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The US Navy’s Toxic Playground: Vieques, Puerto Rico | AJ+

I’m in one of the most beautiful places
in the Caribbean. This is the island of Vieques, which is in Puerto Rico. But what
you can’t see are the thousands of active explosives left behind here by
the U.S. Navy. That’s because for decades, the Navy trained for war by bombing this
island. And the way they’re going about cleaning up their toxic mess is actually
hurting the locals and the environment. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, which
means residents here are American citizens. But as a small island off the
main island, Vieques has suffered years of neglect. And now, with no main hospital
after Hurricane Maria and little economic opportunity, many are leaving. At
the same time, wealthy Americans from the mainland are buying up prime real estate. This house is listed for $4.5 million. –Wow. Yeah, and it’s worth every penny. Even though parts of the island are still off-limits. Yeah, I don’t want to go
over there and get blown up. Nobody wants to go over there and get blown up, that’s for sure. This peaceful trail I’m on is where the
Navy trained for war and dropped hundreds of thousands of bombs for years.
Today, it’s a National Wildlife Refuge, which is ironic because it’s
simultaneously a Superfund site full of toxic munitions that are still littered
all over the land and sea. And I’ve actually seen signs like this that say
“explosive hazard” everywhere. Until 2003, this refuge was a U.S. Navy range where
the military trained for conflicts like World War II, the Vietnam War and the
Cuban Missile Crisis. The land, which makes up one half of the island, is now
one of the most hazardous waste sites in the U.S. The Navy’s been cleaning up the
remnants of their war games by blowing up old bombs, a process called open
detonation, which they insist is safe. But some residents are concerned about the health effects from the chemicals released by each new explosion. What type of munitions are we talking about exactly that the Navy left behind here? They basically used everything but the kitchen sink. This is Daniel Rodriguez. He’s the EPA’s point person in Vieques. The EPA’s overseeing the cleanup. You can find large munitions like 2,000- pound bombs, and munitions as small as 20
millimeters. So you had all kind of training activities here, from mortars,
dropped from planes, shot from boats. These are munitions that were not disposed on the ground, there were fired and they didn’t function. The Navy has
admitted to using toxic chemicals in Vieques, including Napalm and depleted uranium. The EPA lists over a dozen contaminants on the island. I think that
we happen to be collateral damage to the military agenda and to the federal
government agenda. Myrna and Ismail are local activists who spent decades trying to kick out the Navy. Now they’re fighting for their lives. I am a cancer
survivor. However, in my family, my husband passed away. That was a total
metastasized cancer. And his problem then with the heavy metals, was arsenic and
uranium. And I have uranium also. These are your
medical records from 2000 when the Navy was still here, and your hair sample showed levels of mercury. What do you think that was from? Ismael was one of over 200 residents who were tested for mercury,
aluminum, cadmium, lead and arsenic exposure – all present in high explosives.
Except for arsenic, 33% of those tested had higher levels than the EPA considers
safe. We have no industry here. So where could
all the contamination come from? I believe, as do most of the people here
believe, that is because of the military practices, the bombing, and the fact that they were experimenting here with non-conventional weapons. The rates of
cancer in Vieques are higher than the rest of Puerto Rico, historically up to
27%. Though it’s hard to track today since so many people have left the
island. To get treatment, patients have to travel on an unreliable ferry to the main island. Ismael makes that trip regularly for dialysis. You’ve saved all of these memories from your fight against the Navy. Whoa. One incident in particular ignited a movement. In 1999, a Marine fighter jet accidentally dropped two 500-pound bombs
on a Navy observation post, killing a local security guard and wounding four
others. In response, protesters occupied the Navy base, stopping them from
conducting exercises for an entire year. “Stop the bombing.” Until the military forcibly cleared the encampments in 2000. President George W. Bush ordered the Navy to leave by 2003. This was supposed to initiate a cleanup process. But 16 years later, locals say the cleanup hasn’t been transparent or efficient. How much has the Navy cleaned up, and how much is left? The Navy has surface cleared a little bit over 4,000 acres. 4,000 out of 10,000? Out of 10,000. Surface clear. So that doesn’t even include what’s underground, and what’s in the water? That doesn’t include what’s underground. So there’s a long way to go before this place gets cleaned up. There is some more to go, exactly. When will they finish? That date varies from time to time. There are numbers being tossed around that it could take up to 2030. Why is it taking so long? It’s a very risky type of cleanup when you’re dealing with munitions – you can’t go that fast. What grade would you give the Navy so far? They’re doing a good job. A? They’re doing a good job. Hardly any independent studies have been carried out to examine the military’s impact on the public’s health. The Navy consistently points to one controversial
government study that concluded there’s no negative impact. But multiple scientists, researchers and locals have seriously questioned the findings. Cancer is very prevalent in here. This is Dr. Pagan – she’s one of the only general
physicians in Vieques. I asked her why people here are more likely to develop
cancer than those on the main island. There must be some carcinogenic,
higher than the rest of the island, here in Vieques. –Why? Oh, because of the bombing. So if you live in Vieques, there’s a higher chance that you have cancer. If you have cancer you cannot get treatment here, and you have to go to the main island, and going to the main island in and in itself is a big hardship. That feels like a hopeless situation. Yes, that’s why most of them move. They find another place to live. Meanwhile, wealthy Americans from the mainland are finding their second homes in Vieques. You get this nice eastern view into Isabel Segunda, the lighthouse, and Culebra. This is Thom. He moved here from Idaho nearly 20 years ago. Today, he’s one of the most successful real estate developers on the island, selling homes like these. This house is listed for $4.5 million. Wow. Yeah. And it’s worth every penny. It’s the type of place where you can be completely private. You’re behind walls. You’re on one of the most prominent locations in Vieques, right on the oceanfront on the cliffs. It’s a spectacular setting. Who are your typical customers for the places you sell? Well, I always think of my customer base as people, who are searching for
second homes, or successful people. So I get a large percentage of doctors, for example, and lawyers, professional people. Thom says his clients never ask
about contamination from the Superfund site. He also says real estate sales have
rebounded after Hurricane Maria. So what’s your pitch to someone who
has a good amount of money from the U.S. mainland who’s like, “I’m thinking of
buying a house on Vieques”? I like to show that I put my money where my mouth is,
that I’ve invested. I like to talk about taxes, which are very low here. Just a fraction of what you would pay for a similar home in the States. How do you respond to skeptics who would accuse people like you of gentrifying Vieques? I guess we are doing some gentrifying. But I really tend to focus on the positive things that we’re doing for the community. Education is getting better. Animals are getting treated better. We are a part of the community. We’re giving back. I feel like I’m Viequense. But other residents see things differently. So Dena, good morning! Good morning! This is Robert Rabin. He was arrested five times for protesting the Navy. He now directs the Vieques Historical Archives and hosts a radio show. Gentrification now is more a danger to the very existence of the culture and community of Vieques as we know it. So, you believe that after Hurricane Maria, there’s been more gentrification? Yes. Why? Yes. Because people tend to leave, people in Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of people have left Puerto Rico to go to United States. That means they’re selling their property cheap, and the same is happening here. People are looking for other alternatives. And so, the realtors, speculators and investors all part of the dynamics of gentrification … are taking advantage of the post-Maria situation. Robert says the Navy cleanup is yet another example of locals being excluded from economic opportunities. We had hoped that the cleanup process, would really mean a lot of economic benefit for the community, but of the hundreds of millions of
dollars that the federal government has spent on cleanup so far, the greatest amount of that is going to large U.S. corporations that are in control of the process. The Navy didn’t want to talk on camera. In an email, they defended open detonation as the safest process for the site workers handling the munitions, and
said the explosions posed no health risks to the public. I wanted to hear what Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló had to say about this. I’m very much committed to Vieques and I recognize all of the challenges they have had in the past. Do you believe that the EPA and the Navy have gone about the cleanup of the contamination in the safest way possible to the citizens there? It is again inherent in this colonial conversation that we’ve had. If we’ve had two senators and five house representatives, which would be the case for Puerto Rico, you would have oversight here. You would have a hammer in Washington to make sure that some of these things move forward. Unfortunately, we don’t. Whether it be access to clean water, the poverty levels, we’re always going to be at a disadvantage relative to the States. On our last day in Vieques, the Navy conducted another open detonation. A
fisherman caught the explosions on camera from his boat. For those in
Vieques who dedicated their lives to reclaiming their land, the fight is far from over. And how many of those have been met so far? None? Zero. Hey guys, it’s Dena here in Vieques, which the locals call a colony of the colony. Tell me what you thought about this video in the comments. Do you believe the Navy and the EPA when they say everything is safe here? And would you feel safe living here? Let me know and please like and share it. And stay tuned for my next “Direct From” episode where I go inside Monsanto’s operations in Puerto Rico. They’re doing a lot here.

Tony wyaad



  1. Dena Takruri Posted on June 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Hi everyone, I'm glad you're here watching our latest Direct From episode. Do you know anything about Vieques? This history did not come up at all in any of my classes growing up. Let me know in the comments, and be sure to catch my next episode next Tuesday about what Monsanto is doing in Puerto Rico!

  2. King 4 Life Posted on July 12, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Federal government's using us guinea pigs to test their weapons a mass destruction

  3. King 4 Life Posted on July 12, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    this chemical hurts generations for three or more Decades from now.. look what happened to the people in Vietnam they're suffering from what happened 30 years ago Agent Orange. children of this era of suffering

  4. Dr. DeepInsideYa Posted on July 12, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Ask the Governor's dad, Pedro the ex governor. AJ, this is bigger than that. Yes, Vieques has had this problem since forever, we routinely go there to visit family and friends and Culebra, too. Ask anyone around and the answer is one you might not even expect. Do your research with Jorge Martin, the only reporter to ask the hardest questions around. He'll give you the scoop.

  5. Marco Rosario Posted on July 12, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    That’s my home…damn

  6. Bruce G Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    just another example of US military exploitation…bruce

  7. PrxcessRaee Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    The US literally doesn’t give a damn about Puerto Rico or the people. They are holding on to Puerto Rico because their scarred of how successful the island would be if they was independent. They are literally treating Puerto Rico like a trash kind

  8. Antonio Ruiz Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    i dont think this video its not very educational, we all know those toxins make you more prone to cancer from those toxins but i can get cancer out of nowhere too ….. this is not a real issue here, CANCER ITS SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE! i live in PR ask me something that you wanna know dont look at this video ….

  9. Halli's World Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I'm going to enlighten you guys and tell you what the Hawaiians already know – You are not Americans, you are colonized. Sorry. Do your homework.

  10. Gilberto Diaz Posted on July 13, 2019 at 3:52 am

    A bunch of idiots, is amazing how PR people cry because they don’t have nothing after the NAVY left the island. In another hand Vieques was inhabited before the NAVY took it, the NAVY provide some land to fisherman that eventually led to move their family. The Puertorican people asked for it, why cry about it, my people is very ungrateful bitting the hand that fed them. So many year the NAVY has been practicing in Vieques and there is no so many cancer viequense. This is a PR leftist propaganda, in my view they are a bunch of cry babies!!!

  11. Crystal Ruiz Posted on July 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    After Maria and the super slow response to help, I told my husband (who is Puerto Rican, grew up on the island and has family still there) that Puerto Ricans were going to abandon the island and rich people were going to swoop in and buy up the land. I’ve been seeing this tactic for years. They go into a neighborhood and slowly buy up property with money from elsewhere, then start making rules and regulations that push poor people out of their own homes. I bet once more wealthy people buy property on Vieques then the Navy will automagically find time and funds to clean up. I wish that educated and influential Puerto Ricans would go back to the island and fix it up and preserve the culture. So many just leave and never return.

  12. luz areizaga Posted on July 13, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you so much for making these eye opening video of puerto Rico

  13. Jessica Baez Posted on July 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Puerto Rico has become a tax loop for big business. So that they can make the money but not give back to the community.

  14. Capitán Rastrero Posted on July 13, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Gentrification > Abject poverty

  15. Antonio Irizarry Posted on July 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    You are so right the military should leave the live explosives so the tourist can set them off when they stick the beach umbrellas in the sand.

  16. Tom Allen Posted on July 13, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    UN agenda21 in full speed

  17. Jeff Wallick Posted on July 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I just got back from Puerto Rico. It’s great. Let’s give them their liberation. Anytime they want it, go for it. Also, Al Jazeera is on par with comic books and Fox News for journalistic integrity.

  18. KxngsInc Posted on July 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Idk but 😍😍😍

  19. john ruppert Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    When the navy returned Vieques to Puerto Rico; the Puerto Rican gov't. Promised not to make the same mistakes made in Culebra. The land was supposed to be accessable to all… they failed to keep their promise.

  20. john ruppert Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Greedy developers thought Vieques would be a cash cow and are whining that the navy is too slow.

  21. Preston P Posted on July 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Why not fix this before screwing with citizens just trying to live.

  22. MAD DOMINICAN Posted on July 15, 2019 at 12:29 am

    that is one reason pr is in economic depression

  23. MAD DOMINICAN Posted on July 15, 2019 at 12:35 am

    in my opinion i think they need to vote to become a state this will help with income to the island and will in return better the livelihood of its people.

  24. TheRicePrince Gaming Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Ah Donald Trump nosotros no le importamos

  25. George Vargas Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:26 am

    great documentary

  26. Jnguyen93 Posted on July 15, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Dena is absolutely beautiful!

  27. Jorge Berrios Posted on July 15, 2019 at 11:32 am

    U did a great JOB don't let go the fight…. I live here in Bayamon P.R and I know for sure that the NAVY ain't cleaning nothing. They keep BOMBING a U.S.A territory just 4 FUN…. We are AMERICAN BY CHOICE I DIDN'T ASK 4 IT…. That's means I or we deserve respect or equal treatment ….. We fight WARS many Wars 4 the Nation. We deserve RESPECT. Read about 65 infantry u will be surprised what they did to those kids back in the days. Heads up and keep doing the great JOB u are doing. PROUD OF PEOPLE LIKE U 👍

  28. Savage Night Posted on July 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for making this video for Vieques and Puerto Rico

  29. Jose A Acosta Posted on July 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    With respect, the whole island is poluted, that is called clean up not feasible. LLP

  30. soul less Posted on July 15, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Once again, Puerto Rico been used and abused by America only to be turned on. They couldn't even provide a HOSPITAL for these people but used our island's for they're own good and prophets. Shits sad!

  31. miguel Becerra Posted on July 16, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Cuz dumb trump tell them to

  32. Aiyana Diaz Posted on July 16, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I’m sorry did he say the taxes are lower……..

  33. Biger Boy Posted on July 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Haha, "American Citizens" , we can't even vote for a president… Or travel to the USA without a passport…

  34. Don Juan Posted on July 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    My PEOPLE 😭😭😭😭

  35. Don Juan Posted on July 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    He knows they ain't doing a good job..his job is on the line

  36. JORGE Moyett Posted on July 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Hello im from Puerto Rico and its very shocking we dont get as much respect

  37. nez kami Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    It's sad that here in Puerto Rico they dont even teach us about what goes on in our country in our schools. Half of the time we aren't aware of the things the USA is doing with our island

  38. Seb Ger Posted on July 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Don’t listen to anything that clown Roseyo has to say. That mf is dooming our island

  39. Fabiola Montalván Posted on July 16, 2019 at 11:50 pm


  40. Carlos Garcia Posted on July 17, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Not accurate . Im from Ceiba PR. Oppressed obsession.
    Support you Military and thanks God for your Flag.
    Can you
    mention a better country ? Spotless and Pure?
    My only complaint about America is that people are getting dumber every day.
    Disney Chanel, and Discovery Kid have ruined you guys.

  41. Kenny 510 Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Wow mucho 💣 but nothing compares to what the USA did to 🇱🇦 LAOS

  42. Supprressor Posted on July 18, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Soy de puerto rico y esta pasando una protesta

  43. luigi88ish Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Ricardo Rosello needs to step down!!! Corrupt!

  44. Lorainne Lopez Posted on July 18, 2019 at 5:27 pm


  45. A. R Posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I Puerto Rico gets independence they are gonna need a military. Guess what base will be reused.

  46. rrbrooklyn Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm


  47. LinLin 97 Posted on July 20, 2019 at 2:03 pm


  48. gnikmi Posted on July 21, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Another great report

  49. Shanequah Reed Posted on July 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    America loves going to other countries and ruining them 🤦🏽‍♀️

  50. alexp320715 Posted on July 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Puerto ricans are such babies

  51. nobody luley Posted on July 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    We thank yall as we are a Colony of the US. PR is ma home

  52. Shawn Vega Velez Posted on July 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Once again the US government is showing they do not give a damn about Puerto Rico. Once a wealthy homeowner who just move in is harmed. they'll start caring. Why doesn't the US Navy use the beaches of Malibu for training. Drop some bombs there and use Navy landing craft on those million dollar homes. As soon as Hurricane Maria hit, the rich vultures swooped in. Their nothing but opportunist.

  53. Jorge R Posted on July 22, 2019 at 2:03 am

    They have been and its obvious those in control see PR as a liability they hate us puerto ricans .why do u think monsanto is located there im a puerto rican american and love our military but not the powers that be ultimately jesus christ will rule he is the true ruler

  54. Angelo Castilo Posted on July 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Puerto rican r second class citizens not respected like the cuban. They got balls. Pendejos

  55. Abdul-latif Santiago Posted on July 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Yea trust the government, just ask the Indians.

  56. Josue Roman Posted on July 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Viva PR Libre!

  57. Orwa Rabaia'a Posted on July 30, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    All those people want rights as an indigenous people and in the same time they be calling for "Israel " has right to exist 🤔 hypocrisy .
    They will never reach any point and they will leave their island going to NY or somewhere in US , after that their going to get blamed too for applying for government assistance such as welfare or housing or even health Care.
    By declining any recognition of the Zionist in Palestine you'll get more attention for your rights on your land .

  58. MIDKNIGHT FENERIR Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Puerto Rico should just call for Independence instead of staying with a Americunt state who doesn’t give a shit about them Even if they die

  59. danusty Posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    what this video showed me is that, as it was known, the off limits area is off limits for a reason, and that wealthy investors have absolutely no fear whatsoever of getting "sick" when buying/making very expensive luxury mansions in the same island. now why would that be?

  60. Steven Posted on August 25, 2019 at 2:08 am

    My new favorite channel 🙂

  61. Billy Da Squid Posted on August 27, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I wonder if they ever got statehood would things change for the better for them but in the comments I see many Hawaiians that have statehood say otherwise

  62. masterdeeable11 Posted on August 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    The so called Puerto Rican people need to wake up. We were warned some 80 years ago how the yankees would trick and deceive the people of the Island. The people helped to remove one of the many hand picked Governors Amerikkka put in place, yet the people were misinformed or not covered by the controlled media who ignored the continuous problems of Vieques but took to the airwaves the Gov. Rosello's idiotic statements that brought anger to the people, with the mashing and mockeries of the innocent people killed during Hurricane Maria and the Homophobia transcripts exposing the Governor and his administration. To many, the situation with Rosello was a distraction to the people of the Island. Why not rid of the Cancer? The US government has shown its negligence ever too often, yet the people are being destroyed mentally by substances that are overtaking the state of thought, meaning, the Food that is being consumed, Water, environmental issues, vaccinations, alcohol, and Guns, as tis he Pharmaceutical Industry that are in coalition with Doctors of being legal drug dealers. Many can bear witness on what is really happening. It is happening in the Black, Brown and even poor White urban areas in the US. What is the solution? Is it too late to remove the Cancer? Time dictates everything. Wake up Boricua time is ticking and our children need a better future. We have failed them in this generation.

  63. Anthony James Posted on September 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    And yet rich people are still willing to move there

  64. Krystal4 Jesus Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    It's in the vaccines too, not just the Navy

  65. KC Bondurant Posted on September 14, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Can you do a video about the effects of coal mining and mountaintop removal in the Appalachian Mountains? What Blankenship did in West Virginia is pretty disgusting.

  66. therese fotiou Posted on September 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm


  67. beanie0112 Posted on September 15, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Hopefully, after Bernie becomes POTUS his administration will push for a referendum that the PR citizens can vote on to determine if they either A) become a sovereign nation, B) become the 51st state, or C) remain a US territory.

  68. onlyhummingalong Posted on September 15, 2019 at 8:09 pm


  69. onlyhummingalong Posted on September 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    You did such a terrific job covering this issue. Excellent. https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13757

  70. Alix P Posted on September 16, 2019 at 1:32 am

    puerto rico should become a state

  71. SmokesWithWolves Posted on September 24, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    As a Puerto Rican I am happy to see this history lesson. You'll never learn this in school. Thank you.

  72. fleetlordavtar Posted on September 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    STFU the USA literally nuked our own soil in a continental state … whiny biatches who pretend that defense is not necessary!!!

    Bitching about gentrification b/c their shitty govt can't get corruption under control & not allowing progress …. ASK the Natives of PR about gentrification, i'll wait!!

  73. MelaniteX Posted on October 5, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I swear America is a cancer on this world man…….

  74. Benjamin Franklin Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I appreciate all your videos keep making more 💪 we need more knowledge

  75. wissem Posted on November 17, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Bombing the paradise

  76. sandra burke Posted on November 18, 2019 at 10:44 am

    This hazardous material left by the wayside and yet if an individual places an empty hazardous can in their Garbage for pickup They are arrested. So Wrong!

  77. Carlos Encarnacion Posted on November 25, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    American citizens? NOPE! You can not have a PARTIAL, a la carte, unequal citizenship, meanwhile, the local and federal government have been neglecting the island and forcing residents to sell cheap and leave the island. Yyyep! Gentrification and encroaching at full force. Local crime rate is at full force too, for the time being, then they will send law enforcement agencies to mop up once enough Viequenses have left the island. Smell like Hawaii.

  78. David MacD Posted on November 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    If they were US citizens and their country a state,… we might care.

  79. SAMPINJ Posted on November 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Portoricans looking for a hand out

  80. Kid Mohair Posted on November 25, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    don't let #dirtyoledon see this…
    it'll give him ideas

  81. Nathan Davies Posted on November 25, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Cause if they blow them up somewhere else, they'll start a war

  82. Island Boy Posted on November 26, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I’m from the Virgin Islands right next door the jests were so loud windows use to break from them and I was was just a little kid so I vaguely remember what else was affected here but I do remember the glass breaking from the jets so I imagine it must’ve 10x worst for them don’t worry the other territories stand with you. Gentrification is probably the worst on St.John VI and Water Island in the Virgin island had Agent Orange and predecessor to it test there aswell. This basically shows they only used used us.

  83. Island Boy Posted on November 26, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Is dis mahn really serious about animals being treated better 🤦🏽‍♂️ like they need you to tell them how to take care of there animals.🤮

  84. Jesi Harper Cardosa Posted on November 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I HATE that our island has been used for military testing and advantages. I HATE that our people are used to test Rx drugs and the safety of these “bomb diffusals”. I HATE the tax loopholes the US created so wealthy Americans can strip us of even more of our culture and resources! We were promised a booming economy from all the businesses that would inevitably follow to tax cuts…but lower taxes means less revenue for the island to get back. I’ve seen too many comments on the gif post of this video that say HORRIBLE things about my island. People saying not to cover this story (said it weren’t important). People coldly saying, “just move.” Thats heartless and not just unhelpful, it’s harmful. PR and it’s people have been mistreated and used like tissue by every group of people that has landed on our island. This makes me sick, it breaks my heart 💔

  85. Mahfoud Amrani Posted on November 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm


  86. canaryinacoalmine Posted on November 27, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I heard about this story back in 2003, from a Puerto Rican friend of mine. It’s nice to finally see a news story about it. So when can we FINALLY make Puerto Rico a state?

  87. canaryinacoalmine Posted on November 27, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Real estate broker Thom: you’re secluded, you’re behind walls.

    Also Thom: we’re part of the community!

  88. Gina sverige Posted on November 28, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Thank you so much for exposing this crime against the island and its people. It is extremely sad how power and greed were destroying the island of Vieques. It was easy for the Navy to do this since Puerto Rico has been used as an object; since it has no representation in Congress. USA needs to assume responsibility and clean up thoroughly. The excuse "It takes time, it is difficult to do." Does NOT hold. 16 years have passed since the Navy was told to leave! USA is the richest country on earth. They need to fix their mistake and assume responsibility towards their own American Citizens. Many Puertorrican soldiers have given their lives for USA. Cleaning the island is not charity.

  89. Markus Rennelius Posted on December 3, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    wtf!! yo My Army Brother,,Alberto “Snoopy” Placeres, 1977,,,1/14thFA 2AD ,, My Friend, i will have my Family here write Congress.

  90. Eric Falcon Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

    WWl WWll and North Korea is done!!!!!!!!

  91. Aby Ebi Posted on December 15, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Puerto Rico ist not American territory. It is a invaded with American army.

  92. Tza MAW Posted on December 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

    This is Typical of the Elites Ruling the World and Controlling the People , and Using the Military to do it , I have to ask are they Spraying the Skies over their , like they are doing world wide , geo-engineering , thats what brought about cyclone maria , their wether weapons…….

  93. hklyut Posted on December 15, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    marshall islands too.. i couldnt believe people live there.

  94. Bruce Don Posted on December 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I was in the Marines who trained there and who was stationed there for one year We gave the Puerto Rican People jobs on Base let their horses and cows run free on base they came on base to use our beaches for fishing we threw party's and invited the people for free barbecues my girlfriend was Puerto Rican from Vieques and i heard not one complaint from the people when I was there only problem we had was thieve's on horse back stealing our supply's and breaking into tourist cars while they were on the beach.

  95. James Smallwood Posted on December 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Thay do it here in savanna Oklahoma every day

  96. Haruto T. Posted on December 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Free PR, down with the US empire.
    Libertad Puerto Rico, muerte al imperio estadounidense

  97. Brian Powell Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Great place to visit, not so sure about the clean up efforts

  98. OTTB love Posted on February 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    i would not feel safe living or even visiting the island and its sad cuz i love visiting Puerto Rico and i always wanted to go the Veaques it looks so beautiful but im scared to go. i am so happy the people fighting the navy to leave finally got their wish now the navy needs to follow through wit the clean up