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BETRAYAL Synopsis / Book Review

I highly endorse Bob and Tim's recommendation for the VA to adopt a Science Advisory Board with backgrounds in science to objectively evaluate toxic exposures on all 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund Cleanup list.

Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up
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(SALT LAKE CITY) - "BETRAYAL" reports with precise, well-researched and written evidence of the denial of responsibility and cover-up of environmental contamination of Marines, civilians, their families and the public, at both El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, CA and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.

This is personal to me because I was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune 1973-76, as was my WWII Marine father Walter C. Davis Jr. in 1943. My spouse Sandra and I lived at 2695 Bougainville, in the Tarawa Terrace on base housing area. My first son Caleb was conceived and born there June 16, 1975.

He now suffers from a sub-arachnoid hemorrage (caused when a brain aunyerism ruptures). My second son Jabin, was conceived there 3 months prior to our leaving the Marine Corps. Born in Provo, Utah December 5, 1976, Jabin was born with a ventricular septal (heart) defect. Their mother continues to suffer a host of health problems.

Jerry Ensminger

Jerry Ensminger's MSGT USMC (ret.) daughter Janey (also lived in Tarawa Terrace) died at age 9 with a Acute Lymphosytic Leukemia. Jerry's realization that Janey's death was caused by contaminated base drinking water led him on a 14 year journey of activism, lobbying and challenging government agencies to take responsibility. In 2012, President Obama signed in to law HR 1627, providing VA health care for CLNC veterans and their families. This effort was made into an "Emmy" nominated documentary film titled,"Semper Fi, Always Faithful." No such legislation covers El Toro Marine veterans and their families.

CLNC Marine veterans continue to have their claims for compensation rejected at an 84% rate. 82 that were stationed at CLNC have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Aaron M Davis

I highly endorse Bob and Tim's recommendation for the VA to adopt a Science Advisory Board with backgrounds in science to objectively evaluate toxic exposures on all 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund Cleanup list.

BTW, "BETRAYAL" provides convincing evidence that the government not only covered up contamination on military bases, but the murder of Marine Colonel James Sabow and other Marines tied to the use of El Toro's assets in the 1980's and 1990's to import South American cocaine into the the U.S. and export weapons to the Contra Rebels of Nicaragua.

Review written by Aaron M Davis, Co-founder of VFP 118 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a former Marine and Army Officer.



Toxic exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up

BETRAYAL is a true story of U.S. Marines who were exposed to carcinogens, injured, and continue for fight for health care and compensation.  Marine Corps leadership at Marine Corp Air Station El Toro, CA, denied ownership of a major trichloroethylene (TCE) plume spreading off base into Orange County for 16 years, may have ordered the shredding of records, and the burial of TCE 55 gallon drums on base to hide them from the Marine Corps Inspector General after their use was not authorized.  Thousands of veterans and their families were once stationed El Toro, the premier Marine Corps jet fighter base closed in July 1999.  On the East Coast, legislation to provide health care for Camp Lejeune, NC, an active military installation, was passed in the 112th Congress in August 2012.  However, no veteran compensation was included in the Janey Ensminger Act.  None of the veterans that served aboard these two installations were notified of their exposure to deadly contaminants when it was discovered resulting in both bases earning Superfund Cleanup Site status.  There are 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund database—a list of the most environmentally hazardous sites in the US.  Except for Camp Lejeune, no veterans of these installations were notified of their possible exposure to toxic chemicals and other contaminants (e.g., radiation) and the health effects of exposure.  Thousands of veterans have died without ‘connecting the dots’ between their killing diseases and military service. Veteran Service Organization (VSO) like the American Legion can easily inform their memberships of the toxins and their health effects of the contaminants found by EPA on military installations by establishing an internet link to the EPA Superfund database on their websites. This information can literally save lives but doesn’t appear to be a priority for any VSOs.   

BETRAYAL reports on the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow and other Marines whose deaths are tied to use of El Toro’s assets during the 1980s and 1990s to import South American cocaine into the U.S and to export guns to the Contra Rebel faction of Nicaragua. Demanding a court martial to clear his name of false charges of misuse of government aircraft, which threatened to blow the whistle on the use of El Toro’s assets to support narcotrafficking, Colonel Sabow was found dead on his quarters’ patio by his wife on January 22, 1991. The circumstances surrounding his death and the forensic evidence from the crime scene support murder by a government assassination team, crime scene tampering  and government cover-up at the highest levels, including a ‘doctored autopsy photograph’ submitted in a Defense Department report on the death of Colonel Sabow to Congress in 2004.  An affidavit in 2010 to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) by an internationally renowned pathologist reported homicide and crime scene tampering.  The pathologist orally withdrew the affidavit.  The 2010 NCIS cold case investigation dismissed homicide as the manner of death, reaffirmed the false

Autopsy photos originally used by U.S. govt. were
doctored, Salem-News published the unaltered images
received through a FOIA request. The murder of Col.
Sabow was sloppy and corrupt.

charges of misuse of government aircraft, depression and suicide as the manner of death.  Colonel Sabow, decorated Vietnam fighter with 221 combat missions, met his death at the hands of others.  The autopsy report by Orange County (no Navy doctors) made no mention of the unexpected violent blow to the right side of the head, which caused unconsciousness.  Occipital skull fragments penetrated into the back of his brain. He was near death due to the massive brainstem trauma in which agonal hyperventilation characteristic of this type of injury occurs. Sabow was aspirating blood from a wound in his pharynx that resulted from a basilar skull fracture. In fact, the tracheae, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli were filled with blood, doubling the weight of the right lung.  His shotgun was found under his body.  No fingerprints on the shotgun.  No suicide note. There was no mention in any government report of the three men who flashed government credentials, forcing Naval Investigative Service (NIS) agents to leave the crime scene. The motive for the murder was to prevent the disclosure of a covert operation to ferry weapons to Central and South America and government sanctioned narcotrafficking on flights into El Toro.  Data processing records were purged on the maintenance of unmarked C-130s; a Marine with knowledge to purge the records unexpectedly promoted, transferred and murdered several years later.  Other Marines who knew of the illegal drugs would meet violent deaths.

Tim King, Robert O'Dowd and John Uldrich at MCAS
El Toro in 2009. photo by Bonnie King.

BETRAYAL reports the denial of responsibility and the cover-up to hide the truth of environmental contamination from veterans, their dependents, and the public at El Toro.  These include no usage records on TCE and other organic solvents used on the base for decades; Marine Corps’ denial of ownership of the TCE plume spreading or miles into Orange County until a lawsuit forced the government to accept responsibility; loss of the official government contract procurement file for the municipal water purchase with the Irvine Ranch Water District; loss of all of the original well construction drawings; over 40 years of water distribution engineering drawings missing; no records on the dates the base wells were abandoned but several engineering drawings showing the base wells part of the water distribution system after the early purchase of a small quantity of softened municipal water; unexplained cut-off of pumping records when the base wells were clearly shown as not abandoned on engineering drawings and the purchase of softened municipal water from The Metropolitan District was not enough to allow El Toro to abandon its base wells; and a radiation contaminated hangar shuddered and sealed in 2012, ten years after the Navy reported the hangar free of radiation.  The 200,000 square foot hangar, the former site of a Radium 226 paint room, was shuttered and sealed in 2012 while the State of California required the Navy to redo a radiation survey; the waste water pipes under the former Ra 226 paint room were cut and the sewer lines may be contaminated with radiation, and if confirmed, would require the Navy to dig up the contaminated sewer lines and disposed of them at a hazardous waste site off-base at a cost that could easily amount to several hundred million dollars. 

BETRAYAL provides the legal argument for presumptive disability compensation for Lejeune Marines who currently have access to the VA for 15 medical conditions associated with organic solvent and benzene exposure to contaminated well water on the base over a 30 year period (1953-1987), and presents the argument for a Science Advisory Board (SAB) with backgrounds in environmental exposure, environmental assessment, heath monitoring, and other relevant fields to objectively evaluate the risk of toxic exposure of the 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund list.  Taking care of veterans should be one of this country’s highest priorities. There’s a critical need for medical monitoring of veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and the evaluation of disability claims from Superfund sites by scientists with environmental exposure backgrounds. The VA’s current system provides no routine medical care monitoring for those at risk for toxic exposures while veterans are left to their own resources and skills to file disability claims frequently denied by administrative staff without input from scientists with backgrounds in environmental exposures.  The disability compensation claim denial rate for Camp Lejeune veterans is about 84%. 

Tim King

Robert O'Dowd

BETRAYAL was written by two former El Toro Marines:  Robert O’Dowd, investigative reporter and columnist, and Tim King, photo/journalist, war correspondent, and Executive News Editor of  O’Dowd, a retired Defense Department manager, honed his investigative skills as an auditor for EPA Inspector General; King, a Los Angeles native, spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, while he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. King holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991).  King has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

Original artwork for, by Shelli Pruett, LA-based author of Quantum Leap Cartoons, featured at



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