TV: 70 Navy sailors in new Fukushima lawsuit — They rode right into plume, could be thousands more seriously exposed — 1 or 2 sick could be coincidence, but 50-60 people in their 20s off one ship? Variety of cancers, blindness, impotence (VIDEO)

Published: December 19th, 2013 at 4:19 pm ET


FOX5 San Diego, Dec. 19, 2013:

Kathleen Bade, FOX5 San Diego: Sailor who served on the USS Ronald Reagan claim they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation […]

Mike Seabourn, in charge of decontaminating aircraft: It hit me like a ton of bricks. I could be at about 60% power through the right side of my body — that’s arms, legs, everything.

Jaime Chambers, FOX5 San Diego: Seabourn believes he is just one of potentially thousands of US sailors who’ve been exposed to serious radiation contamination after working near the Fukushima disaster zone […] but his true concern lies with the sailors who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan.

Seabourn: They rode write into the plume and it contaminated the entire ship. And then their water was contaminated and they drank out of that […]

Chambers: Cancer, blindness, fatigue, impotence. All symptoms plaguing former sailors […] according to a lawsuit demanding compensation from the Japanese nuclear company Tepco.

Seabourn: You could call 1 or 2 a coincidence, but 50-60 people in their 20s off one ship? That’s a little bit too much to… […] I want the people on the Reagan taken care of that are dealing with really big issues right now. […]

Chambers: The original lawsuit was dismissed because of confusion over jurisdictional issues but now lawyers say they have retooled their lawsuit and plan to file again January 6.

Bade: We’ll continue to follow that story for sure.

FOX5 News, Dec. 19, 2013: […] crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan say they are suffering from a variety of cancers […] Seventy sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan are filling suit against the Japanese company TEPCO […] The law suit states TEPCO downplayed the nuclear radiation danger until it was too late. According to the suit, radiation experts who assisted in the decontamination say the USS Ronald Reagan sailed straight into a plume of radioactivity, which contaminated the ship’s water supply. […] The law suit claims active and former sailors are suffering from cancer, blindness, impotence, and fatigue as a result […]

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Published: December 19th, 2013 at 4:19 pm ET


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61 comments to TV: 70 Navy sailors in new Fukushima lawsuit — They rode right into plume, could be thousands more seriously exposed — 1 or 2 sick could be coincidence, but 50-60 people in their 20s off one ship? Variety of cancers, blindness, impotence (VIDEO)

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Veterans support the Victims of Operation Tomodachi
    Our Sailors and Marines deserve better than this

    Call your congressmen and Senators and ask them to look into this abandonment when they need our help.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      timemachine2020, I'd describe the situation in the link you provided as "cluster-fukushima-fubar" but not "cluster-fukushima-snafu" because there is nothing "normal" as in "snafu." Get my drift? Just an observation.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Millions of Vets have been hit with large amounts of radiation & it is called some strange illness, Gulf war sickness where millions of tons of radiation used in Ammo made from Spent Uranium made in the USA. Working a nuke powered ship your have warnings every where to wear does meters but I never saw one or any one I ever saw. Now 35 years later many of old Navy Mates have strange illnesses, as I do. None is service connected but should be, the DOD & nuke complex made damn sure they covered their asses with the help of people like John McCain & Kerry & many others in congress! We live with evil sick minds writting laws that should be null & void & these Vets & families should be getting the care members of congress does, they destroyed this nation & billions of lives! Dont ever forget it folks because now they coming after you!

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The sailors have died to give science a timeline for atmospheric ionized density lethal dose level of initial plumes. A timeline for the entire Pacific Ocean.

  • Gasser Gasser

    You mean to tell me this high-tech sophisticated ship had no forewarning radiation detection capabilities? if it does, what was the Captain thinking! with all the Nuke threats out there on this piece of shit world those detection units should be maned and functioning 24/7/365, and to send sailors out there to scrub a contaminated deck is just mindless nuts, someone had their head far up their okole to not foresee the ramifications involved in this Nuclear catastrophic event.

    Todays stupidity abounds off the charts…now who's going to dismantle that big hunk of worthless shit? (India) and folks you know it will get melted down and end up in your possession as some household item or vehicle…that's if we are still alive in 10 more years…just knowin'

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Gasser, did you see the Enenews article on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan wherein it was reported the radiation monitors & warning system just "went crazy" ? Posted the link a couple of times this past week.

      You can do a search in the search field here, upper right corner. Type in "Ronald Reagan" as your search term (no quotes needed). This will pull up links to all the articles. You'll find one in particular which discusses the sailors knew something was very wrong when the radiation warning system went berserk.

      At least one video was underway, and a superior officer ordered the sailor to stop the video.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Really hoping and praying the video still exists, and gets into the hands of the attorney or attorneys representing the crew.

  • ftlt

    What is TEPCO suppose to pay them with FUFU memorabilia????

    TEPCO is broke and broken…

    • We Not They Finally

      I believe that the Japanese public has been made to bear the brunt of expense. TEPCO's own funds need to be confiscated and used solely for the victims, both Japanese and Americans. Oh, and I think the Koreans are suing too.

      TEPCO is still trading. While people are dying. Make them pay down to the last penny. Including their own personal fortunes.

      SURELY you didn't mean "poor TEPCO"?

      • ftlt

        We: There is nothing left to sue is what I meant..

        If TEPCO is seized and it will be soon (it is an empty shell now – mostly bill now I would think), all of its seized monies/assets will be poured into attempts at "for-profit" cleanups of FUFU poopoo..

        The idea there will be a legal remedy and distribution of compensation to masses victims in the millions of people is beyond ridiculous…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          I disagree. Tepco is a large company. It has operations over a large area of Japan. It also has a number of subsidiary companies, one of which has the contract for incinerating the nuclear waste.

          When it comes to holding the company financially accountable though, it might be hard to prove their are any viable assets to seize. I'm sure management has found ways to hide corporate assets, just as other multinational corporations do. Just part of ensuring the corporation survives, no matter what ….

          Your point may be 100% valid, ftlt.

          I'm wondering if nuclear cos. in Japan are financially protected from liability, in the same manner as they are in the U.S.

          That is, are Japanese nuclear power companies not insurable, as in the U.S.? Is there something like the Price-Anderson (?) Act in effect in Japan, preventing financial recovery of lawsuits?

          I'd venture to guess not, since the attorneys representing the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan crew plan to file a new lawsuit on January 6, 2014.

  • Socrates

    People in Seattle and Portland were blasted by hot particles. These particles were inhaled. Arnie Gundersen and his associates measured ten hot particles per day being inhaled on average by residents of Seattle and Tokyo.

    These particles are alpha-emitters that cause great mortality and morbifity over time. The Department of Defense has determined that most mortality and morbidity from fallout is as result of inhalation of these particles.


    The effects will take more time but the toll will be far greater. Ask Arnie Gundersen or Helen Caldicott or Joseph Mangano.

    If you are interested in exploring monetary damages against those responsible, please contact me

    Your inquiry will be confidential since I am a lawyer.

    Those who dedigned and marketed these reactors were warned by their own engineers that these reactors could explode because of problems with venting.

    People are going to get sick and die in the USA.from inhaling hot particles blown across the Pacific Ocean.

    • We Not They Finally

      Yes. And it will take years. Apparently the plutonium "hot particles," when even one lodges in the lung, becomes "an internal emitter" and eventually causes cancer. There will unfortunately be a huge epidemic of lung cancer, but other cancers, like thyroid and leukemia, develop quicker.

      But lawsuits should be prepared and brought,even to use as publicity tools. Because this is sort of coming after everyone…

      It would be GREAT to sue the EPA too, for negligent non-monitoring (well, they probably monitor everywhere — non-REVEALING) and for raising the so-called "safe" levels to lethal, in reckless callous disregard for human life. (Well, all life. Unfortunately, the fish etc. can't sue.)

      Don't know that there is any precedent for suing any federal department on behalf of America. But it's an interesting idea. Maybe someone can get creative.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Socrates, if I'm not mistaken, I know exactly where the spot in my right lung lies, where a hot particle possibly lodged. Knew it as soon as I inhaled one day, in May, 2011. Hurts every time the airborne radiation levels get high. Just think that lung is now damaged. Not visible damage on x-rays at this point, and everything looks normal on CT scan. But who knows what it will look like five, ten, twenty years down the road, should I still be alive?

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Know this will probably sound goofy to some, but am going to pursue Chi Gong, T'ai Chi, anything which will improve the breath and boost the immune system. Plus it can give one a sense of PEACE despite all. Might as well be at peace for as long as possible. Who knows? Maybe it can help prevent cancer & other illnesses, too. T'ai Chi (4 hr. tutorial) Chi Gong

        Just had to post this, as it's the most promising thing I've come across for promoting good health, for a long time. Feels great, doesn't require one to spend a bunch of $$$ unless one takes classes. Several of my M.D.'s have told me it's the best thing I could possibly do to recover good health. So thought it might be helpful to share this with others.

        The T'ai Chi master explains how some of the recent studies support the Chinese' beliefs about martial arts, Chi Gong, and good health.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          BTW, am not saying this will make us invincible. But could go a long way in protecing our immune systems. And the mind-body connection has been quite well proven.

  • Tiza Tiza

    I've got a question that I am sure has been asked someplace. Why hasn't Obama come out and said anything about this Fuku stuff that's happened? I'm sure that he must know, right? Does he just wish to ignore it?

      • Tiza Tiza


        Yes, that does make sense now. I'm not a supporter of him anyway, but I was wondering why he hasn't been working on this serious issue.

        Hey, is that your kitty? I'm a cat person. One of my best-loved cats that died in 2007 was named Tiza. I mean, I love my others, too. Just miss him.

        • We Not They Finally

          Tiza, he's a puppet. And that's at least as profoundly disturbing to the people who voted for him, as to the people ho didn't. He campaigned as being in the people's corner, but he always seems to be AWOL when he is really needed. Even the health care plan — we needed public option and quick implementation — instead it was all left private, and delayed for years so insurance companies could jack up their rates.

          The tip-off was always there — a five-minute speech saying everything was fine, then hightail his own family off to South America during the initial plume from Fukushima. And now he is ending iconic First Daughter, Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan? We're beyond angry.

          And a lot of his appointments are tip-offs too. Like Gina McCarthy got promoted to head of EPA after being with the Office of Radiation Monitoring and doing such a "good job" of turning the monitors OFF!

          And the head of GE to govern the economy? Our lives have been stolen, and I'm grieved to call the thief-in-chief (currently, that is) a Democrat President. The Republicans would be no better, and maybe worse. But it's dismaying that we are actually left with NO ONE.

          • bf9 Fitz

            Yep, you've nailed it WNTF. I'm usually not one for stereotypes but "chicago politician" he is. I took a trip to DC for the first time last September and it was really eye opening to see first hand how far we've strayed from what every single one of that founding core dreamed for this country. They warned us, and we lost sight of those warnings… At this point just about everyone has been bought off, both sides and then some. Not even a partisan problem.

            "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." -John Adams

            • Alaskan Ice Alaskan Ice

              It's almost like 1789 France when the people of the Third Estate would wring their hands and say "if only Louis knew." He did.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            "Democracy" now = Kleptocracy = Plutocracy = Thiefopoly

            "Progressive" now = Regressive and Repressive

            Don't even get me started on the American Exceptionalists and the Neocons.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Used to have a cat named Ubie. I always thought of Ubie Blake. The person who named him said since he was a stray, he called him "You Be" for "You Be A Cat."

      • bo bo

        Because he wants to build dozens MORE nuclear power plants instead, even after fukushima.

        • bo bo

          Sorry about your cat 🙁

          That is my cat bo. Coincidentally named after Obama's dog lol
          The original owner must have been a supporter… but they let him go after he grew big. Came from the shelter with the name.

          • Tiza Tiza


            He's a pretty kitty! Kind of reminds me of a kitty that we had for about 13 years named Rufus. It's just that Rufus had a small black spot of hair along his nose area, but mostly was white.

        • Tiza Tiza


          Better the coal-burning plants, which can be fixed to not cause so much air problems, much less problems than nuke energy. See, I wasn't against nuke energy IF the wastes can be handled properly, but with earthquakes and such, I'm getting to see it's not a good thing, plus mankind can't seem to correctly handle the wastes.

          • We Not They Finally

            Tiza, did you know that the nuclear waste has NEVER been "handled properly"? And that's 70 years now. Look up the documentary, "Secret Nuclear Waste: The Dark Side of Humanity" on youtube.

            No one has ever even PRETENDED that nuclear waste has been "handled properly." That's part of why many plants (here in the U.S. too!) have FORTY YEARS of spent fuel rods right on site. What people also do not know is that spent fuel rods are MORE radioactive than the original fuel, not less.

        • Tiza Tiza


          Here's what I'm thinking about him. He's going to Hawaii for his 17-day, $4 million dollar vacation now. May he eat lots and lots of fish, I mean, may he fill up on lots of lots of fish. I hate to wish bad things on folks, but he's done a bad thing by not telling Americans, right?

          • We Not They Finally

            Yes. It's criminally complicit. But Congress says and does nothing too. We have no government in place to even address this.

          • bo bo

            Tiza… if you recall my quote on plutonium… you can easily understand why nuclear is simply not an option for life on earth.

            When you have a chance look up what is going on in fallujah now, the babies that are being born as a result of the fallout from depleted uranium.

            That's all I can say for now. See for yourself.

    • Foggyworld

      Because he is such a huge fan of nuclear energy, this is not something he wants us to know about.

      • KiloCharley KiloCharley

        Agreed, In the following FOIA doc's if you search(ctrl+F) the words "Pres. Obama" you will find the following statement;
        We do not expect harmful levels to reach US. CDC do not recommend people in US take precautionary measures. Nuclear power important here,

        To those that have already seen this, please forgive the repost.

        • We Not They Finally

          Why doesn't he build his pet project in his own backyard? I mean literally. Right behind wherever he and HIS precious family decide to live upon leaving office. Do that, Sir, before you inflict this on OTHERS' "precious families."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    NIGHTMARE (that won't go away)

    The whole nuclear thing is horrible and creepy … tarnishes life, and highly compromised what was once a wonderful planet.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      We are all being… Exterminated! 🙁

      • Tiza Tiza

        I do think that he wants that, yes.

        • It's not 'extermination'. That can be far too easily accomplished by other means, but there's no money/power in it. And Money/Power is the name of the nuclear game. To keep it going they're willing to absorb some population losses over time. It's a crowded planet, there will always be more money/power to harvest.

          • We Not They Finally

            It's hard to figure if some of these people are just evil morons. They will wind up with power over WHAT? A planet that devastates not just humans, but all plant and animal life? That's like a sci-fi flick where humans are being phased out so an alien invader can breathe methane instead of oxygen. (Strange how the "Outer Limits" and "Stargate" episodes sort of prepared one for this…)

  • Tiza Tiza

    Speaking of hot particles, I wonder if this affected me yesterday. My husband and I decided to take a walk. I have to because of my health. Well, honestly, I had a difficult time once or twice breathing. We live out in the country about 40 mi south of the DFW area.

    Then I had noticed when I looked at the NETC, that the area was a RADCON-4. Could that have caused my breathing problems while walking? It's not normal for me at all.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Tiza, my lung function is somewhat impacted when I walk long distances, when rad levels are high. Try to minimize your outdoor exercise when rad levels are high, if you can.

      I highly recommend you have a look at the Forum area where protecting against the effects of radiation is discussed.

  • OldFool

    How to completely demoralize your military so that it will be easily defeated in the next World War (very probably starting in 2014, 100 years after WWI)
    1. Send your troops needlessly into great danger for no benefit.
    2. Keep them totally ignorant of their destruction.
    3. Destroy their medical records so that they cannot seek veterans health benefits of even an inadequate and minimum level.
    4. Deny them legal recourse through a fatally flawed legal system.
    5. Treat all of them like disposable dog shit.
    6. Deny all medical treatment by any competent doctor.
    7. Tell everybody else that nothing dangerous happened to them.
    8. Continue the coverup until they all die horrible deaths.
    9. Be sure to get into military confrontations around the world until a new war can be started.

  • Nick

    Radiation is invisible, the easiest stuff on the planet to IGNORE.

    Main stream media and our government have chosen to IGNORE Fukushima.

    That is all.

  • Nick

    For to admit Fukushima is to expose decades of weapons development in Japan which is supposed to have been a pacifist nation.


    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      I think you're right. Still, I can't believe that politicians will put politics in front of human lives. I guess you have to suspend your conscience to understand this facet of their thinking. I mean, who really cares if you had gone from pacifist to fascist uright under your people's noses; when one of your ports can officially be classified a uranium mine, is the fact that you covertly produced nuclear weapons really that much more to worry about?

      It's time these m##thaf###as came clean (in more ways than one). Actually, as of late, it completely boggles the mind where they keep getting the money to buy people off, import energy, pay for useless countermeasures aimed at stretching their nuclear mess out as long as possible to buy themselves some time.

  • Nick

    Did you say oops?

    I know what I mean when I say oops. What do you mean when you say oops?


    (thanks to Bill Cosby)

  • bozzy54

    USS Ronald Reagan cannot be cleaned by soap and a push broom. Do they really think they decontaminated the ship? They need to sink it to the bottom of the ocean and any other ship that was there, like the billions of tons of radiated ship, reactors and waste that the US, Russia, Japan and switzerland did since the 1940's up till present. That ship alone carries over 5000 personal and there talking about 75 sailors. (I feel for them and wish them luck). But, there will be many ie; becoming Very sick as well as all of us! Son of a bitches, I have come to HATE Physics and atomic energy there just irrelevant to humans today as it was in the 1940's. There are law suits since then reacurring in every corner of the earth and nobody received a dime. It compounds in lost time and anxiety of a life time. They know it to. The universities should step up for man kind and help!!!
    Evil son sof a bitches.

    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      Just out of curiosity, (since I know nothing about getting rid of nuclear waste) is it actually more effective to dump radioactive ships into the world's oceans, rather than using some special magnets or rays to somehow skim the radiation off the surface of the ships.

      Likewise, could they theoretically dismantle the ships, then melt the pieces down in some faraway lead-lined furnace, then store the molded cubes in some mine?

      I'm probably speaking out my butt, but we've already seen what happens when a substantial amount of radiation is dumped into the ocean. Speaking purely in technical terms, are there other, better alternatives to getting rid of the (to my knowledge) still irradiated ships.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, that would be some correct statements/information and all of it very easy to verify.

  • name999 name999

    Obamacare, Obama…no longer the real person, has become it's own entity. A brand. And some hearty disinformation is dispensed in that namedropping.

    Barack Obama is not the problem…more information is flowing now compared to the recent past. FYI…that is much more than we knew with W or Reagan. Don't know what you got til it's gone.
    The real problem here is 6-7 decades + in the making and some research will uncover this information.

    Pedophiles are getting busted now and that is new and I applaud attention paid to the abuse of children alongside the abuse of our environment…that is a very dark story…bust them and stop them…

  • name999 name999

    ok, one last thing. These young people who have been lied to and practiced on and injured and killed in the U.S Navy…
    they are our children and we will fight for them.

  • pkjn

    Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima
    December 20, 2013 FoxNews

    51 crewmembers of the USS Ronald Reagan who have joined a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric.
    When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors gladly pitched in with rescue efforts.
    51 U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Ronald Reagan now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors.

    The lawsuit was initially dismissed, when the court ruled that any ruling would hinge on interpreting communication between the Japanese and U.S. governments, which could violate the separation of powers.
    The Department of Defense declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.
    The Japanese government knew radiation was being leaked and did not inform the U.S. Navy.

  • jeff999

    The USS Ronald Reagan has been dry-docked for over a year. It's too radio-active to likely ever sail again. It's incredible and shameful that this information has not been been reported on! Must watch/listen to first hand accounts of servicemen who served in the area for months after 3/11. The truth must be told and justice done!