Friday, April 29, 2005

Courting Armageddon: How the Bush Administration's Biological Weapons Buildup Affects You

target=_blank>There's a tricky clause in Chapter 32/Title 50 of the
United States Code (the aggregation of US general and permanent laws)
which states that the Secretary of Defense can conduct a chemical or
biological agent test or experiment on humans in certain cases "if
informed consent has been obtained." So far so good. But check out a
different part of Chapter 32, Section 1515, entitled "Suspension;
Presidential authorization." After November 19, 1969, the operation of
this chapter, or any portion thereof, may be suspended by the President
during the period of any war declared by Congress and during the period
of any national emergency declared by Congress or by the President. You
got it. If the President or Congress decides we're at war then the
Secretary of Defense doesn't need anybody's consent to test chemical or
biological agents on human beings. Gives one pause during these days of
a perpetual "War on Terror."

posted by ryan griffis  # 11:58 AM

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