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A New Ultra-Secret Government Agency
« on: December 06, 2005, 10:01:45 PM »
A New Ultra-Secret Government Agency

Legislation is moving in the Senate to create a new government agency to combat bioterrorism that will operate, unlike any other agency before it, under blanket secrecy protection.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005, S1873, that would create a new agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to research and develop strategies to combat bioterrorism and natural diseases. While Congress has created several agencies recently in response to homeland security concerns, most notably the Department of Homeland Security, Burr proposes for the first time ever to completely exempt this new agency from all open government laws. The legislation has already passed out of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and is now before the full Senate.

The Act creates the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA) to work on countering bioterrorism and natural diseases. Apparently in an attempt to protect any and all sensitive information on U.S. counter-bioterrorism efforts or vulnerabilities to biological threats, Burrs has included in the legislation the first-ever blanket exemption from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The legislation states that, "Information that relates to the activities, working groups, and advisory boards of the BARDA shall not be subject to disclosure" under FOIA "unless the Secretary [of HHS] or Director [of BARDA] determines that such disclosure would pose no threat to national security."

Neither the CIA nor the Defense Department has such an exemption. Burr`s spokesperson argues that the exemption is necessary to protect national security claiming that "there will be times where for national security reasons certain information would have to be withheld." For instance, the BARDA should not, according to the spokesperson, be required to publicly disclose information pertaining to a deadly virus.

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Re: A New Ultra-Secret Government Agency
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005, 06:28:08 AM »
I recieved a list of Symptoms to watch out for from CDC:

Symptoms of the BIRD FLU...
 
The Center for Disease Control has released a list of symptoms of bird flu. 
If you experience any of the following, please seek medical treatment immediately:
 
1.  High fever
2.  Congestion
3.  Nausea
4.  Fatigue
5.  Aching in the joints
6.  An irresistible urge to shit on someone's windshield.

Well I know my bout of flu was not bird flu... I never had symptom #6!   :D

Hey since its all BS hype anyway. We may as well have fun with it.
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Re: A New Ultra-Secret Government Agency
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2005, 06:35:47 AM »
That's why they make LimeAway®:D
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Re: A New Ultra-Secret Government Agency
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2005, 03:47:57 PM »
 :D
~ All truth passes through three stages. First,it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed. And Third, it is accepted as self evident.

~“When you see an evil action you must change it with your hand; if you cannot do so, with your tongue; if you cannot do so, [detest it] with your heart – and that is the weakest degree of faith.”
- Mandate of The Holy Prophet (saw)