From the October 2005 Idaho Observer:
Bush readies military for domestic flu fight
President announces plans to declare medical martial law, mobilize soldiers, enforce quarantines
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a press conference in the White House rose garden October 4, 2005, an apparently "wired" President Bush revealed that his administration was "considering" plans for military personnel to enforce quarantines in case of a flu outbreak.
Photos of President Bush at this and other press conferences posted at www.bushwired.com reveal curious bulges under his well-tailored suit jackets, indicating that the president is in constant communication with handlers who direct his comments.
The announcement came less than 10 days after the president stated that Congress should authorize the military to take a lead role in coordinating relief operations after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. For Congress to give the Pentagon authority to oversee domestic post-disaster operations would be an act of treason. Regardless, President Bush stated Sept. 25, 2005, that it’s "going to be a very important consideration for Congress to think about."
The Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the Department of Defense held a four-day conference beginning January 19, 2004. The key agenda item was, "Quarantine After International Biological Weapon Attack: Building Cooperation, Achieving Consistency—Medical Issues and Legal Authority for Quarantine."
It has been widely observed and reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security failed to respond appropriately after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Apparently anticipating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and the entire public health infrastructure—would be equally inept in coordinating a proper response to an outbreak of flu, the commander-in-chief described the possibility of using the military domestically during an alleged time of peace as "options that a president must consider."
"The best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins," President Bush said.
Official alarmists have predicted that an outbreak of "avian flu" could kill a billion people worldwide, largely because a vaccine is at least a year away from being available. Corporate-neutral physicians believe that the avian flu, if it even exists, would not be fatal in people who understand the basics of disease, why bodies get sick and how they stay healthy.
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