Obama to Unveil New Plan to Fight Bioterrorism within SOTU

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Obama to Unveil New Plan to Fight Bioterrorism within SOTU

 

This announcement (Tuesday afternoon) followed the release of a report critical of the government's ability to prepare and respond to bioterrorist attacks; the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (WMD Commission) gave the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack ... stating that:

" Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013 " (1)

 

WMD Commission Report Card Grades

 

Please find an attached PDF file of the Commission's report at the conclusion of this piece.


 

In his State of the Union address this evening, Obama will be asking government leaders to rethink their plans for medical countermeasures so that quick, reliable and affordable antidotes will be available during any public health emergency.  White House spokesman Nick Shapiro implicitly suggested that this would be the fulcrum of Obama's WMD angle tonight: a redesign of the medical antidote system.

 

After the WMD Commission criticized the government's ability to prepare and respond to a biological attack in 2008, D.C. instituted a plan to prevent the illegal spread of biological weapons (i.e. anthrax) that November.  Just a month later, Obama ordered the development of a distribution network so that the federal government could rapidly distribute medical countermeasures to supplement state and local responses after a biological attack, Shapiro said. 

 

One key contention (and easy Socionomic joke) to be raised about this 'system': it is predicated upon the U.S. Postal Service's ability to reach every American household.

And before your brain 'silently' rattles of what it 'knows' as the USPS creed of "neither snow nor rain ....", let's see what Wikipedia has to say about this motto.

The United States Postal Service has no official creed or motto. Often falsely cited as such, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, derived from a quote from Herodotus' Histories (8.98), referring to the ancient courier service of the Persian Empire:

It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.(trans. A.D. Godley 1924)

In 2001, the USPS created a television commercial edited to Carly Simon's song, "Let the River Run." The commercial, which ran after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the anthrax mailings, featured no voice over, only the following text interspersed on title cards:

We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever. (2)

The "creed" is also quoted in the lyrics of the 1981 Laurie Anderson single, "O Superman", and in the 1997 movie The Postman.

 

Thanks for the instant-history lesson, Wiki

Below is:

(1)  the complete press release by the Voice of America; and

(2)  a snippet from the AP that cites propagandist rhetoric as prophetic fact, which will likely become tomorrow's 'news' story, once properly massaged by the MSM across the next 60-hour regurgitative 'news cycle'.


 

Voice of America

26 January 2010

Meredith Buel | Washington

 

Obama to Unveil New Plan to Fight Bioterrorism

U.S. President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Wednesday to unveil a new plan for a better and quicker response to bioterrorism and other threats to public health.  The announcement comes just hours after the release of a report critical of the U.S. government's ability to prepare for and respond to bioterrorist attacks. 

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro told VOA Mr. Obama will use his State of the Union address to launch a new initiative to protect Americans from bioterrorism and respond faster to such threats.

The spokesman says President Obama will call on key U.S. government leaders to re-design the country's medical production system to provide rapid and reliable countermeasures to bioterrorism attacks.

The administration's announcement follows the release of a report Tuesday that says the government is failing to protect the American public from several urgent terrorist threats, especially bioterrorism.

The report, from the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, says the United States is "woefully behind" in its capability to rapidly produce vaccines and medications to counter a bioterrorist attack.

The chairman of the commission, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, had this grim prediction.

"It is more likely than not under the current circumstances and without decisive and urgent commitment that there will be a weapon of mass destruction used by a terrorist organization someplace on earth between now and the end of 2013," he said.

Graham says it is well within al-Qaida's capabilities to obtain and use biological weapons, which he says are easier to acquire than other weapons of mass destruction.

He says the nation must be prepared for such an attack.

"Al-Qaida will no doubt look to where it can accomplish its objectives, chaos, mass panic, high level of deaths and it will use those weapons against those targets that it considers to be least well prepared," he said.

Appearing with Graham was Carie Lemack, representing the families of those killed in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Lemack, whose mother was a passenger on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, says the threat of another massive attack remains.

"Sadly the threat is still there," she said. "We know that bin Laden has a fatwa to kill four million Americans.  We know that he has claimed to be looking for a nuclear bomb.  He had a tape recently released that says he is still out there and the threat is still incredibly real."

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says President Obama late last year signed an Executive Order to improve the government's capability to distribute countermeasures for a large-scale biological attack.

The plan involves using the U.S. Postal Service to deliver antibiotics or other medicine to American households. (3)


 

The AP tells us that:

 


Quicker drug distribution
Obama new plan will mean that better and cheaper drugs will be distributed more quickly, he said.

 

Despite these efforts, the WMD commission said the Obama administration is not addressing urgent threats, including bioterrorism.

 

"Each of the last three administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat," said former Sen. Bob Graham, chairman of the commission. "But we no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve, when we know al-Qaida is interested in bioweapons."

 

Retired Air Force Col. Randy Larsen, the commission's executive director, said the government was poorly prepared for the swine flu epidemic in 2009, suggesting that the country is not positioned to respond to something more serious. He pointed to the early shortage of H1N1 vaccine despite a six-month warning from health officials that the disease would be potentially deadly.

 

The shortage, however, was largely due to private manufacturing problems that the government hopes to alleviate in the future with a different process to make flu vaccine. The government's work to identify the new flu virus and create seed stock for a vaccine quickly has been praised.

 

No one in the Obama administration has taken the lead for protecting the country against bioterrorism, Larsen said.

 

"Especially troubling is the lack of priority given to the development of medical countermeasures — the vaccines and medicines that would be required to mitigate the consequences of an attack," the report said.

 

Call for oversight of labs
The report recommended five steps the government should take to deal with the threat of bioterrorism:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the domestic program to secure dangerous pathogens.
  • Develop a national strategy for advancing the ability to conduct forensic analyses of bioterror attacks.
  • Tighten government oversight of laboratories that deal with dangerous pathogens.
  • Promote a culture of security awareness among scientists.
  • Enhance the country's rapid response plan to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties. (4)


 

 

Once an official press release becomes public, the wheels of subtle manipulation begin to weave their web to deceive as the MSM regurgitates the demagoguery of the official intelligentsia ~ Harvard's KSG & the WMD Commission.

 

In a theme everyone ought expect hear replayed ad nauseam for the next week, the AP tells us that Bob Graham is really concerned and we ought be as well, especially since the infallible genii at Harvard's Kennedy School just told him (yet, again) that the US will be the target of an Al-Qaida WMD attack by 2013.

The study, released by Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said al-Qaida's "top WMD priority has been to acquire nuclear and strategic biological weapons." (5)

 

The chief authors of the study (which is attached below) have a rather checkered past of crying WMD wolf (-owitz).

Once we've taken the time to not only parse through the study itself but also to seek opinion on it from the The Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR), we'll have more to say.

 

As always, have a good day and great session.


 

(1)  http://www.preventwmd.gov/

(2)  USPS - Neither snow, nor rain ... nor a nation challenged - USPS TV Spot

(3)  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35078698/ns/us_news-security/

(4)  http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Obama-to-Unveil-New-Plan-to-Fight-Bioterrorism-82725272.html

(5)  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/al-qaeda-wmd-threat.pdf

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Kissy Ass's picture

Sorry to say the J-word, but maybe if the US stops financially supporting the war against the Arabs (via sending billions to the Jews in Israel to kill Arabs/Palestinians), then we could have peace here in the US.

http://www.ifamericansknew.org

Imagine that??

Until that stops the Arabs are going to continue their fight and this country will become the shithole that Israel is.....

Problem Is's picture

So President Barry Hoover...

If an Al-Qaeda attack is imminent by 2013

Then bring all US troops home to defend against attack.

Unless of course this is just more crotch bomber scare the public tactics...and insure MORE military contractor welfare spending ...

Crotch-boy, who by the way,  passed through an Israeli subcontract security firm to board a plane with NO PASSPORT and light his balls on fire over Detroit... If you were flying to Detroit wouldn't you set your balls on fire?

How many of you Americans think you could board without a passport? How about an African with a Muslim name and no passport?

The only logical course is to bring ALL 600,000 military personnel stationed at 700+ military bases all over the world home to defend against the attack.

Plus you get to save big time on the budget of over $1trillion in wasted military spending to enforce US corporate rule and screw jobs abroad at tax payer expense.

You see if the US military was really used to protect the US citizens at home like the constitution mandates instead of enforcing corporate profit and propping up idiot dictators abroad... we could and should cut the pentagon to a traingle. Ron Paul platform position by the way...

Anonymous's picture

No surprise. After the commissions work is over, for which the ex government officials were well paid, Graham announced he formed a non-profit organization to advocate steps for national security! Ever wonder what companies lobbying Congress will finance this new non -profit? Some things never change in Washington

Mongo's picture

Haven't we had enough of these false flag statements?

 

Now we know whats up for 2013!....

ATG's picture

Soap and Vitamin D from the sun work better

than drugs promoted by the government biopharma

collusion complex...

http://www.jubileeprosperity.com/

sgt_doom's picture

Hmmm....???  Didn't the Blackstone Group corner the market, somewhat, with their purchase of that anthrax vaccine company awhile back???

Hmmm...??? Naaah...that there's conspiracy babble.  Can't be having none of that.

And who many people in the Obama Administration were once connected to the Blackstone Group?  Hmm.....or maybe there is something there.....

And how many Obama appointees at the Department of Homeland Security were former biopharmaceutical lobbyists?

Let's see now....there's Tara O'Toole, and.....

Anonymous's picture

Can't wait to hear Beck tear this guy apart.

Burnbright's picture

Bio weapons really are not all that scary. Living organisms like bacteria and viruses are not both heavily virulent and easily transmited. It is either one or the other. As much as people like to think some single celled organism can come along and devistate the human population it just isn't going to happen, ever.

Hammer59's picture

I call bullshit. Obama will be speaking about the economy, jobs, foreign policy, and terrorism---NOT BIOTERRORISM.

Surely POTUS realizes that one more pull from Bush's playbook would be disastrous for him. Osama Bin Ladin recently claimed responsibility for the failed Nigerian panty-bomber just to stir the pot. Non-event.

You cant believe everything you read--even on ZH.

DosZap's picture

Lord help us!!!

You cannot believe ANYTHING this man say's..............

He's like Clinton, a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. With the exception, that he has an agenda...........

Wait till the SOTUA address tonight(if you waste your time to hurl thru it),he's not gotten off the campaign trail.

And still lying............

MarketTruth's picture

Remember the Anthrax letter scare years ago? Remember this scam that it was from... Iraq.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2pxuv_teQk

Umm, so who really did it?

www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/008/08/01/anthrax/

 

Have to keep the sheeple scared, because remember WE ARE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND ARE HERE TO HELP YOU. If you are not scared, perhaps you are on the dole enjoying unemployment checks and so now obligated to... or no check for you.

 

bugs_'s picture

Probably got Ms. Germ on the payroll right now.

Anonymous's picture

the cia is getting a lot of mileage out of al-qaeda...cia front publication and newsfaker national review claims that scott brown's victory was because americans wanted more action in the middle east and a tougher policy in afghanistan and pakistan....

terrorism is a cia device for increasing the police state and subjugating peoples...it is true that there is some natural level of terrorism but the cia has co-opted it for its own ends....

al-qaeda is a mist - an evanescant ghost playing boogeyman to the oligarchs' desires to destroy america and its few freedoms....

usa intelligence destroyed the wtc using military grade nanothermite in a controlled demolition of 3 towers...

obama is the war president - a fascist totalitarian lover of hitler, mussolini, lenin, stalin, pol pot, jim jones, idi amin and every other creep of shit to ooze filth on the earth....

the indonesian is a fraud....

Anonymous's picture

Hmm. now that my banker brothers have gotten their share, we gotta do something for the meds and pharmas since that national health turkey won't fly ...need a new plan B boogeyman - how about KAOS - a bio-based al-Qaeda...saw them on the maid's TV back in Jakarta...we'll set up a cabinet level agency...call it CONTROL - give that fool Gore something now that we are freezing our asses off. Everybody gets vaccines, lots of them at 100 a pop...we didn't get those $20 mil contributions for nothin...you get what you give...one hand washes the other, yeah.

Anonymous's picture

Last Spring Barry O'Potus said it was a good time to buy stocks, and behold, it was! Now Barry O'Potus says it is a good time to buy gas masks and NBC suits. Done.

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https://www.labsafety.com/

Silver shield gloves are worn under the Butyl gloves. Bunny suits have booties that work like socks in your boots.

105302M NORTH Mil Spec™ Butyl Gloves, 14, Medium $29.80
144857LXL CVRL ZYTRON 300 W/ HOOD L/XL $48.80
26697-7 SilverShield®/4H Protective Gloves, Size 7 $51.10
94216 SCOTT® Promask 40™ Gas Mask $149.00
94222 SCOTT® NBC™ Enforcement Cartridge $33.10

Here is my favorite bio-terrorist:

http://dario20.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/batman_poisonivy_4.jpg?w=360&...

...unexpectedly...

Anonymous's picture

The Kennedy Center report never bothers to answer the question posed in the title of it's report. The conclusion is - there is disagreement about whether it is real or hype.

Chopshop's picture

awesome comment, Anon.

and awesome upgrade to the Paper Street Soap Company ~ ZH message boards. 

hats off, yet again ~ Marla, Tyler, ZH.

Anonymous's picture

Since many of these meds will be innoculations, I guess the mailmail will be able to give you the injection also. Oh boy!

Anonymous's picture

Still no need to take away the right/privilege to peaceably assemble when folks will voluntary give it up out of fear.

Anonymous's picture

How much longer before we are forced to give the Nazi salute and attend mass propaganda rallies.

The National Socialists American Workers Party running this country keeps dragging out Osama Bin Laden like they used to drag out Hitler after WWII.

Fifty years from now they'll still be trying to frighten us with Goldberg and his terroristic henchmen, eh Winston?

National = Republicans, Corporations
Socialists = Democrats
American Workers Party = ACORN,
SEIU,
UAW,
Federal Government Unions,
etc., and
Remaining proletariet addicted to
Government largesse(i.e. the poor)

Master Bates's picture

Did you get your logic from a Glenn Beck style chalkboard drawing by chance?

gigeze787's picture
Bioterrorism is an industry. The only way to make a profit is to repeatedly and continuously scare gutless American politicians. USG spending on bioterrororism increased from $400M in 1999 to over $7B by the mid-2000's. The result is "research labs" with deadly pathogens located in dozens of States with powerful Congressional "leaders." Defense = proliferation. But the facts don't support more spending. Especially after Iraqi "WMD" failed.....Anthrax letters (mailed by a US govt employee) failed....SARS failed....Avian flu failed....H1N1 failed....to become the global "threats" that the taxpayer-subsidized fear-mongers hyped they would.   Solution: launch another fear-grenade to get more billions from the taxpayer in the midst of an economic crisis.
Anonymous's picture

Broad casting this is a form of terrorism. Telling the terrorists his plans and trying to scare the masses. Obama needs to shut his fucking mouth and do his job. This is just more predatory, control freak, make shit happen, BULLSHIT!! Obama needs to stop coming like the cabbage, all head and no ass. FYI the head has the mouth part in it. Job No 1. of the POTUS is NATIONAL DEFENSE!

A tumor named Marla's picture

Ahhhhh, reframing the scam.  Couldn't get National Health to fly, so he'll copy Dubya yet again and try to get it in under the paranoid tip.  Notice how the projected attack is 2013....nah, couldn't have ANYthing to do with 2010/2012 election timing.....

*sniff sniff* -- methinks I smell a black flag release of anthrax coming soon......

 

 

suteibu's picture

Sounds like the creation of a huge government bureaucracy is in order here.  And, while we're at it, why not increase the power of the government to detain and quarantine the American people for their own protection.

Anonymous's picture

WMD : start being scared people, uncle Sam will adress your fears shortly.