Executive order signed by Bill Clinton legalized medical experimentation on military servicemen without their knowledge
by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) An executive order issued in September 1999 by then-President Bill Clinton essentially gave the Pentagon permission to experiment on U.S. military personnel with an untested, untrusted and unapproved anthrax vaccine.
As reported by Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in November 2002, the injections which were mandated by the Defense Department led to a number of severe reactions in most of those who received it, prompting scores of Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units in particular to either transfer to other units or leave the service entirely between 1998 and 2000, according to a Government Accountability Office survey.
The GAO survey found that more than eight-in-ten, or 85 percent, of personnel forced to receive the anthrax vaccine had an adverse reaction to it, which was much higher than the 30 percent rate claimed by the vaccine’s manufacturer in 2000, when the survey was taken (three-in-ten is still a very high adverse reaction rate, truth be told).
The mandatory program “appears to have adversely affected the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve in terms of retaining needed experienced personnel,” the GAO report noted.
Executive order gave Pentagon permission to use experimental drug
The GAO recommended that the Pentagon establish an active surveillance program for reaction to vaccines, but even that would have been largely ineffective, former military medical personnel argued in this Democracy Now report. That’s because often they were instructed to give more than one vaccine with the anthrax shot, making it next to impossible to figure out which one may have caused a reaction.
What’s more, according to medical personnel, the anthrax vaccines that were being given to troops had not even been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, though according to Clinton’s executive order, they didn’t need to be if Pentagon brass decided they should be given to troops anyway. From Clinton’s order:
2. (b) It is the expectation that the United States Government will administer products approved for their intended use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, in the event that the Secretary considers a product to represent the most appropriate countermeasure for diseases endemic to the area of operations or to protect against possible chemical, biological, or radiological weapons, but the product has not yet been approved by the FDA for its intended use, the product may, under certain circumstances and strict controls, be administered to provide potential protection for the health and well-being of deployed military personnel in order to ensure the success of the military operation.
The Pentagon launched its program in 1998 in a bid to inoculate all troops against a perceived anthrax threat, which was never high. However, that program was scaled back because the manufacturer was having difficulty getting the vaccine approved by FDA.
The survey was taken before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax attacks in Washington, D.C., the following month. It showed that between September 1998 and September 2000, “about 16 percent of the pilots and aircrew members of the Guard and Reserve had (1) transferred to another unit (primarily to nonflying positions to avoid or delay receiving the anthrax shots), (2) moved to inactive status, or (3) left the military,” the report said.
“Additionally, an estimated one in five (18 percent) of those still participating in or assigned to a unit in 2000 – that is those who had not already changed their status – indicated their willingness to leave in the near future. Both groups, those who had already left and those indicating their intention to leave, ranked AVIP [Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program] as a key factor in their decision to leave or change their participation.”
The Democracy Now report included witnesses who said it was obvious that the Pentagon was attempting to cover up the anthrax vaccine injury.