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 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.

Is Ebola Airborne?


Ebola is not airborne today but that could change over time, as mutations occur. Healthcare workers need optimum protection against Ebola. Our government needs to move faster to protect workers while surging medical personnel to Africa to stop the disease.

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Of Interest | Read More »

Cocaine and Murder


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.

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Top 10 | Read More »

Military Terror Hits US Cities As Veterans Banned From Owning Guns?


VA asked disabled veteran if he owned any guns during a medical appointment.

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA official: Training guide likened employees, not vets, to Oscar the Grouch

Philadelphia VA Oscar

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.

August 31st, 2014 | Posted in Veterans Affairs | Read More »

HIV Virus Eliminated from Cultured Human Cells

Courtesy:  Temple University

Temple University researchers eliminate HIV virus from human cells.

July 21st, 2014 | Posted in Health,Vet News | Read More »

Camp Lejeune Disability Claims Denied


VA denies most of the Camp Lejeune water contamination disability claims, citing lack of a creditable medical opinion and medical evidence.

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Top 10 | Read More »

Marine Families Victims Of Toxic Wells


Government fights lawsuits filed by Camp Lejeune dependents. Supreme Court decision backs government’s position.

June 13th, 2014 | Posted in Of Interest | Read More »

Lejeune Marines May Lose Lawsuit Battle

Yes, it is entirely up to us.

Supreme Court ruling on North Carolina’s statue of repose not good news for Camp Lejeune veterans and dependents.

June 10th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Feds Mute on Cancer Incidence Study for Lejeune

Survivors of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Feds reluctant to commit to a cancer incident study of Camp Lejeune. A mortality study showed the number of deaths from cancer low but the number of veterans who survived cancer is unknown.

March 11th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

The Dance of the Dead


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.

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Marine Denied VA Disability For El Toro


VA denies multiple disabilities of El Toro Marine; denial never received by Marine or his attorney. Bad news learned when Marine asks VA for status report.

February 16th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

CIA Connection To DEA Agent’s Murder “TOO HOT FOR FOX NEWS”?

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, DEA agent

CIA connection to DEA Agent Enrique Kiki Camarena’s torture and death not reported by Fox’s “The Kelly File.”

December 16th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Of Interest | Read More »

Kiki Camarena and Colonel Jim Sabow

Kiki and Col Sabow

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.

December 10th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10 | Read More »

State Department Offers $5 Million Reward in Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Murder

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, DEA agent

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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November 8th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Of Interest | Read More »

One Man’s Fight for Justice


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.

November 5th, 2013 | Posted in Of Interest | Read More »

Kiki Camerena Killed on CIA Orders?

DEA Agent Camarena

- Former Marine Kiki Camarena and DEA Special Agent was executed in Mexico on February 7, 1985, on orders from the CIA.

October 13th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics,Top 10 | Read More »

Marines Get the Shaft


Government approved VA presumptive health care for Camp Lejeune veterans (and their dependents) but made no provision for presumptive disability compensation payment.

October 9th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

Belleau Wood USMC (Photo by G.Duff)

El Toro Marine remembers rifle inspection by Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

October 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Heroes,Military | Read More »



Amazon book by Robert O’Dowd and Tim King, two Marine veterans, reports on narcotrafficking, toxic exposure and murder in the Marine Corps. Kindle version FREE from 9/24 to 9/28.

September 24th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up


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.

September 18th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

NCIS Implicated in Crime Scene Tampering


Covert operation flew cocaine into the U.S. on former military C-130s operated by CIA proprietary airlnes. Marine colonel murdered who threatened to blow the whistle on illegal narcotrafficking.

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

Veteran Who Fought For Us To The End – Senator Lautenberg

Frank funeral

Senator Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving World War II Veteran in Congress, passed away on June 3rd while serving his 5th term in Congress.

June 20th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »


ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013 AND THEREAFTER - A sign cautions visitors outside a "pump and treat" facility on the Marine base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. The sprawling installation is the site of one of the worst drinking water contaminations in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)

The AP broke the story yesterday that Camp Lejeune could have used a simple test mandated by the Navy in 1963 to learn that its water wells were seriously contaminated.

May 19th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »


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An El Toro Marine with prostate cancer was left on his own to drive home after telling a cancer center treatment doctor of severe abdominal pains.

May 4th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Health | Read More »

Murder, Cocaine and Environmental Contamination in the Marine Corps


True story of murder, narcotrafficing and environmental contamination written by two Marine veterans.

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Superstorm Sandy Victims Left in the Lurch

Representative Peters, R-N.Y.

Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reneged on promise to allow a vote on aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, according to an irate Representative Peter King , R-N.Y. Northeast lawmakers learned late Tuesday night that the House Republican leadership decided to not allow a vote on aid to Superstorm Sandy victims. Many victims still without food, clothing and shelter.

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Legislation,Politics | Read More »

Don’t Kill the Messenger: Looking Back at the Death of Reporter Gary Webb

Gary Webb

Robert O’Dowd and Tim King Gary Webb reported treasonous activities within the US govt relating to the Contra rebels and lost his life in a most unusual manner. (SACRAMENTO, CA) – Investigative reporting is not for the faint hearted. Gary Webb, an excellent investigative reporter, was dead eight years on December 10, 2012. Webb’s […]

December 12th, 2012 | Posted in Drug War | Read More »

Birth Defects Found in Vietnam Veterans’ Children


Petition needs signatures for Children’s Research Center for diagnosis and treatment of serious health conditions linked to dioxin exposures.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Agent Orange,Health | Read More »



I don’t believe in ghosts. If I ran into one, maybe I’d change my mind. The stories of lights on in the El Toro control tower after the power was cut off decades ago may be just be the product of someone’s wild imagination.

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in Agent Orange,Health | Read More »

Dioxin, TCE Drums, U-235 and El Toro’s Panhandle

agent orange

The Navy will label this fiction but if you wanted to hide environmental contamination and avoid expensive remediation from weapons grade U-235, Agent Orange, buried drums of TCE, then the proposed transfer of the 900+ acres of El Toro’s panhandle from the FAA to the FBI makes sense.

November 13th, 2012 | Posted in Editor,Veterans Affairs | Read More »


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