November 4, 2014
While virtually all the establishment-media attention surrounding nurse Kaci Hickox (shown) in recent days has focused on her defiant attitude toward efforts to quarantine her over potential exposure to Ebola, one important detail in the saga has gone almost completely unnoticed by the press: Hickox was trained as an “intelligence officer” by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The revelation has sparked widespread speculation, especially considering White House intervention on her behalf and the fact that most of the press entirely omitted such an important fact. So far, however, it is not clear whether her work for the federal government played a role in the ongoing story, or what that role might be.
Hickox, who returned from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone after treating Ebola patients with a medical organization, became a media sensation after she was first ordered to be quarantined in New Jersey upon her return from Africa. She was later under quarantine orders in Maine. That part of the story is well-known and has dominated U.S. news headlines in recent days. Less well known, though, is that the nurse graduated in 2012 from a two-year CDC program that trains what the federal agency describes as “Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers,” or EIS agents.
“What is a CDC intelligence officer? To understand the answer, you first have to realize that the CDC models itself after the U.S. military which is why CDC ‘officers’ wear military costumes when appearing before Congress, complete with shoulder stripes, stars and badges,” explained health analyst Mike Adams, editor of Natural News, adding that the outfits were meant to project the appearance of authority and were merely one sign of the militarization of federal health schemes. “Just as with the U.S. Army, the CDC also has ‘intelligence officers’ whose jobs include gathering intelligence, analyzing intelligence and conducting counterintelligence ops.”
Adams and other analysts questioned why a CDC-trained “intelligence” officer would be “screaming so loudly” about staying home for a few weeks to reduce the risk of transmitting Ebola to other Americans. The “Health Ranger,” as Adams is also known, went on to suggest that the antics in refusing to comply with a “sensible self-quarantine rule” showed a lack of concern for public health and safety — especially troubling considering her CDC employment and thus her status as an alleged public servant. Highlighting some of Hickox’s public comments, Adams said they were not the words of a concerned and ethical epidemiologist, but rather the words of “a CDC intelligence operative who has been trained in the art of information warfare.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:21 am