Here is the ONE passage in the entire report that mentions Blue Water Navy Veterans of Vietnam and NHL.
"...Compared with other Vietnam Veterans, the risk of NHL tended to be higher among Navy Veterans, most of whom were stationed on ocean-going vessels. Overall, the risk tended to be higher for men based at sea than for those based on land...."
"...In addition, compared with other Vietnam Veterans, the risk for Hodgkins Disease did not significantly differ between those in the Navy [most of whom were stationed on ocean-going vessels with little potential for exposure to Agent Orange] and men in other service branches...."
Also see Agent Orange Brief - August 2002.
This report was written in 1990, prior to passage of the Agent Orange Act in Congress. Here we are in 2008 and the Department of Veterans Affairs still clings to these two citations as proof of Blue Water Navy Veterans NOT being exposed to Agent Orange. In the interim, the DVA did not ask for a study of Blue Water Navy Veterans, did not ask for a study of the effects of Agent Orange at sea, did not ask for a study to prove that Agent Orange never spread beyond the ocean shoreline, and never asked for a study to find out why "the risk of NHL tended to be higher among Navy Veterans, most of whom were stationed on ocean-going vessels.", especially after the Australian Study on runoff of Dioxin in seawater processed through ship's evaporators. Indeed, they have shown no interest whatsoever in any studies along these lines, continuing to cling to the CDC comment that "...[most of whom were stationed on ocean-going vessels with little potential for exposure to Agent Orange.]...", and in spite of their own-commissioned report by Admiral Zumwalt that pointed out drift of sprayed Agent Orange was capable of carrying up to 29 kilometers!
This, ladies and gentlemen is depraved indifference and criminal negligence. Depraved indifference is defined by the website US Legal Definitions this way:
"To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant's conduct must be 'so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime. Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting."
"Criminal negligence is negligence which requires a greater degree of culpability than the civil standard of negligence. The civil standard of negligence is defined according to a failure to follow the standard of conduct of a reasonable person in the same situation as the defendant. To show criminal negligence, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the mental state involved in criminal negligence. Proof of that mental state requires that the failure to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur must be a gross deviation from the standard of a reasonable person. Criminal negligence is conduct which is such a departure from what would be that of an ordinary prudent or careful person in the same circumstance as to be incompatible with a proper regard for human life or an indifference to consequences. Criminal negligence is negligence that is aggravated, culpable or gross."
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