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Jul 29, 2009

If a platoon of marines knocks at your door to vaccinate you, don't worry

It's (supposed to be) legal:
Military To Work With FEMA During Swine Flu Pandemic CNN report stokes fears of martial law, mandatory vaccination program
Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet.comWednesday, July 29, 2009

According to a CNN report, the military will assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant swine flu outbreak in the U.S. this fall, stoking fears that the pandemic, which has claimed relatively few lives so far, will be used as an excuse to implement martial law and a mandatory vaccination program.

More: Judge: Swine flu good cause to suspend some constitutional rights --Judge made ruling over objections of county public defender's office and alternate defender's office after special 90-minute hearing 28 Jul 2009 (CA) A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that there is legal justification to keep the Central Men’s Jail under medical quarantine – at least for a couple of days – to control a swine flu outbreak. Judge Thomas Goethals said the "significant medical public health event" in the men’s jail is good cause to temporarily suspend constitutional guarantees to speedy trials, preliminary hearings and arraignments for some criminal case defendants.

Update: Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak --U.S. commander for Northern Command asked Defense Secretary to sign executive order for military to set up five regional teams to deal with outbreak --Orders to deploy actual forces would be reviewed later 29 Jul 2009
The Pentagon is preparing to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to set vaccination priorities for those groups Wednesday during a meeting in Atlanta. The vote came on the same day that Gen. Victor Renuart, the U.S. commander for Northern Command, has asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to sign an executive order for the military to set up five regional teams to deal with the potential outbreak if FEMA requests help. Gates is expected to sign the order soon. It is not known how many troops would be needed and whether they would come from the active duty or the National Guard and Reserve forces. As a first step, Gates is being asked to sign a so-called "execution order" that would authorize the military to begin to conduct the detailed planning to execute the proposed plan. [Barack Obama was 'allowed' to win so that he could put a friendly face on the military dictatorship that is at our doorstep. Obama has done *nothing* for the Left -- those who worked tirelessly for him so that he could implement 'change.' Obama has, in fact, out-Bushed Bush. Bush-Cheney could only *dream* of what Obama is poised to 'accomplish.' The full-blown police state is here -- the raison d'etre for the US Army-created flu pandemic. Just as the CLG has documented and predicted. --Lori Price]

Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak 29 Jul 2009
The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials. The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The officials would not be identified because the proposal from U.S. Northern Command's Gen. Victor Renuart has not been approved by the secretary.

Update July 30, 2009: http://www.naturalnews.com/026723_health_vaccines_immune_system.html

(NaturalNews) Executives from Baxter, Novartis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, and Sanofi Pasteur have seats at the advisory group that on July 13th recommended mandatory H1N1 vaccination of everyone in all 194 countries that belong to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a report just issued by journalist Jane Burgermeister. WHO spokesperson Alphaluck Bhatiasevi confirmed that Dr. Margaret Chan did not give the press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva as anticipated. At short notice, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny stepped in to announce that "vaccines will be needed in all countries."According to WHO documents, vaccines "such as those that are formulated with oil-in-water adjuvants and live attenuated influenza vaccines are important." Health workers, pregnant women, healthy young adults of 15 to 49 years, and healthy children will be the targeted groups of the world wide vaccine effort."All countries should immunize their health-care workers as a first priority to protect the essential health infrastructure. As vaccines available initially will not be sufficient, a step-wise approach to vaccinate particular groups may be considered," according to Paule-Kieny. The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation established by the Director-General of the WHO in 1999, suggested the following groups for consideration, noting that countries need to determine their order of priority based on country-specific conditions: pregnant women; children over the age of 6 months with one of several chronic medical conditions; healthy young adults of 15 to 49 years of age; healthy children; healthy adults of 50 to 64 years of age; and healthy adults of 65 years of age and above.In view of the anticipated limited vaccine availability at global levels and the potential need to protect against "drifted" strains of virus, SAGE recommended that promoting production and use of vaccines such as those that are formulated with oil-in water adjuvants and live attenuated influenza vaccines was important.WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan endorsed the above recommendations on July 11, 2009, acknowledging that they were well adapted to the current pandemic situation. She also noted that the recommendations will need to be changed if and when new evidence becomes available.Three-stage vaccinations may create perfect cytokine stormThe vaccine is to be given by a series of three injections. Speaking on the Republic Broadcasting Network with Dr. Rebecca Carley as host on July 11th, meta-analyst and vaccine researcher Patrick Jordan reported belief that the first injection will be for the purpose of turning off the victim's immune system. The second injection will be for the purpose of loading people with deadly organisms. And the third injection will be to turn the immune system back on for the purpose of creating a cytokine storm that will deal a lethal blow to the body.In his chronicle of the connection between vaccines and death, Jordan pointed out that in 1915 the pertussis vaccine became available and was widely given. This bacterial poison from whopping cough, called pertussis coxon, so depresses the immune system that it is used in laboratories today to turn off nutrafils and reduce white blood cell counts. Then, in 1918, soldiers who had received the pertussis vaccine were deployed to Europe, where they were given another unknown vaccine. They were then exposed to a Lucite gas, which is an arsenic compound, and phosgenegas, a chlorine compound. As a result, their immune systems kicked in with a cytokine storm that killed many of the otherwise healthy young men. This is the 1,2,3 punch Jordan is warning will come again with the "swine flu" vaccinations.We have been conditioned to think of external microbes as our enemy during a time of influenza. But our own immune systems are potentially more lethal. When the body detects foreign microorganisms indicating an infection, it can respond by overprotecting the site of that infection. In its hurry to get antibodies to the infection site, the body may dispatch so many that the level of cytokines becomes highly elevated, creating a cytokine storm that can be fatal. For example, during a lung infection, a cytokine storm can potentially block airways and result in suffocation. (What is a Cytokine Storm, www.wisegeek.com)Jordan continued by painting a picture outlined in the WHO Memorandum Number 1 with a study that found virus infections make antibody and antigen complexes. These complexes can clog blood vessels or implant tissue, making the body eventually attack itself. The main focus of this study was kidney disease. Animals with induced immune system deficiency were infected with lethal virus until every single cell in their bodies reflected the disease. But for a time these animals ran around like there was nothing wrong with them because their immune system was so depressed that it was making no effort to fight the disease, and there was no immune response. The WHO experimenters then took their lab animals and stimulated the cell-mediated immune response, and the animals died immediately from their bodies attacking themselves in the kind of cytokine storm associated with the 1918 Spanish flu.Even if this described scenario does not develop, Jordan points out that the current "swine flu" vaccine is made with an adjuvant that may contain a material poison, salmonella, or typhoid fever toxin, along with squalene. Although not known with certainty, the second round of injections given to the soldiers in 1918 is believed to have contained typhus. Squalene produces auto-immunity and eventually death in everyone who takes it.Squalene contributed to the cascade reactions known as Gulf War Syndrome that left GIs with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, photosensitive rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuro-psychiatric problems, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and other diseases.

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Honduras: A Different View

http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6292
Honduras: A Broken System
Lynn Holland July 24, 2009
*Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco*
**
President Manuel Zelaya and his opponents now in charge in Honduras remain
in a standoff. Inside the country, supporters of both sides are waging mass
protests, while concerns continue regarding media censorship. This crisis
provides an opportunity to look more closely at the Honduran political
system and how it "broke." Even more importantly, it's a chance to consider
what life is like for the average Honduran and how the United States impacts
that small Central American country.
It's somewhat ironic that Zelaya now bills himself as a "man of the people."
It's even odder that he's accused of being a "leftist." In fact, he's the
son of a wealthy rancher once accused of killing leftist leaders, whose
bodies were found hidden on the family ranch. Before running for president,
Zelaya's priorities in politics were mainly decentralizing government and
protecting forestry against foreign concessions. If history tells us
anything, his turn toward a more populist brand of politics has more to do
with the energy of reform movements within Honduras itself, as well as
throughout the rest of Latin America, than any personal awakening.
>From the shift to civilian rule in 1982 until Zelaya's ouster in June, the
Honduran government appeared to be relatively stable. The country's two
major political parties, the moderate Liberal Party (of which Zelaya is a
member) and the more conservative National Party, have virtually controlled
political affairs. Traditionally, both represented social and economic
elites who settled on trading off the presidency. The pact between the two
parties included a mutual stake in the practice of favoritism, government
secrecy, and the protection of military officers accused of human rights
abuses.
Liberal Party Rift
A few years ago, however, the Liberal Party began to splinter as new voter
groups entered the political system. These new members began to fight
corruption, aiming to make government more transparent while trying to raise
wages and living conditions for the poor. They also tried to bring the
police and military to account for human rights violations. The growing
divisions within the Liberal Party ultimately led to a breakdown of the
two-party consensus.
As the economy worsened, Zelaya couldn't ignore the party's newer members
and their agenda. Rising fuel and food costs, high unemployment, and
increasing poverty led him to increase the minimum wage, subsidize food and,
most critically, accept subsidized Venezuelan oil. With this, Zelaya drove a
fateful wedge between the traditional members and the newer populist members
of his party, prompting Liberal Party elites to ally with the National Party
in a plan to oust him.

Corruption Ramps Up
At the same time, Zelaya continued a longstanding tradition of secrecy and
corruption at the highest levels of government. This tradition was starkly
revealed in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 — well before Zelaya's
term in office. The hurricane, one of the most powerful to strike in the
Atlantic basin, killed about 6,000 Hondurans and left 1.5 million (roughly a
fifth of the country's population) homeless. The hurricane caused massive
crop damage, decimated livestock, and largely obliterated the country's
infrastructure. The resulting lack of sanitation led to outbreaks of
malaria, cholera, and other diseases.
As international aid rolled in, the Honduran congress soon turned over
control of these funds and gave then-President Carlos Flores "permission" to
forego the bidding process in approving contracts. While lawmakers delayed a
scheduled increase in the minimum wage, Flores' close associates benefitted
from contracts for rebuilding roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.
These associates included Roberto Micheletti, who now claims to be
"president" of Honduras. In addition, the constitution was amended to allow
foreign investors greater access to forested lands in coastal and border
areas, a move that indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities living in these
areas vigorously opposed.

Zelaya embraced the issue of transparency when he took office in 2006,
boldly touting a law to give the public access to government documents and
other sources of information. Until then, the popular bill hadn't cleared
Congress. Contrary to its purpose, the resulting law actually prevented
declassification and public access to critical documents. This was achieved
by allowing any minister to place any document into "reserved" status.
Activists soon found that virtually all documents pertaining to humanitarian
aid had been declared "reserved." Still other reserved documents have
pertained to security, privatization and governability. And while 10 years
must pass before a document can be declassified, the purging of documents
can be done every five years.

The question of financial corruption came up once again among international
observers in 2007. This time, funds in question came from the Millennium
Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency whose goal is to
reduce global poverty by targeting very poor nations for relief. This aid is
contingent upon a government's compliance with prescribed standards of
transparency and, of course, the provision of a favorable investment
climate. Honduras was one of a select number of countries to participate in
the MCC early on.

Honduras didn't measure up to the transparency standard, however. Never
strong in this regard, the country had slipped several places in standard
corruption indices. Since taking power, Zelaya's administration had faced
more than 20 accusations of corruption, including
irregularities in
the provision of healthcare supplies as well as contract awards, a longtime
favorite of government leaders. In addition, Honduras' own National
Anti-Corruption Council had documented 3,000 cases of corruption going back to 2001. Out of these, only 11 had ever made it to court. Further, the country's Social Forum on External Debt and Development reported that Honduras lost 38 million lempiras, or about $2 million a day, as a result of corruption.
Despite these findings, however, Honduras was permitted to continue in the
program.

Human Rights Abuses
Another longstanding concern in Honduras has been the reports of
extrajudicial killing of street children and young adults as a result of the
government's anti-crime program. Upon taking office in 1998, Flores
initiated this program by unleashing a joint military-police force into the
neighborhoods. In a country where murder, kidnapping, and other violent
crimes had become routine expectations, many welcomed the program.
In its 2001 report, however, the Honduran Committee for the Defense of Human Rights held that "death squads" organized by the police had been responsible for the murder of 1,300 street children since the program had begun. The majority of those murdered were teenagers suspected of belonging to gangs, while the murderers were typically hit-men hired by private security
agencies. The army owns many of these security agencies and uses them to
fill the ranks of vigilante subdivisions under its own authority. Upon
taking office, Zelaya vowed he would continue this offensive, targeting
especially slums and poorer areas.
That year Casa Alianza, a program for sheltering homeless children, reported
over 3,000 deaths of children and teens over a six-year period. Only 158 of
these cases, however, had been investigated. According to the president's Unit
of Crimes against Minors , police officers had committed the murders in half of all cases, while privately
hired hit-men were responsible for the rest. Some time after the report was
filed, Zelaya — the "reformer" — closed down the Unit of Crimes against
Minors.

Equally distressing is the apparent ineffectiveness of the government's
anti-crime program. Honduras continues to have one of the highest per
capital murder rates in the world and gang related activity remains
pervasive.
[image: childhomicides]Source: Casa Alianza cited in Heidrun Zinecker,
"Violence in a Homeostatic System – the Case of Honduras," PRIF Reports No.
83, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) 2008;
http://www.hsfk.de/downloads/prif83.pdf
The graph above shows the number of homicide victims from 1998-2006 who were less than 23 years of age. Over this period of time, the homicide rate for
this population rose by over 500%.

U.S. Role
As Honduras' foremost ally, the United States is in a unique position to
monitor political openness and accountability in that country. U.S. and
Honduran armed forces regularly carry out joint exercises that involve
meetings between U.S. Department of Defense officials and the Honduran
president.
In January, the U.S. military's Southern Command "reaffirmed the United
States' strategic partnership with Honduras" and
praised
"the solid bilateral and interagency cooperation that is delivering tangible
success." In addition, Navy Admiral James Stavridis commented on the "tremendous progress" that had been made within the Honduran military
due to the "emphasis on excellence, integrity and professionalism with the
ranks, coupled with a close military-to-military relationship with the
United States."
Similarly, U.S. Air Force Major Tiffany Morgan commented on
the show of professionalism by her other "brothers in arms" within the
Honduran military in April of last year.
No mention seems to have been made of the evident corruption or reports of
human rights abuses. Over time, the steady stream of U.S. military
assistance has continued to flow, as indicated in the graph below. Here we
see a twelve-fold increase between the 1996 total and the projected figure
for 2010:
[image: military assistance]
Source: The Center for International Policy's Just the Facts.
http://www.ciponline.org/facts/ho.htm, accessed 7/17/09
As the graph shows, military assistance spiked in 1999 following Hurricane
Mitch, in 2004 with Honduras' cooperation with U.S. policy in Iraq, and
again in 2007 after the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went
into effect.
Even more interesting was the U.S. State Department's statement of
congratulations to
Hondurans last December, on the "clean and transparent manner" in which
their recent primary elections had been carried out. "We particularly note
the work done by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and the Honduran military,
which was responsible for protecting and delivering electoral materials."
No mention was made of the four primary candidates who had been assassinated by masked hit-men in the weeks prior to the elections.
Since Zelaya's ouster, a largely fruitless debate has emerged around who
should prevail — Zelaya and his left-leaning agenda, or the right-wing
opposition now in charge. Painfully little has been said of the abysmal
conditions with which the average Honduran now lives: persistent poverty, a
culture of violence, an unaccountable military, and pervasive corruption at
virtually all levels of government.
Despite these conditions, military and economic goals have consistently
taken precedence over the goal of good government. With regard to U.S.
military goals, the Honduran military has been loyal, providing a continuous
base of operations at Soto Cano, 60 miles outside of the capital,
Tegucigalpa, and supplying troops who are stationed in Iraq. In reward for
this loyalty, the military is substantially provided with military
assistance from the United States. Unfortunately, this very assistance has
bolstered the power of the armed forces against that of civil society. In
addition, the courageous efforts of political reformers to subordinate the
military to civil government and strengthen the rule of law have been
undermined.
On the issue of economic goals, the Honduran government is a party to the
Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), carried out the neoliberal
restructuring required by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and
otherwise created a more "hospitable" investment climate. While some
Hondurans have benefited from these changes, the poor have suffered from the
loss of workers' rights, lower wages, and poorer working conditions.
Unemployment is formally about 28%, the country's poverty rate continues at
over 60%, and Honduras remains one of the poorest and most violent countries
in the hemisphere.
Given our longstanding "friendship" with Honduras, it's time we paid
attention to these signs of hardship and misrule. We must reexamine the role
that "aid" — both military and economic — has played in fortifying unjust
practices by those in charge of the country. If aid to Honduras is to
continue — which it undoubtedly will — it should be made contingent upon
strict standards of transparency and accountability in the governing
process. We no longer have an excuse for ignoring the struggles of this
desperate country.
Lynn Holland, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of international studies at the
University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies
and a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor.