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Polio Vaccine Refusal Cases among Well-educated People Baffle Officials in Pakistan*

Polio Vaccine Refusal Cases among Well-educated People Baffle Officials in Pakistan*

By Ikram Junaidi

During the recent polio campaign held in the capital it was observed that a large number of educated people did not want to vaccinate their children.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Abdul Sattar Isani termed the situation unfortunate and claimed that all possible steps would be taken to ensure that every child was administered the polio drops.

He said even cases were registered against those who refused the vaccination.

Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said she was not in favour of registering cases as the administration of polio vaccine was a continuous process.

A well-known doctor working in a private hospital found involved in advising citizens not to administer polio drops to their children, says official.

She requested the media to play a role to create awareness that polio vaccine is safe.

During the current year environmental samples collected from different parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were found positive for the poliovirus.

As a result, a special polio campaign was launched on March 27 in the high risk areas of the twin cities.

An official of the polio programme, requesting not to be quoted, said teams were formed to administer polio drops to every child.

“However, it was strange that we faced a strong resistance from even well-educated people. Though they did not have religious reasons but were not in favour of vaccinating their children. A majority of them claimed that they had administered polio drops privately but failed to produce a vaccination card or certificate,” he said.

Sharing an incident, he said a resident of Sector G-7/2 refused to vaccinate his son.

“We tried our best and even a representative of the district administration was sent to the house to convince him. However, the citizen started threatening the team after which an FIR was registered against him with the Aabpara police,” he said.

Abbas Khan, a duty officer at the Aabpara police, told Dawn that though the citizen was arrested and an FIR registered against him, he could not be detained as it was a bailable offence.

“My initial impression was that the person against whom the FIR was registered would be totally illiterate but I was shocked to see that he was well educated,” he said.

The official of the polio programme said the polio team faced an awkward situation when a deputy secretary of a ministry refused to administer polio drops to children present in his house.

“A well-known doctor, who works in a private hospital, was found involved in asking citizens not to administer polio drops to children. During the campaign when we reached a school in Ghori Town, the principal closed the gate and called the police.

“Even some foreigners refused the polio vaccines claiming that their children had already received the drops. But they failed to provide any certificates due to which we administered vaccine to their children,” he said.

ADC Isani told Dawn that some people believed that they should administer polio drops to their children privately. In such a case, citizens need to provide a certificate that they had administered the vaccine to their children.

“I can afford administering the polio vaccine privately to my children but I have always administered the vaccine given by the government because it is quite safe. Unfortunately, there is a double standard: people who refuse to give vaccine to their children get the same vaccine for themselves before traveling abroad because of the visa requirements,” he said.

“Polio drops are given to every person travelling to Saudi Arabia and no one refuses when the drops are given to them before departure,” he added.

Ayesha Raza Farooq said as refusals were reported from across the country, arrangements had been made to send officials to the houses and convince people that they should vaccinate their children.

In reply to a question, she said the situation was improving as a task force had been established in the twin cities comprising representatives from the administrations of both the cities.

According to a report issued by the polio programme in March 2016, parents of 46,967 refused to vaccinate their children across the country.


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Doctors Say Bill Gates Polio Vaccine Has Created Deadly ‘Super Polio’*

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Pakistan Makes Polio Vaccine Mandatory for all Travellers*

Why Is Polio With 68 Cases Worldwide This Year AGlobal Emergency,; But Autism Not With 1 in 25 Families Affected?*

Polio Vaccine Spreads Polio-like Disease*

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The FBI Played a Central Role in the First ISIS Attack on U.S. Soil*

The FBI Played a Central Role in the First ISIS Attack on U.S. Soil*

Investigation finds an undercover agent encouraged a shooter in Garland to “tear up Texas.” It gets worse.

Photo Credit: Katherine Welles /

Photo Credit: Katherine Welles /

By Ben Norton

The first attack on U.S. soil for which ISIS claimed responsibility—a 2015 shooting in Garland, Texas—was instigated by the FBI, according to an investigation by CBS’ “60 Minutes” and government documents obtained by an attorney involved in the case.

In a macabre twist, an undercover FBI agent who encouraged one of the shooters to “tear up Texas” was also physically present at the scene of the crime, mere feet away from the shooters.

Prior to that, a separate informant was paid $132,000 by the FBI to pretend for three years to be friends with the future shooter. When the man found out his supposed friend had taped more than 1,500 hours of their conversations on behalf of the intelligence agency, he withdrew from his religious community and eventually fell into online religious extremism.

An FBI trainer suggested in an interview with “60 Minutes” that, had the attack been bigger, the agency’s numerous ties to the shooter would have led to a congressional investigation.

As lurid as this sounds, it fits with the findings of human rights organizations, which have noted the FBI has a long history of pushing Muslim Americans into alleged terror plots they might not have otherwise been engaged in or connected to.

On May 3, 2015, two Islamist extremist gunmen opened fire at an exhibit for cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas. The contest featured key figures in the Islamophobia industry, including anti-Muslim demagogue Pamela Geller and extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The intentionally provocative exhibit was swarming with security, including dozens of police officers, snipers and a SWAT team. The heavily armed attackers injured a security guard outside the building before they were themselves promptly shot by snipers and killed.

ISIS soon after took credit for the shooting. There is no evidence that ISIS organized the attack, but the shooters had been independently radicalized and were inspired by the genocidal extremist group.

In the two years since, the Garland shooting has been used to justify a vast array of anti-Muslim policies and measures.

A new investigation by the investigation team at “60 Minutes,” nevertheless, shows that the FBI was deeply implicated in the attack.

FBI Involvement

“In looking into what happened in Garland, we were surprised to discover just how close the FBI was to one of the terrorists,” “60 Minutes” said in its March 26 broadcast, titled “Attack in Garland.”

“Not only had the FBI been monitoring him for years, there was an undercover agent right behind him when the first shots were fired.”

The two extremists behind the Garland shooting were identified as 31-year-old Elton Simpson and 34-year-old Nadir Soofi. A third man, a 43-year-old friend by the name of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping facilitate the attack, although he denied involvement.

Simpson had been monitored by the FBI for years before the attack. He was in touch with an ISIS recruiter, and had extensive communications with an undercover FBI agent.

Abdul Kareem’s attorney, Dan Maynard, obtained substantial evidence detailing the FBI’s role. After the trial, Maynard was given 60 pages of declassified messages between an undercover FBI agent and one of the shooters, Elton Simpson. These documents showed that, less than three weeks before the attack, the FBI agent had told Simpson to “Tear up Texas.”

This “to me was an encouragement to Simpson,” the attorney told “60 Minutes.” The government denied that the text constituted incitement, but the FBI’s involvement did not end there.

“60 Minutes” reported that the U.S. government admitted in an affidavit that the undercover FBI agent also physically “traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present … at the event.”

“I was shocked,” Maynard told the news program.

“I was shocked that the government hadn’t turned this over. I wanted to know when did he get there, why was he there?”

Documents the government gave to the attorney showed that the FBI agent had in fact been in a car behind the two shooters at the time of the attack.

The undercover FBI agent even used his cell phone, several feet away, to film the building’s security guard seconds before he was shot by the Islamist extremists.

“It’s stunning,” Maynard told “60 Minutes.”

“The idea that he’s right there 30 seconds before the attack happens is just incredible to me.”

The news program asked the FBI several questions, but it did not answer them. All the agency said was deny that it had “advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas.”

The undercover FBI agent fled the scene of the crime before being stopped at gunpoint and detained by Garland police.

“I can’t tell you whether the FBI knew the attack was gonna occur,” Maynard said.

“I don’t like to think that they let it occur. But it is shocking to me that an undercover agent sees fellas jumping out of a car and he drives on. I find that shocking.”

“He didn’t try to stop ’em. Or he didn’t do something,” the attorney added.

On “60 Minutes,” Anderson Cooper asked Seamus Hughes, an expert who tracks ISIS’ online activity and trains FBI agents, “If this attack had gone a different way, and lots of people had been killed, would the fact that an undercover FBI agent was on the scene have become essentially a scandal?”

“It would’ve been a bigger story. I think you would have seen congressional investigations and things like that,” Hughes replied.

“Lucky for the FBI and for the participants in the event you know, here in Texas, you know, everyone’s a good shot there.”

More FBI Links

The unnamed undercover agent who was at the scene of the crime was not the only FBI link to the Garland attack.

Elton Simpson had also previously been monitored for years by an informant who was paid $132,000 by the FBI.

Dabla Deng, the informant, pretended to be Simpson’s friend for three years, “60 Minutes” reported. Deng taped more than 1,500 hours of their conversations.

When Simpson “found out that this guy was spying on him, and taping him and then finding out that the government was doing that, I think something clicked in him,” recalled Usama Shami, president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.

“And the mosque, we couldn’t do anything.”

“He felt that the mosque had abandoned him?” Anderson Cooper asked.

“Yes. And he felt that a lot of people had abandoned him. And that’s why he stopped coming to the mosque,” Shami said.

After this, Simpson moved in with his friend Nadir Soofi, who “60 Minutes” noted “had just had a bitter break-up and the pizza parlor he owned was going out of business.”

The two alienated men drifted into extremist religious communities online, and were attracted by ISIS recruiters.

A Larger Trend of Entrapment

Many foiled alleged Islamist extremist attacks in the U.S. involve undercover police agents, and in some cases even entrapment. Suspects in the cases often suffer from mental illness.

A 2014 report by Human Rights Watch, titled “Terrorism Prosecutions Often an Illusion,” documented the FBI’s use of “overly aggressive sting operations” against Muslim Americans.

“In some cases, the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the leading human rights organizations reported.

Close to half of federal counterterrorism convictions from September 11, 2001, until 2014 involved informants, and nearly one-third were sting operations with active involvement by the informant.

“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the U.S.,” explained Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch and a co-author of the report.

“But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

The Intercept has noted “a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots.”

Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes has openly acknowledged that, in order to justify the continuation of the so-called War on Terror and maintain a large budget, law enforcement and intelligence agencies must “keep fear alive.”


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Norwegian Study Links Flu Vaccine to Narcolepsy Risk*

Norwegian Study Links Flu Vaccine to Narcolepsy Risk*

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.

By Anne Lise Stranden

The study indicates that three years after the pandemic, Norwegians who took swine flu shots had run five times the risk of narcolepsy compared to those who had not been vaccinated. (Illustrative photo: Colourbox)


Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have followed up those under 30 who took the flu shots and those who didn’t during the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic to appraise whether the vaccine entailed serious side-effects.

The study has shown an increased incidence of narcolepsy among those who took the vaccine, informs the institute. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder which upsets sleep-wake cycles and is often characterised by daytime sleepiness and sudden lapses into sleep.

A total of 72 persons aged five to 26 were diagnosed with narcolepsy among Norway’s then population of five million between 2009 and the end of 2012. Their average age when symptoms showed up was 12.

Among these 72, 56 were vaccinated and 16 were not. This means of course that unvaccinated persons also ran a certain risk of narcolepsy.

The Institute and other public health officials in Norway recommended vaccinations to much of the population in the autumn of 2009.

Five times the risk

In a three-year follow-up study it was found that those who had been vaccinated ran five times the risk of developing narcolepsy as opposed to those who didn’t take the flu shots. The study was carried out by the physician and researcher Lill Trogstad and colleagues at the institute.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health Director Camilla Stoltenberg commented on the swine flu vaccination issue this week. She said in a comparable situation today the institute would be more forthright about uncertainties and medical disagreements regarding the vaccine than its spokespersons were in 2009 and 2010.

Early warnings from neighbours

Narcolepsy is highly debilitating for those who have it, but fortunately it is a rare disorder.

“Soon after the pandemic started we received signals from Sweden and Finland that several children had been stricken with narcolepsy and a link was suspected to the Pandemrix vaccine,” says Lill Trogstad.

This is why researchers started registering cases of the disorder among children and adults up to the age of 30 in Norway.

“Our findings of a higher risk corresponded with those in other countries,” she says.

Eight months until symptoms occurred

On average it took eight months from the time of taking the vaccination or getting the swine flu until the symptoms of narcolepsy cropped up.

Annually, a total of 1.4 new cases per 100,000 capita were diagnosed with narcolepsy in Norway. In other words, if watch was kept on 100,000 persons for one year, just one or two new persons would be seen to be afflicted.

The researchers calculate that on average, from one-half to one person per 100,000 are stricken with narcolepsy per year. That would be about half the rate seen in the three-year period after the epidemic.

“But we have poor national statistics on occurrences prior to when swine flu struck,” says Trogstad.

Following those under 30

The Norwegian study covered a total of 1.6 million children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 30. Nearly 700,000 persons in this age group, or 42%, took the vaccine.

A little less than 60,000 persons in Norway, or 3.6%, were registered with the H1N1 influenza virus by doctors during the pandemic. The researchers figure that far more were stricken with this swine flu, as most who got sick didn’t contact their doctors.

Other Norwegian studies have calculated that about 30% of the population was afflicted.

Can influenza trigger narcolepsy?

There was a small but statistically significant connection between the swine flu and the risk of narcolepsy in the first six months after being infected.

Data has shown that most children and young people were vaccinated after the swine flu epidemic had already peaked.

“This means that many who were vaccinated had the flu when they took their shots. It cannot be ruled out that having the virus when being vaccinated elevated the risk of narcolepsy. But we can’t conclude this with any certainty on the basis of our data,” stresses Trogstad.

More narcolepsy also without flu shots

A higher incidence of narcolepsy following the influenza epidemic was also noted in countries where few of the population were vaccinated, including China and Denmark.

A vaccination with the drug used, Pandemrix, reduced the risk of influenza by about 70%.

This was the fifth register study following up the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010 published by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Other findings include:

  • Pandemrix vaccinations of pregnant women were safe for their babies. But getting the influenza could involve negative consequences, including twice the frequency of still births.
  • The swine flu was linked to a double risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME) whereas those who were vaccinated ran no such additional CFS risk.
  • Influenza increased the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune system disease causing muscle weakness and paralysis. No increased risk of this disease was found after swine flu vaccinations.


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Minnesota Senate Votes 58-9 to Pass Internet Privacy Protections in Response to Repeal of FCC Privacy Rules*

Minnesota Senate Votes 58-9 to Pass Internet Privacy Protections in Response to Repeal of FCC Privacy Rules*

In stark contrast to Congress’s recent vote against the Internet privacy rights of American constituents, Minnesota’s state Senators have voted to add broadband privacy protections at the state level. The protections were added in an amendment to S.F. No. 1937, the Minnesota economic development budget bill, by Minnesota State Sen. Latz. This Internet privacy amendment was introduced as a direct response to the Tuesday 215-205 vote by the House of Representatives for S.J.Res. 34. FCC Internet privacy rules would have come into effect at the end of 2016 and would have forced Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms to get permission before selling your private internet history or app data usage, which they also don’t consider sensitive information. These telecoms and ISPs have long been hard at work to dismantle Internet privacy with their words and money – but they have now been stopped in one more state.

In direct response to Congress, Minnesota passes Internet privacy protections

Once this bill passes in the Minnesota House and is signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton, ISPs will be required to obtain “express written approval from the customer” before collecting customer information from their users. Furthermore, it forbids these ISPs and telecoms from refusing to provide service to someone that refuses to approve the collection of their personal data; which, if the online reaction to the repeal of FCC privacy rules is any show of, is a lot of people. The full text of the amendment to S.F. No. 1937 is:

No telecommunications or internet service provider that has entered into a franchise agreement, right-of-way agreement, or other contract with the state of Minnesota or a political subdivision, or that uses facilities that are subject to such agreements, even if it is not a party to the agreement, may collect personal information from a customer resulting from the customer’s use of the telecommunications or internet service provider without express written approval from the customer. No such telecommunication or internet service provider shall refuse to provide its services to a customer on the grounds that the customer has not approved collection of the customer’s personal information. EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Minnesota State Sen. Limmer, a Republican, said to Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

“We should be outraged at the invasion that’s being allowed on our most intimate means of communication.”

Private Internet Access would like to commend the Minnesota politicians that stood up for what their constituents truly care about. Now that S.J.Res. 34 has passed, fighting for Internet privacy is increasingly happening at the state level instead. As Conor Dougherty wrote in The New York Times earlier this week: Push for Internet Privacy Rules Moves to Statehouses.


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Global Governance and Internet Control*

Students Walk Out on Israeli Ambassador in France*

Students Walk Out on Israeli Ambassador in France*

By Ali Abunimah

Students at Sciences Po Rennes, a public university in northwestern France, staged a mass walk-out from a lecture by the Israeli ambassador on Thursday.

The video above shows the students chanting “Liberté pour la Palestine” – freedom for Palestine – as the ambassador, Aliza Bin Noun, sits at the podium.

Then, speaking in turns, students deliver an uninterrupted five-minute statement indicting Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, condemning efforts to censor the Palestine solidarity movement in France and calling for full support of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

“We, students at Sciences Po Rennes, declare that we are firmly opposed to holding this lecture,” the statement begins.

“Aliza Bin Noun was invited to our institution to represent the state of Israel, a colonial state governed by the extreme right.”

Calling it an apartheid regime, the students list Israel’s decades of violations, including settlement building in occupied territory, home demolitions, the 10-year blockade and repeated assaults on Gaza that have left thousands of civilians dead and injured and Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians who resist.

The students cite the landmark U.N. report, published this month and then quickly withdrawn under intense political pressure, that finds Israel guilty of apartheid.

“In recent weeks, the embassy that Aliza Bin Noun runs increased the pressure on several universities in order to prevent the holding of events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week,” the students charge.

They claim that members of a Palestine solidarity group received violent threats from far-right pro-Israel activists.

Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of events that last year took place in more than 225 cities across the world to raise awareness about how Israel meets the U.N. definition of apartheid and to build support for the BDS movement. It has also faced attempts at repression in the U.K.

“We do not understand how a representative of the Israeli government can claim the right to speak in French universities while denying the right of activists against the Israeli occupation to express their solidarity with the Palestinians,” the Rennes students add.

They call on the French government to end its repression and prosecutions of BDS activists and for a full boycott of Israel. At the end, the students ask the audience to walk out of the room. The video shows dozens doing so to loud cheers and chants in support of Palestinian rights.

A local media report shows students holding a large Palestinian flag inside the lecture hall, while others rallied outside.


The ambassador gave her talk to the remaining students, but the event ended earlier than planned, an organizer told media.

Bin Noun later tweeted that it was “a shame that the pro-BDS students preferred to disrupt the lecture rather than stay and dialogue.”

In a statement published on the BDS France website, the student activists dismissed her comment in light of the efforts to censor Israeli Apartheid Week.

“We also reject the hypocrisy of making believe that this is a conflict between two entities with equal power that can be resolved by dialogue,” they added

While these kinds of protests have been seen on campuses in North America and Britain, they have been relatively rare in France. In February, students at the University of Vienna protested during a talk by Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister who has promoted calls for genocide of the Palestinians.

Effort to ban rally

Meanwhile, the kind of censorship efforts the students condemn are continuing. France’s main Israel lobby group CRIF called on Paris police to prohibit a rally planned for Saturday in solidarity with Palestinians and in support of BDS.

CRIF claims that the rally will be anti-Semitic. CRIF president Francis Kalifat wrote to the police chief demanding the “banning of this demonstration that is contrary to the laws of our country.”

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also urged the police to ban the rally, claiming it could endanger “public order.”

But the rally is set to go ahead at a location a short distance from the original venue. The local group organizing the rally – which is separate from BDS France – says that the new venue is one that the police said would be easier to secure.

Meanwhile, BDS France, the main coalition supporting the Palestinian-led boycott campaign, has not been deterred from mounting its own nationwide campaign.

“Despite all the legislative attacks, court trials, attempts at intimidation and cyber-attacks” against activists, BDS France said educational events were held all over the country for Israeli Apartheid Week.

“The success of these events encourages us to intensify our efforts to further develop the BDS campaign in France and especially its university component,” BDS France said.


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