A plan to quarantine sick airline and ship passengers in order to combat a potential bird flu outbreak has outraged health experts, airlines, and civil libertarians.

Three-Day Quarantine

Sick passengers would be identified by flight attendants, pilots and cruise ship crews. Passengers identified as sick could be detained in quarantine for as long as three days.

Detailed Information

The proposed rules would also require airlines to collect detailed contact information from their passengers, including the names of any traveling companions and precise information regarding travel plans. The information would be stored for at least two months, and would be provided to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at any time the government asked for it.

USA Today April 25, 2006

Dr. Mercola's Comment:If this newsconcerns you, believe me, you're not alone. Many health experts, as well as airline personnel and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), feel the same way about the various provisions of this plan.

The ACLU argues that the plan basically gives the government a free pass to detain whomever it wants to. The airline industry is balking at the $100-million-plus cost of creating and maintaining the huge passenger information database required.

Georgina Graham, head of global security for the International Air Transport Association, also pointed out that it's ludicrous to give the job of identifying sick people to flight crews who have no medical training.

It's starting to look like there's a hidden agenda behind the manufactured avian flu scare that goes far beyond pushing needless and potentially harmful drugs that don't work anyway. I guess if you can't frighten people with a flu epidemic that never happened, you can limit the rights of travelers and collect private information anyway for the sake of nothing.

Sad but true.

The entire bird flu scare is one of the most blatant hoaxes ofrecent times, and the popular media continues to reinforce the baseless story. You've been hearing about it for months and months now, and what's come of it? Next to nothing.

And nothing ever will, except possibly you losing more of your hard-earned freedoms.

We have been warned that anywhere from 200,000 (at best!) to2 million people at worst will die from the bird flu. The bird flu epidemic hoax reminds me just how uncommon "common sense" is. Folks, where is the sound basic science here?

How do they make the giant leap of faith that the very few deaths so far worldwide will translate to 2 million or even 200,000 deaths from a virus that does NOT readily spread from birds to humans, or humans to humans?

Most of the people who have acquired this infection were bird handlers who were in continuous contact with these sick birds. Does anyone in their right mind envision similar circumstances in the United States?

Research like this would typically be thrown in the trash if it did not strongly support some ulterior purpose.

What might the purpose of these scare tactics be, you ask?

Kickbacks to drug companies is one reason.Their drugs don't work, but the massive windfall from government contracts to help the United States "prepare" against avian flu has helped their bottom lines nicely, not to mention the profits of their allies in the government.

And the above article points toward a second, and possibly even more sinister, reason to keep us all afraid.

I am currently working on a fast-track book called the Great Bird Flu Hoax that I hope to have published this summer. Itwill expand on this important issue even further.

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