Friday, February 15, 2013

U.S. report to deny Agent Orange in Okinawa | The Japan Times

A U.S. Department of Defense investigation into the presence of Agent Orange on Okinawa Island is set to support veterans’ allegations of the clandestine burial of potentially harmful chemicals there — but dismiss claims that the toxic Vietnam War defoliant was among them.

Sources knowledgeable about the final report say the inquiry is likely to uphold accounts that large amounts of military supplies, including pesticides, were dumped during the 1960s and ’70s at Okinawa installations — possibly including U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and a former military installation in the town of Chatan.

The admission is likely to fuel demands in the prefecture for environmental tests to ensure that the land — some of which has been returned to civilian use — is no longer contaminated.

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Comment: Why do we trust these bastards? Some people ask me if I believe in term limits for politicians? My answer is that depends. It depends on whether your talking about the number of terms they can spend in office or the length of their prison terms.

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