The other Bush disaster cover-up: At least 300 U.S. military deaths
from Indian Ocean tsunami
According to informed sources in Thailand, the Bush administration
largely succeeded in covering up at least 300 U.S. military and paramilitary
deaths from last December's Indian Ocean tsunami. The American deaths
resulted from the destruction by the surging sea of a joint U.S.-Thai Naval
Intelligence Command on Phi Phi island, just north of Phuket on the Indian Ocean
coast. A focus of the joint command was Thailand's indigeneous population of
Chao Le ("sea gypsies') who are about 90 percent Muslim. The Chao Le, a
Malay people, ply the Andaman Sea and maintain commerce with fellow Chao Le
along the coasts of Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma). The intelligence command
also provided protection for increased (and secretive) U.S. and British oil
and gas exploration activity in the Andaman Sea off Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia,
and east India. A number of private military contractors (PMCs) working with
the U.S.-Thai command and oil companies, were also killed by the tsunami but
there are no hard figures on their total death count
Immediately after the destruction of the U.S.-Thai naval installation, three
U.S. 7th Fleet Navy ships were dispatched from Hong Kong, where they were docked
for Christmas, to the area off Phi Phi island. For three days, U.S. helicopters
airlifted the bodies of foreign military personnel to the three offshore Navy
ships. In addition, Israel immediately sent a military medical team to Krabi
to identify the bodies of Israeli frogmen recovered from Phi Phi. It is believed
that Israel lost a large number of frogmen in Thailand since just after the
tsunami, it warned Egypt to keep all ships away from its Gulf of Aqaba coast,
a sign that its naval defenses were weakened by the loss of the frogmen. Britain
also sent a team of divers to search for British military personnel lost at
the Phi Phi base and the surrounding region. CIA personnel zealously guarded
the body storage areas holding the bodies of the American and foreign military
personnel not airlifted to the Navy ships.
Although the U.S.-Thai base was secret, the foreign military presence
(including mercenaries) was very noticeable to the non-fundamentalist Muslims,
because of the physically and verbally abusive tactics of the Americans and
other foreigners, especially their harsh treatment of local businessmen and
their drunkeness and patronage of prostitutes, notably in Patong Beach.
The Bangkok Post reported that a large number of "farangs" (ex-patriates)
were secretly buried in Takua Pa and it is believed these included some of the
U.S. military and mercenary forces in the Phuket region. The paper also reported
that 300 U.S. military personnel were killed in the tsunami, although the story
was not picked up by the foreign major media. U.S. "missing in action"
(MIA) teams were sent from Hawaii, Laos, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina to exhume
the bodies from Takua Pa to identify missing U.S. Special Operations Command
personnel. The Bush administration largely succeeded in censoring this
story. As for the military deaths, it is common Pentagon practice to label the
deaths of military members on covert operations as "training accidents"
or "non-combat related deaths."
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