Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Political Hacks and Bioterrorism

Stewie Simonson is the man given the task of "the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies." Simonson is a well-connected, ideological, ambitious Republican with zero public health management or medical expertise, whose previous job was as a corporate lawyer for Amtrak.

"He's a political hack, a sycophant," says Ed Garvey, a prominent Wisconsin attorney and the state's former deputy attorney general. "People just laughed when he was appointed to Amtrak, but when the word came out that he was in charge of bioterrorism, it turned to alarm. When you realize that people's lives are at stake, it's frightening. It's just one of those moments when you say, Oh, my God."

Yep, I think you should read this article by Jeremy Scahill at The Nation, Germ Boys and Yes Men

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