Robert O’Dowd served in the 1st, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings during 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. While at MCAS El Toro for 2 years, O'Dowd worked and slept in a Radium 226 contaminated work space in Hangar 296 in MWSG-37, the most industrialized and contaminated acreage on the base. Robert graduated from Temple University in 1973 with a bachelor’s of business administration, majoring in accounting, and worked with a number of federal agencies, including the EPA Office of Inspector General and the Defense Logistics Agency. After retiring from the Department of Defense, he teamed up with Tim King of Salem-News.com to write about the environmental contamination at El Toro and Camp Lejeune. O’Dowd and Tim King, former El Toro Marine and war correspondent, wrote about the environmental contamination of MCAS El Toro and MCB Camp Lejeune in BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up.
BETRAYAL is the tragic story of toxic chemical exposure of Marines at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the transport of cocaine into the US on CIA proprietary aircraft at El Toro in a convert operation to support an undeclared war in Nicaragua, the murders those who were a threat to blow the whistle on the illegal narcotrafficking and the blotched government cover-up.
None of the veterans that served aboard these two bases were notified of their exposure to deadly contaminants when it was discovered resulting in both bases earning EPA Superfund status. Many have died without ‘connecting the dots’ between their killing diseases and military service. The trichloroethylene (TCE) plume at El Toro spreads miles off the former base into Orange County. TCE (a carcinogen) was used at El Toro for decades and contaminated the soil, groundwater and aquifer, cutting a path right through the base wells. The Marine Corps denied ownership of the TCE plume for sixteen years until a lawsuit forced them to accept responsibility.
The documentation of the contaminated base wells at Camp Lejeune and persistence by Marine veterans and their dependents and several Congressmen resulted in the passage of the Janey Ensminger Act in August 2012, covering the cost of medical care by the VA for a number of medical conditions. But, Marines veterans still have to fight for VA disability compensation benefits; most of the claims are denied by the VA and many die before their appeals can be heard; dependent toxic tort claims gather dust in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s office files with no interest in processing them.
The murder (officially a suicide) of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow and other Marines are tied to the use of El Toro’s assets to ferry weapons and supplies to the Contra rebel faction in Nicaragua and cocaine into the U.S. to fund an undeclared war in Nicaragua. Relieved from his position pending an investigation of personal misuse of government aircraft, Colonel Sabow demanded a court martial to clear his name of false charges. Until the day before his murder, he had no idea that civilian aircraft used in an NSC covert operation were involved in narcotrafficking. Colonel Sabow had a reputation as a straight arrow Marine and was threat to blow the whistle on those involved in narcotrafficking. The circumstances surrounding his death and the forensic evidence from the crime scene support murder by a government assassination team, crime scene tampering and government cover-up at the highest levels, including a ‘doctored autopsy photograph’ submitted to a federal district court and in a Defense Department report to Congress to support suicide. There’s no statute of limitations on murder and a formal inquest and reversal of the manner of death to homicide is a threat to the ‘shadow government’ and powerful individuals who operate outside the rule of law.
The Marine Corps has long been the country’s premier fighting force. Marines have a long history of service to the country and loyalty to each other. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Marines who served honorably and met violent deaths because they knew too much deserved better treatment from a government intent on burying its misdeeds.
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Marine Colonel was a threat to blow the whistle on illegal narcotrafficking at El Toro. Forensic evidence supports murder; government called it a suicide before the body was autopsied and the crime scene investigation completed.
A Philadelphia Inquirer story had the local VA Regional Office scrambling to cover their tracks when the paper reported that pictures of Oscar the Grouch in its internal training guide WERE NOT meant to depict veterans.
Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune had a lower cancer mortality rate than the US population., but that may change as the veterans get older. Compared to Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune had elevated mortality hazard ratios (HRs) for all cancers.
Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent and former Marine, is killed because he’s about to blow the whistle on illegal narcotrafficking of cocaine into the US. Col. Sabow, a straight arrow Marine, is killed before he can blow the whistle on an illegal covert operation to fly cocaine into Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA.
Two retired DEA agents say Kiki Camarena uncovered the connection between cocaine and the crack epidemic and the CIA operation to support the Contra rebels fighting to overthrow the Nicaragua’s government.Rafael
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Dr. David Sabow’s fight for justice with the government over the murder of Colonel James E. Sabow and the striking parallels between the lives of Dr. Sabow and Charles Krauthammer, both early victims of life threatening and career ending spinal cord injuries.
Two Marine veterans of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, publish BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up on Amazon. The 500 page soft cover copy should be available from Amazon in 7 to 10 business days.
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