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July 23, 2011 / Mark Largent

Obama Lied about Vaccine Program

CIA vaccine program used in bin Laden hunt in Pakistan sparks criticism – The Washington Post.

Wow.  This story flew way under the radar.  I ran across it in the Washington Post, but I have not seen it anywhere else.  The long and short of it is this:  The CIA used a vaccine program in Pakistan to collect DNA that was eventually used to help ID the body of Bin Laden.  Obama flat out lied and claimed we weren’t doing it (I suppose we might assume that he was ignorant of the fact). Normally, this would not be that big of a deal (heck, it’s the sort of thing that happens a lot).  But there’s a particular context to this story that makes it very problematic.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are two of the four countries that still have not gotten rid of polio.  Western governments have been trying for decades to rid the world of polio the way it rid the world of smallpox, and they got very close to accomplishing their goal.  However, over the last several years a number of Muslim clerics have begun denouncing the efforts to vaccinate against polio because of a series of concerns they had about the vaccine and the vaccination efforts (most notably, that it was being used to spread HIV/AIDS either intentionally or unintentionally).  So over the last several years we have actually lost ground in our efforts to eradicate polio.

And now this.  The CIA is caught using a vaccine program (against hepatitis) as a front to collect DNA from Bin Laden’s family members.  Obama directly states that it’s not happening in a talk to Muslim leaders.  Then, after Bin Laden is caught and officials have to admit how and where they got his families’ DNA, they admit to using a vaccine program  to collect it.

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