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July 12, 2011

CIA Fake Vaccination Will Kill Children

The very stupid CIA operation the Guradian revealed will cost many, many lives.

CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA

As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organise the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the "project" in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic, according to Pakistani and US officials and local residents.

The CIA tried, unsuccessfully, to get some DNA from the children in Bin Laden's hideout to find out if he was there. The fake vaccination campaign was set up to get access to them.

But this, now public, stunt will jeopardize many legitimate vaccination drives like the ones UNICEF and the WHO are organizing in Afghanistan:

United Nations agencies and the Afghan health ministry are conducting a three-day campaign aimed at vaccinating an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of five against polio.

So far the Taliban cooperated with such vaccination campaigns. From now on they will not trust these anymore. The abuse of such medical services for spying operations will be deadly for many children.

By law U.S. agencies are not allowed to use journalist covers for spying. The same should apply for medical personal. The harm done in cases like this is much bigger than any perceived benefit.

Posted by b on July 12, 2011 at 20:21 UTC | Permalink


For many years, the CIA has used health and welfare organizations as cover for dirty operations. The military now runs the CIA and the CIA’s main function is to assassinate Muslims. This has caused a severe deterioration in CIA ability to think, be moral and operate sanely. Instead, whatever moves these assassinations forwards is a good thing to them. This, of course, endangers all of humanity as now people won’t let in NGO groups giving out vaccinations. The people who authorised this scam should be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.

Posted by: hans | Jul 13 2011 10:50 utc | 1

I seem to recall vaccination drives in Vietnam that were also rejected by the Vietcong.

This is also why NO AMERICAN's are trusted, not even the missionaries and red cross and all of them.

I'd also not be happy if the Taliban arrived at my door to inject my kids.

Posted by: david | Jul 13 2011 13:49 utc | 2

This example, if true, shows that Intel and other US agencies are not so much involved or even interested in gathering intelligence and sorting out facts, or really gathering any useful, interpretable information, which might of course include rumors, untrustworthy agents, and the like. They are simply branches, outcroppings, of the corporate-state-security nexus, deploying useless activities that fill their various pockets but are otherwise aimless and absolutely moronic (not to mention dangerous and detrimental, though that may be part of the purpose.) The thrill, of course, is to be able to do what others cannot, usually using technological means, a kind of technotopic intoxication, combined with sadistic impulses that find their justification in a loose but yet hierarchical structure, and some vague ultimate aim that the ‘little hands’ need not bother their little minds about.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 13 2011 16:37 utc | 3

I thought there was some rules against using the cover of medical personel. Something about Geneva conventions.

Ah well, guess that is outdated.

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Jul 13 2011 19:32 utc | 4

CIA's fake vaccination programme criticised by Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières has lashed out at the CIA for using a fake vaccination programme as a cover to spy on Osama bin Ladenon Thursday, saying it threatened life-saving immunisation work around the world.

The international medical aid charity said the ploy used by US intelligence, revealed this week in the Guardian, was a "grave manipulation of the medical act".
However, on the ground in Abbottabad the Guardian discovered that while the vaccine doses themselves were genuine, the medical professionals involved were not following procedures. In an area called Nawa Sher, they did not return a month after the first dose to provide the required second batch. Instead, according to local officials and residents, the team moved on, in April this year, to Bilal Town, the suburb where Bin Laden lived.

"The risk is that vulnerable communities – anywhere – needing access to essential health services will understandably question the true motivation of medical workers and humanitarian aid," said Unni Karunakara, MSF's international president. "The potential consequence is that even basic healthcare, including vaccination, does not reach those who need it most."

Posted by: b | Jul 15 2011 6:28 utc | 5

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