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New US President Trump more keen to Fight BioWarfare/BioTerror +Dual BioTech Abuse Worldwide ?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- New US President Don Trump's International Policy, apparently, looks much more keen than his predecessor, Barack Hussein Obama, to Fight against growing risks of Dual BioTechnology Abuse Worldwide, where UNO's outlets at nearby Geneva, (but even CoE's "Pharmacopeia" in Strasbourg), could play a potentialy key role :


F.ex., New State Secretary Rex Tillerson's Press Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, has just pointed at a "Non-Proliferation Millestones" note for 2017, which places at least at the Same Level of Crucial Importance as Nuclear Weapons' non-proliferation attempts around Korea, also the "Global Health Security Agenda", and a "New WorkPlan for the (UN) Biological Weapons' Convention (1972BWC), rather optimistically calling them equally "Success Stories" :


 - In fact, even if an elementary "Health Security Agenda" had started from 2014, i.e. during Obama's term, nevertheless, still Today, "Yet there is much work to be done to prevent, detect, and respond to Infectious Disease outbreaks, whether Naturally occurring, Accidental, or Deliberate", warns an official USA Sate Department's Note of December 2017.


- It also points "Against the Use of Disease as a Weapon", according to UNO's "Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)", with "a New, More Ambitious Workplan for the Next 4 Years,  leading to the next Review Conference not later than 2021", in order to overcome the Failure of Obama's 2016 attempt, and advance well beyond that, (in close Cooperation, mainly between Russia, the US, UK, India, etc).


 - "As the Life Sciences rapidly evolve, it is Vital that the International Community cooperate to Prevent the acquisition or use of Biological Weapons by Anyone", USA State Department's note stresses.


 + A UNO Experts' Preparatory Workshop at nearby Geneva, has just "underlined", in this regard, "a Shared Concern about the Dual Potential of Biology", and "the Non-State Actor terrorist Risk".


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++ Meanwhile, in USA's 2018 Budget, even if several other Health-related Funds are reportedly Reduced or remain Stable, nevertheless, Pandemics, Public Health Emergency and/or Defense Measures against Bio-Threats are Augmented + 3%.


+++ Topically, that move comes as International Criminal Court Convention (ICCC) Parties have recently Added use of Biological Weapons among War Crimes.


++++ And President Trump's "National Security Strategy", just published recently, includes, reportedly, a "Bio-Threats" section concerning not only Natural Outbreaks of Epidemics, but also Bio-Terrorism, and even Advancements in Life Sciences that have a Potential to be Mis-Used.


The New US Administration, indeed, reportedly Focuses on Defense against Both Global and Domestic Bio-Threats, extending to a ProActive Policy preventing also the MisUse/Abuse of Advancing BioTechnolgy.


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Last, but not least : By the way, New US President Don Trump's 1st Year in office (2017) has Not yet faced Any so Serious Massive and Life-Threatening Infectious Disease Outbreak at the International level, as those Horrible strange neo/mutated "Virus" Mass Epidemics which had Astonishingly Started to Threaten Hundreds of Millions of People's Health and even Lives, already from Obama's 1st Year on office, i.e. from Early 2009, (initially from somewhere accross San Fransisco's borders to Mexico, etc), up to 2014-2015's "Ebola" crisis, etc...


Just Before that, from his 1st notable Measure, on Mars 2009, Obama had Smashed his predecessor, G.W.Bush's August 2001 Decision to Stop Federal Funds' Expenditure for controversial and dangerous Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, provoking loud satisfaction from some Big Bio-Tech. Companies, particularly in California.


But withOut any known Result on vainly promised Medical Breakthroughs agains Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-Vascualar Diseases, and other such Large and Dangerous Diseases, which, on the contrareeey, persist and/or reportedly even spead, scandalously, Worldwide, despite many Hundreds of Millions $ notoriously paid by "Big. Pharma" Corporations to Obama's Electoral Campains from 2008, and much More Spend by US Federal (and Other State Actors, Worlwide) Funds for Gene-Tech. and other related Bio-Technologies, (including also Immune System and Virus research, etc), where, curiously, Human Health-Protecting Science and Technology seems, on the Contrary, to have Stagnated as Never Before, since Pasteur's Times...

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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

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Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

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