BETRAYAL chronicles the riveting story of toxic chemical exposure, cocaine trafficking, murder and gun running in the Marine Corps. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro on the West Coast (CA) and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune on the East Coast (NC) were two of the most environmentally hazardous sites in the country and the setting for this breaking news story. BETRAYAL reports the denial of the effects of exposure to toxic chemicals to veterans and their dependents, including the highest incidence of male breast cancer at Camp Lejeune of any demographic in the U.S. None of the veterans that served aboard these two installations 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. Even after approval of health care by the VA for Camp Lejeune Marines, those with deadly cancers have to fight for VA disability compensation benefits; most of the claims are denied by the VA and the veterans 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 on the government in processing any claim. BETRAYAL uncovers the shocking story of gun running, cocaine trafficking, murder, and government cover-up in a covert operation gone wrong at El Toro, once the premier Marine Corps fighter base. The government denies any use of El Toro to support CIA proprietary aircraft to ship weapons south and cocaine north into the country. The evidence supports that El Toro and other military bases were used to funnel cocaine into the US to support the Contra War in Nicaragua. The death of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow at El Toro remains classified as a suicide, even though the evidence supports murder of this straight arrow Marine officer who refused to look the other way. Other El Toro Marines who knew too much met violent deaths. Military service is a duty that citizens voluntary take up to defend the Constitution and their rights as Americans, but if this service is seen as leading to toxic poisoning and the murder of those who are a threat to blow the whistle on illegal covert activities with no repercussions on military leadership, then the impact on military readiness and the defense of this country will suffer.
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Robert O’Dowd is a Marine veteran of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA. He served 52 months on active duty with the 1st, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 1960s. After honorable discharge and graduation from Temple University, Robert worked in a series of accounting and financial management positions with the federal government, including the EPA Office of Inspector General and the Defense Logistics Agency. At El Toro, Robert was assigned to the most environmentally contaminated air group on the base. At El Toro for 20 months, he worked and slept on duty watch in a Radium 226 contaminated work space in Hangar 296. In 2008, he teamed up with Tim King of Salem-News.com to write about the environmental contamination at El Toro and Camp Lejeune. Robert is also a columnist for Veterans Today, a two time cancer survivor and disabled Marine veteran. You can write Robert O’Dowd at email@example.com. Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the West Coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news website. You can email Tim at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Book Description O'Dowd and King, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110615828949