Skip to content

Grand Re-Opening
* FREE Shipping all orders to lower 48 US states

Catholic Online SHopping

To end attacks on health workers, CIA abandons use of vaccine programs for spying purposes

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Tactic was used previously to flush out Osama Bin-Laden

The CIA has announced that it will now never use international vaccine programs as covert spying operations. Zubair Mufti of the World Health Organization says that the U.S. move "is coming at the right time."

Polio in Pakistan has been spreading fast since the Taliban banned the vaccination campaign two years ago.

Polio in Pakistan has been spreading fast since the Taliban banned the vaccination campaign two years ago.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/20/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Vaccines, CIA< spying program, Pakistan, polio


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "By publicizing this policy, our objective is to dispel one canard that militant groups have used as justification for cowardly attacks against vaccination providers," CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement to the BBC.
 
The policy has ended, citing concerns for the safety of health workers, the White House has said. A White House aide said the CIA stopped such practices in August.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

The CIA had used a fake vaccine program to try to find Osama Bin Laden before U.S. Special Forces killed him in 2011. The policy change arrives after a wave of deadly attacks by militants on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan.

Polio there has been spreading fast since the Taliban banned the vaccination campaign two years ago. The news is expected to be welcomed in Pakistan.

Professor Ibrahim Khan, an intermediary for the Taliban, told the BBC the militants wanted assurances that the vaccination program wasn't being used for other purposes.

Khan says he's hopeful the Taliban will lift the ban on the vaccine but he added it was also contingent on the success of peace negotiations with the government.

Sixty-six cases of polio have been declared in Pakistan since January, compared with only eight during the same period last year.

More than 60 polio workers and security personnel were killed between December 2012 and April 2014, most of them in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to Pakistani officials and humanitarian workers.

Militants controlling this area banned vaccination there, saying health workers may include American spies.

"This reassurance is coming at the right time and we sincerely hope this will contribute towards reaching the children," Zubair Mufti of the World Health Organization told reporters. "Public health programs should only be focused toward providing health to the people and not collateral things."

Genetic material obtained through a fake door-to-door hepatitis B vaccination program reportedly helped the CIA confirm Bin Laden's whereabouts in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a May 2011 raid by U.S. Special Forces.

The Pakistani doctor accused of running the vaccination campaign remains in jail.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Sen. Bob Corker joins ranks of seditious who want to overthrow a democratically elected government Watch

Image of Sen. Bob Corker has not apologized for his actions. It is unknown if the will face a penalty for his sedition.

Senator Bob Corker has blasted a sitting president who belongs to his own party, and made remarks that border on sedition. As chairperson ... continue reading


Article V could be invoked. Here's what you need to know Watch

Image of Article V of the Constitution allows states to amend the Constitution without interference from Congress or the president.

Americans are fed up with the poor job Congress is doing. Many are calling for change, but how can Congress be reformed when everything ... continue reading


Corrupt media censoring news of lawsuit against Democratic National Committee that allegedly committed FRAUD to nominate Hillary Clinton Watch

Image of Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has been accused of fraud and self-enrichment at the expense of impartiality. Voters are suing her and the DNC on the grounds they violated the DNC bylaws to favor Clinton over Sanders in 2016.

The media is ignoring a major lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its former chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. ... continue reading


Yes, nuclear weapons WILL be used. Here's why Watch

Image of 'The sword itself incites to violence.' -Homer

How many nuclear weapons are there in the world? 14,995 according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency. Up to 60 of those could be in the ... continue reading


Miami-Dade says it will comply with Trump, and is no longer a sanctuary for illegal immigrants Watch

Image of Like all other nations, the U.S. has the right to control immigration.

Miami-Dade County is no longer a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The city has sent a letter to the Trump administration to explain how ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.