Archive for May 2, 2008

Those of you who read here on a regular basis know my stance on the lack of balanced coverage from local media relating to the National Bio Agro Defense Facility. The letter below spells out perfectly issues that should be part of the public debate, moreover the articles the writer is referring to, “Govt. acknowledges accidents at virus lab” if Googled the article returns 37,600 results and yet not one NC  local media outfit picks up on the story. Why? Is it because the article reports something NC citizens should not be concerned about? No, then why? Citizens of Butner and surrounding counties have been assured repeatly that there is no risk with the NBAF and here we have a well research story from the AP documenting acknowledged virus accidents that have previously been denied by the NC consortium. In addition, DHS refused to particpate in hearings to investigate the risk and need for this facility and now DHS is threatened with subpoenas to produce requested information. But we the citizens should believe the NBAF’s operation will be an open process, as promised by the consortium? Now that is laughable if it were not so serious.

 “Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee also are worried about the lab’s likely move to the mainland. The chairman, Democratic Rep. John Dingell, and the head of the investigations subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, are threatening to subpoena records they say Homeland Security is withholding from Congress. Those records include reports about “Crimson Sky,” and an internal review about a publicized 1978 accidental release of foot-and-mouth disease on Plum Island and reports about any previously undisclosed virus releases on the island during the past half century”.

Silence exists because citizens armed with the facts   are a threat to the public relations scam that is being pulled on the residents of Granville county namely Butner.

NBAF Articles Ignored

 Herald Sun

On April 11, two Associated Press articles were released, but were not printed in North Carolina. They were printed in other states that are competing for the National Bio-Agro Defense Facility.

The articles were about accidents on Plum Island in which hoof-and-mouth disease escaped containment. One article was admissions that such accidents had occurred in 1978.

A study called “Crimson Sky” was also discussed. Crimson Sky Study was done in North Carolina by an official of the N.C. Department of Agriculture. It showed that if just two farms were infected with hoof and mouth, the outbreak would be out of control in 10 days, spreading to 12 states.

If five farms were affected, the outbreak would reach 35 states in 10 days. The livestock industry nationwide would be brought to a halt.

Since Granville County is one of the proposed sites, and the study was based in North Carolina, you would think the releases would have been published in a North Carolina newspaper.

A week after the releases, the National Grange, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected farming organizations, sent a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture expressing its opposition to the BSL-4 lab being built on the mainland USA.

Hoof and mouth is highly contagious and can be transmitted by breath, clothes and vehicles, as well as animal-to-animal contact. The proponents of the NBAF would not like this news to be released, but opponents and neutral people have the right to the truth.

May 2, 2008


Washington Post

Swelling populations and a global tide of immigration will present new security challenges for the United States by straining resources and stoking extremism and civil unrest in distant corners of the globe, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said in a speech yesterday.
The population surge could undermine the stability of some of the world’s most fragile states, especially in Africa, while in the West, governments will be forced to grapple with ever larger immigrant communities and deepening divisions over ethnicity and race, Hayden said.

Hayden, speaking at Kansas State University, described the projected 33 percent growth in global population over the next 40 years as one of three significant trends that will alter the security landscape in the current century. By 2050, the number of humans on Earth is expected to rise from 6.7 billion to more than 9 billion, he said.

“Most of that growth will occur in countries least able to sustain it, a situation that will likely fuel instability and extremism, both in those countries and beyond,” Hayden said.

With the population of countries such as Niger and Liberia projected to triple in size in 40 years, regional governments will be forced to rapidly find food, shelter and jobs for millions, or deal with restive populations that “could be easily attracted to violence, civil unrest, or extremism,” he said.

European countries, many of which already have large immigrant communities, will see particular growth in their Muslim populations while the number of non-Muslims will shrink as birthrates fall. “Social integration of immigrants will pose a significant challenge to many host nations — again boosting the potential for unrest and extremism,” Hayden said.

The CIA director also predicted a widening gulf between Europe and North America on how to deal with security threats, including terrorism. While U.S. and European officials agree on the urgency of the terrorism threat, there is a fundamental difference — a “transatlantic divide” — over the solution, he said.

While the United States sees the fight against terrorism as a global war, European nations perceive the terrorist threat as a law enforcement problem, he said.

“They tend not to view terrorism as we do, as an overwhelming international challenge. Or if they do, we often differ on what would be effective and appropriate to counter it,” Hayden said. He added that he could not predict “when or if” the two sides could forge a common approach to security.

A third security trend highlighted by Hayden was the emergence of China as a global economic and military powerhouse, pursuing its narrow strategic and political interests. But Hayden said China’s increasing prominence need not be perceived as a direct challenge to the United States.

“If Beijing begins to accept greater responsibility for the health of the international system, as all global powers should, we will remain on a constructive, even if competitive, path,” he said. “If not, the rise of China begins to look more adversarial.”

This is very supicious to me,”she vowed not to go to prison? If she was that worried about prison there is an appeal process in which she had not yet filed. I hope this case is investigated by independent sources, outside of the FBI.  Her list, not yet released would have ruined many a politician, if you know what I mean. 

D.C. Madam’ commits suicide, police say

Palfrey had been convicted of running $2 million prostitution ring

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – The woman convicted of running a high-end Washington prostitution ring that snagged a senator killed herself Thursday, police said, weeks after she was convicted on charges she vowed not to go to prison for.

The body of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52, was found in a shed near her mother’s manufactured home about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. Police said she left at least two suicide notes and other writings to her family in a notebook, but they did not disclose their contents. The mother found Palfrey, who had apparently hanged herself with nylon rope from the shed’s ceiling.

Palfrey was convicted April 15 by a federal jury of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington’s political elite, including Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. She had denied her escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.

She was convicted of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering.

But the trial concluded without revealing many new details about the service or its clients. Vitter was among possible witnesses, but he did not take the stand.

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