- To B Vaughan
- From: John Hammell
- Subject: Re: URGENT - STOP Senator Dick Durbin's War
- Hi, John. I saw this on Jeff Rense's site early this
morning- you may
- know about Dick Durbin already, but I knew it couldn't
hurt to send this
- anyway. Thanks for the newsletters!
- Best regards,
- I will NOT send this out because it is a RED HERRING.
Durbin's bill only has 3 co-sponsors. 96% of all bills that are introduced
are KILLED and are NEVER PASSED INTO LAW. This bill does NOT have a head
of steam behind it, and a far BIGGER threat, a REAL threat is if ANH is
not able to get the donations they need to sustain their lawsuit to overturn
the EU FSD. They have to file their lawsuit by mid September, and far too
many people are getting all up in arms about a bill that is going NOWHERE.
- I watched the ephedra hearing that just took place recently
in the House. FDA Commissioner McLellan was grilled by Congressman Greenwood
and others who tried hard to get him to say that "DSHEA ties FDA's
hands keeping them from protecting the public, and FDA needs help from
Congress to rectify the situation." But McLellan refused to give them
that. He would not say what they wanted him to say, and THAT is going to
make it EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that this bill will move.
- A good way to tell how much interest there is in a bill
is to simply ask the guy at the documents room on Capital Hill who doles
out copies of bills to members of Congress, their staffs and the public
how many COPIES of a bill he has handed out to interested people. I've
checked, and frankly hardly ANYONE is asking for copies of Durbin's bill
or Sweeny's house bill.
- Why not? You have to remember something, there are THOUSANDS
of bills introduced in DC all the time, and the average member of Congress
can't even REMOTELY stay up on all of them. These bills swim upstream like
salmon trying to reach the headwaters of a river, and most never make it,
most die, only the best of the best of the best survive the winnowing process
and Durbin's bill is DOA, Dead on Arrival- it aint' goin ANYWHERE, but
it really COULD distract a lot of people from a very REAL THREAT: the threat
of the EU Food Supplement Directive not being overturned in court if ANH
doesn't get the money they need to do the job properly for all of us.
- You have to remember something here: The FDA is operating
off a BACK DOOR plan...... they have been quietly setting us up using the
machinery of international law, which most people just IGNORE, and believe
me, ignorance is BLISS.
- FDA is quietly rubbing their hands together in gleeful
anticipation of a future WTO Trade Dispute which they've been getting away
with setting us up to LOSE for several YEARS now, but the average poorly
informed American is utterly CLUELESS to these manipulations and can't
think their way out of a paper bag. They just aren't seeing the global
chess board that FDA and their international counterparts which are all
networked via a UN entity called ICDRA see.
- ICDRA is the UN umbrella group that coordinates the world's
FDA's and also the world's governments, getting legislation introduced
that attacks us at times to keep us from FOCUSING n the REAL threat.
- That is my perception of Durbin's and Sweeney's bills-
they serve as domestic diversions to what is going on OFFSHORE.
- People damn well better start grasping the implications
of our having joined the WTO, but most have no clue, very few have ever
read any of the GATT trade agreement.
- Very few have ever read the SPS or TBT Agreements, much
less understand their implications.
- Well I HAVE read these trade agreements, and I understand
the FINE PRINT.
- Thats why I have not sounded an alarm about Durbin's
bill or Sweenys. They're on my radar screen, believe me, or I wouldn't
have taken the time to watch the Ephedra hearing that just took place in
the House. Its just that I happen to have some inside knowledge of whats
going on on Capital Hill that most people do NOT have, and I can tell you
that Metabolife has an ARMY of lobbyists on the Hill and so far they've
kept S.722 bottled up tight- they're just not moving.
- How eager do you really think Congress is to be deluged
with angry phone calls, letters, faxes the way they were during the campaign
to pass DSHEA in '94?
- Trust me, they HATE it when one issue ties up their phones
and faxes keeping them from getting OTHER work done, and even though a
lot of people are no longer in Congress who were back then, what happened
in '94 is LEGENDARY on Capital Hill, and there will NOT be a lot of members
EAGER to climb aboard Durbin's bill or Sweenys, only to be POUNDED by angry
constituents who will vote them out of office if they do.
- I might RE-ASSESS the threat level posed by Durbin and
Sweeney's bills in the fall, after Congress has gone back into session
and we have a chance to see if the bills picked up any appreciable number
of cosponsors due to the ephedra hearing that took place recently, but
as of right now, we MUST stay focused on getting ANH the funds they need
to overturn the FSD in court, because if we FAIL to do that, its ALL OVER.
- From Mary Sparrowdancer
- With all due respect, as one of those described by Mr.
Hammell as an "average poorly informed American [who] is utterly CLUELESS
to these manipulations and can't think their way out of a paper bag,"
I wish to comment on his other observation, which I have excerpted below:
- Hammell: "A good way to tell how much interest
there is in a bill is to simply ask the guy at the documents room on Capital
Hill who doles out copies of bills to members of Congress, their staffs
and the public how many COPIES of a bill he has handed out to interested
people. I've checked, and frankly hardly ANYONE is asking for copies of
Durbin's bill or Sweeny's house bill."
- My only comment is in the form of a question or two to
Mr. Hammell: How many copies of the October 23rd 2001version of H.R.
3162 (better known as the "P.A.T.R.I.O.T." Act), did that guy
at the documents room dole out prior to the passing of the "Patriot"
Act by the House on October 24? Would the answer be "zero" documents?
- Mary Sparrowdancer