Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Pandemic

The Swine Flu Pandemic originating out of Mexico has raised fears in Americans cognizant of End Time Prophecy. Some people are going to start the new millennium mentality when the 90’s gave way to the twenty-first century. There were all kinds of cataclysmic predictions but the one I remember was that computers around the world were supposed to go haywire because they were not programmed calendar wise for the twenty-first century. Or at least some things like that.

People were stocking up on food, water and survival knick-knacks.

Now I am hearing the same things pertain to the Swine Flu Pandemic. Personally I would be more concerned about Islamic terrorist dirty bombs or rogue nation EMT attacks from weak nukes.

Adding fuel to pandemic hysteria are reports like this:

The swine flu outbreak raises a lot of fears.

Here’s one you might not have thought of yet: The Pentagon may be taking over more and more of our civil society in this crisis.

Back in 2002, President Bush created NorthCom, the Pentagon’s Northern Command, which has jurisdiction over the United States.

And NorthCom has been running preparedness drills in the event of a flu pandemic for at least the past three years.

Making things more alarming, NorthCom got assigned its own fighting unit six months ago—the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which had spent much much of the last five years battling things out in Iraq.

The assignment of that fighting unit alarmed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “This is a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement and military authority and could, quite possibly, represent a violation of law,” said Mike German, ACLU national security policy counsel.

Testifying in March, General Victor Renuart, head of NorthCom, said it would provide “assistance in support of civil authorities” during an epidemic. And, he added, “when requested and approved by the Secretary of Defense or directed by the President, federal military forces will contribute to federal support.” But he boasted: “USNorthCom does not wait for that call to action.”

One last concern: George W. Bush bestowed upon the Presidency enormous powers, essentially to be in charge of every branch of government, as well as state and local and tribal governments and the private sector, in the event of a “catastrophic emergency.” (See National Security Presidential Directive 51)
We’re in a public health emergency now. It’s not “catastrophic” yet. But it appears to be up to the President—and the President only—to make that determination, according to the directive.

Congress needs to hold hearings on NorthCom, InfraGard, and National Security Presidential Directive 51.
(The Progressive)

The irony is The Progressive blames President Bush for something he never did and yet Leftist President Barack Hussein Obama has the authority to execute.

Reputable news sources are indeed beginning to point to possible safety measures by civilians and the government is and may do to overcome the Swine Flu Pandemic. I am a watcher of FOX News. I have noticed the last two days the Swine Flu is the top story dominating FOX News dissemination of information.

Time will tell how effective civilian and government actions reverse potential devastation to a mere cold and flu season finally.

JRH 4/30/09

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