as the base wells.

At El Toro, the two huge maintenance hangars located in the same area as the base wells were the primary source of the TCE plume spreading into Orange County. Both hangars were used to maintain Marine transport aircraft over a fifty-year period. No usage records were kept, but it’s reasonable to conclude from the extent of the TCE plume that thousands of 55 gallon drums were used over El Toro’s 56 years of operations.

The environmental and human exposure risks of TCE and PCE are documented in medical literature. TCE/PCE has been linked by the Federal government to serious disease, often occurring decades after exposure.

Exposure to organic solvents can occur through ingestion (drinking water), inhalation, or dermal contact. Marines working with organic solvents would normally be more at risk for disease, especially if protective clothing and masks were not used. If these chemicals contaminate the drinking water, then ingestion and inhalation (through hot showers) would expose everyone on the base, including dependents and civilian workers.

For Camp Lejeune, El Toro and the many military bases on the EPA Superfund list, these are not just examples of one or two drums leaching into the groundwater. For our military, dependents, civilian workers and in many cases those living near these bases, the volume of toxic chemicals in the soil and groundwater poses a serious environmental health risk.

CAMP LEJEUNE

Camp Lejeune’s Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point, and Holcomb Blvd. water distribution systems were found to be contaminated with TCE, PCE and other contaminants of concern. For example, maximum concentration of TCE were reported for Hadnot Point (1,400 ug/L) and Holcomb Blvd. (1,148 ug/L) while PCE maximum concentration were reported for Tarawa Terrace (215 ug/L).

At Lejeune, the Navy and Marine Corps spent millions on studies to identify the cause of diseases linked to exposure to TCE and PCE. There’s no question about the contamination of the well water at Lejeune.

ATSDR reported the sources of the leaks “were leaks from off-base and on-base underground tanks, some of which were installed in the 1940s.”

ATSDR wrote that the source of the PCE in the Tarawa Terrace wells was an off-base dry cleaner. An estimated 75,000 Tarawa Terrace residents from 1957 until 1987 were exposed to PCE contaminated drinking water. PCE is a known carcinogen. ATSDR recommended that former residents get routine physicals and monitor their health for changes.

In June 2009, the Navy funded a study by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies of Science, who reported that “strong scientific evidence is not available to determine whether health problems among those exposed are due to the contaminants.”

The NRC concluded there was no need for additional studies and the Navy and Marine Corps “should take the appropriate action in light of the available sparse information that indicate exposure to toxic contaminants occurred and may have affected the health of the exposed population.”

The NRC report did not go down easily with ATSDR. The St. Petersburg Times quoted part of a letter from Dr. Thomas Sinks, ATSDR’s Deputy Director, to the Marine Corps:

“The direct funding of peer review by the agency responsible for contaminating the Camp Lejeune drinking water [the Marine Corps] creates a perceived conflict of interest unacceptable to the community of veterans and their families exposed.”

Mike Partain, a Tallahassee resident who was born at Camp Lejeune in 1968 and later diagnosed with male breast cancer, expressed the feelings of many veterans: “The NRC report smelled rotten.” (see: tampabay.com: Critics Say Marine Corps Contract on Camp Lejeune is Conflict of Interest).

As one former Camp Lejeune, dependent and cancer survivor told me, “It’s all about the greenbacks.” She may be right. The NRC report gives the Navy and Marine Corps “the scientific cover” to dismiss billions of dollars in toxic tort claims filed by Lejeune dependents.

In July 2009, Senator Richard Burr (D, NC) introduced S. 1518: Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2009. This bill provides hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care to veterans and family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, while the water there was contaminated by volatile organic compounds, including known human carcinogens and probable human carcinogens. As of this date, the bill has 13 co-sponsors. A companion bill is expected to be introduced into the House shortly.

To prevent the Lejeune tort suits from being summarily dismissed by the Navy, Senators Richard Burr (R, NC) and Kay Hagan (D, NC) amended the Defense Appropriations Bill to prohibit the Navy from disposing of water contamination claims before critical scientific studies can be completed.

For now, the Camp Lejeune “poisoned patriots” battle for health care and compensation continues. In the words of the Lejeune dependent: “It all goes back to the greenback.”

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION EL TORO

El Toro was the premier Marine Corps jet fighter base and home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing until a toxic plume of trichloroethylene (TCE) spread off the base into Orange County.

The TCE and other contaminants at El Toro led to its inclusion on the National Priority List (EPA Superfund), eventual closure in 1999 and public auction sale to a joint venture headed up by Lennar Corp. in 2005, the nation’s number two new home builder.

About a thousand acres at the former base were transferred to the FAA and the FBI, not included in the sale and not included in the Navy’s expensive remediation work. The base’s ammunition bunkers were in this area. This is a wild fire zone and logically an ideal location to use Agent Orange to kill vegetation that feeds wild fires. We know that Agent Orange was used at El Toro. The death of a Marine who served at the base in 1969 whose job was to carry empty 55-gallon drums to one of the base’s landfills, never served in Vietnam and whose VA doctors wrote that his incurable cancer could only come from Agent Orange exposure supports it. His widow won disability compensation from the VA after a lengthy fight. Other Marines told me that they used Agent Orange to along the fence line to cut the vegetation. Some of them had cancers.

A brief visit to the former base several years showed it to be almost unrecognizable from its former pristine state. The runways were mostly intact. Many buildings abandoned over the past ten years were deteriorated, some almost beyond recognition. About the only activity visible was huge earth moving equipment tearing up what little grass and shrubbery remained from the 200 acres of the industrialized portion of the base, the source of the TCE plume, the location of 11 contaminated sites and my former work assignment.

To me, what was distinctly recognizable was Hangar 296 where I worked and slept on duty watch as a young Marine. In addition to being one of the principal sources of the TCE plume, this hangar was the location of a Radium 226 paint room. Roy F. Weston, Inc., a Navy contractor, reported portions of the north mezzanine contaminated with radiation.

For the Navy and Marine Corps, El Toro is a success story. The public auction sale paid the Navy $650 million, more than enough to pay for remediation work at the base with millions left to fund other Navy base realignment activities (BRAC) and leave smiles on a few Admirals’ faces.

As it turned out, the recession and the Southern California real estate bust has effectively squashed efforts to build homes on the Superfund site.

The layers of lies and secrecy surrounding El Toro are also lifting away, and the public, especially Marines, are discovering the deadly truth about the toxicity of this ghost city. It truly is a view to a kill.

To say that “drinking water or inhalation of these chemicals or dermal contact can be dangerous to your health” is an understatement. In simple terms, these chemicals can kill you, and death will come – but not in a peaceful or pleasant way.

TCE was used by both industry and the military as a degreaser for many years. In fact, many of the 130 military bases on the EPA Superfund list are contaminated with TCE and other organic solvents.

The initial response of the Marine Corps was to deny any responsibility for the TCE contaminants found in irrigation wells off the base in the 1980s. Marines by nature and training are aggressive so this might explain the “not me, Coach” attitude of El Toro to concerns raised by the Orange County Water District and others.

The contaminated irrigation wells were located down gradient of two huge maintenance hangars where TCE had been used for many years. Legal action forced the Marine Corps to accept responsibility for the off-site TCE plume.

The Navy purchased municipal water for El Toro and the nearby Santa Ana Air Facility from two municipal water districts. Water is a scarce and expensive commodity in arid Southern California. The Navy contract files would contain the technical justification for the purchases; both files are missing and presumed destroyed.

The only thing that is definite about El Toro’s water is that something had to be seriously wrong with El Toro’s well water, especially when there were no indications of shortages in the free aquifer water under the base.

El Toro’s wells went deep into the principal aquifer; some as deep as 500 and 600 feet below the ground surface (bgs). However, the location of the well screens and not the depth of the wells are critical since water and contaminants entered the wells through their well screen. Well screens opened in the contaminated Shallow Groundwater Unit—the aquifer contaminated with TCE and other toxic chemicals would have allowed the toxins into the base’s water distribution system.

When questioned about the location of the well screens, EPA San Francisco didn’t know the answer, deferring to the Naval Facility Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego, the agency responsible for sealing the wells and other base closing activities.

NAVFAC records showed that inspection of the very first well scheduled for closure in 1998 found 50 feet of the well screen interval in the shallow contaminated aquifer. Except for the agricultural wells converted in WW II, it’s reasonable to assume (all original well construction drawings are missing), that the wells constructed during WW II followed a similar pattern. After this inspection, the Navy stopped looking for the well screen intervals.

This is not good news for El Toro veterans and others who drank, showered, and cleaned with well water. In 1987, there were no wells in the water distribution system. In 1985, the Orange County Water District found TCE contaminated agricultural wells and off base. Sometime between 1985 and 1987, El Toro’s wells were taken out of service. There was no janitorial staff at El Toro; Marines maintained aircraft and cleaned their work spaces, stripped the wax from the decks (floors) with strippers containing TCE, cleaned aircraft with heavy concentrations of TCE without any protective clothing and face masks. This meant that many enlisted El Toro Marines had significant toxic exposures to TCE via dermal, inhalation and ingestion routes of exposures. You would have to have one helluva immune system to avoid the health effects of toxic exposures. My best friend who slept in the top bunk died of glioblastoma (brain cancer). The end of his life was not pleasant.

Unlike service in Vietnam, there are no casualty records of the seriously ill and death from toxic exposures at El Toro, no Purple Hearts. Except for their families and other veterans, very few give them a thought.

NAVFAC’s position on the base wells is that they were abandoned in 1951 and subsequent municipal water purchases prevented any contamination from entering the drinking water. To accept this, you must believe that the wells were abandoned when they were less than 10 years old and there was no shortage of water in the aquifer. When asked about the dates the base wells were abandoned, NAVFAC didn’t know.

Could the Marine Corps have kept the base wells operating after the purchase of municipal water?

Economically, it would make sense to continue to use water from the aquifer unless it was contaminated and didn’t meet water quality standards.

There’s no question that El Toro’s Public Works Department kept records on the base wells. The dates wells were taken out of service and/or abandoned would have been recorded. Were these records destroyed or lost during the base closing activities? Good questions; no clear answers.

Both the Navy and EPA dismiss any contamination of El Toro’s well water, even though the TCE plume cut a path through the base wells and the 200 acres where the wells were located had 11 contaminated sites, containing dioxins, VOCs, SVOCs, pesticides, PCBs, TPH, TRPH, herbicides, and metals.

I don’t believe in ghosts. The stories of police responding to 911 calls of lights in the El Toro control tower when the power was cut off years ago, and Marines in utilities walking guard duty when the last Marines left in July 1999 may be just someone’s wild imagination or just the type of crazy stories linked to ghost towns in the West. At night, the former base could easily look like a ghost town. If ghosts do exist, they couldn’t have picked a better place. There must be more than a few Marines who died from service at El Toro, who cursed the place in their dying moments.

Bob O’Dowd
Philadelphia, PA

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