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The Hidden Politics of Mandatory Vaccinations

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On the federal Centers for Disease Control's website, one lone footnote cited four different vaccines to be administered for smallpox, not just the one that many of today's older folks got as kids in the 1950s. Even that, back then, was more dangerous than we were led to believe. And today, three of the four kinds of vaccines were to be genetically engineered and administered to unsuspecting people, despite having never been tested. Basically, the CDC proposed a massive experiment on a population driven to hysteria by a manufactured "emergency" by the government, pharmaceutical companies and media. "At the end of the day, the numbers [of first responders receiving mandatory smallpox vaccinations] could be significantly greater than 500,000," Hauer crowed. (7)

At first, a panel of outside experts -- the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices -- rejected the proposal to mandate smallpox vaccinations to the general public. But Hauer and several other officials overruled that moderating recommendation and produced a firestorm within the Bush administration over the question of mandatory emergency vaccinations. Hauer recommended "that a phased approach be used, starting with 500,000 and then moving in steps to 10 million." (8) But in a decision of unheralded courage and historical importance, the California Nurses Association -- now National Nurses United -- heroically refused to allow themselves or their patients to be vaccinated with unnecessary, untested, and genetically engineered experimental vaccines. The nurses ignited a resistance movement across the political spectrum that threw a wrench into the gears. In mobilizing against the government's "emergency" forced vaccination program for smallpox -- and then again for flu -- the nurses saved tens of thousands of lives and pointed the way for new forms of resistance in the post-9/11 era.


1. Contrary to public knowledge, Rockefeller University had been experimenting with the supposedly "unknown" WNV for decades.

2. OraVax, owned by Peptide Therapeutic of Cambridge, England, was having problems getting beyond research and bringing products to market. By 1996 and 1997, its survival at stake, OraVax tried to win part of the Pentagon's expanding germ work as a subcontractor to make smallpox and other vaccines. By early 1998, that work had failed to materialize and the company's stock price was down 90 percent from $10 a share in the initial public offering. "The way to handle it is to be open, so people understand that I may have a potential bias," Monath said.[NY Times, 8/7/98]

3. See William Blum, "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower," Zed Books 2001-2002. In 1981, an epidemic of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) swept across the island of Cuba. Transmitted by blood-eating insects, usually mosquitos, the disease produces severe flu-like symptoms and incapacitating bone pain. Between May and October 1981, over 300,000 cases were reported in Cuba with 158 fatalities, 101 of which were children under 15. (Bill Schaap, "The 1981 Cuba Dengue Epidemic", Covert Action Information Bulletin (Washington, DC), No. 17, Summer 1982, p.28-31) The Center for Disease Control later reported that the appearance in Cuba of this particular strain of dengue, DEN-2 from Southeast Asia, had caused the first major epidemic of DHF ever in the Americas. (Reported on their website:

In 1956 and 1958, the US Army loosed swarms of specially bred mosquitos in Georgia and Florida to see whether disease-carrying insects could be weapons in a biological war. The mosquitos bred for the tests were of the Aedes aegypti type, the precise carrier of dengue fever as well as other diseases. (San Francisco Chronicle, October 29,1980, p.15)

In 1967 it was reported by Science magazine that at the US government center in Fort Detrick, Maryland, dengue fever was amongst those "diseases that are at least the objects of considerable research and that appear to be among those regarded as potential BW [biological warfare] agents." (Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC), January 13,1967, p.176) On a clear day, October 21, 1996, a Cuban pilot flying over Matanzas province observed a plane releasing a mist of some substance about seven times. It turned out to be an American crop-duster plane operated by the US State Department, which had permission to pass through Cuba's airspace on a trip to Colombia, via Grand Cayman Island. Responding to the Cuban pilot's report, the Cuban air controller asked the US pilot if he was having any problem. The answer was "no".

Two months later, Cuba observed the first signs of a plague of Thrips palmi, a plant-eating insect never before detected in Cuba. It severely damaged practically all crops and is resistant to a number of pesticides. Cuba asked the US for clarification of the October 21 incident. Seven weeks passed before the US replied that the State Department pilot had emitted only smoke, in order to indicate his location to the Cuban pilot. (For further details of the State Department's side of the issue, see New York Times, May 7,1997, p.9) By this time, the Thrips palmi had spread rapidly, affecting corn, beans, squash, cucumbers and other crops. In response to a query, the Federal Aviation Administration stated that emitting smoke to indicate location is "not an FAA practice" and that it knew of "no regulation calling for this practice". In April 1997, Cuba presented a report to the United Nations charging the US with "biological aggression" and providing a detailed description of the 1996 incident and the subsequent controversy. In August, signatories of the Biological Weapons Convention convened in Geneva to consider Cuba's charges and Washington's response. In December, the committee reported that due to the "technical complexity" of the matter, it had not proved possible to reach a definitive conclusion.

4. Patricia Doyle, "Deadly West Nile virus for Profit Vaccine Award Announced," NoSpray Newz, August 2000. Also,

5. See especially NoSpray Newz #17, at

6. The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness is now called the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

7. Ceci Connolly, "Smallpox Vaccination for Medical Workers Proposed," Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2002.

8. Lawrence K. Altman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Smallpox Vaccine Backed for Public," NY Times, Oct. 5, 2002. The article offers an inside glimpse into a split in the thinking of the Bush administration, noting that "Vice President Dick Cheney favors a mass vaccination approach, while Mr. Bush favors a more moderate approach." Strangely, Jerome Hauer is said to have been removed from his position as head of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness "primarily for conflicts he had with Scooter Libby over whether the risks of smallpox vaccination were worth the benefit. Hauer charged that the Office of the Vice President was pushing for the universal vaccination despite the vaccine's health risks, [and] exaggerat[ing] the risk of biological terrorism." This, despite the long record of Hauer's aggressive advocacy of mandatory vaccination and his own exaggeration of the risk of biological terrorism.

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