Nov. 6, 2002
The General Accounting Office (GAO) reported last week that 16
percent of our National Guard and Reserve pilots and air crew have
transferred out of their combat positions. An additional 18 percent of
those surveyed have also stated their intent to transfer or leave.
Did they suddenly lose their zeal for flying? Are they fatigued
after years of service? Are they avoiding possible deployment for an
invasion of Iraq?
None of the above; the pilots' departure has nothing to do with
flying or with war. The GAO discovered that those pilots departed
because the Clinton Administration ordered them to receive the anthrax
vaccine, and 86 percent of those who did take the shots reported
adverse side effects.
Now, after scores of resignations and hundreds of careers
destroyed by courts martial, we discover that our brave servicemen and
women were right to resist the anthrax orders, and the government was
fatally and corruptly wrong. A lawsuit filed by two Connecticut Air
Force Reserve pilots asserted that the vaccine used on the military was
never properly tested, and the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)
recent response was to halt use of existing stocks of the vaccine.
Several months earlier, the FDA had ordered that a warning be
included in the vaccine's insert package stating that the vaccine can
harm people with immunity disorders, can cause a host of serious long-
term adverse reactions, and could already be responsible for six deaths
and a number of birth defects. These warnings were based on complaints
by military vaccine users since 1998 and show an injury rate that far
exceeds casualty rates in combat.
The FDA warning also states that adverse reactions are expected in
5 to 35 percent of people who get the injection. That is an absolutely
shocking danger difference from the advertised 0.2 percent rate when
Clinton ordered everyone in the military to be given the vaccine.
Clinton saw in the anthrax vaccine a way to stick it to the
military he "loathed," literally, while handing a pot of gold to an
important political ally. It was win-win for the Clintonistas, but
lose/lose for our finest servicemen and women.
The biggest beneficiary of the order to force the anthrax vaccine
on the military was Admiral William Crowe, the former Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff who had provided political "cover" for Clinton at
a key moment during his bid for the presidency in 1992. Crowe
personally vouched for Clinton against charges that he was a draft-
A grateful President Clinton rewarded Crowe with the plum
appointment as Ambassador to England. But even that was not enough;
Clinton handed BioPort, a corporation where Crowe was a director and a
stockholder, an exclusive multi-million-dollar contract to supply 2.4
million servicemen with the anthrax vaccine.
Crowe reportedly received substantial stock in BioPort's parent
company without paying for it. A Pentagon audit in April 2000 revealed
that BioPort wasted funds on "excessive travel costs, excessive
severance pay and unsubstantiated consulting costs," including $1.28
million in "unreasonable" bonuses for senior management.
About a year after BioPort contractually obligated itself to
supply the anthrax for $25.7 million, the Clinton Administration nearly
doubled its promised payments to $49.8 million even though the FDA
repeatedly cited BioPort for quality deficiencies, and BioPort failed
federal inspections again and again. BioPort was even indemnified
against all liability from adverse reactions to the vaccine, which Army
Secretary Louis Caldera admitted was "unusually hazardous" for certain
An emergency medicine physician at Keesler Air Force base in
Mississippi, Captain John Buck, chose to face a court-martial rather
than be injected with the vaccine. "A red lump on the arm is not
something that scares me," Buck said, "but an autoimmune disorder for
the rest of my life is."
The Clinton Administration cruelly court-martialed hundreds of
servicemen for declining the unsafe, untested vaccine.
The anthrax vaccine, which was imposed on servicemen and women
alike, was never tested for harm to unborn children. Clinton's
feminist advisors would never permit treating women differently from
men, even for the sake of avoiding birth defects.
The number of deaths that the FDA now concedes could have been
caused by the anthrax vaccine exceeds the casualties from the anthrax
itself when the mails and office buildings were contaminated last year.
The postal workers showed good common sense when 98 percent of them
rejected the government's hard-sell sales talk to be voluntarily
injected with the vaccine.
We are waiting for the Department of Defense to do the right
thing: restore the careers, with rank and pay, of the hundreds of
servicemen and women who were punished for refusing a corrupt order to
be injected with the unsafe, untested and unnecessary vaccine. One
reason we elected George W. Bush was to remedy Bill Clinton's mistakes,
and this is a good place to start.