“Over 20 Years After CIA Cocaine Smugglers Murdered the Brother of a Prominent South Dakotan Doctor, the DEA Finally Opens an Investigation — into the Doctor’s ‘Informal’ Marijuana Note!?”
7/26/15 Sioux Falls, SD By Devin Saxon. Very seldom does a story bring out as sick of a feeling in your stomach as this one. Meet Colonel James Sabow, decorated Vietnam war hero and ace fighter jet pilot.
“Sabow was my best friend, and he was my mentor when I was in the active duty Marine Corps. He was the kind of guy when things go bad that you could depend on, and turn to to take care of the things that needed to be taken care of. He was an individual who I trusted completely.” – Marine Corps Veteran Bill Callahan
23 years ago Colonel Sabow was murdered immediately prior to requesting a court marshal hearing at which investigators claimed he was planning on exposing an illegal covert cocaine smuggling operation occurring out of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in southern California where he was 3rd in command.
“I had gone to church that morning. He said ‘goodbye Sal’ like he always did. I kissed him goodbye, I left. And then I came back and walked in the house and found him in the backyard. I still can’t comprehend it. And instead of getting more realistic it seems more impossible — everyday. ” -Sara “Sally” Sabow (Colonel Sabow’s Wife)
At the time military brass were pressuring Colonel Sabow to retire, when he refused he was found dead from a fatal shotgun wound to the head. The government claimed he suicided himself although no finger print was ever found on the shotgun.
“In order for him to have pulled the trigger with his finger he would have had to have held the barrel with his hand, and their would be fingerprints on the gun. If you’re not wearing gloves you are going to leave a fingerprint on a handgun, and Colonel Sabow was not wearing gloves.” -Sergeant Randy Robinson (1st Investigator at the Crime Scene)
There was also no gunpowder residue on Colonel Sabow’s hands, and the angle that the firearm would have needed to be held to inflict the mortal wound made it practically impossible for Colonel Sabow to have been the one to have pulled the trigger.
According to an investigation conducted on the program Eye to Eye with Connie Chung in 1993, several CIA contracted pilots came forward corroborating Colonel Sabow’s allegations of illegal cocaine smuggling taking place on military installations within the United States. One such patriot was Robert Tosh Plumlee:
“I flew into three separate military bases that I recall, one was Homestead Airforce Base, this was with 1200 kilos of cocaine, the other one was Laguna which was a drop of about 500 kilos of cocaine. I was paid about $5,000 per flight, and told all this to Senate Investigators in secret and under oath. I have a letter from Gary Hart sent to John Kerry that will confirm all of this.” – Robert Tosh Plumlee, CIA Veteran Pilot, Former Army Captain.
“We would sometimes get our aircraft out of southern California, Palomar, China Lake, Twentynine Palms. These are all Military Bases. Sometimes these aircraft would be civilian aircraft, sometimes these aircraft would be military aircraft. I was told these flights were part of a sting operation, but they never went in and did one thing. That’s when a lot of pilots began to turn, that’s when a lot of pilots began to say ‘what in the hell is happening here?'” – Robert Tosh Plumlee
Further investigations conducted by Colonel James Sabow’s brother, Dr. David Sabow, a highly esteemed neurologist from Rapid City, SD, concluded, along with 8 other specialists including 5 neuro-radiologists and 3 neurosurgeons, that Colonel Sabow had a blunt force impact wound to the back of his head prior to any wound taking place from from the shotgun. In addition to that, Colonel Sabow’s lungs had filled with aspirated blood indicating that Sabow was breathing after the initial impact trauma, which would have been impossible had Sabow died instantly from a shotgun wound severing his spinal cord.
“There was talk about drugs going into El Toro. A lot of pilots talked about it. I know for a fact that Colonel Sabow was in command at El Toro when this happened. There is no way he could not have known about it. He would have to of signed off on refueling these C-130s. He would have to have been briefed, because he was a wing commander at El Toro. . . I think he was murdered.” – Robert Tosh Plumlee
After conducting an independent investigation into the death of his younger brother, a letter was sent out by General Adams of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in southern California to the South Dakota Medical Board requesting that Dr. Sabow’s medical license be revoked. During this time, Dr. Sabow also received an anonymous package with the following contents:
After exhausting extensive personal resources Dr. Sabow finally gathered enough evidence in 2003 to convince Californian Congressman Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, that Colonel James Sabow was in fact murdered, and a provision was added into the Defense Department’s budget which opened an independent investigation surrounding Sabow’s death. The investigation was ordered by Congress to be conducted outside of military control by Iowa State University — all experts identified in Dr. Sabow’s investigation were to be interviewed and written reports of their opinions were to be included in the Pentagon’s final report; the Defense Department ignored all these orders. Instead an agent recommended by the FBI, John Nordby, conducted the investigation, NOT one expert was interviewed, and Dr. Sabow was excluded from the investigation entirely.
The Pentagon’s final report to the House Armed Services Committee concluded that 5 neuro-radiologists and 3 neurosurgeons had made an error when they detected blunt impact trauma prior to a shotgun wound — that Colonel Sabow had placed the shotgun by his right side, held the barrel in his mouth with his left hand, and pulled the trigger with his right hand. No fingerprints were found on the shotgun because the heat, “melted off the fingerprints.” The Department of Defense does not explain why NO gunpowder residue was found on Colonel Sabow’s hands, his right side, or how Colonel Sabow continued breathing with a severed brain-stem.
“I do not intend to quit. Please understand that I am not convinced my brother was murdered. I KNOW that he was murdered, and so does everyone else. You are looking at one of the biggest cover-ups that has ever occurred in this country because if they told the truth, more than you can imagine would come tumbling down.” – Dr. David Sabow
Soon after another botched investigation by federal bureaucrats, Dr. Sabow gets a knock on his door from the Drug Enforcement Agency. One would assume the DEA was finally there to investigate drug trafficking occurring within the United States, and perhaps to discuss Colonel Sabow’s allegations of cocaine smuggling taking place at the El Toro Marine Corps Air-station — allegations backed up by other pilots who have come forward vetting Colonel Sabow’s story. To logic’s dismay they were not; they had come to discuss an informal marijuana note Dr. Sabow had written for one of his patients, Scotty Backens, suffering from chronic back-pain brought on by Friedreich’s Ataxia: a debilitating, life-shortening, and degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.
Scotty Backens is currently memorialized by a bronze statue in Rapid City for his work advocating for people with disabilities.
As reported by the Rapid City Journal, Scotty Backens used marijuana to treat sharp pains, spasms, and other symptoms of his disease — improving his well-being and outlook on life. Noticing the evident improvement it made on Scotty’s condition, Dr. Sabow used a blank prescription card to write an informal doctor’s note recommending Backens medical marijuana:
When Backens was discharged from a nursing home for smoking marijuana to alleviate his pain, Dr. Sabow even offered Scotty the basement of his home. For this Dr. Sabow drew the attention of the Drug Enforcement Agency, who for the past 2 decades have neglected to investigate any of the drug traffickers that murdered Dr. Sabow’s brother at the El Toro Marine Corps Air-Station, which has since been closed down. Their “investigation” was short-lived however because soon after moving in with Dr. Sabow, Scotty Backens passed away.
“Why would the DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY investigate a South Dakotan doctor’s ‘informal’ medical marijuana note over investigating the criminal elements within the federal government and their involvement smuggling drugs onto military bases? Why are high ranking patriots like Colonel James Sabow, who are willing to confront these criminals in court, winding up dead in their own backyards? How do supposedly competent federal investigators seemingly love to refute Newton’s Laws of physics? Claiming such things as: 12-gauge shotgun shells loaded with 7 1/2 shot traveling at a velocity of 1220 ft/sec with a muzzle energy of 1771 ft-lb, if fired into the mouth while sitting in a lawn-chair, would blast that individual towards the shotgun barrel? What does it entail that the United States of America’s federal bureaucracy has grown so massive and corrupted that it is now murdering it’s heroes, investigating it’s healers, and silencing any who question? But most importantly, how much longer is America going to fail to recognize that when the government oversteps it’s bounds, defies all logic, breaks it’s own laws — let alone the natural laws of physics, and behaves as an oligarchic/socialist banana republic, that it has lost any and all consent it had to govern, and that the actions it is taking are virtually the same exact actions taken by King George III against our founding fathers!? Will we lie flat on the tracks and wait until that train of doom runs us all down one by one? Or will ‘We the People’ put into action that noble advice given to us by Thomas Jefferson, embedded forever in the Declaration of Independence, to which we celebrate our birth as a FREE nation and enjoy our blessings from God?