13 March 2006

Mafia Don Rumsfeld: Tamiflu Shill

Reporters have spilled a prodigious amount of ink covering the profiteering, corruption, and graft in the Cheney administration, whose savage bandrity equals that of people like Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin from the previous administration. And for months, the media has rightfully targetted Five-Deferment Cheney's ties to Haliburton as a symbolic representation of how the current regime operates.

Mafia Donald Rumsfeld's intimate connection to Biological Warfare arm of the Military Industrial Complex, his role in selling the 'Bird Flu' pandemic, and his self-enrichment on Tamiflu stock stemming directly from that panic may serve as the pretext for a similar outrage.

On Sunday, The Independent broke a major story concerning how Mafia Don Rumsfeld, like Cheney, has reaped enormous profits from the Bush administration's chief export: fear-mongering. The paper reports,
Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease.
Lest we forget, in the early 1980s, Mafia Don Rumsfeld wore two hats. Upon leaving his post as Secretary of Defense in 1977, the Mafia Don took a 'civilian' job - "Chief Executive Officer, President, and then Chairman of G.D. Searle & Co.," a Biotech firm - where he served until 1985. Coincidentally, during this time the Mafia Don also served as Uncle Sam's envoy to Iraq, where he no doubt employed this knowledge of Biotech to oversee the massive sale of weapons - including BioWar Weapons - to Iraq during its war with Iran.

According to his Pentagon biography, the Mafia Don worked in "private business" between 1985 and 1990. During this time, he served as a member of the National Commission on Public Service, a member of the National Economic Commission, and on the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University. In other words, far from being in "private business," the Mafia Don, a career military man, worked under many guises as a covert operator for Uncle Sam.

The Independent piece continues, describing the Mafia Don's intimate connection with the company whose drug, Tamiflu, has fasely been alledged to treat H5N1.
The drug was developed by a Californian biotech company, Gilead Sciences. It is now made and sold by the giant chemical company Roche, which pays it a royalty on every tablet sold, currently about a fifth of its price.

Mr Rumsfeld was on the board of Gilead from 1988 to 2001, and was its chairman from 1997. He then left to join the Bush administration, but retained a huge shareholding.

The firm made a loss in 2003, the year before concern about bird flu started. Then revenues from Tamiflu almost quadrupled, to $44.6m, helping put the company well into the black. Sales almost quadrupled again, to $161.6m last year. During this time the share price trebled.

Mr Rumsfeld sold some of his Gilead shares in 2004 reaping - according to the financial disclosure report he is required to make each year - capital gains of more than $5m. The report showed that he still had up to $25m-worth of shares at the end of 2004, and at least one analyst believes his stake has grown well beyond that figure, as the share price has soared.
The Mafia Don essentially ran Gilead during the creation/discovery of H5N1 in the mid-1990s. After stock prices fell in 2003, Gilead's stock price has soared since thanks to Tamiflu, which sell like indulgences due to a deceitful campaign of hysteria - driven by politicians, military-industrial complex lobbyists, and the media - aimed at selling drugs to ward off 'Bird Flu'.

This conflation of interests has led to suspicion, even among Uncle Sam's allies, that 'Bird Flu' (and SARS) is a lab-created biological warfare agent with enrichment of and submission to Sam's BioWar industry as the ultimate objective.

That Mafia Don Rumsfeld has increased his personal wealth enormously by straddling the intersection of these two objectives only heightens suspicion.

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