The Bird Flu Conspiracy
Quick - who used to be chairman of Gilead Sciences, the company that invented the bird flu drug Tamiflu?
The answer: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of course.
It’s enough to get you thinking there’s some kind of conspiracy happening, and inevitably that’s what some people have been thinking.
Here’s Conspiracy Planet:
can't make any real money without a boogeyman, and the new "Bird Flu" hoax
is the latest scam used to generate profits for pharmaceutical company
President George Bush’s suggestion that a bird flu pandemic might make it necessary to call in the military has led to suggestions that he plans martial law. For example, Texas Congressman Ron Paul “has accused the Bush administration of attempting to set in motion a militarized police state in America by enacting gun confiscation martial law provisions in the event of an avian flu pandemic.”
Here’s a writer at Countercurrents.org:
The next "national emergency" -- possibly a flu pandemic -- could be democracy's last hurrah. Bush is already boasting of using the military to "quarantine" those affected. And it won't be in our homes -- this isn't the measles with the school nurse tacking a "quarantined" sign on our front doors. Last year, Bush authorized preliminary studies for the rapid construction of a National Detention Center Program, complete with a series of detention centers, to be added to the existing 600 units now in place. Also, The Department of Homeland Security is consulting with an Israeli company, Israeli Prison Systems, Ltd., for the expedited construction of modular internment camps to be located in rural areas throughout the continental US and Alaska.
Some believe bird flu is deliberately intended to reduce the world’s population. Writer Leonard G. Horowitz has stated: “
If avian flu becomes more than a threatened pandemic, it will have done so by political and economic design. This thesis is supported by current massive media misrepresentations, profiteering on risky and valueless vaccines, gross neglect of data evidencing earlier similar man-made plagues including SARS, West Nile Virus, AIDS and more; continuance of genetic studies breeding more mutant flu viruses likely to outbreak, inside trading scandals involving pandemic savvy White House and drug industry officials, curious immunity of these pharmaceutical entities over the past century to law enforcement and mainstream media scrutiny, and published official depopulation objectives. With the revelations and assertions advanced herein, the public is forewarned against this physician assisted mass murder…This genocidal imposition is expected to serve mainly economic and political depopulation objectives.
And there’s lots more. For example, type “george bush” “bird flu” conspiracy into Google and get links to more than 70,000 pages.
But not all the conspiracies concern George Bush. Here’s one that involves China:
I had an interesting meeting the other day at a coffee shop and talked with a highly paranoid chap, who claimed to have some real insider information. He said that the Chinese were experimenting with their own populations with new vaccines for bird flu. He later said that an experiment with the N5H1 strain in a South Eastern province yielded better than expected results and they were forced to quarantine the area and kill thousands of birds and nearly 200 humans…Interesting how people get carried away, except he sounded legitimate.
October 24th, 2005