|WILL THIS ROAD EVER END|
It's good to be a big boss in the Empire. You can do all kinds of things in other lands and to other peoples that you would rather not try to get away with at home.
Where to begin? How about 1962, back in the Kennedy Administration. You remember good old JFK. Seems that during Camelot, the USA thought why not test, what would later be known as Agent Orange, in Okinawa. The Japan Times reports,
The experiments, believed to have taken place under the auspices of Project AGILE — a classified program to research unconventional warfare techniques — have also been confirmed by a former high-ranking American official.
A retired American high official made headlines in The Okinawa Times last September when his account broke the military's wall of silence by claiming that the Pentagon had tested defoliants in the island's northern jungles near Kunigami and Higashi villages.
In an interview with the newspaper, the official, who declined to be named, stated that Okinawa was selected for such experiments due to its vegetation's similarities to that of Vietnam and the lack of strict safety regulations that curtailed potentially dangerous tests elsewhere.
Of course, once you start down a road, sometimes you find yourself just continuing to roll along.
In 1965 and 1966, that would be LBJ time, thousands of barrels of Agent Orange were unloaded on and stored in Okinawa.
In a Jacksonville Florida interview in early April with The Japan Times and Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Co., a TV network based in Okinawa, former infantryman Larry Carlson, 67, also said that Okinawan stevedores were exposed to the highly toxic herbicide as they labored in the holds of ships, and that he witnessed it being sprayed at Kadena Air Base.
Carlson is one of only three American servicemen who have won benefits from the U.S. government over exposure to the toxic defoliant on Okinawa — and the first of them to step forward and reveal that massive amounts of it were kept on the island.
His claims, which are corroborated by five fellow soldiers and a 1966 U.S. government document, directly challenge the Pentagon's consistent denials that Agent Orange was ever stored on Okinawa.
It didn't end there, of course.
It was on to Vietnam, and well, you know that story.
After the Vietnam War, the road goes back to Okinawa where the U.S. Marine Corps buried massive stockpiles of the crap at the Futenma air station from which it appears to have seeped into the grounds and waters and contaminated people nearby. Futenma,by the way, has been at the center of a bitter dispute between Japan and the USA for nearly 16 years. The Japanese want the base moved elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Agent Orange road has not come to an end yet.
The USA, fifty years later, still ain't coming clean and refuses to release large amounts of materials relating to the testing program.
The story below from CounterPunch is a shocker...or not.