Pentagon sued over cancer-causing chemicals at Guantanamo Bay

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The USA is poisoning the world everywhere they have military bases.

 

A group of military lawyers who work at the Guantanamo Bay prison are suing the Pentagon over work and housing areas with dangerous levels of known carcinogens. Over the 15 years they’ve worked at the site, at least seven people have been treated or have died from cancer.

In the lawsuit, they charge the US Navy with failing to properly investigate health hazards following reports of unusually high cancer rates at Camp Justice – the war court complex where legal teams work on the cases of alleged terror detainees, according to the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

The complaint cites the Navy’s “unreasonable delay” in assessing known environmental hazards such as mercury and formaldehyde, and its “arbitrary and capricious determination that… personnel must live and work in the contaminated areas of Camp Justice before a proper investigation and appropriate remediation are completed.”

Camp Justice, which houses the lawyers and their aides in trailers, is built upon a former airstrip that was a jet fuel dumping site and is surrounded by older buildings that contain asbestos.

A 2015 assessment found that “air samples tested positive for mercury and formaldehyde, and the soil samples tested positive for benzoapyrene – all carcinogenic substances,” according to the filing.

The complaint claims the Navy neglected to test 84 out of 100 units in the Cuzco trailers for formaldehyde. The presence of cancer-causing agents has long been a cause of anxiety among the military defense teams who represent terror detainees at the prison.

“This is an abandoned runway that contains toxins that are known to cause serious disease and death,” Michael Schwartz, a former US air force captain, who represents Walid Bin Attash, told The Tornoto Star.

Attash is a Yemeni alleged to have run an Al Qaeda training camp in Logar, Afghanistan where two of the 19 hijackers was trained.

https://www.rt.com/usa/384403-gitmo-lawyers-sue-pentagon/

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