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  Thus the Republic falls to applause: Death of Kendrick Johnson
Posted by: Armonica_Templar - 06-21-2016, 01:03 AM - Forum: Hot Button Issues - Replies (13)

Kendrick Johnson investigation: Feds will not file charges

Quote:(CNN) —There will be no charges filed in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday, citing insufficient evidence in the Valdosta, Georgia, case.

A medical examiner determined in 2013 that Johnson died of "positional asphyxia" after he was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at Lowndes High School.

Officials from the U.S. attorney's office met with Johnson's family Monday and informed them the investigation had concluded, the Justice Department said.


"The Department of Justice, in particular the lawyers and investigators who have worked tirelessly on this investigation, express their most sincere condolences to Kendrick Johnson's parents, family, and friends," Acting United States Attorney Carole Rendon said.


"We cannot imagine the pain of their loss, or the depths of their sorrow. We regret that we were unable to provide them with more definitive answers about Kendrick's tragic death."


The investigation

Four months after Johnson's body was found in a gym mat, the Georgia state medical examiner concluded he had died as the result of accidental "positional asphyxia," implying Johnson had suffocated as a result of being trapped upside-down in the rolled-up mat.

The teen's parents never believed the local authorities' explanation that the 17-year-old teen got stuck in the mat after diving in to retrieve a shoe.


His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, later had his body exhumed and hired an independent pathologist to performed a second autopsy on Johnson's body.


In the second autopsy, two months later, a medical examiner concluded Johnson's death was a result of a homicide.


Evidence of "blunt force trauma to the right side of Kendrick's neck, near the jaw, and the manner of death was not an accident," the Justice

Department statement details. "He found hemorrhages to the jaw line area not detected during the GBI autopsy."


In January, Johnson's parents filed a $100 million civil lawsuit against dozens of local and state officials and claim officials helped plot to fake evidence.


"We know Kendrick was murdered, no ifs ands or buts about it," Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick's mother, told CNN moments before entering the courthouse to hear the final fate of her son's case.


Federal investigators hold firm that a comprehensive investigation was conducted surrounding the of the events in Kendrick's death.


"The investigation included, among other things, interviewing nearly 100 people; reviewing tens of thousands of emails and text messages; reviewing surveillance videos from Lowndes High School; and analyzing other available information regarding the events of January 10-11, 2013," the DOJ statement said.


"That just pushes the dagger a little bit further," Jacquelyn Johnson told reporters in a news conference after hearing the final verdict. "All we ever asked for were answers and the truth about what happened to Kendrick and they still haven't given us any answers."


The Johnsons affirmed that investigators told them the initial autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner was wrong and the autopsy performed by the independent pathologist they hired, which indicates their son's death was the result of blunt force trauma, was correct.


The DOJ is not commenting beyond the statement it released, saying the investigation "has been closed without the filing of federal criminal charges."


Wikipedia

Death of Kendrick Johnson

Quote:On January 11, 2013, Kendrick Johnson's body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in ValdostaGeorgia, where he was a student.[1][2][3] A preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental. Johnson's family had a private pathologist conduct a second autopsy which concluded that Johnson died from blunt force trauma. On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that his office would open a formal review into Johnson's death.[4] The Department of Justice investigation was closed in November 2015 after two Department of Justice motions[5][6] to intervene were denied.[7] The Department of Justice stated they would not be able to proceed with their case if Jackie and Kenneth Johnson were forced to sit for depositions.[The depositions of Jackie and Kenneth Johnson went ahead despite the DOJ objections.[8] Kendrick Johnson's parents are currently being sued for $850,000 in attorney fees [9] and $1 million in defamation damages.[10]


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Death
Initial investigation

Johnson was found headfirst in the center of a rolled up wrestling mat, in his high school gym, on January 11, 2013. His body was discovered by students who had climbed up to the top of a cluster of mats, each of which stood nearly six feet tall and three feet wide.[11] An autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) stated that Johnson had died from positional asphyxia,[12] and the case was ruled an accidental death by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.[1] The Department of Justice has concluded that there is no basis for a civil rights investigation and are continuing their criminal investigation into his death.[13]
[Image: 260px-Kendrick_Johnson_gym_mat.png]

They hypothesized that Johnson had fallen into the mat while looking for a shoe and died after being unable to get out.
[12] Three students told investigators that it was common for some students to store their shoes behind or under the rolled up mats. Johnson was not wearing shoes when he was found.[11] A student at the school said that he shared a pair of Adidas shoes with Johnson, and that after gym class Johnson would always "go to the mats, jump up and toss the shoes inside the middle of the hole."[11]

Lt. Stryde Jones, who headed up the investigation for the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office stated: "We never had credible information that indicated this was anything other than an accident."[11] Johnson's family has questioned this hypothesis. An independent autopsy conducted by a private pathologist in the service of Johnson's parents came to a different conclusion, finding that his death was caused by blunt force trauma.[1]


Subsequent events and legal actions

After the opinion of the private pathologist was released, Johnson's family stated that they believed Johnson had been murdered.[12]The family retained the services of attorney Benjamin Crump.[14] On October 31, 2013, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that the office would open a formal review into the death of Johnson.[4] The Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded that

Kendrick Johnson's death was an accident and no foul play was involved.[15] Benjamin Crump has since withdrawn from representing the Johnson family and is no longer participating in the case.[16]


Johnson's family filed a legal action to open a coroner's inquiry into his death. When the judge in that case delayed a decision, pending the outcome of the U.S. District Attorney review, the family demanded that the governor of Georgia immediately authorize the inquiry instead. The

Johnson family, together with the NAACP and other civil rights activists, then held a rally at the state capitol in Atlanta.[14] The governor's office released a statement indicating that they would await the report of the U.S. District Attorney.[12]


Body

The independent autopsy found, among other things, that Johnson's body was stuffed with newspapers.[12][17] The funeral home which processed the body following the GBI's autopsy stated that they never received Johnson's organs from the coroner. Johnson's internal organs were said to have been "destroyed through natural process" and "discarded by the prosector before the body was sent back to Valdosta," according to the funeral home owner.[1] That left a void, which the funeral home filled.[12] The funeral home owner stated that it is standard practice to fill a void in this fashion, and that cotton or sawdust may also be employed for this purpose.[12][17] Johnson's family filed a complaint, with a regulatory body, against the funeral home operator.[12]

A subsequent investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State's office found that the funeral home did not follow "best practice" and that other material was "more acceptable than newspaper". Nonetheless, the investigation cleared the funeral home of any wrongdoing.[18] A spokesperson for the Secretary of State said that the investigation found that the funeral home "didn't violate any rules".[19] The Johnson family subsequently filed a civil suit against the funeral home, seeking money damages.[18]


Coroner Bill Watson

Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson had some initial serious concerns with the death investigation related to the delay in contacting his office. Bill Watson has since gone on record that all of his concerns have been alleviated and he agrees with the accidental death conclusion.

The sworn affidavit of Bill Watson stating such is linked here.


Surveillance tape

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Surveillance footage of Johnson entering the gymnasium shortly before he died

In November 2013, 290 hours of surveillance tape from 35 cameras that covered the gym area was released to [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN]CNN following a court request.[20] A forensic analyst enlisted by CNN found that tapes from two cameras are missing an hour and five minutes of footage, while another set was missing two hours and ten minutes of footage. The cameras were motion activated, and the mat area was believed to be outside the camera's range.[11] Two cameras covered the entrance into the gym before Johnson's arrival, and showed a student entering the gym before Kendrick Johnson. There were also some students standing near the entrance to the gym. Raw footage can be seen here.[1]

Attorneys for the Johnson family have expressed fears that the camera footage was edited as part of a "cover-up".[11] However, both the president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County chapter of the SCLC, and the former lead investigator for that chapter, have stated that they believe the attorneys for the Johnsons have "not been entirely truthful in their statements" and that there is no cover-up in this case.[21]


Brian and Branden Bell

Jackie and Kenneth Johnson have made public accusations that brothers Brian and Branden Bell violently assaulted Kendrick Johnson in the gym causing his death. Video surveillance from the school proves that Brian Bell was in his fourth block biology class when Kendrick Johnson died.[22][23][24] Branden Bell was on a bus 60 miles away headed to a wrestling tournament in Macon Georgia at the time of Kendrick's death.[22][24] Additonally surveillance video from cameras outside the gym covering the entrances and exists prove that neither Bell brother entered the gym on January 9, 10, or 11th.[22]

During their sworn depositions Jackie and Kenneth Johnson both admitted that there is no evidence either Bell brother had anything to do with Kendrick Johnson's death.[25][26]


Sworn Affidavit of Brian Bell

Sworn Affidavit of Branden Bell
Sworn Affidavit of Rick Bell

Depositions

In November 2015 Judge Richard Porter of Valdosta Superior Court ordered Jackie and Kenneth Johnson to sit for depositions in the wrongful death lawsuit. During the depositions Jackie and Kenneth admitted they do not have evidence that Kendrick Johnson was murdered. Jackie and Kenneth also admitted they have no evidence of any conspiracy or coverup to hide Kendrick Johnson cause of death. The deposition of

Jackie Johnson is linked here and the deposition of Kenneth Johnson is linked here.


Harassment on Twitter

Subpoenas were filed with Twitter for usernames of 23 individuals who have stalked, harassed, and defamed the Bell family with false and malicious accusations that the Bell brothers were responsible for the death of Kendrick Johnson. The subpoena is linked here.

Legal actions

The family of Kendrick Johnson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lowndes County Board of Education, its superintendent and the high school principal. The suit alleges that Johnson "was violently assaulted, severely injured, suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, and subjected to insult and loss of life" on January 10, 2013. While the lawsuit does not name the person or persons allegedly involved in the

January 10 event, nor identify the race of alleged perpetrators, it implies a race-based dimension to the hypothetical assault. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were negligent, and violated Johnson's constitutional right to equal protection based on race. It alleges that the defendants ignored reports that, previously, Johnson was repeatedly attacked and harassed by a white student.[27] Kendrick was attacked on a bus trip 14 months prior. According to the lawsuit, the other student "had a history of provoking and attacking" Johnson at school. Johnson was "victimized" again "in the presence of the coaching staff and employees" of the school again after his mother complained about the attacks, the suit said. The suit also alleges that school officials failed to "properly monitor the activities of students throughout all areas" of the campus and to "maintain a properly functioning video surveillance system."[27]


In August 2014, the parents of two Lowndes County High School students filed a $5 million lawsuit against Ebony Magazine after the magazine published a series of articles naming two students as possible suspects in the death.[28] The magazine used pseudonyms, but was otherwise accurate in descriptions of the boys, including the fact that their father was an FBI agent. The article used as a source an anonymous email to the sheriff's office alleging that the younger of the two brothers killed Johnson after learning that Johnson had sex with the brother's girlfriend. Rick and Karen Bell assert that their sons were not involved in the crime, are not considered suspects, and have been harassed as a result of the publication.[29]


In January 2015, Kendrick Johnson's family filed a $100 million civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of DeKalb County against 38 individuals. Respondents include three of Johnson's classmates (two or three respondents are unnamed) and local, state, and federal officials: the school superintendent of Lowndes County, the Valdosta-Lowndes crime lab, the police chief of Valdosta, many sheriff's deputies, the city of Valdosta, the state medical examiner, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and its five agents, and an FBI agent. The lawsuit alleges that the FBI agent ordered his two sons and a classmate to attack Johnson. Kendrick Johnson's family allege that his death was a murder, and accuse the respondents of a conspiracy to cover up the homicide.[30] Jim Elliott, the Lowndes County Attorney, stated that the allegations are "unfounded" and "baseless", and that any response would be made in court.[30] A lawsuit could not be brought in Lowndes County, when all local Superior
Court judges recused themselves from presiding over the case, because of their close proximity to the accused. For that reason, Chief Judge Harry J. Altman stated that it was inappropriate for these judges to preside over the case.[30] Shortly before the lawsuit was filed, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael J. Moore, said in a statement that a federal investigation is still open, and that "the investigation has proven more complicated and taken longer than originally anticipated."[30] U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael J. Moore has since resigned.[31] After Michael Moore resigned, the case was transferred to the Northern District of Ohio under the leadership of Steven Dettlebach.[32] Shortly after receiving the Kendrick Johnson case U.S. attorney Steven Dettlebach also resigned. Despite these resignations, the Department of Justice investigation is ongoing, according to Department of Justice spokesman Michael Tobin.[33]


In November 2015 a motion filed by Department of Justice motion to intervene in the civil wrongful death lawsuit was denied. The motion warned that continuing with the civil suits would jeopardize the criminal investigation, because of the similarity of the criminal investigation and the civil case. The motion was denied based on a lack of evidence that the death of Kendrick Johnson was the result of criminal activity [34] and a lack of evidence of misconduct in the official investigation.[34] During sworn depositions Kendrick Johnson's father admitted that he does not have evidence to support the claims that Kendrick Johnson was murdered.[35] Shortly after admitting he does not have evidence to support their claims of a murder conspiracy Jackie and Kenneth Johnson dismissed their own wrongful death lawsuit.[36] Jackie and Kenneth Johnson are currently being sued for more than $850,000 in attorney fees [37] and $1,000,000 in defamation damages for fabricating a murder conspiracy.[38]


Summary Judgment

Shortly after the depositions, the defendants in the $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed for summary judgment. The summary judgment motions are based on a lack of evidence that Kendrick Johnson's death was the result of criminal activity and a lack of evidence of misconduct in the official investigation.

Rick, Brian, and Branden Bell Motion for Summary Judgment

Lowndes County Sherrif Motion for Summary Judgment
Owens Transport Motion for Summary Judgment
City of Valdosta Motion for Summary Judgment
Wes Taylor Motion for Summary Judgment

Motions for Attorney Fees

Subsequent to filing for summary judgment the defendants in the $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed motions for attorney fees from Jackie and Kenneth Johnson and their attorney Chevene King in the amount of $853,343.03. The attorney fee motions are based on that fact that the Johnson family claims that Kendrick Johnson was murdered were completely frivolous and lacked any basis in fact, evidence, and law.

The Johnson family claims of misconduct during the official investigation were also completely frivolous.

Rick, Brian, and Branden Bell Motion for $241,358.50 in Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
Owens Transport Motion for $47,274.00 in Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
Board of Education Motion for $349,589.65 in Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
City of Valdosta Motion for $62,379.05 in Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
Lowndes County Sheriff Motion for $152,741.83 in Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
Grand total: $853,343.03


I am appalled at what I read

It sounds like murder
Smells like murder

Blunt force tramua
'missed' in the initial investigation
One of the fathers an FBI Agent
missing footage

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  The Greek Mythology Quiz
Posted by: Mystic Wanderer - 06-20-2016, 11:57 PM - Forum: Lost and Ancient - No Replies

How good is your Greek Mythology?
Take this quiz and let us know. 

I'm ashamed to tell you my score. I always thought I was pretty much up to speed with my knowledge of ancient subjects.
Oh well, guess I was wrong.   tinylaughing 


Quote:The Greek myths are thousands of years old, yet they have incredible influence over Western thought and literature. Some of the lessons they impart are still valuable: the limits of physical strength, the relationships between humans and nature and the passing of one generation into the next. Others maybe aren't so valuable — you don't need a Greek myth to say you shouldn't eat your children. If you recognize that particular myth, you might have a shot at going 30 for 30 on this quiz.

Go to This Site and take the quiz.  Be sure to come back with your score.   minusculebiggrin
[url=http://people.howstuffworks.com/greek-mythology-quiz.htm?mkcpgn=6048914142764&utm_source][/url]

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  Stories like this is why I believe
Posted by: 727Sky - 06-20-2016, 08:31 PM - Forum: UFOs, Aliens and Universal Questions - Replies (1)

45+ years of civilian, military and airliner flying I never saw anything that was not something easily explained. However stories like this with the character of the witnesses makes me a believer.
https://youtu.be/fU6LOfiUJ6Q


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  7-Foot Tall Hellhound Skeleton Has Been Unearthed
Posted by: Mystic Wanderer - 06-20-2016, 08:17 PM - Forum: Cryptozoology - Replies (16)

So, you thought these creatures were just a myth?  
As with all "myths", the story had to have a place of origin, and that "origin" usually was found where there existed a true story.

I have a friend who said she was chased through the woods behind her house in the densely-forested area of West VA  when she lived there.
She posted her story on one of the boards, but I don't remember which one.  Anyway, I could see by her description that it was two Hell Hounds that she witnessed.  And, there have been others who have witnessed these creatures.

Now, at last, we might have some solid proof that these creatures existed, and probably still do.


Quote:Known according to ancient texts as Black Shuck, a name believed to originate from an old English word which means ‘black demon’, the 7-foot tall beast appeared as a bringer of death in many ancient tales over 500 years ago. During the 16th century, ‘Black Shuck’ was feared by the inhabitants of modern-day UK, due to the number of brutal deaths committed by a ‘giant hellhound with reddish burning eyes’.

Now over 500 years after legends talked about the hellhound, archaeologists seem to have discovered the remains of the Black Shuck in the ruins of Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, in a nameless grave thirty inches deep among several pieces of pottery surrounding the body.

According to initial calculations the remains belong to a ‘male dog’ standing at least seven feet in height weighing around 200lbs.


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Quote:According to Reverend Abraham Fleming’s book A Straunge and Terrible Wunder:

This black dog, or the devil in such a likeness (God he knoweth all who worketh all) running all along down the body of the church with great swiftness, and incredible haste, among the people, in a visible form and shape, passed between two persons, as they were kneeling upon their knees, and occupied in prayer as it seemed, wrung the necks of them both at one instant clean backward, in so much that even at a moment where they kneeled, they strangely died.”

Radio carbon testing seem to indicate that the remains of the beast correspond to the time when the Black Shuck was terrorizing the population of Eastern Anglia. It seems that not all legends are just legends, and despite many who believe that mythology is far from reality, this time, science has proven it is not. The only question that remains is, what else is considered as a mythology, when in fact it is the ultimate reality?

Source


What about you?  Have you seen one of these "demon dogs"?

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  Trump supporters not welcome at Minneapolis coffee shop
Posted by: guohua - 06-20-2016, 06:13 AM - Forum: Election 2016 ! - Replies (4)

Yes that's right, we're or those of us that Openly Support Trump are Not Welcomes and won't be served in this coffee shop The Urban Bean!
OK Fine, go in and order 25 Large Specialty Types To Go and Then as you're suppose to Pay, But On Your Trump Hat and Walk Out!

Quote:A Minneapolis coffee shop is making it clear that supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump aren’t welcome at any of its locations.
On Sunday, Urban Bean, a craft coffee business with two locations in the Mini Apple, posted on Facebook that Trump fans were no longer welcome to "like" or "follow" the shop's page—and they were no longer welcome to spend their hard earned cash at any Bean stores.
"This is not a joke," wrote Urban Bean. "If you support this moron, do not "like" "follow" orspend money in our stores. At the very least, consider what your support of "this moron" means to the future of our country."

The note was posted alongside a New Yorker article that accuses Trump of exploiting the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub for personal gain.

“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning as news of the horrific incident broke. "I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"
Greg Martin, who owns Urban Bean, told City Pages,“We just don't feel like there's room for that kind of BS in our store."
And while it might be unusual for a small-business owner to reject any potential customers, Martin says he isn’t worried about losing money.
"We're an independent coffee shop. A very high percentage of the people who come in on a regular basis are going to support what we said."
Link

Dumb Asses actually Believe Hillary Cares About Them, They Believe the Crap and Lies They Read From The Leftist Media!

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  The Russian T-50
Posted by: 727Sky - 06-20-2016, 04:45 AM - Forum: Aviation Developments - Replies (1)

From start to mission ready in 2018:


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  Trump: U.S. must "start thinking about" racial profiling
Posted by: senona - 06-20-2016, 01:43 AM - Forum: Election 2016 ! - Replies (4)

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Trump says that he does not like idea of profiling, but it is something that our country needs to look into as another means of preventing possible attacks.



Quote:Donald Trump said Sunday that in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, it's time for the United States to start looking at racial profiling as a preventative tactic.


"Well I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country," the presumptive GOP nominee said in a phone interview with CBS' "Face the Nation. "Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully.
And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads."
"It's not the worst thing to do," he added.


Source



But of course, since it was Trump that mentioned it, many people are unsettled by it, even tho profiling has been brought up before in the past.

Profiling is used in many countries when stopping drug mules, as well as terrorists.



Trump also mentioned peaceful Muslims themselves need to 'speak up and say something' when they notice something suspicious in their community.

Quote:On Sunday, the GOP politician also said attacks like Orlando would stop if those in the Muslim community would "report" suspicious things.


Now that is one point that I think many would agree with.
As it is right now, no one in the peaceful Muslim community says anything, one way or the other.
They just remain silent.
And that needs to change.



But profiling, even tho it is controversial for many, I would be okay with especially if more attacks on American soil happen.
To be honest, some profiling probably occurs anyway just not publicized.

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  Flickering Sphere Has News Media Talking
Posted by: Mystic Wanderer - 06-20-2016, 01:39 AM - Forum: UFOs, Aliens and Universal Questions - No Replies

Quote:A bizarre video has emerged of a 'sphere' flickering in the sky over Christchurch, New Zealand. The footage, shot on Friday night, shows a sphere flickering and changing colour seemingly hovering in the sky.

I just saw this on Face Book.  It appears to be one of those pulsating lights that so many people are seeing recently. The colors are beautiful.

One of the people on Face Book mentioned in the comments:

Quote:By the way, one of our online news media has this whole article about the orb, zigzagging " meteor" much like coreys article, its happening ALL around the world, even here in New Zealand. Id say the Cabal are getting desperate, and either, shooting down ships, or trying to leave the surface and are getting shot. I could be wrong but i trust my gut.

You will have to visit the source page to watch the video:  http://www.msn.com/en-nz/video/watch/str...vi-AAhefUf

So, I wonder how things are going up there?  Are we seeing more things in the sky now as a way to get us prepared for what lies ahead in the not so distant future?   minusculethinking
[url=http://www.msn.com/en-nz/video/watch/strange-flickering-sphere-in-new-zealand-sky/vi-AAhefUf][/url]

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  Air Force cover-up...not the first time either
Posted by: 727Sky - 06-20-2016, 01:10 AM - Forum: Military Matters and Misteps - No Replies

Quote:Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident


Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band.

It was a late winter night in 1966 and a fully loaded B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol had collided with a refueling jet high over the Spanish coast, freeing four hydrogen bombs that went tumbling toward a farming village called Palomares, a patchwork of small fields and tile-roofed white houses in an out-of-the-way corner of Spain’s rugged southern coast that had changed little since Roman times.

It was one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history, and the United States wanted it cleaned up quickly and quietly. But if the men getting onto buses were told anything about the Air Force’s plan for them to clean up spilled radioactive material, it was usually, “Don’t worry.”

“There was no talk about radiation or plutonium or anything else,” said Frank B. Thompson, a then 22-year-old trombone player who spent days searching contaminated fields without protective equipment or even a change of clothes. “They told us it was safe, and we were dumb enough, I guess, to believe them.”

Mr. Thompson, 72, now has cancer in his liver, a lung and a kidney. He pays $2,200 a month for treatment that would be free at a Veterans Affairs hospital if the Air Force recognized him as a victim of radiation. But for 50 years, the Air Force has maintained that there was no harmful radiation at the crash site. It says the danger of contamination was minimal and strict safety measures ensured that all of the 1,600 troops who cleaned it up were protected.

Interviews with dozens of men like Mr. Thompson and details from never before published declassified documents tell a different story. Radiation near the bombs was so high it sent the military’s monitoring equipment off the scales. Troops spent months shoveling toxic dust, wearing little more protection than cotton fatigues. And when tests taken during the cleanup suggested men had alarmingly high plutonium contamination, the Air Force threw out the results, calling them “clearly unrealistic.”

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John H. Garman was in the United States Air Force when, in 1966, a fully loaded B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol collided with a refueling jet high over the Spanish coast, freeing four hydrogen bombs that went tumbling toward a coastal farming village called Palomares. Mr. Garman was among those who were first on the scene of the crash. Raymond McCrea Jones for The New York Times

In the decades since, the Air Force has purposefully kept radiation test results out of the men’s medical files and resisted calls to retest them, even when the calls came from one of the Air Force’s own studies.

Many men say they are suffering with the crippling effects of plutonium poisoning. Of 40 veterans who helped with the cleanup who The New York Times identified, 21 had cancer. Nine had died from it. It is impossible to connect individual cancers to a single exposure to radiation. And no formal mortality study has ever been done to determine whether there is an elevated incidence of disease. The only evidence the men have to rely on are anecdotes of friends they watched wither away.
“John Young, dead of cancer ... Dudley Easton, cancer ... Furmanksi, cancer,” said Larry L. Slone, 76, in an interview, laboring through tremors caused by a neurological disorder.

At the crash site, Mr. Slone, a military police officer at the time, said he was given a plastic bag and told to pick up radioactive fragments with his bare hands. “A couple times they checked me with a Geiger counter and it went clear off the scale,” he said. “But they never took my name, never followed up with me.”

Monitoring of the village in Spain has also been haphazard, declassified documents show. The United States promised to pay for a public health program to monitor the long-term effects of radiation there, but for decades provided little funding. Until the 1980s, Spanish scientists often relied on broken and outdated equipment, and lacked the resources to follow up on potential ramifications, including leukemia deaths in children. Today, several fenced-off areas are still contaminated, and the long-term health effect on villagers is poorly understood.

Many of the Americans who cleaned up after the bombs are trying to get full health care coverage and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But the department relies on Air Force records, and since the Air Force records say no one was harmed in Palomares, the agency rejects claims again and again.

The Air Force also denies any harm was done to 500 other veterans who cleaned up a nearly identical crash in Thule, Greenland, in 1968. Those veterans tried to sue the Defense Department in 1995, but the case was dismissed because federal law shields the military from negligence claims by troops. All of the named plaintiffs have since died of cancer.

In a statement, the Air Force Medical Service said it had recently used modern techniques to reassess the radiation risk to veterans who cleaned up the Palomares accident and “adverse acute health effects were neither expected nor observed, and long-term risks for increased incidence of cancer to the bone, liver and lungs were low.”

The toxic aftermath of war is often vexing to untangle. Damage is hard to quantify and all but impossible to connect to later problems. Recognizing this, Congress has passed laws in the past to give automatic benefits to veterans of a few specific exposures — Agent Orange in Vietnam or the atomic tests in Nevada, among others. But no such law exists for the men who cleaned up Palomares.

If the men could prove they were harmed by radiation, they would have all costs for their associated medical care covered and would get a modest disability pension. But proof from a secret mission to clean up an invisible toxin decades ago has proved elusive. So each time the men apply, the Air Force says they were not harmed and the department hands out denials.
“First they denied I was even there, then they denied there was any radiation,” said Ronald R. Howell, 71, who recently had a brain tumor removed. “I submit a claim, and they deny. I submit appeal, and they deny. Now I’m all out of appeals.” He sighed, then continued. “Pretty soon, we’ll all be dead and they will have succeeded at covering this whole thing up.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/us/dec...ident.html

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  The German Shepherd
Posted by: 727Sky - 06-19-2016, 11:41 PM - Forum: Humor, Jokes & Pranks - Replies (1)

Quote:A  German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
 
 
 
The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep shit now!"
 
 
 
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly,
 
 
 
    "Boy, that was one delicious panther!  I wonder if there are any more around here?"
 
 
 
Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
 
 
 
    "Whew!" says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"
 
 
 
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.
 
 
 
The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.
 
 
 
The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
 
 
 
Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...
 
 
 
  This made me smile!
 
 
 
"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"
 
 
 
Moral of this story...
 
 
 
Don't mess with the   old dogs   . Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!
 
Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

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