by F. William Engdahl
June 5, 2009
F. William Engdahl
is author of the just-released book
Spectrum Dominance - Totalitarian Democracy in the New
He may be reached through
his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net
According to information from within the World Health Organization
in Geneva, the UN organization supposedly monitoring global health
dangers, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan plans to declare
a Phase 6 Official Pandemic Alert in the coming days.
This bizarre act if declared would come
at a time that the country which had to date reported far the latest
number of suspected H1N1 cases, the USA, has simply arbitrarily
stopped reporting new cases.
If you consider to let your family get scared into taking drugs like
Tamiflu that not only do not prevent or even ameliorate symptoms of
flu, but in some cases are so toxic they cause severe paralysis,
breathing problems and even death, you should at least know the
The report that WHO may declare an official Pandemic global alert
any time is all the more bizarre given the fact that the global wave
of cases reported to date to WHO from around the world reportedly
have been so mild as to be indistinguishable from the symptoms of
And the relatively small number of deaths alleged tied to swine flu
as it originally was named, appear in no way definitely tied to to
In a May 28 CDC press briefing, the CDC
‘When we look at our deaths, we have
information on 11 of the 12 deaths that have been reported to us
so far. And it appears that 10 of those fatalities occurred in
people who had an underlying condition that put them at greater
risk for severe complications of influenza.’
That is what epidemiologists call
correlation not causality or ‘opportunistic infection’ deaths.
European epidemiologists privately believe that there is no proven
link between supposed H1N1 Influenza A illness and the deaths,
rather that the deaths are ‘coincidence’ or what health
professionals term ‘opportunistic infections.’
The CDC report would seem to strengthen
US CDC stops
Even more bizarre for a supposed pandemic ‘threat to all mankind’
the official monitoring agency in the nation with so far the largest
number of reported case counts, which notably include ‘probable’ ad
well as ‘confirmed’ H1N1 cases, namely the United States, the CDC
announced en passant, on that May 28 press briefing that,
‘beginning next week, we're going to
shift to a different schedule. We'll be updating our case count
information less frequently.’
That statement came from Dr. Anne
Schuchat, Deputy Director for Science and Public Health
Program of the US Centers for Disease Control. She declined to
say what ‘less frequently’ was or even why such a decision was
reached at the same time the US Government is dedicating billion
dollars fast track funds to drug makers to produce H1N1 vaccines.
Oops! Wait a minute.
I thought we were teetering on the edge
of declaring a global Pandemic Emergency, Phase 6 where travel
restrictions, mandatory quarantine and other extreme steps would be
implemented. Then the responsible national agency in the country
with something like 67% of all reported cases of H1N1 Swine Flu
decided casually not to report so often?
Another anomaly in the increasingly bizarre situation is the release
of new WHO Pandemic guidelines on April 20, 2009, conveniently
enough just in time to affect the current world pandemic scare.
According to a WHO official responsible for the report, the revision
of revised 2005 WHO Pandemic guidelines was begun ‘well before the
Mexican flu cases were first reported.’
The official spoke off record.
Even more curious is the fact that the latest April 2009 WHO
Pandemic response guidelines prescribe the exact same response for
Phase 5 (sub-pandemic) and Phase 6 (so-called Pandemic), namely
‘implement actions as called for in their national plans.’
For that we need WHO?
The situation is becoming a golden harvest for the giant
pharmaceutical makers as they receive samples from the CDC to begin
producing possible vaccines as well as so-called antiviral drugs
The US government recently made available one billion dollars to
help big vaccine makers like Sanofi-Aventis and GlaxoSmithKline
ready production of new vaccines. Novartis leads the herd with $289
million in federal support, followed by Sanofi Aventis with $191
million and GlaxoSmithKline, which gets $181 million. In addition
the US Government had decided to ‘de-risk’ the vaccine production,
presumably removing usual safeguards for new vaccines.
The US Health and Human Services
Department (HHS) is placing orders with manufacturers
with which it already has contracts to produce a pandemic vaccine
for the never-pandemic H5N1 avian flu. More than $3 billion in
federal funds since 2005 have gone toward developing, building
manufacturing and stockpiling a vaccine to fight that disease.
How long do such vaccines hold in stock?
Fittingly given the bizarre nature of the entire Flying Pigs
panic being spread by
CDC, the CDC reports that it
expects the first H1N1 approved vaccines to be ready by Halloween.
Trick or Treat?
In Australia the government has ordered 10 million doses of a new
vaccine being developed by
CSL plans to start producing a new
vaccine in the next days that can be used for human testing. A
vaccine based on the California strain of the virus is being tested
in ferrets. China says that it will have samples of swine flu on
hand by June and plans to start manufacturing a new A/H1N1 vaccine
Many drug-makers are using techniques of genetic manipulation to
produce their new vaccine offerings in a race to market.
The Maryland drug-maker
Novavax which reported severe
annual income losses prior to the current Swine Flu scare, now is
preparing a genetically modified vaccine they claim is suitable for
The 1976 Swine
Phase 6 Pandemic Alert, all hell could break loose
governments and population going
cancellation of international
severe domestic travel
other emergency measures
In 1976 President Gerald Ford issued an
Executive Order calling for every man woman and child in the USA
to be vaccinated against a suspected outbreak of swine Flu at
the Fort Dix US military base. Within months more than forty million
unknowing Americans had been vaccinated, some 20% of the then total
population despite the fact that no pandemic ever appeared.
The flu was restricted to
Interestingly, aside from severe weather and crowded barrack
conditions at Fort Dix, every recruit coming in had immediately been
given multiple vaccinations as routine, similar to what US soldiers
are given today before being shipped to Iraq or Afghanistan, or
similar to what US and European soldiers were given in 1918 during
the spread of the misnamed Spanish Influenza of 1918.
Was the Fort Dix wave of illnesses and
one death a consequence of the vaccinations? We may never know as no
government agency was interested in pursuing the notion.
In that 1976 US swine flu panic, aided by a nervous President eager
to win re-election, there were thirty deaths due to adverse vaccine
reactions and dozens if not hundreds of cases of the rare
Guillain-Barre syndrome which
led to halting of a national vaccination that was being given for a
There was one very significant difference between 1976 and today
In 1976 US insurance companies refused
to insure vaccine manufacturers against lawsuits for vaccine-related
illnesses or deaths. Today drug-makers need have little fear of
damages from product liability lawsuits. They can unleash whatever
substances the FDA lets them, and indications are that under
Pandemic declaration safety standards would be dropped in the rush
to stab the population as widely as possible with vaccines.
Under rulings made under the
vaccines can be labeled as
“unavoidably unsafe” meaning that when a product is ‘carefully
designed, manufactured and marketed, but is dangerous nonetheless,’
it is not a defective product, even though it might cause injury.
Clear? It certainly is clear to the pharmaceutical industry which
lobbied hard for the determination.
A decisive victory for the drug industry came in January 2006 when
Bush Administration Health and Human Services Secretary
Michael Leavitt announced a new ruling in defiance of
established precedent and the expressed intent of Congress.
The new FDA rules pre-empted any state
laws that allow citizens to sue drug-makers for producing unsafe
drugs under the dubious claim that the FDA, an agency under HHS, had
national responsibility for certification of drug safety and state
lawsuits impinged on that national responsibility.
As several Congressmen at the time
pointed out the FDA track record for timely response to clear
drug dangers as in the Vioxx cases was hardly to the benefit of the
health and welfare of citizens suffering needless heart attacks
and death as a side effect of the drug.
It would be relevant to ask if the Democratic Congress that
protested the 2006 FDA liability-free ruling has plans to change
that free ride for vaccine makers. That might do more than anything
to reduce the effects of Swine Flu.
Then people might realize where the
real swine danger lies.