Homeland insecurity

Nov 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

News Hits is thinking of immigrating to Canada, since it is likely that the Homeland Security Act will soon become the law of this land. The U.S. Senate was poised to vote on the bill Monday, the same day this publication went to press.

Aside from all the other aspects of this bill that have us reaching for yet one more Bloody Mary, there’s at least one rider attached that (a) appears to have little to do with national security and (b) is wretched beyond belief.

Specifically, we refer to an attachment to the HSA that critics say is specifically designed to protect drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co.

According to Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, the Homeland Security Act itself opens the door to forced vaccinations of civilians. But critics of the rider, including U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), say the measure has nothing to do with countering bioterrorist attacks, but rather is specifically designed to protect Lilly from lawsuits related to its use of a mercury-containing preservative that’s used in several vaccines and may be connected to autism.

“The provision in this bill would severely limit parents’ ability to get justice for their children,” Stabenow told her colleagues last week.

On the bright side, autism may be underrated. George W. is providing daily proof that an autistic person can grow up to be president.

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