“NAS Whidbey burns 24 million gallons of toxic jet fuel yearly” is just one of the anti-military messages stamped on currency that's circulating in establishments around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State.
An unnamed enlisted sailor brought one of the defaced bills into the Public Affairs office on base Monday.
While no one has been arrested for defacing American currency, a federal crime, it is suspected that local groups protesting the Navy’s new EA 18G Growlers are at the core of the messages.
One such group, COER filed a lawsuit against the Navy last year over the new jets’ noise level. Michael Monson, the group’s president denied responsibility for any illegal activity involving the currency.
“NAS Whidbey stop the Growler air war on citizens, move to China Lake, CA’s 1.1 million acres” was found on other bills circulated around the island in the last few months.
The U.S. Secret Service is in charge of investigating the violation of the United States Code which is punishable by up to six months in jail. The investigation continues.
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