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The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.
The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The officials would not be identified because the proposal from U.S. Northern Command's Gen. Victor Renuart has not been approved by the secretary.
The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include personnel from all branches of the military.
U.S. Homeland Secretary to reveal security plans: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to reveal on Wednesday the Obama administration's domestic policies to prevent terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday.
In an interview, Napolitano said the new strategy is expected to rely largely on refining and expanding initiatives launched under former President George W. Bush, the paper reported on its website.
The new plans are part of a wider effort to significantly increase the cooperation Napolitano's agency has with state and local governments in the United States, the paper said.
Napolitano is also expected to call for more civic awareness and involvement to prevent attacks, the paper said, adding that she is likely to discuss efforts to work closer with foreign governments, from sharing airline-passenger data to intelligence about potential plots.
"We live in a world now where no one department of government can be held to be the sole repository of protecting security," Napolitano told the paper in an interview on Monday. "There is a role to be played at every level."
Among the Bush administration programs to be expanded, for instance, is a pilot program to train police to report suspicious behavior such as theft of keys from a facility that keeps radiological waste, the paper said.
In a speech scheduled for Wednesday to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Napolitano is likely to also emphasize the President Barack Obama's concern for civil liberties, according to the paper.
(NaturalNews) Executives from Baxter, Novartis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, and Sanofi Pasteur have seats at the advisory group that on July 13th recommended mandatory H1N1 vaccination of everyone in all 194 countries that belong to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a report just issued by journalist Jane Burgermeister. WHO spokesperson Alphaluck Bhatiasevi confirmed that Dr. Margaret Chan did not give the press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva as anticipated. At short notice, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny stepped in to announce that "vaccines will be needed in all countries."
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
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Originally posted by chiron613
First, note that this is a *proposal*, not a law or executive order, yet.
As far as I know, the US has always had the power to declare martial law and have the military take over during an extreme emergency. Having them intervene in a deadly pandemic when millions of people are dying sounds entirely reasonable to me.
Our civilian services aren't up to the task. They lack the organization, communications, and discipline of the military. Jurisdictional bickering and politics would slow everything down to a crawl. In the military, there is none of that. Soldiers are ordered to do stuff; they do it; end of discussion. The Army needs a thousand more troops for LA, they're there, no worries about New York City arguing they need them more, etc.
I am highly skeptical that there will be any sort of forced vaccination, at least of adults. Unfortunately, there may be forced vaccination of children, but I believe this already exists (I have no kids, so I'm not sure). The needs of the group outweigh individual rights, and that's the end of that. Even when the group is wrong.
Another reason I don't think there will be forced vaccination is because from everything I've read so far, vaccine manufacturers are saying they're not going to be able to provide all the desired doses in time for the season's start. That suggests that the vaccine will be triaged, given to those who most need it (first-responders, public workers, kids, etc.). If you're one of those, maybe they'll force you.
I don't think they'll force you at gunpoint. Just like you're required to file your taxes, you'll probably be required to provide evidence you've been inoculated. Lacking that evidence, bad things might happen, such as becoming ineligible to work, disqualified for insurance, fined, imprisoned, whatever. I doubt they'll go to that length, because there will be millions of people who don't want to be inoculated, many because of their religion (Christian Scientists, Seventh Day Adventists, etc.). My guess is that if this thing turns serious, the Government is going to have other things to occupy it besides tracking down "shot-dodgers".
All that stuff about the military being under the control of civilians is a crock, of course. The people with the weapons are always the ones in control. Just keep that in mind when facing someone with an M-16, telling you to something. Kind words and a gun will get you farther than kind words alone.