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Bird Flu? Just Another Western Conspiracy, Says an Adviser to the Iranian President
From Andrew Sullivan:

"Ramin also claimed that the spread of bird flu was a conspiracy plot cause[d] by the failure of America, Israel and Britain in the Middle East. Ramin pointed out that to cover up and hide their failures, these countries have spread the news about the bird flu to preoccupy and distract public opinion for some 5 to 6 months. 'Nobody asks how a bird that had the flu could fly from Australia to Siberia,' he said, adding that even the Iranian minister of health had claimed to have stopped the disease at Iran's borders. He claimed the holocaust story and bird flu rumors are interrelated. He attributed the killing of millions of chicken was to control the price and amount [of] chicken in the market."
June 16th, 2006

 

Bird Flu Conspiracy Watch

"We see some international conspiracy in the entire episode,” say poultry farmers in India. Egg and chicken sales have plummeted, and 16 poultry farmers have reportedly committed suicide.

April 7th, 2006

 

Gilead Sciences – Well Connected

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s holding of shares in Tamiflu developer Gilead Sciences has moved from the conspiracy websites to the mainstream, with a report by CNN. It notes that other “political heavyweights” also hold significant equity holdings in Gilead.

 

"I don't know of any biotech company that's so politically well-connected," says analyst Andrew McDonald of Think Equity Partners in San Francisco.

 

What's more, the federal government is emerging as one of the world's biggest customers for Tamiflu. In July, the Pentagon ordered $58 million worth of the treatment for U.S. troops around the world, and Congress is considering a multi-billion dollar purchase.

November 1st, 2005

 

Conspiracy Watch

Is avian flu another Pentagon hoax? asks a writer at the website of the Montreal-based Centre for Research on Globalisation, pointing to allegations that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a major shareholder in Gilead Sciences, which developed the drug Tamiflu.

 

Against all scientific prudence and normal public health procedure, the world population is being whipped up into a fear frenzy by irresponsible public health officials from the US Administration to WHO to the United States Centers for Disease Control. They all warn about the imminent danger that a malicious viral strain might spread from infected birds, primarily in Vietnam and other Asian centers, to contaminate the entire human species in pandemic proportions….The Secretary of Defense, the man who allegedly supported the use of contrived intelligence to justify the war on Iraq, is now poised to reap huge gains for a flu panic his Administration has done everything it can to promote…. It would be useful to know whether the Pentagon’s successor to Douglas Feith’s Office of Special Plans developed the strategy of biowarfare behind the current Avian Flu panic. Perhaps some enterprising Congressional committee might look into the entire subject of plausible conflicts of interest regarding Secretary Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld stands to make a fortune on royalties as a panicked world population scrambles to buy a drug worthless in curing effects of alleged Avian Flu.

October 31st, 2005

 

The Bird Flu Conspiracy

Quick - who used to be chairman of Gilead Sciences, the company that invented the bird flu drug Tamiflu?

 

Give up?

 

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....continue reading The Bird Flu Conspiracy

October 24th, 2005