Greatest Country, Finest Military Sends Sailors Into Lethal Radiation: Bathed In, Drank Highly Contaminated Water?

No one knew the radiation levels at Japan’s Fukushima Dailchi Nuclear Plant were lethal at worst, dangerous at best? We sent our Navy into that place after the 2011 earthquake-caused tsunami; I mean, we just SENT them there without expert analysis and clear opinion that they were in absolutely no danger? We SENT them without knowing that we could protect them? What is this country today, as in, who are we? Middle Schoolers? No, that’s giving Middle Schoolers a bad name. See a video below.

USS Ronald Reagan

USS Ronald Reagan

Some severely injured are suing the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and since they cannot sue their own government, that may be their only option. I don’t know about you, but I don’t give a fig about the Japanese government or Tokyo Electric Power Company. No one and no entity has the right to put our military at risk except the U.S., and in this case, the U.S. command is hereby accused of acting with criminal and reckless disregard of the best interests of the United States of America.

At least 71 U.S. Navy personnel are suing the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for exposing them to harmful levels of radiation following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The sailors became exposed to radiation leaking from the crippled power plant when their ships arrived off Japan’s coast to provide humanitarian assistance. They remained in the area for four days.

The American men and women say they are suffering from radiation exposure and numerous health problems brought on by the exposure. These include leukemia, testicular cancer, gynecological bleeding and thyroid diseases.

Their attorney, Paul Garner, says that at least half of the plaintiffs have some form of cancer….

At one point, radioactive snow—created by the mixing of contaminated steam from the nuclear plant with cold Pacific Ocean air—fell on the ships, exposing sailors topside.

But the seawater surrounding the vessels was also radioactive as a result of coolant leaks at Fukushima. That water was drawn into the Ronald Reagan’s desalinization system, which provides water for drinking and bathing by the crew. Souce: AllGov

Our Navy bathed and drank contaminated water. What was the ship’s Captain doing? What questions did he ask? Have we no scientists to suggest, ‘hey, maybe we shouldn’t be in that area right now, even if there is a humanitarian need?,’ or is every scientist on the government payroll so engrossed with spamming, scamming America with climate change that they didn’t bother to bother?

The USS Ronald Reagan and a “half dozen other support ships are battling” the literal “fallout” of nuclear snow, and then there’s the dirty water. Dirty Water…and we can’t protect our troops in what had to be one of the most publicly suspicious spots on the globe at that time…and we thought it prudent to believe the word of TEPCO?

Senior Chief Michael Sebourn, a radiation-decontamination officer, was assigned to test the aircraft carrier for radiation.

The levels were incredibly dangerous and at one point, the radiation in the air measured 300 times higher than what was considered safe, Sebourn told The Post.

The former personal trainer has suffered a series of ailments, starting with severe nosebleeds and headaches and continuing with debilitating weakness.

He says he has lost 60 percent of the power in the right side of his body and his limbs have visibly shrunk.

“I’ve had four MRIs, and I’ve been to 20 doctors,” he said. “No one can figure out what is wrong.”

He has since retired from the Navy after 17 years of service.

Even as the Reagan was steaming toward the disaster, power-company officials knew the cloud of steam they were releasing — in order to relieve pressure in the crippled plant — was toxic, the lawsuit argues, a claim that has also been made by the Japanese government….

The toxic seawater was sucked into the ship’s desalinization system, flowing out of its faucets and showers — still radioactive — and into the crew member’s bodies…

“We have a multimillion-dollar radiation-detection system, but . . . it takes time to be set up and activated,” Cooper said [Lindsay Cooper, 24 years old}.

“And then we couldn’t go anywhere. Japan didn’t want us in port, Korea didn’t want us, Guam turned us away. We floated in the water for two and a half months,” until Thailand took them in, she said.

All the while crew members had been suffering from excruciating diarrhea.

“People were s- -tting themselves in the hallways,” Cooper recalled.

“Two weeks after that, my lymph nodes in my neck were swollen. By July, my thyroid shut down.” Source: New York Post

At the time, the Commanding Officer was Captain Thom W. Burke, serving under the egregiously inept Barack Obama, with a Democrat Secretary of the Navy and former politician Ray Mabus, Jr. (still holding the office) and Republican Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense and in charge of the Pentagon.

Captain Burke, did you bathe? Did you drink the same water your crew drank and bathed in? Did you go topside? Take a look at Commander Burk’s letter of ‘assurance’ to the “Friends and Family of USS Ronald Reagan.”

I find threads online that this is a conspiracy, a money-grab. I have no way to know the truth, but the charges are stark and I’m going with nuclear contamination contaminating sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan until I have proof that it didn’t happen.

Note that the sailors in the video do not hold the U.S. Command responsible. They blame TEPCO, but they are suing, so that’s the attitude to take, but it’s one more example of how tolerant we are of this clown show we call our government which includes the higher commands of our Military.

The quality of the video gets better shortly after the start. Crew members talk about the radiation and the duration of their unprotected period.

Sailors Sue TEPCO for Fukushima Tsunami Nuclear Meltdown (video)
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  • I don’t know what to think. Considering everything else the president is doing to bring the military down and to heel, maybe he was setting an example? Here’s what I can do if I don’t like you…Of course not, but he’s arrogant enough. I say, go for the money even if it is unfair. The Japanese knew it was dangerous; the Americans apparently didn’t care if it was dangerous. Who is worse?

    • norma brown, if the story is true, America is far worse. These are our people, and have the smartest military leaders on the face of the planet. We are worse if it’s true, imho.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    There is something wrong with this story. It could be all made up by angry activists or more about the lawyers winning cases in court and trying to get to the jury pool. But the simple fact is that U.S. war ships know EXACTLY what the radioactivity of the air and water is and it would be impossible for this to happen as described. Now could there be some cases of cancer or maybe even unknown illness? Sure just as everyone knows someone who got cancer or some other illness and never got closer then 6000 miles to Fukashima. This sounds a lot like all those predicted deaths and horrible diseases that were supposed to result from the gulf oil rig blowout awhile back but never happened. In fact you don’t have to look hard to still find some stories about that but now it is so clear it is pure BS. So I’m just saying this story lacks credibility.

    • GoneWithTheWind, I had some of the same thoughts, but the sailors did say the ship had top-notch radiation detection, but there wasn’t time to fully it set it up. Seventy-one ill persons are supposedly in this suit, all of them with medical problems, so if it is true, it will be difficult to dispute. I do not believe it lacks credibility because neither the administration nor the military are speaking out. Business as usual. That’s the way this administration works. So we’ll have to wait and see.

      One of the most shocking claims is that they bathed and drank the water. Surely, if true, it is documented. If the federal judge throws it out and the military still doesn’t speak out, that will be another clue. There were a lot of people on that deck in the snowfall.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    There are geiger counters which can detect a single alpha or beta particle. There is background radiation everywhere and we humans and all living things are exposed to 40-220 millisieverts of radiation year round. When the military ships first encountered radiation above the background levels they moved to a safer location. The story implies they blindly stayed their for a considerable amount of time whch isn’t true. It implies they were blind to the radiation in the air and water which isn’t true. The only part of the story that is true is that there was radiation and that it increased to some higher level. Again the implication is that it increased to lethal levels and that isn’t true. What is true is that there are military and former military who have lawyers who are maing claims designed to get large settlements and possiby disability for these people. Recall the recent discovery that many of those who worked at ground zero got a settlement for supposed injuries and have now been shown to have lied about those injuries. In fact lying is the norm in these law suits and even the lawyers do it. All I am saying is that the captain and other officers on the ships absolutely knew in a real time basis what the radiation levels for water and air were and that they did in fact move to avoid the radiation plume and lastly that even within the radiation plume the radiation level was not “deadly”. What the lawyers try to do is poison the jury pool and quickly get to trial or a settlement before the science can catch up to tem and spoil their fraud. Having said that I agree that IF anyone was injured in this mission that they should be appropriately compensated. But whatever the facts are I would prefer to know the truth then simply award compensation just to make the issue go away.