From: Randice <randiceaj@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:42:40 -0500
Subject: Burr's bill loses steam as critics gain traction

The "Burr bill" S. 1873 as written is unconstitutional, un-American and grossly misguided. All needs to remember what has happened with the forced vaccinations (anthrax/smallpox) on the military personnel. Those who refused were thrown in the brig: under this bill, civilian translation = quarantine; military personnel who were injured were barred from suing under the FERES doctrine, under this bill, civilian translation = liability protection. Under this bill, military and civilian policy has just become identical. See below - if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. It is the people's choice on how much of your rights you will let the government get away with taking away. Call your Senator and Congressman today.

E-NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER
Vienna, Virginia http://www.nvic.org

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"Protecting the health and informed consent rights of children since 1982."

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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ABOUT PROPOSED LAW THAT VIOLATES YOUR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
"As passed by the Senate committee, the bill would exempt BARDA from the Freedom of Information Act, which requires federal agencies to disclose records requested in writing. In the 40-year history of the law, no other federal agency has ever received such a blanket exclusion. Among the groups speaking out: the Federation of American Scientists, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Vaccine Information Center, a patients' advocacy group."

- Dec. 12, 2005 Charlotte

Observer

NVIC Note:

On Oct. 19 and Nov. 15, NVIC issued national press releases which informed the public about the efforts of Senator Burr (R-NC) and others to protect drug companies from all liability for vaccine injuries and deaths which occur whenever the Secretary of Health declares an actual or "potential" public health emergency (see http://www.nvic.org/). The legislation will also set up a secret agency within the federal government (BARDA) that will oversee the development of experimental drugs and vaccines that will be used on Americans during emergencies.

We have mamaged to slow the bill down. Everyone who responded to NVIC's call and the call of allied parent organizations to contact Congress has worked (see article below).

WE ARE IN THE FINAL STRETCH. WE CAN'T STOP NOW.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO CALL, FAX OR EMAIL YOUR SENATOR AND CONGRESSPERSON IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. BY THIS TIME NEXT WEEK YOU MAY HAVE LOST THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE YOUR SEVENTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO PLEAD YOUR CASE IN FRONT OF A JURY OF YOUR PEERS IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE HURT BY AN EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE YOU ARE FORCED TO USE IN A DECLARED EMERGENCY.

To find out who your Senator is, go to www.Senate.gov To find out who your Congressperson is, go to www.House.gov To call your Senator or Congressperson, phone 202-224-3121 and ask for him or her by name.

YOUR RIGHT TO ACCESS THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IF YOU ARE HARMED IS A CIVIL RIGHT. This legislation cuts off your right to go to court if you are hurt by vaccines used in a declared emergency - even if you can prove the drug company engaged in criminal fraud and negligence in making the vaccine.

YOUR RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT TO USING VACCINES THAT CAN INJURE OR KILL YOU IS A HUMAN RIGHT. This legislation cuts off your right to know what is in the vaccines you may be forced to use in a declared emergency and how many people they have already injured and killed.

IF EACH ONE OF US FAILS TO STAND UP FOR OUR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, WE WILL ALL LOSE THEM.

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/13386971.htm

Posted on Mon, Dec. 12, 2005

Burr's bill loses steam as critics gain traction

TIM FUNK

Sen. Richard Burr's freshman-year project -- a bill to speed development of new drugs and vaccines against pandemics and bioterrorist attacks -- was supposed to be on the fast track.

The Winston-Salem Republican introduced it Oct. 17. It was approved a day later, on a voice vote, by the Senate Health Committee. And Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., had hoped to give it a full Senate vote in early November.

But the upper chamber is close to adjourning for the year and Burr's ambitious bill has yet to resurface.

What's going on?

"He's been negotiating with Democrats ... for a long time," said Burr spokesman Doug Heye. "He'd like it to be a bipartisan bill."

Some have interpreted that to mean that Burr doesn't have enough votes and is busy changing the bill in order to get them.

While the N.C. senator negotiates, criticism of the legislation -- mostly from interest groups and bloggers -- appears to be getting louder.

For weeks, the main objection was that Burr's bill would shield drug companies from liability lawsuits. He has said some protection is necessary to entice profit-minded companies that have been reluctant to develop the new medicines.

Now the legislation is under fire from groups who say Burr would create a new federal outfit -- the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA -- and then wrap it in secrecy.

As passed by the Senate committee, the bill would exempt BARDA from the Freedom of Information Act, which requires federal agencies to disclose records requested in writing. In the 40-year history of the law, no other federal agency has ever received such a blanket exclusion.

Among the groups speaking out: the Federation of American Scientists, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Vaccine Information Center, a patients' advocacy group.

"It is an act of contempt for the public and for open government and hopefully will not be adopted," Steven Aftergood, head of the scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, told the Washington Post.

Burr spokesman Heye told the Observer that the bill's secrecy provisions will likely be fine-tuned.

"We've been working with some of those groups, to talk about the language (in the bill) and address their concerns," he said. "Nobody at BARDA will be able to classify information. In fact, they'll be putting out information every day."

Still, Heye said, the bill will retain some exemptions to FOIA: to protect companies' proprietary information and to keep would-be terrorists from finding out which threats the country isn't yet prepared to take on.

So when will Burr's re-written bill arrive on the Senate floor? This week?

Next year?

Heye's answer is the same he's been giving since late October: "It will be voted on soon."

Tim Funk: (202) 383-6057; tfunk@charlotteobserver.com