REAL NEWS May 08, 2012
Posted by Xaniel777 on May 7, 2012
TODAY’S NEWS : May 08, 2012
DHS To Release Potential Superbug Cousin Of Anthrax In Boston Terror Drill
Posted by Alexander Higgins – May 7, 2012
The DHS plans to release a cousin of the anthrax in Boston as part of a terror drill while known NDM enzymes in the area could turn the bacteria into a super bug.
As reported some time ago, US Law permits the use of Chemical and Biological agents on civilian populations, although not much attention was paid at that time to the question “How do you feel about being a human test subject?”
US Law Allows Chemical And Biological Warfare Agent Use On Civilian Populations
Public law allows the use of chemical and biological warfare agents against American civilian populations while America’s enemy nations are targeted for regime change for using them.
The following document is horrific — public law that allows chemical and biological agents to be tested on the U.S. populace. See the full document: U-2.S. Law Allows Testing of Chemicals and Biological Agents on Civilian Population.
How do you feel about being a human test subject?
For reference purposes the law, as quoted above, is highlight from the actual legislation in these slide show documents.
Of course the naysayers said such powers could only be invoked during a massive riot or if the President authorized such a release in the name of national security which would never happen.
NDM-1 Enzyme turns any bacteria into a super bug and is already widespread across the US
Well the President has now justified such a release in the name of National Security and come summer time the residents of Boston will have to answer the question directly as the DHS plans on releasing a biological agent which is from the same family of bacteria that causes anthrax.
The particular bacteria to be released – Bacillus Subtilis – they claim is harmless although its cousins Bacillus anthracis, causes Anthrax and while other Bacillus species can cause food poisoning, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus licheniformis.
But while the federal government and the media run their physiological operations to assure the public there is no risk of harm from releasing this bacteria the fact is they can not make such claims.
Recall the now infamous CRE super bug that has spread across the US and has a 40% mortality rate in those who are unfortunate enough to get an infection from the bacteria.
The CDC and LA Times reports a “Superbug” that kills 40% of the people it comes in contact with has hit 35 US States and is now being spread through California medical facilities.
MAP OF THE DAY: There’s A “Superbug” Spreading Around America Killing 40% Of The People Who Come In Contact
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials.
More than 350 cases of the Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities, according to a study by Dr. Dawn Terashita, an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
It was not clear from the study how many of the infections proved fatal, but other studies in the U.S. and Israel have shown that about 40% of patients with the infection die. Tereshita was not available for comment Thursday morning but was scheduled to speak about the study in the afternoon.
Note clearly how that the CRE super bug has already been found in Boston and the enzyme responsible for creating the CRE super bug can turn any bacteria into a super bug.
Yes the same is caused by that Enzyme and has the potential to turn the Boston release into a catastrophe.
Docs: drug-resistant superbug is “time bomb” requiring global response
Researchers warn that the spread of a drug-resistant bacterial gene could herald the end of antibiotics; the bleak prediction follows his research into a drug-resistant bacterial gene called NDM-1, or New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1, which was first identified in India; the bug was found attached to E.coli bacteria, but the enzyme can easily jump from one bacterium to another and experts fear it will start attaching itself to more dangerous diseases causing them to become resistant to antibiotics.
The so-called “superbug,” dubbed NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1), and its variants appear to have originated in India and were first detected in Britain in 2007.
The NDM-1 is a gene that produces an enzyme that deactivate basically all antibiotics.
After the bug was detected, the number of infected people began to increase, reaching more than 70 in Britain and more than 170 in India and Pakistan.
The bug attracted media attention after the August publication of a research article in Britain’s Lancet journal that said an Indian “medical tourist” appeared to have brought the bacteria to Britain (“Superbug found in British patients returning from treatment in Asia,” 11 August 2010 HSNW).
AFP reports that after the article, cases were reported in Canada, the United States, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, France, Germany, Kenya, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan.
A Belgian citizen hospitalized in Pakistan after a car accident was the first known death related to infection by the superbug.
Unlike other multi-drug resistant bugs reported during the last twenty years, NDM “brings several additional factors of deep concern for public health,” said Nordmann.
For example, scientists have determined that the NDM gene “is very mobile, hopping from one bacteria to another,” he said.
Source: Homeland Security NewsWire
Even if there is absolutely no possibility what so over that the terror drill bacteria will turned into a super bug how can anyone be certain that the species of every single pathogen in the stockpile they plan to release is the harmless version they plan to releases. Can we also trust that some crazy DoD researchers are not up to any funny genetic engineering?
Recall: Leaked Pentagon Video – DOD Officials Discuss Eliminating Islam Religion By Using Virus And Vaccine To Manipulate DNA
But I suppose we should just trust them because they say they need to release this in Boston as part of biological attack terror drill to assess the government’s capability to detect and track the biological agent as well as respond to such a crisis should a harmful agent ever be released.
You know the same kind of biological weapons they said Iraq had before we invaded them to stop them from releasing them on the public. Oops, that was Iraq’s nuclear, biological and chemical weapons were another lie fabricated by the same people that are asking us to trust them to release a biological weapon on the public.
From the Intel Hub.
Live Bacteria to be Released by Homeland Security In Supposed Terror Drill Leaves Startling Unanswered Questions
The Department of Homeland Security plans to release a literal live bacteria on Boston area subways “sometime” this summer in what they have dubbed a terrortest.
The release of the bacteria bacillus subtilis in Boston subways to test bio weapon sensors is apparently a non event with the corporate media claiming that the bacteria is completely harmless to healthy people.
One major question has literally gone unanswered and ignored in every corporate media report on the tests.
If the bacteria is harmless to healthy people (and some evidence has shown that bacillus subtilis can cause miscarriages) what will happen to unhealthy people who may or may not be riding the subway the night this terror drill occurs?
Many transients and other people that would be considered unhealthy generally ride the subway in the late hours of the night. Will they be harmed by this live bacteria release?
Another major question that has been brought up by many is how are we supposed to simply believe that this is what is being released when homeland security has a long history of lying? What about the fact that numerous terror drills have suddenly gone live?
Sticking with their tried and true mantra of ignoring the American people and giving them as little details as possible, (which significantly contributes to speculation as to what their true intentions really are) specifics as to when this release will take place and what harmless to healthy people actually means has not been released by homeland security.
When you consider the fact that the U.S. government has tested bio weapons on the populace numerous times, with the corporate media largely ignoring the dangers posed to Americans nationwide, this test should at least raise suspicions.
It is absolutely paramount that we do not let DHS just say they are going to do a live terror drill and then not give the citizens of this supposed free country real information in regards to what they actually plan to do.
Citizens in the area are encouraged to attend the public hearing and calmly demand more information.
You can listen to the corporate news report here. Notice how the reporters and “experts” ignore the obvious questions and concerns and instead opt to broadcast a soviet style propaganda piece.
Of course YOU can trust the government all YOU want, but the bottom line here is that this drill is being done in the name of national security.
That certainly gives no one comfort, since anything done in the name of national security is conducted under a complete veil of secrecy and should people start to mysteriously die and get sick after this “drill” there will be absolutely no accountability because the US Federal Courts and more Disturbingly the supreme court has a proven track record of throwing out cases when the national security card is played.
Perhaps more disturbing is the legislation allows the release of lethal biological and chemical agents on the public when it is critical to national security.
What the hell does national security even mean anymore and does it even matter? Its not like our government follows the law anyway, because the only punishment for crimes – if you can even get a court to allow you press charges in the first place – is a civil penalty, e.g. a fine and monetary settlement which gets paid for by the taxpayers anyway.
In any case, as the legislation linked to above has been updated as of January 3rd this year, conveniently right after the notorious NDAA was put into effect, here is the full text of the actual legislation from the United States House of Representatives website to read for yourself.
Forget everything I Wrote: Read The Legislation And Judge For Yourself.
-CITE- 50 USC CHAPTER 32 – CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM 01/03/2012 (112-90)
-EXPCITE- TITLE 50 – WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE CHAPTER 32
– CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM -HEAD- CHAPTER 32
– CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM -MISC1- Sec. 1511.
Repealed. 1512. Transportation, open air testing, and disposal; Presidential determination; report to Congress; notice to Congress and State Governors.
1512a. Transportation of chemical munitions.
1513. Deployment, storage, and disposal; notification to host country and Congress; international law violations; reports to Congress and international organizations.
1514. “United States” defined.
1515. Suspension; Presidential authorization.
1516. Delivery systems.
1517. Immediate disposal when health or safety are endangered.
1518. Disposal; detoxification; report to Congress; emergencies.
1519. Lethal binary chemical munitions.
1519a. Limitation on procurement of binary chemical weapons.
1520a. Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents.
1521. Destruction of existing stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions.
1521a. Destruction of existing stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions.
1522. Conduct of chemical and biological defense program.
1523. Annual report on chemical and biological warfare defense.
1524. Agreements to provide support to vaccination programs of Department of Health and Human Services.
1525. Assistance for facilities subject to inspection under Chemical Weapons Convention.
1526. Effective use of resources for nonproliferation programs. -End-
-CITE- 50 USC Sec. 1511 01/03/2012 (112-90) -EXPCITE- TITLE 50 – WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE CHAPTER 32 – CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM -HEAD- Sec. 1511. Repealed. -MISC1- Sec. 1511. Repealed. Pub. L. 104-106, div. A, title X, Sec. 1061(k), Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 443. Section, Pub. L. 91-121, title IV, Sec. 409
(a), Nov. 19, 1969, 83 Stat. 209; Pub. L. 93-608, Sec. 2(4), Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1971; Pub. L. 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(2), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1822, directed Secretary of Defense to submit an annual report to Congress on expenditures for research, development, test, and evaluation of all lethal and nonlethal chemical and biological agents. -End-
-CITE- 50 USC Sec. 1512 01/03/2012 (112-90) -EXPCITE- TITLE 50 – WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE CHAPTER 32 – CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM -HEAD- Sec. 1512. Transportation, open air testing, and disposal; Presidential determination; report to Congress; notice to Congress and State Governors
-STATUTE- None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or any other Act may be used for the transportation of any lethal chemical or any biological warfare agent to or from any military installation in the United States, or the open air testing of any such agent within the United States, or the disposal of any such agent within the United States until the following procedures have been implemented:
(1) the Secretary of Defense (hereafter referred to in this chapter as the “Secretary”) has determined that the transportation or testing proposed to be made is necessary in the interests of national security;
(2) the Secretary has brought the particulars of the proposed transportation, testing, or disposal to the attention of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who in turn may direct the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service and other qualified persons to review such particulars with respect to any hazards to public health and safety which such transportation, testing, or disposal may pose and to recommend what precautionary measures are necessary to protect the public health and safety;
(3) the Secretary has implemented any precautionary measures recommended in accordance with paragraph (2) above (including, where practicable, the detoxification of any such agent, if such agent is to be transported to or from a military installation for disposal): Provided, however, That in the event the Secretary finds the recommendation submitted by the Surgeon General would have the effect of preventing the proposed transportation, testing, or disposal, the President may determine that overriding considerations of national security require such transportation, testing, or disposal be conducted. Any transportation, testing, or disposal conducted pursuant to such a Presidential determination shall be carried out in the safest practicable manner, and the President shall report his determination and an explanation thereof to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives as far in advance as practicable; and
(4) the Secretary has provided notification that the transportation, testing, or disposal will take place, except where a Presidential determination has been made:
(A) to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives at least 10 days before any such transportation will be commenced and at least 30 days before any such testing or disposal will be commenced;
(B) to the Governor of any State through which such agents will be transported, such notification to be provided appropriately in advance of any such transportation.
-SOURCE- (Pub. L. 91-121, title IV, Sec. 409(b), Nov. 19, 1969, 83 Stat. 209; Pub. L. 91-441, title V, Sec. 506(b)(1), Oct. 7, 1970, 84 Stat. 912; Pub. L. 96-88, title V, Sec. 509(b), Oct. 17, 1979, 93 Stat. 695.)
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For Israel, punishing Palestinians is not enough
An ongoing hunger strike by nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates stands as a reminder of their humanity, but Israelis are more interested in revenge.
By Amira Hass
May 02, 2012
In faraway, frozen Finland – otherwise known as the infirmary of Ramle Prison – the lives of four detainees who have been on a hunger strike for at least 60 days hang in the balance.
Nearly 2,000 inmates in the Nafha, Ashkelon, Gilboa and other prisons around Israel have been on hunger strike for two weeks. The very fact of their decision to refuse food and their willingness to risk being punished by the authorities stands as a reminder of their humanity.
The Israel Prison Service does not have to make much of an effort to conceal this mass action from Israeli eyes. The great majority of Israelis label all incarcerated Palestinians as conscienceless murderers or common terrorists, at the least.
They have little interest in acts of personal or collective courage on the part of Palestinian detainees that serve as reminders that they are human beings.
Administrative detainees have been held without trial for years under emergency regulations inspired by the British Mandate. It’s not important.
Hundreds of prisoners from the Gaza Strip haven’t seen their families for six or more years.
Why should anyone care?
When Gilad Shalit was in captivity in Gaza, the cancelation of visits for Gazan prisoners in Israel was presented as “proportionate pressure.”
After his release, Israelis don’t care that this sort of proportionality goes on, and that family visits were not restored. So what? Why should we care that Palestinians are kept in isolation for years on end and barred from seeing their families for three, five or 10 years?
Any normal prison administration would welcome prisoners’ demand to go back to studying through the Open University. Studies reduce stress and tension levels in prison. But the name of the game here is submission.
Palestinian prisoners are given names and faces in the Israeli news media only if they can demonstrate their “contemptibility.”
Their names and faces are not mentioned in the context of their personal, family and national history for more than 60 years: expulsion, exile, destruction of their homes, the injury and killing of friends and family members by Israeli soldiers, or trifles such as beatings by soldiers or expropriation of their land by government officials.
Palestinian prisoners are mentioned in terms of the number of life sentences they are serving.
But Israel’s revered army generals, retired and on active duty, are responsible for killing many more Palestinian (and Lebanese ) civilians than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Palestinian prisoners.
History – praise be to Clio, the Greek muse of history – is no longer written only by the victors.
But the conquerors still decide who is the hero, who is the soldier who acts as the judge and who is the defendant who is declared a terrorist even before he is convicted.
The Palestinians are not recognized as prisoners of war whose weapons are less advanced, less sophisticated than those of their jailers.
Israelis are not satisfied with the various measures to worsen their prison conditions. When it comes to Palestinians, punishment is not enough.
Prison must also be never-ending revenge that extends what Israel tries to do outside its walls as well: to break up the collective, to weaken the individual, to deter others from resistance to the foreign regime.
The hunger strike is, in effect, a protest against these goals. Not all of the Palestinian prisoners have joined it.
In prison, as outside of it, Palestinian political and social cohesion has declined, and many of the inmates lack the cultural and social awareness of their predecessors.
Nevertheless, the hunger strike underlines the fundamentally political nature of the collective of Palestinians incarcerated in Israel.
Israel closes inquiry into Palestinian family killed during Gaza war
Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
May 02, 2012
Palestinian men pray next to destroyed houses during a wake for the Samouni family in Gaza in 2009. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP
The Israeli military has closed its file on the killing of 21 members of a Palestinian family during the Gaza war in 2009, saying there were no grounds for criminal or disciplinary action against those responsible for the shelling of the house in which civilians were sheltering.
“None of the persons involved … acted negligently in a manner giving rise to criminal responsibility,” concluded the military advocate general following an internal investigation. The decisions of the brigade commander “did not deviate from the boundaries of discretion that a ‘reasonable military commander’ operating in similar circumstances possesses”.
The investigation “comprehensively refuted” claims that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had intentionally targeted civilians or had acted in a reckless manner, it said.
Twenty-one members of the extended Samouni family were killed on 5 January 2009, nine days after Israel‘s onslaught on Gaza began. About 100 members of the family, including women, children, babies and the elderly, had been ordered by the IDF to crowd into a house amid fierce fighting.
Survivors said they felt relatively secure because they were following IDF instructions. However, the following day, three or four missiles struck the house. Nine children were among the dead and medical access to the dozens of injured was denied for two days.
The commander of the Givati Brigade, Colonel Ilan Malka, who gave the order for the strike, reportedly told investigators he believed militants were in the building and was unaware of the civilian presence.
The military advocate general said the military operation took place mostly in a heavily populated urban environment, and rockets had been fired from the vicinity before the IDF launched an air strike. It added that lessons should be drawn “in order to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents in the future”.
The Israeli human rights organisation, B’Tselem, which filed a complaint with the IDF over the incident, said it was unacceptable that no one had been found responsible for an action that led to the death of 21 civilians. “The way the army has exempted itself of responsibility for this event … is intolerable,” said Yael Stein. An investigation process independent of the army was needed, Stein added.
Salah Samouni, who survived the shelling, told the Ynet website he was outraged about the conclusion of the investigation. “The senior officer who authorised the bombing became a heralded officer at the expense of our children’s blood and the people he killed,” he said.
A report by South African judge Richard Goldstone on behalf of the United Nations examined in detail the Samouni family incident. It concluded the deaths were the result of “Israeli fire intentionally directed at them” in breach of the Geneva conventions.
The Goldstone report said Israel had repeatedly violated international law and possibly committed war crimes during the conflict, which Israel named Operation Cast Lead. It also accused Hamas of war crimes.
About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the three-week conflict.
Israeli police use new force on Palestinians as protests mount in support of hunger strikers
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Maath Musleh arrested today outside of Ramle prison. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
Today, Israeli police confronted protestors outside of prisons in both the West Bank and Israel with rubber bullets, tear gas and electric shock, arresting 15. Protesters gathered in support of approximately 2,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since April 17, 2012.
In Ramle, demonstrators amassed outside the prison medical clinic where police shot electrical currents from a Taser gun and arrested eight demonstrator chanting for prisoner rights. Later, protestors moved to the Ramle police station where those arrested where held, and seven more were taken into Israeli custody.
“They beaten us and arrested some because we refuse to leave our comrades who were arrested alone,” tweeted journalist Abir Kopty, whose hand was injured by police. According to Kopty’s updates, Israeli authorities also shouted expletives while arresting protestors.
Within hours, several of the detained, including a bus driver who transported the activists, were released. Although, remaining in custody is 15 year-old Ward Kayyal, who was transferred to a nearby hospital. A regular contributor to this site, Leehee Rothschild was also arrested.
Meanwhile in front of the West Bank’s Ofer prison, for the third consecutive day protesters were met with rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas. Five are reported injured, including one man who was struck in the leg by a tear gas canister.
Palestinian women protesting outside of Ofer prison on May 1, 2012. (Photo: Hamdi Abu Rahma)
The actions come as two Palestinian on extended hunger strikes, Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahleh, enter their 66th day of fast.
Held at the Ramle prison medical clinic, today both met with an Israeli judge who refused to release the men from their administrative detention orders, or imprisonment without charge.
As their health is now in imminent risk of death, the continuation of their captivity is considered a de facto death sentence.
Early this morning, the prisoner rights group Addameer posted the following update on Facebook:
No decision was made in today’s Israeli High Court hearing regarding the administrative detention of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, currently on their 66th day of hunger strike.
Both Bilal and Thaer were brought to the hearing and attended in wheelchairs.
During the hearing, Bilal fainted and there were no doctors present inside the court.
Thaer testified to the mistreatment he has suffered since his arrest.
Judge Amnon Rubenstein announced that the panel of judges would make a decision after reviewing the “secret file”, but after the review there was still no decision. He said that the parties will be informed of the decision later on, without stating when.
For more on the arrests and protest in support of the hunger strikers follow @AbirKopty and #PalHunger.
Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods
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April 12, 2012
In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.
Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities.
They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes.
Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”
While the ban will curb the planting and importation of GMOs in the country, a test conducted by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (ASPEC) at the time of the ban’s implementation found that 77 percent of supermarket products tested contained GM contaminants.
”Research by ASPEC confirms something that Peruvians knew all along: GM foods are on the shelves of our markets and wineries, and consumers buy them and take them into their homes to eat without knowing it.
Nobody tells us, no one says anything, which involves a clear violation of our right to information,” Cáceres told Gestión. GMOs are so prevalent in the Americas that it is virtually impossible to truly and completely block them, whether through pollination or being sneaked in as processed foods.
“There is an increasing consensus among consumers that they want safe, local, organic fresh food and that they want the environment and wildlife to be protected,” wrote Walter Pengue from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a recent statement concerning GMOs in South America. “South American countries must proceed with a broader evaluation of their original agricultural policies and practices using the precautionary principle.”
Note: This decree was signed into effect on April 15th 2011
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