U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency Bush's SPP power grab sets
stage for military to manage flu threats
Posted: August 28, 2007
>11:15 p.m. Eastern
>By Jerome R. Corsi
>The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in
>Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations
>by the <http://www.wnd.com/redir/r.asp?http://www.wto.org/>World
>Trade Organization and
><http://www.who.int/>World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law
>during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of
>continental health emergencies.
>orth American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza"
>was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec.
>At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has
>ex.html>created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been
>icle.aspx?id=14987>running exercises in preparation for the possible
>use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency
>involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
>With virtually no media attention, in 2005 President Bush shifted U.S.
>policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza, placing the country under
>international guidelines not specifically determined by domestic
>The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a
>3865.htm>International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a
>High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York.
>The new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza was
>designed to supersede an earlier November 2005
>.pdf>Homeland Security report that called for a U.S. national strategy
>that would be coordinated by the Departments of Homeland Security,
>Health and Agriculture.
>The 2005 plan, operative until Bush announced the International
>Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, directed the State
>Department to work with the WHO and U.N., but it does not mention that
>international health controls are to be considered controlling over
>relevant U.S. statutes or authorities.
>Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza,
>Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza
>coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating
>through authorities under the WTO,
>American Free Trade Agreement and the
>Food and Agriculture Organization.
>WND could find no evidence the Bush
>administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for
>oversight or approval.
>The SPP plan for avian and pandemic influenza announced at the Canadian
>summit last week embraces the international control principles Bush
>first announced to the U.N. in his 2005 International Partnership on
>Avian and Pandemic Influenza declaration.
>The SPP plan gives primacy for avian and pandemic influenza management
>to plans developed by the WHO, WTO, U.N. and NAFTA directives – not
>decisions made by U.S. agencies.
>The U.N.-WHO-WTO-NAFTA plan advanced by SPP features a prominent role
>for the U.N. system influenza coordinator as a central international
>director in the case of a North American avian flu or pandemic
>In Sept. 2005,
>David Nabarro was appointed the first U.N.
>system influenza coordinator, a position which also places him as a
>senior policy adviser to the U.N. director-general.
>Nabarro joined the WHO in 1999 and was appointed WHO executive director
>of sustainable development and health environments in July 2002.
>In a Sept. 29, 2005,
>005/050929_Nabarro.doc.htm>press conference at the U.N., Nabarro made
>clear that his job was to prepare for the H5N1 virus, known as the
>Nabarro fueled the global fear that an epidemic was virtually inevitable.
>In response to a question about the 1918-1919 flu pandemic that killed
>approximately 40 million people worldwide, Nabarro commented, "I am
>certain there will be another pandemic sometime."
>Nabarro stressed at the press conference that he saw as inevitable a
>worldwide pandemic influenza coming soon that would kill millions.
>He quantified the deaths he expected as follows:
>"I'm not, at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers,
>but I just want to stress, that, let's say, the range of deaths could
>be anything from 5 to 150 million."
>In a March 8, 2006, U.N. press conference that was
>/Mar/09-520042.html>reported on a State Department website, Nabarro
>predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would "reach the Americas
>within the next six to 12 months."
>On Feb. 1, 2006,
>icle.aspx?id=14987>NORTHCOM hosted representatives of more than 40
>international, federal and state agencies for "an exercise designed to
>provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including
>military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza
>pandemic in the United States."
>NORTHCOM and other governmental websites document the growing role the
>Bush administration plans for the U.S. military to be involved in
>continental domestic emergencies involving health, including avian flu
>and pandemic influenza.
>s20060526.html>NORTHCOM participated in a nationwide Joint Chiefs of
>Staff-directed exercise – code-named Exercise Ardent Sentry 06 – to
>rehearse cooperation between Department of Defense and local, state and
>federal agencies, as well as the Canadian government.
>A pandemic influenza crisis was one of the four scenarios gamed in
>Exercise Ardent Sentry 06,
>s20060526.html>involving a scenario of a plague in Mexico reaching
>across the border into Arizona and New Mexico.
>As has been customary in SPP documents and declarations, the
>Montebello, Canada, announcement of the North American Plan for Avian &
>Pandemic Influenza acknowledges in passing the sovereignty of the three
>The announcement says, "The Plan is not intended to replace existing
>arrangements or agreements.
>As such, each country's laws are to be respected and this Plan is to be
>subordinate and complementary to domestic response plans, existing
>arrangements and bilateral or multilateral agreements."
>Still, the SPP plan argues the risk from avian and pandemic influenza
>was so great to North America that the leaders of the three nations
>were compelled "to work collectively and with all levels of government,
>the private sector and among-non-governmental organizations to combat
>avian and pandemic influenza."
>Moreover, the SPP plan openly acknowledges, "The WHO's international
>guidance formed much of the basis for the three countries' planning for
>North American preparedness and response."
>previously reported NORTHCOM has been
>established with a command center at Peterson Air Force Base, tasked
>g the U.S. military in continental domestic emergency situations.
>also has reported President Bush signed in May two documents, National
>Directive-51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, which
>give the office of the president extraordinary powers to declare
>national emergencies and to assume near-dictatorial powers.
>Following the Montebello summit last week, the SPP North American Plan
>for Avian & Pandemic Influenza was published on a
>SPP homepage redesigned to feature agreements newly reached by
>trilateral bureaucratic working groups.
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