Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Not what I wanted to read about first thing this morning

Nearly 12 years ago, a federal report told Marines and their families that adults faced little or no increased cancer risk from drinking and bathing in chemical-tainted water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune. That report — long challenged by skeptical veterans — no longer stands.
Do you have any idea how many hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of that water I drank while I was stationed there?

I can't say for certain, but it's a lot. And these douchebags that fumbled this whole thing shouldn't be "working to improve on any shortcomings," they should be fired for being stupid at the very least, and be facing criminal charges for the lives that they screwed up.

But notice that dickhead William Cibulas, director of health assessment for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, is not only still getting a federally funded paycheck, but blames the Marines for not providing enough information to his incapable agency:
Cibulas also noted the report underestimated the extent of the contamination in base housing areas. The mistake, due to inadequate information from the Marines, was reported by The Associated Press in a 2007 investigation of the toxic water.
Nice, huh? It's all our fault.

But wait! Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., who is supposed to protect the public from stuff like this through super tough investigation and oversight, is now full of hope that ATSDR is ready to move past the Marine Corps inadequacies and make things right:
". . the leadership of ATSDR is now willing to acknowledge their past mistakes and to take measures to protect the public's health in the future."
So now they're ready to protect the Marines? Sorry we fucked you guys, but we're good to go now? Thanks for the strong support congressman.


That's why I get so pissed off at people who cheerlead the effort for more of the public's tax dollars to go to standing up another worthless government agency that has no accountability, that provides no effective service to anyone, and that makes glaring mistakes that hurt people. At the end of the day, no one is any more safe, and when the agency or some one in it makes a phenomenal error they blame the very people who they are supposed to be serving, make a bunch of excuses of why they screwed up, never serve a day in prison, and on top of it all get a huge injection of even more public tax dollars in a vain attempt to make the agency function properly.

It's all about protecting kids and shit, or something like that, but nothing good ever comes out of it.

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