May 3, 2009
During his Saturday PR video, Barack Obama told us not to worry, the government will do all it can to protect us from the H1N1 virus. The government will dish out to the states drugs from the so-called Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), a large cache of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, and antitoxins purchased by the taxpayers from Big Pharma.
SNS is a scheme cooked up by by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security. The SNS is releasing one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help states respond to the overblown H1N1 pandemic.
Obama’s cache of expensive drugs will have to be replenished at the cost of billions of dollars so we are ready to respond to the next designer virus and the one after that.
Obama is merely following in the footsteps of those that came before him. Back in October of 2005, the Pentagon ordered the vaccination of all military personnel worldwide against the so-called avian flu, or H5N1. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced he’d budgeted more than $1 billion to stockpile the vaccine Oseltamivir (sold under the name Tamiflu). Bush urged Congress to appropriate another $2 billion for Tamiflu stocks. As it turns out, this scheme was a boondoggle for Rumsfeld who’d been chairman of the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. Gilead Sciences held exclusive world patent rights to Tamiflu.
Rumsfeld and crew cashed in again after the latest manufactured flu scare hit the boards last month. “Since the outbreak of Swine Flu Panic (not Swine Flu but Swine Flu Panic) sales of Tamiflu as well as any and every possible drug marketed as flu related have exploded. Wall Street firms have rushed to issue ‘buy’ recommendations for the company,” writes F. William Engdahl.
Obama will hand out Tamiflu and other drugs to the states to fight against a flu virus that has killed exactly one person in the United States — a toddler from Mexico — and then the CDC will take your money to buy more (or more accurately, the government will borrow money from the bankers, buy billions worth of questionably effective drugs from Big Pharma, and fill up the SNS stash in anticipation of the next engineered release of a designer virus).
According to the Lancet medical journal, Tamiflu and the similar drug Relenza would do nothing in the event of a real pandemic. Tamiflu and Relenza reduce the severity of real influenza, but do not work on viral infections, the Guardian reported in January of 2006. Tamiflu, however, is good for Wall Street “buy recommendations,” thanks to all the corporate media and government generated hype.
Obama has also dedicated your money to developing a vaccine for an outbreak he says will strike this autumn. On Sunday, CFR member and recently installed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Meet the Press “the government is accelerating production of vaccine against the seasonal flu, which is expected to infect millions of Americans,” according to Reuters.
The scandal-infected pharmaceutical company Baxter announced last week that it is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine. A few weeks ago Baxter was implicated in a scandal involving vaccines tainted with the deadly avian flu virus. “Since the probability of mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible, this leaves no other explanation than that the contamination was a deliberate attempt to weaponize the H5N1 virus to its most potent extreme and distribute it via conventional flu vaccines to the population who would then infect others to a devastating degree as the disease went airborne,” Steve Watson wrote on April 27.
Part of this scheme is the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, although you will not read about it in the New York Times. According to Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, this proposed agency will “work closely together and with our global partners to stop the spread of swine flu.” The HELP Committee, chaired by the ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy, is working to “reform” health care (that is to say “walmartize” health care).
Obama also said the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (otherwise known as the “stimulus” bill) that sailed through Congress in February will be used in part to expand government infrastructure in order to fight phony pandemics in the future. It will continue the transfer of billions to Big Pharma. Obama is simply putting the best face on the “debt engine” created by the banksters and unleashed on the American people who will be paying for this scam for generations to come. Rolling the phony pandemic into this scheme makes perfect sense, not that it is particularly required — a Gallup poll revealed in February that 75% of Americans support the “stimulus” con job (corporate polls, of course, should be taken with a large pinch of salt — actual support is probably far less enthusiastic).
Finally, Obama thanks Bush for setting up the structure required to implement a police state and declare martial law. Obama talks about Bush’s “Pandemic Influenza Strategic Plan” (although not by name) that not only calls for the militarization of public health care, but also calls for quarantine, travel restrictions, and other martial law impositions. “After the bungled initial federal response to Katrina, Bush suggested putting the Pentagon in charge of search-and-rescue efforts in times of a major terrorist attack or similarly catastrophic natural disaster. He has argued that the armed forces have the ability to quickly mobilize the equipment, manpower and communications capabilities needed in times of crisis,” CNN reported October 4, 2005. “He urged Congress to give him the ability to use the military, if needed.”
Obama will use the military, too, “if needed.” It is all part of the effort to incrementally usher in a dictatorship by stealth and under the cover of protecting the little people from a flu pandemic that is not a pandemic but rather orchestrated corporate media hype surrounding the release of a genetically engineered virus.
H1N1 is a beta test for things promised to come this autumn.