CNN: Major health issues in ill US Navy sailors who were exposed to Fukushima radiation -Attorney

Published: December 29th, 2012 at 11:16 am ET
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Title: U.S. Navy sailors sue Japan over nuclear accident
Source: CNN
Author: Tom Watkins and Lateef Mungin
Date: Dec. 28, 2012

[...] “They have physical problems,” said Paul C. Garner, the plaintiffs’ attorney, in an interview with CNN affiliate KGTV in San Diego, the home port of the ship. “One of them is bleeding from his rectum; already, the others have problems with thyroid glands.”

Garner described the illnesses as “major health issues” during a telephone interview with CNN.

“Our best and brightest — who were hired to perform top service to our Navy — went there to provide humanitarian tasks and did not want to bargain their health and well being,” said Garner. “But the people running the power plant lied to them.” [...]

See also: TV: US sailors having traits associated with radiation poisoning after Japan operation -- Bleeding from rectum -- Baby with birth defects -- Cancer -- Thyroid problems (VIDEO)

Published: December 29th, 2012 at 11:16 am ET
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55 comments to CNN: Major health issues in ill US Navy sailors who were exposed to Fukushima radiation -Attorney

  • Eureka Springs

    Doh! If they were remotely "bright" they knew they were going into a nuclear disaster and that this was to be expected. Not that I fault those following orders here nearly as much as those giving orders… but we supposedly live with an all voluntary military. For that… the "brightest" sure didn't demonstrate their best thinking from the day they volunteered forward.


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    • natano natano

      Well Ureka, there's a good chance that you've never been in the military and there's a better chance that what these service members were told was a total lie about radiation levels. People still believe it was the tsunami that knocked the reactors out – not the earthquake. If you listen to what the only guy who's been 100% correct about this disaster from day one says, you would know about the real dangers but who ever heard of Arnie Gunderson before 3/11/11? What has happened over the last 30 years is known as industry capture. The regulators are picked by the people they are supposed to regulate and if those people say add a zero here or subtract 3 there are they going to disobey? No. Look at the joke of the decontamination staging area in that video about the USS Reagan where they came in. No one took radiation seriously because it didn't hurt that much at the time. Just like the people in Liby montana when the EPA came in and said asbestos is killing this town. They didn't believe it. Give it 2-3 more years and you'll see northern japan wiped out. And a lot of poeple 4 days downwind on the west coast. The cat is out of the bag and it won't be declawed for about 300 years.


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    • dka

      talking about "bright". Your post is not among the brightest posts on this blog.


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    • Johnny Blade

      the very 1st thing a navy recruit learns after stepping off the bus at NTC (boot camp)is that they are "expendable" resources and now their ass belongs to Uncle Samuel. You're taught that it's your duty to protect the expensive military hardware,and those in command positions at ANY COST including your own lives. Basically you have NO say in the matter and signed away your right to protest orders that defy logic the day they took the oath and there's NO debating allowed or they'd find themselves in a brig with US Marine guards who respond to disobedience or debates with a billy club & would gladly cave your head in like a baby seal! Once sent on a "mission" you GO-period- (but I'm glad they got to file suit and bring attention to this issue!!


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    • Johnny Blade

      The "orders" whether a "bright" idea or not came from the Commander In Chief or at least those he authorized to "think" for him in such matters. Without even making mention of Fukushima it should already be apparent that more often than not some sort of "disaster" ensues because by the time they see fault with their original logic & realize the ramifications it's already too late to "change course"(pun intended). So they've reaped what they've sown-the same can be said for all of us since we "picked" a pro nuke puke to lead us despite the faults that should've been remembered by those who voted for a guy whose first 4 years in office whose handling of affairs only brought us closer to the brink of destruction.Whose fault is that??! So he has the opportunity to see the error of his ways now and COULD change his legacy to include the most responsible acts ever initiated by a world leader against the corporate hand that grooms them for the top job & feeds them.Will that happen?Kinda doubt it (at the moment),but it's just a matter of time before one of his own children is sitting in the chemo clinic or having pieces of their body hacked off in surgery & what's left irradiated by medical procedures that kill cancer cells "present",but don't bode well for those who'd gotten sick via radiation to begin with!(?) Even if the lawsuits are dismissed as "national security" matters-the act of filing them and bringing attention to their F-ups!~FTN~


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  • They were just indulging in a harmless game of nuclear roulette, the same game we're all playing:

    Nuclear Roulette: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth
    Saturday, 29 December 2012 00:00
    http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/13600-nuclear-roulette-the-truth-about-the-most-dangerous-energy-source-on-earth

    "According to Chelsea Green, the publisher of the new book Nuclear Roulette:

    Each new disaster demonstrates that the nuclear industry and governments lie to "avoid panic," to preserve the myth of "safe, clean" nuclear power, and to sustain government subsidies.

    Tokyo and Washington both covered up Fukushima's radiation risks and – when confronted with damning evidence – simply raised the levels of "acceptable" risk to match the greater levels of exposure.
    Nuclear Roulette dismantles the core arguments behind the nuclear-industrial complex's "Nuclear Renaissance."

    While some critiques are familiar – nuclear power is too costly, too dangerous, and too unstable – others are surprising: Nuclear Roulette exposes historic links to nuclear weapons, impacts on Indigenous lands and lives, and the ways in which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission too often takes its lead from industry, rewriting rules to keep failing plants in compliance."


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Thanks for posting that – I think I will have to get it. This (and others) stood out:
      **Following the Fukushima meltdowns, the White House falsely assured the public the fallout would not reach the US. The Environmental Protection Agency then failed to release evidence that its RadNet monitors detected radioactive iodine and cesium in West Coast rainwater. In Japan, when radiation levels rose above "safe" levels, Tokyo responded by raising the "allowable" exposure to radiation. The US did the same. The US has cut back its monitoring of fallout from daily detection to quarterly tests. With the Fukushima meltdowns still not contained, this is indefensible.**


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    • Johnny Blade

      Yeah like playing Russian Roulette with a semi-automatic pistol instead of a revolver! The nuke pukes wouldn't have bought & paid for every mainstream media venue and board member of all environmental public protection agencies AHEAD of the disaster(s)! The one thing I'm certain of is that they've had plenty of practice hiding previous major f-ups including whatever caused the huge spikes in RadNet data BEFORE 3/11/11 as was seen for a very short time before the EPA started playing around with data & "upgrading" the site & apps to make it "easier" for citizens to research their own areas in realtime(LOL,yeah right!) Those off-chart Beta graphs with their unreliable readings just confused us dumb yokels & caused undue anxiety & panic!(?) In my opinion the ONLY chance we have,if any,is if the current Administration completely reverses course away from nukes & focus on developing ways to mitigate damage already done.That includes accepting the responsibility for the harm & deaths that resulted & restoring public confidence in their ability to function as a governing body that puts our well-being above corporate special interest groups whose deep pockets bought his Presidency.Anything less will result in that dirty,green paper they horde and covet being worthless for anything except to wipe the cesium feces encrusted nodules on their pro nuke puke backsides! I don't get the feeling that we have the time to "debate" the issue considering what's at stake!(?) :(


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  • perufox

    I am glad the truth is coming out of how contaminated all of Japan is. American troops should be following their own manual that tells them to use sodium bicarbonate Baking Soda to cleanse their body of the radiation molecules. Bentonite clay will cleanse out the heavy metals as well as increase iodine and magnesium Transdermally or apply it on the skin is what that means. My email is perufoxproductions@yahoo.ca. if they want a link to how much to take to cleanse themselves of the radiation.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      If radiation poisoning would be able to be cleansed away with some clay and baking soda, we wouldn't have a problem here, I guess.
      It's "uncleansable" – please stop telling otherwise, thank you.


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      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        BreadAndButter – I agree. If it was such a simple thing to remove from ones system, none of the 1,500,000 people that have died as a result of Chernobyl would be dead. I'm sure that damned few 'home remedies' will prove to be of much value if one is contaminated bad enough to show symptoms.


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      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        My reaction was to post about EneNews…suspicious for a stranger to arrive & give an e-mail address…suspect that whomever e-mails will eventually get a sales pitch of some kind.


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      • Johnny Blade

        especially if the radiation has gotten into EVERYTHING including the materials suggested to traet it with!(?) Would this "cleansing" method have prevented the "hot" particle that started the cancer that ravaged my wife's body from lodging in her breast & adjacent lymph nodes-seven of which were sliced & diced when they sawed off her left breast after a month long break from the toxic chemotherapy infusions to allow enough recovery to withstand the surgery followed by 39 radiation therapy(?) treatments & whatever might result from the "dozens" of CTscans,MRI's,X-rays & other medical imaging procedures that included injection or ingestion of radioactive "tracers" that already have had her exposed to more radiation than anyone should receive in their lifetime even if human life expectancy was 300 years!(?) I vaguely remember having this topic & a discussion group thread about the USS Reagan right here back in march or early April,2011 & most of us concurred that it would be an issue that would come up again & "here it is"as we anticipated it would be although I thought it would be a few years down the road before physical evidence would emerge?! I can't be "happy" or as encouraged as others might be regarding this turn of events with the power to put Fukushima and the nuke industry & it's lies into the spotlight because it also points out that time is running out for ALL of us including the lying nuke pukes! :(


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    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      EneNews has an awesome assortment right here in the forum of Methods for combating radiation and its effects. Be sure to check it out..

      http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation


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    • Johnny Blade

      If you looked at the images of the deck apes on the flight deck pushing foamy pushbrooms wearing their standard utility dungaree's & boondocker's(ankle-high safety boots) without masks or wearing charcoal-impregnated protective clothing,etc. while trying to be "macho men" even cracking nervous jokes about their penises falling off,etc. while their testicles were actually becoming Plutonium depositories while they shrugged off common-sense logic following orders given by their imbecile C.O. & X.O. who looked on in amusement as if it were a game of street hockey on the weatherdeck! I guess in the long run they feel the benefits of having a propulsion system that was the basis for the fatally flawed & FAILED G.E. BWR outweighs the risks to "expendable" human resources whether civilian or military casualties result or not?!! Logic would assume anti-nuke forces would "go after" their prized naval nuclear propulsion systems next should the radiation spikes & dangers force the uber-toxic civilian nuclear energy industry to a halt??!! If they can't & won't be honest about the TRUE cost of stubbornly clinging to their BS,FAILED technology they've proven their incompetence & inability to control-WHY should we trust them,back them up or have faith in them to look out for us whether civilians or enlisted personnel?!! WE CAN'T!! :(


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  • ftlt

    We all knew, who were watching the film at the time and at the same time, were being told it was not a big deal – that it really was a big deal… 3 years on it is… Wonder if, there are numerous nuclear health issues of the military personel exposed driving this.. Any links???

    On active US military personel and their chances of receiving any compensation – I would think, it is nil to none..

    Hard to see a military man winning a suit for being put at risk in the line of duty – whatever kind it is… It would be a huge precedence set..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    C.T. native helping Navy track radioactive releases in Japan Nicola aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    But as the ship sits off the coast of Japan, he has taken on a new role monitoring and tracking the radioactive releases from the Fukushima plant, which was severely damaged in last Friday's earthquake and resulting tsunami

    http://newsitem.com/news/c-t-native-helping-navy-track-radioactive-releases-in-japan-nicola-aboard-uss-ronald-reagan-1.1120496


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      To REALLY track it well, they should tie the ship up right downwind of the plant in the harbor. They have all of the Geiger Counters to get TRUE readings of the disaster, right in the heart of the fallout.

      Of course, when the stuff REALLY hit the ship, they turned tail and RAN, despite being over 100 miles away.

      The above article is a good example of pro nuclear propoganda.

      It is all safe, no one is EVER harmed.


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      • Johnny Blade

        I may have been mistaken but I seem to recall that the carrier was more than 200 miles away from the release point when it entered the radiation field/plume?! It matters because it would implicate the liars who claimed the dangers were diminished with distance! Even so,at 100 miles it's still much further than the distance TPTB DIDN'T order evacuation for those who were on land when the wind shifted and certain since "disappeared" plume modeling examples had shown wasn't far enough under the conditions present at the time of the disaster & ensuing explosions & release events STILL depositing radioactive materials despite being across oceans and continents away!(?) This laptop was subjected to the same type of cyber-attack as my old desktop P4 PC was when all of my files & bookmarks were lost when I was hacked. Thankfully I'd learned a bit and better protected this one and salvaged it although I'd again lost many "sensitive" files and archives I'd been compiling since 3/11/11. I'm not embarrassed for having been "old skool" and not as savvy with cyber-crap as I am with ham radio & most modern conveniences that can still function WITHOUT needing to be controlled-by or function as "stand-alone" devices. If anyone still has anything from 2011 that includes the distance of the USS Reagan having been much further than the 100 miles being cited now that the issue has come up again-please post it?!! Thanks! ~TAKE CARE ALL~


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Who would know the contamination level better…than those on the Reagan?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Living guinea pigs… without any disclosure, just like always.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The military also says depleted uranium is safe and good for you…

    Who you gonna believe?

    Beyond Treason: The True Story of Depleted Uranium; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/beyond-treason-true-story-of-depleted.html

    Depleted Uranium – Physicians For Social Responsibility; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/depleted-uranium-physicians-for-social.html


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Japan, United States and beyond got radiated ..it's in all the crops, water, milk, and livestock.


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    • soern

      yes, and contamination spreading continues until Fukushima will be fixed.
      Plus sfp4 could fall or get some simple crack by an EQ, leading to some really final contamination of northern hemisphere by domino effect.
      What's up? Who invades Japan to fix it? Japanese will/can not!

      I hope above cited Uss Reagan Sailors will win their sueing and then a worldwide fight against Nucleocrats shall be triggered as all peoples of our world shall want a reasonable future for them and their children.
      If we don't find a way to coexist with our mother nature, we will
      simply vanish. No Religion will change this rule.
      And no Religion will change the rule of Boomerang!!!!!


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    • VanneV anne

      It is also in all the goods coming over here whether shipped or debris in the ocean.


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  • Ontological Ontological

    I remember reports of egg sized brain tumors in those who came back from Gulf War after handling depleted uranium ammo. The Johns Hopkins Hospital officially denied these findings of course. Oh yeah safe and good for you. I have lurked here since day one of Fukushima. I am not a "Noob" I have too many problems with fighting cancer the last 18 months or so to comment much. Heard loads of bullsh*t frogs croakin’ in my days. Thanks to all of you who have done a great job of exposing these nuketards for what they really are.


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    • razzz razzz

      Ontological: Really sorry to read about your troubles. Don't know what else to say. I see your sense of humor is still intact.


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    • Johnny Blade

      @Ontological;Thank you for coming out and adding your take to the growing number of people getting sick & tired of the nuke pukes agenda being pushed on the rest of us! I'm unclear as to whether you have been fighting your own cancer or "busy" fighting the spike in new cancer cases as a professional? If you are a victim,like my beloved wife then I extend my sympathies and prayers that you have a full recovery. If it's the latter & you are part of an Oncology Team dealing with the massive influx of new cancer patients then I offer my deepest respect & thanks and fully understand why your spare time is such a rare commodity. Either way I'm grateful that you jumped in here and extend Best Wishes to you and your loved ones and those in your life lucky to have you! TAKE CARE


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Ontological, I was dx'd with MS a few years after TMI and did not have a car at that time or the means to leave PA. I worked in a lab around solvents and believe the combo of radiation and solvents resulted in my condition but I'm doing exceptionally well, thus I can't complain and consider myself lucky. I will keep you and other suffering Enenewsers in my thoughts and send positive energy your way. Take good care and no worries.


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    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      WOW immediately you see how much contamination that the servicemen will be breathing from the water that is being sprayed onboard…bad enough to have them swabbing the deck with no face gear & no actual decontamination done onboard but to breath it in as it is being blown off the ship using high pressured water…And that reporter never had a clue either.

      And although I would like to believe that the Japanese did follow protocol at least while the cameras were rolling I am reminded that both the Japanese government & tepco denied that there had been any core melts & gave the SPEEDI reports to the US but kept them from the Japanese. So it is unlikely that they told their servicemen…I also know that police were sent to block roads
      & to stand at checkpoints, some with paper masks..but many with none…


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  • I worry that Tepco's liability may be limited if Japan successfully joined the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) that proposes a uniform and limiting set of compensation standards for victims of nuclear disasters in impacted countries not the origin of the disaster.

    source: Toru Nakagawa. Japan wants in on nuclear accident compensation pact. The Asahi Shimbun (2012 February 3) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201202030021


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  • Sol Man

    Important to determine whether or not the ship and crew members carried any of the bad dust anywhere else once in port and disembarked.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Japan’s 9.0 Earthquake Equal to One Million Kiloton Nuclear Weapon
    USS Ronald Reagan SuperCarrier Turns Tail and Runs

    March 17,2011

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/03/17/japan%e2%80%99s-9-0-earthquake-equal-to-one-million-kiloton-nuclear-weapon-2/


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