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Mary Starrett
April 8, 2003

Those photos of Asians wearing masks have been effective, haven't they? By now you probably wring your hands every time someone near you sneezes.

Maybe you've canceled a plane trip or decided to stay away from large groups of people…just to be safe.

Good thinking. Just stay in, watch the war on TV (Operation Iraqi Freedom Ta Da!) and nurse that fear and anxiety you've been feeling. Unless of course, like me, your THERE'S MORE TO THIS THAN WE'RE BEING TOLD radar went off the very first time you heard about this "mysterious" disease called S.A.R.S. - short for severe acute respiratory syndrome. Relax, the mega public health "experts" are working feverishly to try and figure out just what this coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath "disease" is.

In the meantime you can be comforted by the Executive Order President Bush signed Friday afternoon saying "health authorities" can hold you against your will if they even think you have this "virus". The E.O. Specifically made provisions for "apprehension, detention or conditional release" (.i.e. "be a good little citizen and take your vaccine/medicine and we'll let you go")... "of individuals who refuse hospitalization and isolation".

Oh, you missed the announcement of that executive order? That's understandable. See, it's standard operating procedure for any risky political move ; you sign it, pass it, cram it down our collective throats right before a holiday or on a Friday, after everyone's gone home for the weekend to worry about stuff like whether to order in or go out for pizza.

And exactly how much media attention did this executive order to QUARANTINE Americans receive? A tiny blurb at the bottom of a page is where I found it. S.A.R.S is really at this point just a collection of vague symptoms that anybody can have a number of times a year. This "disease" is the first to be added to the quarantine list in over 20 years The last large-scale quarantine in this country was in 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic.

Some preliminary research into the symptoms and likely cause of this pneumonia-like virus (of which there are over 50 strains, by the by) shows a number of reasons why this has all the earmarks of an effort to control the masses and none of the markers for a bona fide pandemic.

Back to quarantine.

I shudder to think how many Americans see Bush's executive order saying you can be held against your will as a good thing (that is if they even heard about the order to begin with!) Here we go again trading freedom for security and deserving neither. Ben Franklin would be mightily ashamed of us for how easily we're allowing ourselves to be enslaved. One executive order or Patriot Act or Homeland Security Bill at a time.

S.A.R.S. supposedly started when a physician in China sneezed in a crowded elevator. When I read that wire service story I laughed out loud. Amazing how they figured that one out. Now they're saying these respiratory symptoms could be linked to an airborne strain of the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia (which is a very common STD, worldwide), and that those who pass along the virus would be considered "super -spreaders". What next? The cause is athlete's foot and halitosis? Let's arm ourselves with the facts in advance of the daily onslaught of government-generated media hysteria:

1) S.A.R.S. has not been proven to be one single disease.

2) You could go anywhere in the world and find people with the very "symptoms" they're calling S.A.R.S. and it wouldn't mean a thing.

3) The populations with the worst health care have had "deaths" from this vague "disease". Could it be because sick people in places with lousy medical care and sanitation usually die anyway from things that don't effect people with better health care?

4) "There's no known cure or vaccine" for this virus. And we don't have a cure for the common cold, either. Does that mean we should have lived in fear our whole lives of coming down with a cold?

Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard graduate in public health has written some bone-chillingly prophetic books in recent years on emerging global diseases. (Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola - Nature, Accident Or Intentional? and Death In The Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare/Tetrahedron Press).

Horowitz says The S.A.R.S. scare has all the earmarks of a "novel social experiment in population manipulation" designed to " facilitate evolving economic and political agendas" and is nothing more than "a grotesque scam…suspicious in it's timing" and meant to prompt hysteria.

Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport thinks along the same lines. He says it's classic "Psy Ops" with not a little population reduction thrown in. So why all the fuss over a strain of pneumonia?

You tell me.

© 2003 - Mary Starrett  All Rights Reserved


Mary Starrett was on television for 21 years as a news anchor, morning talk show host and medical reporter. For the last 5 years she hosted a radio program. Mary is a frequent guest on radio talk shows.  E-Mail