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October 05, 2005

Bush military bird flu role slammed

CNN.com reports a very negative response to Bush's idea of using the military to enforce quarantines on US regions: Bush military bird flu role slammed.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, associate dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and director of its National Center for Disaster Preparedness, told The Associated Press the president's suggestion was dangerous.

Giving the military a law enforcement role would be an "extraordinarily Draconian measure" that would be unnecessary if the nation had built the capability for rapid vaccine production, ensured a large supply of anti-virals like Tamiflu and not allowed the degradation of the public health system.

"The translation of this is martial law in the United States," Redlener said.

t, but unenforceable martial law.

Posted by dymaxion at October 5, 2005 10:09 PM

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