Judge Rules Forced Anthrax Inoculation Illegal
23 December 2003
by Anai Rhoads
The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to inoculate 2.4 million active duty personnel
against Anthrax. The estimated cost is 0 million for the immunisations against
the potentially dangerous bacterial disease. The once believed "preventative"
therapy called for six injections of the dead bacteria over a period of 18 months,
followed by annual booster shots. So far an estimated 900,000 have been subjected to
an illegal, yet mandatory, anthrax Inoculation enforced by the DoD.
United States District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Monday that the anthrax inoculation
violated a 1998 law that forbids experimental drugs to be imposed without either
the person's consent or signature by the Chief in Command. This ruling is especially important to the active duty
military who refused the vaccine.
For filing against the Pentagon over the mandatory anthrax inoculations, an Air Force
officer received a sixty day base restriction and was fined the sum of ,000. Another officer
who filed along was pushed out of a fourteen year long military career.
According to Public Health, the Anthrax vaccine was never proven to be safe. Vaccinees
reported symptoms of dizziness, laboured breathing, muscle aches, fatigue and ongoing
headaches which also resembled a host of Gulf War illnesses (Gulf War Syndrome). Without adequate
evaluation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved changes to the
BioCorp's vaccine composition several times since 1990.
Despite confirming possible harm to unborn babies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
offered the vaccine to children and pregnant women. A 1996 U.S. Army Medical Research Institute
of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) study revealed that out of thirty-five women given the
vaccine only seven reportedly gave birth to healthy babies.
Bioport Corporation of Lansing, Michigan, formerly known as the Michigan Biologic Products
Institute, received a lucrative million contract from the Pentagon to produce the
Despite the fact that French soldiers during the Gulf War were not given the anthrax vaccine
and do not exhibit any symptoms of GWS, many still debate whether or not the vaccine
is truly to blame for syndrome.
Anthrax in a cutaneous form infects the skin and ulcerates. If ingested, it attacks the
digestive system causing excessive vomiting and pain. Anthrax is most dangerous when it
enters the respiratory system. An enemy may use it as a biological weapon, spreading it
in powder form to be inhaled by the intended target.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA),
there is no significant data connecting the vaccine with prevention of
Anthrax's effects on the respiratory system. Experts state that the vaccine
could never keep up with other biological agents, genetically engineered germs or anthrax
permutations. Experts on germ warfare have little confidence in vaccines as a defence overall.
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 Hearing on DoD's Mandatory Anthrax
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