Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Excavation begins in Okinawa field where barrels previously found

http://www.stripes.com/news/excavation-begins-in-okinawa-field-where-barrels-previously-found-1.315392
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Workers began excavation Friday on an additional 66 spots at the Okinawa City soccer field where barrels containing toxic herbicides were found last year.
The announcement to investigate the magnetic anomalies — thought to be more barrels or other metal objects — was made Thursday by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. Should any barrels or substances that indicate the presence of defoliants be found, the bureau plans to notify the city and prefectural governments immediately.
The excavation comes on the heels of a report released by the Japanese government in July that found while 83 barrels already unearthed in the reclaimed land adjacent to the Kadena Air Base fence line contained ingredients used in Agent Orange, they were of the incorrect consistency and quantities however, leading officials to instead believe they were used in a common herbicide.

The barrels caused a stir amongst both locals and U.S. military personnel and dependents when they were found. Veterans who have claimed exposure to Agent Orange while stationed on Okinawa said it confirmed what they had been saying all along. Parents of students at the nearby Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, Bob Hope Primary School and the Kadena middle and high schools expressed concern. Activists and local media also seized on the issue.
The U.S. military’s position has been that Agent Orange — which defoliated jungles during the Vietnam War and has been blamed for a slew of health problems in veterans — was never stored, shipped through or used on Okinawa. A study commissioned by the DOD has backed that assertion. The military discontinued use of Agent Orange in the early 1970s.
The defense bureau has said it was unlikely the barrels posed a health risk. Tests have shown the air and water, on and off base, are safe.
The excavation report will be released by the end of March, a bureau spokesman said.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sad to say the people of Okinawa will be heartbroken when they find out what is really buried beneath the military bases throughout their country that had been occupied by the US government. 2 1/2 years ago I came out as a whistleblower on a job that I did for Uncle Sam back in 1978. I was stationed at the U.S. Army Depot, Camp Carroll with the 802nd engineer Battalion in South Korea as a bulldozer operator. Early in the spring of 78 the EM platoon (earthmovers) were ordered to dig a huge trench on the backside of the base, which at that time was unoccupied, this ditch was two semi trucks wide by 30 feet deep and almost the city block long.

    After the ditch was completed they started to truck inn 55 gallon barrels fore to the skid OD Green in color clearly labeled, chemical type ( Herbicides ), (Compound Orange ). We buried 255 gallon drums of Agent Orange in that bitch. Several weeks later US Air Force trucks started coming in loaded with 55 gallon drums fore to the skid clearly labeled chemical type (herbicides),(compound blue) this time there was much more approximately 600 and 650 barrels. And after that off and on for the rest of the summer thay would bring in barrels that were just plain black with no information or OD green barrels where the information of what they contained had been spray painted over or had been painted over with the roller so you could not see what they contained.

    You may find this information very upsetting, rightfully so, but the truth of the matter is back in the 60s 70s and 80s the Department of Defense took the cheap way out and used the method of landfilling to dispose of all of their WMDs on the US military bases throughout the globe. And this is why they continue to lie to the host countries that were under the sofa agreement and to the host countries service veterans including our own.

    This cover-up is much much bigger than just the Vietnam war era, this cover-up is not just about Agent Orange and the rainbow herbicides. This cover-up is about the fact that because they (DID) take the cheap way out every single US military base has some type of issue with contaminated drinking water and soil. We buried our garbage in somebody else's back yard. And that's the reason for the cover-up LIAGILITY !

    And by the way there's is one more thing ! If you want the truth do not expect to get it from the Stars & Stripes newspaper because that rag is controlled by the Department of Defense they only print what they want the American servicemembers to read. Have a nice day Alvin Young

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