FOX News: “A Fukushima Fightback” — US Navy sailors say there was a conspiracy to withhold truth about radiation releases (AUDIO)

Published: December 31st, 2012 at 12:29 am ET


Title: U.S. Navy Sailors Sue Over Japan’s Fukushima Disaster
Source: FOX News Radio
Author: Alastair Wanklyn
Date: Dec 30, 2012

It’s a Fukushima fightback. Eight U.S. Navy sailors who helped survivors of Japan’s tsunami are now suing the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant for millions of dollars for lying about the radiation risk.

[…] a complaint filed in the U.S. Federal court in San Diego alleges Tokyo Electric Power Company and the Japanese government conspired to withhold the truth about the radiation released. […]

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Published: December 31st, 2012 at 12:29 am ET


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73 comments to FOX News: “A Fukushima Fightback” — US Navy sailors say there was a conspiracy to withhold truth about radiation releases (AUDIO)

  • This will be interesting.

    • omniversling

      Many missions flown, and much assistance rendered by thousands of Service personel: US Embassy Tokyo Archive PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Government Response to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

      March 19, 2011

      And from Stars and Stripes, March 16, 2011:

      "…there is no single Pentagon policy that determines how much radiation troops should be allowed to endure before they must be evacuated. Instead, the judgment is left to individual commanders. "

      "…though it may strike some as glossing over a bad situation, many experts believe that the fear of being exposed to radiation can be more damaging than the radiation itself, leading to depression, substance abuse and other ills."

      So SMIIIIIIILE!!!!

      Am trying to find references from the period that I remember reading of at least one chopper flight into Fuku Daiichi by US military. Apparently they were seen fighting a fire (possibly Unit1). Possibly linked to clandestine weapons (or other tech) programme. Does anyone have any info on that? Thanks…

      • omniversling

        Also from And from Stars and Stripes, March 16, 2011:

        "…Even in its current state, Fukushima has released radiation measurable on U.S. bases. A measurement of 20 millirems of radiation exposure over 12 hours was made at Naval Base Yokosuka, not Naval Air Base Atsugi, although officials at the time recommended personnel at both locations take precautions.

        Though health officials agree that’s not a harmful level in itself, it could become serious if it becomes a pattern. A 1998 U.S. Army guideline on low-level radiation set 50 cumulative millirems as a threshold at which exposed individuals should begin being monitored for harm.
        From 50 to 500 millirems, one extra cancer death will occur in a population of 4,000 people, according to the Army’s data. The next threshold is 500 millirems, at which an extra cancer death will in a group of 400 people.

        Though they won’t talk about specific disaster plans, base officials in Japan are trying to ease concerns among their military communities.

        In Misawa, Air Force officials have repeatedly told residents they are in no danger of radiation from the failing nuclear reactors in Fukushima, which is about 240 miles south of the base.
        “I am not moving my family out or secretly taking iodine pills,” Col. Michael Rothstein, the base commander, told Stars and Stripes Wednesday. “There is no threat here.”

        Nice work Col.Rothstein…got anything to say to the family now that the 'worst case scenario' (still to come actually)…

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Wikileaks could have told you NISA was gonna lie – this secret cable was from 2008:

    And let's not forget how the NRC tried to run the show in Fukushima (even though they were mostly ignored). While they were busy wrangling information and sanitizing detail, they ignored what their lame modeling and spin meant for five thousand U.S. sailors. RASCAL only models out 50 miles? Well, the sailors have nothing to worry about since they're more than 50 miles out. They don't exist!

    An innocent mistake? I don't think so. On one of the early transcripts, and unidentified speaker suggests putting a lead shield over the helicopter's radiation detector (the ones dumping water) so the pilots wouldn't turn back when it alarmed.

    The NRC wasn't too worried about a few dead sailors, but do you think they would have risked any 'federal family' personnel to help at Fukushima? Hardly. They got assigned water pump duty, paid Betchel a zillion to 'design' the plumbing, but were damn sure not going to have any of *their* people go down and help set it up.

    They expected the TEPCO guys to read some directions and put it together for themselves in their spare time. Gee… thanks for the help, NRC losers. Go home and stick to what you're good at: killing Americans.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Operators of electric companies can't deal with meltdowns. Water dropped from a helicopter dissipated into steam, and missed the target anyway. Was total panic.

    As for knowing the quantities of radiation erupting from the blown reactors, seems the US military would have those measuring devices.

    • omniversling

      From US Embassy Tokyo Archive PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Government Response to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, March 19, 2011.

      "….The Department of Energy has sent 17 tons of equipment, including aerial measuring devices and detectors to help detect radiation. ."

      How much of the data collected was/has been released in a timely fashion to assist citizens and service personel make well informed decisions about their health and safety, as the authorities tasked to do that for their citizens/subordinates were utterly failing to do so?

  • razzz razzz

    Wonder if this will make Court findings any easier? Doubt it.

    "…The operator of a Japanese nuclear power plant that blew up after a tsunami last year has admitted its lack of a safety culture and bad habits were behind the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, its most forthright admission yet of culpability.

    The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), said it accepted the findings of a parliamentary inquiry into the Fukushima nuclear disaster that accused the company of "collusion" with industry regulators…"


  • WindorSolarPlease

    I guess, there's many Governments who protect the money making corporations.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There very existence and necessity for Enenews and our fellow news sources proves that there is a conspiracy to cover up what has happened at Fukushima Npp.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Exactly, the MSM is not providing any info due to the Nuclear Police thus RT news and Enenews, etc have become a valuable source of info concerning Fukushima and other environmental issues.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Early morning..typo..the very existence..of people that have worked endlessly outside the 'mainstream'in all areas to bring the truth here.
    They all know..the DOD ..DOE.. the NRC.
    Despite..the current great show concern..of a certain member of the the no point did the NRC tell the truth… past.. ..Jaczko's declaration that Fukushima was the worst nuclear accident in history.

    This is not a drill..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Here is the result of the NRC ..March 15 2011..RASCAL run.

    They know…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    But then…. the conspiracy is against us all.
    Here are the SPEEDI results and various NRC documents.

    United States was well aware of high radiation and contamination from Fukushima – Official Docs


      said awhile back Heart, the truth can be buried for only so long before it makes its way to the light. Those at the top have been suffering from the national security mindset, for so long, other than instructing their mouthpieces to ignore it, they didn't know any-other way to respond to this catastrophe. They must've made the mistake of thinking their ability to contain things in the past would apply here as well.

      Quick aside but not entirely unrelated: I'm starting to see a lot of people around me coming down with serious flu conditions. I'm not sure – yet – if this is attributable to immune suppression from increased exposure to Fuku-rad-toxins or if it's just a bad year. We know the medical industry will suppress any of their internal findings, so we need to keep our eyes and ears open to this ongoing pandemic…

  • dosdos dosdos

    These days, I'd believe the Enquirer before I'd believe Fox News.


      agreed dosdos…

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      The far right seem to be taking ownership of the story so far. First the WSJ (owned, like Fox, by Murdoch), then the "top conservative blog" cited here, now Fox.

      Something is up, but what? I continue to speculate that, after various twists and turns, this will be an attempt to revive the nuke industry. Plot synopsis: "Bad (former) Tepco management. Bad (former) foreign government. Noble navy would-be rescuers – throw them a crumb if necessary. All settled, restart the renaissance."


      • aigeezer aigeezer

        An alternate plot synopsis that would suit WSJ, Fox and the like: "Frivolous lawsuit dismissed. All settled, restart the nuke renaissance."

        Try as I might, I can't think of a viable version of this story that matches my own preference, namely that the nuke power and weapons industries go out of business permanently.

        I try things like "Tiny gallant band of victims topple nuke establishment" (yea!) but that's not the script so far – the plaintiffs just seem concerned with getting compensation for their health issues. Good for them, but that doesn't seem to have much big picture potential, except as a possible precedent along the style of the early tobacco lawsuits.

        At this stage, I feel that the media storyline is herding the public in a direction that the WSJ and Fox are entirely comfortable with.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          OK, if we follow the money, what does this tell us? What kind of clout do Japanese banks and industry have in other countries, and in the U.S.? Good questions, AIG. I've been trying to figure that out, too.

          Could media outlets like the WSJ possibly think they will be deemed culturally irrelevant if they continue to suppress this news?

          It does seem like "news du jour" for the U.S. mainstream media. The latest attention getting headlines. Here today, gone tomorrow.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            AIG, what was the website you posted a link to several times, where you can look up the interconnections between people in, for example, government and industry? Would you please post that again?

          • aigeezer aigeezer

            HoTaters, I've been thinking about the "jour" aspect. Have they perhaps decided it's safe to mention Fukushima during the "holiday lull", in the way that they often release major stories late on the Friday afternoon of a long weekend, when nobody is watching?

            Are we the only ones reading this stuff, as it were?

      • or-well

        aigeezer & all, it does seem to fit with the official acknowledgement of "lack of safety culture and bad habits" on Tepcos' part.

        As in – "OK, now we'll have safety culture and good habits so nuke power is safe in our hands. Of course it always was and is in the hands of those others."
        "Oh yeah, and it was still the tsunami that did it."

        Tepcos' responsibility is but one thread being woven into the fabric, on a loom with many weavers.

        As to this US Navy personnel lawsuit, I feel like a cat on a fishboat, the butchers' dog, a worm in compost – many smells.

        Should it ever come to trial…there is potential for info to come out on the specifics of radioactive atmospheric plumes relative to the ships' position and – possibly – more about who knew what when in Japan re: the plumes.
        (And of course onboard implementation of decontamination protocols.)

        BUT – apart from specifics re: the ship and its' personnel, are these not side issues to the inherent dangers of these plants, their siting, the geologic faults, their restarts?
        Would this case, if successful for the plaintiffs, not open a floodgate of like cases fatal to Tepcos' financial and corporate existence?

        At most, I expect this to be "back-paged" soon, and IF there's a trial, the conclusion a long time away, and IF "successful", to be out-of-court settled.

        • aigeezer aigeezer

          Yes, or-well. All your points match my sense of what is going on. The details change moment-by-moment, but the smell builds and lingers.

          If this is the way of it, then there will probably be a lot of smoke and mirrors here and elsewhere before this particular story gets resolved – on top of the natural complexity and fuzziness of the situation.

          Whatever lies ahead will test everyone's critical thinking skills.

          • or-well

            This story repeats a big concern I have, namely the scapegoating of Tepco.
            Or rather, the illusion that's happening.
            It is… and it isn't.
            In a word – distraction.
            Or in two – fall guy.
            We need to distinguish PROCESS from END RESULT.
            Maybe Tepco will disappear.
            And something like The Japanese Peoples' Nuclear Trust And Administration will run former Tepco plants, contracting out operation to a consortium of other nuke-tilities.
            Tepco is just one criminal player.
            THIS story is a "natural" for US consumption – aircraft carrier, US Navy, young Service personnel, disaster aid, lawsuit (!).
            But it's a story without Big Media staying power. I'm not saying that's as it should be, just what is.
            It won't acquire the heft of Agent Orange, Gulf war syndrome etc.
            Trying to be positive – it may be a needed reminder and crack open a little more consciousness of Fuku, but I see it easily being COMPARTMENTALIZED in terms of media selectively covering more easily "managed" sub-issues.

            I'd rather see the Japanese peoples' lawsuits being covered. I won't hold my breath for that.


              brilliant stuff or-well and aigeezer…

            • aigeezer aigeezer

              or-well, I think my priority list would be something like:

              1. Stop the ongoing emissions from Fukushima, Chernobyl, Hanford… who knows where else, if possible. (I fear it is not possible with any existing technology).

              2. Shut down all the potential future disaster sites – every nuke plant in existence – before the next crisis gets one of them. Get the "spent fuel" to relative safety, and so forth.

              3. Decommission all military nukes.

              4. Identify and treat all victims to whatever extent is possible.

              5. Identify, convict and punish various perps.

              6. Put safeguards in place so society doesn't forget.

              Some of those things could be done in parallel, of course, if society has the will to do it.

              What intrigues me about the present "big news story" is that it is a little nibble of items 4/5 from my list, far far down from the most urgent priorities.

              As human beings, we are potential suckers for any version of item 4, and many people are suckers for any version of item 5, even at the risk of forgetting that items 1 through 3 can destroy us all if not resolved.

              • or-well

                Very fine priorities. Often now, I think of overarching principles that would inform and enable the implementation of such, and other priority lists dealing with our problems.
                I can't avoid returning to the issue of those who would stand as roadblocks between "here" and "there".
                "Identify" is such a key concept for all 6 points, and for revealing…I'll say "facts" instead of "Truth"…identifying "who we are" as opposed to who we are told we are; identifying the tendencies and susceptibilities that lead to the success of various machinations…
                May I reword #6?
                "Put safeguards in place, so Humanity relearns in every generation to identify that which is anti-life."
                I can't help feeling this lawsuit story will be inconsequential as regards the big picture.
                And, that all 6 items will be deflected to the maximum extent possible by TPTB, to the degree "allowed" by "the people".
                Are "we" really awakening, or falling deeper asleep?

                • aigeezer aigeezer

                  or-well, yes indeed to those thoughts. Your #6 is a big improvement.

                  The "identify" issue – ouch, so important, so tricky. All our institutions as bricks in the wall of somnolence.

                  "When I think of all the crap I learned in highschool, it's a wonder I can think at all" is more than just a song lyric to me. So much institutionalized commitment down dead-end paths for our species – hard to undo.

                  Most people here "get it". That must be worth something (he whimpered).

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Good observation, or-well, and the latest stories keep stating the meltdown(s) were caused by the tsunami. Despite reports and evidence to the contrary, showing the earthquake initiated the events leading to the meltdowns.

      • bwoodfield bwoodfield

        No I can see it going like many "major" governmental issues. They will announce that the "accident" of the Fuku incident was "mishandled" and a multi-governmental review board will be setup to investigate the incident and provide "go-forward" recommendations. From there news releases will slowly dwindle off over the next month until eventually you will hear practically nothing about it. A year or two later there will be a minor news announcement that the review board results have been released along with the recommendations. Tepco will be find X million dollars and be charged with the clean-up to be completed over the next x years. There MIGHT be medical payments required for the workers and US sailors included, but there will be nothing for the other millions of people that have been, and will be affected by this for generations to come.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Hee hee….crazy days.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The DoD..didn't want any truth to be found out so..
    They blocked access to social media sites from it's employees.

    Wouldn't want to take up DoD bandwidth..with the truth.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Interesting find, Heart. From your link:

      "The command said the websites were blocked at the request of U.S. Pacific Command to help meet the needs of the military as its networks and circuits in the area are already strained."

      To some extent I can sympathize with the situation, but I have the uneasy feeling that we have just peeked into an unpleasant future.

      Come to think of it, the Net was designed to be robust "no matter what", so "strained circuits" seems like a bit of a stretch as an excuse for censorship.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          And they WANT YOU to be silent, lie down, and roll over.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Mr. Binney stated in the first video link above:

          "And under executive order 13526 sec. 1.7 governing classification, you cannot classify information just to cover up a crime. And that was signed by President Obama. Also President Bush signed an executive order, a very similar one."

          Binney said the U.S. government is doing everything in its power to keep the EFF lawsuit Binney helped to put together, out of the courts.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            You've got to watch the interview to understand what Binney is getting at, in terms of collecting information on everyone and all electronic communications and telecommunications. He puts it into the context of the government's attempting to classify all kinds of things to hide illegal acts.

            Having heard first hand accounts of family members who survived the Nazi occupation of parts of Europe, and Soviet control of Eastern Europe, IMHO there is great cause for concern.

            Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm trying to make my way to the bottom of the can of worms..
    The DoE.

    Aug.16 2011..

    Data forgeries: Fukushima and Gulf Oil Spill same criminal mind suggests Dr. Leuren Moret

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    'Why can't the nuclear industry be more reassuring at a time like the height of the crisis at Fukushima?

    I wonder if Stephen Chu, perhaps inadvertently, pointed to an answer in one of his recent speeches. Eg: he wants to "to bring computer simulation to reactor design". Chu thinks a computer model may one day actually be able to accurately model a given reactor design, so "scientists and engineers will be able to stand in the center of a virtual reactor, observing coolant flow, nuclear fuel performance, and even the reactor's response to changes in operating conditions", and after they build the reactor, they’ll find out the simulation was correct. He set up a nuke R&D Bell "lab-let" to create the capacity to do just this and funded it with stimulus money. He’s bringing "some of our nation's brightest minds to work under one roof" to get it done.

    We can simulate atomic weapons and certify them to be safe to store and use yet we can't figure out what could happen in an event like this? Or is it the case that we already can? Does this event show the uninitiated that Tokyo could have been rendered uninhabitable until the cesium decayed?"

    March 21 2011.

    The Fukushima-ing Nuke Industry: Bring it to the Geeks

  • One cannot wish away the truth which is intrinsic to each and every nuke! And the truth regarding modern civilization where the cumulative positive feedback becomes an extinction trigger which affects all life, forgery or no. Just now another deep focus earthquake has given a firm fulcrum to cause an unacceptable quake and if this occurred at Fukushima underbelly, then what? Nothing can be done!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    10,000+ People Filed A Criminal (Fukushima) Complaint Against TEPCO and the Japanese Government; via A Green Road

    The whole planet and all living beings on it, should actually be parties to this lawsuit.

    Nuclear power is ANTI LIFE.

  • waterbug

    Expect more of the same, unless mass amounts of people wake up to the fact that the entire nuclear industry is built upon, and maintained by, lies..

  • ftlt

    Why is not this Fukushima Diary's Article on here…

    It asks some tough questions???..

      • or-well

        The comments to those columns are interesting too. I wonder how big Iori's readership is?

        • aigeezer aigeezer

          or-well, this one caught my eye:

          "If this backfires…as I can imagine the US and Japanese governments, nuke companies and militaries are working towards…It will end compensation for everyone as it will become a showcase."

          I notice one commenter used the comment opportunity only to vent rage about Reagan, the president, since that was the name of the aircraft carrier. People choose their focus in interesting ways. We are an easily distracted species. Remember, DO NOT think about a white bear for the next few minutes (concept borrowed from Tolstoi, I think).

          • or-well

            ok, right, that was Naoyas' comment under the 2nd column, and Iori seems to concur with the statute of limitation.
            Very troubling, if true.
            Iori makes some very astute points, I think, and combined with comments the whole 2-column package raises a lot of valid issues.
            (I just ignored the Prez Reagan comment)
            "Our wallets are their pocket" !!!
            If this does become a "show trial", Iori correctly points out the plaintiffs will probably be up against the whole global nuke-regulatory machinery, likely as "expert" witnesses, or at least their pro-nuke compromised "official" datasets.
            Interesting point about paying compensation to Japanese first. (Or…fighting that in the current manner as long as possible, possibly compensation "turf wars"…)
            PHEW! I need to re-read it all and digest for awhile!

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Mochizuki asked why the sailors are not suing their own government. They probably cannot do it. Does anyone here know about military law?

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Greetings Enewsers … I pause to remember all the folks we love that passed from our company in the past year … I am grateful to have all of you … When the "Nuclear Beast" is revealed to all I am certain it will respond much the same way as The Tiananmen Square Massacre (1989) … The "Nuclear Beast" can not be stopped … those of us that protest will be crushed without hesitation … there are far too many people willing to serve this evil monster to remain comfortable in this shattered world … this will be the last stand, we are not getting out of it this time, who will you serve ?

    • Have you ever thought of the meaning of mass suicide? By the nucular beasts? Their own kith and kin will all be affected ruthlessly by the reactions of beautiful and infinitely powerful Mother Earth. The nuclular beast's actions does not differentiate in its internal radionuke effects between them and us!

    • Anthony Anthony

      I will continue to serve the truth.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I'm astounded by reading obituaries stating cancer was the cause of death in 2011 and 2012. Read some from Fresno, CA, which has had high gamma and beta levels over time, per EPA RadNet. Lots and lots of people are dying of cancer. How many more than before, I wonder?

  • An interesting way in achieving true everlasting values is being played out in earnest here:

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Everybody covered it up & the buck stops at President Obama! Having worked for Homeland Security & the DOE, the government now fast paces this data. We are talking about "MASSIVE DIRTY BOMB ATTACK LEVELS OF NUCLEAR FALLOUT!" The President was given command of the CIVIL DEFENSE EARLY WARNING PUBLIC ALERT SYSTEM & had "4" chances to use it! Plus, the burning NUCLEAR FALLOUT from the incinerators launching Plutonium, Strontium-90, U-238, I-131, & dozens more 100-1000 times more fallout per Arnie Gunderson of,, & that Senator Ron Wyden OR, who went there 4-19-12 & wrote my old boss Sec Chu, the Pres. & Japanese Ambassador to stop the fallout & accept global assistance to prevent the fuel pool collapses in the Seismic experts in China, Japan, Canada & US predicted earthquake.

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Every mother, father, sister, brother of a soldier in Japan needs to call and write their representatives to demand an immediate withdrawal of all forces from the entire island of Japan, as it is "WORSE THAN A CHERNOBYL FALLOUT ZONE!" Plus demand A MILITARY RESPONSE IF JAPAN DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN THOSE DIRTY BOMB INCINERATOR SITES & ACCEPT MILITARY OCCUPATION OF THE NUCLEAR DISASTER SITES BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE LEAKS THE CRACKING CONCRETE FUEL POOLS! (*Arnie Gunderson 12/31/12

    • waterbug

      I would agree with you… but, whom do you think is really pushing nuclear in japan..?
      The situation is more than dire for us all.

  • PattieB PattieB

    I posted a document on facebook… 110920e.pdf one of their internal GOV. ones… shows just how MUCH non-MOX type fissile PLUTONIUM was in that BIG BANG but fizzled-out type criticality EVENT !!!

    The 137, 131, 132 and such that those guys on the Reagan took in are minor… when one considers that amount of PU-139, 140, 141 that they all got… it's a a death-sentance level, and even we standing in the USA… it's just a time factor for us all, really.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Pattie B, welcome back. I've been wondering how you have been. You have been missed, here. I've been wondering about the long-term prospects for us all, as well.