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Jihadists in White Coats

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By Eileen F. Toplansky
American Thinker
May 13, 2016

In his 2008 book Jihad and American Medicine, Dr. Adam Frederic Dorin considers what “thinking like a terrorist” would entail in terms of attacks on our healthcare system. According to the blurb “Dr. Dorin’s unique book offers the first in-depth exposé and loud alert to the risks and gaping weak spots in our healthcare system.” Dr. Dorin asks “[i]sn’t it odd that in our post-9/11 world we should choose to ignore facts that implicate the extremely lax degree of security in American medical institutions? Do we really believe that our suppression of reality — and our state of indifference — will protect us from attack against relatively helpless victims in hospitals, surgery centers, and other health care facilities?” Dr. Dorin asserts that the title of his book was “chosen carefully, because the battle waged by extremists (who would like nothing better than to lay ruin to our freedoms) is moving our way. It is only a matter of time before our homeland is struck again; it is only a matter of time before American medical facilities are targeted.”

Dorin cites examples of suspicious incidents involving unknown individuals who were found in protected and restricted areas of hospitals. Yet, very little information was ascertained about these intruders. Dorin applauds the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center that planned to implement a perimeter security system around the medical campus to provide a layered approach to security protocols and limiting access to public entrances. But how many other medical facilities have done this?

In their 2013 article titled “The Infiltration of Terrorist Organizations into the Pharmaceutical Industry: Hezbollah as a Case Study” authors Boaz Ganor and Miri Halperin Wernli discuss how terrorist organizations have long been involved in “extensive international ties, which they exploit for fundraising and money laundering, weapons and goods smuggling, and the transportation of activists.” In fact, Hizb’allah members have “been found to be engaged in the production and sale of counterfeit medications in Lebanon and elsewhere” as a source of income.

Distribution of such medications is worldwide. Crime groups already cooperate with terrorists in drug trafficking and punishment is minimal for making and distributing counterfeit medications. But consider if terrorists, as part of the global jihad, were to taint the medications as a means to kill infidel users.

According to Ganor and Wernli, “Hezbollah members were arrested and indicted for smuggling and distributing counterfeit Viaga and pseudoephedrine (used to treat nasal and sinus congestion) in the United States.” In fact, Hizb’allah had been “smuggling counterfeit medications into Canada, and from there selling them directly to American consumers who sought inexpensive medications.”

Certainly one motivation of “terrorist organizations to infiltrate the pharmaceuticals industry is the use they can make of counterfeit medications in their attacks — that is, terrorist-motivated adulteration of medications (TEMA).” Thus, “…a terrorist organization may choose to use counterfeit medications to physically harm the people who take them by adding poisonous ingredients, removing active therapeutic ingredients, or intentional improperly storing, handling, or transporting them, which will result in the medication being ineffective or deliberately harmful. Use of adulterated medications can lead to death, thereby meeting a root goal of the modern terrorist organization: to spread fear and anxiety among large target populations and to destroy the confidence in the whole health care system.”

Consequently, the “increasing involvement in the manufacture, smuggling, and sale of counterfeit medications is a ‘wake-up call,’ a warning sign that terrorist attacks may yet be perpetrated using counterfeit and purposely adulterated medications. Those terrorist organizations that are already involved in manufacturing and distributing counterfeit medications are liable to use their production centers, international smuggling and distribution networks, and ties to international crime syndicates to insert deadly adulterated drugs into the pharmaceuticals market.”

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Written by Leatherneck Blogger

May 27, 2016 at 06:00

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  1. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.

    Rifleman III

    May 27, 2016 at 08:54

  2. […] Source: Jihadists in White Coats […]

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