"Whoever is the power behind this move, if Cheney really goes it will be for violating a rule sacrosanct to - the CIA. Not for murdering thousands in America [9/11] and abroad [Iraq, Afghanistan, etc]. -------------------------------------------------------- From: Mark Robinowitz <•••@••.•••> Subject: good news: indictments looming for Cheney regime, the Vermont Independence Convention, mainstream media sees through Rove's terror hoax, bird flu solutions? Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 00:20:53 -0700 http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/101905_world_stories.shtml#2 Jamey Hecht, From the Wilderness "Whoever is the power behind this move, if Cheney really goes it will be for violating a rule sacrosanct to - the CIA. Not for murdering thousands in America [9/11] and abroad [Iraq, Afghanistan, etc]. Nixon had to be removed on the premise that he had helped to commit a burglary, not that he had essentially murdered three million Indochinese and 58 thousand Americans. If Cheney actually goes, this will fit that pattern. When somebody has to go who is really powerful and really accomplished in the killing business, the reasons for the expulsion must have as little to do as possible with (1) the person's worst crimes, and (2) the actual reasons why he's being expelled." links: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/011805_simplify_case.shtml Simplifying The Case Against Cheney http://www.iraqbodycount.net http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/060804_coup_detat.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Rove While the breaking of Valerie Plame's cover as a NOC [Non Official Cover] operative of the CIA may be regarded as serious in and of itself, there has been some speculation that the damage caused by the leak may extend in very specific directions related to Plame's work with her cover company, Brewster Jennings & Associates. While the majority of commentators felt that her husband was the target for the smear, a body of evidence points to another motive for the leak. The leak may have been instigated as a move to end Plame's work spying on the Saudi royal family, and more specifically her investigation into whether the Saudi oilfields had passed their peak of productivity (see peak oil). In this view (found for example in Michael Ruppert's From The Wilderness news service) the leak was an attempt to silence and/or discredit Plame's findings on the state of the world's oil supply, thereby impairing the functioning of the CIA's ability to inform the administration, in turn reducing its ability to act usefully. ****************** US News & World Report White House Watch: Cheney resignation rumors fly Posted 10/18/05 By Paul Bedard In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated - another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP." Said another Bush associate of the rumor, "Yes. This is not good." The rumor spread so fast that some Republicans by late morning were already drawing up reasons why Rice couldn't get the job or run for president in 2008. "Isn't she pro-choice?" asked a key Senate Republican aide. Many White House insiders, however, said the Post story and reports that the investigation was coming to a close had officials instead more focused on who would be dragged into the affair and if top aides would be indicted and forced to resign. "Folks on the inside and near inside are holding their breath and wondering what's next," said a Bush adviser. But, he added, they aren't focused on the future of the vice president. "Not that, at least not seriously," he said. ****************** http://www.waynemadsenreport.com October 19, 2005 -- As of 3:45 pm, there was still no word on indictments coming out of the Grand Jury on Leakgate. But WMR can report the following: At approximately 4:45 pm, a motorcade consisting of a limousine, an SUV with well-armed security personnel, and a Washington, DC police car pulled into the annex of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on the 3rd Streetside of the courthouse complex on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The occupants of the motorcade spent approximately 40 minutes inside the courthouse. There is speculation that the motorcade was that of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Sources familiar with the operations of special prosecutors are of the opinion that given the makeup of the motorcade, the time spent by the party in the courthouse, and the moving of the Grand Jury today to new quarters, the Grand Jury and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald have concluded their deliberations and, as both a formality and a courtesy, Gonzales was invited to the courtroom to hear the indictments, have an opportunity to question the jurors, and be the first to convey the outcome of the secret proceedings to the White House. Although the Grand Jury has been meeting in the older Grand Jury room in the U.S. Courthouse, today it moved to a new Grand Jury room in the new courthouse annex. Two courtroom sketch artists were also permitted to sketch the empty Grand Jury room in the old courthouse building that was used until last week by the Leakgate Grand Jury. Last week, this room was used for the testimony of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and New York Times reporter Judith Miller. October 19, 2005 -- According to informed sources in Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney's Chef of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is expected to resign after he is, as expected, indicted for his role in outing a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson. After phony terrorist threats against New York's subway system last week and the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels yesterday, the Bush White House is hopelessly diverting the public's attention away from the inevitability of a major October political scandal involving high level resignations following indictments of key administration officials. After the White House managed to orchestrate the beginning of Saddam Hussein's trial in Iraq to divert attention from Leakgate, the trial was quickly postponed to the end of November -- a story waiting on the shelf to be pulled off again when pre-trial hearings may begin in Leakgate. From the "so is that news department?" Lynne Cheney tells Time magazine that her husband has no plans to run for president in 2008. It should be noted that Spiro T. Agnew was not a viable candidate for president in 1976 after his 1973 resignation following his no contest plea before a federal judge on a charge of tax evasion. Meanwhile, the Bush administration's neo con lackeys in the media are beginning to spin their counter-attack against the special prosecutor and his chief witnesses. Mort Zuckerman's neo-con tabloid, The New York Daily News, is calling Patrick J. Fitzgerald a former "doorman from Brooklyn" and the "son of a doorman." GOP mouthpieces like former prosecutor Joseph DiGenova, a partner of Rove attorney Robert Luskin in a Florida case, continues to defame Joseph Wilson by referring to him as a "liar," who falsely claimed Cheney sent him on a trip to Niger. That GOP talking point is, itself, a lie. Wilson never said that Cheney sent him to Niger. Wilson was requested by the CIA to travel to Niger to check out unsubstantiated intelligence that Iraq was seeking to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger. DiGenova falsely claimed on Imus In The Morning today that the Niger intelligence was correct, even though the Niger documents were counterfeit. DiGenova also claimed that Valerie Plame, a covert agent, had not traveled abroad in seven years. That charge is also patently false. Plame and Brewster Jennings & Associates' most critical overseas work on WMD counter proliferation occurred between 1996 and 2003. U.S. intelligence sources also confirm that during this period, the CIA counter-WMD team discovered the involvement of neo-con elements in the Bush administration, closely tied to the Likud regime in Israel and the Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli Mafia (RUIM), in trafficking nuclear components to Pakistan and Iran in order to heighten tensions between the West and Islamic states with developmental and embryonic nuclear weapons programs. The GOP and their shills continue the "Big Lie." Iraq never sought yellowcake uranium from Niger. The Niger claim was also rejected by the Deputy Commander of the US European Command and the U.S. ambassador in Niamey. According to Italian sources, an Italian parliamentary report on the Niger documents claims that the Niger documents were forged by the trio of Michael Ledeen (Karl Rove's chief foreign policy adviser) and former CIA Rome station chiefs Alan Wolf (since deceased) and Duane Clarridge. A non-redacted version of that report was reportedly delivered to Fitzgerald as part of his overall investigation of the Bush White House. A copy was also delivered to US Attorney for Eastern Virginia Paul McNulty for his continuing investigation of Israeli and AIPAC espionage at the Pentagon. October 19, 2005 -- EARLY EDITION -- After several hours of talking to various informed sources in Washington, DC this past evening, this is what is being speculated upon on Leakgate. There are credible reports that National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley will be indicted by Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Hadley is being mentioned as an indictment target along with Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Ari Fleischer. There is also credible information that Vice President Cheney will be named as an unindicted co-conspirator. As reported on WMR on September 30, Libby's deputy John Hannah, as a cooperating witness for the prosecution, provided invaluable evidence pinning indictable offenses on Libby, Cheney, Rove, and other key White House officials: From WMR (Sep. 30, 2005): "A former Justice Department prosecutor told this editor that Fitzgerald is the type of prosecutor who starts low in the food chain and works his way up to nab the big fish. Fitzgerald is said to have, very early on in the case, "flipped" John Hannah, Libby's deputy." RUMINT: There were a few noticeable senior Democratic faces, including a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, seen tonight gathered at the exclusive Georgetown Club in northwest Washington, DC. Guessing the topic of discussion would be a sure bet. October 18, 2005 -- In a rare public announcement by the spokesman for CIA leak special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Randall Samborn said that if and when there are any announcements in the case, they will be made from Washington, not Chicago where Fitzgerald serves as U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois. Samborn is the Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago. Fitzgerald has been detailed to Washington during his two and a half year investigation of the CIA leak matter. There is speculation that the announcements of indictments will come on Wednesday, October 19. The Grand Jury will be seated on Wednesday and its mandate is due to expire on October 28 unless it is extended, which a number of informed observers doubt will occur. ****************** http://www.vermontrepublic.org/ THE VERMONT INDEPENDENCE CONVENTION An Impossible Dream or a Vision of the Future? State House Montpelier, Vermont October 28, 2005 James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, will be the keynote speaker at The Vermont Convention on Independence to be held in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier on Friday October 28th. Sponsored by the Second Vermont Republic, the convention, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m., is open to the public and free of charge. This historic event will be the first statewide convention on secession in the United States since North Carolina voted to secede from the Union on May 20, 1861. Other speakers will include Professor Frank Bryan, UVM; Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Executive Director, Vermont Historical Society; Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College; Shay Totten, editor, Vermont Guardian; Antoine Robitaille, journalist Le Devoir (Quebec City); G. Roderick Lawrence, CEO, Stevenson Kellogg (Canada); (Rev.) Ben T. Matchstick; and General Ethan Allen (aka Jim Hogue). General Allen is expected to travel by horse to the State House. The objectives of the convention are twofold. First, to raise the level of awareness of Vermonters of the feasibility of independence as a viable alternative to a nation which has lost its moral authority and is unsustainable. Second, to provide an example and a process for other states and nations which may be seriously considering separatism, secession, independence, and similar devolutionary strategies. The Second Vermont Republic is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots, libertarian populist movement committed to the return of Vermont to its status as an independent republic as it once was between 1777 and 1791. For additional information, contact Thomas H. Naylor at 802-425-4133 or Jane Dwinell at 802-229-4008, •••@••.•••. ****************** note: this "terror threat" against the New York City subway system was later officially admitted to be a hoax, although US government officials blame some unnamed prisoner in one of their torture chambers (in Iraq? Guantanamo?) instead of admitting to the obvious ... this list from MSNBC is worth keeping to show the skeptical how the Rove media operation works A couple more interesting circumstances (unfortunately with real terror events): 9/11 happened after Bush's polling numbers sank below 50% and a media consortium was considering publishing their finding that Gore really won the Florida election (no surprise). It is likely that the decision to allow 9/11 to happen was made before the Florida 2000 election scandal - perhaps when the Project for a New American Century (Cheney, Jeb Bush, Rumsfeld, et al) stated in September 2000 that they needed a "new Pearl Harbor" to accomplish their global military objectives, including the seizure of Iraq (and its oil fields). The USA Patriot Act was passed just after anthrax letters were mailed to Senator Tom Daschle, the leader of the Democrats in Congress at that time. The Congressional vote to allow Bush to invade Iraq (it wasn't actually a Declaration of War) was passed while Washington DC was in fear of a sniper shooting at people in parking lots. While it is great that MSNBC is daring to state the obvious about the "terror" alerts, it should be noted that this list originated on a website tracking political issues, not from a multibillion dollar television network. One need not have a huge bank account to do this work. The original source for this list is http://juliusblog.blogspot.com/2004_08_01_juliusblog_archive.html#109156476570482138 http://juliusblog.blogspot.com see also http://www.oilempire.us/faketerror.html http://www.oilempire.us/psyops.html http://www.oilempire.us/911.html http://www.oilempire.us/reichstag-fire.html http://www.oilempire.us/parallels.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1590005,00.html New York subway threat was a hoax, security sources admit Jamie Wilson in Washington Wednesday October 12, 2005 The Guardian http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/nyc-nyterr114464928oct11,0,1015426.story Fabricated fear Subway bomb threat apparently was based on misinformation from informant; city to scale back security BY KNUT ROYCE AND ROCCO PARASCANDOLA Rocco Parascandola is a staff writer and Knut Royce is a special correspondent. Staff writers Dan Janison and Glenn Thrush contributed to this story. October 11, 2005 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9665308/#051012a October 12, 2005 8:35 p.m. ET The Nexus of Politics and Terror (Keith Olbermann) Secaucus - Last Thursday on Countdown, I referred to the latest terror threat - the reported bomb plot against the New York City subway system - in terms of its timing. President Bush's speech about the war on terror had come earlier the same day, as had the breaking news of the possible indictment of Karl Rove in the CIA leak investigation. I suggested that in the last three years there had been about 13 similar coincidences - a political downturn for the administration, followed by a "terror event" - a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning. We figured we'd better put that list of coincidences on the public record. We did so this evening on the television program, with ten of these examples. The other three are listed at the end of the main list, out of chronological order. The contraction was made purely for the sake of television timing considerations, and permitted us to get the live reaction of the former Undersecretary of Homeland Security, Asa Hutchinson. We bring you these coincidences, reminding you, and ourselves here, that perhaps the simplest piece of wisdom in the world is called "the logical fallacy." Just because Event "A" occurs, and then Event "B" occurs, that does not automatically mean that Event "A" caused Event "B." But one set of comments from an informed observer seems particularly relevant as we examine these coincidences. On May 10th of this year, after his resignation, former Secretary of Homeland Security Ridge looked back on the terror alert level changes, issued on his watch. Mr. Ridge said: "More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it. Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert)Š there were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said 'for that?'" Please, judge for yourself. Number One: May 18th, 2002. The first details of the President's Daily Briefing of August 6th, 2001, are revealed, including its title - "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S." The same day another memo is discovered - revealing the FBI knew of men with links to Al Qaeda training at an Arizona flight school. The memo was never acted upon. Questions about 9/11 Intelligence failures are swirling. May 20th, 2002. Two days later, FBI Director Mueller declares another terrorist attack "inevitable." The next day, the Department of Homeland Security issues warnings of attacks against railroads nationwide, and against New York City landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Number Two: June 6th, 2002. Colleen Rowley, the FBI agent who tried to alert her superiors to the specialized flight training taken by Zacarias Moussaoui, whose information suggests the government missed a chance to break up the 9/11 plot, testifies before Congress. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Graham says Rowley's testimony has inspired similar pre-9/11 whistle-blowers. June 10th, 2002. Four days later, speaking from Russia, Attorney General John Ashcroft reveals that an American named Jose Padilla is under arrest, accused of plotting a radiation bomb attack in this country. Padilla had, by this time, already been detained for more than a month. Number Three: February 5th, 2003. Secretary of State Powell tells the United Nations Security Council of Iraq's concealment of weapons, including 18 mobile biological weapons laboratories, justifying a U.N. or U.S. first strike. Many in the UN are doubtful. Months later, much of the information proves untrue. February 7th, 2003. Two days later, as anti-war demonstrations continue to take place around the globe, Homeland Security Secretary Ridge cites "credible threats" by Al Qaeda, and raises the terror alert level to orange. Three days after that, Fire Administrator David Paulison - who would become the acting head of FEMA after the Hurricane Katrina disaster - advises Americans to stock up on plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect themselves against radiological or biological attack. Number Four: July 23rd, 2003: The White House admits the CIA -- months before the President's State of the Union Address -- expressed "strong doubts" about the claim that Iraq had attempted to buy uranium from Niger. On the 24th, the Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is issued; it criticizes government at all levels; it reveals an FBI informant had been living with two of the future hijackers; and it concludes that Iraq had no link to Al-Qaeda. 28 pages of the report are redacted. On the 26th, American troops are accused of beating Iraqi prisoners. July 29th, 2003. Three days later, amid all of those negative headlines, Homeland Security issues warnings of further terrorist attempts to use airplanes for suicide attacks. Number Five: December 17th, 2003. 9/11 Commission Co-Chair Thomas Kean says the attacks were preventable. The next day, a Federal Appeals Court says the government cannot detain suspected radiation-bomber Jose Padilla indefinitely without charges, and the chief U.S. Weapons inspector in Iraq, Dr. David Kay, who has previously announced he has found no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, announces he will resign his post. December 21st, 2003. Three days later, just before Christmas, Homeland Security again raises the threat level to Orange, claiming "credible intelligence" of further plots to crash airliners into U.S. cities. Subsequently, six international flights into this country are cancelled after some passenger names purportedly produce matches on government no-fly lists. The French later identify those matched names: one belongs to an insurance salesman from Wales, another to an elderly Chinese woman, a third to a five-year old boy. Number Six: March 30th, 2004. The new chief weapons inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer tells Congress we have still not found any WMD there. And, after weeks of refusing to appear before the 9/11 Commission, Condoleezza Rice finally relents and agrees to testify. On the 31st: Four Blackwater-USA contractors working in Iraq are murdered, their mutilated bodies dragged through the streets and left on public display in Fallujah. The role of civilian contractors in Iraq is widely questioned. April 2nd, 2004. Homeland Security issues a bulletin warning that terrorists may try to blow up buses and trains, using fertilizer and fuel bombs - like the one detonated in Oklahoma City - stuffed into satchels or duffel bags. Number Seven: May 16th, 2004. Secretary of State Powell appears on "Meet The Press." Moderator Tim Russert closes by asking him about the "enormous personal credibility" Powell had placed before the U.N. in laying out a case against Saddam Hussein. An aide to Powell interrupts the question, saying the interview is over. Powell finishes his answer, admitting that much of the information he had been given about Weapons of Mass Destruction was "inaccurate and wrong, and, in some cases, deliberately misleading." May 21st, 2004, new photos showing mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison are released. On the 24th - Associated Press video from Iraq confirms U.S. forces mistakenly bombed a wedding party - killing more than 40. Wednesday the 26th. Two days later, Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller warn that intelligence from multiple sources, in Ashcroft's words, "indicates Al-Qaeda's specific intention to hit the United States hard," and that "90 percent of the arrangements for an attack on the United States were complete." The color-coded warning system is not raised, and Homeland Security Secretary Ridge does not attend the announcement. Number Eight: July 6th, 2004. Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry selects Senator John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate, producing a small bump in the election opinion polls, and a huge swing in media attention towards the Democratic campaign. July 8th, 2004. Two days later, Homeland Secretary Ridge warns of information about Al-Qaeda attacks during the summer or autumn. Four days after that, the head of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, DeForest B. Soaries, Junior, confirms he has written to Ridge about the prospect of postponing the upcoming Presidential election in the event it is interrupted by terrorist acts. Number Nine: July 29th, 2004. At their party convention in Boston, the Democrats formally nominate John Kerry as their candidate for President. As in the wake of any convention, the Democrats dominate the media attention over the ensuing weekend. Monday, August 1st, 2004. The Department of Homeland Security raises the alert status for financial centers in New York, New Jersey, and Washington to orange. The evidence supporting the warning - reconnaissance data, left in a home in Iraq - later proves to be roughly four years old and largely out-of-date. Number Ten: Last Thursday. At 10 AM Eastern Time, the President addresses the National Endowment for Democracy, once again emphasizing the importance of the war on terror and insisting his government has broken up at least 10 terrorist plots since 9/11. At 3 PM Eastern Time, five hours after the President's speech has begun, the Associated Press reports that Karl Rove will testify again to the CIA Leak Grand Jury, and that Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald has told Rove he cannot guarantee that he will not be indicted. At 5:17 PM Eastern Time, seven hours after the President's speech has begun, New York officials disclose a bomb threat to the city's subway system - based on information supplied by the Federal Government. A Homeland Security spokesman says the intelligence upon which the disclosure is based is "of doubtful credibility." And it later proves that New York City had known of the threat for at least three days, and had increased police presence in the subways long before making the announcement at that particular time. Local New York television station, WNBC, reports it had the story of the threat days in advance, but was asked by "high ranking federal officials" in New York and Washington to hold off its story. Less than four days after revealing the threat, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "Since the period of the threat now seems to be passing, I think over the immediate future, we'll slowly be winding down the enhanced security." While news organizations ranging from the New York Post to NBC News quote sources who say there was reason to believe that informant who triggered the warning simply 'made it up', a Senior U.S. Counter-terrorism official tells the New York Times: "There was no there, there." The list of three additional examples follows. Number Eleven: October 22nd, 2004. After weeks of Administration insistence that there are terrorist plans to disrupt the elections, FBI, Law Enforcement, and other U.S. Intelligence agencies report they have found no direct evidence of any plot. More over, they say, a key CIA source who had claimed knowledge of the plot, has been discredited. October 29, 2004. Seven days later - four days before the Presidential election - the first supposedly new, datable tape of Osama Bin Laden since December 2001 is aired on the Al-Jazeera Network. A Bush-Cheney campaign official anonymously tells the New York Daily News that from his campaign's point of view, the tape is quote "a little gift." Number Twelve: May 5th, 2005. 88 members of the United States House of Representatives send a letter to President Bush demanding an investigation of the so-called "Downing Street Memo" - a British document which describes purported American desire dating to 2002 to "fix" the evidence to fit the charges against Iraq. In Iraq over the following weekend, car bombings escalate. On the 11th, more than 75 Iraqis are killed in one. May 11th, 2005. Later that day, an instructor and student pilot violate restricted airspace in Washington D.C. It is an event that happens hundreds of times a year, but this time the plane gets to within three miles of the White House. The Capitol is evacuated; Vice President Cheney, the First Lady, and Nancy Reagan are all rushed to secure locations. The President, biking through woods, is not immediately notified. Number Thirteen: June 26th, 2005. A Gallup poll suggests that 61 percent of the American public believes the President does not have a plan in Iraq. On the 28th, Mr. Bush speaks to the nation from Fort Bragg: "We fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand. So we'll fight them there, we'll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won." June 29th 2005. The next day, another private pilot veers into restricted airspace, the Capitol is again evacuated, and this time, so is the President. -- To summarize, coincidences are coincidences. We could probably construct a similar time line of terror events and warnings, and their relationship to - the opening of new Walmarts around the country. Are these coincidences signs that the government's approach has worked because none of the announced threats ever materialized? Are they signs that the government has not yet mastered how and when to inform the public? Is there, in addition to the "fog of war" a simple, benign, "fog of intelligence"? But, if merely a reasonable case can be made that any of these juxtapositions of events are more than just coincidences, it underscores the need for questions to be asked in this country - questions about what is prudence, and what is fear-mongering; questions about which is the threat of death by terror, and which is the terror of threat. Comments? E-mail: •••@••.••• ****************** thanks to Progressive Review for this link - http://www.prorev.com http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg18825215.900 HOW TO GET MORE VACCINE TO MORE PEOPLE FASTER NEW SCIENTIST - Substantial commercial, political and bureaucratic barriers remain that will stop us being able to vaccinate enough of the world's people to contain any pandemic. What is urgently required is a global plan to combat the threat. The problem boils down to numbers. A hybrid vaccine virus has already been produced that could immunize people against the H5N1 bird flu virus. But manufacturers can't make enough of it. Production capacity will not significantly increase any time soon, beyond a few new plants already under construction in Europe, and with the equipment available they can make only a few kilograms of the viral protein that forms the basis of the vaccine. If each dose contains 15 micrograms of viral protein, as in vaccines against ordinary flu, that's enough for no more than 900 million doses of vaccine over a normal six-month production cycle. But that doesn't mean 900 million people can be protected. Because H5N1 is new to our immune system, people will need two vaccinations a few weeks apart. That halves the number who can be protected within six months to 450 million. And even that is likely to be wildly optimistic. "This virus has done a number on us," says Robert Webster of St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In August, human trials of the hybrid vaccine showed that each person would require two 90-g doses. That equates to enough vaccine worldwide for 75 million people, or around one quarter the US population. The way round this, say vaccine experts, is to boost the power of the shots by combining them with a simple immunity-stimulating chemical called an adjuvant. Norbert Hehme at vaccine maker Glaxo Smith Kline in Dresden, Germany, has made a vaccine that can induce full immunity against relatives of the H5 family of bird flu viruses with two doses of just 1.9 g each. Given existing production capacity for H5N1, this would allow 3.5 billion people to be protected. That is as many as could practically be immunized, given other limitations, says David Fedson, founder of the vaccine industry's pandemic task force. But the US trials did not use adjuvant, despite warnings that without it only large doses would work. . . Fedson, however, believes these barriers can be overcome. What is needed, he argues, is a well-funded international body along the lines of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, launched by the UN in 2002, which has spent $3 billion tackling these diseases. A similar body for pandemic flu, Fedson says, could coordinate vaccine development and fund the testing that will get us the low-dose, adjuvanted vaccine that may be needed to fight a global pandemic. "Wouldn't it be horrible if a pandemic comes and afterwards we discover we could have made far more vaccine?" he says. "We'll look like fools." Such a body could also head off the political crisis that would ensue if vaccine-manufacturing countries decide to immunize their own people before allowing vaccine to be exported. "Can you imagine the conflict that would result if people in Bordeaux get vaccinated and people in Barcelona don't?" says Fedson. . . "We are confident that a vaccine is feasible even if it is not fully matched to the pandemic strain, as long as there is a strong adjuvant," Giuseppe del Giudice of Chiron told New Scientist. While it may not protect 100 per cent, it might mean that H5 does not kill so many people. And it would act as a "priming" dose, meaning people would later require only one shot of vaccine matched to the pandemic strain. The science is in place. Now the world needs to push forward to test and license a vaccine. When pandemic fears surfaced with swine flu in 1976, the US government developed, tested and licensed a vaccine, then made enough for most of its people, within six months. "We did it in 1976," says Fedson. 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