10/14/2005

Daily Kos: POWER GRAB: Pentagon Says Militarization of US Disaster Relief " Inevitable "POWER GRAB: Pentagon Says Militarization of US Disaster Relief

POWER GRAB: Pentagon Says Militarization of US Disaster Relief " Inevitable "
by kingubu
Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 03:48:33 AM CDT

Recall earlier this month during Bush's snoozer of a press conference that he slipped in a little bombshell about the possiblity of using the US military to enforce quarantines in case of an outbreak of Avian Flu:

The policy decisions for a president in dealing with an avian flu outbreak are difficult.

One example: If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you, then, enforce a quarantine?

It's one thing to shut down airplanes. It's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu.

And who best to be able to effect a quarantine?

One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move. So that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have.

Congressional debate? Well, its been a over a week since then and you know our little George, he's twitchy; he doesn't like to wait.

Daily Kos: POWER GRAB: Pentagon Says Militarization of US Disaster Relief " Inevitable "

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