from reuters: U.S. policy in preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic is veering dangerously toward a heavy-handed law-enforcement approach, the American Civil Liberties Union said on… it was worried that the plan called for military and police involvement in enforcing a quarantine.
The ACLU experts said they were especially disturbed by an October executive order from President George W. Bush that directed HHS to establish a task force to plan for potential catastrophes like a terrorist attack, pandemic influenza or a natural disaster that would ensure full use of Department of Defense resources.
The Bush order does not specify what the Department of Defense role would be, but also mentions military medical research facilities that have played a role in health for decades.
“Pandemic planning today tends to emphasize mandatory vaccination and forced treatment,” the ACLU’s Tania Simoncelli told a news conference.
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