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The Death Book for Veterans
Ex-soldiers don't need to be told they're a burden to society.
Global Research By JIM TOWEY
If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.
Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."
Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.
"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."
The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." There is a section which provocatively asks, "Have you ever heard anyone say, 'If I'm a vegetable, pull the plug'?" There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family" and that the vet's situation "causes severe emotional burden for my family."
When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?
One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran's health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.
I was not surprised to learn that the VA panel of experts that sought to update "Your Life, Your Choices" between 2007-2008 did not include any representatives of faith groups or disability rights advocates. And as you might guess, only one organization was listed in the new version as a resource on advance directives: the Hemlock Society (now euphemistically known as "Compassion and Choices").
This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to "Your Life, Your Choices." Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America's 24 million veterans deserve better.
Many years ago I created an advance care planning document called "Five Wishes" that is today the most widely used living will in America, with 13 million copies in national circulation. Unlike the VA's document, this one does not contain the standard bias to withdraw or withhold medical care. It meets the legal requirements of at least 43 states, and it runs exactly 12 pages.
After a decade of observing end-of-life discussions, I can attest to the great fear that many patients have, particularly those with few family members and financial resources. I lived and worked in an AIDS home in the mid-1980s and saw first-hand how the dying wanted more than health care—they wanted someone to care.
If President Obama is sincere in stating that he is not trying to cut costs by pressuring the disabled to forgo critical care, one good way to show that commitment is to walk two blocks from the Oval Office and pull the plug on "Your Life, Your Choices." He should make sure in the future that VA decisions are guided by values that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens.
Mr. Towey, president of Saint Vincent College, was director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (2002-2006) and founder of the nonprofit Aging with Dignity.
Federal Appeals Court Ruling that Could Affect A Large Number of Veterans August 15
Written by Rubén Rosario
'Our Veterans Deserve Better,' and Lawsuit Shows It
While angry folks with legitimate concerns or hidden agendas were busy shouting at politicians at televised town-hall gatherings this week, a court hearing held on another critical health care debate drew scant attention.
Oral arguments were heard Wednesday before a federal appeals court in California in connection with a 2007 class-action lawsuit filed by two veterans advocacy groups - Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth.
Never heard of it?
You should. It's about the plight of the men and women we send into harm's way. It also has a strong Minnesota link. Here's a quick overview:
The suit alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs' inability to handle disability claims in a timely or expedient fashion is so dysfunctional that it violates veterans' constitutional and statutory rights. The backlog - a good number of unresolved claims dating to the Vietnam War - may surpass the 1 million mark this fall, according to estimates from veterans advocates. The VA places the backlog at a lower but still hefty 463,000.
The lawsuit also alleges that the VA has been derelict in its legal duty to provide immediate, competent and effective care for military members grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder and thoughts of suicide.
"Justice delayed is justice denied, and that's what we essentially have here," said Gordon Erspamer, a Grand Rapids, Minn., native and Hamline University graduate. "For all these disabled veterans, the court is the last resort for injunctive relief."
The suicide of a Minnesota Marine who served in Iraq is among numerous cases of alleged medical neglect cited in the lawsuit.
Jonathan Schulze, 25, took his life in January 2007. Relatives maintain the suicide took place five days after Schulze, who was diagnosed with PTSD, was turned away from a VA hospital in St. Cloud while seeking help. The VA denied Schulze was turned away. It also stated there was no record of Schulze talking about taking his life. Schulze's father, a Vietnam combat veteran, has accused the VA of a cover-up.
The VA, in response to the class-action lawsuit, argued that the case had no merit and that the court had no legal authority over it. It moved to kick the suit out of court. U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti ruled against summary judgment and ordered a bench trial that took place last year.
In the end, Conti ruled against the veterans groups after hearing three weeks of testimony. He essentially concluded the judiciary has no power to force the VA by court decree to change its policies regarding disability claims.
"The remedies sought by plaintiffs are beyond the power of this Court and would call for a complete overhaul of the VA system, something clearly outside of this Court's jurisdiction," Conti wrote.
But he didn't let the VA off the hook.
"The VA may not be meeting all of the needs of the nation's veterans," Conti added in an 82-page decision. The ruling's "findings of facts" section should be required reading for every American. It details not only the plight of disabled veterans who need or seek mental health services, but also the challenges faced by the federal agency itself.
'18 SUICIDES A DAY'
I culled the following nuggets from the judge's written decision:
# There are about 25 million veterans in the United States today. As of May 2007, 5 million to 8 million were enrolled in the VA.
# On any given night in the U.S., an estimated 154,000 veterans are homeless.
# Of the more than 1.6 million men and women who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan since October 2001, some 803,757 were eligible at the end of 2007 for VA health care.
# The VA conceded at trial that it had a "broad obligation and moral imperative" to care for veterans, including those who complained of long wait times for PTSD treatment and difficulties in accessing care.
# A 2008 study by the Rand Corp. found that almost 20 percent of returning soldiers have PTSD. About half seek treatment. Of those, more than half receive "minimally adequate care." Equally troubling is the study's finding that about 300,000 soldiers now deployed to the two war fronts "currently suffer PTSD or major depression."
# Another study last year found that the suicide rate among veterans is about 3.2 times higher than that of the general population.
Some of the most interesting and sobering pieces of evidence from the trial were internal VA e-mails by Dr. Ira Katz, the VA Office of Mental Health's deputy chief of patient care services.
In one e-mail, Katz reported there were "18 suicides a day" among veterans and that the agency's own records indicate "4-5 suicides per day among those who receive care from us."
"Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among the veterans we see in our medical facilities," Katz wrote in another e-mail last year. "Is this something we should (carefully) address ourselves in some sort of release before someone stumbles on it?" ("Carefully" was in parentheses in the original.)
Yes, Sherlock. I will deal with this issue on a more human level in my upcoming column Sunday.
VA MAKES SOME MOVES
Now, I believe the judge may have pegged this one right on strictly legal grounds.
Erspamer, a San Francisco-based attorney who specializes in civil litigation involving energy utilities, thinks Conti got it wrong. He filed an appeal and argued his case Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the appeal, the veterans groups note that it takes an average of 4.4 years to resolve a claim from the time it is filed to an ultimate decision by the Board of Veterans Appeals.
"The wait times are so long that at least 1,467 veterans recently died in a six-month period during the pendency of their appeals, thus extinguishing their claims," the appeals brief states.
Erspamer took on the case pro bono and for personal reasons. He said his father, Ernest, a World War II Navy veteran, was exposed to radiation contamination during Operation Crossroads, a series of nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific during the summer of 1946. His father, also known as Bud, died of leukemia a year after he filed a disability claim based on the radiation exposure. Erspamer said the VA granted the claim 11 years later in 1990.
"Our veterans deserve better than this," Erspamer said.
Perhaps the lawsuit lost in court but won outside it. The VA seems to be heading in the right direction in recent months. It has reported cutting the backlog of unresolved claims from 600,000. It is hiring additional medical staff. It established a PTSD and suicide-prevention program and research initiatives. It also launched a national suicide hotline - 800-273-8255 - that has fielded more than 150,000 calls.
The VA also reports that agency mental-health professionals helped stop about 3,200 suicides "in the process."
Far more, though, needs to be done. Perhaps a series of town-hall meetings on this topic is in order. But unlike the circus we saw this week, we need constructive, not destructive, dialogue.
Rubén Rosario can be reached at 651-228-5454.
Federal Appeals Court Hears Vets' Appeal on Mental Health Delays Written by Bob Egelko
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Military veterans' advocates took their complaints of a dysfunctional mental health system to a federal appeals court Wednesday and were urged by the chief judge to negotiate improvements with the government.
"It's very difficult for the court to manage" the Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees mental health care for veterans, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski told lawyers at the end of a hearing at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. "It's much better if the parties manage it together. ... You can have winners on both sides."
But Justice Department attorney Daniel Scarborough told Kozinski the government was "not optimistic this is something that can be settled."
Gordon Erspamer, lawyer for Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth, argued during the hearing that the VA subjects veterans to long delays in mental health care and has shown few signs of improvement.
"The time has come for a court to act," Erspamer said.
Kozinski said the court would issue a ruling at a future date unless the two sides settle the dispute in a week or ask for more time.
The advocacy groups sued the government in 2007, saying the VA had made mental health care virtually unavailable to thousands of discharged soldiers through perfunctory exams, delays in referrals and treatment, and a bewildering benefits system.
They cited internal e-mails, released in response to the suit, that reported 18 suicides a day among all veterans and 1,000 suicide attempts a month among the 30 percent of veterans under VA care.
The department has a backlog of 900,000 disability claims, averages nearly 4 1/2 years to decide veterans' appeals of benefit decisions and does not allow lawyers to represent veterans in their initial claims, the groups said.
Even the VA's emergency rooms often put veterans on a waiting list to be treated for mental trauma, Erspamer told the court, and sometimes "they go back and kill themselves."
After hearing the same evidence at a nonjury trial, U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti said in June 2008 that the VA was too slow to provide care but that courts lack authority to make the sweeping changes the advocates proposed.
Those changes include requiring faster decisions and improved mental health care and suicide prevention programs. The advocacy groups also wanted the VA to allow legal representation and independent review of benefit decisions.
On Wednesday, Kozinski expressed a view similar to Conti's.
"You're asking us to take over the VA and run it," Kozinski told Erspamer. "I'm skeptical where we get the authority to do that."
But Judge Stephen Reinhardt said that when the government doesn't follow the law, "it's not novel for a court to tell an agency to comply.
Germany becomes the First Country to admit Clandestine Chemtrails Operations Link
For all those activists who have been investigating and reporting on clandestine government operations around the world to manipulate our weather patterns, this news from Germany is groundbreaking.
The TV news report states that “the military planes of the German Federal Army are manipulating our climate; this is what the weather researchers are presuming and their suspicions are confirmed…
“We can state with a 97% certainty that we have on our hands chemical trails (chemtrails) comprised by fine dust containing polymers and metals, used to disrupt radar signals.”
“This is their main purpose, but I was surprised that this artificial cloud was so wide-spread. The radar images are stunning considering the needed tons of dispersed elements -- although, the federal army claims that only small amounts of material were propagated. The military heads claim that the substances used are not harmful.”
“In the United States of America there are protest after protest for many years now, against these military operations and now people are mobilising in Germany as well. Per example JOHANNES REMMEL of the Greens.
“It's obvious that enormous regions are being polluted with clandestine actions, but all of this has to be made public. The government must provide explanations to the unsuspecting population.”
This is a very significant development in the battle to find out why our governments are spraying chemicals into our atmosphere, however it is only the tip of the iceberg. As far as researchers have been able to conclude, chemical spraying by our governments have been in full operation since mid-to-late 1990’s (possibly earlier). The following video presentation is a great introduction to chemtrails and some of its possible implications
Aerosol Crimes 1st Edition
Right now we can only speculate as to what type of chemicals are used in these operations, however one thing is certain, if we saw a car driving down the road, spewing out a plume of smoke the way these planes are doing we would be very concerned.
Considering that half the species in the world could be wiped out due to global warming, the least we could do is to demand that our governments explain what it is that they are spraying us with, specially if military heads are claiming “that the substances used are not harmful”. As we know, when the militaries of the world say we have nothing to be concerned about then we have everything to be concerned about. Keep in mind that chemtrails have been categorized as an “exotic weapons systems” by the 107th CONGRESS of the United States in House Bill H. R. 2977.
U.S. Department of Defense Announces Latest Contract Awards: 8-20-09 Link
Lockheed Martin MS2, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $25,104,813 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-6207) for Acoustic Rapid Commercial Off-the-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) Hardware consisting of Virginia Class long lead material and economic order material. A-RCI is a sonar system upgrade that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing through rapid insertion of commercial off-the-shelf-based hardware and software.
It has already been successfully integrated into the first ten ships of the Virginia Class which have now begun a modernization program and the procurement of new construction systems for the next four ships. Work will be performed in Manassas, Va., (62 percent) and Clearwater, Fla., (38 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Temeku Technologies, Inc.*, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $7,948,728 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Flight Deck Lights (FDL) System. The system will provide a suite of lights around, on and near the flight deck and hangar face of the DDG-1000 ship for the U.S. Navy. The FDL System is a portion of the next generation suite of Visual Landing Aids which will be incorporated into the DDG-1000 ship. Work will be performed in Herndon, Va., (60 percent); Bologna, Italy (30 percent); and Point Mugu, Calif., (10 percent,) and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via electronic request for proposal, with three offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-09-C-0425).
GYROCAM Systems LLC, Sarasota, Fla., is being awarded a $5,910,000 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced contract (M67854-07-D-5075) to exercise an option period for the procurement of Spare 360 Camera Systemsfor the MRAP vehicle. The MRAP vehicles are armored vehicles with blast resistant underbodies designed to protect the crew from mine blasts, fragmentary, and direct fire weapons. Work will be performed in Sarasota, Fla., and work is expected to be completed Jul. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
Scafar Construction Inc, Newark, N.J., was awarded on Aug.18, 2009 a $11,175,195 firm-fixed-price contract for the Green Brook food damage reduction project. Work is to be performed in Bound Brook, N.J., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2010. Bids were solicited on the FBO as unrestricted competition with five bids received. U.S.A. Engineer District, N.Y., is the contracting activity (W912DS-08-C-0025).
Okay Industries Inc., New Britain, Conn., was awarded on Aug. 18, 2009 a $9,714,900 firm-fixed-price contract for the Improved 20 round magazine for a quantity of 1,140,000 each with 100 percent option on support of the M16 Rifle and M4 Carbine. Work is to be performed in New Britain, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2011. One bid solicited with one bid received. TACOM-Rock Island, CCTA-AR-SB, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52H09-09-C-0060).
L-3 Communications / L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems, Camden, N.J, was awarded on Aug. 18, 2009 a $ 7,480,615 firm-fixed-price contract for the award of 2,379 each M935 PD Fuzes, NSN: 1390-01-268-9155, P/N: 9395584, purchased at a unit price of $ 51.99530 each, which is the proposed unit price without First Article. The proposed additional add-on quantity is for the award of 141,492 each M935 Fuzes, NSN: 1390-01-268-9155, P/N: 9395584, purchased at a unit price of $ 51.99530 each, which is the proposed unit price without First Article. First Article Test is waived since L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems is the current producer if the M935 Fuze. Work is to be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio and Camden, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 18, 2011. Bids were solicited via FedBizOps with two bids received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-07-C-0005).
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Aug. 17, 2009 a $37,699,405 firm-fixed-price contract option for two UH-60M and one HH-60M Helicopters with recurring for ECPs 0613R1 and 0614R1 installed on aircraft and 3 Auxiliary Power Units (APU) Inlet Barrier Filter Kits. Work is to be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. One bid solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center, CCAM-BH-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0003).
Diggs Construction, LLC, Wichita, Kan., was awarded on Aug, 17, 2009 a $8,274,600 construction firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an Army Reserve Center. Work is to be performed in Dodge City, Kan., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 14, 2010. Bids were solicited using FedBizOps Electronic Synopsis with four bids received. USACE, Louisville District Office, CELRLCT-M, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-09-C-0063).
RMA Land Construction, Inc, Anaheim, Calif., was awarded on Aug. 17, 2009 a $7,960,241 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of a single story 23,304 SF Child Development Center at Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico. The facility shall be sized for occupancy by 158 children from infant to preschool ages and shall meet Air Force Child Development and DoD force protection standards as well as applicable codes and standards. Demolition of an existing obsolete 9,000 SF Child Development Center will be accomplished after beneficial occupancy of the new CDC. Work is to be performed in Clovis, N.M., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 22, 2011. Bids were solicited by advertisement at www.fbo.gov as well as open to all small businesses with 8 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District-CESPA-CT, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting activity (W912PP-09-C-0023).
Alliant Ammunition and Power Co., LLC Radford, Va., was awarded on Aug. 17, 2009 a $5,797,008 firm-fixed-price, delivery order contract for M1SP-M1MP Propellant, End Use: M67 Propelling charge. NSN: 1376-00-0009-0041 Quantity: 525,833 LBS. Work is to be performed in Radford, Va., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2010. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with one bid received. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, CCRC-AR, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-09-G-0002).
Weeks Marine, Inc., Covington, La., was awarded on Aug. 14, 2009 a $14,877,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and black, Atchafalaya Bar Channel, Maintenance Dredging C/L Sta. 475+00, Non-Continuous (09-2), St. Mary Parish, La. Work is to be performed in St. Mary Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 12, 2009. Bids were solicited using the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, La. is the contracting activity (W912P8-09-C-0103).
BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Burlington, Mass., was awarded on Aug. 14, 2009 a $7,010,160 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The purpose of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology URGENT) Phase II Program is to extend accuracy and productivity to human geospatial analysts by advancing the state-of-the-art in automated scene analysis. BAE's design concept proposes to achieve this by fusing Light Detection and Ranging and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data source (sources used to help detect and classify urban geospatial features) for reasoning over scene content, automatically characterizing object attributes and function, and capturing analyst expertise using advanced machine learning approached. As a result, the program aims to achieve a significant reduction on latency between collecting geospatial data and suing it for mission planning, navigation, targeting, etc. Work is to be performed in Burlington, Mass., (93 percent), and Los Angeles, Calif., (7 percent) with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with one bid received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-09-C-0101).
Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded on Aug.14, 2009 a $6,138,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The primary objective of Science Applications International Corporation Retriever project is to advance technology development and demonstration programs for location and identification or radio frequency signals. Work is to be performed in Ypsilanti, Mich., (62 percent), Nashua, N.H., (20 percent), Piscataway, N.J., (13 percent), and Vienna, Va., (5percent) with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with thirteen bids received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-09-C-0112).
American Ornamental Iron Corp., Saltsburg, Pa., was awarded on Aug. 14, 2009 a $5,629,560 firm-fixed-price contract. Major features of the required work consist of cleaning, sandblasting, and painting three movable-crest tainter gates, two nonoverflow tainter gates, and two emergency bulkhead units at Charleroi Locks and Dam and portions of four non-overflow tainiers gates at Braddock Locks and Dam. The work also includes repair of damaged closure plates on the bottom units of the movable-crest gate with 85-15 zinc-aluminum. The interior of the movable-crest gates have lead-containing primer in some areas. The paint systems to be used are moisture-cure urethane. Work is to be performed in Braddock, Pa., (38 percent) and Charleroi, Pa., (62 percent) with an estimated completion date of Aug. 23, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Pittsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (W911WN-09-C-0005).
The Korte Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded on Aug. 13, 2009 a $24,176,000 firm-fixed-price construction contract for the construction of a two-story standard design company operations facility for the Ranger Support Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Work is to be performed in Fort Lewis, Wash., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 11, 2011. Bids were solicited using www.fbo.gov with nine bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Seattle, Wash., is the contracting activity (W912DW-09-C-0020).
H & R of Belle Glade, Inc., Belle Glade, Fla. was awarded on Aug.13, 2009 a $6,150,220 firm-fixed-price contract for the Herbert Hoover Dike Reach 1, Abandoned Quarry Backfilling, Palm Beach County, Fla. Work is to be performed in Palm Beach County, Fla., with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2010. One bid solicited with five bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville Fla. is the contracting activity (W912EP-09-C-0041).
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,661,654 cost plus fixed fee contract to provide national security strategic simulations, exercise analysis for the Center for Applied Strategic Leadership, Institute for National Studies, National Defense University. At this time, $275,000 has been obligated. 55TH Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).
Fear, Intimidation & Media Disinformation: U.K Government is Planning Mass Graves in Case of H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic By Michel Chossudovsky
Link August 19, 2009
An official UK government report --quoted extensively in Britain's tabloid media-- is warning the British public that there will be countless deaths in the case of a swine flu pandemic. According to the WHO, a Worlwide public health emergency situation will take place in the Fall.
A high death toll is predicted without corroborating evidence.
The official report confirms government plans to set up mass graves for the victims of the swine flu pandemic:
"Plans for mass graves have been drawn up to cope with a second wave of swine flu this Autumn. The chilling proposals are spelled out in a Home Office document discussed at a meeting of Whitehall officials and council leaders last month.
It warns emergency plans may be needed in areas where there are not enough graves to cope.
The 59-page document talks about using "a grave that is for a number of unrelated persons, excavated mechanically in advance and designed for efficient preparation and use". (The Sun, Augsut 19, 2009)
The mass graves, according to the report, "are being planned to deal with the rising death toll from swine flu if the pandemic escalates":
"The grim revelation will see the mass burial sites dug in advance to cope with any potential crisis.
The Government is planning to create a series of communal graves to cope with the second outbreak expected in the autumn and through the winter.
A Home Office document published earlier this year sets out plans for how local councils should deal with a high death toll – estimates of the number of deaths range from 55,000 to as high as 750,000 from the H1N1 killer virus – including setting up temporary mortuaries.
So far, 44 people in England have been confirmed as dying after contracting swine flu and another five have died in Scotland. The document says that while most cemeteries have sufficient burial capacity for a number of years, this could be put to the test at the peak of a pandemic. (Daily Express, August 19, 2009)
The chilling proposals contained in the government report serve to intimidate the British public and create an atmosphere of panic. A public health crisis is being planned in a diabolical fashion. .
The report suggests unequivocally that there will be countless deaths resulting from the level 6 WHO pandemic, which require the development of mass graves:
Within weeks of a full-blown pandemic emerging, the number of burials could more than double. Inner city areas “may experience a shortage of grave space”, the report stated.
Freight containers and “inflatable” storage units may be needed to provide extra mortuary space. But it stated that “refrigerated vehicles and trailers should not be used”.
Other contingency plans being suggested were the need for cemeteries and crematoriums to work seven days a week and to hire extra staff to cope with demand.
There may also be a need for more “basic and shorter services at the chapel” or for “memorial services” to be held at a person’s home instead.
Retired doctors could be called back to work to issue death certificates so GPs can focus on patients, while NHS Blood and Transplant has appealed to the public to give blood to ensure banks were well stocked.
A Home Office spokeswoman said: “This is prudent, precautionary planning that has been taking place over a number of years, with the health service, other essential services and local authorities. It is important to stress that these are possible scenarios, not certainties, so that our stakeholders can plan for the worst and be prepared to deal with the outbreak effectively.” (Ibid)
These assertions are totally fabricated. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support these claims.
Realities are turned upside down. The British government is deliberately misleading the British public.
With some exceptions, the British media bears a heavy burden of responsibility in failing to analyse these "authoritative" statements emanating from Her Majesty's Government.
The WHO has not provided the evidence, nor has the British government.
There is ample evidence, documented in numerous reports, that the WHO's level 6 pandemic alert is based on fabricated evidence and a manipulation of the figures on mortality and morbidity resulting from the N1H1 swine flu.
The data initially used to justify the WHO's Worldwide level 5 alert in April 2009 was extremely scanty.
The WHO asserted without evidence that a "global outbreak of the disease is imminent". It distorted Mexico's mortality data pertaining to the swine flu pandemic. According to the WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan in her official April 29 statement: "So far, 176 people have been killed in Mexico". From what? Where does she get these numbers? 159 died from influenza out of which only seven deaths, corroborated by lab analysis, resulted from the H1N1 swine flu strain, according to the Mexican Ministry of Health.
The swine flu has the same symptoms as seasonal influenza: fever, cough and sore throat. What is happening is that the widespread incidence of the common flu is being used to generate the data pertaining to the H1N1 swine flu.
And all of sudden, the British authorities are predicting widespread mortality resulting from an influenza related ailment. What is the evidence. Big Pharma is behind the official reports and the media disinformation campaign.
Similarly, in the US the intervention of the military (as well as martial law provisions) are being envisaged in the case of a public health emergency.
Is this emergency being planned ahead of time. Are these various national emergencies (Britain, France UK) being coordinated through inter-governmental consultations, which serves to trigger a Worldwide public health emergency, based on fabricated evidence?
On the other hand, amply documented and denied by Western governments, the proposed vaccines could result in more deaths than those caused by the H1N1 influenza, as confirmed by Britain's Health Protection Agency:
A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.
The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.
It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.
GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.
The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.
It refers to the use of a similar swine flu vaccine in the United States in 1976 when:
* More people died from the vaccination than from swine flu.
* 500 cases of GBS were detected.
* The vaccine may have increased the risk of contracting GBS by eight times.
* The vaccine was withdrawn after just ten weeks when the link with GBS became clear.
* The US Government was forced to pay out millions of dollars to those affected.
The British government has announced that more than 13 million people will be innoculated. The proposed vaccines for the H1N1 swine flu have not, as yet, been tested.
Former Bush aide says politics colored US 'terror alert' by Olivier Knox Olivier Knox – Thu Aug 20
Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the "terror alert" level to sway the November 2004 US election.
Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books.
"After that episode, I knew I had to follow through with my plans to leave the federal government for the private sector," Ridge is quoting as writing in "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again."
Some of Bush's critics had repeatedly questioned whether the administration was using warnings of a possible attack to blunt the political damage from the unpopular Iraq war by shifting the debate to the broader "war on terrorism," which had wide popular appeal.
Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania, was the first secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security that the US Congress created in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes.
He also says that Bush's homeland security adviser at the White House, Fran Townsend, called his department ahead of an August 1, 2004 speech to ask Ridge to include a reference to "defensive measures ... away from home" -- language that he read as being a reference to the Iraq war.
In those remarks, Ridge said he was raising the threat alert level for the financial services sector in New York City, northern New Jersey, and Washington DC, and went on to praise Bush's leadership against extremism.
"The reports that have led to this alert are the result of offensive intelligence and military operations overseas, as well as strong partnerships with our allies around the world, such as Pakistan," said Ridge.
"Such operations and partnerships give us insight into the enemy so we can better target our defensive measures here and away from home," he said at the time.
He later publicly acknowledged that much of the information underpinning the new alert was three years old, stoking Bush critics' charges of political manipulation.
Ridge also details his frustration after the White House rejected his suggestion to establish department of homeland security offices in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, and -- long before Hurricane Katrina -- New Orleans, according to the summary.
He also says he urged his successor, Michael Chertoff, to reconsider the appointment of Michael Brown as the head of the Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA), whose response to the killer storm drew widespread criticism.
Ridge also charges that he was often "blindsided" during daily morning briefings with Bush because the FBI withheld information from him, and says he was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings.
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