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NCIS Implicated in Crime Scene Tampering

Covert operation flew cocaine into the U.S. on CIA proprietary airlines. A Marine colonel who threatened to blow the whistle on illegal narcotrafficking murdered. Other Marines linked to the operation met violent deaths. NCIS agents witnessed and participated in crime scene tampering.

Marine Col Jim Sabow

(IRVINE) - Colonel James E. Sabow, USMC, had no idea that his life was at risk when he made the decision not to plead guilty to false charges of personal misuse of government aircraft. He trusted that these ridiculous charges would be dropped at a court martial and other Marines to ‘always have his back’. He didn’t know that his decision was a threat to those involved in the illegal narcotrafficking of cocaine into the US.

Colonel Sabow was found dead on his quarter’s patio at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, on January 22, 1991 by his wife.

The government called his death a suicide but the forensic evidence and motive support murder by a government assassination team. Both the US Attorney General and the California Attorney General have denied jurisdiction to investigate the death of Colonel Sabow.

Burt Burt Nakasone, an NCIS senior executive, was named by former Marine Staff Sergeant Randy Robinson, an MP at El Toro who was the third person to arrive at the crime scene in January 1991, as the NCIS officer who moved a patio chair on top of the Colonel Sabow’s body. The patio chair is part of the ‘official government’ scenario of suicide.

It’s extremely unlikely that the Justice Department would consider the deaths of other military personnel (Colonel Angebroad, Gunnery Sergeant Tom Wade and retired Army veteran “Kevin”) linked to transfer of military aircraft to proprietary airlines to import cocaine into the US as worthy of investigation.

There’s no place in the US government for ‘hired assassins.’ We are a country of laws. The cold blooded murder of Marines is offensive to all Americans and demands an independent investigation, not a white wash by federal bureaucrats concerned about their careers and Congressman looking for votes on the next election and not willing to offend politically powerful interests.

Military personnel take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They take this oath pledging their very lives to protect our Constitution and the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. The allegations of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotrafficking by government officials are serious charges.

In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, “The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right.”


Dr. David Sabow, the younger brother of the murdered colonel, has persuited an independent investigation of his brother’s death for over 22 years.

Dr. Sabow mailed the following ‘blistering email’ to Salem-News and other media today:

    In 1991, my brother, Colonel J.E. Sabow, USMC was murdered in the backyard of his home on the Marine Corps Air Base El Toro, California. Col. Sabow was a highly decorated Jet pilot with 221 combat missions in an A-6 Intruder. This was followed by multiple assignments and commands stateside, as well as in South Korea, Okinawa and Japan. At the time of his death he was Assistant Chief of Staff, Chief of Operations Marine Air, Western Area.
    His fitness reports throughout his entire 28 ½ year career were outstanding and among the highest in the Marine Corps. He was known as the straightest of straight arrows. That is what determined his death!
    I have firsthand knowledge that Colonel Sabow met with Oliver North in Arizona on at least three occasions while the US Military was involved in Central America. I assume that these meetings were related to LtCol. North’s involvement in arming the Contras. Only two weeks before my brother’s death we talked briefly about Lt.Col. North about generalities regarding his reputation.
    I have substantial reason to believe that on the day before Col. Sabow was killed, he learned that flights of C-130s landing and leaving El Toro in the middle of the night were sanctioned by the Base Commander W. Tom Adams and Chief of Staff Colonel Joseph Underwood. The planes were transporting weapons to Central America and returning with drugs. Many returning flights landed in airports in Mexico where drugs were off-loaded while some continued to military airfields in the Southwest and Florida. These   C-130s were non-military planes but were those C-130 and P-3 Orions that were illegally transferred from Davis-Monthan Airbase in Tucson, AZ through the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture and then into private airlines in a museum swap. These airlines were supposedly using them to fight forest fires but, in fact, that they were used for weapons and drug shipments[1].
    Underwood told Col. Sabow (on the day before he was murdered) that the C-130s were not simply transporting weapons but were returning from Central America and Mexico with drugs. Sabow threatened Underwood and told him that he would not tolerate this and he would divulge all that he knew. In fact, Col. Sabow called his retired mentor, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps,  General J.K. Davis on the night before he died and told Gen. Davis what he was about to do. General Davis immediately informed Washington and General Adams about his conversation with Colonel Sabow. An “IRT” team was mobilized out of San Diego and Colonel Sabow was assassinated the following morning. Orders, presumedly originating from Washington, were to defy DOD (SECNAVINST) regulations and send his body to Orange County Sheriff/Coroner rather than to the nearby Balboa Nava Hospital for post mortem examination.
    The Orange County Medical Examiner determined the manner of death as suicide. Despite my profession as a board certified neurologist and involved in forensic neurology, Dr. Singhania refused to discuss the findings with me. It was over one year before I received the autopsy report. Prior to seeing the autopsy report, I had serious suspicions that Col. Sabow was murdered. This was based on sound circumstantial evidence. But after studying the post mortem findings and subsequently reviewing autopsy and crime scene photos, I knew beyond a doubt that Col. Sabow had been murdered. I also knew that there was an extensive cover-up. (It did not take a board certified neurologist to come to this conclusion). Anyone with a modicum of common sense would know that the manner of death was homicide.
    Then I received a package from a “source” who was an active duty Marine Corps officer stationed at El Toro. In it were copies of hand written notes of Wayne Rich.
    Wayne Rich was a Special Assistant Attorney General from the Department of Justice who also happened to be a reserve Marine Corps Colonel. He was sent to El Toro from Washington to “handle” the Colonel Sabow affair. Rich admitted under oath during a deposition, “They were my notes”.  He stated that he made the notes while speaking with someone “back in Washington” but, “I can’t remember with whom I was speaking”. He failed to observe that the name Lange was on the border of one page. Rich made the notes during a phone conversation with Col. George Lang III, Deputy JAG of the Marine Corps on the night before a meeting at El Toro with Dr. David Sabow which was scheduled at the request of General Tom Adams, to provide Dr. Sabow with the evidence they had collected regarding his brother’s death. Those notes were a script for the meeting attempting to convince Dr. Sabow that, “His brother was a crook and so big a crook that he…” encl 1
    Ever since I initiated my own investigation my communications have been closely monitored and I told this to Special Agent Bill Grode of the Rapid City, SD FBI office. I explained why I had these suspicions and he felt that they were legitimate. He told me that he would have their office arrange to have my premises “sweeped”. However, it didn’t happen. Sometime later Special Agent Grode told me that his chief told him that he should drop any involvement with the Sabow business and concentrate on his other work. This surprised me because Bill Grode previously reviewed the evidence with his SAC in Minneapolis and they concluded it was “murder”. They sent a request to the Los Angeles FBI headquarters asking for a further investigation. Agent Grode subsequently told me that the Los Angeles FBI informed him that it was too hot to handle and that they sent it on to FBI Headquarters in Washington.encl. 2
    My investigation has been continuously thwarted. When I have tried to meet with the Orange County Sheriff/Coroner, they refused. Their own Assistant DA, Mike Jacobs said that there was no question that Col. Sabow was murdered but they would not listen to him or meet with him. encl.3  When Chairman Hunter discovered that an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 calling for a reinvestigation by the Secretary of Defense was not conducted in accordance with Duncan Hunter’s directives, he asked US Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales to investigate. Congressman Hunter received a letter from the DOJ that stated they had no jurisdiction in the matter. This was the same Justice Department who on multiple occasions warned the California AG that this was a federal matter under exclusive federal jurisdiction and “Don’t get involved”. encl 4,5,6
    My more recent experiences at attempts of criminal cover-up involve monitoring ever more blatantly my e-mail and telephone conversations. One instance was intercepting an affidavit from Dr. Werner Spitz, world famous Forensic Pathologist that I received stating without hesitation that Col. Sabow was murdered and that there was obvious tampering of the crime scene. Three days later he recanted his conclusions but refused to write a report stating why he had changed his opinion. A special cold-case investigator for the NCIS also requested a written report but he would not comply.
    On another occasion I received a call from an ex-Marine living in North Carolina who wished to share information about things he either witnessed or learned of while he was stationed at El Toro. Only two other people knew of this contact.  However, within three days after our conversation that was to arrange a meeting, he was visited by three men allegedly from the Department of Justice and warned him in no uncertain terms to “ keep quiet or else” (lose his Military pension and his present employment) encl. 7.
    A MP who was one of the first at the crime scene witnessed three men in suits arriving in the backyard and ordering everybody except two NIS agents to leave. Then they placed a patio chair on the victim and later removed a club from the grass.encl. 8
    In Feb. 2009 I received an unsolicited call from Orange County Sheriff’s investigator, Daniel Salcedo. He told me that he had recently reviewed the Sabow case and was convinced that he was murdered. He asked me if I would agree to cooperate with a new investigation for he wished to present his findings and opinions to the OC Sheriff/Coroner’s staff. Naturally, I agreed and later left a voice mail asking if I could be present. He emailed me and told me that they would not allow me to be present even though they knew that I had the professional qualifications to address the manner of death as well as twenty years of collected evidence. On Mar 2, 2012, I received a letter from Sheriff Hutchins with no explanation of any discrepancies in the official opinion, suicide. As always they never have allowed me or any of the experts with whom I have consulted in all these years to be interviewed. Encl. 9
    These are only a few of multiple examples of instances that I am being monitored.  I am being monitored because I can prove that Colonel Sabow was murdered (assassinated) because of what he learned shortly before he was killed. I am being monitored because exposing the murder of Colonel Sabow would threaten the covert and criminal elements entrenched within our government.”




John David Sabow, MD

Board Certified- Neurology


The facts supporting the need for an independent prosecutor:

Colonel Sabow’s murder and the highly questionable decision by Orange County authorities the next day to call it a suicide.

NIS agents who witnessed crime scene tampering and fear for their lives to come forward.

Retired Army Warrant Officer Gene Wheaton’s investigation supporting narcotrafficing and a government assassination team;

Marine MP Staff Sergeant Randy Robinson’s testimony on crime scene tampering;

Affidavit of Mrs. Sara Sabow accusing the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General of misquoting her, taking her statements out of context and denying her husband was depressed and instead fully prepared to fight the bogus charges of personal misuse of government aircraft;

Oral withdrawal of a sworn affidavit to NCIS by Dr. Werner Spitz supporting homicide and crime scene tampering;

Statement of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bill Callahan alleging that Colonel Joseph Underwood, former El Toro’s Chief of Staff, was tasked by Headquarters Marine Corps to sell and transport arms to the Middle East, over stepped his authority and became uncontrollable, receiving illegal moneys and gratuities from civilian contractors involved in the transporting of arms;

Submission of a ‘doctored autopsy photograph’ by DOD in a report to Congress in 2004, which supports the involvement of senior DOD officials in the cover-up; and

NCIS cold case investigation of 2010 by a former member of the NIS crime scene team.



[1] Personal interviews with Robert Tosh Plumlee, contract pilot for CIA. Testified in 1974 in Church committee and in 1990 and 1991 in Kerry Commision Hearings. He personally had flown into ElToro with weapons and drugs and testified to the same.

encl. 1 Wayne Rich notes

encl. 2 SA FBI Grode

encl.3 DA Mike Jacobs letter to Chairman of House Armed Service Committee (retired) Duncan Hunter

encl 4,5,6 2004 Defense Auth. Act, Hunter to AG Gonzales, DoJ Response to Hunter

encl. 7  emails  Richard Severance

encl. 8  Interview with Sgt. Randy Robinson (Retired)

Encl. 9  Hutchins letter, Communication with Investigator Daniel Salcedo


Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government. Half of that time was spent with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. A graduate of Temple University, Bob has been married to Grace for 31 years. He is the father of two adult children and the grandfather of two boys. Bob has a blog site on former MCAS El Toro at This subject is where Bob intersected with Bob served in the exact same Marine Aviation Squadron that Salem-News founder Tim King served in, twenty years earlier. With their combined on-site knowledge and research ability, Bob and Tim and a handful of other ex-Marines, have put the contamination of MCAS El Toro on the map. The base is highly contaminated with TCE, trichloroethelyne

You can email Bob O’Dowd, Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address:


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