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  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Updated: 11:22pm

CIA vows not to use vaccine programmes in spy operations after bin Laden case

Polio's rise blamed on distrust sowed by US spies' fake vaccine programme to ring in bin Laden

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 11:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 1:06pm

The White House has promised the United States will not use vaccination programmes as cover for spy operations, after the move was attempted during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

As Pakistan suffers a resurgence of polio, a top White House official pledged in a letter dated May 16 that intelligence agencies would foreswear the tactic, which is partly blamed for the spread of the crippling disease.

The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a reported immunization programme conducted by a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who used a hepatitis vaccine survey in the Pakistani city where bin Laden was later killed in a secret US mission in 2011.

The CIA orchestrated the survey to try to obtain fluid containing DNA from relatives living near the bin Laden residence as a way of positively identifying the terrorist leader, The Washington Post reported. It said the effort failed and the surgeon, Afridi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Islamic militant leaders are reluctant to embrace vaccination programmes after attempting to help the CIA track down the al-Qaeda terror chief through a fake vaccine project.

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco had assured the deans in a letter that CIA policy as of last August makes clear “the CIA will make no operational use of vaccination programmes, which includes vaccination workers”.

“Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programmes. This policy applies worldwide, and to US persons and non-US persons alike,” she said.

The letter by Monaco was first reported by Council on Foreign Relations fellow Laurie Garrett on Twitter and by Yahoo News.

Pakistan last week announced that residents of its restive tribal belt would not be able to travel to other parts of the country without getting vaccinated against polio.

The order came days after Pakistan said it would set up mandatory immunization points at airports to help stop its polio outbreak spreading abroad, in response to new guidelines by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO warned that polio has re-emerged as a public health emergency – with the virus affecting 10 countries worldwide and becoming endemic in three, including Pakistan – and urged infected nations to implement vaccine requirements for all international travel.

The Taliban and other militants violently oppose polio vaccination campaigns, seeing them as a cover for foreign spying and regularly attack immunization teams. Some 56 people have been killed in such incidents since December 2012.


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A Kuro
Snake Obama f a r t s and s h i t s from his mouth.
But can anyone trust the what the White House promises?
CIA/DOD covert biological weapon and warfare actions using vaccines is nothing new. Certainly, I am not so naive and gullible to believe the White House's recent "pledge" to never use vaccines as a covert spy op.
FACT: AIDS virus was cultured as a biological weapon in biochemical warfare in labs in NY and NJ.
Don't take my word for it, do your own research as I have.
Start with the published "Strecker Memorandum"
Or the book: Emerging Viruses AIDS & Ebola Nature, Accident or Intentional? Leonard G. Horowitz, DMD, MA, MPH
Brief explanation of biochemical warfare with AIDS virus:
Hepatitis and Small Pox Vaccines were used as the "cover" and were deliberately laced (contaminated) with the AIDS virus and then administered select groups of undesirables targeting homosexuals and IV drug users in the US or blacks in African as guinea pigs, in the 1970s, with an experimental biological weapon intended to perpetuate genocide.
Six cities in the US (NY, SF, LA, St. Louis, Huston, Chicago) were selected by the USPHS (US Public Health Services) to administer the experimental hepatitis vaccine which was contaminated with AIDS virus. In Africa, the small pox vaccinations were contaminated with AIDS virus.
Health departments in these select US cities received special federal funding for promotion and outreach for the hepatitis vaccine in these two vulnerable communities. WHO provided outreach in Africa.


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