Thursday, February 12, 2009


Stewart Parnell, Peanut Corp., before Congress. Where
is his turban and beard? Where's his video found on the
Internets by our government, like all the rest of
those frightening guys from other countries shaking
their fingers and ranting in Arabic at the netcam?
Where are the experts from CSIS or Brookings saying
what a dangerous fellow he is? Where are our tough
lawmakers squeezing the truth from him? Talk, you!
His hometown newspaper said he was a good football
player in high school, though. Oh, where did it all
go so wrong?

"Level of food inspection should make everyone gag," stated an opinion piece from the Detroit Free Press today.

"First, spinach; then, jalapenos; next, tomatoes -- and on and on goes the list of tainted food products. Will it take an attack on apple pie before lawmakers accept and respond to the obvious need for more food inspectors?"

Good question. Hard to say from this man's national security standpoint. In the past, it's never made a difference. And that has to do, as discussed this week and many times before, with predator state action. In the predator state, nothing can be allowed to work for the public good because it gets in the way of commerce and business interests. The way of things has been for resources which could be spent on sensible stuff like boosting the manpower and budget of the FDA, to flow to other agencies for the meeting of external threats. And these external threats have often been manufactured expressly for the purpose of justifying and facilitating the flow of money from public coffers.

In the past week, DD has run down a sampling of the years of meretricious claims, emitted in waves by government officials, businessmen and think tank experts, babble that terrorists would attack the food supply. And funding flowed like water to fight agroterrorism. Like the FBI, which has had all its financial investigators turned over the war on terror when now an ocean of potential fraud cases await investigation in the US financial crisis, even the FDA has had some its resources diverted to fight the menace of Islamic terror.

But it has turned out more enemies have been in our midst.

"With additional resources, the [FDA] might have acted on the signs of trouble that now seem to have been so obvious, including 12 tests by a private company that showed the plant testing positive for salmonella," continued the Freep. "The errors in this case are gross enough to force a congressional review of the FDA, starting with an examination of current and backlogged investigations and a hard look at how the agency deploys inspectors, and gains that could be made with more inspectors in place ... Protecting peanuts should be a small piece of the Obama administration's plan to guard the nation's food supply."

It may seem convenient to beat up on the FDA. But, in truth, the agency has been strangled. As pointed out yesterday, agencies which actually serve the immediate public good have been allowed to atrophy for years. But agencies -- like the Dept. of Homeland Security -- which, incidentally, also awards contracts to those who would allegedly defend us from Islamic bio and agroterrorism, have ballooned.

"Oregon biopharmaceutical firm Siga Technologies hopes next year to receive federal approval to distribute a new smallpox antiviral treatment," reported a business pr sheet for the national security industry today.

"The company began work on the drug prior to 2001 and received an infusion of federal funding in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. It has now received $100 million worth of contracts from Washington."

That funding is about half of the amount in supplemental extra money the Bush administration and Congress threw at the FDA midway through last year when another tainted food and drugs scandal was in the news. One can see, just by this example, that the system is totally out of whack. The executive and congressional branches have shown no serious interest in fixing stuff. On the other hand, it has always been fine to toss fairly significant money at trivial businesses engaged in research (which is almost of virtually zero value to average Americans) into drugs (which probably won't pan out) for a disease which has been eliminated in nature.

Smallpox only exists in the Russian and American labs but it has been an article of faith in the security structure that terrorists will someday get it. But this is the same national security complex which has been wrong about almost everything during the last decade. In any case, at least as long as DD has been on the scene.

"Smallpox has been eliminated from nature, but samples are retained for research purposes in Russia and the United States," continues the pr. "The disease -- which kills roughly 30 percent of those infected -- is considered a Category A bioterrorism threat, alongside easily transmitted killers such as anthrax and plague.

"A is for the really bad guys," the company's CEO said for the press release.

Potential smallpox, no! Terrorists might get it and we would all die!

Poisoned food and drugs every six months? OK!

It's fairly obvious that the United States is broken almost everywhere. This country just doesn't work. It still may look a bit shiny on the outside but inside it's sprung. Busticated! If America in 2009 was a complicated equation, it would be one that doesn't balance.

So it's going to be quite a task to fix it, one in which the outcome is far from certain.

If you have found DD blog's series on predator state security interesting and worthy, please recommend it to others. I intend to continue it, trying to do my small bit to explain how it is we've so thoroughly made the wheels come off and what might done to fix it.


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