Saturday, October 08, 2005

Avian Flu...Truth or Conspiracy?

Outbreaks of Avian or Bird Flu have been reported to have occured in poultry in 8 asian countries ( Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, S.Korea, Thailand, & Vietnam) recently. Malasia and Turkey are the most recent additions. The virus usually does not infect humans, however there have been reported cases of human contact, and the death rate has been about 50%.
George W. Bush seems to be really pushing for not only a vaccine, but for Congress to give him the power to use the military in law enforcement roles in the event of a bird flu pandemic here in the United States! Bush even brought up the idea of forced quarantine! We have the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which bans the military from participating in police-type activity on U.S. soil, but Bush would just love to overturn that. Giving the military a law enforcement role here in the U.S. is not only Draconian in nature, but basically martial law.
There has been talk from conspiracy theorists that this is just a way for Bush to not only re-direct our attention to something else besides the Iraq War fuck-up, Hurricane Katrina fuck-up, plummeting polls, corrupt administration, etc, but an attempt to rig the laws to accommodate his vision of a police state and give tremendous control and power over the United States citizens.
Although most reports claim there is no vaccine as of yet, most people don't know that Australia does have an antiviral drug that can protect against bird flu. In fact, they have sold out of it. A French vaccine maker, Sanofi-Pasteur, also has a bird flu vaccine that the U.S. just bought $100 million dollars worth from.
Should we be concerned, or is this just another fearmongering campaign to make millions for the big pharmaceutical companys & keep us suffocated by Big Brother??? Is Bush trying to drive our attention away from his many fuck-ups and instill fear in us? Remember SARS was never what they cracked it up to be.
One thing is clear, if an avian flu outbreak did occur here, then the justification to withhold our Constitutional rights will be pushed to the max. In April, Bush added pandemic influenza to a list of diseases for which mandatory quarantine is authorized. It has me thinking...what about you?