Obama to Unveil New Plan to Fight Bioterrorism within SOTU

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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